Monday, April 20, 2009

That uneasy feeling

My baby brother is back in town.

He was discharged from the Army at the end of March. Since then, he has been living with a girlfriend that he met when she and her mother were witnesses to the wreck he had when he was trying to kill himself (what a lovely story). He told my mother that he was not going to come back to Texas; he was going to stay in Georgia because the people here are bad influences on him and he needed to make positive changes in his life.

Fast-forward a couple of weeks. On Friday, the girlfriend broke up with him, so he could no longer freeload live with her and her parents. On Saturday, he was back here. On Sunday, he was already hanging out with our other brother and their mutual drug buddies. My father overheard him talking on the phone telling friends that he couldn't wait to get high with them. He takes no responsibility for the things that have happened over the past few months. He has no plans for himself. He is obviously using again. And so the downward spiral continues.

Dave, Brooklyn, and I are supposed to go to my parent's house for dinner tonight. This will be the first time that I have seen or talked to my baby brother since the drug relapse, the suicide attempts and his subsequent Army discharge. We have texted a few times, but I haven't been able to actually pick up the phone and call him. I can't seem to summon up the courage or find the right words. So I just pray. And worry.

I don't feel ready to see him. I don't really know what to say to him anymore. I just have this sick, heavy feeling hanging over me, the kind that stays with you when you are watching someone you love self-destruct. I know that feeling well now.

8 comments:

Carrie27 said...

Maybe your brother needs his sister to help provide an example of how to better himself? Maybe he'll see how much better his life can be without drugs by seeing you and your happy family.

I hope everything goes well tonight, big hugs!

Sarah said...

So sorry to hear you're going through this again with him. Follow your gut instincts and if it doesn't feel right to continue the relationship with him while he's using then you have every right to stay away. You have a beautiful baby to teach the rights and wrongs of the world to and she doesn't need to be exposed to that type of behavior. ((HUGS)) to you during this crappy time.

Sarah

Jennifer W. said...

Oh I am so sorry friend. I wanted to say everything Sarah already said. I have that type of relationship with several people in my family and I hope I will have the guts to make the decision to stand up for me and my daughter the next time it arises. No need to try and make everyone happy. If you feel in your gut it isn't right, right now, then it isn't. You take care of YOURself and your sweet baby. Your mental stability is too important to be so stressed out!

Beth said...

Thinking, thinking of you

Liz said...

I'm curious how the dinner went. Email & let me know. HUGS!

Cibele said...

Life can be complicated... I am so sorry for all of this

Kate said...

I am so sorry. That's really hard.

Holly said...

I'm sorry about your brother. That must be a really difficult situation. I hope you managed to find the rigt way to respond at the dinner. :)

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