Hi folks. Thanks for your replies! I kind of disappeared for a few days, but I'm back now... >.>
England lost in the semi-finals tonight. Oh well
@Poliq - I hadn't heard of Cuddll before. It does look interesting - I will download it and see what it comes up with for my area. As for the others, Twitter is the only one I use. I like it, but I wouldn't say I've met anyone through it.
@Trina - I do the coffee shop thing already >_>. I have to get out at least once a day, otherwise I just feel cooped up and restless. If I'm not going to my gardening place, I usually go over to my local supermarket, where I can get a free cup of coffee or tea. Used to be able to get it inside the cafe, but sadly they changed that fairly recently and you can only get it as a takeaway now. But I still go there most days and get my free coffee (the tea is rubbish, so I usually stick to coffee).
I've heard of book clubs and meetup.com. I ought to try a meetup group, but it's plucking up the courage to go to one. It sounds easy but for me it isn't. Depression and social anxiety make it almost impossible for me to talk to people. I know I can't solve the loneliness unless I find a way of becoming more extroverted, but I need to feel better before I can talk to people - it's a vicious circle.
@HT - Yeah, the library is a possibility I suppose. Could see if there are any volunteer positions going. I've actually got fond memories of the library from when I was a child, but thanks to budget cuts, most libraries are only
open part time nowadays - they are not what they used to be.
@nssg - Cheers :p
I think in small towns it's different: even during the week day you don't see people on their own a lot. I sometimes miss the city: used to live in the suburbs of north west London, so I'd go up to central London on a regular basis. I'm actually not that far from London - only an hour away by train - but the train fare is ridiculous :/ What I might do is start looking into things to do in Oxford, somewhere I can get to for a lot less.
I dunno how you get into house-sitting or dog-walking, but both are things I would deffo consider.
@Bull - Huh?
@cilly - Yeah, I reckon library work would be a fairly nice job. Good luck with that.
If I had a 2-bedroom flat I'd consider the room mate idea, but with only one bedroom it's not really a possibility. I do wish I had somebody to live with - somebody close, like a partner or good friend. My flat is nice, but literally no one ever comes here. Even my parents don't visit anymore (although that said, I'm not desperate for them to start visiting again. It just wasn't fun. Whenever my dad is outside of his own home, he gets miserable and antsy and wants to leave ASAP).
Anyway thanks everyone. I'm gonna go to a coffee morning at my GP practice tomorrow: I won't even be tempted to sleep in because I've got a blood test at 9am ;p
Dx Crohn's in June 2000. (Yay )
Tried: 5-ASAs, azathioprine, 6MP, Remicade, methotrexate, Humira, diets.
1st surgery 20/2/13 - subtotal colectomy with end ileostomy.
2nd surgery 10/7/15 - ileorectal anastomosis. Stoma reversed and ileum connected to the rectum.
Current status: Chronic flare. Do I have any other kind?
Current meds: 50mg 6MP; Entyvio (started 3/11/16)