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Topic: Coping with bushfires

  1. Ggrand
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    9 September 2020 in reply to quirkywords

    Hello Quirky...

    Please don’t be sorry..

    My silly mind sometimes thinks different then what I read...I sometimes get confused when reading things...

    I am pleased your property has been cleared...

    Sorry I misunderstood you both Paul and Quirky...

    Grandy..

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    10 September 2020 in reply to Ggrand

    Hello all

    grandy I confuse and are confused a lot.

    i feel that this thread us needed so people know they are not firbotten

    if you suffer nightmares or are nervous due to the fires you are nit alone.

    what is one thing you want others to know about bushfires.

    For me it is explains to people that I am still going to have good days and not so good days.

    i know there are people a lot worse off and who suffered more but we all need acknowledgement of our loss,

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    11 September 2020 in reply to quirkywords

    Hello Everyone

    Hey Quirky and Grandy...I was only trying to keep this thread 'alive' so people can find comfort knowing they are not alone. That aside I could have worded my post a lot better Quirky. Thankyou Grandy for helping others with your warm and heartfelt presence here

    If anyone is experiencing difficulty after the 2020 bushfires there are many gentle people that can be here for you

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

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  4. PinkFeather
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    I'm a newbie and am here for a myriad of reasons, I hardly know where to start. I didn't join BB for the fires particularly, but this message board popped up first and I think it is where I am meant to start.

    The fires for me happened while already dealing with PTSD and in a way, I really tried not to let them register because it was just too freakin' much! My home was miraculously saved by the most amazing people I'll ever meet, our firies. I've tried to focus on gratitude and have been humbled. I think I need to face up that it's ok that I was so terrified in that fire-storm. Arghhhh it's all too much hey, and I am so greatly comforted to find friends here. Of course we haven't forgotten and I'm not alone. Take care everyone.
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    12 September 2020 in reply to PinkFeather

    Welcome pink feather,

    Thanks for making your first post.
    I am pleased your house was saved.
    Feel free to post as Much as you like.

    There is support here.

    I am glad you found this thread and if you like browse other threads as well.

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    13 September 2020 in reply to PinkFeather

    Hi PinkFeather

    Welcome too and great to have you as part of the forum family :-)

    Thankyou for writing such a heartfelt post and especially mentioning 'fire-storm' Its wasnt a 'bushfire'

    PinkFeather also mentioned 'My home was miraculously saved by the most amazing people I'll ever meet, our firies'

    Like Quirky mentioned above you are always welcome to provide your support/care anywhere you feel comfortable doing so! I hope you have a really good week!

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

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    21 September 2020 in reply to PinkFeather

    I find triggers about bushfire can take me by surprise . I can be ok

    but I see something or hear something and then it can overwhelm me.

    Is anyone suffering from the trauma of the bushfires.

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    21 September 2020 in reply to quirkywords
    From my experience triggers can be quite random & unpredictable. Your response of being ok & then overwhelmed mirrors mine. I find it helpful to know I'm not alone. I felt scared to let anyone know how I felt because I thought they would think I was crazy reacting like I did. Knowing you are experiencing similar things to me helps me feel more 'normal'
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    23 September 2020 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Elizabeth

    I read somewhere ages ago that normal is a setting in a washing machine.
    you have been through a lot in your life and this year that any reaction that helps you cope is useful.

    I think we are both aware of our reactions and we need to accept it and be kind to ourselves.
    It is reassuring when someone else reacts in the same way. Ia know things are hard for but I am glad you can write about it.

    Quirky

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    29 September 2020 in reply to quirkywords

    Hi Quirky

    Lets hope that all states are doing everything possible with back burning and preparedness prior to the upcoming warmer weather!

    Im not sure what the govt department is called in NSW Quirky? In Victoria the department is the DSE (Department of Sustainability and Environment) I hope they are better prepared than they were in Jan 2020

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

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    29 September 2020 in reply to blondguy

    Hello all,

    Paul I too hope that everyone is more prepared this year .

    the place where I am living often is affected by bushfires.

    I

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    1 February 2021 in reply to quirkywords
    Well it never seems to rain dramas... It pours!

    First we start lockdown here in WA and day two a massive bushfire started.

    I've been checking the WA emergency website constantly. I'm worried especially seeing as the firefront is very close to my husband's work. He is on the fire response team and told me yesterday they had to leave a house to burn so they could still get out.

    My friend called in a panic because she has to evacuate now. I feel very sorry for the metro people like her who aren't used to preparing for fire. I find it scary and we are well prepared.
    Thankfully hubby showed me again how to run the generator and start the sprinkler system before leaving. We're not at risk unless the wind changes dramatically.

    A significant change is that the warnings including covid instructions. This is an added stress. There are still evacuation centres but for the elderly and others at most risk this seems like an added risk to them.

    Also from home we're supposed to go to the metro area but I'm not sure we can go through the checkpoint. Plus both roads are shut down. So inland it is. Maybe the kids and I will go drive to Wave Rock or something!

    Hope everyone is keeping safe both from Corona and Bushfires.
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    2 February 2021 in reply to Quercus

    Hi Quirky,

    Thinking of you all. It certainly is a concerning time. Throw in Covid-19 rules and regulations that need to be adhered to on top of a fire and you would have quite a situation to sort out!

    Surely in an emergency, Covid rules need to be adjusted.

    It is a good thing you had a refresher on how to use the generator and sprinkler system.

    Truly hope you all keep safe!

    Regards from Dools

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    2 February 2021 in reply to Quercus

    Quercus and dools

    Thanks for your posts.

    each time I hear about fires anywhere I feel sorry and worry will it happen to me again.

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    2 February 2021 in reply to Quercus

    Hey Nat

    Ive been looking at the live feed on Sky News from WA re the wildfires for a few weeks...ugh!!!

    Re Covid....there is always a positive.... 1 new case yet I understand the anxiety about being in lockdown whether its 5 days in WA or 6 months in VIC...It still hurts....a lot

    always great to have you on the air Nat :-)

    my kindest always

    Paul

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    3 February 2021 in reply to Quercus
    just a reminder . covid rules state you are allowed to leave your home in an emergency. if anyone in WA is affected by fires or worried about them going to somewhere safe is expectedeven if it would therwise go against covid restrictions.
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    3 February 2021 in reply to blondguy
    I am trying not to watch the fires near Perth as my heart aches and memories come back and it gets way too much.


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    4 February 2021 in reply to quirkywords

    Hi Quirky,

    My heart goes out to you and to everyone suffering in any way due to fires, those fires that have happened, those that are currently burning and those in fire risk areas.

    Take care everyone, cheers from Dools

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  19. Missing user
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    4 February 2021

    Hi everyone.

    I didn't know about the fires in WA until yesterday, because I try to avoid the news since it's depressing, that and the COVID case and lockdown there. I'm not sure if there's fires anywhere else in Australia currently?

    Bushfires, floods, other natural disasters amongst other things are heartbreaking for anyone, even other people in another state or something. I couldn't believe the ones in 2020, sigh. So sad.

    I'm thinking of everyone with COVID, Fires, and other stuff going on. My heart goes out to you all.

    Stay safe everyone.

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    6 February 2021 in reply to Missing user

    Thanks Dools and mblover,

    for your caring words.. if not in Australia there is some disaster somewhere in the world.
    I used to think disasters happen to others and not to me . Until it happens to you and you think why me but really why not me.

    Tge people in WA whose homes have been destroyed have a long hard road ahead and I hope they get help and lots of compassion and no red tape.

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm finding the ads the ABC is currently running for its up coming drama set during the bushfires very distressing... even though I haven't lost any property it brings back the fear of having to evacuate not knowing if there will be anything to come home to... am I the only one who thinks it is far too soon to be making a TV drama about events... I won't be watching it.

    Paws

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    21 September 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Paws I agree about the abc program. I remember when they talked about it in the planning stage whether they would make a dramatic soap opera type program or more of a documentary.
    I don’t think I can watch it. Plus the Royal commission report which is important is why I can’t watch the news as the images are triggering.

    I suppose everyone is different andI the abc probably wants to let people who were not affected know what happened..
    I find the longer time passes the more I am affected because at the time I was on auto pilot.

    Everyone who was affected by any bush fires look after yourself and this thread is for you to talk be listened and get support.

    I have said before I know covid is important and upsetting to many but I felt as it happened so soon after black summer, people affected by the fires were somewhat overlooked.

    Thanks Paws for your timely post.

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