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Autoimmune diseases, Blood disorders, Bone, joint, and muscle disorders, Chronic pain, Healthy Aging, Healthy Living, Immune disorders, Kidney and urinary tract disorders, Mental health disorders, Other

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5 hours ago · Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More in Just Want to Talk

@hopeful33250 Yep, Theresa, between kidney disease, fibro, and gout, it's good I like apples and oatmeal. Once in a while I have something I know I shouldn't, knowing I will pay for it the next day or two. But it tastes so good!

10 hours ago · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

Today I am grateful for the liquid sunshine that is heralding the first day of Spring! I am disappointed that the clouds may still be covering the sky so I won't be able to see the official supermoon tonight. But I was able to see the moon setting this morning at 4:30. Does that count? I am also grateful for the energy that the cats show from time to time, reminding me that yes I need to get off the couch and move too.

16 hours ago · Selfharm in Mental Health

@mia001 Please be gentle with yourself. I feel bad that the psychiatrist you saw yesterday seemed to be so dismissive. As we go through on our journey in feelings of hopelessness and depression, our emotions are very raw and any little thing can be a trigger. Remember that every day the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. How we choose to address each day is our choice and it never is easy. Like @parus has said, being able to talk to somebody and get your secrets out will help so much. The person you see twice a month needs to understand what you are going through in order for your therapy there to be effective and for them to be able to help you. Please don't shut them out; they can be a very valuable tool for you! We're glad that you're here at Mayo Connect and we certainly will offer support and relate our experiences. What can you tell us [when you're comfortable] about your family/social situation? Do you have family or friends that you can confide in that understand the angst that you must feel going through this? Well I have never done self-harm by cutting I believe there are several forms of self-harm including addictions of all sorts. Getting a grasp on what is the underlying cause to hopelessness and depression is a never-ending challenge for each of us and I challenge each of us to continue the fight!

17 hours ago · Fibromyalgia in Chronic Pain

@lioness Just the opposite of selective hearing, I hear everything, and can follow several conversations at once. Guess that's why I was a good dispatcher. Calming down usually involves becoming very quiet for me rather than even having soft music on. The good thing is that I know what works for me just that I have to avail myself to it.

17 hours ago · CBD oil and depression/anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

@sirgalahad Thank you for asking. I am grateful for each day to be here. Some days are a real struggle physically and mentally, other days they seem to go easier. Right now I am doing a lot to keep busy and have to back off on some of my commitments. When I look at the calendar and see so much going on I know I may be trying to run away from something and not focus on things that need attention. It's like I've set myself up for failure in a way but nothing tremendous. I'm glad to have that insight to look at it but it is just it disappoints me, too. Seems I haven't learned all my lessons yet. You're right about essential oils – the sense of smell is so powerful.

1 day ago · Fibromyalgia in Chronic Pain

@parus The training is in Providence, RI. Long way from home as I am in Coastal California. I will be trying to bank my energy, but as we all know that's not really possible to do. Since it is a Friday night red eye out of here I'll be able to rest hopefully. But I haven't done any flying for almost 15 years. Imagining that I will have to talk myself down from stress. I have a booked a room to myself so that I can escape the pressures of groups and noise in order to relax and regroup. Being on the spectrum is not easy for me to take tackle this training.

1 day ago · Gratitude Discussion Group in Just Want to Talk

@parus good for you! Just like you, some of the residents may have days that they feel better than other days so I know that you will be taking that into consideration also. Today my knee is acting up regardless of things I've taken to help alleviate it. I guess racking my side of my hand against the desk was a subconscious way of getting my pain to refocus LOL

1 day ago · Blood Donation, whole blood, Platelets, Red Cells, Plasma in Heart & Blood Health

@jakedduck1 I know that you did not imply what you thought I heard. I know from experience that sometimes people will pigeonhole themselves thinking this is all they can do and not think outside that pigeonhole or box so to speak. They need to understand that there are so many ways to be helpful to others. It seems like in this day and age there are simply people who are so so blinded by things that they can't seem to be creative in the process of thinking of ways to be of service. I don't know if any of this makes any sense to you and I think I'm probably just really rambling now. My apologies mid-afternoon slope of energy.