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    This Bed, Incontinence, and Fat Me

    This motel bed is worn out from my fat body and the limited space I have on it. I sit up on the bed, and my abdomen sits over my legs, and it causes my right thigh a lot of discomfort. I can't find a position that works except leaning back and to the left, but then I have my phone too close to my eyes (and most positions I sit in, I fall into leaning forward, so the phone's too close to my eyes even then. Leaning back doesn't always help, either.

    The bed I'd sunk in, and the times I've wet the bed (yes, I use bed pads, but when I've emptied my full bladder, it's not enough, plus my boyfriend only gets the cheapest bed pads and underwear, and they don't even carry my size in any brand in the stores.

    Yes, I *am* trying to lose weight, but I'm limited as to what I can eat, and when I stay at the motel instead of going out, like I did today (because I'm sick), I have to rely on what my boyfriend's willing to get me. I only eat one meal a day, and a bag of chocolates as a snack. It's terrible, I know, but it's hard to find healthy snacks you don't have to refrigerate, especially if you crave sweets.

    I'm getting drowsy again, so I'm going to stop here.

    #Anxiety
    #ocd
    #obsessivecompulsivedisorder
    #Depression
    #panicdisorder
    #hoarder
    #hoarding
    #ptsd
    #cptsd
    #disability
    #abuse
    #emotionalabuse
    #mentalabuse
    #Financialabuse
    #Obesity
    #BladderIncontinence
    #Incontinence
    #UrinaryIncontinence
    #urge incontinence
    #bedwetting
    #overactive bladder

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    Struggling with my quality of care and self esteem

    I have been diagnosed Bipolar 1 for years now. It's only been since 2016 that I have been having psychotic episodes. I had 6 in one year. Because of this I have a huge self esteem problem.
    During my episodes I usually have tons of hallucinations and voices. They tend to be about religion, like the world is ending and stuff like that. And they are usually telling me to do inappropriate things.
    Well my daughter had to go to the emergency room recently...the same emergency room where I had my episode and stayed for 2 days because they refused to admit me to the mental health unit which I was in desperate need of. ( They finally admitted me with the rehab staffs urging)
    I heard the nurses whispering and talking about me and when I would look up at them they would look away when I had to leave my daughter's room.
    And this isn't the first time this has happened when I have to go there. I had covid last December and it was the same thing. Whispers and looks.
    I am trying to put the past behind me and focus on my recovery. The problem is my trust level. I'm going to be starting counseling again soon and it's going to be hard to talk about these things. The mental health Dr's and staff here aren't very friendly and are condescending and rude. I actually had a Dr in the psych ward stop prescribing my antidepressants because he said I didn't need them and he was being very rude to me. Took me months to get back on them.
    How can I trust the professionals that are supposed to be treating me when they are rude, condescending and not very helpful?
    There are not many resources here so it's not like I can just go get another Dr. I'm at a loss on what to do.
    Any advice would be appreciated.

    #BipolarDisorder #Psychosis #Anxiety #Obesity

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    Another Lost Day

    I didn't make it up and out today. I set my alarm, but I just turned it off and went back to sleep because I was so sleepy. I woke up to use the bathroom earlier, as is usual, and I only had a couple of hours more to sleep to get up when I wanted to. If I wake up too close to when I want to go out, chances are, I won't be able to make myself get up. This isn't something I can afford right now. As some of you know, I need to find someone to prescribe my meds, since my psychiatrist retired, and I can't find a psychiatrist who takes Medicare. I've found out why fewer psychiatrists and doctors are taking Medicare, and you can search that for yourself, but one reason is--surprise!--money. I understand doctors need to be paid and want more money, but those of us who don't have much money need help, too. All too often, we don't get good psychiatrists and doctors. Or other resources. I am rationing my meds, but I have less than a week before I'll be out. I don't want to go to the hospital if I can avoid it, and a couple other types of places, but I might have to. I'm feeling much more anxious, and my boyfriend doesn't seem to care. That's not new, but I'm scared, and I have no one.

    #Anxiety
    #ocd
    #obsessivecompulsivedisorder
    #depression
    #panicdisorder
    #ptsd
    #cptsd
    #abuse
    #emotionalabuse
    #mentalabuse
    #financialabuse
    #mentalhealth
    #mightytogether
    #meds
    #anxietymedication
    #obesity
    #thyroid
    #thyroiddisease
    #hypothyroidism
    #medicare

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    NOOO!!!

    I wrote a long post! I vented! I need to be heard! And then I realized I forgot to post the hashtags and clicked on the post, and it stopped trying to send, but it also froze. This has happened before! I couldn't scroll or do anything. I couldn't copy the post. All that typing, for NOTHING! I'm down to 42% battery, and then I have to wait 3 hours for it to charge so I can talk to anyone again! I might fall asleep during that time, so I won't talk to anyone again till I wake up and use the bathroom. I hate using the bathroom! It takes so long, takes so much out of me! Why do I keep screwing up?

    #Anxiety
    #ocd
    #obsessivecompulsivedisorder
    #depression
    #abuse
    #emotionalabuse
    #mentalabuse
    #financialabuse
    #panicdisorder
    #obesity

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    I'm new here!

    Hi, my name is Okae. I'm here because I saw a title to an article written by someone else in chronic pain, as I am, and I wanted to be able to read it and see what they had to say. I am new to this forum and see that there may be other things here which can help me.I have chronic pain from Osteoarthritis in nearly all my joints, and am in need of a hip replacement which the surgeon refuses to do because of my obesity. I only eat about 1200 - 1300 calories per day but still cannot lose weight. I was eating less, but the Nutritionist told me it was a starvation diet and unhealthy, so she told me to eat no less than 1700 calories per day, which made me gain weight. I tried 1500 a day and stayed the same weight. So I am back to eating less and still not losing. I feel hopeless to lose the weight and and hopeless to get the hip replacement that can give me my life back. I'm looking for supportive suggestions and advice and a community of others who may be going through the same. #MightyTogether

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    When you change your life but your fibromyalgia stays the same.

    The last year and half has been transforming for me. I've worked/working with the wonderful team at Revolution Medical in Vancouver. They approach obesity as a disease rather than blaming the person as being lazy. They change medication that increase weight and add medication that help to lose weight. The two that I was put on were Ozempic and Jardiance. Life changers. The last part of the treatment was gastric bypass surgery. I lost close to 100lbs before the surgery. I'm 8 weeks post op and have lost another 55 lbs. It is a lot of work but focusing on what you should be doing rather than what you shouldn't do. It changes your whole perceptions when you focus on the medical side of it. I was hoping with the weight loss that my fibromyalgia would settle down and I wouldn't be in so much pain. Unfortunately that pain free period is over. My fibro has flared so bad that I feel like running away from life and letting the world continue without me. Has anyone else faced this? Thinking that major changes in your life would positively affect your fibro? #lifechanges

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    When you change your life but your fibromyalgia stays the same.

    The last year and half has been transforming for me. I've worked/working with the wonderful team at Revolution Medical in Vancouver. They approach obesity as a disease rather than blaming the person as being lazy. They change medication that increase weight and add medication that help to lose weight. The two that I was put on were Ozempic and Jardiance. Life changers. The last part of the treatment was gastric bypass surgery. I lost close to 100lbs before the surgery. I'm 8 weeks post op and have lost another 55 lbs. It is a lot of work but focusing on what you should be doing rather than what you shouldn't do. It changes your whole perceptions when you focus on the medical side of it. I was hoping with the weight loss that my fibromyalgia would settle down and I wouldn't be in so much pain. Unfortunately that pain free period is over. My fibro has flared so bad that I feel like running away from life and letting the world continue without me. Has anyone else faced this? Thinking that major changes in your life would positively affect your fibro? #lifechanges

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    Well-being of Self: Three Holistic Approaches to finding Verdure.

    Staying in Motion

    When one is accessing what is most important to reaching and maintaining a state of mental well-being, sometimes we forget the connection between the mind and body. A great part of our brain function, much of which is sub-conscious, is directed towards and in constant communication with our body and the many functions they perform in conjunction. Breathing, heartbeat and rhythm, and even our sleep state (which is our next and most simple approach) are a few examples.

    Working the physical body into a healthy state not only raises esteem in oneself but also lessens the burden of our brain and its many subconscious functions. Simply walking outside in nature as often as possible, under the Sun. Evening strolls after work is also quite pleasant. Nature's membership is free.

    Beauty Sleep

    In my forty-two years, I can't recall anyone I've ever known saying to me "I get the perfect amount of sleep". Typically, what I normally hear are people around me agonizing about how little sleep they were able to glean the night before, I see exhaustion all around and I would be remiss not to mention my propensity for lacking proper sleep and its effect on my daily struggle of perpetual exhaustion.

    Just as the body can help regulate the mind, the mind also regulates the body. Balance is key, as in all things. During sleep states our mind is processing, our brain is rewiring and being optimized for the next wake cycle, and the vast amounts of information that will be processed all over again. As the mind optimizes, the body rebuilds and in conjunction with the mind, it allocates and distributes hormones and overall limbic function. Sleep and being well-rested also promote a healthy cardiovascular system. Get your beauty sleep, it's proverbial money in the bank.

    Human Connection

    Now that we've connected the mind to the body, it's time to consider our connection to each other and the importance it has on our overall mental well-being. I favor the hermit side of the social spectrum; you'll often hear of my love of solitude. You will rarely hear me talk of the equally valid feelings of depression and self-doubt that come with living with little human interaction and even less human contact.

    In a May 8th, 2014, article out of Stanford University, written by Dr. Emma Seppala, she points to a 1988 landmark study that showed a lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure combined. Arguably the hardest on our list, especially in a day and age of fear of lockdowns and pandemics, but I can attest to the life-changing effects of finding your soul tribe. Carl Jung says loneliness isn't so much an absence of people around you, but an absence of anyone to listen to what's most important to oneself.

    Conclusion

    Nature has given humanity all that it needs to flourish. However, life has a way of complicating the mind, so we look for complicated and often far too expensive solutions. Mental well-being is a balance between what is without and what is within. Tools are all around us and the actualization is within. Gentle balance.

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    THIS IS US Disability Inclusion

    Bravo Bravo to TIU show for the adorable “disabled” boys playing Kate’s son. I wrote earlier that Kate’s obesity disability has not been mentioned…. Too bad. It’s a fact and sad that nobody mentions that TIU has a major and lovely star whom everyone loves but has a huge obesity issue (no pun intended). Nobody wants to hurt her feelings? We talk about low vision and albino and hearing loss but fat is too delicate to talk about? Why is that? I’m fat. I don’t like it. I’m embarrassed. But it is a disability to be obese and BRAVO to TIU for featuring a major actor who is obese as well as gifted in talent.

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    I'm Not OK #OCD #depression #panicdisorder #anxiety #menopause #emotionalabuse #mentalabuse #abuse #cptsd #obesity

    I'm not ok. I'm not suicidal, I don't want to die (in fact, it's one of the things I worry about), and I don't want to hurt anyone, but I'm far from ok. I hate it when people ask how I'm doing, because they don't want honesty, and I don't want to say I'm ok, or fine, or whatever. There are so many things wrong, I'm not going to mention them. They're in other posts, if you want to know. I get all upset trying to research help and trying to find it, and I get nervous and overwhelmed, and just can't. I've been turned away, rejected, or couldn't find what I needed so many times. I'm so tired. I don't want to be treated like this anymore. I miss my cats. People are more cold, uncaring, and rude since the pandemic. I want friends. I still need my alone time, but I want someone to talk to in person. I don't mean just about the bad stuff but things we have in common (obviously, friends usually have a lot in common and don't judge friends negatively just because they disagree). Again, I'm not suicidal. I just want to change my life to what I want it to be. Unfortunately, I'm 54, not in the best shape, and I worry I won't live a long life. Even if I do, how much of it will be a good quality life? I'm becoming more disabled. I don't want to walk on eggshells anymore. I don't want to be snapped and yelked at, criticized, have to ask for money, have to be co-defendant, have to ask permission, feel threatened and have my mental issues used against me, worry about my cats and my personal property taken from me, hate myself, never feel healthy, and there's so much more.

    I'm so not ok.