Posted 11/24/2010 7:12 PM (GMT -6)
Scaredy Cat, the treatment is group therapy but we can talk to the therapist one-on-one any time we need to, either during group or privately, and that's great. I'm getting lots of good tips on how to beat back the panic attacks. PTSD they haven't touched on yet, I guess I will ask the therapist about that next week. My husband doesn't like living with his grandmother because the cat has to stay out in the garage, and he craves having his own place again, so he's looking to rent a duplex somewhere that he can afford (but I think he should stay right where he is and just save his money; he doesn't make enough to pay all the bills associated with renting a place.) He came and took me out to eat and we went to a few shops in town, and just enjoyed each other's company and shared wishes. We are coping the best we can under the circumstances, but if he were to get his Class A CDL license and start driving 18-wheelers, he would be making more money than I would. He's talked about it; now he has to get himself to do it---get the training, take the test, etc. Big step for him, I would be apprehensive myself. We will be having Thanksgiving at his grandmother's tomorrow, I hope there will not be anything come up about my still not being able to work---but if it does, it does. Scaredy Cat, I have such a friend in you. Thank you so much for thinking about me and praying for me, and I keep you in my prayers. Revere's Lady, it is interesting that you have the same problem I do with A/P and PTSD. I wish you luck with your psychiatrist appointment on Dec 2nd and I will be praying for you. Kitt, yes, with you and all my friends here, I'm never alone. My therapist told me to "short circuit" my panic attacks by immediately thinking of something pleasant, like a favorite place or some activity that I like to do. She said that the attack should deminish if I do that. I will try it for sure and I hope it works. Oh Awty, I hope I can. Right now, at the beginning of therapy, it seems like such a long road ahead. But with God's help I will do well and get well, and that goes for all of us. Fugs, thanks for thinking about me and praying for me. I don't know how long my therapy will last; I guess as long as it needs to, to get me back on my feet job-wize and personally, mentally. Living with my parents is good, and I know the Lord will bless them for helping me and taking me in. I know He loves me and you and everybody and cares about every little (and big) thing that happens in our lives, and that our therapies will help us to overcome and win over our illnesses. I know it will take some time to address the PTSD, but everything worthwhile takes time doesn't it? I wish I could just flip a switch in my brain--all of our brains and bodies---and turn the A/P, the PTSD, and all our illnesses OFF, but it doesn't work that way. Scaredy Cat, Revere's Lady, Kitt, Awty, Fugs---all of you have a great Thanksgiving and we will all pray that the Lord will touch ours and and our families' lives and be thankful for everything He gives us and also that He loves us and takes care of our every need before we even ask. But He wants us in our prayer lives to ask, so He can bless us. OK, don't eat too much goodies, haha! I love you all bunches and I will talk to you later.
In His Love and Grace,
I am a 20-year employee of the United States Postal Service, which has been a long period of trials and troubles for me. I've been physically ill a lot and suffer from depression, obscessive-compulsive, and panic disorder, and the Postal Service (nor any other employer) likes excessive absenteeism. So I've had to deal with that via endless rounds of paperwork and harassment from management.