Tuesday, 23 April 2013

My tips for fighting depression

Yep even I get depressed. I am normally the type of guy who's glass is always half full. But every so often even I feel things are getting  a bit much. Now I can only speak for myself but over the years I have developed some coping mechanisms to overcome the black dog of depression. I am lucky I am able to get on with life as I take some little tablets prescribed by my doctor. So I would recommend that you first of all you seek the help of your own doctor. Tell him or her how you are feeling , and be truthful don't try and trivialize things, if you are feeling you cant cope and are distant from things tell the doctor they cant help unless you tell them exactly how you feel.
Don't get stressed! I can almost hear you screaming at the computer "DONT GET STRESSED ITS OK FOR HIM HE DONT KNOW WHAT I COPE WITH" Nope I dont and I dont care, I have enough of my own problems to take care of to worry about YOUR PROBLEMS. My number one tip is dont take on the worlds problems. If you cant change it dont worry about it. I dont like lots of things going on in the world, Syria  Afghanistan etc. etc. Politics at home local councils and that is without getting down to your own friends and family. You can be concerned but dont loose any sleep you need all of your energy to keep going.. And smile! They say that Laughter is the best medicine and it is true, a smile speaks a thousand words. I have more than my fair share of problems to cope with and I must admit I have been down the black slough of despond and sat in a darkened room with thoughts I would not like to admit too. That is a spiral that is self fulfilling you think bad thoughts and hey bad things happen, the smallest problem blows itself up into a huge demon when you  are in a dark place. So  think happy things. I have a place I go when I feel depressed I say go but I dont leave the room I go there in my head, my place is somewhere I used to spend time as a child. It is a small wooded clearing over looking a meadow with primroses and flowers and cool shade and strong sunshine. My place takes me back to my childhood home and happiness. It is a place where I can dispel any dark thoughts. So smile laugh and be happy and if you like me take any prescription drugs for depression keep taking them, no amount of happy thoughts can do the work of tablets prescribed by your GP. I WILL ALWAYS RECOMMEND SEEING YOUR DOCTOR FOR DEPRESSION. Yep my thoughts on depression are in no way backed up by clinical studies they are my own views. Smile and be happy. 

Monday, 15 April 2013

I spoke too soon

Hmmmm that will teach me. One step forward and two steps back. I managed to stay up on Saturday and got to bed ok, but Sunday went missing I never managed to even get outta bed at all. YepI over did it. The moral to this story is know your limitations, you would think after twenty years of MS would have enabled me to know how to judge my capabilities but NAH. I am still the same as ever, I dont know when to give in and yesterday was payback time, hey ho ya cant win em all.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Up out of bed and dressed

For the first time in over two weeks I am downstairs! The feeling of being dressed and sitting here is fan blooming tastic. The only downside has been BT internet not working and a call to India to speak to an adviser. But it is all back and working and I have even made a reservation at Argos. So it seems that the new antibiotics are working, two weeks of being hardly able to stand has left me weaker that usual so back to the exercise regime with renewed vigor. I spoke with the MS nurse on Friday and she was about to take some leave and will be back in contact next week but I am fixed, my GP did a good job. Back downstairs but the TV has the same rubbish on it, someone cooking fish heads at the moment. At least Nigel Slater has finished, I like his recipes but his voice drives me mad. Right that is enough from me for now my war with my MS  may  not be over but at least it seems I have won the latest battle, fingers crossed. Hope the stairlift gets me back up stairs.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Invaded by excited boys

My peace has been shattered! Three excited boys have raided us with stories about their trip to feed the lambs. They have all been to Dover for one last treat before going back to school next week. The piccies are all on phones at the moment so maybe I will get some and post them but I am sure you know what a lamb looks like.

Monday, 8 April 2013

I have not been well

Ten days in bed may sound like a dream to some but having endured  a prolonged spell confined to bed I am about to go stir crazy. I am feeling a lot better but think I will stay put today just to be on the safe side.  It all started with a urine infection, now I am a past master of coping with them and even have a supply of tablets ready for use when one strikes. And strike this one did with my MS I am used to spasticity but when I get an infection it takes on a whole new meaning, I go rigid unable to bend my legs and unable to walk. I have in the past been put in a wheelchair with my legs sticking straight out it looked comical but was far from funny. So I am in my 12th day in bed and I am feeling much better so hopefully I might get up for a while later and even venture downstairs this evening but for now it is more sleep. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz