• 2014,  antidepressants,  depression,  fluoxetine,  honesty,  meds,  mental health,  personal,  Sertraline,  things people say,  treatment,  Uncategorized

    Apparently people with mental health problems just need to “tell someone”

    So Robin Williams has died.  Suicide.  And that’s sad as any death is. Facebook is full of posts with his picture sharing phone numbers and websites of helplines.  Ones telling people that “suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”  And declarations that if you’re feeling down, if you have depression to make sure you tell someone.  Friend’s saying that they hope their friends feel capable of telling them.  And similar on twitter and other places. Here’s the thing: I have a depression diagnosis and I have a lot of anxiety at times which has been recognised by medics although it’s never been given a label like GAD (generalised…

  • 2013,  anaemia,  meds,  Self-Care,  thinking,  Uncategorized

    Self-Care Sunday: Thinking It Over

    I’m not sure what to write about today. There have been lots of little things going on like continuing to take my meds everyday (I have approx 8 days left on iron tablets for the anaemia. That will get easier after that because those are my only three times a day med) and taking a break from my wheelchair in the middle of most days. And working on picking my battles and when to let things go and move on. But I don’t have a lot to say on the little things – in part because it feels too soon. The picking my battles thing is something I probably should…

  • 2013,  meds,  mental health,  Self-Care,  Uncategorized

    Self-Care Sunday: I Did

    Just a quickie this week because Downton Abbey is on in a few and I’m trying not to watch TV and be on the iPad at the same time. Having written last week about feeling like a failure I’ve been trying to keep that big picture in mind more. One of the things I’ve been doing is writing a list of what I’ve done/achieved each day. It’s very useful because yesterday I did very little but I’m not beating myself up about it because I know I’ve achieved a lot this week I might otherwise have overlooked. Plus, knowing I’m going to be writing it down means I’ve eaten a…

  • 2013,  anaemia,  antibiotics,  doctors,  meds,  Uncategorized,  UTI

    Random Bullet Points of Health Related Life

    ♥ I still don’t have my new wheelchair cushion. I had my fitting appt at wheelchair services but that was the worlds biggest waste of time because they didn’t have it. The story is a bit more complicated then that and totally ridiculous as well as very badly handled. I made a complaint to PALS about that. It made me feel better if nothing else. ♥ I was diagnosed with anaemia about ten days ago. It was borderline but based on symptoms I’m being treated with ferrous fumarate (prescription strength iron supplements) three times a day for 8 weeks. I keep wanting to call it ferocious fumarate. Sophie said when…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  antidepressants,  courage,  depression,  difficulties,  fluoxetine,  guest blog,  meds,  mental health,  normal,  Sertraline,  sharing,  treatment,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Talking, Ten Years Later

    It’s that time of the month again when I mosey on over to Bea Magazine and share what I’m thinking, feeling, doing, whatever with them. I don’t like February. There have been a lot of tough times in previous ones and there are several anniversaries now in a short time. It’s been long enough now that most of their sting has gone but still it lurks. This year I remembered the dates but it wasn’t until several days into the month when I wondered why I felt down and put it together that its often a time I struggle. Yesterday marked 10 years since I was first diagnosed with depression.…

  • me me me,  meds,  mental health,  Mojo,  Uncategorized

    Mojo

    I think it’s probably obvious to many people who read this that I’ve not been myself for the last several months at least. Since April I’ve been dealing with issues which have left me very depressed and struggling with feelings of worthlessness. I’ve not done a particularly good job of dealing with that and taking care of myself, not least because my medication compliance slipped way down. Going to the Paralympics however has made me really want my mojo back. I want to be me again. I want to get back not just to the girl who I was before all this kicked off five months ago but who I…

  • exercise,  goals,  meds,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    >December Goals

    >Take my meds every day (seriously my med compliance has been absolutely atrocious lately. And no suprise, my mood is appalling as a result. Surprisingly my spasticity hasn’t gone as crazy as it used to with not meds). Continue my one better choice a day plan I’ve been working on. Finish some damn knitting.  (honestly I don’t think I’ve finished a single knitting project this year :-O) No more ridiculous chocolate binges (I ate a totally ridiculous amount today and don’t know how I wasn’t sick). 15 mins on the house each day. Catch up on book reviews Exercise a couple of times a week. All content copyright Emma Crees,…

  • goals,  me me me,  meds,  mental health,  sick crip,  Uncategorized

    >Goals for the week

    >It’s been a bit of a crap week and I’ve been feeling down at times, missing my meds and feeling a bit ill on and off. I do think there’s been a bit of a virus going around as a couple of other local people have complained of nausea too. Anyway although I’m slowly pulling it back together now and have an actual proper achievement to show for today – I went back to a very badly stalled project and have got it moving again. I thought it would be good to set a few goals. 1. Take my sertraline daily.2. Take my baclofen at least once a day (will…

  • CP related,  disability,  meds,  physio,  treatment,  Uncategorized

    >In Which I Am Apprehensive About An Upcoming Appointment

    >I’m back at the hospital tomorrow. Only I don’t really know what for.  I rang them on Monday about various things and the receptionist referred to my appt as being at X time with the physio.  But I was under the impression that my appt was 15 minutes later than that and in the clinic with a consultant (although I believe this clinic has physios and consultants working together, I was under the impression I was going as they need me to see the consultant). At the end of the day none of it really matter but… I was already a bit apprehensive about the appointment due to some of…

  • antidepressants,  baclofen,  care,  meds,  pain,  physio,  Sertraline,  transfers,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    >Meds and Such Like

    >I think it’s safe to say that at the very least I need to go and chat to my GP about my depression.  I’m much better than I was when my antidepressant was changed to Sertraline but I’m still struggling a lot at times.  That said I don’t necessarily think I need it tweaking again but I’m not sure and I need to keep an eye on these things. And when I went to the physio she was talking about the possibility of changing my muscle relaxants.  Either an increase of my baclofen or taking something else (which said could be instead of or in addition to the baclofen).  I’m…