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  • Keep going hedo.You are a  Strong woman.
    Had  a health scare. Spoke to Dr  and I felt calmer now that  has worn off and the brain is eating me
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  • Matts3221Matts3221 Posts: 503

    All test came back negative , there was a small issue with the X-ray but I just need to take some medicine on Friday night.

    I tried using the house for a work out but just could not get into so I bundled up in long johns , jeans , hoodies , jacket ect ect and managed to get in 4 miles on Sunday and Monday , both made me feel really good.

  • Great news matt i hope you can slowly get back some normal
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    this song is meant to be called i got shit,itshould be called i got shit tickets-hartford 06 -
  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 6,664
    Keep going hedo.You are a  Strong woman.
    Had  a health scare. Spoke to Dr  and I felt calmer now that  has worn off and the brain is eating me
    Breathe deep and keep fighting.  You are worth it!

    Matts3221 said:

    All test came back negative , there was a small issue with the X-ray but I just need to take some medicine on Friday night.

    I tried using the house for a work out but just could not get into so I bundled up in long johns , jeans , hoodies , jacket ect ect and managed to get in 4 miles on Sunday and Monday , both made me feel really good.

    Glad your tests were all good.  Bravo you for braving the elements and getting your workout in.  There is nothing like breathing deep the fresh air.

    hugs to all (((())))
    "What the CANUCK happened?!? - Esquimalt Barber Shop
  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 23,076
    Thanks, guys. The SOB is still hanging around, though not as loud.

    Nothing to do but keep on keeping on. 
  • Matts3221Matts3221 Posts: 503

    Thank you everyone for the kind words.

    Sometimes I think I have to hit my bottom before I can start looking up , I feel I have done that. I would have braved the elements last night , cold is one thing but cold and freezing rain will keep me in.

    I put a couple of little signs up around my house in areas I will see them , each morning I have a note now that says " you are going to kill it today and have a good day " were my car keys are. Another by my bed stand next to whatever book I am reading I just say " you are going to have a good day tomorrow " a few times before going to bed.

    All things I would have laughed at doing a few weeks ago but again once I get into that groove I feel it a little more.

    Please note that everyone on this thread has been great over the years and I appreciate a place to talk freely

  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon HeadstoniaPosts: 25,663
    Matts3221 said:

    I want to just throw the towel in , I never would and know I will get past this but the last few months have been the hardest I have had in a long time.

    I find myself withdrawn from everything , not caring , taking naps a lot , going to bed super early , my stomach has been killing me for weeks and today I finally called my doctor and they did some xrays today along with blood work and urine just to make sure I don't have any type of infection or something else that may be causing these pains ( other than stress and anxiety ) honestly just finally going to the doctors already has me feeling a little better.

    Two weeks ago I walked into the grocery story and was maksed up and saw everyone with mask and it just hit me so hard " I want this over with " and I just started to cry , left the store and just wept in my car.

    Winters are rough , cold weather , sun going down early , no were to go at all , its coming up on a year of hugging someone in my family. I know collectively we are all going thru this and that is what makes it harder for me to post something like this.

    I don't think anyone would judge me but I feel like " everyone is going thru this , at least you still have a job and a house and your wife and health who am I to complain" but it just feels like the walls closing in at times.

    Most of this was just to vent , if I raised anyone's anxiety from this my apologizes and love to you all.

    when I go through shit like this it's hard to function. it's hard to try to make yourself happy because I feel like I don't deserve to be, so I don't make the effort. or it just doesn't seem real to try to be happy when you're not. totally forced and unauthentic. so it's a tough spot to be in. I honestly don't do much; just ride the wave where it takes me. sometimes it takes me to deep waters, other times it's shallower and the storm passes quickly. 

    i've been in months-long storms. And ones that last a day. they all feel the same while you're in it, though, so there's no "oh, this will be fine tomorrow". there's no knowing if the life preserver is right around the corner or if low tide all of a sudden happens. while i'm in it, it's forever in that moment. 

    like I said, this might not be great advice, but I don't "try" to lift myself up out of it. it only makes it worse. or not in any significant way, anyway. but I just try to power through, do my daily stuff, and just enjoy the sleep when it comes. 

    sorry you're going through the storm. 
    (Track 10 of The Headstones' Nickels For Your Nightmares)


  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 6,664
    Finding techniques that work to motivate and/or support can be a huge challenge, but so very rewarding when you find one that works for you.  @Matts3221 I’m glad you found a way to adapt to a temporary situation.  There will be brighter days ahead, both literally and figuratively. How is your wife doing?  This past year has been a real trip for everyone.
    "What the CANUCK happened?!? - Esquimalt Barber Shop
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 33,858
    Some neighbor was out shooting yesterday.  Loud and scary, but legal to do here outside city limits.  It's been several months since we had close by loud shooting and now my anxiety is skyrocketed.  The fear is constant, the thoughts are pervasive, invasive, and persistent.  Living fucking hell.  Must get out and do something to keep busy and wait for the security of darkness (and, hopefully, rain) to descend.  I won't end my life, but I will be so glad when it is finally through. Maybe with some luck I'll find a quiet place to live so I can enjoy life more fully again some day.  We've been looking and looking.
    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 23,076
    brianlux said:
    Some neighbor was out shooting yesterday.  Loud and scary, but legal to do here outside city limits.  It's been several months since we had close by loud shooting and now my anxiety is skyrocketed.  The fear is constant, the thoughts are pervasive, invasive, and persistent.  Living fucking hell.  Must get out and do something to keep busy and wait for the security of darkness (and, hopefully, rain) to descend.  I won't end my life, but I will be so glad when it is finally through. Maybe with some luck I'll find a quiet place to live so I can enjoy life more fully again some day.  We've been looking and looking.
    My sanctuary of walks is fucked for now. We’ve had a longish spate of random assaults, robberies, breakins, shots fired, grand theft, people being stripped of their shoes and/or clothes, knocked down just for the hell of it. Rinse, repeat in the morning, midday, evening, all the fucking time.

    So yeah, it gets somewhat...stressful. Not sure we want to sell our place. And to move where?

    City of Angels, my ass!
  • Matts3221Matts3221 Posts: 503
    Finding techniques that work to motivate and/or support can be a huge challenge, but so very rewarding when you find one that works for you.  @Matts3221 I’m glad you found a way to adapt to a temporary situation.  There will be brighter days ahead, both literally and figuratively. How is your wife doing?  This past year has been a real trip for everyone.


    Wife is doing well, I have been really taken care of her for the past week as I have come out of this months long funk I have been in. She has been there ever step of the way and I think as soon as she saw me getting better her body just finally came off high anxiety and crashed.

    Honestly it makes me feel good to come home and make her dinner , take care of thinks around the house and brining flowers or something nice home for her.


    Taking care of her also gives me more of a purpose during a New Hampshire winter were its just cold , dark and bleak most of the Dec - March.  Little more sunlight everyday I even made it home from work yesterday or the first time and the sunlight was just barley there but still was there.  

  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 33,858
    hedonist said:
    brianlux said:
    Some neighbor was out shooting yesterday.  Loud and scary, but legal to do here outside city limits.  It's been several months since we had close by loud shooting and now my anxiety is skyrocketed.  The fear is constant, the thoughts are pervasive, invasive, and persistent.  Living fucking hell.  Must get out and do something to keep busy and wait for the security of darkness (and, hopefully, rain) to descend.  I won't end my life, but I will be so glad when it is finally through. Maybe with some luck I'll find a quiet place to live so I can enjoy life more fully again some day.  We've been looking and looking.
    My sanctuary of walks is fucked for now. We’ve had a longish spate of random assaults, robberies, breakins, shots fired, grand theft, people being stripped of their shoes and/or clothes, knocked down just for the hell of it. Rinse, repeat in the morning, midday, evening, all the fucking time.

    So yeah, it gets somewhat...stressful. Not sure we want to sell our place. And to move where?

    City of Angels, my ass!

    Oh no!  I am very sorry to hear that.  Are you able to find another place to walk?  I hope so.

    Walking is very healing.  C and I decided back in late November to make walking a regular, daily part of our lives and it has been very helpful.  I truly hope you find a good, safe place to walk!
    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • lastexitlondonlastexitlondon Posts: 7,156
    I've totally  had enough  i lay here at 5 a.m since 4 and I'm a mess. I know now I will  never get back what I've lost mentally  . I'm a shell and so fucking confused  every minute.  No answers  and no hope
    brixton 93
    astoria 06
    albany 06
    hartford 06
    reading 06
    barcelona 06
    paris 06
    wembley 07
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    this song is meant to be called i got shit,itshould be called i got shit tickets-hartford 06 -
  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 6,664
    I've totally  had enough  i lay here at 5 a.m since 4 and I'm a mess. I know now I will  never get back what I've lost mentally  . I'm a shell and so fucking confused  every minute.  No answers  and no hope
    Just keep breathing Rob.  You may not get back what you’ve lost, but you can create new memories.  Sending hugs 🤗 
    "What the CANUCK happened?!? - Esquimalt Barber Shop
  • lastexitlondonlastexitlondon Posts: 7,156
    Thank you for being here.  Kind words
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    astoria 06
    albany 06
    hartford 06
    reading 06
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    this song is meant to be called i got shit,itshould be called i got shit tickets-hartford 06 -
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 33,858
    I've totally  had enough  i lay here at 5 a.m since 4 and I'm a mess. I know now I will  never get back what I've lost mentally  . I'm a shell and so fucking confused  every minute.  No answers  and no hope

    Anxiety sucks big-time, Rob.  One of the things that makes it tough is that it's really hard or even impossible to tell someone who hasn't experienced it how it feels, and that makes it hard for them to know how to empathize.  I think my wife struggles with that.  She knows it can be torturous for me, but she has little to no idea what it is like (and I'm glad for that).  That's why it's good to have a place like this to support each other.  We don't know exactly what each other's anxiety feels like, but we know it is intense and difficult and we can encourage each other to hang on.
    My anxiety has been pounding me more than usual lately as well.  I told my wife that it's the first thing I wake up to every day.  I have to go through this process every morning where I start each day talking myself down.  I tell myself it will be better once I've had some coffee and once I get busy with whatever I'm doing that day.  These last two weeks though, since the neighbors started shooting again, have made that task harder than normal.  Really, really hard.  But it's that or live in the city where motorcycles, sirens, barking dogs, boom cars, and other loud noises drive me up the wall and where there are aggressive people who might attack or assault.  The world is a mine field that is hard to move through.
    But we keep doing it, Rob.  One day at a time. 
    Hang in there, my friend, and I will try to do the same.
    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • lastexitlondonlastexitlondon Posts: 7,156
    Please do hang in there. 
    I'm in a bad cycle and nobody can help. My dr says no point taking meds because  they  didn't help in the past. I'm alone  . Only option is to self medicate  and I know that's wrong. But thats all I have.  
    brixton 93
    astoria 06
    albany 06
    hartford 06
    reading 06
    barcelona 06
    paris 06
    wembley 07
    dusseldorf 07
    nijmegen 07

    this song is meant to be called i got shit,itshould be called i got shit tickets-hartford 06 -
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 33,858
    Please do hang in there. 
    I'm in a bad cycle and nobody can help. My dr says no point taking meds because  they  didn't help in the past. I'm alone  . Only option is to self medicate  and I know that's wrong. But thats all I have.  

    That's a tough place to be, buddy.  Hang on, friend.
    I'm hanging in there. 
    Big storm is coming in so we might lose internet and/or power soon.  I'll be think of you though.
    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • lastexitlondonlastexitlondon Posts: 7,156
    Thank you Brian. Take care 
    brixton 93
    astoria 06
    albany 06
    hartford 06
    reading 06
    barcelona 06
    paris 06
    wembley 07
    dusseldorf 07
    nijmegen 07

    this song is meant to be called i got shit,itshould be called i got shit tickets-hartford 06 -
  • @lastexitlondon Well dont give up complete hope just yet. Things can turn around. I was really unwell and thought I'd never get better, yet I did. The problem with self medicating is that it may help in the short term but not in the long term, however I understand that you have to do what you can to keep yourself afloat. Sorry to hear you are not sleeping well, that can really undermine resilience. We are here for you xxx
  • lastexitlondonlastexitlondon Posts: 7,156
    Thank you
    brixton 93
    astoria 06
    albany 06
    hartford 06
    reading 06
    barcelona 06
    paris 06
    wembley 07
    dusseldorf 07
    nijmegen 07

    this song is meant to be called i got shit,itshould be called i got shit tickets-hartford 06 -
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