Posted on 11/11/2011 11:37 AM
I meant to add, I think you are doing wonderfully well with all that has happened. Try not to feel guilty. Of all the emotions, guilt is the most destructive and wasteful. My lovely brother still cannot visit our Mum's grave as he feels guilt for the way he behaved towards her as a young man. He was 60 in September. That's such a long time to carry such an unnecessary burden. Don't be the same way, please.
Posted on 11/11/2011 11:33 AM
Please do take the therapy.
One of my dearest friends has DID, as does her daughter. I went to a conference on it with my friend this year and learned so much about DID, yet I still feel as if I barely scratched the surface of knowledge.
Therapy has quite literally been a lifesaver for my friend, and her daughter is so much happier. Her son doesn't have DID, he is in his last year of sixth form and is headed for one of the top three universities. That wouldn't have happened without the long term therapy that has allowed the family to flourish.
Posted on 11/11/2011 11:25 AM
The ex daughter in law of a friend of mine continually caused electrical appliances to short circuit. They only ever bought dirt cheap stuff as it hardly ever lasted long. She also had to wear a pendant watch as any watch on her wrist would stop within hours, and usually not start again.
Posted on 11/11/2011 11:20 AM
I've just joined, as AndMac, I thought about going back to And, the name I use on many other fora, but I was worried that it might have confused some.
Posted on 04/11/2011 8:21 PM
Make sure that the surface that the suction rail will attach to is mirror-smooth. It won't attach otherwise. I never realised that my shiny tiles were very faintly textured until the grab rail fell off and smashed the integral soap dish. Still not been replaced and looks terrible.
Posted on 04/11/2011 7:57 PM
Our local MIND - best buddy is on the Exec Committee there - has had one hell of a battle to keep going. The town council kicked it out of its premises after they had spent some £40 000 of hard raised cash on the place.
The premises are still empty, incidentally having been earmarked for a project that I stated categorically was doomed before it started, as I have a lot of knowledge in that field. I hoped that would keep MIND in .. no.
MIND now have a drop in running 4 days a week (not Fridays) in an building that is good, but not in the lovely tranquil setting of their first building.
Posted on 04/11/2011 7:48 PM
My son got me an iPhone (4 but not 4S) the other week. It's got free texts and I'm already finding it really valuable for engaging with students who don't bother to read their emails from me. I've got Dragon Dictation, also some fun apps like the virtual dog from Dogs Trust - I sponsor two dogs from them. I am lucky in that I don't have any issues with fine motor skills, I can imagine how frustrating it would be if I did.
Posted on 25/10/2011 6:50 PM
Posted on 24/10/2011 7:28 PM
Thank you Noisyworld! Isn't it fun?! Ripley licks the screen sometimes and just 'smiles' at others, I noticed.
Poor Topov, as I said, we have to feed the snakes separately because the female, who is bigger, has a go at the male. I've never had rats, but apart from fighting gerbils, none of the rodents we've had ever gave us much bother. Your lads are very lucky to have you.
I was very interested in the ethics of breeding your own mice as snake food. Yes, they would have a better life than those bred commercially but having raised gerbils, I think I would find it difficult. Once, with our first snake, who was a lovely gentle yellow rat snake (sorry, LI) the pet shop had run out of mice, so they gave us gerbils. We had them as pets at the time as well. It was a bit odd, to say the least.
Yellow rat snakes are supposed to be bad tempered but ours hadn't read the manual, he was really even - tempered. Massive too, he grew to well over 7ft.
Posted on 24/10/2011 1:15 PM
As posted previously, we have corn snakes. They have been housed together to see how they got on and it worked well, though they have to be fed separately as the larger female (Oscar, previous owner told us it was male) attacks the smaller male at this time. The male is Harri, had him since he was a hatchling and Harri is a gender-neutral name, as it could have been Harriet.
Pedigree are having an Adoption Drive to raise money for homeless doggies. You can raise £1 by clicking on 4 links to take Ripley the dog for a virtual walk. I've raised about £7 so far.
Posted on 24/10/2011 12:57 PM
Whisper it, but I quite enjoy shopping these days.
I have impaired mobility, but no sensory impairments, and I use a stick all the time. I've been given a special dispensation to ride my trike in the local town centre which is great as pushing it is very painful. I can park right outside all the shops.
I shop a lot at Heron Foods (discount freezer shop) where bags are packed for me, and if it's quiet, taken out to the trike and put in the luggage pannier. Even when I only want one or two things, I take a trolley that I can lean on.
Tesco always offer a packing service, but I do my own.
When I bought my PC, it was tied to the trike for me by a helpful Tesco security guy, when I asked him nicely.
Some shops have baskets on wheels if they don't have trolleys, which isn't perfect but is easier for me than managing a stick and basket. .
In major town/city centres, I usually have my 'granny' trolley with me and balance a basket on top of that. I also use a backpack to keep my hands free and a bum bag worn at the front to keep purse and keys (inc. Radar key) close to hand but secure.
Posted on 24/10/2011 12:41 PM
*Coming into existence, emerging.
Posted on 22/10/2011 2:49 PM
Just emailed Lauren.
Posted on 22/10/2011 2:30 PM
Fantastic letter Hurtyback and I'm sorry that I didn't see this thread n time to get my name added . I'd hoped to see some pictures from the Newcastle event, but none are up on BBC Tyne & Wear.
Posted on 22/10/2011 2:12 PM
Lots of mentions on the radio, particularly on Radio 2. I was working from home today but there were rallies in Newcastle and N. Tyneside. At one point it was the second highest story on the Beeb website.
Posted on 16/10/2011 8:15 PM
When I was in Primark in Glasgow I bought a pair of very heavy thick fleece 'boots', not soled, but rather in the style of super heavy socks. The fleece resembles real fleece rather than microfleece. They look extremely warm.
Bedsocks. It's difficult to sleep if your feet are cold. Microfleece socks are softest and best.
Tiger Balm is good and very warming for cold joints.
If you don't have a dishwasher, leave the washing up till morning, to get the benefit of putting cold, stiff hands in warm water.
If you have a recliner, do get your feet up off the floor - especially if you have flooring rather than carpet.
Primark also do snugglie style blankets. The ones that make you look like a member of a suspicious cult, but they do keep you warm.
Layering is good -long T-shirts and vest tops from summer are great under jumpers and tucked in to trousers /skirts.
I don't take baths, but if you do, Martin Lewis suggested leaving the hot water in and the bathroom door open so that the heat can dissipate through the house.
Hot drinks are good too - if you are not a tea or coffee fan or don't have any decaf, and want to sleep later, Oxo is a first class hot drink (well, I like it). Also really good if you have an upset stomach,(or worse), the salt in Oxo helps rehydrate you and tastes a lot nicer than the stuff in sachets.
Posted on 16/10/2011 7:15 PM
Posted on 14/10/2011 5:58 PM
# 472 Nacreous *
* Rare type of cloud. I saw it once, it's incredible.