Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year to all

May 2012 bring health and happiness

a fright

I really gave Andy a fright yesterday and made him very worried. I got up and had an awful headache and so went back to bed and slept until lunch time then had lunch and then came back to bed in the afternoon and came down for dinner. He finally said, are you okay? Is there something you're not telling me? Have I done something wrong? I had to reassure him heaps that no, I just really did have a headache and am not going to become unwell. I did the same sleeping pattern when I was unwell.

My heart went out to him because I realised again how scary my being unwell is and he thought he saw the start of it again. Luckily my headache is much much less today. I need reading glasses is the problem and my right eye yesterday felt like it was going to explode. I had head pain as well and neck pain. This morning I am much brighter and I have a touch of a headache but I have taken paracetamol straight away and am wearing a pair of glasses that although won't fix the reading vision but will at least fix the astigmatism.

I have my eye test in two days, so I am looking forward to that very muchly :)

*hugs*
Sarah

Friday, December 30, 2011

headaches and cats

I have been getting headaches lately and it's not been fun. Today I have what I would call one of my migraines. I slept all morning, being outside is way too bright but I can handle the computer (just), because I don't want to sleep anymore. It could also be because I am dehydrated. I get headaches during those times too and my heart rate goes right up. I am trying to drink water but I hate the stuff. I can't take anymore pain killers for another 45 minutes and I have neck pain too :(

I am also wondering if this is because I need reading glasses. The glasses I am using to read the computer writing are my distance glasses but they do help a bit but still not great. I have an astigmatism too, so I think that correction in my distance glasses is what helps that. This is probably why the glasses I am wearing work and they are non-reflective too. I have an appointment on Monday to test for reading glasses, so fingers crossed.

I don't have anything else to complain about. Since it's the holidays, the only other thing might be I never know what day it is, lol. It feels like Saturday today and it's not. I so does not feel like Friday. Oh... yeah, for Christmas Moo got a present from my sister-in-law, which was $50 to only spend on her. So we are getting Moo some normal things like extra food, plus some things from the vet she needed and then we will take a photo of it all and I will print some photos of Moo and we will send a letter from Moo to Akemi. I'm sure she will love it. Moo has put on weight too. She has a little round belly now, a far cry from her kitten days. She doesn't play as much anymore, but prefers to sleep in odd places.

I found her here yesterday by accident, I just happened to look up :)

I'm sure Moo will enjoy her gifts, even if she doesn't know what they mean or what they are. It's funny, when my boy Sabby died, I never thought I would love a cat again as much as I did him, but I do, but it's just different. She is my little treasure :)

 This was Sabby in 2007 at 13. He was an amazing cat

*hugs*
Sarah

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New year's wishes

I am getting ready for New Year's. There is a big family BBQ on Andy's side of the family. I'm not worried about that at all. It's only that it's a long day. This year I am not doing new years resolutions, I am doing new year's wishes and I have five.

1. I wish that my family [including Andy's side and Moo] is happy and healthy during the new year.
2. I wish that now I am well [mentally] I stay that way.
3. I wish to finish DBT.
4. I wish that my illness is less of a strain on Andy in the new year.
5. I wish to go back to work in the new year.

There are a few things I am proud of myself for too this year and that is for getting better and maintaining it. It is for letting go of the bullying that happened to me and owning the feelings. It's for putting Andy first and making sure that I make life as easy for him as possible. It is for saving up all the money for my health insurance excess so that I can pay that to the hospital where I do DBT, so that Andy doesn't have to pay for it. I am proud of myself because I am finally the me I remember from over two years ago, the happy, smiling, friendly person I was before I became so unwell. I love that girl and I want her to stick around :)

What do you wish for in the new year?

May your wishes come true too

*hugs*
Sarah

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

things I want to do

* Be positive as much as I can and if I can't try real hard to not let it seep into the rest of my life
* Finish DBT when the time is right, we can keep going for two years but I don't think I'll need it for that long
* Think more of what Andy needs so that we have a balanced life together
* Find a part time job to help out with the household money
* Go to Stepping Stone at least once a week for 4-6 hours, then extend it when I can maintain that
* Finish (start actually and finish) my first jumper
* Learn to crochet
* Be more considerate of Moo, sometimes I get mad at her because she is being hyperactive
* Stop being piggy in the middle between my mum and my dad. It's heaps better than it was, but it still happens now and then
* Try to spread out my hobbies. I get obsessed with something, like knitting and it's all I do for months, while my books are piling up ready to be read. I should do both
* Be happy (this is so important). If I have to fake it, I will because sometimes faking it makes it turn into the real thing
* Be considerate of others feelings, no matter the issue
* Read this list as least once a month to remind myself

Look for rainbows in the storm of things

*hugs*
Sarah

We had fun on boxing day

On boxing day, yesterday, we went to Andy's folks place and we had morning tea, opened more presents, we got season six of Supernatural yay, I wanted to know what happens next. Then we had lunch and then went for a swim. Andy had a ball!

Shelling some prawns

 And pretending to eat them whole... ewwww

In the pool

Being silly
Then we came home and were exhausted and we watched Ring 2, we had watched the first one the night before. They were good! We just picked at food last night because we were so tired. Tomorrow we have a family lunch at my mum's place and then Christmas lunches are all over, thank the gods. My belly hasn't been this big since last Christmas!

I had fun, I was really stoked with my presents I got over Christmas. A few things I got were Medium season six, Ellen Degeneres' book Seriously... I'm Kidding, which I am really liking and a small bucket of M&Ms [yummo]. Andy is a real history buff and he also loves cooking and I found this huge book that is all Italian recipes but they have info on the region of where the recipe came from and I was so worried he wouldn't like it because the dust jacket was torn a bit as it was put on clearance I think because of that, but he loved it. I was so happy. I love giving presents and seeing people's faces when they open them.

I hope you were all okay, no matter how you celebrated or didn't celebrate the festive season. I know there a lot of people that don't get nice holidays and for that I'm sorry. I am very fortunate to have what I do. Well wishes to all of you and I hope that the new year is all you want it to be. 

*hugs*
Sarah

Monday, December 26, 2011

Cat yoga


 Poor Moo, being exploited for her funny poses and Xmas bath times. I just love this photo and couldn't resist putting it up, I think she looks pretty funny actually, just look at the concentration on her face. 
In any case, hope you all had a good Christmas or at least a tolerable one. Be safe!

*hugs*
Sarah

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas and now it's crochet :)

Today was pretty good. My mum came over and we had our Christmas celebration that we usually have on Christmas day, on Christmas eve instead. My mum is a nurse and she has to work tomorrow morning and so couldn't do what we normally do. My mum got me a learn to crochet kit and I've been practising away doing chains and single crochets. Not as easy as it looks on the video, though I am glad I got it because I do want to learn. We also had a really nice lunch and Moo got to taste her first prawn, which she loved. Andy is an excellent cook, so we had homemade Christmas pudding too. I got to have a chat to my mum too while Andy had a snooze and it was really nice.


Tomorrow is going to be just for us. We will do the gift thing and then just whatever we want for the rest of the day, which is kinda nice really. We don't have to worry about anyone else but Moo and she is easy to deal with :)  In any case, if I don't get to say it before Christmas, everyone have a really good holiday season, wherever and whatever that may be. Thank you to all who have offered me their ear this year and for those of you who have offered me advise or support. Without you all I probably wouldn't still be blogging. You are all awesome :)  So be safe, be well and I hope most of all be happy. If not, sleep, it's underrated!


*hugs*
Sarah



Friday, December 23, 2011

a one track mind and Xmas happenings

I'm a bit slow sometimes, but last night I was talking to Andy and I realised that [on here] and with him, I have been talking a hell of a lot about my my anxiety about going to my mum's place over Christmas. So I have decided to not talk about it anymore. I've said all I can say about it and I've gone round and round and round with it. So I am sorry you all had to listen to it so much. Topic ended.

On a positive note - yay, two days till Christmas - oh my gosh, I am so excited. My mum is coming here tomorrow and we are going to have a seafood platter for lunch [remember I am in Australia and it's hot here] and Christmas pudding and then probably lay around with swollen bellies for a bit. Then Christmas day will be just Andy and I and Moo too. She is going to go nuts over the Christmas paper. We decided not to get Moo a Christmas presents because she will play with all the boxes and paper and will love it, so that will be like all her Christmases have come at once.

Then on Boxing day we will go to Andy's folks place, who are lovely amazingly friendly warm people, who I get along really well with. Then we have a day to ourselves and then it's mum's place on 28th. We'll see how that goes. It's just basically my brother Andrew and my Dad [mum and dad split up years ago on not good terms], my brother Dave and his partner and four daughters and me, Andy and Mum. I'm sure it will be fine. My other brother Chris wasn't able to cope because he lives in Melbourne.

Bring it on :)

*hugs*
Sarah

Picture from photobucket

Thursday, December 22, 2011

turning negatives to positives

Okay, so I love Christmas, the part with just Andy and I really. I can now say, three days to go, woohoo. I have decided to not let all the anxiety and worry about the other parts of Christmas get to me. I am just going to relax and have a good time. I guess when you really think about it, if I was anxious the whole time, I'd have a bad Christmas.

Also when I really think about it, I only have one day that could have been full of anxiety but I am going to choose not to buy into it. I won't. If I get stressed, I'll grab my knitting and sit somewhere for a while. If it is too bad, I can also take some seroquel to take the edge of it. So there are always solutions to problems.

Here are my positives for today

Success Stories:
I am beating my anxiety every day now and winning using my DBT skills and sheer willpower
I am coping well being away from my close knit DBT group over the Christmas period
I finished my first fingerless mitt on circular needles and although it was too tight, I still finished it

Gratitudes/Things that make me happy:
Andy and Moo
Knitting
Watching TV series on DVD, like True Blood, Medium and Dexter

Challenge and cheer-leading statements:
If I really cannot handle going to the Christmas lunch, I can always so no and that is okay
I have control over my own life and will not let anyone control me
I don't have to buy into others' negative feelings towards me, because I am allowed to be just the way I am

Today is going to be a good day

*hugs*
Sarah

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Jumper

I'm so excited. I am about to start my first jumper.

These are my supplies

I am hoping the jumper will look like the pattern at the end

I couldn't stop myself from showing it to you all and now I have to live up to it, though I think it may take me a while :)   I think all up I am in the middle of five projects now! That'll keep me busy :)

*hugs*
Sarah

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

happy

I have woken up in a really happy mood tooday but then there are good things happening today. I am firstly picking up my yarn that I ordered for my first jumper. I am so excited about this, it's awesome! I can't wait to start it. I am also going to get Gabby to show me how to do the next stage of my fingerless mitts knitted on cirular needles. I am very excited about this too.

I was supposed to go to Stepping Stone after this but Andy pointed out that I am only supposed to go there once a week at the moment like my individual plan says and I'd be breaking that. I was the one that said I'd go, so I am just going to call in and say I won't be in.

Then I get to go and see Dr D. I always love seeing her. It will be my last appointment with her for the year. I will miss her for the three weeks the consulting suites will be closed.

Five positives in my life right now:
1. Andy and Moo, as always they rock, I love them both to bits
2. Knitting... love, love, love
3. I sold some zines today, so I am extra excited
4. I got paid today, yay, money :)
5. Christmas is nearly here, I love Christmas :)  :)  :)

What are your five positives?

Have a good one everyone :)

*hugs*
Sarah

Monday, December 19, 2011

a plan

Today I went to Stepping Stone and for those of you who don't know what it is, it is a place that people that suffer from mental health issues go to give them support, which includes getting back into the workforce. That is my end goal, to go back to work. So I spoke to the staff member there that looks after me, S, and she was awesome. We made a plan of what we are going to do to get me back to work, but taking into account what is not working.

What isn't working is me jumping straight back into the workforce straight away as soon as I am well, because trying that just gets me unwell pretty fast. So I am going to build up my stamina for working by going in once a week for between 4 hours and 6 hours each time and eventually build up to a full day and maybe also try and come in for a few hours on another day. This is the plan for the next six months because it's just not feasible for me to just go straight back to work.

We also talked about the type of things I would be interested in working in and whether I could use my journalism degree, including photojournalism, as a real work area, especially since I spent three years studying it and have the right camera equipment. I am not sure about whether I could really do that but I can do some research and look into it. S also said to look into things where I can work from home.

I must say though that I am a little dejected that I have so much work ahead of me. Not because I don't want to do it but because I thought it would be a quicker process. I was thinking I'd be working in February. Oh well, these things happen and I guess I just have to stick to the plan.

What can I say wow, there are new readers joining pretty quickly at the moment. Welcome and thank you for reading. One more announcement - I am starting a new zine - not a By the Skin of My Teeth one this time. It's very much new and still in the pipeline, will let you know more when I know more :)

*hugs*
Sarah

Sunday, December 18, 2011

No anxiety woohoo!!!!!

Can you tell I'm excited :)  I don't know why it was so bad and really only had bits and pieces of what it might be but I am glad it's gone. I played games with Moo last night too and we seem cool. When I leaned down to pat her before she rubbed her face on my had, so I do think we are fine.

I really used my distress tolerance skills last night. More specifically Wise Mind ACCEPTS. In the acronym ACCEPTS, the A stands for activities and I really bashed that one about yesterday. I knitted anything my hands could handle. I read my book, I slept with Moo on the bed when I just couldn't do anything else.

I didn't self harm or even have thoughts of self harm, just thoughts of 'get this anxiety out of me'. I really wanted to hold it together for Andy [and me] and I told him and reassured him I did not have thoughts of wanting to be in hospital, that I was well, just anxious because many people are anxious at this time of the year. I also let myself sit in the emotion because it does always pass. You can't maintain that level of anxiety for forever because you get tired. This is one I have to remind myself.

So overall, I managed through it really well. I am really proud of myself. Today is going to be relaxing and is filled with knitting projects coming out of my ears. I want to finish something, maybe my black fingerless gloves.

*hugs*
Sarah

a brighter day

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Moo anxiety

A few days ago I squirted Moo with a water gun because she wouldn't come out from under the bed and that was the only way I could convince her it would be better out than under. The really bad thing is that I think I have really upset her. I have squirted her before and it was fine but now she is really skittish around me and I guess I would be if it were me.

Thing is, I think it could also be this horrible anxiety I am feeling. It is making my whole body shake and gives me heart palpitations. It's awful. I think she picks up on that too. It is making me feel like I am a horrible person but then just before lunch today I was feeling awful, so I lay down on my bed and Moo came up and put her head under my hand and made me pat her. She also slept on the bed near me for an hour and a half.

The other thing that makes me feel bad is that Moo adores Andy and what he can do with her, she won't let me do. I think that is because of all the time I spent away from home in hospital this year [another reason to never go back] and they have just bonded really well. Right now Moo is sleeping on the carpet on the floor of my study. She didn't cringe when I walked in. I am letting her come to me.

I know this might all sound really silly but it's genuinely making me feel bad. I don't think I could ever squirt her again. She is probably also very sensitive to my moods and when I am shaking with anxiety I probably don't feel very good to be around . Poor Moo :(

*hugs*
Sarah

emergency scarf

I was at Andy's folks place yesterday [a good thing, I get on well with them] and I realised that I really needed to knit something for Akemi, basically my sister-in-law, so I decided on a scarf. She will not allow us to buy anything for her and told us she would be very angry if we did because she knows how we are both not working right now and she doesn't want us to spend money on her for that reason but to save it for important stuff. I think she is important and I really like her and she helped to teach me to knit along with Andy's mum. I really hope I can pull it off for boxing day when we will go to Andy's folks place and Akemi will be there. I am making it in a pattern I have used before and it looks nice and it will be a nice green colour called "avocado". Here is a picture of my one I finished a few weeks ago, so it will be the same, just a different shade of green.



I really hope she likes it and I think she will feel good that I made it for her and that it doesn't cost a lot, just two balls of yarn. I hope I can pull it off before Xmas.

I hope you are all going well and feeling okay going into the holiday season. I know there are many people, me included that feel anxiety of this time. Let's hope it all works out well. Hello to my new readers, welcome and please feel free to comment :)

*hugs*
Sarah

Thursday, December 15, 2011

anxiety

Over the last few days I have had the worst anxiety than I have had in ages. Today it got so bad that I could feel my hands shaking and my legs were shaking too, plus I kept getting a racing heart. I worked out that it because of a few things, including having the last day of group for the year and having issues getting into Stepping Stone due to the anxiety of going back for the first time. There are also some other issues that haven't helped. Andy has been awesome, listening to my worries and being really supportive.

I have also had the worry of people that I know reading my blog and so I feel I need to censor myself a bit, not say what some of those worries are because of them reading what I am saying. It makes me feel really exposed and uncomfortable. I don't like it. I hate feeling like that here, the only place I can say whatever I like and not worry about others that I don't want to read, reading.

I have basically been going to group [which is going really well], going to see my psychiatrist [which is also going really well] and seeing my nurse and that is going well too. I am getting feedback that my nurse thinks I could go back to work part time early next year. Dr D says she wants me to not think about it for four weeks and then we'll talk about it again.

Other than knitting, I haven't really been doing much else. I am hoping to talk to Sharon, my chosen Stepping Stone staff member [she is the one I go to for help or just to talk to] tomorrow and sort something out about my anxiety about going there. I'll let you all know what happens.

I also wanted to say hi to new readers [hello over there!] and hope the rest of you out there are doing okay.

*hugs*
Sarah

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

writing is hard sometimes

I just wanted you all to know that I am still here, doing well, but just don't have a lot to say right now. I am just content to sit and knit and go to DBT of course. I will post again soon!

*hugs*
Sarah

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Positive Sunday

I haven't done a positive post for a while, Chrysalis reminded me from her weekly positives, so thought I would do one. I like her style as it's easy to follow, so here goes :)

Success Stories:
Although I have felt anxious this week, I haven't given in to the anxiety and reacted in a maladaptive way
I managed to put myself in others shoes and was able to identify with them more as a result
I'm proud of myself for I learning to knit with circular needles and it wasn't as hard as I thought

Gratitudes/Things that make me happy:
Andy and Moo
Knitting
Snuggling with Moo (she's on my lap right now)
Finishing knitting projects and seeing the results

Challenge and cheer-leading statements:
It's hard to watch how much Andy suffered while I was unwell over the last year and I do feel guilty but I know at the time I was doing all I could
It's okay to ask for what I want

Photo of the week

How can I resist putting up photos when she is so damn photogenic

*hugs*
Sarah

Friday, December 9, 2011

My first fingerless gloves

I am really excited that I have finished my first set of fingerless gloves. I finished the pair within a few days and am now embarking on my first pair knitted on circular needles. But anyway, I wanted to show you my gloves because I am so proud of them.

This is them on my hands

This is what the pattern looks like

I never thought I could make stuff like these, but I love them. Next time though I will make sure I don't use yarn that is a bit itchy. But I just like that they are my first set :)

*hugs*
Sarah

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Moo - her hairiness

Moo just climbed on top of Andy's bookcase and I managed to get some shots of her. Of course I think she is adorable!








I can't resist taking photos of her, she is just too cute :)

*hugs*
Sarah

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lots of stuff

I went to my GP today and found out I have bronchitis. I have this cough that goes round and round and sometimes gets so bad that I feel like I will puke. My GP said that if it keeps going I could instead have whooping cough. I personally think I don't have that because I am starting to feel a little better. I haven't coughed today nearly as much as I coughed yesterday.

Today all I have done is knitted. I am nearly half way through the fourth ball of yarn for my scarf and I have nearly finished a set of fingerless mitts. I should finish those tomorrow. Then on friday I will have a lesson from the lady at my local knitting store on how to knit with circular needles and I will then do another set of fingerless mitts knitted in the round. These mitts are supposed to be the ones that Alice's character in New Moon wore in the movie [see below], but not the reason I am going to make them! I just like the way they look. Plus it's an easy pattern :)


Then it's onto my first jumper. It's all very exciting [to me at least of course :) ].

It has been the coldest day in Brisbane in recorded history today and one of the wettest days I have seen for a while. Tomorrow is also meant to be the same. I am supposed to go to DBT but still getting over this, whatever I have, I am not sure that being out in cold wet weather would be good for me, so I may skip tomorrow. Lucy did say that if I wasn't feeling the best to stay home, so I might listen to her and do so if I still feel the same. I seem to go through patches of feeling better, then not again. I started my anitbiotics today so I am hoping that they will start to help soon.

I am also thinking of starting a new zine, but possibly a different one altogether apart from By the Skin of My Teeth. I have a name for it, that I won't yet reveal but we'll see. I have to get the motivation up to write it yet and I think I'll wait until some of my knitting projects have finished.

Anyway, thank you to all of you who take the time to read my blog, I really do appreciate it. I do read every comment and think about your words of wisdom. Hello also to new readers... welcome :)

*hugs*
Sarah

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

argh... sick!

Thank you to those of you who commented on my last post. This topic is going to take a lot of thought on my part, though I do have the help of my DBT psychologist as well and it's not something that I can deal with overnight [obviously]. I'm not sure that I will post again topics of this nature. I felt awful posting it to start with. Anyway, enough of that.

In other news I was told by my DBT psychologist and group today that I was the most well anyone has ever seen me. That I was calm, not manic or depressed and dealing with things in my life really well. I have been sick with a head cold though and I got sent home sick before lunch. I coughed and coughed until I nearly puked this afternoon and am seeing my GP tomorrow morning. I might need antibiotics, I'm not sure. Andy is sick too but not as bad as me. He is coughing half the amount as me but is still feeling it as well. Last night in my sleep I even had a coughing fit and woke up slightly to Andy rubbing my back. I didn't think you could cough in your sleep. I know it's early, nearly 8pm but I've been up since 5:30am, so I am really tired.

I might go leave my cat, who is trying to get into everything in my study and hop into bed and snooze away.

night night
*hugs*
Sarah

Monday, December 5, 2011

what do I do?

The last two nights have been awful. They both started out okay, but then Andy drank too much both nights and was clearly drunk both nights. I have noticed that he is depressed lately but won't really talk about it. I don't know what to say or do and I think he is feeling the same, so he hides it in drinking. We both have head colds at the moment too but he will drink whiskey to help his cold and I have to watch him deteriorate throughout the night. Last night he hardly made it up the stairs, tonight wasn't as bad but similar. It is now 7:44pm and he's been in bed for a good ten/fifteen minutes already because he is smashed. This is making me feel worthless, like it's my fault for getting unwell, losing my job and leaving it all for him to deal with and it is like that, though I know do know I am not worthless but I did get unwell, very unwell. Last night I lay in bed and I thought to myself, what do I do? How do I bring this up without a massive fight? I don't want Andy to feel worthless. I don't want to ruin Xmas. I don't know what to do! I really don't.


*hugs*
Sarah

Sunday, December 4, 2011

uni and a cold

I have some news. I have decided to decline my place at uni next year where I was going to do a Bachelor of Psychological Science. I did some pros and cons and worked out that I really don't think I could study part time until 2018, which is what it would be. I want to go back to work next year instead, when I have finished DBT. I think Andy is really happy with this too because when I go back to work it will take some pressure off of him work-wise too.

I woke up towards the end of last week with a tickle in my throat and coughed and coughed and coughed and it's now turned into a full blown head cold :(  I have a headache from coughing and a runny nose and just feel icky, though I still do have my sense of humour.Yay for summer colds [not]. I guess it's good I get it out of the way before Christmas - hopefully!



*hugs*
Sarah

Saturday, December 3, 2011

the rise and fall of the christmas tree

In our household Christmas is a very exciting time. Not only for Andy and I, but for Moo too. We decided to put up our Christmas tree this morning and let me tell you, it was fun and games [on Moo's part that is]. I had my camera handy, so here are some happy snapshots of putting the tree up in our household.

And so it begins

the look says it all

at first she was being helpful [maybe]

then it was hands [paws] on

Andy got dressed up

Moo got cranky defending her pile of old tinsel

The tree was getting there, looking good

Then it got climbed, again...

and again...

 and then swiped and jumped on and had it's decorations pillaged... poor thing really

And by the time she finished climbing it, it had been secured to the wall, so it wouldn't fall over like last year. Right now little Moo is sleeping because of all that excitement. I have no doubt now that it will be the same as last year. We'll rescue a few decorations on Christmas day to make the tree look not so sad but it was fun to watch her have fun.

I hope, if you also put up a tree for the festive season, that it's as fun as ours!

*hugs*
Sarah

Friday, December 2, 2011

stuff

I don't know if I told you but my new hearing aids were picking up a lot of feedback and in quiet rooms, like in DBT, it sounded like there was a mosquito in my ears. It was really annoying and at one state I ripped them and put them in my back. The same day I got a phone call to say my glasses were ready and so today was a day getting and hearing and sight both fixed up. I went first to Australian Hearing and they adjusted both hearing aids and it's nice to say they are working. Last time this happened there was nothing they could do, but this was five years ago and things were not as advanced as they are today. It was weird with them the aids in. I could hear my footsteps, I never hear stuff like that. I have a yucky cough at the moment and so that is annoying too as well as typing right now. The keys are loud. I suspect I will get used to it as I get used to the aids.

My glasses too are good. I got a pair of normal glasses and a pair of sunglasses. I hope I don't come to regret the colour of them as too strong.

My normal glasses... obviously

My sunglasses... again obviously

I've never had prescription sunglasses before, so it will be interesting to see if I use them. I was worried that both pairs wouldn't sit between my hearing aids and my head but they both do so fine. I am really happy about that. 

The other thing is that I managed to fix up my uni email today. My uni has evolved so much since I was there in 2007. I can't believe how much. I am going to miss DBT next Thursday as I have to enrol in classes that day at 10am. I don't want to miss out on a Monday tutorial class because the other classes are on Tuesday and Thursday and those days are for DBT. I hope you are all doing okay. Thanks for all the comments lately. I really appreciate it.

*hugs*
Sarah