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Davey Do Difficulties

Updated: Oct 15, 2019

I've named this thread, referred to as a post by Wix, merely as an allusion to the old "Technical Difficulties" we use to see on TV, plus I like alliteration.


I have illustrated these circumstances in my journals but have never tried to compile them as I am now. When I draw events that are not humorous in nature, I do so as a sort of catharsis- Making thoughts tangible about negative situations is a comforting process for me.


Some of these images are posted for consideration as a perspective based on actual events. They are mere glimpses of situations that have occurred, and for now, are interrupted by my difficulty, for whatever reason, to tell the complete story.


These snippet comics are my endeavor to tells serious occurrences that happened in my life in a comic-panel fashion.



Mom said, "If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all!"


"Fake Fight" is may attempt to tell a story and not "say anything at all!"






























About 20 years ago, I was stabbed in the back by a mentally ill client diagnosed with undifferentiated schizophrenia. This client lived at an apartment complex overseen by staff who worked for my employer, Mixed Nuts Health Systems (MNHS) through an Assertive Community Treatment Program. I was to administer his monthly Haldol Decanoate injection.


He had a history of being water-intoxicated, exacerbating his psychotic symptoms, causing him to be admitted as a psych inpatient, so MNHS purchased a urine spectrometer to measure his urine specific gravity. The plan was to make sure the client was not getting water-intoxicated by monitoring his intake and routinely checking his urine specific gravity.


Water intoxication can also cause electrolyte imbalances which can be life threatening. Both times this client had a psych admission to the hospital his electrolyte values remained within parameters, so the psychiatrist, Dr. J, believed we could monitor this client at home as long as his specific urine gravity remained within parameters.


This is a comic-paneled version of the interaction that took place after I administered the client's Haldol Decanoate injection and checked his urine specific gravity. To my recall, it's pretty much verbatim:












Dr. J told me something after the stabbing that helped me understand this client's behavior.

I have repeated his words many times when people, sometimes professionals, question aberrant behavior.


One time,Dr, J and I were discussing a client who had symptoms of PTSD and didn't seem to be driven to overcome their malady:



This was the comic that I previously had posted which I thought might be a throwing of stones. So, I changed the characters to make it more innocuous. Of course, its true intent is lost, but it's still a neat little progression of comic panels that tells a story without using any words.


Well, except for the title and end panel, that is.



















Resubmitted this on nurseswebsite:

Over 20 years ago, I had a nursing experience which changed my life when a situation occurred with a mentally ill client diagnosed with undifferentiated schizophrenia. This client lived at an apartment complex overseen by staff who worked for my employer, Mixed Nuts Health Systems (MNHS) through an Assertive Community Treatment Program. I was to administer his monthly Haldol Decanoate injection.

He had a history of being water-intoxicated, exacerbating his psychotic symptoms, causing him to be admitted as a psych inpatient, so MNHS purchased a urine spectrometer to measure his urine specific gravity. The plan was to make sure the client was not getting water-intoxicated by monitoring his intake and routinely checking his urine specific gravity.

Water intoxication can also cause electrolyte imbalances which can be life threatening. Both times this client had had a psych admission to the hospital his electrolyte values remained within parameters, so the psychiatrist, Dr. J, believed we could monitor this client at home as long as his specific urine gravity remained within parameters.

This is an illustrated version of the interaction that took place after I administered the client's Haldol Decanoate injection and checked his urine specific gravity. To my recall, it's pretty much verbatim:



I experienced some PTSD symptoms such as depression, insomnia, irritability and the like after the stabbing. MNHS arranged for counselling with an independent therapist and it helped some. Dr. J said he would prescribe me some Xanax if I wanted, I thanked him, but said I wanted to deal with my psyche pain through other methods.

I became obsessive with working out at a gym, working out up to three hours at a session, read some self-help stuff,  and got involved in an Emotions Anonymous (EA) program. All these pursuits helped, but it wasn't until my supervisor suggested that I seek services from a friend of hers- an art therapist- did I find the ongoing remedy to my pain.

I did some drawings in my journals of the stabbing and the art therapist and I would discuss my feelings, she giving her interpretation and support in guiding me through my journey. I had a profound revelation after she saw a drawing where a character in one of my drawings used the F word.

As she was looking at the drawing, I felt embarrassed and immediately apologized for my use of the F word. "Oh no", she calmly replied, "Never apologize for your art. Your art is who you are and nothing or no one should stop you from expressing yourself!" She went on to say something along the lines of art being my salvation; a pathway to a higher consciousness.

Words cannot express the effect, the paramount importance, of that moment, that revelation. 

Art began and continues to be a balm, my bliss, a benzodiazepine for my anxieties, an analgesic for all my pain, and one of my life pursuits.

I have that delusional patient, who believed he and I were two characters in a movie, to thank.


DMD with TLC

This communication is meant to objectively describe circumstances which took place on Monday, September 30, 2019.

Between 0800 and 0900, I received services at DMD with TLC  by "Ancella", whose name was  given to me by other staff. I was not informed of Ancella's credentials and was not explained a portion of the process, aside from the cost of the procedure and "we're going to put an antibiotic between your gum and teeth".

Between 0800 and 0900, I received services at DMD with TLC  by "Ancella", whose name was  given to me by other staff. I was not informed of Ancella's credentials and was not explained a portion of the process, aside from the cost of the procedure and "we're going to put an antibiotic between your gum and teeth".

Without informing me, Angela injected a medication via a syringe and needle into, which I was later informed, my "masseter muscle". I immediately experienced an intense pain and described it as "a fire in my sinuses up to my eye".

During this time, I was admonished for "moving during the injection". When I asked "what happened?" Ancella's reply was "I don't know" and made no other statement and took no action. 

I immediately said, "I'm done!" and left Dentistry with TLC. As of this writing, I have received no communication from Dentistry with TLC. 

I will await a response and resolution to this matter before pursuing other options.

Respectfully submitted,

Davey Do

9.30.19@ 2345






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