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"The Real Thing "


Chapter 1
All Five

By Ben Colder

In the mind of Gary Wheeling, the world struggled for existence as two automatic doors at the Veteran's Hospital opened. Normally, seated at a desk, a security guard waits for his partner to bring coffee.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD sometimes named, but to Gary Wheeling, it's nightmare.
Could Doctor Redmon have an answer?

The ability to focus or make positive decisions were no longer Virtue. Perhaps moving to a smaller community somewhere out west or in the hills of Tennessee?

The sign over the corridor points directions to room 334A. Clara Wheeling knows the routine as she opens the waiting room door and finds two empty seats. Her eyes glance toward the same outdated magazine resting on the table.Looking at advertisement for various cooking ideas, she considers lunch to be Pizza.

Gary sat quietly waiting to hear his name while three others loudly boast about fishing. Clara stopped reading and looked above her glasses and smiled. She thought, now that might be an answer. He was past thinking about combat days, but nightmares still happened. She understood much about PTSD symptoms and was faithful attending classes concerning the subject, but Gary was now showing unusual signs.

She knew that people who survived traumatic events sometimes suffered with the problem. She also knew that Gary was a sniper in the war, but conquered much of the fear, anxiety and even depression however, guilt seemed to linger.

Three nights ago, the neighbors learned of Gary's illness and why sometimes in the early hours EMT's were at his home. Perhaps research concluded the majority of those having the sickness were not long-time victims, but in Gary's case, Clara was doubtful.



Author Notes Folks, I used part of this in a contest story and it is something I have tossed around for months. My grandson suffers with this problem. If interest is shown, I will continue the story as a short story. Just testing the water for now.


Chapter 2
Continue - All Five

By Ben Colder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event -- either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.



Previous:


In the mind of Gary Wheeling, the world struggled for existence as two automatic doors at the Veteran's Hospital opened. Normally, seated at a desk, a security guard waits for his partner to bring coffee.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD abbreviated, but to Gary Wheeling, it's nightmare.
Could Doctor Redmon have an answer?

The ability to focus or make positive decisions were no longer Virtue. Perhaps moving to a smaller community somewhere out west or in the hills of Tennessee?

The sign over the corridor points directions to room 334A. Clara Wheeling knows the routine as she opens the waiting room door and finds two empty seats. Her eyes glance toward the same outdated magazine resting on the table.

Looking at advertisement for various cooking ideas, she considers lunch to be Pizza.

Gary sat quietly waiting to hear his name while three others loudly boast about fishing.

Clara stopped reading and looked above her glasses and smiled. She thought, now that might be an answer. He was past thinking about combat days, but nightmares still happened.

She understood much about PTSD symptoms and was faithful attending classes concerning the subject, but Gary was now showing unusual signs.

She knew that people who survived traumatic events sometimes suffered with the problem. She also knew that Gary was a sniper in the war, but conquered much of the fear, anxiety and even depression however, guilt seemed to linger.

Three nights ago, the neighbors learned of Gary's illness and why sometimes in the early hours EMT's were at his home. Perhaps research concluded the majority of those having the sickness were not long-time victims, but in Gary's case, Clara was doubtful.

NEW POST:



Intrusive memories; Vietnam, 1966
Wind is important as Staff sergeant Gary Wheeling blends into Viet Nam's dense jungle terrine. The prone movement toward an intended target is done by inches. Eye to eye contact with a poisonous viper creates complete motionlessness. A vision of Clara holding their newborn son removes the terror while the viper slithers away. Eighteen hundred yards, the enemy gathers to hear their leader. Looking through the rifle scope, Gary waits for the right moment.

The VA hospital, 1987

A nurse called the name Gary Wheeling twice before Clara punched him in the ribs. She never hesitated to follow just to hear how some people have recurrent unwanted distressful memories.

As a sniper, he had seventy-one confirmed enemy kill, and the last was a woman.
Perhaps the Vietnamese lady who managed the local nail parlor had something to do with it, but she was extremely nice and not anything like Gary said about the female target. That person was known to have cruelly mistreated American prisoners.

Down the hall to room 334A, Dr. Redmon greeted Clara as she followed her husband inside. The two found a seat while the doctor searched the computer for Gary's file.
Gary Wheeling sit quietly staring at Clara knowing she would probably do most of the talking.

Dr. Redmon focused on positive results from the last visit and inquired if any unusual symptoms or upsetting dreams or nightmares.

Gary was discrete, but Clara was concerned about the reliving of trauma events. It was almost like it was happening again.

Dr. Redmon listened as Clara explained some of Gary's latest actions while he sits quietly staring at the door. She finished with her enlightenment and waited for a response.

Concerned about the sudden change, Dr. Redmon prescribed a new medication however, Clara was against the idea. She had researched the reports of certain medication that contributed to suicide and was not happy with the decision, but the visit was over with the new prescribed medication to be mailed to their home.












NOT HOLLYWOOD

Author Notes The video is a thumb nails description of how it was for the fighting men against communist aggression in Viet Nam. Could we see the same mentality forming in our country through a certain political party? Some political leaders are leading our youth into a pathway of no return. If our republic is to stand as our forefathers intended then those who are in favor of socialism dishonor the men and women who have given their lives for freedom. America will always stand for the Republic that we are. Long live America and the faithful patriots..


Chapter 3
The Appointment

By Ben Colder

Previous:

Gary Wheeling sat quietly staring at Clara knowing she would probably do most of the talking.
Dr. Redmon focused on positive results from the last visit and inquired if any unusual symptoms or upsetting dreams or nightmares.

Gary was discrete, but Clara was concerned about the reliving of trauma events. It was almost like it was happening again.

Dr. Redmon listened as Clara explained some of Gary's latest actions while he sits quietly staring at the door. She finished with her enlightenment and waited for a response.

Concerned about the sudden change, Dr. Redmon prescribed a new medication however, Clare was against the idea.

She had researched the reports of certain medications that contributed to suicide and was not happy with the decision, but the visit was over with the new prescribed medication to be mailed to their home.

New Post:

Two days later, inside Clara's purse, the phone vibrated. The name, We Do Nails appeared in big bold letters. She answered as Si Wee Yu, reminded her of an appointment. This was Clara's chance, Gary had never met the lady and perhaps it could be good therapy, but it could also be dangerous. She knew that severe emotional distress or physical reactions might be the reminder of a traumatic event.

Thursday morning, appointment day.

After loading the breakfast dishes inside the dishwasher, Clara gathered her thoughts as she stopped and looked at herself in the hall- tree mirror.

She whispered a silent prayer hoping God would create the perfect opportunity for Gary to meet Si Wee.

Her faith along with Bible knowledge granted the understanding that if God be for you then who possibly could be against you. Beneath her breath, she reminded the Lord of their conversation.

Clara backed the Honda Civic out of the garage while Gary sat in his pickup truck listening to music.

Today was just another one of those times when negative thinking desired to rule the mind.

He had no problem with Clara getting her nails done, but he offered no interest in meeting Si Wee.

Clara drove the car just blocks away when in the rearview mirror, she noticed one of Gary's Army beer drinking buddies pulling into their driveway.

Despite the fear of the unknown, she was determined to believe God would answer her prayers.




Author Notes The word sits or sit. I tried using sat but the editor corrects it to be sit or sits. Ug.


I am sorry to be late. I have been away, but will try and finish this story. Thank you for understanding. I think you will learn an answer to a serious problem many Vets suffer. It may never work for all, but some it will. Thanks for reading.


Chapter 4
Continue- The Appointment

By Ben Colder

Previous::

Thursday morning, appointment day.

After loading the breakfast dishes inside the dishwasher, Clara gathered her thoughts as she stopped and looked at herself in the hall- tree mirror.

She whispered a silent prayer hoping God would create the perfect opportunity for Gary to meet Si Wee.

Her faith along with Bible knowledge granted the understanding that if God be for you then who possibly could be against you? Beneath her breath, she reminded the Lord of their conversation.

Clara backed the Honda Civic out of the garage while Gary sat in his pickup truck listening to music.

Today was just another one of those times when negative thinking desired to rule the mind.

He had no problem with Clara getting her nails done, but he offered no interest in meeting Si Wee.

Clara drove the car just blocks away when in the rear view mirror, she noticed one of Gary's Army beer drinking buddies pulling into their driveway.

Despite the fear of the unknown, she was determined to believe God would answer her prayers.

New Post.

Si Wee Yu came to America with her parents after the fall of Saigon in 1975. She and her family were among the first refugee boats to arrive in Malaysia. After staying a short time in a Vietnamese refuge camp, they were given the opportunity of coming to America through the means of a Christian Organization.

She was bold toward giving God the praise for her many blessings and boasted openly to those who offered an interest.

Not only were the horrible memories of war gone for good, but scars from the bombing fragments were scarcely visible.

Somehow Clara Wheeling knew if Gary could only meet her and consider the achievement of peace, she found in Christ then happiness would return that was desperately needed.

The new medication arrived seven days after the last VA appointment.
Clara was perplexed toward giving the medication to Gary knowing it contributed toward rashness. She tucked it away in a kitchen cabinet drawer and went on about the daily home chores.

The grandfather clock in the living area chimed eleven just as the phone rang. Starlight Enterprise wanted to know why Gary never came to work?

Though sudden fear arose, Clara responded in a gentle voice assuring she would check into the matter.

She opened the kitchen door leading into the garage and was nearly overcome by gases.

Gary sat inside the pickup clumped over the steering wheel with the doors locked and the windows rolled up. Immediately, she called 911 while raising the garage door. Still talking to the operator and frightened beyond comprehension, she found a hammer and broke the driver side window. She unlocked the door and pulled him to the garage floor.

The Operator was still speaking as she held the phone braced against her shoulder and dragged Gary outside into the fresh air.

The Lee County Ambulance service was at the scene before the 911 operator refused to hang up.

With tears streaming down her cheeks, Clara stood near while the assistance arrived.

Minutes were like hours as the ambulance driver administered CPR.

Later, the emergency room at the Lee County Hospital was busy, but it never stopped the swiftness of teams determined to save lives.

Clara phoned the VA hot line and was explaining the situation when the ER doctor assured that Gary was stable and wishing to see her.



















The Video may help you save a life.


















Author Notes Carbon monoxide (CO), an odorless, colorless gas, which can cause sudden illness and death, is produced any time a fossil fuel is burned.


Chapter 5
The big surprise

By Ben Colder

Some have asked for dialog. Well, here goes.

Previous;
The new medication arrived seven days after the last VA appointment.
Clara was perplexed toward giving the medication to Gary knowing it contributed toward rashness. She tucked it away in a kitchen cabinet drawer and went on about the daily home chores.

The grandfather clock in the living area chimed eleven just as the phone rang. Starlight Enterprise wanted to know why Gary never came to work?
Though sudden fear arose, Clara responded in a gentle voice assuring she would check into the matter.

She opened the kitchen door leading into the garage and was nearly overcome by gases.
Gary sat clumped over the steering wheel inside the pickup with the doors locked and the windows rolled up.

She immediately called 911 while raising the garage door. Still speaking to the operator and frightened beyond comprehension, she found a hammer and broke the driver side truck window. She unlocked the door and pulled him to the garage floor. The operator was still speaking as she held the phone braced against her shoulder and dragged Gary outside into the fresh air.

The Lee County Ambulance service was at the scene before the 911 operator refused to hang up.

With tears streaming down her cheeks, Clara stood near while assistance arrived.
Minutes were like hours as the ambulance driver administered CPR.

The emergency room at the Lee County Hospital was busy, but it never stopped the swiftness of teams determined to save lives.

Clara phoned the VA hot line and was explaining the situation when the ER doctor assured Gary was stable and wishing to see her.

He could barely see out of one eye, but he knew who she was. Not one word was spoken as Clara sat down in a chair next to his bed. She took his hand and squeezed it; still everything remained wordless.

Minutes later a nurse entered the room stating that a Doctor Redmon at the VA wanted him transferred there.

Here we go again Clara thought. More medication, more lectures on what may or may not work.

The ER team advanced toward following Dr. Redmon's request and twenty minutes later, the responsibility shifted; Gary Wheeling was now government property.

The old Army drinking buddy, Charlie Matthews had just arrived at the hospital while Gary was being placed into the ambulance.

He quickly learned his friend was being transferred and hoped Clara would allow him to driver her there. She accepted with intentions of discouraging the idea of drinking.

Clara was cautious toward the subject, but it was Charlie who changed the moment into a brighter light of hope.

"I have made big changes in my life since I last saw you. The other day when you were leaving, I met with Gary and told him the good news. Last week, the preacher from a local church came by the house to invite the wife and I to their revival. Clara, I am so glad Molly talked me into going. It was the greatest thing I have ever done. I dedicated my life to Christ, and I have never felt cleaner inside as I do now. I wanted to share the joy and peace that day with you and Gary, but he refused to listen."


For a moment, Clara sat wordless, but in her mind, she expresses gratitude to the Lord for answering prayers that Molly and she had often prayed.

She remarked, "You have no idea how much this means to Molly and me.
Charlie, as a member of the body of Christ, you will learn it is step by step, but the good part; Jesus will be there to help you make the right step. Just join with Molly and I in prayer for Gary and we will see the hand of the Lord do a miracle."










Author Notes Dedicated to my friend Gary and all who suffer with PTSD


Chapter 6
Bible Thump-ere

By Ben Colder

(Thump-ere- matter of expression.)

For a moment, Clara sat wordless, but in her mind, she expresses gratitude to the Lord for answering prayers that Molly and she had often prayed.

She remarked, "You have no idea how much this means to Molly and me.
Charlie, as a member of the body of Christ, you will learn it is step by step, but the good part; Jesus will be there to help you make the right step. Just join with Molly and I in prayer for Gary and we will see the hand of the Lord do a miracle."
Another day for the VA with busy schedules as usual. Everything worked in names and numbers, but in Gary's situation the MRI for trauma was needed.

Clara and Charlie found empty seats in the waiting room adjoining another couple wishing to hear good news about their son. Though he was injured in an auto accident, the MRI exam for brain check was needed for each.

Clara was on the phone with the 700-club requesting prayer for both men while Charlie sat quietly.

Hours crept by before Clara received news about Gary being transferred into a room. She and Charlie followed the nurse down the corridor to room 219A, but before entering, the nurse remarked, "Had not the swiftness of receiving medical attention your husband would not be alive. He is awake, but still drowsy. His blood is being monitored, but he will recognize you."

Clara searched for words to say but decided to act normal. She kissed Gary on the lips and remarked, "That bed ain't big enough for both of us so I'ill settled for one kiss for now."

Gary grinned, "Yea, I suppose so. I ain't going to be in here that long. Who's that smiling Bible thump-ere you brought with you?

Charlie eased near the bed and lowly spoke, "I ain't much on reading the Bible yet, but I'm getting there."

The hour was late when Clara arrived home. Hearing about Charlie's experience with God had made her day. The phone rang just as she slipped out of her shoes into something more comfortable.

She heard Molly's enthusiastic voice." Clara! Charlie just told me the wonderful news about Gary. I'm so glad he's going to be alright."

Clara responded, "So far, so good, Molly, but let's keep him first on our prayer list."

One week later,

Though days had slipped away, and Gary was back to work, still the question of why never surfaced. Clara was still on guard for the uncertainty but tried not to let it be sensed. She kept busy at various ventures mainly those she felt Gary would take interest.

Dr. Redmon, had been honest with her about Gary's behavior not necessarily caused from war, but also from the death of their only child.

Clara wanted another kid, but circumstances prevented. According to her gynecologist report, she could never have another baby.

Gary was aware of the condition, but it was a subject she or he never mentioned.

For nearly a month, the Wheeling family could have never been happier.

Si We Yu, the proprietor of the local nail parlor never missed a week without calling to see how things were going, but Clara kept the calls a private matter.

On Mondays at the nail parlor when most of the beauty parlors were closed, Si We held a Bible study.

Clara, along with her friend Molly never missed a session and this Monday, the group relished a surprise. Charlie Matthews, the only male figure in the place felt like a bug in a jar among so many women.

He and Molly sat with their Bibles open ready to receive the scripture of the day, Clara sat among others in hidden thoughts and wishing Gary was there.

While Clara and the others were receiving good news from the Word of God, Gary also was receiving good news, but in a much different way. Management had offered him a promotion and raise in pay, but it required relocating to another state.

The next morning after Gary left for work, Clara answered the ringing phone to hear a computer voice from the VA reminding of Gary's next appointment.

Clara knew the routine well and wrote down the information, but later in the day, the VA called again and this time it was a live source stating Gary's test were back and he needed to see his primary care doctor as soon as possible.

Clara agreed to have him there the next morning,

Folks, I will be away and busy speaking about my latest novel.
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This is the results of the story.
My friend Gary died at the VA hospital waiting on a liver transplant from the effects of agent orange, a chemical used to clear away jungle foliage in Viet Nam.
To my knowledge, he never confessed Christ but who knows what a person does in their final moments.
Charles and Molly Matthews became active in their church and still attends today.
Clara never married and lives modest on the VA settlement and Gary's retirement. She is also active in her church and speaks at various group meetings.
Si We Yu, closed her nail parlor and opened an imported craft shop. She still holds Bible study in her place of business on Friday evening.
Thank you for your support of my little story.
















Author Notes I have spun this write into fiction, using characters of various created names, but I assure the sickness is very real. Stay the course with me and we will see how God comes on the scene in a mysterious way.


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