A Day in a Social Worker's Life

@franxav (5201)
January 17, 2018 5:09am CST
One of my co-workers had been asking me to visit a widow who has an insane son. I was planning to visit the woman when I got a phone call telling two old inmates in our senior citizens' home had died. I went to pay my last respects to the deceased. After the hearses had left for the crematorium , I biked six kilometers to see the widow and her son. They live in an old room left behind by her father-in-law. Their condition is pitiable. Moreover, because of the son the woman is in constant tension with her neighbors. I assured the woman to get a doctor examine her son and arrange to get medicines from the Missionaries of Charity. This put her slightly at ease. But she will be in peace when she will see her son cured. Please send your blessing and prayers for them.
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@JudyEv (126348)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Jan
This must be a terrible situation for the poor woman to be in. Sending prayers to her and her son.
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@franxav (5201)
18 Jan
It is a terrible situation for the woman. Hospitals for mentally ill are expensive and the woman earns little.
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@prashu228 (25797)
• India
17 Jan
So sad for the woman. Hope her son get well soon
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@franxav (5201)
18 Jan
If the son gets well, he might look after himself and also help his mother. Let's hope.
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• New Delhi, India
17 Jan
Difficult time for the lady. Sending prayers to her and her son.
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@franxav (5201)
18 Jan
It's very difficult time indeed. Hope her son gets well.
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• New Delhi, India
19 Jan
@franxav He will get well soon.
@Corbin5 (109662)
• United States
17 Jan
I am sending prayers and blessings now.
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@franxav (5201)
18 Jan
Thanks a lot. God bless you.
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@josie_ (7410)
• Philippines
17 Jan
Does the widow have no other relatives or do they also avoid her because of her son's mental incapacity? How come the gov't do not provide assistance and the situation is left to private organization to handle instead?
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@franxav (5201)
18 Jan
Her relatives share the house left behind by her father-in-law. They don't help or support her. Their words told me that they were unhappy with the widow and her son. Gov't assistance is hard to come by.
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@hereandthere (31931)
• Philippines
17 Jan
is the mother able to work? i wonder if they have enough to eat if she has to stay home to watch her son.
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@franxav (5201)
18 Jan
She works like a housemaid, what they call in the local term 'Jhi". A housemaid is usually a poor woman going around washing dishes, sweeping and swabbing in better off houses. She might earn just enough to live by. This woman will have to go on doing what she is doing to bring food for herself and for her son.
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• Philippines
18 Jan
@franxav can't relatives from her side and her husband's side not help her, even if it's food supply now and then?
@franxav (5201)
19 Jan
@hereandthere She lives near the relatives of her husband's side. Their behavior and attitude showed they were unhelpful.
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@jaboUK (54507)
• United Kingdom
17 Jan
That's awful, I hope the son is able to get some treatment.
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@franxav (5201)
18 Jan
I've met the Missionaries of Charity Brothers to organize some treatment. A doctor comes to their place twice a month. Then,medicines can be given to the boy.
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@jaboUK (54507)
• United Kingdom
18 Jan
@franxav It's good that there are people like you around to help her.
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@sharon6345 (131191)
• United States
17 Jan
That is horrible on all levels. But it's something I know al too well.
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@franxav (5201)
18 Jan
It's certainly horrible. Hoping to make it better for somebody.
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