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Waiting Room Rules

Posted by DAisym on January 26, 2009, at 0:18:31

Some of you know that my son has been in therapy since he was 11. His therapist has moved offices a couple of times over the years, always sharing with other therapists. Now that he is driving, he takes himself to his sessions. Last week he came home and as usual I asked, "anything I need to know?" He said no -but "someone broke the rules in the waiting room." (gasp)

Me: "They talked to you?"
Him: "Yup. They asked me why I was there."
Me: "No! Really? What did you say?"
Him: "I said I was a mass murderer."
Me: "Not funny. You could scare someone. What did you really say?"
Him: "I said I have anger issues." (He laughed, because to him this would be the opposite of his anxiety)
Me: "What did they say to that?"
Him: "He said "oh." And then the guy told me he had anxiety."
Me: "It was an adult?"
Him: "yeah, kind of an old guy. (I'm picturing someone 40 at this point) Then he asked me who I'm seeing."
Me: "Did you tell him?"
Him: "Yeah. He seemed relieved. I bet he was worried I was seeing his therapist."
Me: "I think we all sort of worry about that. I hate when I have to change my time. I always worry there will be some kind of mix up."
Him: "Me too. It's happened to me actually. I came on the wrong week."
me: "Really? You never told me. I bet that was awful."
Him: "Yeah. I got sent away. But it was my fault. But at least I've never talked to someone else in the waiting room. They should hang a sign - "No Talking."

And then he went in his room. But I couldn't help laughing. All the things we all worry about - and talk about here. I guess I forget that my kid would have some of the same worries. So, I have to ask, "Do you talk in the waiting room?"




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