Seeing the return of THIS IS US was epic, but I’m worried about Randall.
In the last episode before the holidays, we were given a peek at Rebecca’s memory problems and it was confirmed in this new season that she indeed is suffering from dementia, possibly Alzheimers.
Randall, played by Sterling Brown, captures the essence of the adoptee personality.
Randall was the first to notice memory problems in Rebecca and you could tell before the holidays that he was deeply concerned about her. That is so typical of many adoptees–because of the trauma we’ve been through, we have an extremely tender heart for those that are hurting.
As the episode unfolded, not only did we see his tender heart but also the extremes he went to in order to gain entrance with a specialist. The doc said he texted her 48 times? And, when he returned home to his own family, the were totally relaxed, in fact sleeping, when he kissed them goodnight.
After kissing them goodnight, he went downstairs to get a drink of water. As he did, the scary figure appeared to him.
Was it a hallucination? We don’t know. All we know is that he commanded it to flee.
But the following scenes left me worried about Randall, as they showed earlier break downs that he had.
That’s the reality of being adoptee, at least from my perspective. I”ve been hospitalized for depression twice and even lost touch with reality once.
I fear Randall is going down that old painful past. What can we fellow adoptees do to help him?