Weekend Wrap-Up

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

  • Since fairly early on in the course of my depression, mid-August through the end of September has been a bad time of year for me mental health-wise. There are no difficult memories/associations from that time of year that it’s related to, and September is one of the nicest months of the year weather-wise in Vancouver, so I really don’t know what the deal is. But it seems to be starting early this year – either that, or the not sleeping well is catching up with me.
  • I had my first appointment with the new GP yesterday via Zoom, and she doesn’t feel comfortable restarting the lithium, so yeah, that’s not helpful. She’s also not happy that I don’t have psychiatric follow-up, and I don’t think she wants to be stuck dealing with me herself.
  • Still dealing with the site Ailmental dot com stealing my content. I keep doing a new DMCA abuse report with each new post. The site’s host has already taken down several posts, but they’re rather slow, so there are a bunch of posts still waiting to be taken down. I also discovered (via a backlink-checking tool) that a site called penileclinic dot com had stolen last weekend’s weekend wrap-up post. Classy all the way…
  • I only discovered relatively recently that WordPress.com allows people on the Pro or Business plan to mess around under the hood with their site’s files. There was some stuff related to a plugin that I used in the past that I wanted to delete from my site’s database. I decided to ask the Happiness Engineers for tips before I waded in and messed around with the database, and they said adding a line of code into one of my site’s files that would take care of it. Their suggestion didn’t actually accomplish what it was supposed to because of a bug they hadn’t been aware of, but at least it was a way to dip my toes into editing my sites files, which makes me feel more confident about implementing my child theme whenever I decide to move forward with that.
Casper the guinea pig curled up in a corner of her cage

Nobody puts Casper in a corner… except for Casper herself! Here she’s got herself curled up in the corner of her cage behind the pigloo hidey-house. I’ve marked where her right back foot—not front foot—is tucked in close to her mouth.

Guinea pig Butternut sleeping on a granite slab with his feet sticking out behind him

This is Butternut sleeping. He’s lying on a piece of granite that I stuck in the cage as a cooler spot for the boys to hang out. This is not a normal guinea pig sleeping position to have his back legs sticking out behind him with the bottoms of his feet facing up, but I guess he was trying to maximize the granite-tummy contact area.

How has your week been?

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66 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up”

  1. October is depression uptick month for us. If it starts early for you, any chance it could end early?

    Went to cemetery for a service since our moon dies about a year ago. Too many people, alive and dead lol. Asked Younger Child to promise to cremate us and sprinkle us in nature.

    First day of whole summer that it rained on and off the whole day. Drought city here. Saw lots of birds of prey today along river: bald eagles, peregrine falcons, osprey, a turkey vulture, a red-tailed hawk, an american kestrel

    1. That sounds like quite the amazing bird-watching day!

      Cremation and sprinkling in nature is what I want too.

      I hope the early depression uptake start will mean an early end. ❤️❤️❤️

  2. It’s weird how so many people seem to do worse in August-September. Perhaps there should be more research into seasonal depression vs changing seasons and stuff like that, not just winter depression. August-September also tends to be a difficult time for me, though for me it does clearly have to do with memories popping up and things like that. It’s annoying, but it seems to be getting a bit better every year, so I’m hopeful that maybe at some point it won’t be much of a problem anymore. I’m sorry this worse period has started for you earlier than normal. Would be fair if it could finish earlier as well then.
    Ugh that’s frustrating with the psychiatrist and that she doesn’t want to put you back on lithium if it could possibly help with your sleep and make some actual difference in your mood.
    Lol I wonder why anyone would feel the need to steal your Weekend Wrap-up posts, let alone a penile clinic, or how they came up with the thought that it could be a good idea. 😀

  3. Your survey was hilarious lol!

    I cannot believe those bozos aren’t even looking at what they are stealing from you! Karma will get them but I’m glad you’re taking a stand!

    1. I agree they’re probably not looking at what they’re stealing. There have got to be plenty of things out there that are a better fit for a penile clinic than my weekend wrap-up posts!

  4. Sorry to hear your GP is not ready to prescribe you lithium. Over the last gazillion years I have only had one GP be willing to take on the psyche drug prescription role. I am guessing they think it’s a complex problem to solve and they don’t want to be a part of making a bad decision. On the other hand, lithium is such a mainstay even now in the psyche community (if I can call it that). Seems like there would be someone fairly accessible who would prescribe. Good luck with that… Also so sorry about the sleep challenges. For me, lack of sleep colors everything in a dark hue that is hard to pierce. Wishing you the best to get sleep back on track and enjoy the month of August / September…. Have I told you the story my therapist told me about the ER? She has said that as soon as there is a Psyche patient admitted to the ER, everyone (doctors and nurses) panics and goes code red and wants to avoid having to treat that patient because they have no idea (or much training) to deal with a Psyche meltdown. Personally, I think it’s kinda funny in a f277474ed up way that nobody in the ER wants to treat or feels like they can treat the Psyche case. On a more serious note, it shows that the medical community still has a long ways to go in treating mental health with parity….:)

  5. I hope very much you catch up on sleep, I know that always wreaks a bit of havoc on my mental state! <3 Butternut sleeping gave me a good laugh, how cute.

  6. Aw shit, I’m sorry about the new doc. I’d really hoped she’d be a good egg, would listen to you, consider what you felt you needed and do it, etc etc. I guess that is a lot to ask for. So what’s she doing now, asking for you to get a psychiatric follow-up? That could take a while. Surely she could have restarted lithium to bridge the gap until then. I’m sorry this time of year seems particularly difficult for you, which makes the current situation all the more shitty annoying.

    I think we’re seeing an insight into guinea pig personalities here. Casper, tucking herself up in a corner as scrunched up and cute as possible. Butternut spread out, not a care in the world. Or he just has a really hot tummy. Is it particularly warm there at the moment? I’ve been chasing my cat around with a cool pack from the freezer covered in some kitchen roll to try to cool him down.

    1. Good point about the guinea pig personalities, and it’s true – Casper is a cute as possible kind of gal, and Butternut is not a care in the world kind of guy.

      It just get worse with the GP – she’s refused to take me on as a patient if I don’t see the mental health team that I told her I’m not willing to see. Dumb cunt.

  7. I’m sorry your mental health isn’t well. I hope you feel better soon. I’m sorry people are stealing your content. I suppose many people are stealing my content too. There is this random website claiming to sell my books for higher than their price. I tried to report them to Amazon and they said that since my books are not exclusively on Amazon, they can’t do anything about it.

  8. Posting again…. Here’s sending you heartfelt wishes that August and September additional pain or depression or difficulty passes soon. I hope the GP agrees to prescribe lithium or refers you soon to someone who can. I so look forward to your Weekend Wrap-ups.

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