Nickie Coby (puppybraille) wrote,
Nickie Coby

Bloopers and my very first Code of Ethics

First, the funny stuff. While getting lunch around noon, I was getting soda. One of the cashiers asked if I needed help. I said no thanks, but they stayed over by me and offered to guide me over to check out. I made the comment that "I need all of the caffene I can get!". The response was less than encouraging. I sat down and took a big swigg of... Sprite? I thought I was getting Coke. I guess that explains the response I got. As a side note, I do have the buttons memorized, but I just wasn't thinking.

At the end of a somewhat-long day, Julio and I had to walk through rain to get back to the dorm. This calls for special handler skills because Julio does not like water. So I get to the place where Julio and I need to cross, and, as expected, he resists. I'm about to pick him up and get him over the puddle, when I realize the puppy is drinking out of it! He does this on the other side of the street too! I ended up laughing. Then he did the little "I want to run in circles, but I'm on leash, so I'll just run in concentric circles with you while you walk" thing. Silly puppy!

In social work, we just got our first copy of the NASW Code of Ethics (NASW means National Association of Social Workers). We talked about quite a few issues and one thing that came up was confidentiality. Someone mentioned that you can't say hi to a client out of the office unless they say hi first. I told them what I have always told doctors if the issue came up (which it rarely ever does). I tell doctors to say hi, and introduce themselves, but if they're willing, they don't make it plain that they're my doctor. For example, if DR. Jane Smith, M.D. sees me, she could say "Hi, Nickie, it's Jane Smith." I can choose to say hi and talk or say "Hi, it's nice to see you." It leaves that up to me. And of course, if they don't want to say hi, they don't have to. But I'll never even know they're there if they don't say something.

Anyway, I'm very excited to have The Code. I feel kind of like the author of "Ambulance Girl" did when she got her stethoscope.


Tags: guide dogs, humor, socialwork

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