Monday, January 14, 2008

Weather Report


21 degrees of blowin' and driftin' goodness... January thaw over!

2 Comments:

Blogger Graham said...

I love your blog. Your writing style and sense of humor are perfect. What do you think about writing more posts of a clinical nature. I'd love to hear what you have to say. But then again, your blog may well be your outlet for non-clinical stuff. Let me know what you think. Either way, I love your blog!

1/14/08, 10:54 AM  
Blogger Turboglacier said...

Graham,

Thanks for the compliments. It is very rare that someone refers to my sense of humor as "perfect" (more common descriptors are "warped", "barely tolerable", etc.) so that particularly makes my day.

I am having some difficulty coming up with appropriate clinically-oriented posts since I transitioned from the hospital to private practice. I've been trying to figure out why. Part of it, I think, is a certain generic-ness to some of the serious psychotic and manic situations I was dealing with at Green Acres-- demonic possession, grandiose delusions, neologisms-- these are fascinating clinical findings, but in a way very impersonal. . So there were ways that I could describe them (with an appropriate amount of obfuscation) such that the flavor or nature of the story came out intact, but the client's privacy was not impinged (i.e., without identifying him or her in any way.)

Somehow, although the people I work with now are by definition less ill, they often seem to have more complex lives. The situations that bring them to me do not fall so easily into diagnostic patterns. Several times I sat down to write a post about an experience in my office, only to realize that there is nothing at all I can describe about it without giving away details that would impinge a patient's privacy (which will never happen at SoF.)

Another difference is that life at Green Acres was just plain funnier than my private practice. Not to say that I took the clients' issues any less seriously-- but they did tend to have someone more colorful histories and personalities. And, perhaps more importantly, the endless and bizarre politics of the hospital provided ample fodder for amusing posts. Here in solo practice, there are no hapless bureaucrats, no arcane and contradictory policies, no weird motivational posters... just this one guy. I'll see, though, if I can catch him doing something hilarious so I can post about it...

1/14/08, 11:36 AM  

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