Monday, November 19, 2012

Dissociation Tip

I fell onto this tip....J hardly ever dissociates anymore but when she does it's during traumaversary.  I had the brilliant idea to have her sing.  Old MacDonald, happy birthday, Wheels on the Bus.... whatever is relatively easy for them to sing over and over.

My concentration level requirement sets the volume level.  Sometimes it's whisper volume or if we're riding in the car it's equal to the volume on the radio which is usually extremely loud  boisterous.  No, we can't carry a tune but we belt it out anyway.

We've also used reciting the alphabet, lists of proper nouns, lists of adverbs, lists of adjectives.  The sky is the limit...

Whatever keeps the brain engaged and the dissociation at bay. still suck.  Maybe I should work on embracing you but I'm not there yet.

Maybe next year.

Next year I'll be waiting on you till Christmas.  So there!

Would someone please remind me of this next year????

P.S.  I have a new favorite thing coming.  More details later but you can start checking it out here.  My friend, Mitra, shared it with me and we've been using it for 3 months.  It's the bomb.

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Dear Traumaversary,

You suck.

Your visit is shorter with every passing year and your symptoms are much less pronounced and I am extremely grateful.

This is the first year e.v.e.r. that we were able to celebrate J's birthday on her actual day.  I didn't have to have it 3 or 4 weeks early just to thwart your chaos.  That is huge.  I'm grateful for this as well.

Yet this year you decided to delay your arrival until after her birthday for your annual torture visit.  You were trying to trick me and I am not impressed with your deceitfulness.

So Traumaversary, we've had 7 years of your visits and I am t.i.r.e.d. of you.  Would you please just move on already?  Pretty please....

****I can hear you laughing****

That's really not nice, you know.....