Monday, November 28, 2022

Not feeling it

I usually hang a wreath on my front door, but Saturday I saw this silly penguin at The Dollar Store and decided to make a switch. A Christmas penguin with lips would have made my mom smile. I like the idea of celebrating Christmas with my mom every time I put my key in the lock.

So see? I was in the Christmas spirit. But not now.

I found out Saturday night via a Facebook post -- just like all 519 of Reg's Facebook friends -- that Henry is back in the looney bin. This is the third time this year the police have been called and taken my friend away to a mental health facility. He was there in May and September, too.

During the past two hospitalizations, Reg called and IM'd me. Not this time. I don't really feel like talking to Reg. But I would like more facts about what's going on, instead of just Reg-centric Facebook posts ("I'm in a canoe without oars, heading toward angry rapids." Yeah, whatever. Any word on when Henry will be released? Or is this the time when he will be committed to a facility, as Reg keeps implying?).

I had made my peace with the idea that this will be my last Christmas in Key West. I understand that, with the deterioration in his mental state, Henry might not know me much longer.

Now I am faced with the possibility that I may never see my friend again.

I am scheduled to spent his 60th birthday with him on 12/22. That may not happen.

I am heartsick.


  1. Oh, Gal, I'm really sorry to hear this. And to find out via FB. Sending love and light to Henry, and you, and even Reg--I would say he needs help as much as Henry does, frankly, if you don't mind me saying.

  2. Oh, Gal--this is so sad. May they get the help they so desperately need. I got a knot in my stomach reading that you found out via Facebook. I'm so sorry.

  3. I am so sorry. What a horrid way to learn your friend is in trouble. It sounds like much intervention is needed for both of your friends, but not the kind that you can offer. Professional, constant intervention. I hope that something helps to improve the situation. In the meantime, please take care of yourself.

  4. So sorry to hear about Henry. I hope that your worst fears are not realized. This is hard. I agree with the comment that Reg needs help and intervention as much as Henry. Sorry to hear that this is happening.


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