She was released from the hospital mid-September. Her recovery period is estimated to be 6-12 months. While at home, Sue required 24 hour supervision after her release from the hospital. Currently, she is working on becoming more independent, and requires less supervision. She attends weekly out-patient therapy sessions, and continues to make progress.
She remembers and always forgives in order to live a life without any grudges. Throughout the novel, it becomes harder for Julia to accept because her whole world changes when she learns that her marriage is falling apart, she is carrying a new life and Sarah's tragedy. Julia knows her marriage is falling apart when she tells Bertrand, she is pregnant and "He muttered over and over again. "I can't. I won't.
Lisa had written the article I Survived Postpartum Depression, But It Never Left Me, discussing her first hand experience with postpartum depression, how it still affects her years later, and the importance of understanding that it may not leave. After her son’s birth, instead of joy, she felt something she had never felt before. For almost two years after her son was born, Romeo had the horrible feeling that she was living to survive and nothing more (Romeo). Lisa says, “ I was supposedly no longer fighting off postpartum depression that matters. What came next—what, even now that my sons are 21 and 17, persists—are days and nights and long worrisome moments of everyday life” (Romeo).
One way she does this is by alienating Jonas from Julia. Mothers with postpartum depression often feel isolated from their loved ones. Julia feels untethered from all of her friends and family in the wake of her birth. Julia's own sense of unreality, which is felt by the reader, is also a common symptom of depression. Those with serious depression can feel like time and space are being twisted in strange ways.
In the 1960’s Julia brought back color to television after “Amos ‘n’ Andy” when off the air during the 50’s. Julia became a larger success then NBC expected to, even with its success was a lot of negativity towards h program. This result was largely due to “extraordinary out of touch with and silence on the realities of African American life in the late 1960s...large number of blacks lived in exploding ghettos, Julia lived a luxury lifestyle”. Julia had a chance to present the reality of the lives of African Americans during this time but instead made Julia’s life showed the life of a white character. This resulted in a large struggle for both the black and white audience to relate to the main character.
The characters emotions have stopped her from being able to love, not only others, but herself. She has lost touch with reality and no longer wants to live. “I am depressed. Depression is anger. It’s what you did, who was there, and who you’re blaming” (Kane p.10).
I still remember July 31, 2015 like it was yesterday. I was lying in bed at five in the morning, contemplating the day I had ahead of me on a warm summer morning. Hearing a knock on my bedroom door, my mom walked in and whispered that she was leaving for the hospital with my dad. All I could manage to do was hug her. My mom was scheduled to be induced to have my youngest brother, Andrew.
My parents allowed me to grieve anything I needed to – loss of friendships, breakups, bad grades, moving, leaving home to go to college, etc. My sister got diagnosed with scoliosis and was given a back brace at the same time she got braces for her teeth. So, I remember my parents helping her through the grieving process of those changes. They listened to her and allowed her to cope with it however she needed to without trying to tell her what to do but they also tried to help her see the positives of it all. In chapter 6, Gutman says, “It I important to surround ourselves with positive people – people who are both respectful of our desire to enact change and who understand how to offer the emotional support we need” (Gutman, 2005, p. 90).
Robert had to stay in my ward for two nights. He had difficulty moving his legs, had lots of pressure sores and also suffered from MRSA. He also felt quite lonely since his wife passed away just a year ago. He used to care for her as she suffered with dementia for the 5 years prior to her death. I did the vital signs of all patients on the ward.