Weekend Wrap-Up

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

  • On World Mental Health Day last month, I had email provincial and federal representatives about funding mental health services. This week, I got an email back from a staffer of my provincial member of the legislature offering to book a phone or Zoom call with the MLA. It’s annoying that speaking is too difficult for this kind of thing to be doable.
  • I’ve decided on a release date for my new book, A Brief History of Stigma. It’ll be out on November 8 (the ebook is available for pre-order on Amazon and Google Play). Luckily, I didn’t have any major issues with getting the formatting sorted out, which always seems to be the biggest pain in the ass in the whole process.
  • The medical clinic that I’ve been going to for the last several years continues to refuse to make in-person appointments, even though the provincial College of Physicians issued a directive about 6 weeks ago that doctors should be doing in-person appointments again. There’s no way a dermatological issue can be dealt with over the phone, so it’s really a waste of time. I’m tired of it being such a pain in the ass to get medical care.
  • Things feel different in the blogging world, although it’s hard to say if anything has actually changed or it’s just me. The fact that the Sebastians of the blogging world are sometimes getting over 1000 likes per post hints at an artificiality that’s rather unappealing.
  • I’ve started doing a scroll back through my Reader feed later in the day, because there’s always at least a couple of posts that WordPress hadn’t bothered to show me. Why, WP, why?
  • How scary that the orange monster is starting his own social media network. If anyone ever felt the need to be cured of optimism for this world, that would probably end up being a good place to go.
  • Casper has always loved to play, and now that they’re settled in, the baby girl guinea pigs love to play. That means lots of running and chasing and squeaking. Brownie has picked up Casper’s old habit of jumping on top of the wooden hidey-house (Casper can’t do it anymore because she’s too big).
guinea pig Brownie sitting on top of his hidey-house

How has your week been?

Mental Health @ Home Books by Ashley L. Peterson - book covers
Mental Health @ Home Books by Ashley L. Peterson –
You can find them on my Amazon author page.

67 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up”

  1. I’m hoping that Trump making his own social network will make all the assholes who follow him leave the places that everyone else uses. The only problem is that it’ll give them a place to converge and spread hate and lies without being challenged with logic. They don’t listen to logic anyway, though, so it’s probably no different.

  2. I too hope the T-fans will go to the new place and leave the rest of us alone. Congrats on the new book, Ashley! My week was pretty meh, but I’m looking forward to seeing the new 007 movie tonight πŸ™‚

  3. Congratulations on the book! I’ve wondered how dermatologists have been handling the covid crisis tho I have been keeping my regular opthamologist appointments (I have 2 a year because of AMD), scary as that has been. Telemedical visits are nifty when all you need is a brief conversation to go over test results or get a prescription changed – something simple – saves time and money. And isn’t it nice that Casper has playmates!

    1. Thank you!

      The who diagnosis via telemedicine thing seems rather dodgy to me. Earlier this year, a doctor pulled an asthma diagnosis out of his ass for me over the phone. Seriously?

      Casper is so happy with her playmates.

  4. Congratulations on your new book! Your work is very well researched. It is a pleasure to read.
    Glad to hear that the Guinea pigs are settling in…squeaking included πŸ™‚

  5. Unsure of what β€œthe sebastians of the world” means. Is that a regional phrase? I LOLd at orange monster though haha! Are you going to book the zoom with the rep? It could be a great opportunity to advocate. My week was pretty good. Rebounding from some burnout, starting to read a book on critical race theory, and I just bought an exercise bike (too many unmasked perspirating people at the gym).

    1. Sebastian is the current reigning king of serial liking, often within 30 seconds of a post going live.

      Speaking is too difficult right now, so doing the Zoom thing would be pretty unproductive.

      I hope it doesn’t take too long for you to get past the burnout. The exercise bike sounds like a good call.

  6. Congrats on the book! I’ve felt sort of meh re: blogging lately too, though I think for me it’s more personal. Normal prose blog posts that I want to write feel like too much work to write and make coherent and I’m getting sick of my own poetry (although I find poetry easy to write because it’s short). I don’t care that much about serial likers.

  7. Yes, very worrying the orange man doing this, when he’s a man of hate and war. If no ones worried. They should be.

    Congratulations on your book. I hope it does well.

    I bet its fun watching the antics from the guinea pigs.

    It’s been a difficult week for me as you know, but I continue to escape into my dvd’s or music.
    I am looking forward to playing my Adam Lambert cd’s today, after collecting them yesterday from my local HMV.

    1. That’s great that you’re getting things accomplished. I was always interested in stigma so will definitely read your book.

  8. My son had an ” over the phone ” consultation with a psychiatrist, on referral from the therapist, that he at least got to see ” in office” during this covid distancing bs. He was starting to fear that he was having psychosis episodes. Within a week, on Aug 19 of this year, my son died by suicide. I believe, that covid or not, mental health appointments should be in person, as body language is not visible over a phone line. I’m happy that you are trying to do something through your MLA regarding mental health. I’m doing what I can too.

      1. They really do. There is such a small budget for mental health in this country. It’s accessible to the rich who can afford it. My son was in the military so it was accessible to him. But, to not see patients…. my heart died that day. But I’m an trying to do what I can to make changes through his military board of inquiry . But, it’s not just the military who is struggling. Everyone deserves afgordable access to mental health .

  9. they’re still refusing to see people in person in Ontario too–well at least in my part of Ontario–and it’s super annoying. Not all appointments can be done via telephone.

    1. That sucks. I just saw a news story yesterday saying that both BC and Ontario are about to do away with capacity limits for large gatherings as long as people have been vaccinated. So going to a packed arena for a hockey game is okay, but seeing a doctor in person is not…

  10. We’ve had a lot of uproar in the media about doctor appointments being refused face-to-face. Every day there’s a new story about someone who’s become critically ill or has died because they didn’t get seen. The shit thing is that it happens even with in-person appointments if you get a doc that isn’t too bothered, that likes textbook examples and easy answers. It’s good that phone calls can be offered for certain things that don’t need to be done face to face or for people who’d prefer just a call for better accessibility. But for crying out loud, it’s their job to do a proper appointment and not everything can be seen, discussed, diagnosed or dealt with at a distance. This can’t go on forever. I’m sorry it’s happening there too.

    I’ve also found that issue with the WP Reader sometimes. Just odd ones here and there, but I’ve stopped going back over them to check now. No idea why it happens but it’s annoying.

    1. I wonder how many cases of cancer or other serious conditions will have been missed because of this refusal to see people in person. I agree that it’s good to have phone calls as an option for patients who prefer it, but so many things can’t be properly assessed that way. Combine the COVID clusterfuck with the doctors who already don’t take patients seriously, and that probably adds up to a whole lot of people getting fucked over.

  11. I had a pretty good week again, though toward the end I felt a sense of my personal issues interfering with some of my “work-related” goals; work in this sense only meaning that which I desire to accomplish, not necessarily that which either makes me any money or has to be done by deadline imposed by employer. So some would say it’s not even “work” and therefore wonder why it bothers me when I fail to accomplish it.

    I also have been frustrated over the way that clinics and family practice centers in the area have been impacted by Covid Confusion. I don’t want to go back to the low income clinic, where the doctor I’ve had has proven himself incompetent, but everywhere else I try the waits are interminably long, in comparison to how they may have been prior to the pandemic. I’m trying to limit my need for the doctor other than to have my levothyroxine refilled and maybe annual labs done. To have too much engagement with medical personnel right now only adds another stressor to a life already full of them.

    There may be an overall push toward artificiality in the blogging world, perhaps WordPress in particular. It belies personal integrity and as such is unappealing. I often think about just dropping WordPress and starting a blog through blogger.com or somebody else, just for a change of scene.

    1. It’s so frustrating that getting half-decent medical care has to be so difficult. You’d think that wealthy, developed countries could do better.

      The artificial aspect didn’t bother me that much in the past; I mostly just ignored it. I don’t get a ton of it on my blog, but there does seem to be a more of a push in that direction.

  12. My weekend was ok, now if I could just get my anxiety down to a manageable level, I’d be happier.
    Are your first 3 books in Epub format?
    if so can you email them to me? I have pdf formats but am having trouble with those and can read epub with no issues.
    thanks! Looking forward to sitting down and reading your books!

  13. I’ve been missing posts from friends despite Site Notifications on, which is so frustrating. Plus when WP doesn’t show a blog I know I’ve followed, because then I have to find another blog where the person hopefully made a comment to check if that stupid bug unfollowed them.

  14. I hit send too quickly. I have felt the same strangeness with WP lately, but l can’t put my finger on it.

    The Sebs of this world however, are autobots l think and why WP allows this baffles me.

    I still wish WP would stop buggering about with the Block Editor though.

    1. I don’t think he is a bot, though. I think that serial liking has become a very popular and a very successful way of getting likes, if that’s what one is after. Sebastian has ads on his site, so he’s making money. I actually saw him leave a comment on someone’s blog today.

      1. Oh really – Seb has a genuine voice of his own? Dang, that must be strange. BUt yes, Seb will make a lot of money l feel. The biggest problem is l think that a certain type of rhino hided identity is needed for Seb’s approach – l don’t have that. PLUS, l have a real aversion to the LIKE button abusers anyway.

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