We have a lot of Somali patients at our clinic. There's a baseline of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since they've come here after the civil war in the early 1990's that happened in Somalia. I've heard stories from patients that I can't even imagine. These stories include mothers being separated from their children, the sound of bombs going off, and life in refugee camps. Not long ago, a patient came into the clinic dressed in her Somali attire as they all are. She told a story, through an interpreter, about how she was hit by a bomb and she still has shrapnel in her head and face. She lost her ear and hearing in one ear and was paralyzed on one side of her face so her mouth was drooping. She had six surgeries already and was considering having another but then decided not to. She had a meek voice and said, "I know I'm not beautiful but this is what I look like now." I said, "I think you're a beautiful woman and you've been through so much. You're strong and beautiful." She thanked me and then said, "Well, Allah had plans for me and I know he knows what he's doing." When I left the room I wanted to cry. How could she explain her ruined life by saying Allah had plans for her? And then I thought about her country destroying itself. If you haven't read the book, "Infidel", it's a must read.
My name really isn't Molly and I'm really not a canine. Molly was my best friend Golden Retriever. I'm using her name so I can write about things and remain anonymous.
I'm a Registered Nurse living in a very beautiful part of the US. I work at an inner-city community clinic which serves the poorest of the poor; homeless, sick, uneducated, immigrants, etc. They are sometimes a difficult population but if clinics like ours were not available, they would not get medical care. While some of my stories are sad and difficult, I do have a sense of humor about a lot of it. Partly, it's my personality and partly because one has to in order to survive there. The pay is crappy, the work conditions aren't great but I feel dedicated to this population. My patients teach me everyday.
I've got two amazing grown kids who are my best accomplishment. I'm divorced after a long marriage. I've been told I should write a book about my dating experiences. Believe me, some of them are quite entertaining. I'm still holding out hope that I'll meet the man with whom I want to spend the rest of my life.