This just in. Trump has decided to go to war with Syria. Of course, the Pentagon and other politicians aren't saying this is a war. Instead, it's a "military response". It's a "proportional response". It's a "counterbalance". It's also illegal under current U.S. law. The President starts a new war. Meanwhile, half the Congress is on a two week vacation. Why?
Because they don't want to be seen as weak. In Trump's mind, he is perfect 100% of the time. He can never ever been seen as weak in any way. When your approval ratings are in the low 30's, start a war. Does Trump know that China and Russia see an attack on Assad as an attack on them? No one knows.
It's hard enough to try and watch triggering stuff like this. I just turn the sound down and read the messages at the bottom of the screen. Symptoms are still there. Osteoarthritis is still there. Some days I can move relatively pain free. On bad days, I have problems standing up because it's so painful. You feel like you're going to snap in two on bad days with anger. You have to fight back to not dissociate. You can't just sit back and do nothing. You have to protect yourself. This means being constantly run down all day. By the end of the day, you can barely do anything.
But what else can you do?
The TV is on with the sound turned down. They're playing endless video loops of missiles being launched. Gas attack victims. Assad. Then, all over again. I can't deal with endless sound bites that just fill airtime.
Now Trump. The press asked about Syria, and he blew them off. Does Trump know anything about PTSD? No. This means set boundaries to protect yourself. Can you do this and be aware and care? Yes you can.
Pain is always there. But we're not a danger to anyone. We're not strange in any way. We're trying to deal with health problems as best we can. Everything's connected.