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  •  What rs said. My heart goes out to them. Please (0+ / 0-)

    urge them to use the resources. Even now, just reading material online about PTSD helps me accept how my mind and body can still react to certain situations. The affirmation that it's a normal reaction to experiencing an abnormal situation.
    Then "normal" situations can easily trigger things. For them the 4th of July fireworks may be something that used to be an enjoyment and now will be a trigger.
    It's hard when you're in a situation that 99% of the people consider fun and enjoyable and you feel like you are spinning out of control over a big bang in the air and flashbacks in your mind.

    In my situation that little girl was a family member, she was accidentally run over by a riding lawn mower by the property owner. (who still deals with the trauma of that to this day)
    For me, I don't even own one. I have a person come do the lawn, make a point to not be home when they're here.
    The part that can feel insane even this many years later, are summer days, the windows open, a neighbors mowing in the distance and it doesn't even phase me. But then out of nowhere that same scene triggers the memories and images of that fateful day.

    It's your victories that give you your confidence but it's your setbacks that give you your character. -Van Jones

    by Oke on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 09:52:43 AM PDT

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    •  We live about 15-20 minutes from Boston (0+ / 0-)

      and have ties to the city...with a DIL who graduated from Northeastern and who works at Children's Hospital, and them having close friends at the marathon (including one I'd performed the wedding ceremony for some years ago).  Another son was working the ER at a hospital some miles out of Boston that day.

      Even though all were OK, we continue to process the day.  In some ways it's been hardest for the son who was on ER duty but not in Boston, a respiratory therapist whose ER duty involves keeping airways open and sometimes doing chest tubes to drain fluid....he keeps asking himself "If I'd been on the scene, with so many injuries in the crowd, could I have held it together and reacted the way I'd need to?"   I know him enough to assure him he'd have done what was needed--but especially when something so traumatic happens in a familiar setting, people all over are asking themselves similar questions.

      I've wondered what they'll do on July 4 on the Esplanade when the Boston Pops get to the crescendo of the 1812 Orchestra, where normally the National Guard shoot off cannons.   Will they decide to skip it this year, or warn people and see it through together as a symbol of Boston in defiance?  

      "Because inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened." -Terry Pratchett

      by revsue on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 12:15:38 PM PDT

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