My name is Sherry and I am a Trauma Junkie. Because of my association with an Emergency Room (ER), Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the U.S. Air Force Aux., Civil Air Patrol (CAP), I place myself in emotional harm’s way almost every day; keep dipping your toe in the water and eventually your whole body gets wet. I almost drowned.
Since the critical incident stress (CIS) reaction is a normal reaction to an abnormal event, we all have the potential to suffer debilitating effects of trauma. If you’d like, you can read about my CIS experience discussed in the story, “Sweet Dreams Angel” which is linked at the end of this post. It was through the kindness and intervention of a CAP member, Captain Mark Davalos, that I survived that episode and became aware of the power of Critical Incident Stress Management. Already involved heavily in CAP (in the early nineties), and working three emergency services jobs, I discovered Jeff Mitchell, PhD, who seemed to be doing exactly what was needed for the second set of victims of trauma.