After 7 hours of chills on Thursday, I instantly switched to burning up with profuse sweating. I don’t often randomly sweat when awake. I have had to towel dry my hair several times and can feel sweat trickling down my head and neck. I was wearing a polar fleece robe, and now just undergarments. I turned the heat off when this first started. That fever sure broke dramatically! I feel better already. I think part of this is from all the time I spent under fluorescent lights Sunday through Wednesday. I have been quite hot and red. 🔥
Getting cooler made me hungry. After 9 PM, I made polenta with red onion, crimini mushrooms, jalapeño and cream of chicken soup.
I am still thinking about that care coordinator. I found her job description posted online September 29th.
Case Manager – Care Transition Coordinator
Are you dedicated to enhancing the lives of our elderly population? *** is seeking a full-time Case Manager with expertise in the medical field. This position involves specializing in working with the aging population and physical healthcare. Excellent benefits package included. Qualifications : Case Managers Certification or the ability to get one within 30 days of hire 2+ years experience in behavioral health field Experience working with elderly population and physical healthcare preferred. Responsibilities : Improve care transitions by providing patient and caregivers with tools and support to encourage them to more actively participate in the transition from hospital to home and engage in continued access to care. Use of Care Transitions model based on evidence based practice model which includes medication self management, patient centered personal record, primary care and specialist follow-up and knowledge of “red flags” warning symptoms or signs of an indicative or worsening condition.
I found this online. It must be what the transitional program is based on.
I wrote this email to the care coordinator. I hope it’s considered clear, concise and polite.
I feel like I need to know more about the transitional program.
I didn’t expect it to be announced to all my doctors that I am in some sort of transitional program through * Mental Health. As far as I know, I don’t even have a mental health diagnosis.
I would like clarification of what the program is all about, what your role is and what you expect from me.
I’m not thrilled about some of what went on Wednesday. I am looking for someone to help me navigate through the health care process. Until you get to know me and my challenges, it seems premature to make assumptions about me, especially in front of health care providers.
I feel like I need more information to feel comfortable with this process.
I came to *** of my own volition. I am a capable adult. I expect to be treated with kindness and respect in a collaborative relationship.
I hope we can work out the details so I can feel good about being part of this.
Whew! I feel better after getting that off my chest. I am rather burned out on “helping professionals”. It would be nice if they actually helped! I realize I am either the first or one of her first clients in this new program. If we are not equals, I have no desire to be part of this relationship.
SCORE! I found this woman’s résumé online. It explains a lot. She greatly exaggerated some of her past jobs to me, and she graduated from the university related to the hospital. I am trying to not lose all respect for her. The job she emphasized, she only had for 10 months in 2010. She had long gaps between jobs and she went from social work to a job at a 2 bit college being an admissions representative before taking the job she has now. Hmmmm….so many red flags on her part! ⚠️
Whoa. Some guy on TV just said “money is only paper”. I had to cultivate that attitude when I lost thousands of dollars on the Florida “husband”. It must be nice not to count every penny and carefully ration it out. This time of the year is the hardest to be poor. They are always talking about presents and food on the TV news. I am soooooo tired of hearing about holiday parties and shopping trips. It’s like rubbing it in my face that I don’t have money or much of a social life. I am too young for the senior citizens center. Here in the apartment building there are movies on Wednesdays and bingo on Fridays. I have zero interest in that. Oh well. I’d rather pet the cat.
On all of my support groups, women are stressed out because they don’t have enough strength and energy to decorate the house and cook treats and buy presents. I am glad I don’t feel that stress. I am sad that for what seems to be the majority of people, the holidays are not all that fun.
I went over to DI right at 10 AM again. I splurged a few bucks on kid toys. I very much enjoy the leisurely hunt for special things for the grandsons.
By around noon, I was feeling wiped out. I slept 5 hours 😀 Dang! It’s wonderful to be able to sleep again! Within minutes of waking up, there was a knock on my door. It was the girl who came here and played the clarinet this summer. She brought me two bags of fruits and vegetables. Yes! I am psyched to eat the broccoli tomorrow. That was so sweet! 😀 The bummer was that my voice was broken. You’d think after the nap, it might work.
I am still tired. I guess I really do have to catch up on all the sleep I have missed the last couple of weeks.
My brain is struggling mightily to stay sharp and focused. If you see my brain cells running around loose, please send them home.