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Post by Narrowminded on Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:21 am

Sending hugs.

I don’t feel you were over reacting to the broken figurine. Its one of the only things that is “yours”.

I agree, getting to a new place may very well help you settle.
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Post by The Walrus on Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:16 pm

Monday morning here and I'm starting off with a much better mood. Working on Thursday and Friday greatly helped, and things went pretty smoothly at work, which also greatly helped. We did not go for a paddle this weekend, and much as I enjoy the kayak, I (major sissy moment coming up) I'm not sure that I'm up to the highly strenuous physical activity that is required. We go with a group that is into long sea journeys - 20 kilometres or more, open ocean. We always run into serious chop and wind at some point. One thing about sea kayaking - there is no try, there is only do. You simply have to complete the trip. Short of calling the coast guard, there is no way out other than to just keep paddling no matter how exhausted you feel. Dream has been very worn out after our last few paddles as well, and we have talked about ways of shortening our journey and still being part of the group. I have to wonder if the extreme tiredness affected my mood/serotonin/dopamine etc. I enjoyed it at the time, but I have to wonder if it is harmful in ways I don't fully understand.

Anyway, the tears are gone and I am going happily about the business of daily life. I have to admit I am enjoying the part-time work lifestyle, having days and days of leisure to fill with enjoyable activities liking walking along the harborside, relaxed lunches, browsing at the library. I am starting a permanent job search, however, and today I have a couple of positions to apply for, so I have to work on a cover letter. Luckily I have a resume ready to go, although a bit of tweaking is necessary. Also I am going to work through some Office tutorials that are provided free from the library and are also very good. My Word is pretty good but my Excel and Power Point need a shot in the arm.

Food is all good. Lots of eggs. This morning I made a strata from some stale buckwheat crackers, eggs, tomatoes, sriracha, feta. Very, very good. I had planned to eat half for breakfast and the other half at lunchtime, but you know how that goes...

Also sending off for some L-theanine - I think that is just the ticket for my sleeping difficulties. No trouble at all going to sleep, but staying asleep is another matter. And everything I have read about L-theanine is positive. Also I am going to start taking galantamine again - I was taking it regularly until Oz and the disruption to my schedule. I need to get back on a regular supplementation schedule.

Exercise is no problem! Dream is so active on a daily basis, and very supportive of any of my efforts. I have stuck with the XBX RCAF program and like it more all of the time, which is a good sign in any exercise program. As I've become more proficient and learned the sequence, I am using a combination of time and number of reps to complete the workout. Rather than sticking to the chart, I do as many of the exercises as I can in the designated time, and I do the versions that are challenging but not too challenging regardless of which chart they are on. The maker of the chart has a very dim view of physical prowess after the age of 50! If I stuck with that, I would never get beyond Chart 1 Level 11. On the other hand, it is nice to have a fallback, and keeping the workout time to 12 minutes will ensure my continued compliance as there are no excuses for not doing a 12 minute workout short of being in a body cast. I'm surprised at how effective it is at maintaining a decent level of fitness, along with my daily long walks up and down steep hills (Dream's house is in a monstrously hilly area.).

So - no tears for a few days, lots of good food, lots of physical activity. I'm going to check out a yoga class this evening and hopefully I will like it. It is led by a male - never had a male yoga instructor before.


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Post by Lovebird on Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:00 am

Good luck with the job hunt. It sounds like they won't be happy to see you go though... Congrats on keeping movement/play/food a priority and for making things work for the both of you by talking thru whatever comes up. There has to be room for tears as you've made a major shift in your life, and having a place that's just yours and Dream's will undoubtedly make some things easier. Missing parts of your former life is normal though... as happy as you are to live with him. Like with the cats, you'll always miss them, even though you know they are well taken care off where they are now.

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Post by Narrowminded on Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:25 am

TW sounds like a really good weekend for you. I’m happy that things are slowly starting to fall into place and that you have had the necessary discussions as the come up.

Good luck with the job hunt. Hopefully just what you need will come about.
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Post by Pedidoc on Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:51 am

While I'm glad you feel ready to job hunt, make sure what you take is what you want. In your previous spot you worked 12 hour shifts which gave you more than two days off, similar to you part time one now. It is hard going to 5 days of work, speaking from experience.
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Post by Meant2Move on Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:16 pm

The Walrus wrote:One thing about sea kayaking - there is no try, there is only do. You simply have to complete the trip. Short of calling the coast guard, there is no way out other than to just keep paddling no matter how exhausted you feel. Dream has been very worn out after our last few paddles as well, and we have talked about ways of shortening our journey and still being part of the group. I have to wonder if the extreme tiredness affected my mood/serotonin/dopamine etc. I enjoyed it at the time, but I have to wonder if it is harmful in ways I don't fully understand.

This jumped right out at me.  Having done a great deal of hard endurance stuff, be it kayaking, hiking, or anything else, I can say YES, being that physically tired absolutely does things to your brain chemistry.  After our annual R2R2R I have to be particularly mindful of mood swings, depressive episodes, and general irrational behaviors. I make it a point to take in extra fermented foods and do not skip on some of the amino acid supplements that aid neurotransmitter production.

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So pleased to read that things are generally going well!
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Post by The Walrus on Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:01 pm

Been a while since I posted - it's hard to find time!  Things are going pretty well.  I found a reasonably priced yoga class to attend, and I'm really enjoying that, and I did Aqua Zumba in a sandy bottom salt water pool in the dark with bats flying overhead.  That was fun!  And pretty unusual!

Had one bad day and one minor episode (a mini tantrum) but I'm keeping it real. Food is all good. STEAK. Leafy stuff.
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Post by perennialpam on Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:33 am

The Aqua Zumba sounds interesting. I hear people in the US are also making their pools saltwater.

Glad you are keeping active; pretty much makes you happy as you have always been so active.

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Post by The Walrus on Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:13 pm

Lots to report, but no time! All good though!

Work: Good - filled in for co-worker, a full week
Food: Camel milk! Fresh camel milk!
Sleep: L-theanine - great stuff
Dream: Very Happy
Weather: Not as hot, moving into the best time of year

Hope everyone is well Cool
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Post by Greensprout on Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:47 am

Camel milk....when I was deployed 10 years ago to the desert, we went through a staging base just outside of Dubai. On the drive from the city to the base, we passed a camel processing plant, with the most amusing neon sign on the building...”It’s Camelicious”! Makes me giggle every time I remember it. Truly in the midst of the desert, and weirdly funny. I have no idea if I ate camel while deployed, but there was a lot of dubious quality protein stew like dishes, sometimes disguised as curries.
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Post by Narrowminded on Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:16 am

Happy to hear you are busy and finding some good exercise options. Have fun
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Post by Pedidoc on Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:28 am

Thanks for checking in. Glad all is going well and you are happy.
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Post by The Walrus on Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:30 pm

Here is the camel farm: Summerland Camels

We are pretty taken by the project - Australia has many, many, many wild camels, and the farm is taming them and using their milk. They are very proud of their humane methods and treatment of the animals, and they are very friendly and can be handled even by children. So cool that instead of just killing them they are being managed in a win-win manner.

I've been drinking half camel milk and half cold coffee in the AM - mmmmmmm. Camel milk is not sweet at all - it contains no lactose, virtually no natural sugar. Since I can't stand anything sweet in coffee this works well for me. Very rich and creamy. Taste is actually somewhat bland, nothing like goat milk. I bought a bar of soap and am pleased to find that it lathers up into a very thick plush cream - almost like hand cream. Of course it rinses off nicely and leaves my skin soft. So far no adverse reactions to either the soap or the milk. The milk is quite nutritious so you might imagine, Omega 3, vitamins, etc.

After reading Ontario's post about L-theanine I purchased some and am very pleased with the result. After three nights I can say my sleep is very much improved. I'm considering taking it during the day, but I will give it a few weeks of night time use first. I drink tea, but supplementation gives you about the same amount as drinking 5-6 cups of very strong tea, not something you would down rapidly.
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Post by Narrowminded on Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:22 pm

TW I’m happy to hear you are finding products and foods that work well for you. I’m sure so many changes make it tough sometimes, so it’s nice when something new works.

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Post by The Walrus on Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:11 pm

Well. It's not the worst thing that could happen, but still it sucks mightly. On Monday night we were walking the dogs, I had the old slow cranky one. He saw an Alsatian, a dog he hates on principle, and lunged at it, taking me down. I fell squarely on my wrist. And so here I am with a colle fracture and crush injury, my right wrist of course!

This is fairly devastating because I cannot drive and I cannot work. I have no sick leave at my new job, strictly casual, so in addition to leaving them in the lurch I have no income!

I have broken bones before, including my left wrist some decades ago, but nothing caused pain like this, I was nearly out of my mind with pain. I will always remember the feeling when the doctor, after preparing my arm, shot in the local and blissful numbness stole up my arm - practically a religious experience. He set it without incident and I will see an orthopedic surgeon next week. Pretty good chance I will need surgery.

Presently I am down for the count, just a waiting game for at least the first 48 hours, hoping the swelling reduces a bit. I can’t move around much and my arm needs to be up on a pillow or strapped to my chest. And yes, Dream is terrific. He feels responsible and he has been doing the majority of the housework anyway.. The pain is still annoying but not terrible. The itching...that’s another story.
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Post by The Walrus on Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:49 pm

Amazing how quickly one can go from independent happy new- life-building adult to invalid! Keeps one humble.

I just dismantled a wire coat hanger for itch relief - aaaaahhhhhh. Yes, I know I am not supposed to do this. I’m being very careful.
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Post by The Walrus on Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:19 pm

I’m in no mood for a debate about socialized medicine, but I very much want to give credit where it is due. The public hospital that Dream took me to provided exceptional care, I can’t say enough about it. The facilities are clean and modern, the staff highly skilled, the doctor who set my arm was nothing short of magnificent. And it was free, as will be my follow up care.
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Post by Vh67 on Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:29 pm

I am so sorry to hear your broken wrist! I am glad you are getting excellent care!
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Post by The Walrus on Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:17 pm

GRATITUDE

No better time to practice gratitude than when one is inclined to feel sorry for oneself.

I am grateful for having a loving and capable partner who will support me through this. I've had it the opposite way, so I am extra grateful.

I am grateful for the outstanding care I have received, and will continue to receive. Not so long ago this injury would have meant permanent disability at best - at worst a slow agonising death. (Yes, people died of broken bones in the past.)

I am grateful that the weather has turned and we have enjoyed cooler, dryer conditions that are comfortable for a person sporting a cast! Smile

In one's life, one often has the opportunity to give. Now I have the opportunity to receive.
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Post by Pedidoc on Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:40 pm

So sorry about your wrist. I am glad you are getting excellent care. Take it easy and heal.
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Post by Meant2Move on Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:54 pm

Ohhhh! Dang. So sorry for your discomfort and potential surgery. So glad you are getting outstanding medical care. I wish we could see the sense of such!

Good for you for your sensible approach and for seeing the positives - that can be hard to do.
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Post by The Walrus on Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:45 pm

Received a call from the hospital asking how I doing and setting up a specialist appointment.  Again, very grateful and impressed!

hand is very, very swollen but as explained to me this normal.  Also the cast is open on the back, allowing for expansion.

Took some l-theanine this morning. need all the calm I can get!

Dream is working today, but he prepared both brekkie and lunch before he left.  He is a very good man. sunny
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Post by The Walrus on Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:51 pm

This not a photo of my own hand, but it is so similar that it gave a start when I saw it.  Ow.


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Post by Pedidoc on Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:20 pm

No pic yet. I can imagine. Trust TW to do it "well!" Glad Dream is taking care of you.
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Post by Narrowminded on Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:06 am

TW I am so very sorry for your broken wrist, however I am thrilled with the care you seem to be receiving.

It really takes someone with experience in another medical system to give an honest review of something different.

I hope that things continue well with the ongoing treatment and that your surgery, if needed, will proceed quickly so you can heal.

Happy too that Dream is being a dream about helping you while you are laid up.
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