Tank& I

Birdie = Relief

A new service dog to start a new chapter on life.

It’s been a long couple weeks for me here in Minnesota. Since Tank left, anxiety, depression, and hyper-vigilance have creeped back into every moment of my life. I’ve stayed hopeful that I won’t totally regress back into the PTSD hermit that I was before Tank brought me out of my shell. It’s been a tough go but I’m trying to stay as positive as possible.

I’ve stayed busy within my community by helping out non-profit organizations in the area. This past week I had the pleasure of representing the Beyond The Yellow Ribbon program in the Father Hennepin Parade tossing chocolate candy to sugar addicted kids. My nerves were so much on the edge that my back and knees started badly aching. I had to close my eyes to meditate through breathing exercises in order to calm down enough to sit for an hour while people surround me cheering and begging like back in Iraq. TRIGGER!

‘”Deep breathe in for 1, 2, 3, 4…”

“… Exhale slowly for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6”

Repeat and concentrate on the breathing and nothing else

My friend Chris was there to help watch my back until I calmed down.It turned out being more fun than I thought it was. I threw piles of candy at all the swarms of kids that gathered next to the parade. We started with 25 large candy bags and by the time we were at the end I was out of chilled candy, throwing the melted pieces that fell out of the candy bin.

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Me and the team before riding in the parade!

I’m going to end with some great news for my followers. This coming up week I will be the proud owner of a new service dog in-training! Her name is Birdie and she will be joining the family this Thursday! I’m calling this next segment BIRDIE & ME.

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Birdie Girl!

As a celebration of our new addition, I’m giving out free E-books this week to everyone who subscribes to  be on the combatmedic.org email list ( Top of Page, right side bar).

Also, check out my blog series about Tank & I to catch up on the latest articles about my service dog training.

UNTIL NEXT TIME!! GOD BLESS!

Relieved

14 comments on “Birdie = Relief

  1. Great news about Birdie coming to you.

  2. Nice write-up, it is very insightful. Love the way that you write, PTSD is just a label, do not label yourself with such a sad thing, try other things to label yourself with, the world has enough negativity, put on something positive. Have hope, write on!

  3. henajose

    Congrats in having a new dog in your life. they are definitely too lovable

  4. Tell Chris I said Thanks for being there!!

  5. I know that you sharing your journey will inspire others!

  6. I am glad you have a new service dog. I can’t do crowds. Crowded grocery stores too. I had to find a quiet corner and wait till my heart rate and hyperventilating settled down. i thought I was just weird.

  7. Birdie will be so lucky to have a human like you. Hope you’re ready for all the energy a new puppy has 😀

  8. I am so happy that you have a new puppy. And it is amazing that you have great friends to lean on to help you through! I am sure all of the kids loved the candy.

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