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General Discussion / Anyone go Trick or Treating?
« on: November 01, 2019, 12:57:29 AM »
I didn't.

If you did, let's hear what you got!   :o


Looking forward to the Royal Winter Fair next week!

General Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving!
« on: October 15, 2019, 04:19:41 AM »
I had pizza.

We didn't really celebrate Thanksgiving when I was growing up.

Peter  8)

General Discussion / Depression study at CAMH......
« on: October 10, 2019, 03:09:30 AM »
I was almost in study at CAMH re seniors with depression.  Saw it in a newspaper for seniors.

There were generous honoriums involved, like $50 for an MRI, $20 for blood test or "pencil and paper" test....which may have been every 6 months (?).

Oh yeah...there was a chance for a medication adjustment, which I'm always hoping for.   :)

I was interviewed over the phone by a CAMH guy, and he may have spoken with my nurse practitioner.

I was turned down.

I'm only very occasionally depressed, thanks to Mirtazapine.
BUT.....I'm permanently (?) "can't get started...can't be bothered....."  Symptoms of dysthymia, long term, low grade depression. (my original diagnosis)


General Discussion / brother with dementia/alzheimers....
« on: September 07, 2019, 08:20:48 PM »
I never know the difference between dementia/alzheimers.

Anyway, my older brother was at the front of the line to get into a nursing home because he was delirious and such.

Last week or so, he got into a really nice two story place in Ajax, Ontario.  It's pretty new too.  Really nice place!

The first couple of days:  "get me out of this a looney bin?"  "Looney bin" because of other residents' behaviour?

A week later he settled in....maybe partly because one of his sons and family visited every day.

They got him a single room ($!) because of his social phobia....he may feel uncomfortable with another person around?
This may not be an issue anymore, as he's so "out of it" he doesn't remember he has social phobia?  If that makes sense.

When I saw him he was cheerful...maybe wasn't sure who some of us (relatives) were.  He never did this before -he throws in some German when he talks....but usually just exclamations like the German version of "my oh my!" or similar.


Re being delirious, when he was at home he thought he had two cats instead of one, and another guy living in his house.

AND.....he thought there was a stage with live musicians in his house.  And the neighbours thought the music was too loud.

General Discussion / Not procrastinating as much....
« on: July 22, 2019, 02:15:13 AM »
Not procrastinating as much lately.

Didn't occur to me right away why - from doing yoga lately!   ;D  (the yoga makes me feel better somehow)

I've done yoga off and on for years and years.

Starting again, but slowly....10-15 minutes a day for now.....AND, I do it when I wake up. 

I only did it in the evening before....maybe when I get up makes a difference....


General Discussion / Celebration of Life for Tom Smallwood
« on: May 30, 2019, 06:46:15 PM »
(guess it's ok to post this here)

A Celebration in honour of the life of long-time Hope and Me volunteer Tom Smallwood will be taking place on Monday, June 3rd at the Northern District Library (40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto, ON M4R 1B9) from 7 PM till 9 PM in the Gwen Liu Meeting Room (200).

Tom began volunteering with us in June of 1997 and proved to be an invaluable asset to the MDAO team for over 20 years. Tom was known by many for his unflinching work ethic, a profound sense of compassion, and unwavering dedication to the Hope and Me cause. He was eager to provide appropriate and meaningful resources to anyone who walked through our doors.

In 2016, Tom was the winner of the Karen Liberman “Lit From Within” volunteer award. Karen comments shared during the AGM that year “ Truly, I cannot think of a more deserving recipient than Tom. He epitomizes everything that this award for volunteerism stands for. Tom was there, quietly taking on his role as a calm, kind, caring friend on the telephone and in person.”
On June 3rd, we would love to have you join us with some of Tom’s family to commemorate the life of this exceptional man and his incalculably effective efforts at actualizing the Hope and Me vision.

I knew Tom, as did others around here.  My operation is around 4 that day....not sure if I can make it.

General Discussion / Ready for Easter?
« on: April 19, 2019, 01:51:08 AM »
Haven't celebrated with family members for ages.  We didn't make such a big deal out of it when younger, anyway.

I was going to get takeout from Red Lobster - they now have takeout!

Instead, I'm getting very good pizza from a hole in the wall place near me, and (baked!) chicken wings.


How about you?  Maybe I'll look for a restaurant tomorrow.

General Discussion / Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
« on: April 05, 2019, 02:34:56 PM »
I'm getting plastic surgery on my shoulder soon....covered by OHIP.  (I had skin cancer on my forehead (2 tiny spots), and on my shoulder burned off 20-25 years ago.

The forehead stuff you can hardly see, but the shoulder area, there's a permanent "wound" the size of a loonie or bigger.  It's squishy and darker than the rest of me.  Doesn't hurt.

I saw a cranky (!) dermatologist at St. Mike's about something else...turned out to be nothing.  Then I asked him to look me over....when I showed him my shoulder, he referred me to a fancy plastic surgeon on Avenue road.  Because he was so cranky, I didn't ask a lot of questions.  Probably I get a skin graft?  Local anaesthetic?


Learned yesterday that he thinks he has two cats, instead of one. 

Maybe he's gone downhill quickly?  He didn't think this when I saw him last week.......or, it doesn't mean much.

Peter  -brain health and memory studies

Cogniciti is associated with Baycrest.  Not sure if you have to be over a certain age to do the tests, volunteer to be a guinea pig.

General Discussion / Used my cell phone today - first time.
« on: March 06, 2019, 10:02:34 PM »
I got a cellphone in August (?).  I had a mental block about it - it'll be complicated.  I'm kind of afraid of technology, but not really - I'm on the internet a lot.

Took my phone to Samsung died, and wouldn't charge.  They'll notice I've never used it, and slap me in the face!   ::)

Turns out, it worked when the Samsung person used HER cable....weird!  Just bought MY cable from Bell.

Didn't make any calls today, but did some housekeeping, without looking at my Android for Dummies.


I procrastinate on "difficult, complicated" things....cell phone, income tax (someone doing it for me this year).

General Discussion / Getting 2 hearing aids...
« on: February 03, 2019, 05:12:05 AM »
Getting 2 hearing aids from St. Mike's hospital.  They deal with various vendors.  (didn't know you can buy hearing aids via a hospital, get them adjusted, fixed (?) there.)

I'm getting an over the ear one kind....forget how audiologist and I decided on that kind.

I had thought I was hard of hearing in only my right ear - that's what the ENT Dr. said.  I was surprised when the audiologist mentioned BOTH ears.

Despite this, I almost never ask anyone to repeat what they say - on my right side only, and a little more lately.

Hearing aids cost as much as a Ferrrari!

Luckily, OHIP contributes $1,000, and my former work's plan probably contributes $1,400.


How am I gonna come up with the other $75,000 I owe? ::).....marry a rich widow?  :o

Actually, the total cost is over $3,000, and that's with the company's "permanent" discount.  Over $3,000 isn't unusual, from what I've heard.

General Discussion / Ready for Christmas/Holidays?
« on: December 15, 2018, 12:58:59 AM »
We have Christmas on the 15th due to some relatives' schedules, one relative's birthday is Christmas etc.

We do potluck.

We usually pick a name out of a hat the previous Christmas to give that person a surprise gift.

This year, we're donating money to The Toronto Wildlife Centre in memory of my brother who just passed away.  He was a "birder."

If he saw a bird, he could often tell if it's gender, and if it was a juvenile or an adult!  ;)


General Discussion / What's on your mind? Do something about social phobia.
« on: November 30, 2018, 04:16:16 AM »
We have a category of "what's on your mind?"  On Mood Garde, another forum.

On my mind will be the social phobia in our family......and people not going anything about it.... :(

The social phobia will be more visible. when we all get together.  (sorry for not being inarticulate about this...)

Since I'll be seeing family members at Christmas....(we exchange gifts on the 15, and bring potluck)  Actually, instead of gifts we donale to Toronto Wildlife.....I think. 

I used to have a lot of social phobia....worked on it - Psychiatrist, support groups at MDAO????

I do/did something, A LOT about the social phobia, but no one else seems to.    :o

But, I realize my relatives aren't
genetically identical to me........because I can change, doesn't mean they cah also change.  Sorry if I'm inarticulate.

But still...........btw, because I strongly think this, that doesn't mean I'll confront people about this....Not suitable, in various ways.


If you have any questions......

General Discussion / hope to see a psychiatrist...
« on: November 27, 2018, 04:30:51 AM »
I'll mention it to nurse practitioner soon.  It would be a geriatric one, as I'm 71.

I need help with procrastinating, for one thing........that's a BIG thing.

Possible reason for procrastinating/avoiding......"I'm not worth it".....i.e.,re doing self improvement things.  "I"m not worth improving, so why bother?"
Just a thought.


General Discussion / My oldest brother passed away suddenly yesterday....
« on: October 27, 2018, 12:16:57 AM »
My mind is a blur.....but I think it was yesterday.

He wasn't sick that I know of, but he had pneumonia recently, and was in the hospital?
Update:  he may have died from C Difficile, which can be contracted in hospitals.....they're doing an autopsy.  (most unusual, I guess)

He was my oldest brother 68 or 69.  I also have a brother a year younger....and I have two younger brothers.

Psychological problems run in the social phobia - not me so much - I worked on it, went to support groups for it etc....


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