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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Unexpected Ally

Twice this week we needed help and it came from an unexpected source. Beth helped us out twice. The first time was last Saturday. We have a beach house that we rent out on a weekly basis. The cleaning service never showed and we had upset tenants on our hands. DH and I had to go clean but DH could hardly walk. He called Beth and she agreed to come and help us. She worked diligently and seemed happy to have been able to come to the rescue.

She also came over today. I was out and DH called saying he was sick with violent chills again. I called Beth who was with a friend. They went right over and sat with him until I got home. She then proceeded to take her trophys out of the basement. She wants to put them on a shelf in her apartment. I think it is good that she is remembering what it felt like to be thanked and praised for accomplishments and contributions. This was the norm in her life before the trauma, mental illness and addiction.

She also told me that she has been having a lot of panic attacks lately. ( It might be because she is off the prozak.) I asked if she told the Doctor and she said no. She is also starting to obsess about a car again. Lots of days she does not feel good enough to look for one. Her knee has been hurting a lot lately. When she feels good enough to get out and look she just wants to get the first thing she sees. Sigh  like cars with more than 200,000 miles on them.

I am not thrilled about her getting a car but it is her money and a reasonable request. She really can not walk any distance without pain and for a woman it is particularly dangerous to get around without a car. On the other hand we all know the easier access to drugs and the other dangers of a car. We are looking for a honda or toyota with current inspection sticker and a price below 4000.00. Any other suggestions?


  1. This sounds very encouraging! I am glad to hear it. I think a honda, toyota or nissan would be a great car. My Nissan is going strong at 125,000 miles and eleven years!

  2. My daughter's car was both a savior and finally a disaster. Whichever car it turns out to be make sure she knows the consequences of traffic tickets and parking tickets that accumulate. My daughter's low threshold for patience to look for suitable parking lead to too many parking violations. Speeding and distracted driving, well, the list of cons is long. But, there are many pluses to having a car.
    I loved reading how Beth is chipping in. The image of gathering up her trophies was sweet - like remembering that she is still that girl somewhere inside.
    xx kris

  3. Sounds like a reasonable thing. It is great that Beth took her trophies and that she helped out. That must have made her feel really good too.