Where I’ve Been

Welcome to my new readers, and welcome back to my loyal followers!!  Wondering where I’ve been the past six months?  Boy, do I have stories to tell you!!

My new office

I’m back in the accounting world, because, well, money.  But look, I have my own office, with a door that shuts!!  My coworkers are very nice, and I enjoy the work.

Around the time I started my job, soon after my last blog post, I realized that I had put myself in a dangerous position. I was suicidal, and had not told anyone about it.  I confessed to Art and Devin.   They both promised that they would check in with me daily to make sure of how I was doing.  I also made an appointment with a psychiatrist.

It took me a month to get that appointment.  I gave the psychiatrist a compressed history and told him what was going on in my head (nightmares, extreme anxiety, crying jags, suicidal thoughts and what I have always called “panic attacks”).

The psychiatrist diagnosed me with PTSD, depression and anxiety. He also told me that the experiences I was calling “panic attacks” were actually dissociative episodes and that my normal daily experiences were probably one or more actual panic attacks per day. He prescribed an antidepressant and an anti-anxiety med.

At some point, I hope to be able to talk about the events that caused my PTSD.  For the time being, it is still a bit too painful to relive, and I also feel the need (for some reason) to protect my abuser.

My therapist has been amazing.  She has a lot of helpful tips, and is helping me to realize my own worth.  I am feeling more positive about the future.

Do you ever feel like you don’t belong?

and everyone stops you from singing your song?

What “they” think is right, you think is wrong?

Welcome to depression.

One of the things my therapist recommended is that I start writing again.  She said I am a good writer, who is excellent at conveying emotion.  She inspired me to re-start the blog.

I won’t be blogging about depression all the time.  As usual, the blog is about things that relate to my life, whether it’s my favorite things, or relationships, or cooking & crafts.

Thank you for listening.  <3 <3 <3

Top Five Back Pain Prevention Tips

back pain prevention tips

Art, Bud and I have all struggled with back pain at various times in our lives.  I have arthritis in my sacroiliac joints.  Art has a pinched nerve that plagues him on and off.  Bud has suffered the aches and pains that come with being an active teenager and young adult.

Through advice from our doctors, tips from friends, family, and the internet, and lots of trial and error, we have picked our favorite back pain prevention tips.  Here they are:

Top Five Back Prevention Tips

    • Maintain (or gain) core strength.

      Core muscles include your hips, abdominals and back.  A few really good exercises to keep your core strong are crunches, planks and pushups.  Even if you’re not big on exercising, one important thing you can do to help maintain core strength is to keep your abdominal muscles pulled in as much as possible.

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 If he can do it, you can do it!!!

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

    The more weight you carry, the more pressure you are putting on your spine.  If you are overweight, losing even just a few pounds could make a significant difference in your back pain.

  • Get regular aerobic exercise.

    Low impact aerobic exercises like walking, swimming, cycling, elliptical and stepping can help condition your back, as well as releasing endorphins that aid in both pain relief and elevating your mood.

  • Learn (and use) proper posture and bending techniques.back pain prevention

    When standing – Your feet should be roughly shoulder width apart. Your knees and hips should be in line with the middle of your feet. Your torso should be balanced over your hips neither leaning forward nor backwards. Your shoulders should be back and your chest held out. Your head should be upright with your chin slightly elevated.
    When sitting – Your feet should be flat on the floor with your knees at a right angle.  Your shoulders (if possible) and butt should stay against the back of the seat.  Your back and neck should be in line with your pelvis.
    When bending –  Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Bend your knees, but keep your back straight. Keep your abdominal muscles pulled in and if you are lifting, lift with your legs.

  • Stretch regularly

    Try some of the exercises at dailyhealthypost.com.

Of course if you experience any sharp or long-term back pain, please consult your doctor.

What are your tips for preventing back pain?  Please leave your comments below.