For those of you who may not be familiar with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we have something called Visiting Teachers and Home Teachers. People in our church congregation care for each other as Home and Visiting Teachers. This helps the Bishop to know the needs of his congregation.
My Visiting Teachers are absolutely wonderful. They are absolutely wonderful and the perfect people to help me through my current stress.
One of my Visiting Teachers is Pam. She is such a wonderful person to fit my personality. I am a very independent person and I didn’t want to be a burden on someone so I was not willing to ask for help. I guess I needed someone to tell me I needed help and tell me what I needed to help myself. Pam told me to come over with my kids so my kids could play while we had time to talk and relax. Let me tell you, Pam has the best grandma toy room in the world.
My kids are usually really reserved, withdrawn, and clingy especially when we go to new places. When we went to Pam’s house my kids didn’t even care where I was – they were absorbed in the fun grandma toy room.
I ended up spending 3 ½ hours at her house. On the way, home I felt happy. I felt like myself and I had woken up from a deep sleep. When my husband came home I was making dinner and listening to music on Pandora. He could tell immediately the difference in my personality! I told him about our day and how wonderful it was. He then had tears well up in his eyes. Adam told me that he didn’t realize how much my postpartum depression had been affecting him until he saw me back to my normal self and how heavy things had been feeling in comparison to the stark contrast in mood.
I recently started counseling and one of the important things that my counselor said was that my postpartum depression if it continues to go untreated will affect my children, my husband and my marriage. It is such a blessing to have someone who could offer me solace, peace and happiness in a time of darkness, stress and chaos. Thank you Pam!