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Title: Peter is determined to die.
Post by: ozgeorge on January 17, 2009, 05:49:22 PM
I don't often ask for prayers for my patients, but Peter is a special case.
Peter is 30 and a survivor of childhood abuse. Peter was hospitalized on Friday night due to suicidality. He has attempted suicide 3 times in the last 12 months. Last night, Peter tried to hang himself with a cord he had secreted into the hospital and was miraculously found by one of the nurses by chance, who rescued him. Peter was immediately placed on suicide watch with someone watching him continually, yet he managed to make another noose with another cord under the cover of the bedclothes and tie one end around his neck, and the other to the bed and turn over to put enough pressure on the noose to make himself fall unconscious. The observing nurse noted the unusual position of his head, and found the second noose and cut him free and he was resuscitated again. This was his second attempt at suicide in less than 3 hours after his first attempt.
In my world view, the existence of chocolate is, in itself, is enough reason to go on living, but in Peter's world, there is nothing to live for, and living is too painful. Peter is the highest level of risk of suicide I have ever come across, so much so, that I'm not sure he will still be alive when I commence my on-call again tonight. Please keep Peter in your prayers.
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Post by: FrChris on January 17, 2009, 05:51:46 PM
Lord, have mercy on the work of Your hands!
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Post by: PeterTheAleut on January 17, 2009, 06:07:42 PM
Holy Saints Peter the Apostle and Peter the Aleut Martyr pray for this man Peter.
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Post by: ialmisry on January 17, 2009, 06:18:57 PM
Lord, preserve Your servant, the work of Your hands!
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Post by: HandmaidenofGod on January 17, 2009, 06:35:38 PM
Lord have mercy!
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Post by: livefreeordie on January 17, 2009, 06:53:24 PM
May God have mercy and preserve Peter.  He'll be in my prayers.
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Post by: Fr. David on January 17, 2009, 07:08:59 PM
Lord, have mercy on Peter.
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Post by: SolEX01 on January 17, 2009, 07:20:21 PM
Lord, have Mercy!
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Post by: GreekChef on January 17, 2009, 08:02:01 PM
Lord Jesus Christ our God, comfort and preserve your servant Peter, in his time of despair!
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Post by: Entscheidungsproblem on January 17, 2009, 08:07:43 PM
Lord, have mercy!
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Post by: Riddikulus on January 17, 2009, 08:15:56 PM
Lord, have mercy on Peter.
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Post by: Asteriktos on January 17, 2009, 08:43:47 PM
Lord have mercy
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Post by: sohma_hatori on January 17, 2009, 10:38:49 PM
Have Mercy on Peter O Lord!
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Post by: jlerms on January 17, 2009, 10:54:56 PM
Lord have mercy on the work of Your hands!
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Post by: username! on January 17, 2009, 11:53:57 PM
Lord Have Mercy
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Post by: ComingHome on January 18, 2009, 12:23:12 AM
Lord Have Mercy!
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Post by: prodromas on January 18, 2009, 12:23:51 AM
May the Lord have mercy
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Post by: stashko on January 18, 2009, 07:37:48 AM
Lord Have Mercy..Amen
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Post by: Heorhij on January 18, 2009, 09:28:58 AM
Lord, have mercy on this man, Peter. Holy Martyr Cyprian, Holy Fathers Nikita of Pereyaslav, Makarius of Egypt, Antony the Great, intercede for him. Most Holy Theotokos, protect him. Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered. As smoke vanishes, so let them vanish; just as wax melts before fire, so the demons will perish from the presence of those who love God and who sign themselves with the sign of the Cross. Lord, have mercy on Peter, and let al the demons who beseige him vanish!
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Post by: Theophilos78 on January 18, 2009, 10:39:48 AM
Lord, please visit Peter and strengthen him, send your Holy Spirit to attach joy and meaning to his life. Panaghia Theotoke, protect Peter against demons with your maternal love and intercession. Amen.
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Post by: Andrea on January 18, 2009, 12:09:55 PM
Peter will be in my prayers.
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Post by: Robert W on January 18, 2009, 02:42:05 PM
Lord Have Mercy
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Post by: ozgeorge on January 18, 2009, 09:37:33 PM
By your prayers, Peter is still alive despite a third attempt on his own life yesterday afternoon, this time by smashing his head against the wall. He is going to have a black eye as a result, but thankfully there are no fractures. Because of his head injury, he couldn't be sedated, so he had to be moved to a soft room with padded walls and a mattress.
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Post by: Fr. George on January 18, 2009, 10:06:39 PM
Lord, have mercy.
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Post by: Alveus Lacuna on January 19, 2009, 01:36:01 AM
Lord, have mercy.
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Post by: Órëlaurëa on January 19, 2009, 02:03:35 AM
By your prayers, Peter is still alive despite a third attempt on his own life yesterday afternoon, this time by smashing his head against the wall. He is going to have a black eye as a result, but thankfully there are no fractures. Because of his head injury, he couldn't be sedated, so he had to be moved to a soft room with padded walls and a mattress.

I am a caseworker for mentally ill adults, and last year I had a client who was such a danger to herself that she was admitted to the state lockdown facility for the forseeable future. I pray that Peter can get the right kind of help (human and divine) to keep him from a similar fate. Lord have mercy on the work of your hands!
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Post by: Salpy on January 19, 2009, 02:23:23 AM
Lord have mercy!
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Post by: recent convert on January 19, 2009, 08:30:01 AM
Lord, have mercy.
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Post by: HandmaidenofGod on January 19, 2009, 03:08:27 PM
By your prayers, Peter is still alive despite a third attempt on his own life yesterday afternoon, this time by smashing his head against the wall. He is going to have a black eye as a result, but thankfully there are no fractures. Because of his head injury, he couldn't be sedated, so he had to be moved to a soft room with padded walls and a mattress.

Why is he so determined to die? Why does he have no hope?

I know you said he suffered abuse as a child, but is there more to this we are not aware of?
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Post by: EofK on January 19, 2009, 03:15:47 PM
Lord have mercy on your servant!
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Post by: ytterbiumanalyst on January 20, 2009, 07:07:47 AM
Lord have mercy.
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Post by: Riddikulus on January 20, 2009, 07:20:12 AM
Lord, have mercy on this poor man and let there be something that can be done to alleviate his suffering.
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Post by: Ebor on January 20, 2009, 02:28:31 PM
Lord, have mercy.  May Peter find help and relief from such pain.  :(
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Post by: ozgeorge on January 23, 2009, 07:40:26 PM
Wonderful is God in His Saints!

This morning, Peter woke from a deep sleep and seemed visibly relaxed, and cheerful. At first I was concerned because this is often a sign that someone who is suicidal has formulated a plan and resolved to die. I spent two hours with Peter after breakfast at his request to talk, and we seem to have got to the root cause of his suicidality, the cause which, up until today he had never told anyone. He had been carrying a burden which, up until today he felt he could never tell anyone. After we spoke for some time and he wept with relief for a while, I asked him what had caused him to pluck up the courage to tell me, and he said that he had an "amazing dream" where he was in a garden and he met a "tall, thin man with a long beard dressed in black and wearing a nun's veil" who smiled at him, then the man held up and touched Peter's lips "with his thumb an two fingers" and simply said "Open!" then vanished. Peter woke up and understood that he had to tell someone what had been troubling him for so many years.

I have a strong suspicion the "man" in Peter's dream was St. Ephrem of Nea Makri, the patron of the despairing and suicidal. Whoever he was, thank you all for your prayers!
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Post by: FrChris on January 23, 2009, 07:42:46 PM
Glory to God!

Thank you for letting us know of this account. Truly inspirational!

Glory to God!
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Post by: Ebor on January 23, 2009, 07:44:07 PM
That is wonderful news, indeed!  I hope that Peter will be able to get all the help he needs to heal.


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Post by: Fr. David on January 23, 2009, 11:01:00 PM
Glory be to God!  May St. Ephrem continue to pray for him.
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Post by: Entscheidungsproblem on January 23, 2009, 11:04:02 PM
Glory to God!
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Post by: Quinault on January 23, 2009, 11:11:48 PM
Oh, that brought tears to my eyes! That is wonderful! Glory to God!
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Post by: Alveus Lacuna on January 24, 2009, 12:38:57 AM
Glory be to God!
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Post by: ialmisry on January 24, 2009, 12:50:45 AM
Glory to God in His saints!  May He continue to heal the work of His hands.
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Post by: PeterTheAleut on January 24, 2009, 12:52:59 AM
Glory to God who is wonderful in His saints!
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Post by: HandmaidenofGod on January 24, 2009, 12:55:05 AM
Glory to God in the highest!
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Post by: SolEX01 on January 24, 2009, 01:46:18 AM
Glory to God in the Highest for revealing the Truth to the man named Peter in ozgeorge's psychiatric ward.

Amen!
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Post by: prodromas on January 24, 2009, 03:07:31 AM
Glory to God in the highest
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Post by: Riddikulus on January 24, 2009, 04:44:27 AM
How wonderful, George. Thanks be to God!! I hope that Peter can make progress now and have finally complete freedom from his burden.
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Post by: sohma_hatori on January 24, 2009, 05:28:23 AM
slava tebye Gospodi, slava tebye!!

Such a great account it truly is!  :)
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Post by: Heorhij on January 24, 2009, 09:56:35 AM
Glory to God! What an amazing story.
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Post by: jayjay on January 24, 2009, 10:56:24 AM
Lord have mercy. Prayers here too -  pray God will give him hope. Prayers for you too George, may God give you wisdom, patience to listen (not just to hear), and wisdom to speak, not just to talk.
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Post by: Ian Lazarus on January 24, 2009, 03:55:23 PM
God continue thy mercy upon they servant Peter.  Heal him and save him.  And all of us, who struggle with pain daily.
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Post by: Órëlaurëa on January 25, 2009, 02:58:45 AM
Glory be to God!
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Post by: Fr. George on January 25, 2009, 07:51:16 PM
Miraculous is God in His Holy ones!
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Post by: ytterbiumanalyst on January 29, 2009, 12:11:40 PM
Wonderful is God in His Saints!
Indeed. Glory to God!
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Post by: EofK on January 29, 2009, 12:20:47 PM
Glory to God! 
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Post by: mdsajith on March 23, 2009, 03:24:42 PM
how is peter now?
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Post by: Irish Hermit on March 24, 2009, 12:38:48 AM
I have also wondered how he is.  I have his name on a sticky beside the icons.