Hello everyone! Have you missed me?! Boy, it’s been a long time since I posted anything and yes I have the usual barrel load of excuses like I’ve been too busy, I’ve been too demand avoidant and I’ve just not had the inspiration needed to write. All of which are true but also I couldn’t be bothered if I’m honest. Yep, just lazy mixed in too! I find writing more than a quick text or Facebook post hard work. I tend to ramble on and lose the point that I started with in the beginning, a bit like I’m doing right now! I also find the more I have to say the harder it is and there’s quite a lot to say here….
Firstly many of you have been asking how it went with my appointment with my new psychiatrist – well I’m pleased to announce that it went really well! So well in fact! She was very nice and very approachable. She didn’t interrogate me and was very understanding. The appointment only lasted about 20 minutes too which was great! She confirmed that she would send me my prescription once a month and that I wouldn’t need to call to order it or chase it up. I’ve waited several months since the appointment, which was in August, before sharing this in case she didn’t do as she said but I’m pleased to say that she’s stuck to her word! My prescriptions have indeed landed on my doormat once a month, completely hassle-free! It’s lovely not having to worry or run out of meds! She ended my appointment with the lovely words “see you in 12 months” – yep, that’s right! 12 whole months before I have to go back! She didn’t offer me CBT or anything else. She didn’t say I needed to talk about my past. Nothing was offered – just what I’ve been asking for! ￼￼
In other news I’m now officially a volunteer for the PDA Society. I’m very proud of this. It’s a pleasure to help them in any way I can. Also my Christmas cards have been selling very well, again it’s lovely to be able to help and so humbling that so many people want to buy my card to send to their loved ones. If you want to stock up for Christmas 2020 you can buy them here! (other cards by other PDAers are also available)
Last month myself and Paul ran another Facebook auction in aid of the PDA Society and raised £629.54! Thank you to everyone who made items for us to sell and to those who bid on those items. 💜
So Christmas Day has been and gone. My most favourite day of the year! I live and breath Christmas and yes it drives all my family and friends mad! I’ve already started planning next years Christmas cards and can’t wait to start making them in January. I know that might sound a little extreme but I send over 80 cards and I like to make my own so I need quite a bit of time to accomplish that. Unfortunately this year I didn’t give myself enough time and I actually had to buy cards!!! Horrific! So come 1st January ￼I will be heading into the craft room for a post Christmas crafting sort out and then I’ll be able to make a start.
So Christmas here was lovely. Just me and Paul and the cats. No meltdowns or stress on the day. Last year we started a new tradition of a Christmas Eve box and we did the same this year. I think it helps regulate my excitement and means that I’m not up at 4am on Christmas Day! It was 6am this year which is actually the time I normally wake anyway! We also started another new tradition last year which was a Scrabble tournament – best of 5 games played over the whole Christmas and new year. We’ve only played the one game so far, which Paul won. I’m having my usual “social blackout” at the moment. I’ve not left the house since 21st December and I won’t again until the first week of January. I use Christmas time as a chance to take a break from everything external. It’s great. Friends are too busy to see me because they are doing their own thing and everything closes or goes onto reduced hours. Going out becomes an option and not a necessity. No WI, no Parish Council and no appointments. People are of course welcome to visit me, and they do, but I won’t go out. It’s great. An enforced break. Lovely! ￼￼Every Christmas I’m reminded of just how lucky we are. We are blessed. We have a nice warm home and food in the fridge. We have our health and we have each other. Nothing else matters if you have all that.
So what is next for me? Well on the 11th February in Bristol I’m co-hosting a one-day conference with Spectrum Savvy and Sally Cat. I’m very excited. This is the first PDA event of this scale that I’ve co-hosted. I’m really looking forward to it. We have a great line up of speakers, including Sally Cat, Dr. Judy Eaton (Video-link) and Libby Hill. Tickets can be purchased HERE and at the moment there is 10% off the ticket price until the new year! I can’t wait to blog about it!
Lastly I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all a very peaceful and healthy 2020! Love to you all 💜