mid week update – not much to tell…

All of Monday morning I had a sore stomach and felt nauseous all day.

On Tuesday I was feeling better and was only tired from going to bed around midnight.

I received my applications forms and police check forms for the voluntary compeer job.

I rang the lady who was the contact to ask if it mattered that I have depression and anxiety issues.

She advised that it definitely wouldnt be a factor that would stop me from volunteering.  Im glad she said that, I was a bit worried that I would be able to volunteer because of it.  I think suffering with these conditions is one of the reasons I volunteered.  I understand what it is like and also understand the stigma of having a mental illness in society.

She advised we would discuss it in the interview and they would have my therapist as a contact.  I advised her I dont have a therapist, that I control it only with medication.

If you get accepted after the interview, there is a two day course to complete.

Should be interesting.

Other than the compeer update, there is not much to tell so far this week. A bit blah really.

When I get home I just want to sleep (but what’s new), I guess going to bed after 11pm does not help.  I will have to try to get  to bed earlier.

I find it hard to go to bed early.  I always seem to find something to do to pass the time and end up going to bed late and cant get out of bed in the morning.

But other than that, this week has been OK.

Hope all your weeks are going OK.

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13 thoughts on “mid week update – not much to tell…

    • Compeer is a volunteer support and social program that uses the power of friendship to help people with mental illnesses live happier, more satisfying lives. The program recruits, screens, and matches volunteers with people recovering from mental illness.

      Many Compeer participants have experienced the devastating effects of mental illness resulting in loneliness and social isolation. The Compeer program is a compliment to traditional therapy. A Compeer friendship can make a substantial improvement in a participant’s self-worth – a key ingredient in bringing a person back into the mainstream of community life.

      • That is a great cause and I belive that the best people for this are those that have struggled or are struggling themselves. If I had the spare time I would consider it myself (I’m sure there would be an equivalent here in Aus. However, I am busy trying to bring up my 4 boys with the least mental issues as possible (except for their Mum). Well done to you girlfriend. Hope to hear more about it all. Love Jen xxx

  1. I am glad that your contact understood and connected with you about depression. A lot of people wouldn’t have been so nice. Glad it worked out. Hope you feel better soon xx

  2. When I first volunteered for an old people’s home..I worried like you!..but they were great!..I left after 8 months because I couldn’t keep up with everything else I was doing at the time..and that got me down!
    I’ve never slept before midnight or even 3 am without taking med’s to put me to sleep. My psychiatrist sent me to a sleep specialist to see what’s going on with me!

    Sleep test: You get hooked up and monitored in hospital for the night.
    It turns out..I have Insomnia and sleep Apnea!!
    I’m supposed to sleep with this CPAP ( Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine on till morning…I hated it and would wake up in a panic attack! *laughing* I just couldn’t tolerate it!

    Who know’s? maybe you have a condition you can’t help? xxx

      • This is true!..Not easy to go to sleep.
        Weird thing to me was if you took sleeping pills..you had to still take them..
        If you drank alcohol… you could bring 4 drinks in with you.

        That way your doing the same routine and they still get an accurate reading! *strange I know*.

        I suppose each country has different rules!
        Have a good weekend..I’m off today with friends to Melbourne!! Woohooo!!!! xx

  3. I think it’s great that you recognise and admit the depression. Lots of people don’t realise they have it or don’t want to admit it. It’s the first step in dealing with it. You are perfect for the volunteer work because there is nobody better qualified than someone who really understands. Good luck 🙂

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