HAPPY HALLOWEEN :)
tips, tools, and strategies
to living life with chronic pain
There are more and more people today living with and being diagnosed with depression. Are you one of them? I will admit I am...and for the most part? I'm one of the lucky ones. Some are finding treatment easy and they're back to "normal" soon while others continue to struggle with theirs and it becomes life consuming. If you live with depression too...how is treatment going for you?
Have you ever thought your treatment wasn't working for you? Have you ever wondered why? Have you ever thought you were getting worse instead of better? What has your treatment been like for you?Very personal questions I know and I do apologize but please give it some thought...and if you think your treatment isn't working for you...what have you done about it?
There are many reasons why you may find your treatment isn't working. Some is in your control and unfortunately some isn't. You may even find your treatment works for a little while and then stops. You may even find too that your medication(s) worsens yours symptoms and cycles. Not all treatments will work for every one person. We are all different and our needs are different too. Our goal is to find the find the treatment(s) that work for us and to keep trying until we do. Sometimes depression can become resistant and once we know that we can give ourselves a little more understanding too. I hope you will and if you're finding your depression is becoming resistant...talk with your doctor okay?
Today I'd like to share some information about treatment resistant depression. I'm not sharing this information to replace the conversation with your doctor and please understand that this is shared for you personal entertainment and information only. Please...if you find yourself struggling with you depression and treatment too...speak to a qualified medical professional. There are alternative treatment options available for you.
I will no longer allow the negative things in my life to spoil all the good thing I have.
Picture taken on the pond.
It's Friday and in the spirit of Halloween tomorrow...I thought I would use this picture. :)
So how has your week been? What did you do for you to soothe and care for your needs or did you? Did you find the time for you?
My week was such that I had to cancel yesterday and go back to bed. I hope your week has been better.
So what are you doing for you this weekend? I ask this question each every Friday and I do it get you thinking...thinking of you...thinking of your needs too...and thinking of what you can do to help yourself through.
SO! what will you do for you?
I hope you have a good weekend, and please...find the time for you okay?
Yesterday? well that was cancelled....
Do you ever have one of those days when you just need to cancel your day and go back to bed? I do too and yesterday was one of them for me. I do apologize for not being here....I even took the day off from the Facebook page too... but I hope you will understand.
I did in fact go back to bed and it did help...and being able to spend the day doing things just for me was needed. Usually my ME Days are planned, but this one came unannounced for me and after posting for the morning on Facebook I just couldn't do it anymore. My head was swamped and I just couldn't think straight...it's the side-effects of my busy and over tired mind sometimes and it just hits me...feeling like I'm crushed. I've learned to recognize the feelings now and I've learned what I need to do for me...I need to stop and I need to care for me...before I lose me.
I'm feeling better today but am still minding my needs too and trying to find that balance. I'll find it eventually.
take good care of you
It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
Picture taken by my daughter Emily at the Pinery
If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you've made. if they don't realize that you are not your mistakes, then they need to go.
Picture taken on the pond.
Sleep? at night? what's that? Many of us living with chronic pain don't sleep well and I think we have all joined the insomniac club...at least I know I have.
The word nap(s) has become my favourite three letter word and often times my favourite four letter word depending on the day.
I don't know about you but there are days that I know I couldn't have gotten through it without having a nap. My nap(s) have become a saving grace for and from my pain.
Whether it's a solid sleep or just a stretch out and closing your eyes till you're feeling a bit better lay down...naps have a healing quality to them. Our bodies need the break...we need to heal...and we need some time away...we need a nap. It's okay if your days plans can be summed up in one word...it's okay! and some days you may find you need more than one...it happens and again...it's okay. I hope the nap helps.
And just to clarify again...this does not make you lazy! and this does not make you selfish! what it does mean though is that you love yourself enough to do what you need for you...it means you love yourself enough to let you heal. I know some say "I'll sleep enough when I'm dead"...and some say they're just too busy...and some say it's a waste of a good day...BUT...their thoughts and body aren't living with you...yours is...and when you need one...take one.
Today...my plans for the day can be summed up in one word...NAP
take good care of you eh?
The cat here is Chancey and she lives with me...or rather she thinks I live with her...but either way...she's my buddy.
We're constantly being asked to "rate your pain"...but what is a 4 for one person could be a 6 or even an 8 for someone else. You may even feel that one part of your body is a smiling 3 where another is a screaming 7.
Numbers aren't always easy to use when relating to our pain and numbers mean different things for different people...leaving pain open to interpretation of the person experiencing it...or those trying to understand it.
But what if we were to think of our pain like a stop light?
You give life to your problems with your words. If you really want to change, then begin to use your words to give life to solutions.
Picture taken on the pond.
is living life with chronic pain...doing the best I can with everyday.