Dealing with unexpected PTSD triggers

ptsd

About a month ago, on August 5, to be exact, my PTSD was triggered very badly by an unexpected hate attack from a person I barely know. I was shocked by the deep, intense, soul shaking, emotional PAIN I felt. I thought my PTSD was healed better than that!

Now that nearly a month has passed since this deeply hurtful experience, I feel like I am back to normal. (Or what passes for normal in my case, lol.) I’ve had time to do a lot of thinking, praying, and talking things over with my loving Chaplain husband and with a very wise and dear Christian friend. This is the conclusion I have come to:

I am human. And being human is not a shameful thing. In fact, being human, a creature made by God, in the image of God, is wonderful and awesome. Yes, by the grace of God and thanks to a lot of good therapy, I have done a tremendous amount of healing since the days when my PTSD was at its worst. However, this does not mean that I am now invincible. If you cut me, I will still bleed. And if I feel that you are attacking my basic worth and value as a human being, I will still be triggered. Why? Because I’m not super woman. And not being super woman is perfectly okay!

Here are the links to two inspiring posts on the topic of PTSD triggers by the author Alexis Rose. If, like me, you have been dealing with some trauma triggers recently, I believe these posts will encourage you.

https://atribeuntangled.com/2019/09/04/thank-you-symptoms-but-ive-got-this/

https://atribeuntangled.com/2019/08/23/getting-triggered-by-the-news-2/

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With love, 
Linda Lee @LadyQuixote 

Selfishness

This “Narcissistic Friday” post by Pastor Dave Orrison is a timely post for me! Four days ago I had surgery to remove and biopsy a cyst. Before, during, and after the procedure, I was the center of attention of about a half dozen people. Probably because I had stopped breathing during a prior surgical procedure less than two months ago, everyone seemed ultra focused on taking the best possible care of me.

I actually felt guilty for being the focus of so many people for such a long time! I really did! Even though I am a former nurse myself, so I fully understood that it was their job to take care of me, I felt like I was doing something wrong. Despite all my healing from narcissistic abuse, that’s how pervasive the brainwashing of a malignant personality can be. Having surgery, and feeling guilty for taking up everyone’s time!

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Grace for my Heart

It’s Narcissist Friday!     

When did it become wrong for us to consider our own needs? If you ask some people, taking care of ourselves is simple selfishness. We should focus on taking care of others, they say. Don’t worry about yourself, they say. God will take care of you. You just take care of others.

But if I can trust God to take care of me, can’t I trust God to take care of others? Why does God need me to take care of others if He is great enough to take care of me?

Yes, I believe God takes care of me. I also believe He takes care of others… and doesn’t need me to do it. Instead, He blesses me when He uses me to bless others. He allows me to participate in His work. There is joy and blessing in that kind of service, when…

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