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(CNN)   A program matches veterans suffering from PTSD with dogs who help them get used to being in social situations again. Tag is for pretty much everyone in this story: the vets, the trainers, and most definitely the dogs   (cnn.com ) divider line
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2012-06-09 11:20:22 PM  

phoxxy: poe_zlaw: what the cat dragged in: phoxxy: Hubby has PTSD so getting a kick yadda, yadda.... (not so much).

He's on Lorazepam (mood stabilization), Lamotrigine (for the anxiety) and Trazodone (so he can sleep at night).

He's got a request in through the VA to had our cats to be documented as service animals. You might laugh, but when my husband is having a bad day, they seem to know and at least one or more of them curl up with him to make him feel better or calm him down. He'll sit there for an hour or more petting the cat and when done he's much improved.

It's really been a blessing to have them. Some days I think they are of more help than the drugs. :)

Have you looked into equine therapy? The DoD has been using and supporting this for some time. A bit more about it from the horse's, er, mouth

Guys, he isnt trolling. I feel the same way. The military in the US is voluntary. Those "insurgents" are no different than what you would be if a military force invaded the US with far superior capabilities than our defenses. People opted to go to the war. Nobody forced anyone to go over seas and invade a country and kill civilians. II dont give a sh*t if your friend died in front of you while fighting. Why the hell did we go Iraq? whats heroic about anything that went on over there? People tried to kill you because you helped invade a country for no reason.

You do realize that a good chunk insurgents weren't even Iraqis right?

There are many stories of insurgents being recruited in other countries being told they were getting hired for a job only to find out once they made it totheir destination they were forced to fight or never go home. One such "insurgent" that was encountered during one of my husband's deployment had been drugged and he found himself duct taped to the driver's side of a car with the bomb inside. Luckily the bomb did not go off and the man survived. Countless stories of "insurgents" forced to fight because their families had been kidnapped an ...


DUDE!! i already apologized and said Ive changed my ways. Please take all this back. tldr anyways.
 
2012-06-09 11:46:05 PM  

poe_zlaw: DUDE!! i already apologized and said Ive changed my ways. Please take all this back. tldr anyways.


Because reading is so damn hard.

No one is saying you shouldn't be angry. Your anger is just very misplaced.

Fark... *I* am angry. My husband is broke. We have lost time together as a family. I am constantly under stress because I have to bare the burden of so many things because my husband is unable to cope or handle them. I am the shield for our children so I get the brunt of all his anger and frustration... depression and sadness... so my children don't have to go through what *I* did growing up with MY father who is a Vietnam vet with PTSD. Of course I'm pissed. And I'm disappointed because 20 years ago I saw this shiat was going to happen because people can't get their heads out of their asses long enough to care enough beyond what gratifies them in the moment.

For as pissed and angry as I am, I sure as hell am NOT blaming my husband or his counterparts because they chose to serve their country.
 
2012-06-09 11:52:42 PM  

poe_zlaw: phoxxy: poe_zlaw: what the cat dragged in: phoxxy: Hubby has PTSD so getting a kick yadda, yadda.... (not so much).

He's on Lorazepam (mood stabilization), Lamotrigine (for the anxiety) and Trazodone (so he can sleep at night).

He's got a request in through the VA to had our cats to be documented as service animals. You might laugh, but when my husband is having a bad day, they seem to know and at least one or more of them curl up with him to make him feel better or calm him down. He'll sit there for an hour or more petting the cat and when done he's much improved.

It's really been a blessing to have them. Some days I think they are of more help than the drugs. :)

Have you looked into equine therapy? The DoD has been using and supporting this for some time. A bit more about it from the horse's, er, mouth

Guys, he isnt trolling. I feel the same way. The military in the US is voluntary. Those "insurgents" are no different than what you would be if a military force invaded the US with far superior capabilities than our defenses. People opted to go to the war. Nobody forced anyone to go over seas and invade a country and kill civilians. II dont give a sh*t if your friend died in front of you while fighting. Why the hell did we go Iraq? whats heroic about anything that went on over there? People tried to kill you because you helped invade a country for no reason.

You do realize that a good chunk insurgents weren't even Iraqis right?

There are many stories of insurgents being recruited in other countries being told they were getting hired for a job only to find out once they made it totheir destination they were forced to fight or never go home. One such "insurgent" that was encountered during one of my husband's deployment had been drugged and he found himself duct taped to the driver's side of a car with the bomb inside. Luckily the bomb did not go off and the man survived. Countless stories of "insurgents" forced to fight because their families had been kidnapped an ...

DUDE!! i already apologized and said Ive changed my ways. Please take all this back. tldr anyways.


My WWII veteran father-in-law says "you're welcome". Now fark off.
 
2012-06-10 12:00:53 AM  

KidneyStone: What the I don't even.


And THAT's why we're in this mess.
 
2012-06-10 12:20:34 AM  
phoxxy:

Please know, thousands more will read what you wrote than will respond. It was eloquent and necessary.

Thank you!
 
2012-06-10 12:23:54 AM  
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2012-06-10 01:43:40 AM  

DrPainMD: If you have a guilty conscience from killing women and children, the most effective ptsd cure is to jump off of a very tall building.


The nearest tall building is right down the street. I'd urge you to give it a try. Jumping is a great cure for assholery.
 
2012-06-10 04:24:19 AM  

phoxxy: Hubby has PTSD so getting a kick yadda, yadda.... (not so much).

He's on Lorazepam (mood stabilization), Lamotrigine (for the anxiety) and Trazodone (so he can sleep at night).

He's got a request in through the VA to had our cats to be documented as service animals. You might laugh, but when my husband is having a bad day, they seem to know and at least one or more of them curl up with him to make him feel better or calm him down. He'll sit there for an hour or more petting the cat and when done he's much improved.

It's really been a blessing to have them. Some days I think they are of more help than the drugs. :)

DrPainMD: KidneyStone: DrPainMD: If you have a guilty conscience from killing women and children, the most effective ptsd cure is to jump off of a very tall building.

One of my friends has horrible PTSD and he never killed any women or children. He saw three of his best friends killed in three separate IED attacks

If you're not trolling then the there's something seriously wrong with you. Like "you tortured animals as a child" wrong

No, I'm right; like "I have no sympathy for anything that happens to people who participate in wars of aggression against people who have never done anything to us" right.

Those "insurgents" they keep telling us about: those are people desperately trying to defend their families from a foreign invading army.

There is no point to arguing with a troll like this, KidneyStone. He's uneducated and just looking for a rise. Ignore and drive on.


Is he doing any cognitive/behavioral therapy or support groups? My mom runs the post-trauma program for the West LA VA Hospital. EIP if you have any questions.
 
2012-06-10 06:52:32 AM  

phoxxy: He'll sit there for an hour or more petting the cat and when done he's much improved.


Yes, I often find a little pussy has the same effect on me.
 
2012-06-10 06:57:58 AM  

Keizer_Ghidorah: The ones on my shoulders liked to lick my earlobes and neck in a motherly manner. Never did it when I was happy or with anyone else.


They thought you might be suicidal and were giving you a bit of the ol' pre-taste.

/ok I think the human is about to become food
//which sauce to use?
///I dunno, let's sample him and decide
 
2012-06-10 08:22:42 AM  

poe_zlaw: Guys, he isnt trolling. I feel the same way. The military in the US is voluntary. Those "insurgents" are no different than what you would be if a military force invaded the US with far superior capabilities than our defenses. People opted to go to the war. Nobody forced anyone to go over seas and invade a country and kill civilians. II dont give a sh*t if your friend died in front of you while fighting. Why the hell did we go Iraq? whats heroic about anything that went on over there? People tried to kill you because you helped invade a country for no reason.


Then go over and help them fight against us. You are either so mind-boggling stupid that you had to be taught to breath or so woefully uneducated that any opinion might hold is completely laughable. In either instance, I still support your right to say these things if only because it helps me identify you as the complete waste of carbon that you are.
 
2012-06-10 10:22:29 AM  
...it's hay fever season.
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2012-06-10 11:21:03 AM  

Nogale: phoxxy: Hubby has PTSD so getting a kick yadda, yadda.... (not so much).


Is he doing any cognitive/behavioral therapy or support groups? My mom runs the post-trauma program for the West LA VA Hospital. EIP if you have any questions.


Yes, he has a therapist he sees through the VA, but they don't schedule him on a regular basis like they should. He is trying to get his primary doctor of record changed because she is an absolute moron and determines one minute he's diabetic and going to die (by looking at a blood test from THREE years ago that nurse practitioners and another doctor said needed to be retaken because there was a mixup) and the next she's telling him his shoulder injury is all in his head despite xrays and MRIs that say otherwise. When my husband calls in to report issues, most people peg that he has Dr. Cho before he even utters it and advocate that he change his primary doctor.

He goes for most things here locally through a smaller VA clinic, but if there is any major we have to drive to Illinois to get anything done. Don't get me started about the morons in Indianapolis. Things drastically improved once they were able to start seeing him through the Danville VA. And that took him 5 years before they would let him switch to Danville. One of the other reasons for the switch is that having to drive 80+ miles to and from really eats up the gas. Had we kept going to Indy, they wouldn't have paid for his gas for travel with the plethora of appointments he has had. By switching to Danville, it is the same distance, but in another state, so the VA covers gas expenses for his combat injury related appointments (injuries from the mortar blast, PTSD, etc). And that helps a ton. Plus the people aren't complete dipshiats there and it doesn't take 3 years to get an MRI done because of "scheduling issues" or the machine is broken either.
 
2012-06-10 03:35:41 PM  

erewhon: Keizer_Ghidorah: The ones on my shoulders liked to lick my earlobes and neck in a motherly manner. Never did it when I was happy or with anyone else.

They thought you might be suicidal and were giving you a bit of the ol' pre-taste.

/ok I think the human is about to become food
//which sauce to use?
///I dunno, let's sample him and decide


They'd be stuck in the cage if I had decided to end it, so no human for them. But the image of them gazing longingly at my corpse with tiny forks and knives and tubs of sauce is amusing.

My gold-furred boy named Lumine was weird. If he was on my shoulder he'd never fail to start poking and licking at my cheek until I turned my head to him, then start pulling on my lips until I opened my mouth, and then climb halfway inside to give my teeth and cheeks an inspection. Even right after I brushed he'd do it, apparently he was a dentist in a past life and the smell of wintergreen didn't bother him.

/was also the most affectionate of the group
//miss you lots, Lumine ;_;
 
2012-06-10 04:41:50 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: OMG! We're All Gonna Die!: Every soldier deserves a puppy. Puppies make it easier to get females to have sex with you. And sex almost always makes everything better..

Puppies definitely make it easier to get laid. Sometimes I like the touch of a woman, though.


Ding ding ding! Thread over.
 
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