Out of My Element

One of the kids on my caseload has some serious medical issues. As his caseworker I do absolutely everything I can to advocate not only for him, but his foster parents, to receive absolutely every service they need. In the last week it has become clear that he needs a feeding tube so I have been working to set up home nursing services.

In the process of making this referral for services it has been very clear to me that I am in a very foreign world to me. I really have no idea what information is relevant and irrelevant. I don’t even know how to ask for the service I actually am requesting. The chief nurse isn’t helping my plight and has been rather snippy with me.

This is just me getting on my soapbox and reminding people to be kind to those around you, especially when you work in a field that requires great expertise and is like a foreign language to most of the population. Just because you know a great deal about a subject does not give you the right to be snippy and condescending.

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On Lying

Sometimes I struggle with being an authentic person. I am self aware enough to realize that I am often different things to different people. I am quite sure that I caught myself lying, or at least not telling the whole truth, on at least two occasions. And that was just in the last week. The thing is, I have access to a lot of information as a case manager…and to divulge that information to certain people would make my job infinitely challenging. Maybe I am just being lazy. I don’t know.

I just realized another time in the last week I straight up lied while I was working. Awesome. In this case it was to protect a foster parent from undue stress and general freak out. So sometimes I lie to protect others and sometimes I lie to protect myself. Still doesn’t make it ok. Doesn’t mean I am going to stop. Part of the problem is not having a crystal ball to know how different scenarios are going to play out. If I were to fully disclose the truth it could lead me into a dangerous area of making promises that I would have no way to keep.

Yet, I am a Christian and I know I should not be lying. The problem is, I cannot contain my seemingly harmless lies contained only to my work self. The little lies start to seep into the rest of my life. At least I tell the truth when I am put on the stand in court….

Moving On Up

One of the perks of having a job (and thus a second income) means that we can afford to move somewhere with more space.

This past weekend we did just that. We moved a block away into the most fabulous apartment I ever did lay eyes on. We’re in love.

Christ Is Risen

Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
We fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to him who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely you bled for us

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bowed to none but heaven’s will
No scoffer’s crown, no scheme of man
No burden great can hold you down
In strength you reign
Forever let your church proclaim

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
The glory of God has defeated the night

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
Our God is not dead, He’s alive He’s alive!

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake!
Come and rise up from the grave!

Lyrics by Matt Maher