Sunday, May 30, 2010

ok, now that I'm sober

I can tell you the story. I'm still pretty amazed myself ... and I'll keep it short. As distanced as my family is - for once we all came together because I needed help and it rocked. I needed to write the answer to the legal complaint and I only have two weeks to do it, I was completely and totally overwhelmed and out of my mind with the importance of this document and the need to have it done well, so I was talking to my sister who then unbeknownst to me - organized a "meeting of the minds" to help me get it done. Her husband is an HR specialist with a large company and my mother is a lawyer. So she planned the place and time and they all got together and the brains thought and talked and compared notes and read the volumes of material I had - and now the paper is written and ready for the mail. And it is truly awesome in content. It's gonna be a no brainer to the lawyers that they have to come and investigate further.

What a weight lifted.

And another good thing that came out of it is that my family actually got to read some of the documentation about what happened to me the medical reports, and the where and how the PTSD affects me or what I've truly been going through these past years. Although they saw me in the hospital and they knew it was really bad, I don't think they've ever really known or thought about what it was like for me on the inside... and all the stuff with work and the divorce and everything, they just didn't know until they read what I had and saw the whole sequence of events. Now they understand much more.

I am blessed. And relieved.


Kath said...

I think for many of us while it's easy to ask for help from complete strangers, it can be so much harder to ask for help from family or others close to us. So we forge on alone, carrying all the weight and keeping all the trouble to ourselves. The problem is that then our family and closest friends do not see how much we are struggling, they only see what we show on the outside, the facade we put up of strength and independence. So they truly have no idea that we really need help and it will never occur to them to offer it. Does that make any sense?

But I'm glad your family was able to come together and help you with this. I suspect they are also quite happy they were able to do it for you!

Kat said...

Awesome!! I'm so glad to hear that you've got a great responce written. Not to mention the fact that your family came together to support you.

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Amen girl! Hope you can finally put it all behind you. Stay strong and keep smiling. xxoo

Stacie said...

This post made me feel warm and fuzzy inside for you. How awesome that your family came together when you needed help. I bet getting the response done is a huge weight off your shoulders!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sheepish Annie said...

Wow! Way to go, Family!!! I'm so happy for you and for you're finding just what you needed when you needed it the most. Yay!