As the heat rushed through Louise’s body, she wondered how dark is the place where she and Billy were in their marriage, or was it dark at all? Past conflicts, unresolved anger can surface suddenly engulfing us in their force with strong bodily sensations. Did past trauma play a role in Louise’ trauma with Archer? Louise steps into the collective traumatic experience we all had after 9-11 and explores how we may not realize the impact that had on us then, and continues to have on us. She explores what is possible and not possible when we are living a trauma. And she explores how the past resides in our bodies and how the painful past might also provide opportunity and resiliency even in the midst of new trauma.
Join Louise for this episode of Blink of an Eye: Episode 30: The Painful Past Informs Us August 11 DAY 7.
Listen in afterwards to Episode 30: The Painful Past Informs Us Trauma Healing Learning.
You will hear Insights from Archer’s highschool friends, young men, on what it was like for them to experience their paralyzed friend. Why do we hold back our tears? She explores this with them. Louise also explores why she is beginning to experience mixed emotions with the medical staff: all the medical information is conflicting. Which is it? She wants to know the truth? She feels slammed from a raging sea from all sides. Will she and Billy capsize? She is aware of compartmentalizing the truth she wants to hear, but she wants real medical information. It is not forthcoming. She wonders if she is becoming at odds with the medical staff. Listen in to how she keeps Archer’s spirits up as she also shares more epiphanies she had this day, and is reminded to be alert.
Join Louise for this episode of Blink of an Eye: Episode 27: No Time for Tears August 9. DAY 5.
Listen in afterwards to what we can learn together about trauma. Episode 27: No Time for Tears Trauma Healing Learnings
In this episode you will hear audio recording excerpts from August 2015, of a spontaneous audio car recording of Louise driving to the hospital, and another of Mike Detterman, Archer’s friend since grade school days in Baltimore .
If your nose itches, you scratch it. If you can’t reach something, you ask someone to help you get it. But what if you can’t do either? Sometimes the best tools we have at our disposal are not high-tech. They can cost less than a cup of coffee but can be more valuable than a brick of gold. In this episode Louise and her oldest son, Pete, talk about the ABC Board and the gift of communication it gave them with Archer who had no movement, no voice, no ability to ask, request, or express, until with one letter at a time, we learn about ordinary and extraordinary needs. Louise also wonders about the level of intimacy one can have with professional friends.
Join Louise for this episode of Blink of an Eye: Episode 24: The ABC Board August 9. DAY 5.
Listen in afterwards to what we can learn together about trauma. Episode 24: The ABC Board Trauma Healing Lesson.
In this Episode you will hear interview excerpts from
Pete Senft: Louise’s son and Archer’s oldest brother, who was 21 at the time of Archer’s accident and in college, and is now a civil engineer at Whiting Turner Construction Company.