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General Discussion / Re: I don't feel good
« on: January 10, 2015, 11:19:52 pm »
Peace I am really sorry you aren't feeling well. Hugs to you.


General Discussion / Re: Bell's "Lets Talk"
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:31:38 am »
Hi Paul,

Thank you for posting those websites. I watched all five testamonials. I found them all very informative.

I especially like Mary Walsh's post. She talks about being kind to ourselves. Trying not to be perfect. Accepting ourselves for who we are. Especially our weaknesses. Not being so hard on ourselves. By accepting ourselves we will not dwell on the weaknesses of other people. We will look at their strengths.  It will make us less judgemental of them. It will give us a more positive attitude.

I don't know if I am making sense. I have used the word ourselves a great deal and accepting twice.


General Discussion / Re: flu shot
« on: January 01, 2015, 09:14:03 pm »
Sorry Paul that I have been so late in my reply. Thank you for the info. It helps to make up my mind about the flu shot.


General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year Everyone!
« on: January 01, 2015, 09:12:34 pm »
Best Wishes for the New Year to everyone.


General Discussion / Re: Check In
« on: January 01, 2015, 09:11:04 pm »
My Christmas was rather bittersweet. I miss my husband very much. I spent it with my 2 daughters, son, daughter-in-law and my two grandchildren. That is what my Christmas is all about. My family.

My daughter had a very disturbing and frightening experience. She was working at the holiday inn on boxing day and two days after by herself except for the maintenance man. An older fellow probably over 65 yrs. old. He has been verbal and somewhat physical sexually harassing my daughter and young women at the job.
On those two days this man's sexual harassment escalated. He was very explicit as to what he was going to do to my daughter sexually. He grabbed my daughter's wrists. She said no, no. He probably would have have raped her but her supervisor came down and told him to stop.
Reports were made to the manager on duty.
My daughter came after her shift to my house and she told me exactly what happened and I typed it into a letter to the head manager and other managers. When the letter was read by the managers they were shocked. The managers assured my daughter that he would be fired. My daughter and I and the family were furious at this pervert. My daughter's Christmas and mine and the families was not particularly pleasant at this point.

On a brighter note. My daughters and two grandchildren came over on New Year's Eve for a sleepover. Their parents went out. We had a lot of fun with the grandchildren. Lots of laughter, games, etc. The holidays weren't all bad.

I am sorry to hear Peace that you had such a difficult time. LuckyLou I hope that you start to feel better. NeitherHereNorThere. It sounds like you are being true to yourself and not catering to what other people want. Good for you.


General Discussion / flu shot
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:45:47 pm »
Hi everyone,

I can't seem to decide whether or not to have a flu shot. The health professionals say I should since I have a number of health issues. I am a senior.
I lean towards not having one.
Right now I am sick. I have a cold (dry throat and cough). Also have stomach flu. Frequent trips to bathroom. My head feels fuzzy and I am lethargic. I realize that when you are sick you cannnot have a flu shot.
Some people say that a lot of times the vaccine that the pharmaceutical companies come out with do not address the type of flus that are going around. The flu bug becomes stronger and fights harder against the vaccines.
I don't know if I am making sense.
I have only had a flu shot once. My doctor pushed me into it. Didn't seem to have any side effects.
Anyone have views on whether to get a flu shot. People for and against.


General Discussion / Re: Doctor's believing me
« on: December 20, 2014, 10:23:57 pm »

I am glad that you are safe and that your meds are going to be reviewed and you have support.

I suffer from bipolar II. I have never experienced being high and then low in a very short period of time. I have heard from others that this is possible.

Don't ever give up. It isn't always easy but it is worth it.


General Discussion / Re: Seasons Greetings
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:37:44 am »
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to everyone.  :-*

General Discussion / Re: Holidays and Grief, Stress or other?
« on: December 13, 2014, 12:03:32 am »

I find this time of year stressful too. My husband had his birthday on Dec. 6. It is a difficult day to get through.
I have to be careful not to get too overtired. One day I went Christmas shopping with my daughter until the early afternoon. Actually the business in the stores wasn't bad. After that it was dinner at my house with both my daughters. Then off to a concert in which my granddaughter performed. That was putting too much in one day for me. I should have been smarter. When at my son's afterwards my two grandchildren were acting up. I really yelled at them in front of my family. I felt so bad after. Besides tiredness, my sugar level was down and that works on your emotions.
My husband used to play Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. We miss him so much and that tradition really points that out.
I do celebrate Christmas with my immediate family. For that I am very thankful for.


General Discussion / Re: bad feeling in stomach......
« on: December 04, 2014, 09:24:47 pm »

Sometimes I wish that had asked my parents and in-laws more questions about their past.

My Dad was never very good with us when we were little. He did better with us when we got older. On the whole he was a good father and more affectionate later on. My Mother was very patient and taught us many thinks. Not very demonstrative in the affection department. I was the 4th child. There were six of us. Two older sisters, one older brother and two younger brothers.
All of us kids figured that our Mother had some type of mental illness. I guess that is were I got it from.
What was bad in my family is that my Mother and Father fought a lot. They were not nice to each other. My Mother was mean, held grudges and knew how to push my Dad's buttons. He called her bad names. I used to cry when they fought. Sometimes it was very tense in our family.

My parents came over to Canada from The Netherlands. All us kids were born in Holland except for my younger brother.
My father was the talkative, outgoing one. My mother was shy, anxious and held back.

My parents did not have a lot of money. They both worked hard. They accomplished more in Canada than they would have in Holland.


General Discussion / Re: winter blues
« on: December 03, 2014, 11:13:02 am »

JennyRN70 & CanadianEM, I am not trying to be negative. I used a SAD lamp for a number of years. I got tired of using it so I quit. For me I don't really think it made a difference as to wheter I used it or not.

Jenny I agree with CanadianEm that the sensory rooms sound like a terrific idea. Even going to places outdoors to see nature especially animals. Mountsberg Conservation Area with its rapture birds. If you live near there of course. There are lots of other places I am sure that you might live close to that can be visited. If you like that sort of thing. My husband and I used to like visiting a park where we could see lots of swans, ducks, canadian geese. Have Tim Horton's coffee. Sometimes walk the small trail there. I told my kids I would like them to take me as a birthday present. My birthday is coming up soon.


General Discussion / Re: dermatology/slap the Dr. and others around....LOL
« on: November 26, 2014, 12:20:50 pm »
Peter, I didn't quite understand. Are you seeing a different doctor than the one that does cosmetics for skin? A medical specialist. Is this for a second opinion? That cosmetic (doctor?) sounds fishy to me. Only trying to possibly sell you some cream or expensive product.

I had a problem when I had my sleep study. I had a very slight case of sleep apnea. The doctor wanted me to get a machine so he could make money from it. My kidney specialist told me he was glad that I didn't buy a machine. He said it wasn't needed.

If I am reading right what you said I would be careful.


General Discussion / Re: Touched by Fire
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:04:23 pm »
Paul your story is very inspiring. You are  always a great help to us on the forum.

Dragonfly  :-*

General Discussion / Re: Anybody 50+ with BPD?
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:02:53 pm »
Hi WRW1955 and welcome,

In a month I will be 64. I suffer from bipolar II.

 I am sorry that you are struggling with a number of different issues. That certainly doesn't help.

It is great that you married your partner and will have support from them.

This forum is caring, supportive and non-judgemental. Post as often as you like. It has helped me a great deal. What you have to say is important too. It helps us.


General Discussion / Re: winter blues
« on: November 25, 2014, 11:52:16 am »
Hi CanadianEm!

I am getting more in a routine since my husband passed away three years ago.  I read with every meal. Do crafts in the evening. See my 3 kids, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren and go out with them. That is what I live for. Get support from this forum. Play games on the internet. Research on the internet. Watch a movie if it is good. Make plans for the spring.

I am always afraid when the winter comes that I will go into a deep depression. That is why I am trying to put things in place that I can do.


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