Well, it has been a chaotic and difficult 2 weeks for me. It started when our beloved dog got sick and was put in the animal hospital. He died 3 days later. Then, 5 days after that, my sister, who had been suffering from a long illness, died.

The funeral for my sister is over, my dog has been cremated, and it is time to take another of my sisters home to Indiana. The last of the out-of-town relatives leaves tomorrow and perhaps things will settle out to some kind of new normal. My life will be lonely without both my sister and my dog. Only a true dog lover will understand how I can put that in the same sentence.

I don't know if anyone else has heard of it yet, but I have begun, rather reluctantly, another kind of therapy in addition to CBT. This is called "dialectical behavior therapy". You go to a group "class-type" therapy once a week and you have to try new behaviors and do homework. I'm not sure it is worth the time you have to invest in it, but I'm willing to try anything to get better. I also see a new psychiatrist tomorrow. So it will be new doctor Monday, DBT therapy Tuesday, regular therapy Wednesday. Hopefully, things will settle down and I won't have so much time invested in all of this therapy stuff. I hope I like the new psychiatrist – he's an hour away. Hopefully, I won't have to go often, either.

All of this change has my OCD working overtime and I'm trying to cope as best as I can with all to "must do" stuff.

Anyway, that's my life for the moment, but I always check in to see how things are going here. Anyone with any suggestions about coping with all the "junk" – your advice would be welcomed. Maryanne

2 Comments
  1. chez 9 years ago

    Hi Maryanne you are definately going through a rough time i am so sorry about you'r sister and you'r dog i understand with your dog mine was my child it's so hard to loose them they are just a part of the family i never seen my dog as an animal or domestic pet he was my baby. i hope this new therapy works for you and i hope you'r new therapist will be good and you get on. Keep intouch let us know how you are doing and good luck with everthing.

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  2. rainingoctober 9 years ago

    I am so sincerely sorry, from the bottom of my heart, for your two losses. Pets are so understanding, and they are always there for you. no matter what. I cannot imagine the pain you went through.

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