I really appreciate TP and think it is a very good idea.
All I read here does help me with understanding the work I do since half a year.
I work in a care home, caring for people with dementia. I have never done this before. I am now 51 years old and have just started with my NVQ Level 2 for care. But I enjoy this work and have now the idea to do something very importent in my life.
But I miss something, something that is given to all the people here on TP. They can talk about there experiences and there feelings and ask for help. I cannot!
I have tried, but at work there is nobody I can talk to about my feelings. I can, but I don't feel taken serious, so I gave up to talk about it.
I miss a TP where carers working in a care home can talk about what they are concerned about.
Sometimes I think: there is something wrong! but I cannot address it. Because I would have to say to my coleague: "How can you speek like that about that resident?" Or: The fact, that it seems to me that a lot of people have pain, but they are not taken serious enough. They just get Paracetamol. And when they have reached their daily dose but are still I pain, I have to say: "Sorry, but you can't get more painkillers." I feel so miserable to do this.
And another point is for me to cope with the death. I know people will die and right in the beginning I witnessed it and I found the way my colleague dealt with the right way. We could forsee it and for the person it was a relief because she had to suffer a lot before due to shingles. But another time I just had 3 days off when I came back and was told like this: "Oh by the way: we have lost ....." A woman I really did not expect to die. I was quit shocked about the way I was told. But maybe I am just to sensitive still.
I really miss a TP where I can talk about what I experience at my work and what I feel.
So I appologise for using this TP to talk about the things I am concerned about.
Have a nice day