Faith Behind the Blue Wall
Law enforcement is perhaps the most stressful of professions that one can pursue. The nature of this occupation is sorting out and dealing with the worst of situations that impact our lives as citizens. All too often we lose sight of the fact that the profession is made up of individuals; human beings just like the citizens they have sworn an oath to “protect and serve”. As human beings, these officers are susceptible to the negative influences that stem from constant exposure to this physical and psychological trauma.
Many times the effect of this exposure is subtle, almost imperceptible. But as time passes, it manifests in more obvious ways that the officers, their families and the community may recognize, but fail to understand. Faith Behind the Blue Wall provides insight into recognizing the impact that law enforcement has on the lives of officers and their families. It also offers methods for coping with the negative effects on their lives. Finally, the book provides a lens through which the community can get a clearer view of the behavior and attitudes of law enforcement. In light of recent events, the necessity for a deeper understanding by all parties can not be overstated.
To hear a brief conversation with Clarence Hines, the author of Faith Behind the Blue Wall use the audio player below:
The Suicide Disease
Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic condition where the afflicted patient experiences episodes of intense pain that is frequently debilitating. Prior to the discovery of effective treatment, this disease was called The Suicide Disease because of the number of patients who took their lives rather than suffer the often unrelenting pain.
While treatments have been discovered to ease the pain there is no cure for trigeminal neuralgia. The disease results from irritation of the fifth cranial nerve which affects almost the entire face and adjoining structures. For this reason, the symptoms of this disease can make its diagnosis difficult. Symptoms include mouth pain, ear ache, and nasal cavity pain that mimics a severe sinus infection. Patients often have difficulty with every day activities such as shaving, eating, and sleeping. They often experience anxiety from the fear of an attack. Pain is episodic and is often felt as an electrical shock-like sensation that lasts from seconds to minutes. Episodes may be fleeting or may occur with regularity. They sometimes go into remission for months at a time and recur without warning. Treatment ranges from the use of medications and acupuncture to surgery.
Trigeminal neuralgia is not rare, but it affects only a small part of the population. It usually develops in middle age and affects women more than men. Recently I had the pleasure of examining a patient who suffers from this disease and she has been kind enough to share her experiences. Listen to her story below:
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