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Kevin has decided to be evaluated for PTSD. I am both pleased and relieved he has made this decision. (Like all mental health issues, the afflicted person has to want to do something about the issue.)

In other good news:

- we've found an over-the-counter potassium supplement that agrees with his digestive system. The combination of omeprazole and potassium is working well to keep him on an even enough keel to eat and keep it down, although he's still eating only small amounts at a time after the week-long stomach unpleasantness he had in late November.

- we have figured out an arrangement to make our living room more presentable and consolidate the sewing/crafting things into one room. It involves turning the master bedroom into a studio, but it will be good all around once we're done.

- after a frosting failure, I used melted almond bark coating to hold together 24 graham cracker gingerbread-style houses for Laurel's class party. The kids loved it and I returned home 23 houses and some candy lighter, but heavier by over half a dozen large premixed frosting bags. I promptly gave three bags to one of the feral children after she knocked on our door and asked if she could have them. (I realize in hindsight that I have no idea if her responsible adults were aware of this, but at worst I gave a bunch of kids whose parents I don't know a bunch of sugar on a Friday afternoon.)

- I am reasonably satisfied after over a week of tweaking my model in SketchUp that I have a stable tank model to print and use as gingerbread templates. I'm going to get some pirouette cookies at the dollar store to use for the tank gun.

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dictator88
Dec. 20th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
I also have to say that you are a saint for going through this with him. I'm sure that putting up with him is a major task. I went through it, too. Though, my partner was not in combat. It gets better, but it is fucking hard.
oddharmonic
Dec. 20th, 2009 07:37 am (UTC)
Putting up with Kevin's troubles is a constant lately, but I'm committed to not giving up on him because I think he deserves to have someone in his life that doesn't walk out or use religion as an explanation for why bad things happen.

I am always glad to see people who've lived with a partner with PTSD and didn't end up going batshit crazy from the experience.

When I step back from being in the thick of it, it is kind of cool to have a live-in research subject. I make regular notes on his expression of impulsive thoughts and emotional lability in case I might be able to make some sense of them later.

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