Weekend wrap-up

Weekend wrap-up

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

  • My sleep has been messed up, and I’ve felt really unfocused and vaguely physically unwell.  The heat has probably been messing with my lithium levels, and I don’t think it’s helped that there’s been horrendous air quality from forest fire smoke.
  • I went to yoga once, and also had a massage.  I’m still not thrilled with my new massage therapist, and I have a feeling things aren’t really going to improve much.  I feel kind of guilty thinking about bailing on her, but my vacation in October could be a good excuse to disappear a bit more subtly.
  • I had found out a few weeks ago that one of my jobs was going to be ceasing to exist in the fall, as the program was shutting down.  After an initial freak-out, I went into hardcore avoidance mode.  Anyway, this week I found out that I will be getting work with the company that’s pretty much taking over the work that my current employer has been doing.  It wasn’t a competitive application process; it seems like they’re taking any nurses that want to switch over.  Strangely enough, I don’t feel particularly happy or relieved, maybe because I’ve switching from not thinking about it due to avoidance, to now not having to think about it because it’s just not an issue any more.
  • I did a night shift Wednesday at my other job to cover for someone who’d called in sick.  I didn’t get called until around 7pm, and I was so tired already at that point that should have just said no, but I agreed to take the shift.  I can’t nap without meds, but 7pm was just too late to take any meds before an 11pm shift.  So I was a total mess.  I ended up sleeping almost all day and night Thursday.  I realized when I woke up still feeling gross on Friday morning that I had managed to miss 3 days in a row of morning meds, and I was probably going into venlafaxine withdrawal.
  • Near where I live there are some flowers that attract a ton of fat, fuzzy bumblebees.  It’s mesmerizing –  it makes the perfect mindfulness moment.
  • My guinea pig boy has been hiding out in his house more lately.  He’s getting very old for a guinea pig, and I wonder if he’s not feeling very well.  My girls, on the other hand, have been extra adorable this week with their begging for food behaviour.  They’re not hungry by any stretch, they’re just sticking their furry little faces out the cage door hoping that by looking cute I’ll decide to give them extra treats.


How has your week been?


34 thoughts on “Weekend wrap-up”

  1. In Louisville, it’s been uncharacteristically cool, which is amazing for August. I’m sad you haven’t had the same cool summer up in Canada! 🙁 I know exactly what you mean about how the night shift was too late. I sure hope they paid you overtime for that! Sounds exhausting.

    But this is such good news about your other job!! YAY!! And the guineas are so cute!! You should do a photo spread of them sometime.

    My week was jarringly menstrual but otherwise okay. My psych doc raised my Lexapro because my periods were hitting me too hard. So this month, I’m still fatigued but not hysterically weepy–only slightly unhinged. Big improvement. [Nods.]

  2. Wow, you’ve had quite a week! 😳 I can relate in the sleep department; mine’s been all messed up, too. I’m also like you under stress – I shut down and avoid everybody. I’m so relieved for you that you have more work lined up! Whew! 🙌🏼💗

    It’s hot here in South Texas, summer showing no signs of slowing down. Hovering near the century mark Fahrenheit. I’m handling the heat better this year, but it’s tiring because we haven’t even been able to open our windows since late April and probably won’t get to for another month or two at least lol.

    Other than that, it’s been a busy summer for us; we’ve been in school, plus we’re self-employed, so there’s that 😉 Our kitties are growing up and they’re adorable 😍 I’ve been continuing on my health recovery journey. It’s been quite a ride so far and it ain’t nearly over yet 😁.

    I hope next week is smoother for you! 🌈💖

    1. Today was the first cool day in a long time – quite a relief! Hoping for a good night of sleep tonight to start to get the brain cells back in order. 💕

  3. I hope you feel better soon ❤️Here in Spain it’s less warm now which I enjoy. I love the sun but the heats kills me haha. My sleep schedule is also messed up. I hope I can change it too.

  4. Wow….you guys are brilliant. And Ashley…slow down…give yourself a break! You are doing wonderfully from where I stay…Bangslore India.
    It’s beautiful here…sunshi e n rain n clouds all mixed together with a strong wind!
    Ladies…all are welcome here. I have 2 homes…and you can stay for as long.
    I wish I could do more to lessen your pain. Maybe we redecorate your space…eh?

    Hugs n strength n love
    Rain ahh 😉

  5. Sounds like a bit of a mish mash of good and bad … Here, I must say that I cannot complain at all. A month in a completely different environment without any backup has been a totally lifechanging experience and if that is what it takes to keep my mind from wrecking my life then that’s what I shall have to periodically do. X

  6. I enjoy these weekly updates. Yikes about the meds routine getting off track 😱 and I hope everything works out for the work transitions. I know those are nerve-wracking

  7. In New York it was harsh and hot but we seem to have cooled down tremendously 🙏🏽. Enjoyed your week insight and I hope you get the rest you need so you can flow and be healthy and happy. We all deserve that! Be blessed and less stressed ❤️🔥

  8. So sorry to hear you have not been feeling well! I’m sure the inconsistency with the meds has thrown your body off for sure, but seems like it’s not always easy to stay on track with the schedule of your job! I’m glad that you’ll be able to make the transition with your job, and hope the new company doesn’t cause too much in the way of change/transition.

  9. I’m sorry you’ve not been sleeping well and that you’ve felt ‘under the weather’. I hope next week is a better one for you. I think you should bail on the massage therapist; it’s your money and your choice, so do what’s best for you. I hope all goes okay with the new company taking over from your current employer, I guess at least it means not having to look for work elsewhere but the shift work at your other job sounds pretty intense, made worse with missing meds. What your guinea pigs do is what my cat does; he can’t be hungry because he seems to be eating all the time, but he’ll get in your face to look adorable to try to get a hand-delivered treat whenever he can! xx

  10. Bumble bees and guinea pigs to brighten a crappy week.
    I have been doing my overwhelmed thing where I have to distance myself from everything unnecessary and just live in my own little bubble! Today I’ve had a bit more breathing space and that’s helped. Take care xx 🙂

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