It's been awhile and my thread has been moved from the PTSD and trauma forum to the Long term support over the journey forum. Great move I think.
Yes, it is a long term strategy that needs renewing, refreshing, revisiting all the time. Life throws up some difficult things - e.g. needing to go for a medical procedure. Wow, has that set off my PTSD and anxiety. So over the past couple of months I've been spending time bringing myself down. Of course if I admit to myself - this isn't going to happen till after I've had the procedure.
Using the public health system doesn't help any as one has to wait until there is available space. At least I've been put in Category 1, however, this causes even more stress as these are 'high priority' cases. Hmmmmm.....
I had my first visit with the specialist this week and he agrees with me that it's probably all okay, but it's better to be sure - than sorry. I've a booking to see the anaesthetist in 2 weeks then I'll be scheduled for surgery. How frightening is all that.
Beautiful butterfly wings (Starting New) - I'm so with you and understanding your situation. We'll both get there and come out fighting.
Sleep is the biggest problem now because I toss and turn with worry. I'm finding though - getting a good 1/2 hour exercise in helps to alleviate that. Also, my eating regime is improving. Ensuring I get adequate vitamin C and protein every morning. My energy levels are improving and think more able to manage my anxiety.
Have been a little toey with hubby who is so totally there for me. Love him to bits, but get frustrated with the little things. One good thing is I get over it pretty quickly.
The biggest issue I find is an upset digestive system. Ouch, it can go on for days - nothing I try helps to settle it. It only settles when I've settled mentally and much less anxious. It is a realisation I came to the other day that all my years of upset bellies have been due to my anxiety. Wow, that is so awesome to come to that point in my understanding of what happens. It explains so much. Mainly because there was never any explanation for my upset bellies (it wasn't anything I ate, anything I drank, no parasites)
My journey is going to be very full this year.
Kind regards all