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Cafe / Re: The Dog got Stung by a Wasp!
« Last post by ditchdwellers on 09 Aug 2022 11:40AM »
Benji, sleeping it off!

Welfare Rights / Re: How to Fill in a PIP Review Form
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on 09 Aug 2022 10:24AM »
Aargh, psychiatry and diagnosis...

Psychiatry went all American manual, category, sub-category, box-tick yonks ago, and there's an aspect I hate...

Let's say the psychiatrist suspects that the correct label for your problems is Oucher Syndrome.  The diagnostic manual has some meaningless blurb to describe it followed by 8 criteria.  If you meet 5, they stick the label on you, and if not, they go rummaging for a different label.

Bingo, the psychiatrist can five 5 boxes to tick, so you've got Oucher Syndrome.  Now every time you encounter a psychiatrist, a psychiatric nurse, or anyone else that knows or thinks they know what Oucher Syndrome is, you'll be treated as if you meet all 8 criteria.

In my case, with bipolar disorder, that caused immense problems, immense harm.

To give an example, not the most damaging long-term, but the easiest to describe.  You've all noticed how long-winded and explanatory I am.  It's nothing to what I'm like when I'm being 'assessed' or 'judged'.  I go into full-on defend & excuse myself mode.  I do it most when I'm most depressed, and when life experiences are getting to me most, particularly when people have been horrid to me (I don't mean everyday disagreements, I mean serious stuff).  But talkativeness and going off on tangents registers with mental health professionals as manic, so for years when I hit rock bottom emotionally, the psychiatrists would hit me with anti-manic lower-the-mood zombie-the-patient pills, making my mood even worse and leaving me less able to get myself out of whatever horrible life situation was depressing and stressing me.

And that happens with so many conditions.  I'm not saying it doesn't happen with physical conditions - far from it - just that it's a really nasty aspect of psychiatry.
Cafe / Re: The Dog got Stung by a Wasp!
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on 08 Aug 2022 09:29PM »
Doesn't a relatively small amount of water go an awfully long way when it's spilt....

I know they have their function in nature, but wasps are 'orrible things.  Glad your Benji's over his unpleasant surprise with all your TLC, anyway!
Welfare Rights / Re: How to Fill in a PIP Review Form
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on 08 Aug 2022 09:17PM »
Monic - thank you for your good wishes and I think dark humour is often the best way to deal with these sorts of things (though don't tell the PIP decision makers that we dare to have a laugh, it might be interpreted as 'learning to manage one's condition'  :f_winkeye: )

Sunny and DD, totally get what you're saying about overlaps;  I was once told by a psychiatrist that I 'had a bit of everything'  :f_laugh:

No text yet to confirm receipt of form, but I did only post it last Thursday, so we shall see!
Cafe / Re: The Dog got Stung by a Wasp!
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on 08 Aug 2022 10:05AM »
That's devoted dog-caring, well done, DD!

I can't compare with tea, but in the night I did a harmless (no stains) silly.  I had a blanket over my duvet (thyroid) but the heat tipped over into no-blanket, so I tossed the blanket off.  My bed isn't up against a wall and I tossed it on the non-bedside-table side.  Over the years, I must have done that hundreds and hundreds of times.  For the first time ever, I misjudged it and knocked the mug of water off my bedside table.

No harm done because it's just water, but I keep a pillbox with a week's thyroid tablets next to the water.  They're sodden.  Fortunately, I'm not short of them and by some miracle there was a non-dissolved one at the end to take this morning.

But if it had been tea, I'd have been anxiously looking for stains.

As for the hand - you'll have to get your dog to lick it better or something.
Cafe / The Dog got Stung by a Wasp!
« Last post by ditchdwellers on 07 Aug 2022 01:53PM »
Poor Benji.

Out for his morning constitutional and a nasty wasp stung him on his paw. He held his paw out so my husband could remove the wasp, and the poor dog limped home on three legs.

He was so distressed. We tried to put ice on it but he was having none of it. He was pacing about until he finally came to me and I managed to calm him down through gently stroking him. Eventually he got fed up with sitting on the floor and went to the sofa. I moved from my chair to the sofa to continue stroking him where every time I tried to drink my cup of tea he would nudge my elbow in protest at the momentary stroke stoppage! :f_laugh:

Tea went everywhere!
But as long as the dog was alright, that's all that matters!

He's now fully recovered and no longer limping. My hand, however, is still suffering from the excessive stroking.
Talk / Re: Fiz
« Last post by ally on 05 Aug 2022 03:30PM »
she helped me understand different disabilities to my own.  I learnt a lot from her.  I’ll miss her contributions on here.  She always answered posts sincerely, and, with insight.  I hope she’s at peace now.  :f_peacedove:
Talk / Re: Fiz
« Last post by Monic1511 on 05 Aug 2022 01:51PM »
I too will miss Fiz and find that the board if quieter without her.
Condolences to her family  :f_peacedove:
Talk / Re: Fiz
« Last post by independentgirl84 on 05 Aug 2022 10:51AM »
Very sad news. May she rest in peace xx
Welfare Rights / Re: How to Fill in a PIP Review Form
« Last post by ditchdwellers on 04 Aug 2022 10:13AM »
You raise some interesting points Sunny.

I wrote on my application how having multiple conditions compounds the effects of each of them so that the overall result is greater than perhaps imagined if each condition was considered in isolation to the others.

Sometimes, I don't think people understand how hard it is to manage conflicting symptoms and side effects of medications.
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