SUPPORT: Reader Sacha Knobel thanks Kinta Gitsham and her family (pictured) for sharing their story on postnatal depression. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORGNo quick fix for PNDI WOULD like to congratulate Kinta Gitsham (The Border Mail, November 21) for shedding a significant amount of light on Postnatal Depression.
Your bravery in sharing your story and experience with this debilitating illness took courage and confidence and for that, I thank you.
The ‘fog’ that accompanies motherhood is normal, until it begins to take over your daily life. The signs and symptoms you talked about – avoiding social situations,feeling disengaged from your baby,chronic exhaustionandsadness – are all important indicators for all mothers whilewe are embarking thisjourney called parenting.
Your story highlights the importance of seeking the right support to assist with clearing the heavy fog,which the Perinatal Emotional Health Program (PEP) based in Wodonga largely provides, that is, until the end of this year.
PND is something that can’t just be quickly ‘fixed’.
It is somethingpeople can struggle with on a day-to-day basis.
It takes copious amounts of time, effort and ongoing support from others,somethingthe PEP program expertly provides.
My bigger questionwe now need to consider is this:where do we go from here? With services dwindling due to finding cuts and PND on the rise, how do women get the support they need without compromising their own mental health?
Keep shining your light gorgeous lady. You and your family are an inspiration to us all.
SACHA KNOBEL,LavingtonListen …and learnI READ the letter Religious Study Valuable (The Border Mail,November 19) by Lesley Harbick and I was so pleased to see such a well written and expressive letter.
Your letter said it all. Iwould just like to say I totally agree with Lesley Harbick and hopethe education system starts to listen to the data and the facts that society is presenting them with daily.
My hope is that they then do something about it, and I do not mean hold a survey or hire an’expert’ to tell them what is obvious. The golden rule is alive in all cultures.
VIKKI BYE,YarrawongaTake care in the waterTHE hot weather has arrived, and many will seek to cool off in the pool or river.I wish to warn people to take careafter an unpleasant scare last week.
Ienjoyed lunch at the Thurgoona Club with my family, and, as it was 37 degrees,Idecided to return to my daughter’s place for a swim in their pool.
The water surface temperature was a pleasant 27 degrees, and after swimming for 10 minutes, I was suddenly seized by severe disabling cramps in both legs.
Fortunately, I was in relatively shallow water and my son and daughter were nearby to help me to the edge of the pool.
I knowit is probably unwise to swim soon after a meal, or when quaffing the odd ale or three, as one’s blood is diverted from the extremities to the stomach which can result in cramping.
Also, the water temperature at the bottom of a pool is lower than at the surface.
As a young man I spent my summer days swimming in the Macquarie River at Dubbo, and knew how much colder the water was 10 feet below, even in summer.
The Murray receives most of its run off from alpine areas, and its deep water is always cold.
So the point of this letter is to remind people to take care when swimming, particularly after a big meal, or alcohol, no matter how fit you are.
If I had been alone last weekswimming in the Murray, I doubt if I would still be here to tell this tale.
When muscles cramp suddenly with disabling pain, panic can set in, and the results are often fatal. I was lucky.
MARKE. BLOOMFIELD,LavingtonThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.