February 2009

Down To Earth Newsletter
Volume 8 – Issue 1 – February, 2009

Hello Again! – With all the garbage that fills your e-mail inbox, you may or may not have noticed I haven’t put this newsletter out for the past 7 months. I can explain. Really.

On July 21st, 2008, I was in a nearly-fatal motorcycle accident. I spent 9 days in ICU, another 11 on the post-surgical floor, then the next 3 1/2 months in a nursing home. I have been at home since Thanksgiving and received nursing care, PT, and OT at home until the beginning of 2009. Since then, I have been receiving outpatient care, attending anywhere from 3-8 medical appointments per week. I have at least one more surgery to look forward to, but I AM ON THE MEND!

Office Manager Jon has spent the past 6 months building a very cute office in our home, complete with a therapy room, a waiting room, and a client rest room. The office has it’s own entrance so clients will not be subjected to our pets. I still need more time to heal, but must move towards getting back to work. We anticipate seeing our first clients in the new office in April, 2009. Meanwhile, I am trying to resume as many non-clinical tasks as I can and this newsletter is a step in that direction.

I believe I will use this break as a great excuse to re-tool the newsletter, so watch for changes over the next several months.

However, for our die-hard readers, The June, 2008 Discussion Question has been on the table a long time and will finally be addressed here.

June 2008 Discussion Question: How have secrets impacted your life?

Sally in Pennsylvania answered:

Simply put, secrets have created stress. There is always the anxiety of wondering whether those I trusted will :”out” me and cause others to think of me as a hypocrite. There is guilt when someone will thank me for being such a good example of….(fill in the blank) and I know in my heart that I’ve messed up in that very area but cannot tell the story. Mistrust, suspicion and apprehension abound. Then, there is the keeping of others’ secrets – this can be very stressful when you have too much information and others are wondering why the one with the secret is acting so out of character.

Frequent contributor Bill in Colorado offered this:

I used to perform as a magician many years ago and secrets were very important. I always considered magic as a fun, performance art and not as a way of tricking or exerting power over others. Unfortunately there are many people who hate magic. They cannot cope with things they don’t understand and can’t relax and enjoy the sense of wonder created by magicians.

Other secrets I have today are few in number but if revealed would bring unnecessary emotional harm to others.

Thanks to our contributors. Your fantastic Dr. Marlo prizes are finally on their way!

Dr. Marlo’s Movie Madness – Entertainment and Education
Plans to bring Movie Madness to our home are still in the works but were delayed not only by my accident, but also by the FLOOD we had one week prior to the accident. After we have returned to gainful employment, we will pick up Movie Madness plans again. Anyone but Duane is free to suggest movies for future showings. Okay, just kidding, Duane, you can still make suggestions. E-mail suggestions to MovieMadness@drmarlo.com

The Psychology Session – Internet Radio Show – ON HOLD – A huge apology goes out to Devin Jones whose internet radio show has been on hold indefinitely since the accident. Some form of technology-based psychology education and entertainment will resume, we’re just not exactly sure what it will be. We’ll let you know!

Seriously, thanks to everyone who supported me and my family through this crisis and those who continue to help us rebuild. We are incredibly thankful and will work diligently to pay it forward! –Marlo J. Archer, Ph.D.

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