Note to reader: I am using this space and place to post parts of a new slip-fiction novel series I am working on, Left Brain Right, the story of a young girl who hears voices. Left-Brain excerpts will be from her care-takers’ point of view or the point of view of the friends and family around her, while right-brain excerpts will describe how she sees the situation. I will not be posting the whole story, but I will be posting practical tips when dealing with someone, or one’s own self, as they are going through traumatic, or not so traumatic, experiences.

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How today’s story excerpt can help you:

Theme: Creating and sticking to daily routines (even on the days we aren’t feelin’ it) can help get us through and either make us feel better by the end, or at the very least, having us not feeling worse about ourselves for not accomplishing anything.

In today’s story excerpt, Nurse Anita sits and waits for Michelle to get up and start her routine.

Right Side

September 12th

I sat in the corner
during visiting hours
and watched
and waited.

I saw smiling faces
and warm embraces
for others,
but not for me.

my Thunder Being
was still
with me.

I went to bed that night
feeling sorry for myself
and the next morning I awoke tired
not wanting to get out of bed.

My Thunder Being Sat in the corner,
while nurse Anita came in
drew the shades to let in the sun and said,
“lets let this day begin.”

“One thing I have found,”
she continued without my permission,
“is that sticking to a routine
helps no matter what state you are in.

“So, my dear Michelle,
a routine we will begin.”
She handed me my DBR card,
and pulled back the sheets.

She sat in the chair,
where my Thunder Being was.
I almost smiled at the thought
that she was sitting on his lap.

She refused to move
until I got up to shower.
And she told my roommate, Rhea
to sit with me at breakfast.

Rhea looked aphrenrsive, but willing
and so the day begun
weather either of us wanted it to
or not.