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When you’re an MST (military sexual trauma) survivor triggers are 24/7 in the form of ”men behaving badly." So I just stay home with my dog and keep the TV off because it seems like most folk and script writers think “men behaving badly” is entertainment. I wonder what would happen if all we saw in movies and TV shows was combat and IEDs.
I still cringe and (slightly) swerve every time I drive past boxes or dead animals on the highway. And every time I can always count on my wife telling me there are no bombs (thankfully) on American highways.
"Go check on the gunner" indeed. Leo is a lucky guy. Every man needs a woman as cool as Alex in his life.
You mean to tell me they don't live happily ever after -- that some who get put in harm's way on false pretext get truly and irrevocably harmed? Please. To steal a march from follymonger George Will: get over it.
It happened to me almost the same way. On a quiet Sunday morning, a chopper very much like the CH-34 was lifting an air-conditioning unit to the roof of the local hospital. When I heard the engine straining, I suddenly didn't know how to drive my car. I was lucky to have had enough mind left to slow the car and take it out of gear. My wife, sitting shotgun, didn't know what was happening. I had been in two places at one time, years apart. The triggers always seem to happen when life is going fairly well, at the most inopportune times. It still happens 45 years later!
Speaking as someone who has more triggers than the Luger pistol company I have the greatest sympathy for what Toggle experienced on Monday. A panic attack can turn up out of literally nowhere. Bleeding tragic, isn't it?
Astonishingly, this strip is even more relevant today than any other time in its storied history. The Leo storyline is simultaneously gripping, moving and darkly humorous. How GBT manages to keep the action so rich and fresh genuinely Toggles the mind.
My PTSD ended when I entered law school in '72. Maybe litigation is better than combat as a way to resolve differences, maybe not. It's at least different.
The PTSD, I can live with -- like I get a choice. The flashbacks blow. What truly sucks is that the goddam triggers can be so seemingly random. My heart goes out to Toggle and everyone in our boat.
Love me some Leo!
This is going to be a good week of strips. I will say that you kinda have to be on the downhill side of there to get it and laugh. And, this may be selfish, but we're the only ones who get to laugh.
Today's strip captures perfectly the eerie cognitive dissonance of intrusive memories. Logically, you know where you are. Logically, you know that the things you are seeing in front of you, the sounds you are hearing, even the phantom smells, do not reflect the physical and actual events of the present. Yet, at the same time you are present you are somewhere else. Simultaneously in two places at once. I call it "forgetting where I am." It's hard to explain -- doctors used to ask me, "Are these hallucinations? Fugue state? How can you be seeing things that you know are not real? Maybe you just have an active imagination!" Yet today's strip illustrates it perfectly. Two separate but related realities, separated by years of chronology, suddenly overlap. One is layered on top of the other, simultaneously occupying the same sphere of vision. Even today, nearly eleven years after the Diaz School raid in Genoa, Italy, even a seemingly innocuous trigger, like an action movie on TV, can fill my head with the sound of screaming.
Today's strip... Ouch! I think I'm having one also.
Waitaminute. Roland has kids?
Nice to see Honey again, though it's a little unfamiliar to see her without Duke.
I have become a regular at reading the Flashbacks page. It is great to be reminded of decades that sped past. Today I am delighted to see Havoc in two strips looking and sounding ever the same. If he shows up in four or five strips on the same day, like on a slot machine, will there be a Karmic Flash?
Honey is back! I was so proud of her when she finally kicked Duke to the curb a few years back, and I wondered what became of her. She seemed like she had so much promise, back when she was a student at Georgetown. I hope now she's more the intelligent, independent woman she always should have been.
Add me to the list of people happy to see Honey again! Last week's "Duke and the Dic" flashbacks had me wondering what she was up to.
Honey is back! And she is rising to the top. Her voice is simultaneously naive and acid and she is the perfect character to convey the hypocrisy of Romney's "job creation" claims.
I am so happy to see Honey again. I've been wondering where she was.