Weekend Wrap-Up

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

  • Thanks to Emilia of My Inner Mishmash for giving me one of her MIMRA readership awards!
  • For the second time this year, I didn’t pay my credit card bill on time. It wasn’t a matter of not having the money; I use my credit card as essentially a debit card with reward points, and I pay it in full each month. This was a cognitive failure. I have a recurring monthly reminder in my calendar, and that system has worked for me for years. But now, my brain doesn’t process information very well and isn’t reliable to act on those calendar reminders, and I end up thinking I paid the bill when I didn’t. So a different system will be needed. That’s fine, but it’s a tangible reminder of the effects of my illness.
  • In other dazed and confused news, I missed my massage therapy appointment on Wednesday because I accidentally took one of my bedtime meds in the morning, which knocked me out sufficiently that leaving the house just wasn’t going to happen. So, time to rejig that system too.
  • I have to decide whether or not to go to the dentist before I cancel the extended health/dental insurance I’ve been paying for through my employer. My distress tolerance capacity is ultra-low right now, so I would have to be quite sedated, which poses logistical challenges in terms of getting there and back. I’m overdue for a cleaning and rarely care enough to brush my teeth, so I’m sure it would take a while, which increases the likelihood that my stress/stimulation threshold would be reached, the waterworks would start to flow, and I would get up and flee, albeit at the speed of a snail. So yeah, I’m not sure what the best course of action is.
  • Something weird is going on in guinea pig world this week. Casper continues humping Oreo, and Butternut has been more spazzy than usual.
  • I didn’t do any work on my work in progress this week. No available brainpower. Instead, lots of dazed and confused time staring at things trying to make them make sense.
Guinea pig Peanut peeking out of his blanket fort

Peanut has been loving blanket fort time. The others like to be out in the world, but Peanut likes to be buried.

How has your week been?

Mental Health @ Home Books by Ashley L. Peterson
Mental Health @ Home Books by Ashley L. Peterson

30 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up”

  1. You’re not the only one to have knocked themselves out accidentally by taking night meds in the a.m. Solidarity, Girl! ๐Ÿ˜‚

    I find that automatic payment set-up can be useful for timely bill pay… but of course, with that, I sometimes forget to transfer cash on time! ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿป

  2. I really hope you’ll enjoy your MIMRA! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sorry to hear you’ve had such a dazed and confused week, really crappy.
    Hopefully if you do decide to go to the dentist, it won’t be too distressing. It’s a pity you don’t have anyone to help with the logistical side, that makes it really a bit of a dilemma.
    Hope you and the guinea pigs have a good weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. God bless your struggles… I also took a bedtime med to start the day once, and I was trippy as all get-out. I have a huge med drawer, and now I have morning meds on the left, and nighty-night meds on the right. Awful experience!! Major oops. I feel ya.

    I hope you make it to the dentist! Don’t worry about crying. I once thought my dentist was a witch who was flying around the room on a broomstick. (This came up in my memoir.) But I’ve also cried at the dentist, when I was living in Georgia and being bullied by coworkers. The dentists there were really nice, but I just couldn’t quit sobbing.

    I wish you felt better!! ๐Ÿ™

    My week has been great, but rather lethargic, and I’m trying to kick it into gear today, but it’s so much easier to keep procrastinating. The weather’s gorgeous, though, so I should clean the porch. We haven’t had winter yet, not really.

    1. I’ve cried at the dentist before too. It’s not so much the crying but the getting up and walking out that’s problematic.

      I hope you have more energy next week!

  4. Sorry to hear that you had a trying week Ashley. I have mixed up my meds which left me doing crazy things. My best friend told me that he once found asleep under my sewing machine cabinet. That was when I was double dosing my pain killers.
    I have done worse than crying at the dentist. Let’s just say he needed to find a fresh shirt. My nerves get rattled when it comes to going to the dentist.
    I hope that I never have another week like this past one!

  5. I donโ€™t know if this helps, but I handle my cc bill in a similar fashion, except I setup my payment on a recurring basis, only adjusting it as the due date approaches. So, I am always making a payment.

      1. Yes, hopefully it will. But I need to keep doing my exercises too, for strength, as right leg is weak, as well as stretches. Slowly I am seeing a bit of improvement, but early days.

  6. I use my credit card like a debit card too. It pays 1% cash back so I like making back some money. My trick for paying it off on time is paying it down every payday. As long as I do that, it never passes the 3 week threshold and charges me interest ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I use my card points to get Amazon gift cards, so it works out to pretty much the same thing as cash back. With my brain so totally scattered right now, things that happen weekly I can sometimes manage to anchor onto other things, but it’s harder with things that are less often.

  7. I’ve apparently never earned enough to be allowed a credit card, which is a shame because I’d like to use it as a debit card with cashback. Debit cards here do have some cashback depending on the card but it’s usually at selected places i wouldn’t use regularly.

  8. Teeth: take the pain now or more pain later? That situation isnโ€™t going to improve on its own, right? Or do nothing…ever, and hope to delay the pain even further. Shitty options

    1. Problem is, even minor situational stressors slow me down even further, and I’m barely moving as it is right now. Doping myself up enough to make it non-stressful poses logistical challenges that I haven’t figured out yet. The only thing that even makes it an issue right now timewise is insurance coverage that I won’t have for much longer.

  9. I’m not sure what to say about overly-amorous guinea pigs? Maybe offer them my congrats and pretend I’m not jealous? ๐Ÿ˜„

    Go to the dentist. Spend a week rinsing for a minutes and brushing for two once a day and then go. I’ve lost most of my teeth, had abscesses and root canals and extraction in the double-digits. It sucks large. And, expensive. Get stuff done while the coverage is there.

    And blessings โ˜บ๏ธ

  10. I’m sorry to hear about your system not working right. I hope it will get better then back on track again. Maybe you need some “special nutrients” to make it feel better again. Our life is imperfect. That’s the way it is. Just keep living <3

    My system also needs some upgrades before year-end. I have been carrying two bags all around while teaching. It's time to rethink what to put in and let go when in class. And I have been checking digital reminders at many places. It's time to rethink how to gather all at just one place to avoid repetitions. I have been drinking coffee like drinking water. Maybe I should try taking naps. Let's think of how to reboot our system for a new start.

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