6 inches of snow fell overnight making this morning's commute a little bit slower but overall, not too bad. Philadelphia closed the schools today and as I sit here at my desk, I expect the phone to start ringing with people telling me they can't make it in today. I'm surprisingly ok with that.
Yesterday was an incredibly busy day. I have clinic with two different doctors on Monday. By "clinic" I mean I sit in on medication reviews and help individuals with any issues they may have with getting medications and I write treatment plans. Our regulating body says that anyone receiving mental health services must have a treatment plan (which is updated three times a year times for the113 people who are currently on my caseload, which means I write a lot of treatment plans each year). On Monday mornings, we have the clinic for people who have developmental disabilities and mental illness. It's the toughest population I work with. It's hard to find out how someone who is nonverbal feels. I spend a lot of time on the phone with families and support staff for that one.
Monday and Tuesday afternoons, I work in a clinic for individuals with chronic and persistent mental illness. These are not people who have a mild depression which is (or can be) situational. These are people who have experienced profound changes in their lives due to mental illness like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and severe clinical depression. Some people require a tremendous amount of support and some people are just bound and determined to make it on their own. I do what I can to help them make that happen. Sometimes I'm more successful than others.
Yesterday was a particuarly busy day with clinics full of people and I was so tired at the end of the day. But, I am proud to report, we went to the gym and I spent 45 minutes making my body move. I felt very virtuous when we got home, but damn, my body is sore this morning!
I have some notes to write from yesterday morning. I have to put notes in the charts since my time for that clinic is billable time. Most case management services are not billable but when an individual with developmental disabilities (or Intellectual disabilities as the new DSM calls it) then my time spent is worth money to the agency so I have to document it.
After that, I have to go through the charts and get ready for this afternoon. There's another full clinic today if the weather doesn't keep people home. I kinda hope it does (but don't tell anyone I said that)
How's your week progressing?