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Re: I bet you'll be great daisym

Posted by simcha on December 9, 2004, at 1:49:28

In reply to Re: I bet you'll be great simcha, posted by daisym on December 9, 2004, at 1:28:43

> I think working with little kids puts you even further down the pay/respect totem pole...

Yep, that is so very true. But I love it. I love working with the Elementary School Children. I worked at Sunrise Elementary School in Concord, CA. I miss those kids. They were SED and the more they were disturbed the more I loved them. Currently, I work in Berkeley with homeless 14-17 year olds. I feel like all of my old adolescent issues have surfaced. I thought I dealt with them. Well, my clients, the wonderful mirrors that they are, have exposed yet more work I need to do. It's a blessing and a curse.

> Watch the nuts and seeds if you have divirticulitis...

Yeah, I know... At the same time they are VERY healthy for you and are such a quick meal. They make a better snack than reaching for my preferred chocolate. :)

> Bad time for Asthma around here. Are you coughing? Stress doesn't help either. My hubby has Asthma and COPD - very bad lungs. He grew up in Concord, but up here (Sonoma County) he has a much worse time. We are getting fog tomorrow which for some reason helps him.

Wow! We are neighbors. I live in Oakland and work in Berkeley. I have very good treatment for my asthma. I'm on albuterol and Qvar 80mcg 4 puffs to 8puffs daily, depending. I keep a spreadsheet of my peakflow readings and I'm very pro-active with my treatment. It's taken me three years in order to learn how to manage the asthma that I was diagnosed with three years ago. I have adult onset asthma that varies to mild, moderate, and severe. When it's severe I have prednisone to do a "prednisone burst." I've managed well enough never to have to go to the hospital. So, my peakflow meter is telling me that my treatment is working now. Also I do have some symptoms. Yet I believe that this is the best I've treated my asthma during this season. Last year my asthma would wake me up and make me miss work. This year its a mild annoyance. Thank goodness!

> I know lots of infant mental health folks in your area. There is a huge need for therapists who work with little kids and families. (Sorry, always trying to push/pull interns into my field.)

Yes, I would love to intern at Oakland Children's Hospital with children with terminal illness. It's something I really understand because they thought I was a gonner when I was a child. I escaped death. I believe that it's for a reason. Perhaps it is my destiny to work with these children. Hospitals also pay better than Non-Profit Agencies like mine...

> My oldest is down your way UC Berkeley. He tells me he is never moving back to "the sticks." My youngest is interested in being a therapist as he has a great relationship with his. I often wonder if this motivates folks into this field. I can't imagine wanting to be a therapist without ever having experienced it. I suppose it does happen though.

Yeah, it does happen. It might help him to seek counseling while at school to make sure that he really wants to be in that environment. Also it would be better for him to really examine himself before seeing clients. This has really helped me more than anything else. I go to JFKU, it's expensive and it's worth every penny. I'm in the School of Holistic studies getting a specialization in Transpersonal Psychology.

I just love the Sonoma area! It's so beautiful and so close. I love the wine tasting. Perhaps we may want to email each other sometime. I don't know how that works on this board. I've never emailed anyone but Dr. Bob. How would we reveal our emails without getting everyone to see them?





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