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Thursday, October 10, 2013

For Miriam

My Dearest Miriam,

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 I want to tell you that I am sorry. I have thought about you frequently since I heard your story on the news. I wish I could have shielded you from those bullets. I am so incredibly sorry that like so many other times change will inevitably come because a tragedy has occurred.
I have had a pit in my stomach all day thinking about you. I keep saying a thousand things over and over again to you in my head but they're not reaching my fingertips. I just keep coming back to
I am Sorry; I can feel your pain and it makes me feel physically ill...

Natachia Barlow Ramsey - Postpartum Psychosis Survivor and Loser

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Who is at Stake? Andrea Yates, CNN and the Call for Revolution

Walker Karraa wrote this amazing article and it was published on Postpartum Progress.

I am terribly frustrated that I cannot seem to locate the blog to blog share button so I am manually adding the link in here. It's a wonderful read and takes a look at what we should all be aware of. How people like Andrea, myself and so many, many women out there who have suffered an ill fated hand are schlepped in with people who are in their right mind and are placed under the code of "criminal".
Why? Because sensation sells; and I thought they outlawed taking advantage of the people who had a mental disability by putting them on display at the circus. Yet, here we are with our "Media Circus" and we pat ourselves on the back because we just watch from afar now instead of standing in line with everyone else.
Kudos Walker...

Who is at Stake? Andrea Yates, CNN and the Call for Revolution

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Altered Immune Cells Seem to Play a Role in Postpartum Psychosis

Jennifer Moyer posted this the other day and I am usually getting updates and constantly trying to stay up-to-date with the latest findings on Postpartum Mental Health issues.

I have seen some of this research making headway before and I have found it very interesting. I myself developed Bacterial Pneumonia within 36 hours of giving birth to my son and if you were to look at my case from 1999 it's a classic case of Postpartum Psychosis. In some ways it's almost textbook, although it wasn't as researched or as well known at the time.
I just touched base with the attorney with whom tried my case and saw me through numerous other court proceedings for my daughter over the course of a decade. We formed a friendship and keep in touch. I also stay in touch with my Psychologist of many years but who has now taken a job with State Forensics Services. I like to run things by the both of them and pick their brains on my case in 1999 versus the improved data.

I am amazed at what a difference 14 years makes and I can only hope that in 14 more years we will have a place in the DSM along with preventive measures for every new mother. Perhaps we'll even go back to the "village" style way of raising a child that seemed so outdated but was so much more successful.

Altered Immune Cells Seem to Play a Role in Postpartum Psychosis

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy, Doc, Sneezey, Bashful, Dopey and EXHAUSTED


Sometimes I run through entire conversations in my head or this whole thought process of what I want to blog about. By the time I get home or I think about making my fingers actually type I am exhausted. I could really use an extra long weekend in a sunny and warm beachy type place.
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Winters are long and dreary here. As they are many places. Maybe I'll buy one of those sun lamps that are supposed to trick your brain into believing it's really sunny out even when it's not.

More later.... well maybe

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Defense lawyer speaks out for victims of postpartum psychosis

Word Porn for the Reader

A collection of three voices as told by Lisa Black, of the Chicago Tribune. I am one of those voices, and although I was more excited for the potential of the article, I am a bit disappointed at the sensational display.
When I was first speaking with Lisa in regards to this article, I had the understanding it may have had a more compassionate side to it with regard to the goal being more about educating and less... what's the right adjective I am looking for here? Salient, Melodramatic, Scandalous, Shocking, Coarse? All of them perhaps? But, that's not what grabs your attention and pulls you in to read an article does it?

I'm constantly weighing out and trying to get a feel for who is going to 'get' what you have to say and put it in the words you want and feel it should be relayed in. Without putting the Salacious Twist on the Headline or in the text body. Like an accident you don't want to see but can't help but look as you drive by.

Journalists are experts at using words as porn for the reader. The link below is another good example of it. This is one of the reasons I do not give interviews 98% of the time *Sigh* and UGH...

*I do want to clarify that I am Always grateful for Any exposure on Postpartum Mental Health Issues, especially when they are helpful in spreading awareness and educating. For me personally it just feels like when you end up agreeing to speak with someone and you share personal things with them (like perhaps the only photo you have of your two children together) and you very clearly state that. It would be more thoughtful and in better taste to have that as a caption underneath the picture. But that's just me I guess.

Defense lawyer speaks out for victims of postpartum psychosis