“You Knew The Risk”

To those wonderful commenters on addiction/or an overdose post who say no one forced people with SUD to stick a pill down their throat or use a needle, I say to you: Thank God. Thank God, it wasn’t YOUR CHILD. Thank heavens you don’t know what it’s like to feel helpless when you find outContinue reading ““You Knew The Risk””

Trails of Smiles-ɢuɪᴅɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴊᴏuʀɴᴇʏ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ Iɴɴᴏᴄᴇɴᴛs

As I watched the little boy in his navy blue fleece jacket; with his warm knit hoodie covering his wavy brown hair, happily bouncing along the sandy path, I couldn’t help but smile with grateful relief. Every three steps, without fail, he would stop, bend down and draw a circle in the sand. “Look Nana!Continue reading “Trails of Smiles-ɢuɪᴅɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇ ᴊᴏuʀɴᴇʏ ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ Iɴɴᴏᴄᴇɴᴛs”

The Night after Christmas

нow was your Cнrιѕтмαѕ? The words echoed into my ears even before they left my co-workers mouth. I instinctively have enough experience with avoidance and deflection to get a jump on her question. By appearing busy and having enough ‘questions’ and data of my own; I was able to layer my question on top ofContinue reading “The Night after Christmas”

A Simple Driveway

ᎳhᎽ ᏆhᎥs ᏢᎥᏟᏆuᏒᎬ mᎪᎠᎬ ᏆhᎥs mᎪmᎪ ᏟᏒᎽ It looks like just a house. Some cement. A fence A few trees But it’s more than that to me. To me, this house represents success. It’s represents hope. It represents forward motion. It gives hope to a sense of normalcy again. It screams “Please validate me evenContinue reading “A Simple Driveway”

Brain Changes with Addiction

I first learned about the hijacked brain in a nursing in-service at work in 2017. Nurses were just starting to be able to get help for their risk of becoming addicted. My family was experiencing our first what the F moments of something being amiss with my 32 year old son. He was flying highContinue reading “Brain Changes with Addiction”

Holier Than Thou

My momma used to call them: “hypocrites”. The people who seem to be on their ‘high horse’ looking down on others or because of their choices or conditions in life. Or maybe it’s actually us, who find ourself saying about  others, ” If only- THEY wouldn’t have done THAT– I wouldn’t have to do this,Continue reading “Holier Than Thou”

Empty Chairs

This time of year is bound to drudge up painful feelings for those who have lost a child or have a prodigal son or daughter who is lost in addiction or otherwise estranged. The happy music, with families dancing around the warmly decorated fireplace, is almost too much for moms like me who are worriedContinue reading “Empty Chairs”

Constraining Beliefs

ł₣ Ø₦ⱠɎ After a week or 2 of disappointing events, and a sucky work week, I was destined to a restless and worrisome night – replaying a conversation with a coworker over and over.  This morning when I jumped in my car for an eye appointment, This Talk by Wendy Watson was playing on theContinue reading “Constraining Beliefs”

Give Me Back My Son

ƛ͙ Ɗ͙ƛ͙Ƴ͙ Ɩ͙Ɲ͙ Ƭ͙Ӈ͙Є͙ LƖ͙Ƒ͙Є͙ Sunday: I’m at work, passing medications- the irony. 10:15 text- hey mom, is there any way you could help me out? I don’t get paid until tomorrow and I borrowed $100 from a friend to cover rent. 10:16 hi son, nice to hear from you. I could buy you someContinue reading “Give Me Back My Son”

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