Daily Archives: April 4, 2019

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter D is For Depression, Depressive


Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge

I have chosen to write for the mental health topic. It is very important to me that we support all those with mental health issues and I personally suffer from a good amount of them myself.

Depression or Depressive as in Manic Depressive

The below definition for depression was taken from Wikipedia. To read more click here:

Depression, a state of low mood and aversion to activity, can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, tendencies, feelings, and sense of well-being. Symptoms of the mood disorder is marked by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration and a significant increase/decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping. A great deal of people also have feelings of dejection, hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal tendencies. It can either be short term or long term depending on the severity of the person’s condition.[citation needed] A depressed mood is a normal temporary reaction to life events, such as the loss of a loved one. It is also a symptom of some physical diseases and a side effect of some drugs and medical treatments. Depressed mood may also be a symptom of some mood disorders such as major depressive disorder or dysthymia.[1]

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Depression is a major part of my life. My mania has calmed down due to the mood stabilizer and anti-psychotic, but I am in a major state of depression. I don’t want to do anything and have to constantly push myself to get out of bed and do something. There are lots of things you can do to distract yourself though for me writing is my favorite although there are days when writing just won’t do it.

I have joined a writing group, a book club, play BINGO and hope to start coloring. I have all the supplies I just don’t have the desire. I am behind in my reading. At one point I read several books a day, now I am lucky if I finish the book for the book club and one other. I have renewed this latest one twice already and have half the book left. Not sure if they will renew it another time. I may have to return it and take it out at a different time. They are possibly going to start a book club here where I live and that will be another book to read. If I am not interested in the book it is hard to read it except in dribs and drabs.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Revamping the other blog (where my writing used to go)


I have decided to revamp the blog where my creative writing is. I have a lot of stuff on there that I don’t feel is worthy of what I can do. I wrote a lot of prompt stuff and some of them were just plain silly or even bad so that they fit the prompts.

Some of the stuff I am rewriting  if I feel it is worth it and I am deleting the stuff not worth saving.

The blog is http://www.finallyawriter.com

I know some people are still following that blog and I am getting new followers still so it needs the work. Eventually I will flip over to this one and work on it as well. There is stuff from many years ago that don’t fit anymore and since all my writing work is going on here now instead I need to go through all that as well because there is a limit to the amount of space that can go on these blogs so might as well start cleaning it up so I don’t run out of space.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Life in a senior high rise and currently revamping other (writing) blog


Well some of you may know that one year ago my name came up for a spot on the public housing (subsidized) list. I was terrified as to how I was supposed to live on the pittance the government gives me for disability. I knew I couldn’t get an apartment let alone food and other needs. Well public housing was the answer. The big problem with that is the super long waiting list. Regular housing is 5-10 years. More anxiety. Well the first good news is that the waiting list for seniors and disabled is less than 2 years long and as things work out I qualified for that housing just months before my dad had a stroke and I would have had no home.

Second good thing is that the rent is only 30% of your gross adjusted income. I had, by the powers to be, already filed for bankruptcy, and therefore all bills were gone and that was livable. I have been here for a year now. I was super frugal that first year, but have now decided that even with the ton of medical bills I can have cable TV and Wifi. I am in heaven right now. I may have to lower my tv selections in order to continue, but won’t know until I figure out how things go with the bill for that and my insulin pump bill and supplies are added in. I had money left over each month so barring no car problems (car is a 2006 and does have a lot of non-motor issues) I can do this.

Life here in the senior high rise I ended up in, is not bad. I am on the 6th floor so I have a great view out of my windows. It is not a super small apartment. It is ample room, other than needing a little more storage, but that is because I am a packrat. And it is all just mine, no sharing LOL!

They provide us with activities here. My favorite is art class. We are learning how to paint with a real art teacher and it costs me nothing. They pay all the fees for the teacher and supplies. We have 2 classes per month. Cool!

We have BINGO once a week. That is a small fee for the cards and a 50/50 ticket (which actually just gives 2 of us a chance to win, they  don’t keep any of that).

My kids have been encouraging me not to be a shut-in and to join things so now I have 2 writing groups and definitely one book reading club (maybe 2 if the one for the building comes through). So with all the reading and the writing I do, I have a pretty full calendar when you add in the doctor visits. I occasionally go to Overeaters Anonymous. I was going twice a week, but now with the insulin pump and having to keep track of my carbs, that I don’t go on binges like I used to. Plus fitting in those meetings is hard since they are the same time as my other activities.

And I am starting to revamp my other blog, the writing one. I wrote a lot of stuff to fit crazy prompts and therefore it wasn’t something I would normally write so I am deleting a lot of stuff, plus occasionally rewriting some posts that I still like, but need work.

Dad is still the same, but in the long term care part of the building now. They put him in the non-functioning part though and he is not that bad. We don’t like him in that area as we feel he needs stimulation to keep his brain functioning, but we have done all we could at this point. His house still needs to be sold. He has a reverse mortgage and that needs to be paid off very soon so we need a buyer now.

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

One-Liner Wednesday – (4/3/19)


One-Liner Wednesday – (4/3/19)

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You go to a pain doctor and they seem surprised when you complain about your pain, what gives?

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Rules from Linda G Hill:

Unlike SoCS, this is not a prompt so there’s no need to stick to the same “theme.”

The rules that I’ve made for myself (but don’t always follow) for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our lovely badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

Three Things Challenge: PL49


Three Things Challenge: PL49

Rules from originator:

Welcome to the Three Things Challenge. Every day at 10PM (PST) I will post three seemingly unconnected things that will, hopefully, ignite your muse. You don’t have to use all three things if you don’t want to. There are no restrictions on length, style, genre, or anything. Simply read the prompt, see where your muse takes you, and bring us along for the ride. Use 3TC as a tag if you’d like and link back to this prompt, or post your link in the comments below so others can find you.

Happy Writing! 😀

Today’s prompt: midnight, sweatshirt, application

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It was after midnight and I couldn’t sleep, so snuggled in my sweatshirt and pants I was chatting with the help technician at the cable company that had put in my TV and WiFi. We were talking about my bill. I couldn’t bring their website up on my PC.

“You are going to have to use the application on your cell phone,” the technician said.

“You don’t understand. I am not as smart as my smart phone. I don’t know how to use applications on the phone.”

“No worries, I can walk you through it!”

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