Depression & Guilt as a pseudo-Caregiver: My journey toward understanding & some much needed changes…

I say "pseudo-caregiver" because my dad can mostly take care of himself...at least, I think he can. We suck at getting to the bottom of things in this family, and it's something I've brought up a few times before, many months ago. Well, I've spent weeks trying to get over throat issues and chest congestion, … Continue reading Depression & Guilt as a pseudo-Caregiver: My journey toward understanding & some much needed changes…

A new, fun (painful, crazy) goal: be able to do 100 push-ups a day by the New Year.

Yeah, I don't mean it has to be all at the same time. Like I could break it up into a couple sets throughout the day or something, but that's what I want to aim for--be able to do 100 push-ups a day. Maybe next year I'll go for sit-ups (shudder). That said, yes, it's … Continue reading A new, fun (painful, crazy) goal: be able to do 100 push-ups a day by the New Year.

#069–Why is it EVERY TIME I take actual steps to make positive changes in my life, I suddenly get sick?

I was doing wrapping up a stream of consciousness writing assignment (my faithful wastebasket next to me so I can hock up my lungs a bit at a time), writing away when it hit me. Could this be a psychosomatic issue? Can you get cold/flu/whatever-like symptoms in order to avoid something? My mind-body connection seems … Continue reading #069–Why is it EVERY TIME I take actual steps to make positive changes in my life, I suddenly get sick?

Testing tea on age, health in other ways: an experiment because I’m tired of staring at my prematurely gray hair.

I made myself a promise for Valentines Day (which was forgotten due to certain, more important events). I promised that I'd stop looking at myself and just shrugging my shoulders, believing I'm incapable of changing anything about myself. Well, my promise was to take care of me without spending a fortune doing it. To get … Continue reading Testing tea on age, health in other ways: an experiment because I’m tired of staring at my prematurely gray hair.

The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome, by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D.

My copy: 9780071385640 (image from amazon.com) It took me a little while to read this book. Not that it was overly-clinical and complex, but rather it was saturated with information that needed some careful reading and analyzing. The Disease to Please is a great book for anybody who has difficulty measuring their self-worth compared to … Continue reading The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome, by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D.

Nurses and needles and veins, oh my! Prepping before donating blood or plasma.

I think all plasma donation sites should have this on the home page: if you have veins that like to hide or jump at the elbow and you have a hard time giving blood, don't bother showing up to donate plasma!!! That would've saved some time and made my day better. I tried to go … Continue reading Nurses and needles and veins, oh my! Prepping before donating blood or plasma.