During This Pandemic

The therapist I’m working with
Over the phone during this pandemic
Helps me so much with my illness
But sadly I almost missed connecting with her
Because the first time she called
An automated voice answered
And said my number
Didn’t accept calls marked anonymous
Then hung up on her
I had no idea this happened
Until I called the clinic
To say no one had returned
My call from two weeks ago
Even though I left my name and number
Along with a brief message
This time thankfully I got a live person
A case manager who told me my therapist
Whose name I didn’t know at the time
Tried calling me twice but both times
An automated voice informed her
My number didn’t accept calls
Marked anonymous
I said sorry that happened to her
But the case manager said not to worry
Just kindly inform the phone company
I want to receive anonymous calls
Because therapists calling clients from home
Need their numbers to remain anonymous
So following the case manager’s advice
I removed the feature preventing me
From connecting with my therapist
Whose name I’ll never forget
And thankfully the next day
My therapist got in touch with me
And I said sorry I missed her twice
But she said not to worry
And now we talk honestly
For an hour every week
And like I said earlier
She helps me so much with my illness
Which sometimes makes me talk
So fast I need to catch my breath
Which a lot of people find hard to do
During this pandemic