Going Home

Today is July 26. It’s my 2-year anniversary. It has been two years since I was admitted to the psych hospital for postpartum depression. I have had this segment of my story written for many months, but had not felt ready to make it public. I feel ready today. 

This post focuses on the day that I was released from the hospital after being inside for a week. If you missed earlier parts of my story and want to read them, you can click on the following links below:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

It had been a week – an entire week inside a psychiatric hospital. I was pretty sure today was the day I was going to get to go home, although I felt nervous. What if the doctor didn’t deem me “well” enough to leave? What if I was stuck in here forever?

It felt like a game – you had to win over the right people to get out. One being the doctor, the other being your case manager. I remember when Amy came to me that morning and told me I was going to go home. I was so excited – I was going to get out of there!

*Anthony told me I had never looked happier or smiled more than at that moment – it was probably true – I had been quite the recluse, like when I didn’t leave my bed for a few days.

I remember gathering all my things from my provided laundry basket. It wasn’t a lot – I had a few changes of clothes, a few books that I hadn’t read, my toiletries, a few pictures of Calvin that Dean had brought to me … actually it was more than most people had with them. The day I was dropped off, I had nothing except the clothes I was wearing. I was lucky – I had people to bring me more things. But not everyone in here was as lucky.

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New Blog to Follow – erindavismft.com

One great thing about blogging is you get to connect and support other bloggers, so today I wanted to encourage you to read and follow my friend, Erin Davis, who has started a new blog connecting motherhood and mental health.

 

Erin is a long time friend that I first met here in Abilene. She has always been a person I could be completely honest with and she has reciprocated that towards me in our friendship. She was my go-to person when looking for parenting advice after Calvin was born, she came over during one of my highest stress times as a new mother to just sit with me and offer encouragement.

She is also our favorite photographer and has captured many important moments for us!

Images taken by Erin Davis Photography

 

Erin has her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and currently offers counseling here in Abilene. She has two sweet kiddos and does an amazing job trying to balance the tasks of motherhood and work and self-care! She has combined all this experience, honesty, and expertise wonderfully in her blog!

Here’s the link to her newest blog post, ” 6 Tips for Easing the Mental Stresses of New Motherhood”:

http://erindavismft.com/blog-2/

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