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Re: Feather by the sea.

Post by Feather on 10th October 2016, 21:23

Don't worry, Lar. I understand. I hope things are not too bad for you. Life can be a right b*****d.
Another of my friends passed away yesterday from cancer so I'm feeling a little vulnerable again.xxx.
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Post by Whiskers on 11th October 2016, 11:07

Thinking of you Feather and feeling your sadness. Its time now for some good things to start happening!
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Post by Feather on 11th October 2016, 12:02

Thank you, Whiskers. I'm in bad need of company right now but at least 2 people to whom I would naturally turn have shown me they just don't understand my mental condition and do more harm than good when I talk to them. They keep telling me to do the very things I find most difficult eg to get out more among people and socialise, look on the bright side, count my blessings etc etc.This complete lack of empathy vastly increases my sense of isolation and loneliness. It's almost as if they think the depression is my choice--as if I have some kind of control over it. I wish I did.

I see my doctor again on Thursday. The prolonged  stress has raised my blood pressure tohigh and this is giving me migraines every few days. That means I can't use my computer, watch TV or read. There is nothing left but to sit in a darkened room and wallow---not good at all. I'm not sure what the dr will do but I suspect he'll advise me toresume the antidepressants which I stopped because of the awful side effects eg loss of memory and nightmares.He may up the dose of BP tablets too which has its own dangers.
OMG--All this has just poured out of me.I didn't intend that to happen but I'm desperate for some understanding. Sorry. crybaby



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Re: Feather by the sea.

Post by lar-lar on 11th October 2016, 13:02

I hear you feather.

Sometimes,it's hard for people to just do that. They don't realize that trying to solutionize is not the thing to do but it is human nature I think. I've done it myself. People have done it to me many times when ALL I needed was a hug.Sorry to hear about your friend and the pain you're going through.

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Post by Kitkat on 11th October 2016, 14:19

@Feather wrote:this is giving me migraines every few days. That means I can't use my computer, watch TV or read. There is nothing left but to sit in a darkened room and wallow---not good at all.

Migraine can be a very frustrating and lonely affliction to bear (especially when they effect your vision - "migraine with aura"), 'lonely' because it's hard for non-experiencers to understand what the person is suffering and the effect it has when you are in the midst of its full force - 'what's the big deal, it's just a headache' ...  Well, no - not 'just' a headache; there are different types of migraine and different levels to those 'types'.  You seem to get those vision-restricting ones, Feather, as I do - so I know exactly what it's like when they hit.  Usually, for me, the zig-zag lines start and this will be before any headache or nausea etc (the nausea only occurs when it's really bad and has progressed to the full-blown headache).  Thankfully, I haven't had any for a while now, but I can go through periods of anything up to a week when just without warning the 'jigsaw puzzle eye' as I call it starts along with the zigzag coloured lines, which get bigger and spread out into a sort of void.  Within that void your vision is wiped out altogether and that's what gives the effect of the jigsaw thing - the words on a page will get broken up with the empty voids in between or you can look at a person's face and their nose will appear to be up on their forehead and maybe only see one of their eyes.  It's horrible when that happens - like you say, not being able to read, drive, watch TV, use the computer etc.  The only solution (apart from paracetamol - which has to be taken at the first sign of a migraine, otherwise it has no effect) is to be into a quiet, darkened spot and not move your head, just transfix on one non-moving object in front of you.  I find it's actually worse if you close your eyes because the swirling colours and zigzag lines are still there and you can't help but focus on it which makes it even worse!

I have found a solution to that though - and maybe this is one that you can try, Feather.  I have found that listening to music (preferably the relaxing type!) while this is happening is a great distraction. It really does help to ease the effect - and more importantly to distract from the inevitable 'wallowing'. crybaby

And of course you need to avoid the triggers which can bring on the migraine in the first place.  Everyone's may be different, but I have found that coffee, cheese and smoking are the main triggers which can affect me.  They are not the sole cause, but in conjunction with stress, etc, they can definitely contribute to triggering the beginnings of an attack.  It's a bit of a vicious circle really, because when you are in the throes of the major trigger (stress!), - whatever about the cheese ... but the very things that you tend to reach for when stressed (coffee and ciggies!) are the very things that make the whole thing worse. hairpull

Try the music thing though, Feather - and let me know how you get on there.

(Oops ... you may not be able to read through all this right now, if you are suffering from migraines at the moment - but at least it will be there to read over when you're better able to).
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Post by Feather on 11th October 2016, 15:56

Thank you for all that info, kk. I know about the cheese and also chocolate and oranges. With me it seems to be stress and bright light although I have been eating a lot of cheese lately.I love it at suppertime with the famous bere bannock. Too little or too much sleep can do it too.Still-- I must say it's the TV and the computer which are the main culprits especially if I just been out in the sunlight beforehand---even with sunglasses on.xxx.



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Post by Kitkat on 11th October 2016, 17:18

Oh yes ... how could I forget the chocolate!
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Post by Stardust on 21st October 2016, 14:45




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Post by Feather on 21st October 2016, 15:43

No--I tend to be a traditional medicine girl, Stardust, ie what the doctor says.
Migraines are caused in different people by different triggers. Mine seem to be stress and bright light--especially coupled with concentration.We'll see what my BP is doing on Tuesday when I next go to see my doctor. I had migraine on Monday and Tuesday this week and spent most of Wednesday in bed to avoid stress and sunlight. Thursday and today have been ok but I have to have a loose tooth out tonight at 5.15pm. hairpull



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Post by Stardust on 21st October 2016, 15:57

surprised  Ouch, I hope it won't hurt too much, Feather. happyheart



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Re: Feather by the sea.

Post by lar-lar on 22nd October 2016, 18:14

Thought you wrote contraception earlier...(was concentration).. sidestep

I've had one migraine since I stopped smoking ... seems there was a link.
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Post by Feather on 30th December 2016, 12:35



May 2017 be all that you wish it to be, my dear friends.xxxx.



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Post by Stardust on 30th December 2016, 17:04



Thank you, Feather, and a lovely New Year 2017 to you too.



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Post by Stardust on 15th January 2017, 08:11

@Feather wrote:I feed the birds every day and put water out if there's snow. That includes seagulls,pigeons, rooks and smaller birds.I also feed a stray cat who has taken up residence in my garage where I have put a soft bed for her. She can use this whenever she wants but she won't come in the house or let me pet her---yet.

The birds need it in the Winter don't they and you get to enjoy watching them and hearing them sing too.

Have you given a name to your stray cat yet? I wonder how long it will take her to trust  enough to let you get nearer.

Kindness to animals is always a sign of a truly good heart. happyheart



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Post by Feather on 15th January 2017, 14:06

Yes, Stardust, I do not trust people who are indifferent to the fate of our fellow creatures. The cat has never been named simply because I always expected her to run away at some point. She is a beautiful white/tortoiseshell girl. When I crouch down to her level, she passes by me slowly and about 3 inches from me.She lets her tail touch me but, if I reach out to touch her, she hisses and makes off. She is a tease. That's what I am going to call her--Tease!!



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Re: Feather by the sea.

Post by Stardust on 15th January 2017, 17:04

Very apt. Looks like she's got you tamed anyway, Feather.  giggle
How does Chica feel about her, and vice versa?



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Re: Feather by the sea.

Post by Feather on 15th January 2017, 21:43

When Chica sees her through the window,she barks furioiusly---one of the reasons why I can't take Tease in the house, even if she would come.



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Post by Stardust on 16th January 2017, 11:11

My dog would bark at cats and they'd spit back (or vice-versa). But the truth of it was that it was all for show. When they actually came face to face they'd suddenly become quiet and curious, false aggression forgotten, and be all friendly with one another.
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Maybe Chica and Tease would get on, after all, lots of cats and dogs do, they're much more sensible than human beings if you ask me.
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Post by Feather on 16th January 2017, 14:02

The only thing is that Tease has never been handled except during her "neutering" operation!!



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Post by Stardust on 16th January 2017, 14:07

Oh!

Of course there is also that Chica might defend her territory against what she considers an intrusion. Did you still have any cats when you first got Chica, Feather?



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Post by Feather on 16th January 2017, 17:32

Yes--my darling little boy, Tango. He was the only cat left alive here when Chica came. He was a very special puss with long ginger fur and a very affectionate nature. He would lie on his back in my arms, wrap his front paws round my wrist and lick my fingers with his eyes closed. He was almost 18 so I had to keep him away from Chica for she chased him if she got the chance and he was too old for that.I cried for him when he left.I knew then that I would never have another cat.I was already too old as they can live for 20 years. When I see pictures of cats or kittens now,I still want one.



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Post by Stardust on 16th January 2017, 20:51

We get so attached to our pets, don't we, and they to us. But some are more understanding and affectionate than certain human beings, so who cares if they walk on four feet instead of two and are supposed to be less intelligent... the quality of the unconditional love they give us is precious and though we cannot have a "proper" conversation they usually find ways to "talk" to us, and I must say often more interesting than some conversations I've had with people.
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Post by Kitkat on 31st January 2017, 15:17

As I had thought might be the case, Feather's absence from the forums of late is connected to the recent problems with Yahoo email. (My brother, who is in Saudi Arabia, was badly affected also, and were it not for the fact that we have a family forum similar to this (but private and closed to our family members only, who are spread throughout the world), he would not have been able to get in touch with any of us because of the latest Yahoo shenanigans. The forum was a life-saver in these circumstances (also with its own Shoutbox).

Seems the Yahoo issue also affected some Gmail accounts as well as their Yahoo accounts.
As far as I am aware, all the issues with Yahoo have now been fixed, so hopefully our Feather will be back posting here soon.
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Post by Stardust on 2nd February 2017, 11:22

Red alert!
Feather is still missing.

Maybe she's gone on a world tour and forgot to tell us...



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Post by Feather on 5th February 2017, 21:37

Back now. Been having trouble on Facebook. Spent a lot of time trying to sort it out. Was making me mad.My account suddenly disappeared.Tried all the Help pages which were useless. No explanation was given but I found out that other people had had the same experience. I've been thinking about it and am nearly sure I know why it was done: I was putting my views on religion on a site dedicated to that topic. The posters were nearly all of the American Bible Belt variety and I got some nasty replies.In fact, I made some of them pretty angry and abusive towards me.I think one--or more of them--has put in a complaint about me. Facebook has upheld the complaint and banned me. I wasn't allowed to challenge their beliefs, obviously. Some of them actually accepted the creation story literally. I lost all my posts, photos, friends there which had built up over years. There is no way back to that account so I opened another one but it has very little in it yet. I studied the Help pages and discovered hundreds of people whose complaints had not been answered either. Facebook Help is a joke.



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Re: Feather by the sea.

Post by Stardust on 6th February 2017, 10:00

Wow, Feather, banned from Facebook! It would be laughable if it weren't for all your personal data and contacts having gone with the account. I hope you had them safeguarded elsewhere.

All that negativity aimed at you can't be doing your morale and your health much good. 

However, we all know our Feather just loves to rush in where angels fear to tread, and it's admirable that you stand up for your opinions whatever the enemy is throwing at you.
True Scottish blood there. happyheart



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