Weekend wrap-up

Weekend wrap-up

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Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:

  • I did well with self-care.  I went to yoga, had a massage, went for walks, and spent lots of time sitting in the sun on my balcony.
  • My guinea pig Oreo has been struggling with gastrointestinal issues the last couple of weeks.  On Sunday she took a sudden turn for the worse.  Her weight was down, she was lethargic, and she was having a lot of diarrhea.  I was worried she was going to die.  My vet is closed on Sundays, but I felt conflicted about taking her in the next day because I was worried that the vet would judge me for not taking proper care of her and letting her get so sick, and recommend all sorts of expensive interventions.  I decided to put her on an all-hay diet (sort of akin to a dry toast diet) and top her up calorie-wise by syringe-feeding her a powdered food mix meant as a meal replacement for sick guineas.  She has steadily improved as the week has gone on and is back to playing with her sisters, which is a huge relief.
  • I redid the THINC-it test I’d done a few months ago that evaluates cognitive symptoms of depression.  There’s still some impairment, but I’ve definitely improved.  One thing I’ve been noticing lately is that I’m not feeling confident about using idioms without first looking them up to make sure I’m remembering them properly.  It’s not that big a deal, but it just feels a bit weird, since English is my native language.
  • I continue to work on my trauma account, and gradually I’m seeing more patterns emerge.  Hopefully with more work it’ll become easier to keep the past from intruding on the present.
  • I’ve been helping someone I know who is in nursing school, and I’ve been working on setting clear boundaries for myself in terms of what I’m willing to take on and what I need to make sure I’m not trying to take responsibility for.  The issue is not so much about what this person is asking for help with or how often, and more about the attitude I take toward it, because it’s easy for me to slip into a role of “doing for” rather than “doing with” because it seems like it would be quicker and easier.  I wrote out a list of boundaries for myself earlier this week, and have been trying to be very mindful of them.  So far it’s working out well, and I’m able to check myself when I get urges to take over.
  • I’ve done some reading (as in books, not blogs) but not as much as I had intended to for this week.
  • I had almost no work this week, which is nice from a mental health perspective but not the greatest from a financial perspective.  While I’ve got savings, it concerns me a bit when I’m not making enough to meet my basic monthly expenses.

So that’s about it for me.  How has your week been?



16 thoughts on “Weekend wrap-up”

  1. I’m so sad about Oreo!! Here in Louisville, we have emergency vet care during off-hours. Do you have anything like that? Don’t let your fear of being judged keep you from getting Oreo good care! Vets have seen it all, but I also think they understand that sometimes stuff happens at the most inopportune moments (like when their offices are closed). I’m glad Oreo’s doing better, but I’d still take her to the vet ASAP!!

    My week has been weird. I had a total break from reality last night. I don’t hallucinate often, but when I do, it’s downright bizarre. (Meg’s inner world of weirdness.) I’ve been adjusting my meds with my doctor’s help, but the slightest change in the five I take can wreak havoc. It scares me because I’m so dependent on not just one or two drugs… but the specific combination of five.

    Meanwhile, I’ve become a bit of an expert, so I’m going to make the shift from drug A to drug B more gradually. There’s no rush. My body needs to process the shift.

  2. You’ve done amazingly well! I’m so happy for you! Also I’m so happy to hear that Oreo is getting better. You should be proud of yourself because I definitely am x

  3. I’m interested in the THINC-it testing. I am aware of my own cognitive impairment when I have depressive episodes, especially decreased working memory and difficulty sequencing tasks, but it’s something my treating doctors seem to miss and it doesn’t seem to be evaluated very well on most of the screening tests for depression.

    Glad that your guinea pig is doing better 🙂

  4. I’m so srory Oreo has been struggling but so glad she’s improving. I love your self-care habits. I really need to do more yoga myself.

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