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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Comments & a New Therapy

I just wanted to write a quick post thanking all of those of you left so many uplifting, sweet comments lately. It certainly helps me through tough days. And a special thanks to two new readers for your comments -- Vindi and another reader who is starting a blog of their own about caregiving -- unfortunately I could not find your blog and would love it if you can send me a direct link!

Also -- to the reader who suggested I get Kona certified as a Service Dog --- you can see (by the picture below) she is! I have a diagnosis of GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and also PTSD. I take Kona everywhere, to the grocery store, the mall, therapy appointments, restaurants, antiquing, everywhere! And she is a godsend.  (Though my car is full of dog hair! ha!) Don't know what I'd have done without her by my side.  And it's terrible that so many charity agencies who provide service dogs (at no cost) have very long waiting lists, but I was lucky enough to be able to afford the training on my own......

In other news, my therapist is getting her certification for a "new" type of therapy for PTSD and anxiety disorders -- it's called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). This therapy is really not so new -- been around since 1987, but is just gaining acceptance by the medical field.  I have an appointment with her tomorrow and I do want to try this -- so I will keep you posted on the results (if any).

thanks again, everyone.  It's still a day at a time here --- seems grief never takes a vacation...

5 comments:

Vindi Vin said...

Was sooo good to hear from you again. I'm very happy for you in regards to Kona, she is lovely and I think she will be a very good thing for you. Good luck on your appointment tomorrow, I'll be thinking of you.
One thing I wanted to mention to you before was that I too used to live in a pink house, it wasn't on a corner, but living in a small town, we were the only ones with a pink house. Didn't have too much trouble with people not being able to find us! :-) Our family has been here for years, so strangers would need only say, I'm looking for a family who lives in a pink house and everyone sent them our way... lol. One of the perks! (cheesy)
Anyhow, I look forward to your next post, give Kona a hug from me and angels on your pillow to you..... Vin

Stephany Harvey said...

Diane, I'm very glad to hear you are going to try EMDR. I found it to be a powerful tool, and I hope you receive help from it. I won't discuss my own experiences, as I do not want to disrupt your own experience. Let us know how it goes.

Stephany in Iowa. (And thanks for the Kona picture).

oc1dean said...

Maybe gut bacteria when it comes out. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-shot-against-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/?

Or orange essential oils;
http://www.spring.org.uk/2017/05/the-essential-oilfruit-that-may-help-fight-ptsd.php?omhide=true

Or THC from marijuana;
https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2017/03/28/vanderbilt-study-finds-natural-chemical-helps-brain-adapt-to-stress/amp/

Or Treatment with the drug prazosin effectively reduces symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for many people.
Ask your doctor for this last one.

Diane said...

Thanks Dean, I will look into those things -

Jenn said...

I've not heard of it of this therapy. Interesting. Hope it helps.