By Joseph Andalina2017
That’s the unspoken truth of cops, EMT’s and firefighters. Probably for the most part police officers, because whatever occurs in all three jobs, cops undoubtedly see the most violence and it most assuredly can be worse for them.
Police officers see the same tragedies of the EMT’s and firefighters but it is the cop on the street who meets the mayhem head on. They see the blood and guts, smell the iron-coppery odor of blood and feel the grief of victims and families in a most personal way.
And of course they are infinitely more attuned to the violence and mayhem that can be perpetuated against them. And that is the stuff of nightmares. A recent “In My Sight” article by Dave Smith in the April 2017 issue of Police highlights this ever-so-common and mostly hidden aspect of policing.
Nightmares are a prime mover of PTSD for cops. We all have them. Some minor and not so much, while others produce devastating trauma simply while sleeping.
As Mr. Smith states “Creepy dreams I found out by talking to police psychologists over the years are very, very common, almost to the point of being considered ‘normal’.”
We probably try to cover it up by saying it’s only a dream. But the dreams add up, can be debilitating, and worsen PTSD for many. The sheer volume of dreams, the seemingly reality, I imagine can be upsetting to the toughest cop out there. Primarily because there doesn’t seem to be a damn thing you can do about them. It’s only a dream!
But you can do something about it. There is no shame in cognitive therapy. Seek it out. Nightmares are bigger than you realize because it is unspoken and hidden. And that is the stuff of nightmares — not doing something about it.
Catch the article if you can. If it starts you out on a path to alleviate some pain, then that’s a good thing.
Vita é bella.
As in Republican. I’m well aware that most coppers are probably conservative. Not all, mind you, but I know very few who are dyed-in-the-wool blue donkeys.
Even I, your humble essayist — once a strong Dem — now comfortably leans Libertarian and maintains some ideals for a traditional virtue. But by and by, I find trouble with the elephant in the room — excuse the pun.
It’s not just the big business’ slobbering love affair. Who doesn’t want to be rich? Or like Obama, pull in $400,000 for a one hour speech on Wall Street.
Nor is it the right’s insistance that abortions are wrong. I can never be one to tell a woman what she should do in taking this step. It’s her body, welfare, and mental outlook that justifies the act. However, in a perverse sense, I have always thought it to be somewhat hypocritical that abortion at any time is okay, but in 37 states, the killing of a fetus is a crime.
Illinois Comp. Stat. Ch. 720 5/q/1-2 et.al specifically states “The killing of an unborn fetus at any stage of pre-natal development is intentional homicide, voluntary manslaughter, or involuntary manslaughter or reckless homicide.” Maybe somewhere in those statutes, an abortion is an exception, but the general inclusion of fetal homicide should not be lost on us.
And of course, we are all Second Amendment supporters.
The problem with that elephant in the room is with their stuffy, anti-progressive disdain for the not-so-rich and the working class. Also, the snobbish way some want you to live, ranging from how much you should make, give, worship, and their belief that the old ways are the only ways.
But their anti-labor stance is simply annoying. Anti-unionism is sickening and it’s blamed on businesses leaving Illinois, rich folks not getting richer, and they seemingly want poor or middle class people to work for crap money in order to get ahead and they reject all calls for better wages.
They particularly love to disgorge animus towards public workers. We are the reason for the state’s saunter to junk bond status, that we are in debt here in Illinois, that our pensions are too rich and must be taken away, devalued, or changed to a 401(k) so the legislature can add more money from our pockets to theirs. Get rid of collective bargaining too. You should individually bargain with your boss and work for merit. Got that?
But it’s health care that really struck a chord. Obamacare, Trumpcare, Health care — whatever moniker you use— is disgraceful for all. It’s a tough system to be sure to provide protection for 350,000,000 people in the good old U.S. of A.
I can’t answer it either, but when you have Republicans like Representative Mo Brooks R-Alaska of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, puke out this dandy “that people who lead good lives do not have pre-existing conditions.” It just illustrates their beliefs and their ignorance. A more ardent response from a legit doctor answered his stupidity in a recent Chicago Tribune article (Doctor Sarah Nadeem, Loyola University in Chicago).
But my own answer is — really? You’re a moron, Representive Brooks. Is this a misguided attempt to throw Grandma off the cliff because she is ill? It’s a fact that the last six months of your life is usually the most expensive health care time for many. Are Republicans trying to eliminate that very important feature from legislation — that we take care of the elderly when they get elderly?
I know this — many folks suffer from pre-existing conditions and lead good lives. I have (although a few chiefs and mayors may differ on this ) lived a good life. Proud son of wonderful parents, veteran police officer, wildlife rehabber, volunteer, church goer, union dude forever, and a cancer survivor.
I can tell you it was a brutal treatment with horrible side effects. And now, like millions of others, I have a pre-existing condition.
So screw you, Mo!
Vita é bella.
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The Illinois Supreme Court recently reversed a decision of the Appellate Court holding that an employee who suffered a carreer-ending injury was not entitled to payment of his health insurance premium by the employer until such time that he was awarded a line-of-duty disability from the pension fund...
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