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Well, this is awkward...

...seems my last entry dates from 2 years ago (or almost).

Facebook reminded me that it had been 10 years since I'd set up my account. I know that for a time, I didn't use it; but for years now, it's been my primary social media outlet -- even though I fully recognise it leaves quite a bit to be desired. The thing is, the vast majority of my friends and family (both online and real-life) are there, so it's simply the easiest way to stay in touch with everyone (or almost everyone).

So, what's been going on with me, then?

I'm unemployed again, my 6th such period since my being made redundant from hp coincided with the global recession which is now, we are told, coming to its end. At the same time, I might add, as being told that the next one is just around the corner. The last 10 years have not been easy; holidays and travel have come to a standstill, but I still have a roof over my head and food in the larder, so it's all relative.

Mum has just celebrated her 85th birthday, though she doesn't believe she has much to celebrate there. She's been diagnosed as being in the early stages of dementia, hates the fog of confusion that descends on her at irregular intervals, and has difficulty walking and keeping her balance, so spends most of her days sat on the couch watching television. I take care of her the best I can, dropping in 3 or 4 times a week, doing the groceries, looking after her financial affairs, and trying to keep her entertained; but she misses her sisters and her friends who have all died, leaving her alone and lonely.

My own health has taken a turn for the worse as well: three weeks ago, I was told the coughing, shortness of breath and pain in the side was caused not by a persistent cold as I thought myself, but by lung embolisms in both lungs. Which I and my doctors still don't know how I could have gotten: I have not been on a long-haul flight, nor have I had any abdominal surgery in recent weeks. I don't suffer from varicose veins, or thrombosis in either legs or arms. I don't engage in sports or work out, but neither am I completely sedentary: I cycle and walk long distances. Finally, I do not appear to have breast or intestinal cancer. Anyway, I'm on blood thinners now, likely to be for the rest of my life; and slowly but surely, I'm getting my strength back.








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enigmaticblues
Feb. 3rd, 2019 01:04 am (UTC)
It's good to see you again! I'm sorry to hear about your mom's dementia and the embolisms. I'm glad you're starting to feel better, though.
gamiila
Feb. 3rd, 2019 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jerusha! And it's good to see you, too. I know I must have missed an awful lot of what's been going on with you and Tyson in recent years, but I'm glad to see you're still here, still reading, still blogging...and I hope your immunologist's prescription clears that perioral dermatitis right up.
enigmaticblues
Feb. 5th, 2019 04:02 am (UTC)
Thanks! The last year has been...a lot. A LOT a lot. But we're relatively healthy and happy, so that's good.
fenchurche
Feb. 4th, 2019 03:41 am (UTC)
I'm really glad we found each other on Facebook, because I've loved keeping up with you there... but I do miss this platform. I keep thinking I'm going to start up again, make a bit of an attempt at it and then get wrapped up in other things and completely forget to post again. I'm on another "let's start using LJ again!" kick right now... and am a bit disappointed that I missed posting last week, but at least I'm caught up on reading other people's posts from the last two weeks. So that's something!
gamiila
Feb. 14th, 2019 09:51 am (UTC)
"Let's start using LJ again!"

Yes, let's! Maybe we can sort of do it together?
desdemonaspace
Feb. 4th, 2019 04:26 am (UTC)
Hi!! Oh, my lord. I am so sorry to hear of your health problems, and your mother's. I'm glad your health is improving.

Darn this economy and job losses. Glad you're stable, at any rate. Hope the news that the recession is coming to an end is true and spells good news for you.
gamiila
Feb. 14th, 2019 09:45 am (UTC)
Hello! I'm so glad to see you! I really have missed you, or interacting with you on a regular basis, hearing about your life and telling you about my own...There's a thousand questions I want to ask, and this is hardly the place and the time...but if I visit here more often, I hope we'll get a chance to catch up.
desdemonaspace
Feb. 14th, 2019 02:18 pm (UTC)
I've missed you, too! You know I deleted my Failbook. That's where I saw the most of you, but now that it's gone, I had no way of keeping up with you.

You have my email, don't you?
suze2000
Feb. 4th, 2019 08:25 am (UTC)
Yes, I too have not posted in ages. I still read here, but I dunno, sometimes it just seems like too much effort.
gamiila
Feb. 14th, 2019 09:48 am (UTC)
See, on FB I could just acknowledge your comment with a thumbs up, and be done with it. You'd know I'd read it, and agreed with the sentiment expressed, and we both could move on. Here, I'm having to formulate complete sentences to achieve the same thing.
suze2000
Feb. 14th, 2019 10:40 am (UTC)
OMG it's so hard!! *millenial angst*

But yes I know what you mean. So much effort required. ;)
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