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Aussieangel
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   Posted 4/13/2007 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
After 4 and a half weeks which was originally only going to be 10 days I'm home from hospital.
 
The next week (hormones , first week home and school holidays ) is really going to be the tester.
 
I've learnt some good ideas while in there, just got to remember to keep practising them and will see my pdoc to start intensive CBT in a weeks time.
 
The people in my ward which was especially for anxiety and depression were wonderful and supportive and it felt like home only safer.
 
It's now one small step at a time and being mindful of each of those steps.

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   Posted 4/13/2007 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
congrats hope it helped
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KodakPuppy
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   Posted 4/13/2007 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I am so glad to hear you are home and back here with us. My thoughts and prayers arewith you. Take care and God Bless.
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   Posted 4/13/2007 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. Glad you got through all that. I'm sure the stay has done you a lot of good and you'll make significant progress going forward!

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   Posted 4/13/2007 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I am glad you are back among us as well
I know that you will make it with those small steps hun
It is great to to know you felt safe and comfy whilst there

You have been missed but we are glad for your seeking help ....
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   Posted 4/13/2007 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   

tongue  Safe and comfy in hospita where you learned new skills for coping with lifes ups and downs..and now you free to move onwards and upwards in your life..wow..I wish you well aussieangel..keep up the good work..and keep us posted with your progress.

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Aussieangel
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   Posted 4/14/2007 5:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks everyone.

I even had a big test today, I had to take my youngest to a birthday party in a real busy place. I took the other 2 bowling while there and even braved the shops. The first part of the car trip was a bit nervy but I made it without any major panic. yeah

I don't know if I'm now suffering from the after effects or if it's due to being physically ill. (I've had a rotten heavy head cold for a couple of days now.) I just feel really down so I'm trying to practise what I learnt which is to accept I'm having a sad sad feeling and that it's ok as it comes from a thought and a thought can't hurt you.I'm now adding in it's not me but my ocd as the thoughts have been there for 90minutes now.

I did pat myself on the back for earlier, and bowling was the reward (I even beat the kids tongue ), here's hoping to a brighter day tomorrow.

We were taught to allow our thoughts as living with them is meant to cut them back and down, where as if you try to avoid a thought it'll definitely chase you around.


jordaNZone
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   Posted 4/14/2007 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Wow aussieangel you did really well yesterday tongue and I bet your kids are soo happy to have you home and spending quality time with them..excellent news! You may have a couple of blue days every now and again..but that's ok - you cannot go back to square one Ever again because you have learned all sorts of new skills for coping...The way I cope with the ocd thoughts is to distract myself in some way..move on to another task..and 'cruise on past them' best fits how I manage lol.

Just remember that it takes great courage and a helluva lot of hard work to survive what you have gone through..thanx so much for posting your story..gives hope to anyone going thru wot you have and reassures the rest of us too yeah

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   Posted 4/14/2007 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Glad to have you back Aussieangel and a now you are starting to spreed your wings here's to you girl the happy dance

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wannabbetter
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   Posted 4/15/2007 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Aussiangel, glad to hear you are home again with your family. Must of been hard to be away from your loved ones, but you made it thru and have learned new things and this will make you much stronger. Congratulations!!!!Im sure you will have advice and techniques to help others out...God bless you and your family.

Aussieangel
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   Posted 4/15/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Guys,
 
It's getting close to my hormonal time which is usually pretty bad so I'm trying to keep my thoughts low rather then catastrophise the week.
 
I felt a bit low again yesterday and I have to go to the shops today so there's a bit of anxiety there, but I need to beat it as we're hoping to drive to Queensland next month (around 10hrs) so I'm not going to let a 10 min car trip win.
 
Breathing is one thing I try to practise regulary, just thinking of the word will normally make me conscious to take some deep slow breathes.Using a watch to time your breathing for a minute and then trying to slow it down over the next couple is another little trick I use.

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   Posted 4/15/2007 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations Aussie! I am so proud of you and FOR you! I have also been trying to remind myself that when I feel panicky that it will pass and it's something I have to wait out. That helps me to not catastrophize then feed the fear with fear!! I don't expect to ever try to overcome my BIG phobias like working and travelling, but I'm okay with that. As long as I can hang steady then I try not to worry about it!
Take care and I'm so glad you're home! :)
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Aussieangel
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   Posted 4/15/2007 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Janet,

The car trip was harder then I thought. I sat there breathing to my watch. I think it's my hormones starting to kick in and so I've booked my daughter in for a haircut which means I really really have to challenge myself and drive up to the shops twice. (she's getting a cut and colour so will be there a while).

I can feel the panic already (so I've just got to let it be. I actually try to visualise the panic as the monsters in the book living with it, while giving them the stunning names of Priscilla and Petunia) my own private panic monsters. It helps to bring me back down a bit imagining them running around me chucking panic tantrums.


janetlee
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   Posted 4/16/2007 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   

Aussie,

Whatever it takes, you do! You are an amazing lady and you've proven it time and again! We're ALL cheering you on and are here for you!

HUGS!

janet


Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
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jordaNZone
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   Posted 4/17/2007 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Aussieangel

Have you read the book 'Living with IT' by Bev Aisbett..it's done in cartoon form and actually conveys panic as 'IT' the monster lol..I think you will be able to relate to it really well lol..works for me!

Maree


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"In any moment of decision,
the best thing you can do is the right thing,
the next best thing is the wrong thing,
and the worst thing you can do is nothing."
Roosevelt.
 
Friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly. 
 

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