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Surviving Family Crisis

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The past week has been really really hard. Both my daughters and their kids live with me. One of the kids is my 14 year old granddaughter. A week ago she tried to commit suicide by taking a lot of Tylenol. She spent the night in the hospital, to make sure her Tylenol levels were controlled (Tylenol can cause severe liver damage) then was transferred to an inpatient adolescent behavioral health treatment center. The closest one to us is about 2 1/2 hours from our house. It's been so hard to know that this beautiful young girl with so much potential didn't want to live. And so hard to see my daughter and the rest of the family go through the pain. I don't know what I would do without my faith in God and prayers and support of some of my friends here and on Facebook that have been a safe place for me to "talk". For a few days, my granddaughter didn't even want to talk to her mom on the phone. But she seems to be doing much better now, and her discharge is set for tomorrow morning it looks like. My daughter was just on a phone call meeting with the her daughter and staff and she is excited to be coming home. They started her on antidepressant medication and she opened up and talked some finally with them and was taught some coping skills and will follow up with counseling here. I am so very very grateful that she wasn't successful. I've been in that deep dark place before in my life, where it seemed too painful to live. I never attempted suicide, mainly because at the time I was going through it my kids were little and I couldn't leave them behind. But I know what it feels like to be in so much pain and my heart breaks for her.
We still have a road ahead of us to try to help her and also for both my daughters to make some changes in their own lives. Me as well. (Yeah me, I'm not perfect LOL). I've heard promises from my daughters before, as they have a lot of issues, but hopefully this time will be different. My faith is strong that good things will come out of this.
Keep my family in your thoughts and prayers for healing spiritually, mentally, and physically. Hopefully the Tylenol is all out of her system and no damage will show up later.
Thanks to all who have been there for me. I didn't share this with everyone sooner, as it is hard to talk about sometimes. Suicide is a very scary subject but also something that needs to be talked about. Things are never so hopeless that they can't get better. I'm so glad that when I felt that way years ago I hung on and got some help because I would have missed out on so many good things and my family would have been devastated. Weeping endures for a moment but joy comes in the morning.
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AMARILYNH 12/3/2013 11:58AM

    Linda, I am just now reading this. Prayers for you and your family are coming your way! Hugs, Marilyn

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MARILYNROBERT 11/4/2013 12:57AM

    Linda, you have my prayers and best wishes emoticon

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SONDRAJ20 11/3/2013 7:23AM

    Dear Linda, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know what a strong and loving person you are and I feel sure that you can be a big help to your granddaughter and to your daughters. Just know that you have lots and lots of friends who care very much.

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JUDITH316 11/3/2013 1:41AM

    Dearest Linda, I'm so sorry to hear this about your granddaughter, this is tough, I can identify with you as many years ago my son took an overdose, actually he did it twice, it was a long journey through emotional pain, but with great Christian Counselors, supportive Pastors, Church Family and his own Family we worked through it together, it wasn't easy but we came through, most important of all my son came through, many years later my son is well and strong and has a wife and a beautiful family, 2 beautiful daughters, aged 19 and 21. I share this in hopes this will encourage you that your granddaughter will get through this difficult hurdle in her life, it sounds like this is already happening with the right medication, supportive counsel she is receiving, half the battle is being receptive to the help that is there for her, this is good news hearing that she is. My prayers are with you all for God's Healing touch upon all your lives. Psalm 30:5b Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 11/1/2013 8:27AM

    Sometimes it's hard to see what causes the pain and darkness in the souls of others. Glad she survived and hope she sees how much she is loved. emoticon

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JSTETSER 11/1/2013 7:19AM

    Ohmy. Your family is in my prayers.
Hugs to you.

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ARTJAC 10/31/2013 6:26PM

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/31/2013 10:54AM

    I'm so sorry for what you all are going through.
Healing thoughts and prayers to your family.

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FLORNH 10/31/2013 5:46AM

    Thanks for sharing. Will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

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KSNANA2 10/30/2013 11:26PM

    You definitely have my prayers for your family and I hope all will be well soon. Take care of yourself. emoticon

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REGILIEH 10/30/2013 6:16PM

    Oh Dear, dear Linda, I am so sorry that you and yours and most especially for your granddaughter. I will certainly keep you and yours in my prayers. What a devastating thing for all to deal with.

I am so glad you have your faith as it will see you through. I hope your granddaughter finds that faith for herself.

You are so brave to speak out about it and I know you helped so many by doing so.

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TAICHIDANCER 10/30/2013 6:08PM

    My thoughts are with you. emoticon

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WENDENANNIE 10/30/2013 4:34PM

    Hi Linda,

You don't know me, but I read your story and will pray for you and your family, your granddaughter especially. I too, have been in a very dark place many years ago and even though I don't profess to know all you are going through, I have an inkling.

Praying for strength, perseverance, patience and God's love through it all...

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UNICORN212 10/30/2013 3:41PM

    I am glad positive things are happening!

Just an FYI, zucchini helps clean the liver....

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MIRAGE727 10/30/2013 2:50PM

    Keeping you & your family in my prayers!
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SMITTY4RL 10/30/2013 2:43PM

    Oh, I'm so sorry to hear--I hope your granddaughter gets better. emoticon emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 10/30/2013 2:08PM

    Joy does come in the morning, Linda. I'm praying for your granddaughter and for your family. You are a very strong woman. I admire your faith. Hang in there, there is a time for everything, as the good book says.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/30/2013 1:59PM

    OH honey, prayers going up. So sorry.

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JUNEPA 10/30/2013 1:44PM

    You are an amazing support to your family
So sad for your grand daughter, and glad she got some help and is receptive to help.
I have a nephew and niece that are sometimes prone to black emotional spells. My niece, who is very fiesty and intelligent, had the wisdom to realize that help offered could help her rather than resist. She is now so in touch with how to cope, in her early 20s when life seem indestructable usually at this age, I am proud of her.

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STRIVER57 10/30/2013 1:05PM

    hugs Linda emoticon
i'm glad she didn't succeed -- as someone with successful suicides in my family. they're very hard to forgive.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/30/2013 12:32PM

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NMGRANNY 10/30/2013 11:59AM

    Oh Linda. So sorry to hear this. emoticon Still keeping you and your family in my prayers. Hang in there. Yes, joy comes in the morning.

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NATPLUMMER 10/30/2013 11:58AM

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