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PTSD after ectopic surgery

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HelenWhite273
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PTSD after ectopic surgery

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Hi Im Helen, I am a children's A&E nurse.
I lost my baby white to a ectopic pregnancy Feb 2022. I was at work when I was sent to A&E. I have been back at work for around a month, this week I have found it really tough, work is a massive trigger. I find myself lost in playing over the events of what happened to me at night, and find being around other pregnant members of staff really difficult. I am looking for ways people cope with PTSD, any good CBT techniques, I already have a baby loss journal so would find a ptsd journal helpful.

Many thanks

Helen

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Re: PTSD after ectopic surgery

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Dear Helen,
I am so sorry to hear of your ectopic pregnancy and loss,
We hear from many women who have experienced PTSD following the trauma of ectopic pregnancy and baby loss. It is good that you are able to recognise these symptoms and feelings but it is so important that you get the help and support you need.
You can speak to your GP about this, however I would strongly suggest looking at the counselling services provided by the RCN. (I am presuming you are in the UK)
I personally used their services for a different reason and had a specific trauma counsellor who I cannot rate highly enough.
Here at the Trust, we are sadly unable to offer this very specific type of counselling however we can offer support by way of emails, telephone calls and group sessions. Please see details below.

Above all be kind to yourself and allow time to grieve, to heal both physically and emotionally.
We will be here for you for as long as you need,
Sending much love,
Karen x

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HelenWhite273
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Re: PTSD after ectopic surgery

Post by HelenWhite273 »

Thankyou for your reply. Yes I do work in the NHS and my trust have offer counselling and support through an independent company which I have started the process of accessing. I have found writing, journalling and colouring has helped settle my mind in the initial recovery from my surgery so thinking of doing this again.

Thanks
Helen

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