Hi Kate, it is really quite strange that you have asked me about 'trauma'. I built my house in 1996 and ever since it has been an absolute nightmare
. I am presently in the process of researching/gathering as much information as possible to perhaps finally put this issue to rest. It has the potential to be an extremely complex and huge ligitation matter. I can not begin to tell you the affect this has had on me and my family, both physically and emotionally.........
In late 1999 I became very nauseous and light headed and thought this was just due to the heat as I don't cope well in hot weather. But I became progressively worse and no-one could work out what was wrong with me. To the point where I could not eat, sleep, think straight, speak properly, would shake uncontrollably, couldn't even put a pen in my hand and write, severe heart palpitations
, panic attacks et. et.c etc. The only way I can best describe how I felt is "that there was an alien in my body". After many months, seeing so many doctors I lost count and none of them being able to help, a friend took me to a doctor in Essendon and he was the one who knew what to do - and he treated me on an on-going basis for I think approximately a year. To this day I am still on medication and will be for the rest of my life. But I manage to cope somehow...........until I re-address the issues with my house!!! This has been going on now for over 15 years and every now again I think I will just give it one more shot!!. I started to readdress this issue some 8 weeks ago and since then I only average about 3 hours sleep a night. Only this weekend I was up for 23 hours straight, researching, thinking cleaning,etc. and....I don't know what else. This sounds really insane but I think I may have Posttraumatic Stress
Disorder??? and also something that I have never heard of before...called Sick Building Syndrome??? My house has no ventilation and mould, and rotting carpet (which I have been told is due to excessive amounts of water getting into my home). Over the last few years...could be longer, I can't really remember...I get this thing/rash on and around my eyes. It drives me crazy and looks terrible. Sometimes it is that bad that my face and around my eyes swell to the point where it looks like I have been punched in the face. I am extremely self conscious of this and there are days that I just want to wear my sunglasses inside all day so that no-one can see it. I know it is an allergy of some description but have never been able to work out what causes it?????
No, I have never been diagnosed by anyone.
No, don't use drugs (except for Aropax which I have to take to function) and I don't drink. I couldn't even drink if I wanted to as it makes me extremely dizzy (even a few mouth fulls can do this to me - but this I believe is a side effect of taking Aropax.
And No, I have never been abused in any way shape of form either in my childhood or adult life.