New Year’s Eve was not just about fun parties or countdowns to midnight. Commitment to healthy resolutions and admirable goals is a wonderful way to enter 2017.
Others embrace the fresh start that the new year offers, eager to exit 2016. The new year provides a helpful way to imagine leaving behind the stress and problems that occurred in the past.
Celebrities’ lives may seem glamorous enough that no real issues would touch them. Susan Sarandon’s daughter, Eva Amurri Martino, is proof that even celebrities are not immune to trauma.
Martino was desperate to welcome the fresh start of 2017. Despite the fear of how her fans and the internet would react, Martino has decided to open up about a painful experience in which no mother wants to find herself.
Every mother knows how difficult it is to trust another person with one’s own newborn baby. But, Martino’s family decided that hiring a night nurse to care for their son, Major James, during the early postpartum period would be a good choice for their family. Now, that decision haunts Martino.
She opened up on her blog on January 1, about an event that occurred a few days after Thanksgiving with her newborn son and night nurse. She began by humbly declaring, “I’m not doing well. In fact, I’m really struggling,” and in fact, suffers from possible forms of posttraumatic stress disorder and postpartum depression after the incident occurred.
The night nurse was holding Major when she fell asleep and dropped him. Unfortunately, he fell on the hardwood floor which cracked his head.
Martino and her husband awoke to the most painful noise that parents could hear. The screams of their baby pierced the house as he hit his head.
An ambulance took him to Yale Medical Center where it was determined that he had a fractured skull and brain bleeding. Over the course of two extremely emotional days, Major’s parents held their breaths as they watched their baby receive testing and emergency care.
Martino admitted that those two days were the most traumatic days of her entire life. Thankfully, the brain bleeding was localized, and Major’s health has received an excellent prognosis.
Martino wrote, “We were absolutely, divinely lucky that day. He had no other broken bones, and no spinal effects whatsoever. He has been healing well, hitting milestones, cooing, smiling, and generally showing us that he is and will be ok as he grows and develops.”
While physical healing has come by God’s grace to Major, Martino continues to suffer physically, mentally, and emotionally. She has an understandably difficult time trusting anybody else to help care for her son and older daughter.
She has admitted to experiencing panic attacks, dizzy spells, and difficulty eating due to a lack of appetite. Although this traumatic experience has left lasting negative effects on this mother’s life, her ability to talk about her feelings and the experience itself is a healthy step toward healing.
She wrote a beautiful closing message in her blog post where she said, “With open arms, I welcome 2017 as the year I learn to forgive a little deeper, to let go a little more easily, to accept some things I cannot change, and to love myself a lot more unconditionally. To anybody else who is suffering from similar feelings or challenges, no matter the cause– I am with you in this.”
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