General Non-Fiction posted October 14, 2019 Chapters: 2 3 -4- 5... 

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A chapter in the book The Real Thing

Continue- The Appointment

by Ben Colder

Who has PTSD and what is it?

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.

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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.

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