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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Had a little scare today at the gym/clinic. We had a guy threaten some staff members with a knife. We forget how naive we can be when we are there to help the community. We forget about those people that can/will manipulate the system. We forget to protect ourselves from being set up. It is the most unlikely people that we tend to worry about. Maybe we trust too much? Maybe we try and look for the good in people all the time? This was an eye opener today. My "new" client I was so excited about seeing will not be my new client. This man, who I thought was harmless, was manipulating all of us. I feel sorry for my coworker that was literally trapped in her office with him during a therapy session. I can't imagine how terrifying that would be to know at any minute this guy could snap. He showed her this very large knife.

This is not the first time we've had this happen at the clinic, but not to this extreme. I don't know if it is because people have lost respect for human lives or they are de-sensitized to life in general. If it is because of their financial issues or if it is a true emotional/psychological issue.

I think, we at the clinic, tend to think no one would "hurt" us because we do good things for people that can do things for themselves/families. This really makes me sad. I feel like we, as a society, don't know how to handle our mentally ill. We put them in jails where they don't belong. We kick them out into the streets where they don't belong. The real question is where do they belong?

How do we change society to become sensitive to life? Do we take away the video games that teach us how to kill? Do we take away the music that degrades life? Do teach our kids good moral values? Do we sit and talk with our kids about life? Lots of questions fill my head tonight. I don't like the dark side of life as you can tell. It makes me uneasy. It makes me ill to my stomach.

Things will be better tomorrow. I just needed to get this off my chest and out of my head tonight. I needed to vent my feelings, so I could sleep. I'm glad Kent doesn't have to work tonight.

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    3867 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/18/2009 6:22:57 PM
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    I'm so glad you, your co-workers and your customers are OK! That had to have been frightening! From time to time we get an aggressive customer, but nothing like you have had to experience.

    As I think about my co-workers, I'm not sure my best worker, a 70-year old lady, would know what to do, or even if she could defend herself. Your blog has really made me think about what would I do? Is there a way I could prevent it? No easy answers come to mind. And we work downtown, also.

    Self-defense classes sound like a good idea, and I plan on checking into those for myself and my co-workers.

    Stay safe!
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    3867 days ago
    We must first thank God that he didn't hurt your co-worker nor anyone else. We are living among the "Generation X" and they don't care about anyone not even themselves.

    Secondly, we must learn to pray for the safety of our job, co-workers and other clients.

    Lastly, We must not become naive of the devices of the enemy. The word of God, (John 10:10) states, The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I (Jesus) come that you may have life more abundantly.

    Be Blessed and cast all your cares (troubles) on the Lord.
    3868 days ago
    Hey, I hope you had a good nite sleep..life is scary and you asked all the questions i was always asking myself during 15 years in the mental health field..i could share some stuff that would make your hair stand on end to the point it totally burnt me out and don't think I could ever do it again..thankfully no one was hurt and i'm sure awareness will be in high mode...be well my friend
    3868 days ago
    Thank you for not bottling this up inside. It was better for you to share it. My prayers will be with you and this would be client and the therapist. This is not an easy issue. The best we can do is to instill good values in our children. I hope you were able to get a good night's rest.

    3868 days ago
    Very good questions and WHAT a HORRIBLE scare for all of you. I'm glad that everyone is physically OKAY. How was it resolved???
    I sure hope that a good nights sleep eases your mind in the morning. What you do for others outweighs this episode. You remember that. And TAKE CARE.
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