A Letter from A Falkland Islands Veteran who has PTSD showing some of his effects.
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Thanks for the letter about this. This is the same way that I get treated so many times. I go to the North Pole, Alaska and they say if you can do this, there's nothing wrong with you. But the interesting about PTSD is that when I am in a pressure position, as long as my internal injuries aren't acting up, I am able to push and function. When it's over, I have a huge crash and am totally unable to function.
I used to watch a TV program called "Caught on Tape" They showed a man with disability for a broken back pick up a clothes dryer out of the back of a truck. This was used in court and his disability was taken away. But the photographer was intentionally looking for a reason to take his disability away. He did not look at the man that evening or the next day. I too do things like lift up my motorcycle to move it. It weigh 500 pounds. People think I'm a totally normally person. But they don't see what happens in the evening. It feels like someone is sticking a cigarette into the vertebrae that has been crushed. There is nothing that can stop the burning and I'm down for a week or more. It's because in our minds, we are still normal, strong people, even though we are not.
I listen to old timers talk about if that punk kid did anything that they would twist them in half. Yet the old timer has problems getting out of bed or even walking to the kitchen for a glass of water. In his mind, he is still the old powerful person that he was when he was a kid.
I have a real strong grip from forty years of motorcycle riding. When the punk kids come over I shake hands with them and crush their hands and don't stop, at the same time I look them right in the eye and don't break the stare. It's sort of telling them the same thing that I can twist them in half and the kids always call me Sir.
But the truth is if one of these kids just stood there and let me hit them as hard and as many times as I wanted and didn't defend themselves, they would have to call the hospital - for me.
There was a program on TV about WW1 where it showed the effects of shell shock. My Uncle Joe had this himself. People said that these people were cowards and there was nothing really wrong with them. Yet, just after one night of heavy bombardment, they were permanently disabled and dysfunctional.
I don't know how to make people aware of this because if it doesn't happen to them, they don't believe it. Even psychologist at the Veterans hospital don't understand this. They don't believe me when I tell them about the things that I do and call me delusional. But, at the same time, they are not allowed to look at the internet to see the evidence. All they ever did was to go to school and give their opinion on matters that they haven't even come close to experiencing. So their remedy is drugs.
When I look at the internet I found out that over 120,000 people in the United States die every year due to misdiagnosis. Recently the news talked about a woman who had both hands amputated and all she had was an infection that an antibiotic would have easily cured. However, the doctor never tested her for an infection. If you think of it, doctors never have to solve very complex problems. They have to come up with an opinion and they usually have only fifteen minutes to do so. But what about a mechanic, he has to fix the problem and has to be right or he doesn't get paid. An electronics technician has to fix the problem or everyone on the airplane that he works on dies. The mechanic or electronic technician cannot put a time limit on their work, they must fix the problem. Most of the time just finding the problem goes into very detailed and intense thought before they can even come up with a solution. Imagine if a mechanic said to a pilot, after a fifteen minute exam, just take these drugs and you won't have to even worry about flying. If you crash these drugs will probably make it so you don't even care.
If the airlines had 120,000 people die a year it would be world wide headlines. But with the doctors, it's kept silent. Doctors only need to give their opinion. I've watched doctors yawn during their exam of me. If I did this at work and told my boss that I was tired and I had to quit because I had to go a golf game, as a doctor said to me, I would be fired, instantly. Remember, doctors make more money when they have repeat business. If they cured you, would not come back unless you were sick again. So they make more money by treating your symptoms and not curing the problem. This is why there is the saying, "Doctors bury their mistakes."
That guy who came to your house from the charity made money and was working. He didn't exam you and did not see you when you were having problems. He just had an opinion.
Pilots must complete a check list before flight. The quick lube oil change company gives you 22 point check, they make money by detecting a problem before it becomes a real problem. That's how they make their money. A mechanic waits until you have a problem, then he fixes it, that's how he makes his money. A doctor waits until you have a problem and just treats the symptoms by giving you drugs that usually have terrible side effects, and then keeps you coming back, that's how he makes his money. Think of it!
A program like the one we are working on with the Falkland Islands Expedition is what keeps us PTSD people functioning. The North Pole Expedition gave me hope and purpose, even though I suffered very badly afterward. But, it was better than being a zombie that I was just sitting doing nothing. If it wasn't for the problems that all the doctors caused me with their un-needed operations, I think that these expeditions would have cured me and set me in a positive, motivated direction which would have kept my PTSD problems to a minimum.
I'm telling you the truth. I can see the excitement in you with this possible expedition. And, the excitement and positive energy developed from this is now spreading to Quinn.
Thank you very much because I too am feeling a purpose again and even though my internal injuries prevent me from doing everything that I can, the expedition is giving me hope of being a useful person again.
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