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PTSD and shopping

May 29, 2018 - 13:30 -- Admin

If your PTSD is up and you suffer hand tremours or finger spring you will drop your shopping. When putting it away try to start will a non-fragile or heavy item first. For me it was a box of ice-creams. I picked it up, one of four items purchased, and my hand said "NO!" and opened up like a flower and dropped it on the floor. The ice-creams were okay; hooray!

Fanged it downhill as the rain came in

May 29, 2018 - 13:21 -- Admin

I got pre-rain splatter on the way to the shops on my electric-assist man trike and forded on knowing that if it did hit then it was a downhill ride. So it did hit and because it's an electric-assist bike if you use the assistance as it rains then there is a small chance of electrocution.Battery off I pedaled furiously along the straight bit then fanged it downhill as the rain came in.I'm pretty sure that's an Oz word—to fang—which means to go quickly.

Policy nerd

May 29, 2018 - 10:06 -- Admin

You know you're a policy nerd when you're doing an outside wee with one hand whilst holding an iphone playing a live feed of senate estimates in the other and trying to hear it over the sound of your urination slashing onto a dead potted plant.

PTSD and Dr Who

May 28, 2018 - 21:51 -- Admin

Dr Who is an awesome TV series that is branded across my childhood (the Tom Baker era). The 2005 re-boot is stunning and theboy, being old enough to not freak out at the scary, is watching his way through.In Dr Who there is a lot of running along corridors as noises of alert ring out---be they from sirens, klaxons or tannoys and blaring forth barps, bings, bongs, bleeps or awoogas. There's a fucking host of DANGER! sounds and they travel far through a house.

PTSD and socks

May 28, 2018 - 12:46 -- Admin

If you're putting socks away or trying to put them on then you will drop them. Try to consciously grip the sock, tell yourself to clutch, as you maneuver the sock. If you have mobility issues as well, and you're trying to put on a sock, then, yes, you will drop them. I have to splay a sock open with an outstretched fingers then slip it over my pointed toes whilst braced within a door frame. I had to do that before I got PTSD; with the PTSD it's a lot more challenging.

PTSD and keys

May 28, 2018 - 12:39 -- Admin

You will drop them. Consider gripping them when you pick them up and consciously staying  hold of them.But they will drop. It will be irritating—especially if you also have physical issues that make it hard to bend. Picking them up may not be guaranteed on the first attempt; try to be cool with that.Also if due to circumstances of house design a key rack is above the kitty litter then, yes, you will drop them into the kitty litter. This has been "Fun with PTSD".

Bled into a slipper

May 27, 2018 - 10:08 -- Admin

I could see a bright shein of blood on the back heel part of one of the good brown slippers, from a foot skin picking session that had gone too deep. I'm reminded it's a dumb habit, picking at the body, that can cause clothing or footwear damage ... from blood that shoild be inside the body.The urge to painfully haul up a leg into pole position to idly pick at my foot skin is screaming at me. It's like any addicition; I want to and need to feed it.