**Photo taken late the night before Husband left for Japan.
Wow. No really. Wow. I think I feel a project coming on….
Now, I will say, that our teeny little Naval Hospital DID screen me for PPD on a couple of different occasions, which is very, very commendable; however, it was NEVER explained to me that my being the wife of a deploying service-member placed me at a greater risk for PPD.
And after my peach of a doctor gave me my diagnosis and handy-dandy script for the pharmacy, there has been no sort of support for the drop-down drag-out fight to dig out of the hole of PPD. To my knowledge there is no kind of support group. There are no services to offer extra help to mothers of deployed servicemembers who have infants. Unless you sign up for the visiting nurse program here at base, there is no one to follow up with Moms and families. So many women like me must be out there struggling to get through this while juggling separations and PCSes and all of the other fun aspects of the military spouse lifestyle.
And seriously, this should not be. There should be a support network in place for military Mom’s going through this. The screening is good, but the follow-up is necessary too.
Like I say…. I feel a project coming on….. And if we get some decent orders, I’ll have three years to do something with it!