posted on Jan, 9 2012 @ 02:28 PM
Originally posted by lcbjr1979
Another update, fever is back and his pain seems to be getting a little bit worse, also he is saying that he had some nightmares last night and today
about what happened. I have a hunch he may need to get some help in dealing with the mental aspect of this incidinent. Does anyone have any experince
with post traumatice stress? That was the first thing that came to mind when he told me about the dreams.
I also worked for over a year as a support officer, where part of what we learn is called CISD (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing). Your husbands
employer should have a program in place for this. In fact, everyone that responded that day (including officers and dispatchers) should all be
debriefed. Typically a time is set up (either immediately after or very soon) for everyone to meet and go through a process where the event is talked
about openly and everything is confidential. I would imagine that obviously your husband is in the hospital so unable to participate. I guess i
shouldn't assume that your local agencies have the same programs as here in Washington State, but it is pretty much a National model that the
National Firefighters and Paramedic programs incorporate.
Ask either a co-worker or supervisor of your husbands employer...if they don't have something in place, than the police department will. You can
request that a support officer be sent to speak with your husband, and they can organize a debriefing as soon as he is well enough. Meanwhile, just
begining to talk about it will help your husband process the event. it is critical too, that his partner and the officer that were there also be
included in the formal debriefing. it is VERY, VERY NORMAL to have the problems that both his partner and your husband are describing. It doesn't
mean there is anything wrong with him or that he is weak emotionally. It only means that he is handling it the way most people would, and he is going
to need help to work through those emotions so that he doesn't end up burying the event to come out in other, unhealthy ways. (ie anger, depression,
nightmares, achohol or substance abuse)
Don't try and avoid talking about it, if itseems like he wants to. Don't be afraid of tears or harsh emotions....it is all normal.
Praying for a speedy recovery and that any possible infection brewing gets knocked out right away!