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General Discussion / Re: How is everyone doing?
« Last post by paulm on April 08, 2019, 09:00:09 PM »
Hello Peace. My sympathies on the passing of your mother-in-law. Congrats on helping people with their income tax. Would you like to do mine LOL. Make sure that you look after yourself first. I used to help people with their income tax and it slowly got to be too much. I found people were phoning me for help on simple items and then I wouldn't hear from them until the next year. Take Care. paul m
General Discussion / Re: How is everyone doing?
« Last post by Peace on April 07, 2019, 06:38:59 PM »
Mixed for me. OCD is up, but OCD is triggered by stress, so understandable. Biggest frustration on a personal level is getting notices of medical tests that are due and due to circumstances having to wait to get them done.

My 2nd mom, my ex's mom, crossed over April 1. She was 85. Been supporting the kids with that, but mostly the ex. He calls me several times a day over numerous issues. Also assisted 5 people, including the ex, with income tax processing. My initial reaction to the separation was cut all contact with the ex. I was talking to someone about it and they advised me to do what I could live with and I agree with that, so my decision was to help him, but set boundaries to protect my own health. Sad over the loss of Mom.

Good to see your sense of humour surfacing in regards to your brothers memory loss, Peter.

Families can be a pain, Dragonfly. I'm glad you have people to support you. Don't ever forget how awesome you are!

Good to hear you're reasonably healthy, Paul. More sunlight coming up should help with the SAD hopefully.

Excited about hockey playoffs. Go Leafs Go!!


General Discussion / Re: How is everyone doing?
« Last post by paulm on April 06, 2019, 09:59:33 PM »
Hello Dragonfly. I've got a mild case of SAD, but other than that I'm reasonably healthy, however my idea of reasonably healthy is probably set at a pretty low bar. Take Care. paul m
General Discussion / Re: How is everyone doing?
« Last post by Pleeb on April 05, 2019, 02:48:08 PM »
I will be okay.

That's nice to hear!

General Discussion / Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
« Last post by Pleeb on April 05, 2019, 02:44:40 PM »
Although I wear $500 orthotics in my shoes (my former work plan pays for it), I started getting a really sore instep when walking.
I looked it up, and it's plantar fasciitis.

It's 95% better, thanks to stretching exercises.....and not wearing slippers at home.  Maybe surprising?
Cheap slippers offer no support.  Maybe more expensive ones do.

Anyway, I (until recently) never wore shoes indoors in my apt.

A nice thing about support groups is sharing the same ailments:
-a woman on Mood Garden (I recommend it!) is getting cancer removed from her nose...she sometimes posts "before" and "after" pictures.
-she also had plantar fasciitis, like me

General Discussion / Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
« Last post by Pleeb 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?

General Discussion / Re: How is everyone doing?
« Last post by Pleeb on April 05, 2019, 02:20:56 PM »
I'm o.k....  I was taking a Dealing with Anxiety and Depression course at MDAO, but I quit - missing too many classes.  But I'll look at the workbook.

My brother with dementia - he's being assessed for long term care (?), or moving out of his house into an apartment setting?
He needs care re making meals, remembering his medications.
His son took away his car keys when his back was turned.....LOL

My younger brothers and I visited.  He later told his son that "the Germans" were nice.  We are German, but maybe he thought we were cousins from Germany?....LOL

General Discussion / Re: Older Brother with Dementia/Mind, Brain Studies.....
« Last post by Pleeb on April 05, 2019, 02:13:06 PM »
I changed my mind on doing a memory study....  Might be a little stressful:  going all the way to Baycrest, trying to get family member to come with me, MRI's....etc...  I have enough medical appointments (nothing serious).

For the memory studies, they often want a spouse/family member to accompany the person in the they can ask them re my memory.
I had told them I can MAYBE get a family member to accompany me once, not regularly.


Maybe I can do a study in the future.
General Discussion / How is everyone doing?
« Last post by Dragonfly on April 03, 2019, 10:43:46 AM »
Hi everyone,

 How is everyone doing.

I must say it has been a roller coaster for me. Things have happened in my family that have left me very sad and upset. I am working through it with the support of many people. I will be okay.

 This weather hasn't helped either. Spring is on the way and that always makes me feel better.

Family, Friends, and Supporters / Re: How mental illness affects the well spouse
« Last post by sarahruth on March 23, 2019, 07:39:48 PM »
Thank you.
One must find ways to remain strong when facing mental illness in the family.
Groups like this help.
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