Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement: September 2016

by Donna Clark RN, Director

Many people think we are a little crazy when we say that a full moon affects our clients but I have to say that it is a reality. Last Friday was especially strong proof of that belief. We have one client in particular who is paranoid schizophrenic and is not on mediations. He is a gentle soul who actually is a very resourceful and intelligent man but has many voices in his head.

Jonathan (not his real name) is a regular in our office almost every day we are open and he tries to help us as we serve others. He means well but, unfortunately, he functions at the level of a 14 year old and can go from being helpful to lost in his own thoughts and then suddenly acting out as if he has been insulted. His thoughts are totally focused on himself and he sees his needs as more important than anyone else in the room. He will suddenly appear standing by my side as I talk on the phone, talking to me about his issues. He will follow our volunteer in the front room around so close behind them that if they turn suddenly they will run right into Jonathan. When that happens Jonathan becomes insulted and then feels he has been wronged. It’s difficult to deal with him especially when we are busy helping others. He will antagonize other clients and then we have to act as an intermediary for a childish complaint.

Last Friday was a very good example of how a full moon exacerbates mental health issues. The house was full and we found ourselves acting as referee for nonsense complaints. Patience and gentle love go a long way but, take time away from others who have needs. Our hope is one day to gain his trust enough to be able to get him into mental health care but it’s a long road. Please keep all of us in your prayers.

I Corinthians 13:4-13