almost a year since almost dying. what is up?

I’m approaching the one year anniversary date of the second brain injury that almost killed me. I entered the ICU on December 25th of last year. I was unconscious for several days and then when I woke up I had lost virtually all my memory. Conveniently and fortunately I remembered Paul, my partner, but so confused, I also thought he was one of the MDs in the hospital. So, yeah, it’s been a long haul to where I am now. …

I continue trying to figure out how to be in this world as the freak that I am…

Dear Pastor, Thank you. Frankly my own personal drama is hardly what motivates me anymore. I’m in a highly privileged position with education — I was a social worker working with folks who are harmed in the ways that I now advocate for. I watched people lose everything and not infrequently die due to what is being called medical care. This is not hyperbolic. It’s fact. …

Justice for those harmed by psychiatry…

We’ve gone to a local church twice for their Sunday service. It’s very close by and they vocally embrace and invite marginalized populations…ie: the homeless, victims of domestic violence, all people of color, and the LGBTQ communities. They also have a prison ministry etc etc. Totally into Social Justice, right? …

The biggest issue we face: #WorldMentalHealthDay

The biggest problem in mental health treatment is the idea that anybody need be treated at all. What people really need is a safe space to be who and what they are. Once people are in a safe place they simply need to be supported in trusting their own process. …

“How did this happen? You’re the most resourced person I know. “

“How did this happen? You’re the most resourced person I know. ” That was one of my friend’s response when they heard about what happened to me in December when I ended up in the ICU with the precipitous sodium drop (hyponatremia) that almost killed me.  It happened after I took a pharmaceutical for 3 days — the first pharmaceutical I’ve taken since I came off a massive cocktail of psych drugs 8 years ago. The above quoted question and sentence keeps coming back to me since, I too, have had my own version of that inquiry within.