Saturday, March 29, 2014

Helping Others

I have been doing some internet research regarding some tricks of the trade to get through being wheelchair bound for weeks, until I can start to bear weight on this silly ankle, or at least get around on a knee scooter. Which by the way is a great invention, but the fine print is that you cannot use one of those until a certain healing point. Like, you cannot be having side-effects due to pain meds in the form of dizziness, or shakiness. You'll fall flat off that little scooter and be in a world of hurt. So depending on your break and what measures they need to take to put you back together again, your resources can be extremely limited.

During my internet time, I was visiting my Google+ page, and a poster there had this to share with everyone...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Caramel yearning for the outdoors!

I want to take a moment and discuss the skill of distraction.

How do you know when you should use the distraction skill?

What are the benefits of distraction?

What are some good ideas to use as distraction?

When has distraction moved into the space of avoidance?

These are excellent questions that I have heard and at times asked myself.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Overcoming obstacles

My youngest monkeys

OK, so a week ago this past Saturday I broke my ankle in two places and damaged the ligament. Last Wednesday I went in for surgery to have the bones set, and held with pins and plates, and have the ligament re-positioned and held by pins.


I'm not gonna lie, it was painful, and if I am not careful about my pain meds routine, it still will be painful!

Next week I get my cast on. Starting from that point, I will be able to do more things as it relates to getting around. As it is now, I have to keep on a strict regimen of elevating and icing the ankle. Obviously, I cannot be out of bed for very long periods of time and bearing weight on the injury is an absolute no-no for 3 months. Sounds wonderful doesn't it?

Well, since this is an unexpected turn of events that has the potential to throw me in a tail-spin on a mental health level, it is my cue to set up antecedents to prevent a melt down. I have spoken quite a bit about responsibilities and our mental illness and I wanted to take this opportunity to use this experience as a way to see responsibility in action. Hopefully, this idea of mine will not only help keep me mentally healthy, but it will help my peers who struggle with similar situations to see that no one is perfect, we all break down at times and we all can be successful in living a life over and above the mental illness.

My plan...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Winter is on its way out!

Greetings, one and all! Whoa! I need to thank those that stick around with me through the winters. It has been sunny and beautiful in my neck of the woods for the last three days now and I am feeling the daze of the dark and gloomy winter melting off.

We will resume Sunday chats for all that are interested this Sunday, March 16th, 2014 @ 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.