An Interview with Ruth: Recovering from the Pain of Betrayal

Don't Lose Hope

It will hurt. And hurt. And hurt. Then, one day, it will hurt less.”

This is the reality of betrayal trauma.

In the following interview, Ruth talks about her experience of recovering from learning that her partner had a sex addiction.

Counsellor: We’ve talked before about what it was like when you first discovered your husband’s addiction. Can you talk a little about what it was like, say a year or two afterwards.

Ruth: I never expected for it take so long to regain some kind of equilibrium and pick up my life again. Even a year afterwards I was still dealing with panic attacks and broken sleep 3 or 4 times a week. I was also triggered on a regular basis. The pain was constant and inescapable. I felt like I had totally lost touch with the person I used to be, and I was…

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There’s a little girl

Therapy Bits

I’ve heard that there’s a little girl

That’s supposed to live inside.

Maybe sometimes she is there,

But I think she usually hides.

When she was little, she was hurt,

She had good reason to hide.

She got in trouble when she laughed,

In trouble when she cried.

She liked to run, and jump, and play,

And swing upon the swings.

Climb trees, and swim, and ride her bike,

And do all kinds of things.

On the outside, she was normal

As any little girl could be.

On the inside, she was hurting,

Really wanting to be free.

The things that he had done to her

Were terrible and cruel,

And while he always felt so proud,

She felt just like a fool.

She had to live two different lives

Because of what he did.

On the inside, the life of an adult,

On the outside, the life of a…

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Good night, or is it good morning?

Therapy Bits

Another anxiety filled night, sigh. I can’t sleep, yet again. I’ve tried. So instead of sleeping like a normal person, I am reading, I am listening to the radio and reading blogs. Its 3 AM now. I doubt I’ll sleep. Well I gotta be up again at 7 so what is the point in even trying? Plus I am feeling very anxious. I am shaky and my heart is racing. I took my night meds hours ago. I shouldn’t be feeling like this. There is no reason for it. Not one that I can figure out anyway. I just get this awful anxiety every night, lately. It sucks. I’m so over it. I want life to go back to the way it was but was that even ok? I don’t know. Hell I don’t know anything. I am just trying to keep my head above water. I struggle on each…

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Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common form of the disorder, affecting around 70% to 80% of all people diagnosed. This form of cerebral palsy mainly affects the muscle groups, but may cause associated disorders as well. [1]

Spastic cerebral palsy occurs as a result of brain damage, usually before or during birth, or sometimes within the first years of a child’s life. It’s a disorder that affects coordination and control of motor function. This causes the child to be delayed in reaching normal developmental milestones, and that is when it becomes more evident. [2]

Muscles need enough tone in them to maintain correct posture, to enable standing and walking, and to maintain speed and flexibility. Motor nerve fibers, via the spinal cord, interact with the muscles to help control how they move.

For someone with spastic cerebral palsy, brain damage affects muscle control, coordination, and movement, mainly in the arms and legs. In turn, this influences the way the spinal cord and nerves react, which then causes the muscles to become tense, and spastic. [3]

Children born with spastic cerebral palsy do not usually have limb deformities at birth, but over time these may develop, due to muscle tenseness and stretching limitations.

Spastic cerebral palsy may be classified as quadriplegic, diplegic, or hemiplegic, according to how and where it affects the body.

Spastic Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

Spastic cerebral palsy, also known as hypertonic cerebral palsy, is characterized by hypertonia, meaning increased muscle tone, and leads to stiff, and sometimes painful limbs. [4]

Symptoms may include:

  • Involuntary limb movements
  • Continuous muscle spasms and contractions
  • Abnormal walking, marked by knees crossing in a scissor-like movement
  • Joint contractures
  • Limited stretching abilities
  • Flexion at the elbows, wrists, and fingers
  • Poor coordination and control of muscle movements

These symptoms can make it difficult for those with spastic cerebral palsy to walk, get dressed, brush their teeth, use the bathroom, and take a shower without assistance. The limitations on activities of daily living (ADLs) will depend on how severe the disorder is. Children with mild cases of spastic CP may not need any help but may still have mild difficulties with ADLs.

If both legs are affected, children may also have problems transferring from one position to the next, standing and sitting upright, walking, and running.

Children with spastic cerebral palsy may also develop other nervous system-related symptoms, which may include:

  • Speech difficulties
  • Hearing problems
  • Vision abnormalities
  • Cognitive, learning and behavioral disabilities [5]
  • Seizures

Related problems may include:

  • Drooling
  • Difficulties with chewing and swallowing
  • Hoarse voice or speech problems
  • Breathing irregularities
  • Failure to thrive or poor weight gain
  • Gastric reflux
  • Constipation and bladder incontinence
  • Spinal and joint deformities

Treatment Options for Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Although there’s no cure for any form of cerebral palsy, there are a number of treatment options available to help control the symptoms, including:

  • Physical therapy, as well as language, occupational, and behavioral therapies
  • Medications to control symptoms, such as muscle spasms or seizures
  • Baclofen pump (to help control muscle spasticity)
  • Spine or spinal cord surgery (to repair scoliosis or reduce spasticity)
  • Muscle-release and tendon-lengthening surgery
  • Devices to aid in communication
  • Orthotics, braces or other devices to help with positioning, standing or muscle control
  • Constraint-induced therapy (CIT)

Keep in mind that treatment options will depend on the age of the child, how severe the symptoms are, and any associated disorders. Most parents will work with a team of medical experts to implement the best treatments for the child, including therapists, surgeons, dietitians, and neurologists. [6]

Spastic Cerebral Palsy Prognosis

Again, there is no cure for spastic cerebral palsy, but with the proper treatment, children can grow up and thrive as adults. It’s essential, however, to start a treatment plan as early as possible for the child to have the best outcomes, not only as an adult but as he or she grows along the path through childhood and into adolescence.

Can’t touch this!! Love is in da blog Feb 2nd 2023 — Therapy Bits

Well! I love today’s prompt for love is in da blog! Check out todays post and join in below! 😀 And I am choosing this song, from when I was around 14 years old! 🙂 Love this song! ❤

Can’t touch this!! Love is in da blog Feb 2nd 2023 — Therapy Bits

I’m Reminded of a Few Things

Know Your Worth; Own Your Life

February is, indeed, Black History Month. It’s a somber month for me; because, there’s so much I’ve yet to learn.

I watched a powerful video on TikTok this morning. It reminded me the joy that comes in the faithfulness of God’s will for my life. Never will life be perfect. Never will life have zero stress and storms. It’s the wisdom in the uncertainty that builds Faith!

This is eve of Groundhog’s Day! Will our chubby, fluffy, furry friend see his shadow tomorrow? Time will tell.

“ Since 1887, Groundhog Day festivities have been held at Gobbler’s Knob” – Source in hyperlink attached to image. Punxsutawney is actually in Pennsylvania!

Patience really is a virtue. Growing up, I always heard, “Haste makes waste!” What does that mean? When my daughter is beginning a task, less than 3 minutes later, she’s fussing. She’s distraught, acting in frustration that never gets…

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The River Clyde

Christian Devotions

Once a hub of Irish People

Bustling, working on the Clyde

Building ships in ageing dockyards

Lost within long ravished times

And came the gentle touch of Father

With His voice so calm and still

“Trust always the Love of My Son”

“Look always to do his will”.

Powered by Love for food and shelter

To feed displaced families

Faithful tribes of Irish workers

He called to trust with dignity

Deep within the calming waters

Comes new light which shines on man

Of a deeper profound calling

To keep the Faith and take a stand

Now with waters largely silent

Contemplation draws us near

entreating all the generations

To keep our Faith and hold it dear

Blessed Father ever hear us

Protect us just like those gone by

And like our fathers with their calling

Let us ne’er our faith deny.

Joseph McTaggart

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