Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A break from the gloom and doom

Thanks, everyone, for your input about my cousin/roommate Anna. I considered it all very carefully, took it all into account. And did nothing.

It all worked out in my favor, allowing me to be the non confrontational, spineless twit that I have been for the past 25 years. Score!

Anna started on the upswing early last week. A job opened up within her hospital that she really wants. The new job would get her off of her current floor (where she is crazy unhappy) and onto day shifts (she would work four 10-hour shifts during the workweek and a Saturday every six weeks). I'm fairly certain that she thinks that a new job will solve all of her problems. (It won't, obviously, but hopefully it will help.)

She called my mom to tell her about the job, explain why she was unhappy in her current job, talk it through and whatnot. Basically, she wanted my mom's blessing.

My mom told her that she was a good nurse. And that made Anna happy.

And then my mom told Anna about how obsessive she is about her job. And about how every little thing sets her off and makes her miserable. I don't know all of the details, but I am sure that my mom was kind yet firm. She also mentioned, multiple times, that she feels that Anna would benefit from talking with someone. And she gave her the name of a therapist who works in the hospital, who apparently all of the doctors and the nurses go to.

I went to dinner with Anna last Thursday night and she seemed better. She was much more upbeat. Everything was not the end of the world. It was surprisingly enjoyable to be around her.

My mom talked with Aunt Marie (Anna's mom) over the weekend and Aunt Marie mentioned that Anna was going to try going to therapy. My mom didn't push her for more information. I have no idea who she is going to see. I have no idea if she'll go through with it.

But I hope that she does. Because she deserves to be happy. And she deserves to know how to let go and allow herself be happy.


Stace said...

I'm glad we were all here for you. :) Therapy is good.

my life is brilliant said...

I hope she goes and that it works out for her. I'm glad your mom spoke with her. Why didn't one of us think of that? :)

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