Blind Devotion: Survival on the Front Lines of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction

Blind Devotion: Survival on the Front Lines of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction

by Sharlene Prinsen


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ISBN-13: 9781616494094
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sharlene Prinsen and her husband Sean have been married for eleven years and have two children. She is a teacher in northern Wisconsin. This is her first book.

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“Tell the officers I’m coming out with the kids! Tell them it’s us coming out!Don’t let them shoot at my kids!”. . . I threw the phone down, looped the bag over my shoulder, and went to wake up my son. “Michael,” I whispered as I shook his shoulders. “Wake up, Honey. We have to go, right now. You need to listen to Mommy and do exactly what I say, OK?” In an instant, my four-year-old was on his feet, reminding me so much of his father who would startle from his sleep at the slightest sound, feet on the floor and at attention, ready to receive his orders. My son’s eyes were wide with fear and confusion. He was wearing nothing but his underwear, but I didn’t have time to get him dressed. He clung to my leg as I went into the nursery to grab my infant daughter. My sobs caught in my throat as I wrapped her in a blanket and ran for the door with Michael glued to my side. “Michael,” I said, trying to keep my voice calm for my son’s sake. “When I open this door, I need you to run with me as fast as you can to the car. And when you get in, I need you to get down on the floor in the back seat.” Now he was terrified, his tears welling up. “Mommy. . .” he started, but I cut him off. “Just do it, Michael, please!” My little girl, still lost in slumber when I picked her up, was now stirring in my arms, rubbing the sleep from her eyes. I took a deep breath, opened the door, and ran with my children to the car parked outside. As Michael climbed in, I could hear my husband just a few yards away, still raging at the officers who were concealed in the darkness. My heart raced as I threw my baby girl into the car with such haste
that she rolled across the seat and bumped her head on the passenger door. The sound of her startled cries and Michael’s whimpers from the back seat were too much for me. As I tore down the long driveway, my head swirled with the surreal sounds around me—the baby’s screams, Michael’s sobs, the drone of the search helicopter overhead, the ranting of my husband. It all blurred together into a chilling soundtrack. Everything seemed to move in slow motion. I knew from the
direction of my husband’s voice just a few minutes ago that I was driving right between him and the officers with whom he was locked in a deadly standoff. My mind grappled to make sense of it. This is like a movie. . . Is this really happening to me? I gripped the steering wheel and braced myself, convinced that the next sound to join the eerie symphony would be a gunshot echoing through the night. And then my husband would be dead. Or I would be. Or one of the children.

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Blind Devotion: Survival on the Front Lines of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible, truthful and detailed window into what our Veterans and their families are dealing with as our Veterans move from combat to home front. A must read for anyone who wants the slightest insight into the world of PTSD and invisible wounds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I read the book, and it was fantastically written. It is a compelling story that I believe will help a lot of families struggling with these same issues. The resource sections throughout the book are well-researched and point the way to help for those who are seeking it. I would recommend this book to individuals and families affected by PTSD, depression, and/or addiction, and I will be using it myself in my work with families affected by these issues." --Jennifer Gruba, MS, LMFT Marriage and Family Therapist