Today, watching the impeachment trial has brought back so much of the worst memories. The impeachment managers showed security videos that were not seen before were traumatic. What the January insurrection did to me can be described as horrendous at best. The pain and trauma can’t be explained in any words.
Why is it so traumatic for me?
Because I saw some of the groups in Maga hats and Trump 2020 flags in DC. I was in a downtown DC hotel that week and I saw the Maga group displaying the Trump flags outside the hotel room window. I felt threatened in every way possible. I was scared that I would get COVID from them since they don’t follow any of the COVID protection guidelines. I felt scared for myself and my family.
My friends, that close encounter took me back to the horrific attack of 9/11. As a teenager, I was in downtown Washington DC. I watched the flames coming out of the Pentagon. I watched fighter planes in the sky of Washington D.C. for the first time in my life. I still can’t look at the sight of a plane flying behind any building. What makes me angry ad upset is watching lawmakers questioning the attack on the Pentagon. I saw it, and my friend it’s very real and traumatic. Just like 9/11 was real, the attack on the Capitol is real. I have never been so appalled, aggregated, outraged, and angered by the minimization of the Capitol riot.
Since the January terrorist attack, I have been suffering from insomnia, nightmare, high heart rate, higher than my normal base rate of low 100s. I am scared. Yes, my friends, I am suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. I have seen a professional and I am working hard to take myself out of the hump. I am not giving up. I have tried meditation, mindfulness, yoga, but when nothing helped I have taken the initiative to get professional help. That my friend is new for me. I have learned to take action to get help when needed.
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