The Life You Save May Be Your Own

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Update #3 April 5, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Grainne @ 1:18 pm

Hello All,

I managed to get Sara last night by phone and we had a nice chat.

Things seem to be going along fairly well 🙂  She’s still in sync with her psychiatrist and her individual therapist and I think they’ve finally realized how smart she is.  They let her out of a lot of the DBT stuff and have her taking part in groups that are based on processing (work getting done….forward momentum rather than sitting and listening for gazillionth time how to find your safe place and use breathing techniques).  She also gets to take part in a few art therapy groups which she said she liked…she made a leather-bound journal the other day.

She said the therapy was good but the ‘homework’ was really heavy and triggering.  She told me about a really bad night when she broke down and really struggled.  They seem to be pretty responsive at SP though…they were watching over her (somewhat uselessly) but, as she said, she survived it.  She’s such a strong girl.

Of course, she tried her best to sound chipper and happy, like we were having a chat on a Sunday afternoon over tea.  It was hard to hear that when I knew she was hurting so much.  She’s very much like me in that way (a lot of us, I think), trying to make sure everyone else doesn’t worry over us.  I told her that I knew how hard it was and that all of us were thinking of her, missing her.

I did tell her about Pen and Zoe’s puppies (almost forgot!).  Her entire soul brightened for a moment while we talked about them.  Sara said she hopes there are lots of pictures for her when she comes back.  🙂

Overall, I think she’s okay.  I just wish I could go visit and give her a hug.  Words kind of get lost when dealing with things so deeply attached to our souls.

That’s about all for this update.  I hope everyone finds a moment of pure happiness today, however fleeting.

~Grainne

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8 Responses to “Update #3”

  1. Pen Says:

    She is amazingly strong. I’m so proud of her! I’m sad to hear about the triggering homework, but so glad she remained safe for the most part.

    There will certainly be extra puppy pictures just for her! Especially once they stop looking just like mole rats 😉

    ❤ ❤ ❤

    • Grainne Says:

      Oh they are so sweet when they’re that tiny. I can’t wait to see them a bit bigger though. 🙂

      I know..was hard to hear how much the homework is messing with Sara, but she’s doing it. I’m so proud of her too. xo

      • Pen Says:

        I just want their eyes open!! Lol.

        To me, she has incredible willpower to do any of this. I’m way too cowardly to even consider anything similar. She is an amazing person.

      • Grainne Says:

        I don’t think I could go that hard either, full time, day in and day out without getting a break. She did say there were a few girls on her floor who she got along quite well with. I was happy to hear that….that would be the worst bit for me, being so alone in there.

      • Pen Says:

        Oh good. I’m so glad. When I was committed briefly, it was a hospital ward and everyone else there was just scary. I was probably the only under 30 female and it made me feel particularly vulnerable.

  2. kate1975 Says:

    I’m glad that she is able to get a lot of good healing work done. Good and healing thoughts.

    Kate

  3. strangelings Says:

    I’m glad you were able to get ahold of her. Hopefully, finally now that I’m home (will write that update soon) I’ll be able to call soon too. I’ve done that before- that kind of work in a trauma hospital. It’s very hard- but it’s also a very *good* place to do that kind of hard work, and a good place to *learn* how to do it.

    I’m glad to hear how she’s doing.


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