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Carer Mental Health

28th February 2015

Posted by SophieYAC

Being a carer is very difficult, I'm sure most carers will agree, if not all. Caring can have a physical, emotional and social impact, as well as an impact on your mental health. This is something I want to focus on, on this blog post. Mental health affects 1 in 4 of us. I am not ashamed (anymore) to say that I am one of those people. I was diagnosed with anxiety and OCD in January 2014, just 9 months before I was due to go to university. To be honest, I wasn't shocked, I'd struggled with anxiety in the past, due to being a carer.
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Dad's an onion

03rd February 2015

Posted by 38linepoem

Dad’s an onion.  
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Caring for my grandparents with dementia.

31st January 2015

Posted by SophieYAC

This blog post has come from my own blog site - but I thought I'd share it as my first post. I care for and have cared for other family members, who have various physical and mental health issues and substance misuse. 
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Mental Health - Mine

09th January 2015

Posted by Pedagog

This one is not easy for me to write. Last year I was diagnosied with Depression and refferred for CBT. I started with online CBT, didn't do alot as never able to concentrate on it. Then in the summer I started face to face CBT, was going well, till mother moved in, since October till today I have not been to CBT. Today's session was great, meant I had any hour to offload everything.   More on this later, when I feel strong enough to share.
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Glasses

09th January 2015

Posted by Pedagog

Well she has new Glasses, they were ready to collect on Wednesday, so Son collected them. She wore them to read for about ten minutes before announcing that they made the TV blurry (well they are Reading Glasses).
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Mum's Diet

07th January 2015

Posted by Pedagog

So worried about Mum's diet, she is avoiding food and acting a little odd. Last couple of days we have only managed to get Breakfast and biscuits into her.  She is also showing some odd behaviours including hiding her handbag under her pillow. Any advice?  
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Doctors - My Turn

07th January 2015

Posted by Pedagog

So Doctors again my turn today. Visit to GP to ger results of the MRI scan I had Christmas eve, no real surprises yes I have got bulging discs, and they are pressing on the nerves to my legs, hence the numb legs.  Afternoon visit to have my "Over 40's" Medical, what a waste of my time and hers.  
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Physio - Son

06th January 2015

Posted by Pedagog

So today's appointment the boy had Physio. Waited in the Teenage waiting area, off he goes to the childrens area to pinch some toys. Went in to see Physio and his new Physio, turn round and the boy is stood there in his underwear ready to go. Physio went well, the boy worked hard and there is is some improvement.    
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Opticians - Mother

06th January 2015

Posted by Pedagog

Well that was interesting. Why does my mother always revert to innocent school girl role with Health Profesionals, its so frustrating. We went to the opticians for her Cataract pre-assessment (second try).  Starts of well she sites in the chair, eye sight worse than  last time but thats not a huge surprise. Then she starts, she turns to the Optician and says " Tell me, do you think it is worth me having the operation at my age?" "Well of course" says the Optician. "But I could be dead soon"
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Carers Groups

03rd January 2015

Posted by Pedagog

I posted this on the Forum the other day, but its something that has troubled me for some time, Okay serious question as someone who has been a carer for almost 15 years (first as a parent carer and now now caring for my mother as well), I have never gone to a carers group, a few times I have enquired about groups I have been told that they were for carers only and that children were not welcome. 
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