Category Archives: Mental Illness
From 2002-2006 I had the incredible privilege of working with homeless, mentally ill persons in downtown Dallas two days a week.
Homeless Services had no official “team leader”, but on the days I worked I was the de facto team leader.
Each Tuesday and Thursday morning I’d send out an email to the whole team, using “Starfishers,” as my salutation.
I’d remind the team that although we could not “save” every patient we served that day, we could save some of them.
And we could touch them all; we could make each and every one of them feel that they matter. We could look into their eyes, listen to their stories and honor their feelings.
In my Starfisher emails I told the team stories of patients who had triumphed over addiction and homelessness. I encouraged them in their noble mission.
When I left, the team gave me a wonderful snow globe:
I will admit that I tear up sometimes when I see it.
The rotating center star says “You are a Star” and the inscription is to “Dr. Susan Delaney, The Ultimate Starfisher”. The music box plays “I Believe I Can Fly“.
I hope that you will look around you today for beached “starfish”. Look around you for the abused, the lost and the lonely. Pick one of them up and share your love with them.
It matters to that one.
Gabriella, a four-year old Bichon, is my trained therapy dog. She comes to my Psychiatry office several days a week. The patients love her.
She loves sitting in their laps. We are still working on her pausing for a moment before she leaps into their laps!
She is a happy, kind-hearted dog. I have a few patients who refuse to come in unless she is here.
Yesterday was my day off and I played with polymer clay for several hours. Crafting is, I am convinced, what keeps me sane.
These beads were some of my productions.
I wanted to explore the technique that I’d learned last weekend at the North Texas Polymer Clay Guild for stacking colors in a bead. I also wanted to explore the use of translucent clay in beads.
I am pleased with the way they turned out. I ordered some shiny “mystic black” Swarovski pearls to string them with.
I am tickled that they resemble, in some ways, the lamp-worked beads I have come to admire.
I am still struggling with the Do Over Challenge I mentioned in a post next week. The copper jump rings I ordered came yesterday. Tomorrow I plan to actualize my current plan for the make-over of the necklace I received in the Challenge. I have until April 21 to make it work!