Eau de Erik

Let me preface this entry with a little back story. As is the case with many who suffer with bipolar disorder, Erik self-medicated in the past with alcohol and a variety of drugs. In the last couple of years, however, he had been almost completely drug free. He smoked pot no more than once or twice a month and never drank more than a couple of beers on the weekends. This is not a mom’s overly rosy perspective. It comes from many reliable sources.

If you remember from one of my earlier entries, Erik assured us that he would communicate with family members using every possible sense, including smell. He laughed as he told us we’d suddenly smell bong fumes so there would be no mistaking his presence. No floral scents, no heavenly spices, no perfumes.

I had all but forgotten this promise until this weekend. Sunday morning around four A.M, I woke up abruptly from a deep sleep. First of all, I found it odd to wake up in such a manner. I wasn’t sleeping lightly, and I wasn’t having any bad dreams. I just suddenly became highly alert. Then, I noticed a noxious smell in the room. Since it smelled like something was burning, my first concern was that the house was on fire. But there was no smoke and, well, frankly, it didn’t smell like I’d expect a burning house to smell. The odor had a pungent quality to it, like a lighted joint, but different—even nastier! Suddenly, I realized what it was. It was Erik, teasing us as he promised! I laughed and fussed at him for being a little sneak. Then, as abruptly as the odor appeared, it vanished. Always the loving prankster.

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  • Thank you Eliza for dropping by. People said they understand how it feels to grieve, but those people who said that haven’t lost a love one.I don’t understand. But knowing you know how it feels like, somewhat gives me assurance that we can help each other cope up. I am on a deep thoughts of your writing right now. I called my husband and let him read your writings, he likes the idea of Erik telling you they have a good life in heaven..like he has new boat, he was able mingle with love ones who past away ahead of him. You cant blame us if we dream of lolo rey having a good time in there as well. It was a relief. If you read the reason why our dear lolo rey past away, he was killed last september by gun for hire assailants. Please ask erik to find lolo rey and ask him who’s the mastermind behind it. I know it sounds desperate, but it’s true we are desperate to know. Thank you Eliza we hope to hear from you soon.

    • I will so that, Sherene. Can you tell me how old he was when he died? And does he go by Lolo Rey? Any other nicknames?

  • Shawna

    Go Erik…good one! lol 😉 Well, he for sure got your attention.

  • Rob in mkewi

    Nice! Lol

  • Jan Drake Bakke

    LOL!!!

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