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Another Penny Drops

Postby Terry E. » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:01 am

I have some respiratory issues which I thought stemmed from my MBP as a child. Turns out it is not COPD (thankfully) but was still caused by my childhood. Spent way too long with the specialist (very nice man) who was trying to work out the "why" of my issue. We both think we found it.

Anyway the by product was the conversation. He asked many questions about my childhood, about whether I could breathe through my nose (no, broken before I can remember) how I slept, (badly and explained why I could not really answer that), how often I was sick, with pneumonia, bronchitis etc and then he dropped another penny.

Dr "But if you had pneumonia, why were you not taken to hospital ??
Me - "well it was the 60s"
Dr - "you still should have been taken" (only taken when I was a baby)

She would not let my doctor take me,(he house called, sometimes at midnight in his pajamas) .. it would have started to unravel when I talked to them ...she knew exactly what she was doing..

year by year for the last 31 years my life has slowly opened up and I see it more and more - if you can be dispassionate/academic about it it becomes very interesting. Piece by piece the puzzle becomes clearer.
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Re: Another Penny Drops

Postby avatar123 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:18 pm

Terry, it's good that you are able to assemble the pieces of the puzzle and understand all the ramifications of her behavior. I'm sure you are right that she would not want the hospital involved, the risk would be too great that her abuse would be exposed.

As a child you don't have control of those things, you just have to accept the actions of the adults around you. Then later in life you somehow have to reconcile the unfairness of what was done. It's not easy but I think you have a good approach, try to understand it and then let the emotions flow, they are completely justified.
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Re: Another Penny Drops

Postby quietgirl2538 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:59 pm

year by year for the last 31 years my life has slowly opened up and I see it more and more - if you can be dispassionate/academic about it it becomes very interesting. Piece by piece the puzzle becomes clearer.


I think when you get to this point of your life, it's like a sort of rude awakening. Some days worse than others in how you reflect on your life. Just take it one day at a time...HUGS!
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