She tells me she and her partner had sex again after only one of them took treatment for chlamydia. Then she told me she can’t afford to refill the med out-of-pocket because she is still smoking cigarettes and joints daily. I ask her how preparations are going for the baby next month, she responds she hasn’t had time to think about it.
Maddening conversation. I found an excuse to leave for a few minutes, took a few breaths, reminded myself that my work is to care for her and meet her where she is. Then I went back in the room, and we kept talking.