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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 / Re: brother with dementia/alzheimers....
« on: September 20, 2019, 02:23:53 am »
During another visit, he asked me and my brother's widow how long we've been in Canada!

Not that alarming....that's to be expected.

He may not be aware of what his tv remote is for.....may not know how to use it.

I get the impression he may not know what a telephone is for....I could be wrong.


Looking on the bright side, he's much less disabled looking than a lot of people on his floor...that is, he's walking around, curious...
Lots of other residents on this floor are really hunched over/stationary.

I have a lot of experience with relatives in nursing homes.

General Discussion / Re: Struggling to explain
« on: September 20, 2019, 02:18:54 am »
Hi, momfeelinglost....

So true!

I know saying nothing is an option but I am of the thought that mental illness needs to be brought into the light of everyday people that it is a complicated illness and that every human deserves the best treatment available and at the fastest timeline wait lists are not acceptable.

I've always said that people will think mental illness isn't so "weird" or whatever if more celebrities and athletes admit that they have problems....this will reduce the stigma.


General Discussion / Re: Ever had b bugs in your place?
« on: September 07, 2019, 08:22:40 pm »
Going through it again.

There are precautions I can take, like putting clothes in sealed bags....


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 / Re: Ever had b bugs in your place?
« on: July 30, 2019, 02:53:10 am »
Off topic - a good thing about online forums is that I can go back in the past to see how I felt, when things a certain kind of bugs. >:( 
Didn't think I saw them more than a month ago, June 24.


General Discussion / Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
« on: July 30, 2019, 02:49:56 am »
I've seen guys in handcuffs more than 5 times......but not lately, except for the other day.

Haven't hardly been to Emergency in ages, but when my parents were around......went a fair number of times.


Which reminds me - I live in a senior's (sp.) building, but haven't seen ambulances taking people so often.....seldom, which is nice.

Also, unlike other high rises, no false fire alarms with fire trucks showing up for nothing....  That's semi common in other buildings.

General Discussion / Re: Not procrastinating as much....
« on: July 30, 2019, 02:44:44 am »
Hi, guys.....Maybe a person could ease into it?

Chair yoga first?

Don't know much about chair yoga, though.


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 / Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
« on: July 22, 2019, 02:11:37 am »
Went to Emergency at St. Mikes.....a lot more blood droplets on my bandage than usual.

Dr. said to not worry about it.

Just my luck - when I get to hospital, almost no blood.....but I showed him the previous bandage.

Of course, St. Mike's Emergency is a "zoo."....lots of security.....there was a guy in handcuffs.... :-[

I've seen guys in handcuffs in Emergency (other hospitals too) a few times.


Taking a while to heal completely!

General Discussion / Re: Ever had b bugs in your place?
« on: June 24, 2019, 02:57:27 am »
I hadn't seen one in months >:(.  Saw one the other day....I killed it.

Got home Saturday, and there were hundreds on my sheets and comforter.....and dark stains, which turn out to be their poo.  Yuck.

I think I got most of them...a lot of them.

I'll tell my bldg management in a few days.


I was shocked!  Also, none (that I saw) for ages, then I see a zillion on one day.

General Discussion / Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
« on: June 19, 2019, 12:15:36 am »
I celebrated No More Stitches with a giant bowl of blueberries!


General Discussion / Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
« on: June 18, 2019, 02:33:37 pm »
Thanks, Dragonfly!

Went to plastic surgeon yesterday.  She took out my stitches - no more surgery!   :D (but there's the odd loose end which is too technical for me)

I have to be careful with my shoulder, and should be able to exercise in a couple of weeks.

Re the fungus (?) on my legs, the prescription cream stops working after two weeks, so I stopped it.  Not sure if it helped.  This dermatologist is in Europe for 3 weeks, and maybe hasn't even seen the biopsy the nurse took.  Maybe I need an oral antibiotic if it's a fungus?

I see her next week.


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 / Re: Plastic surgery, plantar fasciitis
« on: May 03, 2019, 02:46:36 am »
Saw the plastic surgeon today.  She has to "make an even bigger hole" than my current one with 3 stitches on my shoulder.  I have basal cell cancer according to the biopsy.

All these years (I was told.....25 years ago or so) that I had melanoma on my face (tiny spots) and shoulder........  I have basal cell cancer on my shoulder.

It turns out basal cell cancer is common, and the least (?) dangerous type of skin cancer.  The plastic surgeon said that if my shoulder was untreated, not much negative would happen - it's rarely fatal.

I count my blessings - my treatment is outpatient, none of this hurts, is covered by OHIP, very little blood.  But I am in shock somewhat.  That'll go away.


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