Current Mental Health – October 2019

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It’s been a busy, busy month! We did so much: like continuing physical therapy. My shoulder pain is getting worse. I’m going to make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon very soon, probably after we return from New York in mid-November.

I still continued to wake up between 3-4am, which was a bummer. But for the past week or 2, I’ve mostly been able to sleep through the night, so that’s good. I haven’t paid enough attention though to see if this makes a difference.

The shakes are as bad as ever, but not too bad compared to before. Still hard for me to insert contact lenses, and sometimes (still) insert a crochet hook into a stitch. Also, my hands shake whenever I try to do something like eat. If I pick something up with my fork, you can bet it’ll roll off and not make it to my mouth.

We went to an apple festival! I was so looking forward to this festival that has only been held for 3ish years. I knew they were selling seasonal caramel apples (the kind on a stick), and I get some every year, but at the owner’s store.

I don’t know what I was thinking, but Apple Fest was the most horrible idea ever because anxiety. It was way more crowded than in previous years, and the crowd was going in all directions, some standing in the middle of the street — just stopped where they were, to take pictures! Couldn’t they stand to one side?

In addition, Rudy was with us because we wanted to give him an outing. So not only did we have to navigate through these bodies, we had to make sure Rudy was able to come along instead of stopping at places to smell the smells. Next year I think I’ll stick with my original plan and buy the caramel apples at the store, even if Rudy loves all the smells!

I’m still volunteering, 2 hours once a week. I’ve settled in to volunteering as a helper with the dogs, or to writing thank-you cards to donors. That keeps my volunteering time balanced, in terms of what I’m doing.

We’ve done so much this month, and despite the Apple Fest, had fun. Happy Halloween! πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸ’€


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6 thoughts on “Current Mental Health – October 2019

  1. Well done on the volunteering – that’s great for wellbeing – with regards the outing yeah sounded stressful, but ‘you did it’, as they say nothing ventured nothing gained – you still did it and lived to write the tale – win win πŸ™‚

    1. Win win indeed! I think I’m finally beginning to think of topics to blog about, but I’m taking it slow. It’s great to hear from you, and I wish you and your family well. 😊

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