02 March 2008 – There are some patients that you just cannot leave after the concluding of the sessions. That you feel you are going to miss them, that you would like to see them again and usually the feelings are mutual.
They are the patients with whom both we grew up through these sessions. They grew up calmer, enjoying life without the symptoms which disturbed them at the beginning, smiled again after long time, setting goals, living each day.
And me, grew up more human and more professional through them, watching them working hard with themselves under difficult circumstances, supporting them at these steps, adapting ways, respecting culture and beliefs.
So, I really don't know who gives more to the other, it is a two way transaction leaving us both happy and satisfied but also with a bitter feeling of at the end saying goodbye.
Especially with children this ending becomes harder, they do not understand why you have to leave, why you have to go see other children also, now that they feel better and we can have more fun together.
I don't know for whom this goodbye is more difficult, for me or the patients. What I know is what I feel after the ending of the sessions: happy for been there sad for leaving.