Seven Days in Hell

Frankly, I think that most of those so-called “Awareness Campaigns” are pretty much a bunch of self-important blowhards who are trying to guilt you into being aware” of whatever issue that they have decided is most important to them, while drawing attention to themselves in a way designed to make it seem as if thy aren’t craving attention even though that’s what the whole thing is really about in the first place (see the Ice Bucket Challenge).

So what I will tell you now is not my attempt to make you aware of the issue of bi-polar illness, it’s my opportunity to vent what has been pent up in me for literally days of being locked in my bedroom with my son or having to leave my home with him during a lulls in the storm, while my wife, so recently out of surgery, tried to fight what we always knew would be a losing battle to try and maintain a level of sanity. Late Sunday night, things had finally spiraled so far out of control that Law Enforcement had to become involved, long made plans had to be cancelled, and schedules changed. Everybody – including my precious listeners – is being effected by this. You may not not “be aware of it,” but it is happening.

As things stand right now, Ben and I remain at home while Cami – still not recovered from her own surgery – goes again to the Hospital and medical professionals who know so much and yet so little about why somebody’s brain doesn’t work the way it is supposed to work and try to find answers to why our family member has to suffer. We get to see again how a single brain not working correctly ends up with the whole the neighborhood staring out their windows and making assumptions about what just happened.

So the next time you encounter somebody who seems frazzled and stressed, don’t assume things. Believe me, they (and by that I mean “me”) don’t want to talk to you about what is happening with their ill family member, but they’d like you to know that even the people who aren’t ill are deeply and badly effected by what is going on. This is the second time in my life that I have personally had to deal with this, the first time it destroyed my (first) marriage and my second career. The costs of the second bout have yet to be calculated, but hopefully will be far less severe.

The family wide effects of mental illness are devastating and horrifying. And if you are “not aware” of them, I hope and pray that you never have to experience them. If you are “aware” of them, then G-d bless you for having gone through what can only be described as a living hell and coming through stronger and better people.

Before I left I had promised that I would be in regular contact and keep up with things, texting the show and all of that. And now you know why that I wasn’t able to do any of those things. See? It effects you too. And now I get to try and put all that out of mind and head into the week of the typical “Topic A” stuff.

See ya’ll Monday at 3pm.


About FTB1(SS)

Plausibly Live is the Official Podcast of The Dave Bowman Show. From 2007 to 2015, Dave was the host of KFIV’s “Afternoons Live” (Later “The Dave Bowman Show”) and the Central Valley’s go-to man for insightful and entertaining analysis of the day's news and events. In 2015, Dave left radio to raise his son and helped to launch the Podcast 99 network (, which features voices and topics from all around the area, the nation, and the world, on a variety of subjects. Re-launching his own show as a podcast, Dave continues his look at the world around him, now without the constraints of terrestrial radio, but still with his eclectic mix of history and common sense. The primary feature element of Plausibly Live is Constitution Thursday, which since 2010 has been a weekly look at the history and impact of the US Constitution. Dave is a US Navy Submariner, a radio talk show host, father, baseball fan, avid reader and a frustrated writer. He has a passion for books, theology, submarines, coffee, tequila, 1970’s music (especially funk!) and is a ToTaL Star Trek geek. Dave being promoted to FTB2(SS) in 1986. Dave being promoted to FTB2(SS) in 1986. He was born in Oklahoma, grew up in Colorado, graduated from Ogden High School (Class of ’81) in Ogden, UT, served for eleven years in the US Navy Submarine fleet, was a Naval Instructor and as a Ballistic Missile Fire Control Technician, he achieved the rank of FTB1(SS) through sorcery and favoritism, but would have been happy staying an FTB2(SS) for life. He was trained as a targeting specialist and Battle Stations Missile Fire Control Supervisor aboard USS Michigan SSBN-727(G) and was trained on two Fire Control Systems, the Mk 98 Mod 0 TRIDENT and the Mk 88 Mod 1 POSEIDON. Later he served as a part of the Fleet Combat Training Center Dam Neck Auxiliary Security Force, which sounds impressive but was really just bait for Seal Team 6 and any Iraqi terrorists who happened to land on the beach in Virginia. He later attended Seminary in Atlanta, GA, then served as a pastor for five years before realizing the massive error of his ways. He then worked in non-Profit management until 2006 when he was hired to do sports for a local talk radio show, eventually moving into the host position in September of 2007. In the fall of 2008, after years of questioning and study, Dave completed the process of conversion to Judaism. In 2009 Dave married Cami, and in 2010 they were blessed with their son, Benjamin, to go along with four daughters, one son-in-law and three grandchildren. In the summer of 2017, Dave and Cami relocated “back home” to Silverdale, WA, where Dave had been stationed when they first met in 1985. From September 2007 to January 2015 Dave was heard each weekday from 3pm to 6pm (Pacific) on Power Talk 1360AM & 1280 in Modesto & Stockton, CA. Today, you can hear his Podcast Show, Plausibly Live, on The Dave Bowman Show website or on The Podcast 99 Network Page.

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