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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I’ve experienced so very many changes in my hair as a result of living with multiple chronic medical conditions, including hair loss. Losing hair is incredibly difficult to go through.

Other hair changes have been due to medication side effects. Chemotherapy definitely resulted in significant hair loss, which was very traumatic. Taking Methotrexate, as well as Aubagio, caused my hair to fall out.

Some of these hair changes have been a direct reflection of a condition’s symptoms. For example, when my hypothyroidism has been uncontrolled, I’ve lost significant amounts of hair.

I’m currently again experiencing hair loss. I think that it’s due to a combination of factors: recent weight loss and medication changes.

Thankfully, my hair has always managed to grow back, after periods of hair loss. This is but one of many ways in which chronic illnesses have impacted my life.

Reminders of MS

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been repeatedly reminded that I have relapsing-remitting MS. I’ve experienced vertigo for several days. Most recently, I’ve developed blurred vision, too.

Of course, these symptoms strongly interfere with my daily life. I’ve not been able to work as much, for example. At this point, I find these symptoms to be more frustrating than anything else. Should they persist, I’ll start to get more concerned.

I’m hoping that my symptoms soon respond to my current treatment. If not, I’ll need to strongly consider a trial of corticosteroids.

As I’ve said so many times, MS is a notoriously unpredictable disease. It definitely remains a challenge to deal with it.

Outpatient Telehealth Practice

I first joined CHE Behavioral Health Services in 10/18. To date, I’ve been employed by this organization in two different nursing homes.

Although I have found working in nursing homes to be deeply gratifying, I’m also interested in having a more diverse clinical experience. Consequently, I recently decided to pursue additional training, in order to join CHE’s outpatient teletherapy practice.

I’ve been watching several videos about conducting teletherapy sessions. I anticipate that I’ll soon be adding outpatient clients to my clinical caseload.

I really appreciate the opportunity to do this, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. I’m especially thankful to be feeling well enough to keep working.

Clinician Mistake

I recently signed up to be a provider on an online counseling platform. For a few weeks, I waited for potential clients to be matched to my areas of clinical expertise.

Last evening I was supposed to have had a phone session with a young woman. Unfortunately, I failed to merge this appointment with my other clinical responsibilities for the day. As a result, I completely forgot to phone this new client.

As soon as this error came to my attention, I promptly emailed this client, profusely apologizing for my mistake. I waited for this client’s reply to my email.

This woman replied two hours later, stating that my failure to call her was very difficult. She said that it was especially difficult because she has been let down by other counselors in the past. She said that she didn’t feel like she could trust me anymore, which I completely understand.

I sent this woman another email, sharing yet again that I was deeply apologetic for not having phoned her, and that I understood her desire to look for another therapist. I again stated that I knew my behavior was especially difficult for her to accept, given her history.

I honestly forget about this appointment. Sometimes, such unintentional errors have significant consequences.

I can honestly say that what I did was very out of character. At this point, I can only learn from my mistake.