Help Please!

I am driving my brother to Colorado.  We left just after midnight (too long a story to tell pecking out on my phone) and I am driving straight through. Am in Colorado now and need to drive across the state. This has been a horrifying and heartbreaking trip. To make things worse,  I’m not sure he’ll let me leave him here since he’s afraid of being on the streets again.

If you are prayerful, please say a prayer for both of us. If not, please send good thoughts and wishes for . . . I don’t know. Maybe for  courage.

25 Responses to “Help Please!”

  1. Malcolm R. Campbell Says:

    My thoughts are with you both, and my hopes are that you will find a place for him that he trusts so that he will be willing to stay there.

  2. Cicy Rosado Says:

    I am praying for you and your brother please be safe luv Cicy

  3. Sue Says:

    Sending warm, calming energies for you and for him.

  4. Wanda Says:

    Oh Dear, all my best, warmest, courageous thoughts are with you both. Sending peace and love and warmth within you.

  5. rami ungar the writer Says:

    Prayer sent. Hope you get home safely and that your brother is able to handle himself once he’s back in his home state. Be careful Pat and good luck to you.

  6. awlasky Says:

    Prayers for you and yours. I am at a loss for other words.

  7. ShirleyAnnHoward Says:

    Is it possible for you to get him to a hospital? Then drive away. They’ll do a psych eval and place him someplace appropriate.

  8. cluculzwriter Says:

    You may not hear from me but I am following your adventure. I know you’ll stay safe, but I also hope you’re enjoy yourself.

    • cluculzwriter Says:

      Must seem like a dumb comment, Pat, but you need to stay focussed and don’t hesitate to stop for help if you feel the urge. IOWs, ask someone for help. Otherwise, I choose to believe you’re on an adventure and something good will come of this.

      • Pat Bertram Says:

        Not a dumb comment by any means, Joylene. Oddly, as sad, disheartening, violent, and heartbreaking the trip was, it had all the elements of a “hero’s Journey.” And in the end, like any hero, I brought back a boon — my compassion and tears, and a welcoming house where my other siblings can come to say goodbye to our father.

  9. Juliet Waldron Says:

    Prayer sent…Pat–remember you are also important–and precious!

  10. Cathy Gingrich Says:

    You have my prayers and good wishes. He will not want to stay. You must try not to make it an option. He is an adult and it is not your job to raise him. I know how it hurts, but your life will never be yours if you are not firm with him. If it gets too bad, put him on a bus. God bless you and your brother. Cathy Gingrich

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Thank you, Cathy. Good reminder. I do think I had a bit of a feeling of needing to raise him. So much of him seems to be stuck in the realm of a young boy. I hope he finds the means to raise himself, and if not, I hope . . . not sure what I hope. That in the end he will find peace, I guess.

  11. Paula Kaye Says:

    I am praying for you Pat….and I hope he will stay.

  12. Mike Simpson Says:

    I hope you put your own well-being ahead of every other concern. You are in my thoughts, Pat.

  13. Holly Bonville Says:

    Pat, I wanted to write something encouraging and uplifiting….but, it is a difficult situation and I just don’t have the words. Just know that I am thinking of you and hoping that it all turns out well. Better days are coming?

  14. katsheridan Says:

    I’m relieved you found a way to pry him out of California. Make YOUR safety your first priority and recognize that you can’t solve his problems and you are not accountable for him, much as you may care for him. Get him to a hospital, get him committed for evaluation and leave the rest to God. Sending prayers and hugs and reminding you to dance, even if it is only in your mind at the moment.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I wasn’t able to get him committed, wasn’t able to do anything, actually, except leave him on the streets 1000 miles from here. I know I can’t shoulder his burdens (don’t even want to) but it’s hard just to walk away from such neediness. I’ll never feel good about it, but I did it. Next week, it will be back to dance class!


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