What's on Your To-Do List: August 2 - 8

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by AnneTheresa, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. AnneTheresa

    AnneTheresa Member

    Hello all,

    Here we are at the beginning of another week. The boards have been slow lately, due in part to people operating from their summer schedules. Hopefully, it's not illness or increased symptoms that are keeping people away from the board.

    For all who suffer, I send warm thoughts and a prayer for healing.

    The to-list thread Welcomes All. It is intended as a support for people to plan their daily & weekly goals and practice the art of prioritizing and pacing. We support each other in all areas of life and so the conversation is varied.


    I've had a full day already, having done most of my housework and grocery shopping before I turned on my computer. This, because I was expecting my niece to visit this afternoon so my usual schedule was somewhat disrupted so I might prepare for her visit. As it happened, my niece canceled her visit so now I'm free to while away some time on the computer :)

    After I sufficiently while away some time on the computer, there are a few things I'll do:

    To-Do Today

    cut up fruits and vegetables for handy snacking
    clean inside of fridge
    spot clean carpet
    recycle cans and bottles
    water plants

    God bless,
    Anne Theresa

  2. sorekitty

    sorekitty New Member

    Hi everyone and thanks Anne Theresa for starting the thread and especially your warm thoughts and prayers. Much appreciated.

    We got home late last night from our family vacation to Hawaii. I really am so proud of our accomplishment of such a trip with our 8 yo ds. It was good and fun and really hard at times too. He did very well on the airplane to and from. A couple of difficult transitions leaving the beach-meltdown causing a lot of on-lookers stares and hitting and biting me. UHG. We were able to snorkle and see some cool fish and a spotted eel, Dole pineapple train and maze, Polynesian Cultural Center (way overstimulating for ds but he really did like it), climed Diamond Head and saw glorious view from the top. We took lots of breaks in between things by staying in our room or at the hotel pool and I even went to see Toy Story 3 with my ds to get out of the sun for a bit! I am so fair! I could get burned walking across the street even with sunscreen on! My son has a nice tan. I got homesick the last 2 or so days anyone else as crazy as me? I don't know why this happens to me when I travel. My son was going bonkers on the longest day (NOrth shore trip) he was chattering and asking the same questions over and over the whole long ride back to Waikiki. Sort of glad we went to Hawaii, but sort of not if that makes any sense. I will really enjoy getting the pictures back and maybe that'll make me feel better. my ds and me each had a disposible camera and had a contest to see how silly our pictures could be.

    So today I was dragging about and ds was hyper and wanted to play and didn't want to leave the house. i was doing laundry and unpacking. We also had a long dr appointment with a new p-doc(name was Dr Young and he was! LOL)

    Monday evening:
    drink wine
    watch Curb Your Enthusiasm with dh (we are on disk two and loving it)

    Ds starts "handwriting bootcamp" at the Occupational Therapy gym-honest I think it will be fun!
    Therapy appoinment for me (I am truly bonkers and am considering ADs again, ah!)
    Many phone calls(for ds) this is where pacing comes in!
    finish laundry

    I hope to hear from everyone soon! Thinking of you all and hope you are well.
  3. AnneTheresa

    AnneTheresa Member

    Hello everyone,

    Hi Molly, Welcome back and congratulations on a successful vacation. I'm sure your ds will have may happy memories (and lots of silly pictures) of his time in Hawaii. I've always wanted to go to there but like you, I tend to get homesick no matter how nice the holiday.

    I like Curb your Enthusiasm too. For her birthday, my sister got a DVD of the Big Bang Theory. I'd not seen this sit-com before (have you?) and I really enjoyed watching it. I like watching TV shows on DVD, that way I can watch several episodes at one sitting.

    I spent yesterday in my pajamas. That's something I rarely do unless I'm sick. I didn't feel sick yesterday but I was utterly exhausted and since I had nothing on the day's agenda, I decided to make yesterday a day of rest. I felt like a slug (and somewhat guilty for not being productive) but the payoff is I feel wonderful and well-rested today.

    To-Do Today

    finish cutting up vegetables
    clean bunny cage
    mop kitchen & washroom floors
    clean/organize washroom cupboard
    walk for exercise
    niece is coming to do laundry (rescheduled from Mon.)

    God bless,
    Anne Theresa
  4. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

    Hi Girls,
    I'm in Canada as we speak.......hubby and I decided to drive up to see the newlyweds. We rented a hotel room and they are staying with us. Since everyone is still asleep, I slipped down to the hotel computer to write to you. We are having a wonderful time and it is great to see our son happily married. He has come so far from the days when he had chronic fatigue, which is how I got on this board in the first place. He is still working on getting his green card, so he can work in Canada, but right now his wife is a caregiver so they are living cheaply in her uncle's basement apartment. Ahh, young love!

    Anne Theresa- I've been there (I guess we all have) in that sometimes you clean and expect company, then they don't come for some reason! But you can sit and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Hopefully you have had another chance to reconnect with your niece.

    Molly- Glad to hear you made it to Hawaii and back OK. I've been to the places you mentioned and it brought back memories. Did you go to the Pearl Harbor memorial? That is sobering. I think we also took in a zoo in Honolulu, but it was a long time ago. A few years ago we visited Maui, and I liked that even better than Oahu.......but both are beautiful.

    We are headed home today, so that is my to do list!
    Take care all,
  5. sorekitty

    sorekitty New Member

    Hi all,
    Anne Theresa-Do I like Big Bang Theory? (lol) I'm a huge fan. We went to a taping last November for my birthday and got to see all the sets and actors up close. So fun. We share a lot of the same interests in movies and shows. I think a pajama day sounds grand especially if we didn't have the slug feeling that somehow goes along with it! Good for you and glad you have more energy.

    Terri-It's great to hear from you and that you made it to Canada! Your son must be doing amazing for having had CFS. I mean to plan a life with wife and work. That's great. You know after having been to Oahu I really think I will return to Maui from now on. Waikiki is a very overstimulating place and I think it may have been better in Maui but oh well. We did some fun things. We wanted to visit the Arizona but didn't think our son would do well in the lines or have an understanding enough.

    Okay, I'm at bottom girls. I hesitate to post this. I am in such a state depression/anxiety wise that I have been considering hospitalizing myself. I have been on a search for a psychiatrist for 6 months with no luck. My family dr has been trying to help me but I feel like I need a specialist. I tried a dr last January and it was not a good fit plus the cymbalta didn't work due to side effects. So I have been mulling through with my xanax and talk therapy. I have been pushing myself for the last 9 months very hard(with all of ds problems) and I can't go much further. Even in Hawaii I looked down the balcony a couple times from the 26th floor but only weird thoughts enter my mind. I wouldn't do that.

    I wish I could share more positive news and I hope that the dr that came highly recommended to me (from someone at my church who is a psychologist and I trust) will call me back tomorrow.

    Keep Liam busy. How? I have no idea. Thought of the beach but I will be there with him for a get together with friends from out of town on Saturday.

    Keep the phone handy in case the psychiatrist calls

    Keep my chin up

  6. alaska3355

    alaska3355 New Member

    Please do get some help.....even if you need to hospitalize yourself. Maybe that will help you to get a psychiatrist who can help you. I hope and pray that the doctor someone from church recommended will call you and see you soon....please know that I am praying for you!
    You are such a great person and a great mom, so hang in there! And please continue to write when you are feeling down.
    Hugs always,
  7. AnneTheresa

    AnneTheresa Member

    Hello Everyone,

    Molly, I'm sorry you're having such a difficult time and I thank you for sharing your feelings with us. I've been where you are with anxiety & depression. I've been hospitalized several times for this and I've had many courses of therapy and other modalities over the years to help me overcome these issues. I consider myself to be mentally/emotionally well these days although I do rely on medications that I occasionally need to adjust to continue to achieve maximum benefit. I tell you this so you'll know I truly relate and empathize.

    I echo Terri's sentiments, both to let you know I'm praying for you and also to recommend that you get some help as soon as possible. If the psychiatrist that was recommended to you isn't available in a timely manner or if your symptoms get worse, then please don't hesitate to go to the hospital. At the very least a crisis hospitalization will help you get connected to a psychiatrist and mental health services.

    Of course now, I remember your telling us you went to a taping of the Big Bang Theory, although at the time, I didn't know what the show was about. Now I know - it must have been a hoot!

    Take extra good care of yourself and keep in touch so we know how you're doing. Warm hugs.

    Terri, I'm so glad you made the trip to see your son and his new wife. It must be wonderful to see your son having made such progress. I'm so glad he's recovered to the degree that he's able to get out and live his life, rather than live, like many with this disease are forced to live, chronically ill and house-bound.

    To-Do Today

    I didn't sleep last night so I'm going to try to get a few hours rest before I start my day.

    lunch date with friend
    organize freezer
    cut up melons & celery
    paper filing
    respond to emails

    God bless,