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Please Tell Me This is Post-op Depression - Sarah, The Bringer of Tea
18th September, 2008
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Please Tell Me This is Post-op Depression
Yesterday evening, the_local_echo told me something about work which, while upsetting, was very far from the end of the world. My reaction seems to have surprised me, in that I've responded by falling into a severe depression. I'm curled up in bed with my laptop, have spent much of the day crying, and feel like I can't cope and just want the world to go away.

This isn't like me; I really don't get like this. It seems I have got some people so worried that I've needed to reassure them that, no, I'm not feeling suicidal (and I'm not). I do feel utterly, utterly wretched right now though. I know this is upsetting Sylvia too.

I'm hoping this is just an extreme emotional reaction to recent surgery, and that it will pass soon. If not, I may end up having to talk to my GP about anti-depressants, something I've thus far managed to avoid in my life.

Does anyone have chocolate, and a hug?

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From:angua
Date:18th September, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
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*hugs*

It's more than likely just an emotional reaction to the surgery that's caught you on the hop.
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From:zoefruitcake
Date:18th September, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
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I offer icon chocolate and hugs. Have some tea too, it can only help.

As I understand it general anaesthetic really messes with everything, so it probably is something post-op. Try and get out for some fresh air and a bit of a walk, if at all possible, it can only help. Tomorrow is another day, and hopefully it will be a brighter one x x x
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From:auntysarah
Date:18th September, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
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I shall put some clothes on and go and get Dairy Milk, I think. Yes.
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From:techiebabe
Date:18th September, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
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*passes out choccie biccies and mugs of tea*

Sorry to hear that :( I don't know what to suggest cos hearing about how I get bouts of depression isn't going to help you! I have been on anti depressants though and I would say they should be a last resort... give it time, if you can? Try all your usual cheering tactics, and go easy on yourself - no guilt over it! - and see how you are in a few days?

*crosses fingers for you*
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From:phonemonkey
Date:18th September, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
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*hugs*
*chocolate*
*tea with valium chaser*


If you've only been crying since yesterday evening, that isn't a depression, it's a momentary wallow, and you're going to come out the other side just fine.
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From:beckyc
Date:18th September, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Oh no, much sympathy for your current feelings. As you say, the op really could have knocked you sideways, and that sort of thing can easily make you more emotional (or it could me, anyway). Do you have some good mood-lifting methods? (I, personally, find beating up a punchbag invigorating, but that isn't for everyone)

I'm trying to mentally send you some of my stash of dark chocolate, but it isn't transmitting properly...
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From:_moggy_
Date:18th September, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry you're feeling low, but I'm sure it is just because of the surgery and you'll be back to normal very soon.
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From:woodpijn
Date:18th September, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
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*hugs*

Look after yourself. Rest. Recover from the op. Be "lazy" and "selfish", but without thinking those are bad things. And put stuff on hold for a day or two until you feel better - including analysing how you feel. I.e. don't think "Argh, I feel awful, am I depressed, am I going to feel like this forever, argh, doooom"; think "Argh, I feel awful" and leave it at that. Analysing it is something you can afford to put off for a bit, like (I hope) you're doing with other tasks such as household chores.

I hope you feel better soon.

BTW, what's the bad thing at work? Is it none of my business and just relating to Sylvia, or does it affect me too?
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From:auntysarah
Date:18th September, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, that sounds like really good advice.

BTW, what's the bad thing at work? Is it none of my business and just relating to Sylvia, or does it affect me too?

It's just a personal thing about her schedules, something we were talking about.
From:Dave Holland [org.uk]
Date:18th September, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Feeling depressed is apparently common after a general anaesthetic. I know that J (aged 8) was very up-and-down for a week or so after his op; another friend says the effects may persist for several months.

I hope that's a bit reassuring, at least. Chocolate can only help. :-)
From:dreamalynn
Date:18th September, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
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General anesthesia can take an emotional toll on us, they don't talk about that too much, but there's a lot of anecdote about people being very emotionally friable in the period while the drugs are still working their way out of the system.

Take it easy on yourself. Stay well hydrated, relax, sleep when you can.

*offers many chocolate bars and hugs from across the sea*
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From:cyberspice
Date:18th September, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Lots of chocolate and lots of hugs dear.
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From:nicollegurrl
Date:18th September, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
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:-(

* hugs *

* choco's *
From:linamishima
Date:18th September, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Many many hugs and fusses from here, and I second woodpijn's advice! :)
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From:fyremane
Date:18th September, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
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*HUG*

Cause the world needs hugs!
From:marnanel
Date:18th September, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
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I wish I had chocolate here, but I have spaghetti and chicken which is quite nice. Also tictacs. And you know whenever you want hugs you can come and find me. *hugs*
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From:alicephilippa
Date:18th September, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
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*lots of hugs*

Lots of choklit as well.

Take it easy hun
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