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Sat, Mar 9 10:57pm · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

I'm Betty, I truly do not know how anyone copes with Chronic Pain. I have been in constant pain for several weeks due to a bulging disc and nothing seems to help. Also developed a UTI. Have appointment for another spinal injection Monday. Hoping it will help again for a long while. I'm about ready to agree to surgery, but it scares me. I'm 87.

Nov 26, 2018 · The Journey of Grieving in Mental Health

Got in an alone day, but went shopping to look for a couple of curtain rods. Found them and also bought a neat little bench with storage room. Also stopped at Subway and had a sandwich. I visited the outdoor shop of Lowe's and it was great smelling the Christmas trees and seeing the joy of young families. The Poinsettias are beautiful. Came home, walked Wally and then we went to bed early and watched a couple of Christmas movies. What would I do without my Wally? A pet is so much comfort. Hope all have a good day. I'm headed to a doctor's appointment for a regular checkup. Life goes on.

Nov 24, 2018 · The Journey of Grieving in Mental Health

Today, my alone trip didn't work out and that was OK. When I went to the post office, I met a friend who doesn't like to go to the dining room alone, so I joined her for lunch. Then she wanted to know what I had planned for today. Actually I had taken Ben's clothes from our closet and they were in the back of my SUV. I was planning to take them to The Salvation Army and she asked if she could go with me. What could I say? After taking them, we went and bought two patio chairs for my apartment and some Pansies for her to plant at hers. Actually, she brightened my day and made my difficult task easier.

Nov 24, 2018 · The Journey of Grieving in Mental Health

Yesterday I did well because I stayed busy. However, last night wasn't too great. I could not sleep. I tried watching TV, put Lavender essential oil drops into my diffuser, got back up, played Backgammon on my laptop. The thoughts would not slow down. I had flashbacks of his last days when I felt so helpless and afraid. It is still hard for me to accept this as real. My mind knows he died, but my feelings still won't turn loose. I'm feeling OK this morning and planning to get a few things done. It's hard for me to imagine my life without him. I just want to be alone today. I know this isn't good, but sometimes you grow weary of pretending. I don't want to cause others around me to feel badly. This is a special season of joy.

Nov 23, 2018 · The Journey of Grieving in Mental Health

Thanks to each of you who replied. In answer to one question, yes we used to camp and hike and loved it. In answer to another remark. I don't think any of us should place a time limit on grieving. Also, grieving takes many forms and we use many different ways to live with it.
For me, I just seem to be sad unless I stay busy. Sometimes I feel I am running away from my grief by my constant going until I wear myself out. I went back to church for the first time since he died last Sunday. I went to a new church because I didn't want anyone to say anything to me about my loss. I am fragile right now and cry easily. I will probably be changing churches because the new one (for me) is located here in the new community where I'm now living. However, I do miss my old friends, but this is a good time for me to make a change. Yesterday I did enjoy eating with new friends in our dining room. I did not realize how much effort that took for me. I was exhausted when I came home and took a long nap. I shed tears last night, but that is alright, it is a release for me. I bought myself a new printer for my laptop last Wednesday and plan to see if I can get it connected and running this morning. Then I will go again to the dining room for lunch and to meet still more new friends. 🙂
I hope each of you find a way this day to be strong as you travel this journey of grief. God is good and He will never leave us. This I believe with all my heart.

Nov 22, 2018 · The Journey of Grieving in Mental Health

Traveling the road of grief is never easy. I lost my husband of 62 years 10/6/18. This is my first Thanksgiving without him. I'm fortunate that I have moved into a retirement community and will be able to eat with new friends in our beautiful dining room. I have a lot to be thankful for today even though I miss him and will love him forever. God gives me strength each moment to take the next step. I will be here to discuss my daily journey. If you are grieving for a loss in your life, please join me. Thank you.

Jul 2, 2018 · Don't Want To Be a Complainer in Chronic Pain

Neuropathy can torture your feet or any other part of your body where located. I only have a mild form, but still experience the burning and needle like shooting pains. You're right, if we keep quiet, others forget we have a problem. I definitely am not a martyr :).

Jul 2, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Brightwings, you are an inspiration. I totally believe when we choose to make God first in our lives, we can expect miracles. May your future adventures be awesome. You are a strong woman because you know where your strength comes from.