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Day 92 - Energy Zappers

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

This may be another long week...sigh

At my adult day care program, I have a client that can just zap the energy right out of you. He is mentally exhausting. He is one of the smarter ones but his behaviors are just where you want to throttle him! OMG! Below is a snippet of what I mean. And he does this daily for attention.

"Linda" touched him. Are you going to do something about it?"

"No. They gave each other a hug."

"Joe" hit "Doug". What are you going to do about it?"

"Joe did not hit Doug. Why are you tattling?" I say.

"Because I want them to be in trouble. And it's wrong to hit someone."

"Well, don't worry about it. They did nothing inappropriate. I saw them." (we were in the gym and they were playing badmitton and scored. It was Hi-Fives and back taps)

"But he touched his privates!" he would say.

"No he did not. I saw what happened."

"I'm going to tell my supervisor what happened and that you did nothing about it. My supervisor said that if they touch me, I have the right to punch the sh$t out of them."

"Go ahead and tell your supervisor, but if you lay a hand on any of these clients, guess who will be sitting in jail?"

Sigh.....this is my typical day with him, the energy zapper. He also uses a special walker since his legs are crippled with cerebral palsy and another attention seeking he does is to pick up his walker, twist, and go crashing to the floor. On purpose! We just ask him if he is okay and to get up on his own and go to his seat.

One time, before I really got to know him, he told me he was having chest pains. I asked him if it was serious and if he needed the ambulance. (I was with the clients alone). He said it was serious. I prompted him to specify if he really needed an ambulance or if he needed attention. He basically said he needed the ambulance and for me not to worry because his parents had money. So, I called the ambulance...turns out he was just fine. And he got is serious trouble with his parents and with our day program where a meeting was called.

Another energy zapper guy has to touch everything and everyone, especially the girls. Then he has to smell his fingers. He smells the garbage too. He smells the backpacks, lunch boxes, people around him... It's a constant telling him to leave the girls alone, don't touch them, and don't smell things. He would ask the girls if they will be going swimming and if they are wearing a two piece swim suit. He asks if they like to dress up in pantyhose. He used to work at a community college and would come up from behind the girls and snap their bras. He got fired.... I am actually surprised he got hired there! I guesstimate him to be at a level of a 5 year old.

Okay...enough griping about my two energy zappers! Maybe this is why when I come home from work I have a headache...

Oh, one last of the girls repeats herself constantly. She asked me at least 10 times if I am coming back to work tomorrow. Each time I would ask her what she thought. She always guessed right... And we tell her not to ask that question again...but she does.

God Love Them!

My oldest son is an energy zapper. He is of normal intelligence, but he is ADHD. Whenever he has some writing to complete, he just nags and zaps your energy right out of you. Sigh.....


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  • SUMMER2203
    those would be lonnggg days...props to you lady
    1757 days ago
    I know this is cliche but patience is a virtue and by gosh you are one virtuous person!!!

    I truly admire the work you are doing.....It is definitely a challenge and you seem to be handling it wonderfully...

    1758 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/2/2013 9:07:20 AM
  • COREY195
    1758 days ago
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