This past Monday was my third and final time interacting with the consumers for Just for Fun! I was with the female group again and I really enjoyed being able to to engage in a different activity apart from a board or card game. I sat at a table where consumers and a couple of nurses were coloring pages. The consumers I sat with were very nice and receptive. They greeted me when I came to the table. Another student and I picked out a page each to color. But while we were coloring I noticed that the consumer sitting to the left of me was spending several minutes to find a specific coloring page. [I thought that was very interesting because I thought she would give up looking for the page after 1 0r 2 minutes. But 5, 7, maybe even 10 minutes went by] with this consumer adamantly searching for a particular coloring page as she also wanted to make copies of the page as well.
Right across from me was another consumer who colored 2 paged during Just for Fun! She was very mono-toned and she spoke as if she was sad or depressed. She asked me and another student “what is the color of a dog?”. [She also asked one of the nurses the color of another animal that I am forgetting.] [ I just think it was interesting because one of my classmates probably would have looked at me funny or laughed if I asked them that question.] [But I could tell that the consumer genuinely did not know and wanted an answer.]
Later on at Just for Fun!, a consumer that was at a table near the entrance of the room came down to my table looking pretty upset. [Seeing her emotion change caught me off guard because when we (the students) were walking in she seemed pretty happy to see us.] However, at this moment in time she was complaining that she did not feel well and wanted to go back upstairs. Basically, the nurse at my table said that she could not leave because she needed some other type of permission in order to do so. The consumer raised her voiced at the nurse but I am glad she got to a point where she accepted the nurse’s final word because I did not want the situation to escalate, though she continued to look upset for the duration of Just for Fun! Overall I had a great time interacting with the patients at DSH since [it really showed me that even people who deal with mental health issues in mental health facilities are really just people like me and you.]
This is a representation of the activity I engaged in at DSH with some of the consumers, which was coloring. It was pretty therapeutic and it inspired me to try to color more often.