I don’t drink because I’m allergic to alcohol, and I don’t smoke because I never liked the smell of it. After the day I had at work, though, I’d be drinking and smoking right now if I could. Today was a record-breaking day for me. On top of my regular line of patients to see, I received four different urgent referrals from various staff telling me that I needed to see the inmate today. Even worse, none of those four inmates lived on the yard where I worked, so I had to call different tier officers on the other yards to arrange for the inmate to come to my office.
In the middle of all this madness, our yard was suddenly recalled because custody received an anonymous note threatening to kill three of our correctional officers. If the note had specifically mentioned “mental health staff,” I might have been a little more concerned, but what with all the work that suddenly got dumped in my lap, I was more worried about getting everything done by the end of the day so that I wouldn’t be working beyond ten hours.
I would tell you all about those urgent referrals, except I’m tired, it’s finally the start of my weekend, and I have no alcohol or smokes around the house. I do, however, have a Cadbury Crème Egg and an afghan that I started last night, so I think I am going to get comfortable on the deck and watch the sunset.