Weekend wrap-up series

Weekend wrap-up

wrapping paper, ribbon, and twine

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

  • Thanks so much to R.K.B. of VodkaforMondays for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog Award.  And on a side note, I’ve been told that Canadians say “neat” more than others, and it’s one of the “tells” that gives away where someone is from.
  • Thanks also to Vincent Ehindero for nominating me for his Blogger Award!
  • I walked to the grocery store for the first time this year.  It was very slow, but I did it.
  • I’ve started preparing an application for disability benefits so that it’s ready whenever I decide the time is right to pursue it.  This week I requested discharge summaries from my past hospitalizations for my doctor to submit along with his part of the application.  I could’ve asked his office assistant to get them, but I thought it would be easier to just do it myself.  The only discharge summary I’ve looked at was from my first very brief hospitalization; I haven’t looked at the others, nor do I want to.  When they arrive in the mail, the challenge will be to stay strong and not look at them.  I know the basic substance of what they’ll say, but I know if I read the exact words there will be things that piss me off, and that’s not helpful.
  • I met my newborn niece for the first time.  It’s kind of like holding a guinea pig but without the fur.
  • Pinterest randomly decided to suspend my account for being spammy.  I use Pinterest quite a bit, so that’s annoying.  I don’t imagine that it will get fixed anytime soon.
  • COVID-19 isn’t affecting my day-to-day activities much because I spend almost all of my time at home anyway.  I notice the empty shelves at the grocery store, and feel grateful that most of the time we have an abundant supply of things.  I’m checking the news daily as I normally would, but not spending that much extra time at it.  I’m hardly on social media at all, but I’ve definitely noticed that my WP Reader feed is full of virus-related posts.
  • I’ve felt rather apathetic and unmotivated this week.

 

As guests on my blog this week, I had:

 

How has your week been?

 

Book covers of Managing the Depression Puzzle, Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, and Psych Meds Made Simple

61 thoughts on “Weekend wrap-up”

  1. I can’t help but find the humor in the hospitalization papers as a potential writing prompt. “If you were hospitalized, write out your hospitalization papers. What would they say about you?” There’s so much potential for hilarity there. “Patient would not come down from the ceiling, even when bribed with chocolate. Patient refused to share the birthday cake of an eighty-year-old gentleman, who didn’t even get one piece of it. Patient declared that restrooms are for civilized people and laid ownership to an artificial plant.” Yeah, I see your dilemma there, for sure. I probably wouldn’t read it! But that could just be me.

    Your description of meeting the baby is classic. I still haven’t met Li’l Sweets, but now I know what it’d be like!

    My week has been bad. I was crushed that there was no fish fry. It’s heartbreaking because they only have them during Lent. My favorite restaurant used to be Stan’s the Fish Hut, but they closed the same year Borders went under. I finally latched onto fish fries as an alternative. They weren’t even open for carryout, even though that’s allowed here. Oh well! I’m sure next week will be better!!

          1. Your Discharge notes were funny, Meg! 😂 Patient claims that it is too noisy during shower time but reports most of the voices are coming from their own head.

            1. Predating the COVID-19 social distancing rules by 13 years, “patient required to maintain a 5-foot distance rule after being found giving a blow job in a patient bathroom.”

  2. Happy to hear you got out this week, Ashley. Not missing much on the outside world especially navigating through the aisles of grocery stores and pharmacies. Light chaos and elevated fear out east. Let’s hope your app for disability benefits isn’t caught up in the mayhem. Pinterest is one of the few joys of social media I engage in. Hope they clean up their act.

  3. Glad you got out and aren’t being negatively impacted by the coronavirus. Good idea not to look at the news any more than you regularly would – there’s so much hysteria and so many mixed messages out there that it’s draining to try to sort through the BS. Good luck applying for disability when the time comes!!

  4. That’s so cool that you walked to the grocery store. I went out for the first time during the virus too. So weird, everything is closed, there are people wearing masks, that is scary to me. In the grocery store they’ve taped the hallway so you know how much space you need to keep between yourself and the previous person! What a weird experience was that 🙂
    Pinterest suspending you, that is so not fun! I’ve didn’t know they could do that. They don’t say for how long then? Crappy!
    Congratulations on becoming a aunt. LOL with the comparison to a piggie but I guess it’s true 🙂 I wouldn’t read my report either if I were to be hospitalized but I don’t know if I could curb my curiosity. Keep strong!
    I’ve have some difficulties with the virus and trying not to be too anxious or too panicky. I find it hard to hear people complain about the isolation and the boredom.
    I’ve been distracting myself by sleeping, looking around, staying of the computer. I’ve been packing boxes again and cleaning (it’s so much work!) but more important: I’ve made progress in the adoption procedure for my dog. I’ve chosen one and he is reserved for us. He is a total sweetheart! <3 Now we need to wait for the house visit and then we need to wait for the plain. But I'm confident now that he is reserved that nobody else can fall for his charms. So actually I spend my days looking at pictures and clips from the dog and checking every day if he's still reserved, just to be sure!

        1. Oh how exciting about the dog Kachai! I can only imagine how excited you are. Ohhhh and to both you and Ashley well done for leaving your homes.
          In NSW and Victoria(2 of our states) they are closing all businesses except essential services basically supermarkets and chemists/pharmacys. People in the cities are beside themselves.

          1. Here it is the same. Everything is closed besides food stores, take away, pharmacy’s, libraries and newspaper stores. The streets are empty, everyone is inside and practicing social distance. We are allowed to go to the pharmacy, doctor or food shops (+ food for animals) and we can hike and ride the bicycle (alone or with your virus buddy, 1 person). All other things are off limits. I hope we can keep it like that and that there won’t be a need for stricter measurements. Walking the dog is definitely allowed 🙂
            I’m very excited for my dog to come but we’ll have to wait till it all is back to normal which is going to be a long time I’m afraid. I hope you are safe and take good care!

            1. Kachai it is good you are able to exercise, and it is sad about the dog delay. I am in such a fortunate situation, to nearly everyone I know. Also those who live Melbourne and Sydney. The restrictions and shutdowns must be so difficult when your life is going to coffee shops restaurants, and theatre or movies. Or the football. My life is very simple. It is easy for me to go for a walk and not see anyone. I am safe, and taking good care of myself and my dogs.

  5. I hope all will go well with your application for benefits. I think Meg’s idea about hospital discharges is cool, haha.
    I just loved the way you described it about holding your niece! 😀 I feel very much the same about babies/toddlers vs. Misha.
    The virus isn’t affecting my daily life very much either, except that recently when Mum wanted to make pizza, she couldn’t get yeast anywhere. 😀 She got eventually, after a lot of searching, but that was the thing about COVID that affected me deepest and most personally this week, lol. Otherwise, if I wouldn’t listen to radiostations from different countries or read blogs, I imagine I could quite easily forget about the thing. And I realise that I am lucky and feel for those people who are more deeply affected, for one reason or another, and those who have rational or irrational fears surrounding it, because I know how the latter feels like over an extended period of time.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend. 🙂

      1. Thanks. 🙂
        My Mum thinks that a good thing that might come out of it is that people will learn to be more self-sufficient where the food is concerned, and thus will eat more healthily, she thinks if they bought up all the yeast maybe they’re going to make bread and cakes. I’m not so sure though, about that it will have any long-term effect on the way people eat.

    1. I can, and I might have to if they don’t reinstate my account. But I’d built up an active account that was driving a lot of traffic to my blog, so it would be nice to avoid starting over if possible. But I doubt this kind of thing will be a service priority for them right now.

  6. One time T gave us years worth of our case notes for us to deliver to disability insurance. T said, “Do not read them. They will upset you. I say things that are clinically indicated or required, but you’ll read them as though I am judging you. Don’t read them!”

    We didn’t read them.

    This is a decision: when to apply for disability. Your value is inherent and based on your humanity. We hope you don’t measure your value by transactional labor. we have caring for you. ❤️💕❤️

    1. Thank you, lovelies. The decision around when to apply for disability is tactical more than an identity shift. I have enough savings that I’m not in a rush to get the money. I’m not sure if I will be able to work a bit more, and I’d kind of like to leave that open as an option. I know there’s not going to be much work in my future, and I’m okay with that; I’m just not sure if the will be a little bit of work or not.

  7. Kudos for making it to the store and for having the awareness that the impact those discharge summaries could have. As a mental health professional and a client of therapy myself, I can imagine that seeing case notes of my treatment would be upsetting as well. Your description of the furless (autocorrected to “gutless”) Guinea pig made me laugh out loud 😆

  8. Funny thing is, when I saw the words “Real Neat”, a Canadian accent popped up in my mind. Lol! And good on you for not being obsessed with the constant stream of news about the coronavirus. It’s good to be in the know about important news but otherwise not very helpful to glued to it all the time. I should know as I was headed down that path and had to limit my time with reading the news.

  9. LOL on the baby thing, that was good 🙂 My week has been decent, right now I’m feeling a little fight or flight as I canceled the house I’m supposed to clean on Monday. Both of the family members are going to be home and they have not been “quarantining” themselves so I canceled. Standing up for myself is a trigger for me, but I’m breathing through it. I also forgot to set the house alarm for the elderly couple whos home I check twice a week while they are in Arizona for the winter. Making mistakes also a trigger, also breathing through this one. Recovering quicker than normal…..the true test will be my mind at BEDTIME….ugh the overthinking bedtime!

  10. I wish the virus would effect me less but unfortunately my anxiety is so bad again. I try to be calm but sometimes I can’t. I just have to feel it all. Great you could work to the groceries this week. I also spent loads of my time at home so that don’t change at all. I also will watch less news as it only increases anxiety

  11. I love Pinterest and use it every day, so that sounds awful to me!

    As for COVID-19, I am happy to hear that it is not affecting you too much. I have been following the news way too closely, and my anxiety is through the roof. I am actually taking a short break off social media as I need a breather from all the coverage. Besides the news, the isolation is way more stressful than I expected. I’ll be checking in on my friends with mental health conditions because symptoms can really spike during a time like this. Mind definitely has.

    Wishing you a great week ahead!

  12. Hamster without fur — looove it!! I always think people with kids envy people who have pets & not kids — but maybe they feel the same about us lol

  13. Kudos on the grocery store trip! I hope you can get adequate supplies of your meds, without disruption!

    I also hope that should you ever need disability, that your application goes smoothly and gets approved. I would be too curious NOT to read those hospital notes. I’d also be worried about incorrect notes.

    I hope Pinterest can reinstate your account, is there an appeals process? Not your fault you’re _successful_ at generating organic traffic! Someone ought to hire you <3

    I hope you feel better soon. I know it's hard with depression. **hugs**

    1. Thanks lovely! I think it’ll be ok with meds. I don’t see the meds I’m on being the kind of thing that too many people would be trying to hoard.

      Pinterest actually reinstated my account yesterday. I was very impressed; I though it would be at least a week, not just 2 days.

      1. Sweet! I’m glad you’ve your account back. The meds thing – might have to check the supply chain. A lot of meds are from China and they have a second outbreak due to imported cases.

  14. Well done for making it to the grocery store – always worth celebrating these achievements! Congratulations on the arrival of your new niece! What you said about holding her for the first time gave me a chuckle – that’s a great way to describe it!

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