Therapy Day turned out to ... have some unforeseen circumstances (not really the Dude's fault, but life happened .. though he also *could* have been MUCH clearer) - for Wednesdays, he does clinic in a different speciality - Obesity & Diabetes Integrated Care lol. I'm there because, psych appt wanted a Wednesday .. that's ALL.
Figuring that out myself was surprising - he just said, "for Weds' clinics, I see people at Level 5." So I just said ok noted! ... only when the hospital sent a text reminder that I realised it was the Obesity & Diabetes Integrated Care clinic (oh 😅 But to be fair they *did* state that weight management is one of his specializations ..)
That was like whew but (still) okkkk ... until I walked in to have a cell group friend call out to me when I was registering 😩
ok side note, to be fair: I know at least 3 people from church work in this hosp, I anticipated maybe meeting them, yikesgodforbid. But this person was the one I'd least have liked to meet of the 3. She's in my cell but I have never, and don't plan to, tell her abt my MH stuff.
But also (having known that she's from my cell but now seeing her at the workplace) ... gives me Questions.
She's shared anecdotes (no naming, but anecdotal incidents) before about less-than-pleasant patients she kind of dreads more than others - not that I saw anyone in the waiting room besides me (in part cos I was too pre-occupied in my own head screaming DUDECANYOUCOMEOUTNOWPLEASE), but I just couldn't help wondering .. if that was someone who might have had an appt just before or just after me.
And by extension, ... is this what life is like after work? On the flip side as pertains to me - would the Dude just offhand describe me in general to his cell group too? What would he potentially say ..?
I don't know. I mean, my cell group friend isn't a psychologist but isn't confidentiality a general thing to abide by? To make a related parallel, as an educator (it doesn't matter whether I'm mainstream, SPED, or private enrichment) -- I'm not allowed to reveal my kids' faces to social media on public settings; for this reason I only ever upload stuff we doodle together or stuff we make using blocks in break time or .. that kind. Or friends sticker their faces out. I digress. The point is, if it is a principle (of confidentiality) in general that should apply in all variations of jobs in a certain given sector ... where then is crossing the line?
Was it ok for my friend (physiotherapist) to have described to us anecdotally her frustrations with her patients, even without naming (given that it is after all still descriptive)?
Thoughts anyone? 🤔
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