Cowart's Common Room
Adding My Sentiments and Catching Up

Well, I've been absent for over two months and what a shock to read about poor Cowgirl and her dear Richard. I'm so sorry, Sam, for your loss. There just aren't words to express this any more than the things that have been said already. You're in my thoughts and prayers and I join everyone else in hugs, kisses and extra portions of love for you.

I've been working as the director at Triangle Cross Ranch. It seems that all h*ll broke loose when I came on and things are only now slowing down. A resident had been admitted prior to my coming on that didn't qualify for residency because she kept running away. We're located 12 miles from the nearest town and the temperature and wind chill are terrifying in November and December. The poor thing would have died of hypothermia if she'd been out in the weather too long. This caused unending stress for not only the resident, but the staff and her family. After trying to work with her for 6 weeks, I discharged her once and for all on 12/01. The family is furious with me and the resident is as well. She is headed for a locked down psych unit in order to keep her safe from herself.

A staff member went off the deep end during the same time and I fired him on 12/08, after trying to make things better for him since the first of Oct. I've never fired anyone in my life, but the difference in the atmosphere at the Ranch is like night and day without this person stirring and poisoning the pot. I'm relieved that it's over, for now.

I seem to be in the director's position to get policy and procedure cleaned up, write new policies that are lacking, update old information and stream line. After that, I'm not sure what my role will be. That's enough for now. The board seems pleased with what's been done, even with the mess that started brewing before I arrived and finally boiled over.

I'm learning that I'm not really the shrinking vine I thought I was. Spoiled people who think they can manipulate their way into getting what they want make me down right mad and I can't mince words with people like that. I've gotten a little jaded--hard nosed--about some things. I keep hearing myself saying, "I'm simply responding to your choices." It sounds pretty cold, but I'm learning to survive in the business world, I guess.

So I hope everyone has been well. I haven't read back very far. I only got as far as Sam's sad loss and stopped there. I'll go back and catch up in due time, but I'm back for now. I hope everyone has been well. I've missed you all.

Posted at 17th Dec 2008 - 05:03AM   Posted by Woolyworks   Adding My Sentiments and Catching Up Comments: 9

Ivy's Avatar Welcome back Woolyworks. Wow what an amazing account of the last months. Challenging as they may have been you certainly learned something for life.Sometimes unpopular decisions have to be made in order to improve things. Stay firm but do not get too strict.
You've been missed too!

Posted by: Ivy on 17th Dec 2008 at 07:12AM

Faith's Avatar Hi Wooly, Nice to have you back for a while. I'll remember your 'I'm just responding to your choices' when I'm in a tricky moment with my daughterLaughing

Sounds like you are doing a very worthwhile job.

Posted by: Faith on 17th Dec 2008 at 07:34AM

Pondside's Avatar Hi Wooly
I'm just off to bed and thought I'd check the site and there you were! I was glad to read that things are alright with you - if really busy!! I was just about to ask your sister if all was well because it had been so long since you'd been around.
Good for you for sticking to your guns and making the hard decisions. The place must be so much the better for having you at the helm.
Take good care - so glad that you are well and I look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Posted by: Pondside on 17th Dec 2008 at 07:47AM

Elizabethd's Avatar What a difference you are making. It is so hard to come into someone elses mess and have to clear it up but it sounds as though you are very focussed. I love the phrase you use, shall remember that to use in some of my Churchwarden meetings!!

Posted by: Elizabethd on 17th Dec 2008 at 07:54AM

Toady's Avatar Welcome back Wooly.


Posted by: Toady on 17th Dec 2008 at 08:52AM

Bradan's Avatar Hello Woolyorks, good for you for standing up to people and making the hard decisions. I love your phrase, will memorise and use as appropriate!

Posted by: Bradan on 17th Dec 2008 at 09:00AM

Fennie's Avatar I sense the power of the Coo in the sorting out department! Welcome back Wooly. Trust animals are well.

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Dec 2008 at 09:15AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Berludy good for you . . . you sound just exactly what the place needed. I'd offer to lend you my chainsaw - but you clearly do not need it. Go Girl as they say. And it sounds as though doing what you are doing is good for you too.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 17th Dec 2008 at 12:35PM

Woolyworks's Avatar Could I please borrow that chainsaw? I don't know how other people see me, but I may need a little bolstering from time to time in the self-image area.

Posted by: Woolyworks on 17th Dec 2008 at 02:55PM

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