A few weeks ago I posted here about a work situation where I was unexpectantly faced with a patient's records whose diagnosis was pedophelia. OUCH
Well today I had to meet one, take his vital signs, update his medical history, and discuss his medications. It was all very clinical, and I was okay, really.
Maybe I am a little more sympathetic to someone like this fellow, who is Bipolar and Schizophrenic. He doesn't look like the charming pedophile teacher, priest, uncle, coach, or neighbor. He looks like a typical crazy street person. Perhaps I can hold him less responsible for his actions than a "normal pedophile".
But I know, normal pedophile or not, there were children hurt by this man. I cannot bring myself to be friendly to him. But at least I'm not having a panic attack, thats progress.
"When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown, the dream is gone
And I have become comfortably numb."Pink Floyd