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Old 06-16-2020, 08:18 AM
 
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Hi all,
I have shared here before I was in partial hospitalization for mental health concerns and I'm almost finished (will be discharged at the end of the week).

it took longer than I anticipated to be finished because partly I had a lot of issues to work out and also I kind of relapsed a little bit when they wanted me to go virtual and it didn't work so I came back in person.

I wasn't doing it this long intentionally but my school has begun packing up and it turns out my coworker took care of my room already. I feel so bad that she did that. grateful I don't have to that I just I think I'm still worried about what people think and worried that they think I'm just being selfish.

Next year I have a different job.

Just processing my emotions here. Thank you.


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These are crazy times
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and then if you're dealing with personal stuff on top of it, I imagine that it just can get to be too much.

Don't get too worried about your room. Can you send flowers to the coworker, perhaps, or cookies or something like that?

You need to take care of yourself. You can't rush these things. Allow yourself to heal and breathe.

Best of thoughts coming your way.

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You did what you needed to--no need to worry
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I'm glad to hear that things are going somewhat better for you.

I wouldn't worry about your coworkers thinking you selfish. You were on leave and taking care of your health issues, just as you should have been. You might want to talk about this issue before finishing up your partial hospitalization.

And certainly it would be appropriate to thank the coworker who took care of your classroom. Definitely a nice card, perhaps with a gift card enclosed or send flowers or something.

Depending on your school and how you get along with staff, you could also send an email to everyone, thanking them for supporting you while you were on leave, and publicly thanking the person who packed up your room.
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You would have done the same for someone else
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You were ill and needed to take care of yourself. It coincided with the end of the year, and your co-worker stepped up. I'm sure you would have done that if you were in the position to help someone else.

I agree with the posters who suggested a nice thank you note and/or a gift for the person who packed up your room. I'm sure an email to the staff, even if it is more of a goodbye note if your job is in another place, would be appreciated, and I'm sure they will b happy to know you are in better place.

Wishing you continued good health going forward. Enjoy your summer!
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Sent a gift
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I sent a gift. Not sending an email to the school because honestly I'm not looking to draw attention to myself.

I actually have done something similar for coworkers not received any thanks...*shrug*


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You aren't being selfish.
Please don't worry about your co-worker packing up your room.
Stuff like that happens from time-to-time.
I have helped pack up other classroom a couple of times.
People have health concerns/illness/family emergencies --- all kinds of things 365 days of the year. Sometimes those days happen at the end of the school year.

As previous poster said, you would do the same for someone else.
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Old 06-17-2020, 01:49 AM
 
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Sending a gift was a good idea. I hope you are feeling better and have a nice summer.
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Old 06-17-2020, 04:50 AM
 
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I've done partial hospitalization twice. You needed to do what you needed to do. Don't feel bad about it. It was nice of you to send a gift. I'm sure your coworker will appreciate it.
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I've helped out colleagues in similar situations, and was always glad to help out. If you sent a gift, I am sure your colleague was happy to feel appreciated, and isn't giving the situation another thought. No reason to feel guilty! One day, you will be in the position to pay it forward for someone else!
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Old 06-17-2020, 10:48 AM
 
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taking care of yourself is not selfish, it's actually selfless! you can't be a good teacher, friend, sister, etc... if you're not well.

good for you!

and make sure to visit PT if you need help moving on!

don't feel guilty or any other negative emotion for one second--feel proud!


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Old 06-18-2020, 11:13 AM
 
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She was very appreciative of my gift which leads me to think there are no hard feelings thanks everyone!
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