It's Bleeping Cold!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 12:45 PM   IT'S FREEZING HERE!   We have had cold, arctic weather for more than a week. The temperatures have not risen above 19°, and during the night we usually have sub zero temperatures. Last night it was -2°, and with the wind chill factored in, it was -8°. I might as well live at the North Pole.   Because of the inclement weather, I have not been able to get out of my apartment in almost two weeks. Not only is it freezing outside, but also the snow keeps piling up. There is no way I would be able to get through it in my wheelchair.   Last week I found it necessary to cancel my appointments with my primary care physician and Dr. Martin. I was unable to see Dale yesterday, and already know that it will be impossible for me to see Dr. Martin tomorrow. I really would like to see both of them primarily because of the problem I am having with anxiety attacks, and the increase in my depression. I am now scheduled to see my primary care physician Friday afternoon. The weather is supposed to be somewhat better by then, so I am hopeful that I will be able to keep that appointment.   Even though I do not ordinarily leave my apartment very often, I now have no choice about it. Two weeks imprisoned at home is driving me stark staring crazy! HELP! If I am forced to stay here much longer, the men in the white suits are going to be carrying me out of here in a straitjacket.   The one good thing about this is that my caregivers have all been able to get here. I have to give them a lot of credit for showing up in spite of the snow, cold, and ice. One of them even comes here by taxi with a friend of his. I truly believe that I have a good team of people helping me now. (I hope that I have not jinxed myself by saying that.)



Sounds like cabin fever. You could always open a window for a cold blast to remind you that cabin fever isn\'t so bad.

My therapist offers therapy by phone. Does Dr. Martin offer this? Seems like that would be ideal.

I like the current team of caregivers. I know you\'ve worked hard to get a good team. I\'m glad it\'s paid off. I\"ll bet they are glad to have you as well.

\"My therapist offers therapy by phone. Does Dr. Martin offer this? Seems like that would be the first ideal.\"

I am calling Dr. Martin this afternoon in order to cancel my appointment with her for tomorrow. I am also going to inform her about my anxiety attacks, and to see if I could talk with her by phone for a while. We have done this once before. It is not the same as being in her office, but it is probably the second best thing.

\"I\"ll bet they are glad to have you as well.\"

I don\'t know if they all feel the same way, but at least one of them has told me that he has never heard anyone in their home healthcare office say anything bad about me. I will bet that\'s a first!

Hi Jim, Being STUCK in the apartment STINKS. I am in the same boat. I don\'t drive so I am often stuck in my condo as well. If it snows I\'m unable to walk down to the condo mail station to get my mail. My neighbor brings my mail to me in bad weather.But often times getting my mail and putting out trash and recycling is the only time I leave my condo. So I miss it in bad weather.Hang in there.- Stephanie

Jim, I\'m glad you have finally found health professionals who want to care for you the way they should be - you deserve that and more!

I am soo glad that the In Home healthcare has taken a turn for the better. I am sorry you are going crazy being stuck in your home for 2 weeks, wow, I would be nuts. My daughter would be going nuts and driving me even nuttier. I hope the weather gets better SOON!!!

I\'m late.

What they said. And I hope Dr. Martin does take a little phone time with you. If for nothing else, sanity validation. So you are reminded that you are not alone in your feelings about what you\'ve been through.

Hugs and Mojo

Sam always has her head on straight.
Everyone has left such helpful comments.

Phone therapy can work wonders in a pinch.
Being home bound while experiencing such difficulties is hard, to say the least.
You have been able to hold onto your unique sense of humor.
This is a very good sign.
This might be a great time to go with that flow that has been mentioned.
Sometimes, if I become absorbed in mundane tasks while I am being confined for whatever reason...sometimes the narrow focus helps me get through another block of time.

\"I truly believe that I have a good team of people helping me now. (I hope that I have not jinxed myself by saying that.) \"

Celebrate the moment. Celebrate the people in your life.
Being jinxed is part of the past.
It is a negative,controlling, limiting thought that is now unnecessary and no longer suitable.
Let it it fly away.

Stay in the moment.
Relish the good stuff.

You do have good people in your life.
I think that is wonderful.
As a matter of fact, I am going to sign off of DS now so that I will have the time to celebrate the fact that a very good man like you does have really good people in his life.
Then, I best be off to bed.
Ramblings of the insomniacs can be rather boring.
Sweet dreams to both of us.