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Kate Gillie

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Courage, Humility and Survival: one SAR Captain’s painting

There is something not quite normal about pilots. Jimmy Aitken was one of the few of my father’s friends that I truly loved and enjoyed.  He joined the RAF during WWII at 15, and in Rhodesia he alternately flew my father around or other  troops.  Famously he was known to “cheer the boys up” after a particularly bad encounter by flying under Birchenough Bridge (you can google it, it’s a suspension bridge in Manicaland Zimbabwe, south of what was Umtali and is now Mutare).  When the floods hit there’s not a lot of space to fly a transport bird between water and bridge metal.  The “boys” learnt to laugh and talk animatedly when Jimmy was their pilot. My father was being taken to look at some targets in Mozambique during the Rhodesian Bush War (much of the war was fought not in Zimbabwe but in Mozambique) as they flew over…

Life Survival Guide: The Mindful Book of Me

Travel, I am told, expands the mind, horizons and acceptance of other ideas, cultures, religions.  When I ask what the time limit is in any area visited or travelled through I have been met with blank stares and a sort of puckering of the lips that makes me think of a fish trying to form words. Travel may expand our romantic idealism. Living in a country does not. There are exceptions of course, there are those that I met in Asia who considered “living in a foreign country” to mean spending as much time in the Club by the pool or at some or other function, lunch or breakfast and shopping.  But if you’re like me and not a peopley person, you seek out the underbelly of any country and poke at the fabric to see what it’s made of.  In Tokyo my escape was to hang out in Aoyama…

National Post abuses position to Stigmatize PTSD

How do we stand here and say, “Come forward, there is no Stigma anymore.  You’ll be okay if you ask for help.” and then read a post like that in the National Post this month on PTSD Service dogs being a fashion item and worse, calling those with PTSD Service dogs frauds.  How do you think this is going to play out for those out there with PTSD thinking about asking for help or debating whether to trust another human with their inner most secrets? Brian Here.  Yesterday’s era of reporters would never have put this garbage out there to begin with.  That’s regardless of the topic.  In the day when there was the noon hour news, and the six o clock news from 2 or 3 different station editors… well you know….. edited.  They threw out crap.  Multiple instances of crap would result in a firing.  Now, editors largely…

Should I stay or should I go? PTSD relationships

My doctor (the one I trust after the first bunch of quacks I was given proved to be useless) told me that while dealing with an operational stress injury, now is not the time for monumental change.  Keep smoking, keep drinking , keep doing weed ( if you do those things) , and then try to stabilize , and then try apply some moderation, and then possibly begin to talk about eliminating some of the negatives.   Don’t quit your job, don’t sell your house, don’t ditch relationships.  Yet.  After some stability, if the stressor is persistent then of course do consider getting rid of it. Kate’s comment: why do Brian and I so often refer to psychiatrists and psychologists as “quacks”?  Because frankly there are a hell of a lot of quacks in the MH profession and not nearly enough oversight weeding them out.  It is extremely frustrating to…