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#931 Toph

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 06:15 PM

Paracetamol is the worst. Appears so innocuous and is so deadly. We used to dread it when we had to look after them. Even a handful can kill. And as described it starts to damage the liver in the days after. Often when the patient has realised that they actually don’t want to die. People don’t realise how deadly it is. Sometimes they don’t get admitted till it’s too late because they think they are safe because immediately after they are ok.
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Posted 18 November 2018 - 11:23 AM

Mick thanks for sharing your story. I appreciate all of you sharing your stories. We had a men’s health issue event held by the GCSAQ at Nudgee a couple of months ago, in fortunately I couldn’t attend, but it was according to my colleagues, one of the best education days the association has held, very well attended.
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Posted 18 November 2018 - 01:13 PM

Here's something.

My eldest daughter had lived in a share house since 19 when she started Uni at RMIT. She was a strong independent woman with a part time job and many friends. Her mother and I divorced when she was 6. I remarried and we saw each other I thought regularly enough. She had travelled the world, both Europe and most of Asia including India by the time she wad 23. All self funded.
In 2014 she decided at 24 to consume 3 48 tab packs of Panadol and 2 full packs of Sudafed. She had read on the web this was an easy way to end your life. She did this on a Thursday night.
By Friday afternoon she was in agony and did some more research and discovered that her liver was failing and she would endure a long painful death.
It was then she called an Ambulance.
She called me from St Vincents Hospital on Saturday morning when a Doctor told her the medication they were using to reverse the paracetamol overdose wasn't working. She told me on the phone her liver was failing and she was scared.
It wasn't till I got there a Doctor told me what had happened.
I then called her mother. Who also didn't know. She came in and we both were in shock.
By midday my daughter was in a coma and transferred to The Austin ICU and was on life support for 5 days. By some miracle she survived.
Her explaination and reasons for her actions went much deeper than depression.
Through support from her mother and a Clinical Psychologist she lives on. There were two relapses during 2015 however she called an Ambulance straight away.
My belief is she was suffering from a type of burn out many of us get after years of working towards something without achievement or success. She was still trying to complete her Degree whilst isolating herself from her support group (family and some friends) and sick in a house with poor heating. Her belief was that her work wasn't good enough and she kept on missing deadlines with over revision.
This lead to distorted thinking and a loss of self worth. Her decision was I think made not to end her suffering but a way to just end everything. She felt she had wasted 5 years on a Degree she couldn't finish or ever use.
The fact her closest friends and family had no idea she was that low and in hindsight how desperate she must have felt and how alone she thought she was. It breaks my heart thinking about it.
So why?
I don't think I will ever understand why. I am not able to.
I do know I need to always be a part of her life. Even at times when she makes it clear she doesn't want me to be.
She continues to work and travel the world. We were lucky the ICU Team at The Austin were able to save her.
For those who have lost loved ones this way my deepest condolences and sympathy.

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That's what I love about this place, we all have stories, some we want to tell, others that need not be told as it's no-one else's business, then a subject that is close to them is broached and makes them open up.

 

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I certainly haven't heard that story from Mick before...if it is a repeat, then it was well worth it. I'll forever look at you differently now mate....still put crap on you...you wouldn't expect any less i'm sure, but there's always been a great vibe with us...buy me another drink?...just way more respect now.

 

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 04:17 PM

Begeeezus MiCK...ya think you know someone! 

 

That's what I love about this place, we all have stories, some we want to tell, others that need not be told as it's no-one else's business, then a subject that is close to them is broached and makes them open up.

 

We all bag the crap out of each other here, sometimes warranted, sometimes not, but the bottom line is we don't really know anyone or their history.

 

I certainly haven't heard that story from Mick before...if it is a repeat, then it was well worth it. I'll forever look at you differently now mate....still put crap on you...you wouldn't expect any less i'm sure, but there's always been a great vibe with us...buy me another drink?...just way more respect now.

 

Someone should write a book about this joint and the people in it.

All good BarnEsy, just thought i'd share some of my own experience with this as I really felt the why, in Commish's mate needed to hear why it wasn't them.(IMO).

 

Over the past year I have participated in some Workshops for Mental Health in The workplace.

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