"You and I wake up in a psychiatric ward together. Using 4 words, what would you say to me?
My bio mom (in picture with me here) was in the state psychiatric hospital for a many years before being transferred to long term care center, and in reality, there were scary times for her when she was aware enough (which is why I like Cynthia's lines, "let's get outta here" and "I'm with you-Bonus!" because the comments made me think of the thought of knowing someone was there with you might be comforting).
Also, I have learned from talking with people and reading personal stories that there is another perspective of psychiatric wards in hospitals -that they are sometimes a place of feeling safe/a time out for some people (I'm not talking about the state hospital). There are people who are struggling to balance their meds, to get their heads back together, to be in a safe place when they don't trust themselves. In general it is a very difficult place to be and many people don't want to be there.
Many of these comments above from people actually feel very real to me. Some of them reflect a fear that is in the back of our sub and unconcious minds, and they are true and real thoughts.
Lisa's "Wishkah, what, where..how?"- is so perfect of an example of a real, honest confusion- then "what the heck, where am I??".Both thoughts going to exactly what might be known as an important place in your life (the Wishkah is the valley area outside of Aberdeen, Wash and also known for being the home place of Kurt Cobain-for me it's my home in my heart). Kathleen, my bio mom, does that in her ramblings. She goes into her own world of what was important to her.
I think the one that hit me the hardest is from my bio brothers Joe and Tom above. The reality of our fears when you know there's genes in the family..and humor helps us be comfortable with something that we often are not comfortable with. (I'm not saying you guys aren't comfortable! I'm just realizing another perspective)
I know that I can only imagine some of her experiences, but to read many of these comments really were good, very thought provoking for me. I learned a lot from a simple thing and I did not expect this to become a little bit serious for me!!
I also have to admit, posting my thoughts on Facebook in this exercise is a little unnerving for me, and at the I do want to share my thoughts about this "simple exercise". It gave me a whole new awareness and broadened my perspective.
I apologize if this commentary became a little too serious and uncomfortable for some people. I just figured would open us up a little and maybe give us some more perspectives.
Geez! If I ever woke up in a psych ward at some point my four words "bug on the ceiling" would give me a smile if I had that awareness. And I wonder what it really would be like to wake up next to someone you know and think the same thing. Dana said "how.....?" and Mary's "why am I here" "
An additional note :) I really love the times I visit my mother, Kathleen, and she is the sweetest soul I know-I learn from her in her own world.
And for Joe - repost anything you like from me "
Ellie wrote to Tom, who didn't recognize her from the picture at first, "Yes, really a huge change since the last time you saw her. She still remembers her Tommy who is deaf, when I ask her names of her children."