I have my moments.
Work had been quite hectic the whole week as we prepared for an even more stressful week next week.
At times, I feel the need to inject some laughter for a little break from seriousness. All work and no play can make you insane.
Having decided to finally go back to a life with medical aid, I went for it and agreed to do the telephonic sign up.
In general, I can’t lie. I’m a terrible liar. I had to tell the truth and there was no way I could hold back any relevant information.
But, I was quite clear that I had a once-off consultation with a psychiatrist when I was going through a depressed state after my divorce. This was in 1999! I have had medical cover and this visit to the psychiatrist had never played any relevant role in my life. The insurance company insisted on me completing the “Nervous Disorders Questionnaire”.
I am fully aware that a mental illness is a serious matter but I was never diagnosed with a mental disorder when I went for that single consultation so for me, this document was rather ridiculous.
I took the moment to add laughter to the day and proceeded to complete the questionnaire.
- Symptoms – SAD
- How long – Until I found a boyfriend
- Treatment – None; I think it was something like, “Move on, ex-husband an arse; time heals all wounds”
- Are you planning an admission to hospital for this condition? – No. For what??
I then emailed the signed form and told me to check out my blog tonight.
“Consider this, I was not a citizen, I was alone, I moved to Johannesburg without my family (my parents are in Botswana) and being a Type A person, refused to admit that I failed in my marriage so I was so sad that I thought it was abnormal to be sad and thus I consulted a Psychiatrist – with no diagnosis of any mental illness. I couldn’t even score anti-depressants or any happy pill.”
Was I being an unreasonably difficult person and a big “B”?
I then said that I hope I made them laugh.
With a “please”, I asked not to be bothered again as I am a very busy person.
My colleague said I should have warned them not to bug me as that could push me to the edge!
I had to laugh.
We had a good laugh.
Then we went back to work, 4 people tackling all of one hundred tenders.
I was only being playful today.
Please excuse me..