“The only thing between him and us is a thin layer of gabardine.”

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How about the latest Game of Thrones?  No spoilers, in honor of those who need more time to take in the newest episode.  I had to break it into two viewings.  I was continually hitting pause, and taking several laps around my apartment (to coax Anxiety into allowing me to breathe like I wasn’t just barely winning a 200-meter dash away from White Walkers.)  I had to watch an episode of Bob’s Burgers before I could consider sleeping.  (Thanks for the tip, Narcoleptic Aspie.)

The second-half viewing, I watched while on my treadmill.  I figured if I was going to feel like I was sprinting, I might as well get the full benefit.  It didn’t hurt that it was on a much smaller screen, (laptop.)  I invented a new way of watching TV:  look just to the left of the screen, so you’re practically looking away when the tension rises.  For some reason, it’s less frightening in peripheral vision.

The soundtrack was spot on, as usual.  I’ll have to rewatch this season on my TV that has HDR, so I can see what happened in the shadows.  (And look directly at the screen with full knowledge of when to long blink.) The portrayal of PTSD is fabulous;  So many of the characters afflicted after witnessing and surviving unspeakable horrors.  Being perpetually stalked and chased by a supernatural entity whose only purpose is my utter destruction is how living with PTSD feels to me.  It’s no wonder watching a symbolic, on-the-nose depiction turns me (and everyone else I know) inside out emotionally.

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To refrain from speculating about the story, I focused on how we may be altering our DNA by programming our brains with entertainment so immersive, believable, and enthralling.  Our ancestors nights were dark and full of terrors of a different nature.  Did this program an expectation we’ve fulfilled with our imaginations?  Do we need to experience a full range of emotion and stress on a somewhat-regular basis as humans?  (It was a lot more interesting in my head.)  🙃

I did make it to the VA for my annual checkup.  I used Lyft, which eliminated the stress of driving there.  I met my new care provider, and she was kind.  I wasn’t present for as much of the experience as ideal, but I managed to get a blood pressure medication changed from one with a known carcinogen.  I mentioned I stopped having menses, yay.  Yay, again.  Heh.  Nothing problematic with my labs.  I got my tetanus vaccination and was out of there before Anxiety had a chance to ruin everything.  Uber yay.

I still feel powerful for the victory.  (Even though the side effects of the tetanus shot made me feel like I overdid it at the gym for a few days.) I binge watched the entire series of The Office (American version) over the past few weeks.  I loved it.  It’s brilliant.  It helped keep me from drowning in this awful round of depression.  I’m approaching it as if it’s no big deal and nothing to panic over, mostly because I can’t afford to add anything detrimental to this shit storm.  (The skin of my teeth, yo.)

Besides, Liana Mormont, Arya Stark, and Ser Brienne of Tarth wouldn’t freak out over a little despair.  Not today.  💜✌🏽

9 thoughts on ““The only thing between him and us is a thin layer of gabardine.”

  • Last episode was actually easier for me than a lot of them. No real betrayal or interpersonal trauma. Old enemies mostly banding together against a common existential threat and accomplishing something meaninful. Other episodes have been much more triggering – heck Fire and Blood was set up as a history book and it was one of the worst I’ve read for trigger material in awhile. So, for me that was a fantastic and moving episode, but actually one comparatively easy to watch vs. some others. First lesson in PTSD is how everybody’s triggers are so personal. I was glad to see PTSD displayed in the episode in a way that is realistic and hopefully normalizing and stigma reducing. The next three episodes I suspect will be much more twisty – and thus gut twisty – for me since they’ll go back to the interpersonal.

  • Glad you had a good appointment! I’ve been watching The Office starting at season 1, episode 1. I ponder to myself whether the show would succeed if it were being released today, since Michael borders on sexist and racist when he tries to make others laugh. His well-intentioned but ignorant ineptitude gets belly laughs from me. 🙂

  • Yes! Michael Scott is a teacher, just like Archie Bunker was in All in the Family. His bumbling about makes us cringe, and laugh at him, because we know there’s no malice behind his flubs. We cringe because it’s extremely uncomfortable to witness someone accidentally step all over everyone around them. We know people bleed when we cut them, even if we do so unintentionally, on an instinctual level.

    It gives us the courage to correct loved ones and acquaintances from unwittingly foolish, and hurtful behavior. It allows us to laugh at an issue that’s constantly eating away at us on some level, releasing some of the tension. It lets us recognize behaviors we’ve exhibited, without without realizing the consequences, and make the correction without being publicly humiliated.

    On top of all that, it’s fun, well performed, no laugh track, and hysterically funny. Now I want to binge it again. Hahaha🤣💜

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