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Hi, my name is Catkins!

CatkinsCatkins Member Posts: 14 Connected
Hello ..new to you all.Xx

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  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Catkins

    Good Evening & Welcome to our online community/family 😎

    I am one of the Community Champion’s here at Scope.

    Can you please let us know a bit more about yourself if you don’t mind???

    @steve51
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,191 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Catkins - & welcome to this friendly & supportive community. Thank you for joining, & do say if you have any questions. Please join in with any discussions, or perhaps start in our virtual 'Coffee lounge' to chat about your interests, or play our word games, etc. I hope you enjoy being part of our community. :)
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 4,038

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    Good afternoon @catkins and welcome to our online community.  I'm glad you found us.  

    I see you have met some of our lovely members and wondered how you were today?  Also, from your username I thought I'd ask, are you a cat person?  :)

    Please don't hesitate to let us know if we can help you in any way.  Have a great Monday.
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  • CatkinsCatkins Member Posts: 14 Connected
    Hello..1st time ever found a post that could help..i  am 69 and been on D.L.A high award for 13yrs..Last few years had 2 knee replacents,heart ablation,recently toe amputation all the wile having anxiety/depression.Was waiting for old d.l.a  changing me to pip and really stryggling with mental health but cant/dont know what to do.Sorry if i confuse you, i confuse myself every hour..On my own dont no wot to do next..other than been a nuisance,do nothing and the CIRCLE  of worry and crying continues..take care.thanks for being there??xx
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 4,038

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    edited September 2020
    @Catkins If I could give you a big hug, I really would.  You are doing amazingly well considering what you have been though in the last couple of years.  That would all test the very best of us, so well done you for getting through it.  You are definitely not a nuisance.   <3

    First things first, I'd try not to worry about your DLA.  Have you had a letter asking you to claim PIP?  If, or when, you do make sure to tell us so we can help you with filling it in.

    Also, are you receiving any help with your low mood?  Have you spoken to your GP about it?  It sounds like this circle of worry and crying is taking its toll and getting some support could make a difference to your wellbeing.  

    Don't forget we are here for you, you don't have to go through this alone.  
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  • OxonladyOxonlady Member Posts: 411 Pioneering
    Hi Catkins, sorry to hear of your troubles. It's not easy to be thinking about benefits and procedures when you are not well. 
    Is there anyone you live near or someone close you can trust to help you with this?

    If not, your local Council should have a department that assists residents to assess which benefits they are entitled to and how to apply. It's worth giving them a ring. 
    Also, you should be able to get some assistance with Social Care from Social Services. If you need any adaptations to your home, again your local council should have a Disability Department, if you contact them they'll be able to help you. 

    Don't hesitate to ask for help, you deserve it as much as anyone else in your position. With regards to depression and anxiety, both are understandable, especially if you feel unsupported with your physical problems. Perhaps you could speak to Mind or a helpline run by your local council. 

    Take care. 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,201 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Catkins Welcome to the community, I see you have had lots of advice already and that is what we are here for to help an support you

    Try and not worry about the DLA to PIP tuill it happens there will be plenty of support here for you when the time comes

    I look forward to seeing you around and hope we can help with some of your loneliness
  • CatkinsCatkins Member Posts: 14 Connected
    Thank you all for replying to me.
    So so nice to knowq someone is thereS😘Saw a gp 2weeks ago and started me on 10mg Anitriptiline,said if no better to ring back wich i will do....So exhausting worrying.Thank you again for been there.
    I will gradually ring advice lines you all mentioned..Look after yourselves.xx❤xx
  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Catkins

    No probs it’s my Pleasure 😎

    Yes I have been on Amitrptyline 150mg per night for sometime now😎

    @steve51
  • CatkinsCatkins Member Posts: 14 Connected
    Hello @steve51.
    Cud i ask youwhat time u take it.No wonder i do not feel any better after two weeks on 10mg,but hopefully he will higher it when i ring tomoro.It is so nice wen there is a positive reply..1st time on any forum..Felt very welcoming.Take care.xx
  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Catkins

    I tend to take mine just before bedtime (10ish)

    Please please don’t worry as we all start at 10mg.

    You would be flat out if you went straight on 150mg.

    I have been talking mine since 1998/99.

    10mg is the starting dose. What time have you been told to take yours????

    Do you take any other meds as well???

    Please please let me know how things go tomorrow?????

    If you need any further help/support please come back to me😎😎😎

    @steve51




  • CatkinsCatkins Member Posts: 14 Connected
    Hi @Steve51.
    Morning just an update..doctor has highered my meds to 20mg,wil take at 8 30pm as felt fuzzy in the mornings wen take it later.(maybe cos new on them)back in a month.Hope that makes a difference as so deflated/not wanting to go or do anything..Nothing interests me.so hoping my meds help,and start enjoying socializing as hate feeling like this.xxx
    .
  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Catkins

    Thanks for updating me😎

    Yes I do take mine around 8ish.

    They will take a few weeks to get into your system.

    Sorry but do you take any other meds with them.

    Please please let me know how you get on over the next few days if you don’t mind??

    @steve51


  • CatkinsCatkins Member Posts: 14 Connected
    Hello @Steve51.
    Hope u have had a nice day,i have sat in garden today for a bit of tonic(the sun).Evan had a nap as anxious all night with waiting for ring back from gp about ajusting my new meds..I take a blood thinner as had 2 cardiovesions then ended up 3hr heart ablation.also Propanolol when heart misvehaves.
    Thyroxine as i dont produce it.2 Co-codamol as and when for pain.
    Will start my extra 10mg amatripyline.
    Cud i ask do yr meds help,are they the only ones to take.Have a good evening..are u watchinEngland play .😎xxx 


  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 4,038

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    Hi @catkins !! it's lovely to see you here today.  

    The weather outside has been glorious hasn't it, a really nice bit of late summer sun.  You do right sitting outside in it, I would too.

    I hope your new medications suit you and relieve some of your symptoms.  Make sure to get in touch with your GP if you are worried over anything.  

    Are you watching England play?  I didn't realise they were! Is it football?
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  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Catkins

    Yes it has been a very very good day today.

    I am glad that you have had a nice day in the sun/garden.

    I am on a large list of meds to date that only take the edge off things.

    My biggest help so far is too stay off my right leg as much as possible.

    Yes I have got the football on how about you??????

    @steve51

  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Catkins and welcome to the community! How are you finding Amitrptyline? I take it on an evening as well. It can take a while for your body to get used to it, I just hope it is also reducing your symptoms.  
    Scope

  • CatkinsCatkins Member Posts: 14 Connected
    Hello Chloe.
    Hope u are well..thx for replying,been having a few off days,and felt very low,wonder if i will ever feel happy and alert one of these days. My mind is stuck on repeat ...wot ifs../tomorow i will???Dr changed meds from 10mg to 20mg.(thurs). prob just takes time.Am i being too rude as to askingWot dose are you on,and did it take awhile,plus how did u feel at first.????
    Sorry can understand if u wud rather not say.But hope they helped and you are feelling ok.Thanks Chloe for your post,luv Linda.xx
  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Catkins

    I am very very sorry to hear that you have been feeling low.

    How have your 20mg tables going???

    Please please let me know if there’s anything that I can help/support you with???

    Got the football ⚽️ on currently there is 4 matches on today “great stuff”

    @steve51

  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,020

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    Hey @Catkins :)

    I'm sorry to hear that you're feeling so low at the moment. Is there anything you could do this weekend in the meantime to help lift your mood? The weather hasn't been great where I am, but do you feel able to get out for a bit? Even just sitting outside can be a real mood lifter, and I know you mentioned being able to sit in your garden before. Is there anything else you could try that usually makes you feel a bit better?
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  • CatkinsCatkins Member Posts: 14 Connected
    Thanks Tori for reply xx
    How are you today,wot are u up to ?Its not easy to motivate yourself on your own,(dont want to sound pathetic)normally have loads to do and normally not enough hours in the day,to be truthful..feel angry with myself today."Thank goodness i can put my thoughts on here.Will read in garden for nice fresh air...tomoro a new day.??!!Take care,Have a good day.Xxx
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,020

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    Hi @Catkins!

    It's good to hear from you. I'm working this weekend, so keeping busy. 

    You don't sound pathetic at all. It is really hard to motivate yourself, especially when you're feeling particularly low. I once read an article that talked about something I find useful, and you might find useful too. It was about understanding that on a day you feel low or unmotivated, it's okay to accept that you might get less done. To make it easier to picture this, you can put a percentage on how you feel. For example, I might have a day where I I only feel 30%, where 100% is how I feel on a good day (this is all subjective, and will depend on what your own personal 'normal' is). Therefore, I will have a '30% day' in terms of my productivity. Maybe I can't get through my to-do list, or even leave the house to go somewhere, but I can have a shower, brush my teeth, get dressed, eat some food, watch TV, message a friend, and so on. I think it's a good way of thinking about what you can do on a bad day, rather than what you can't do, and accepting that not every day is going to to a great day. Sorry that was a bit wordy, but hopefully it makes some sense?

    Can I ask why you're feeling angry at yourself? Because you're finding it hard to motivate yourself? 

    I'm glad you're finding it helpful to share your thoughts here. Feel free to vent or ask for advice any time you need to :) 

    Definitely get out and read in the garden if you can! Tomorrow is a new day.

    Thank you!
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  • CatkinsCatkins Member Posts: 14 Connected
    @Tori_Scope
    😘xx
    Hope you soon finish your work and chill and enjoy the rest of tbe day/evening.Thank you...Your words made perfect sense..plus i can keep re-reading.Didnt see it like that,made me smile.thats a start.Thank you for your kind words..wen i feel more brighter..i hope i will be able to brighten someones day on here as you did mine.Take care.Linda.xx
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,020

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    Thanks @Catkins! I hope you're day starts to look up too.

    I'm glad it made sense, and that it made you smile :) That made me smile, so that's two things you've achieved already. 

    I look forward to seeing you around, and keep us updated with how you're feeling. 
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Catkins, I'm currently on 20mg for nerve pain. To begin with it made me very drowsy which would last for most of the day. Now it's not as bad. I take them early evening and still feel drowsy when I wake up, not as bad though. 
    Scope

  • CatkinsCatkins Member Posts: 14 Connected

    Chloe_scope.
    Thx for replying and apologies for delay mssge.Hope the meds help you despite the drowsiness.Its been 3weeks I now been on them and set my phone alarm for 8pm now so as not to feel too foggy,but early days as yet to see improovement.Just need small motivation...i will do the rest to get on top of this.Take it easy Chloe.
    .luv linda.xx
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 4,038

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    @Catkins Great to see you on the community today.  Have you enjoyed much of this sunny weather we have been having?  Remember, we are here whenever you fancy a natter  :)
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  • davegregson40davegregson40 Member Posts: 81 Pioneering
    Welcome to the community and thats exactly what we are a community, we respect each other and talk openly and focus on the fact that amongst many other things we dont need to be alone. Scope is one of the best community forums that I have been on and the most inclusive
  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Catkins

    Just checking in to see how things are going with your meds??

    I do hope that you are enjoying this lovely weather ☀️☀️

    @steve51
  • CatkinsCatkins Member Posts: 14 Connected
    [email protected] to hear from and thank you for checking.How are you today?this late sunshine is the best tonic for everyone.I set phone alarm now for 8pm for my meds and find i am not so foggy nxt morning.Hoping gradually my  mood lifts to be able to enjoy the simple things..Taking every day as it comes..Thx again,hope u keep well Steve.Luv Linda.xx
  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Catkins

    Many thanks for your post, not to great over the weekend but feeling much better tonight.

    Sorry to hear about your mood is there anything you can help you with???

    I do hope that your meds are going okay?

    @steve51
  • CatkinsCatkins Member Posts: 14 Connected
    Hello Cher_scope.
    Thank you for your tx and hope you are ok today and enjoyed this late sunshine..as i previously said wen replying to others..its the best tonic for all of us.Having a mooch around the forum yesterday and put ..(thumbs up..liked)after reading some.Its a very welcoming site..wich was daunting at 1st but some lovely lovely people and so kind and uplifting to be welcomed.Take care,keep safe.Luv Linda
    Xx.
  • CatkinsCatkins Member Posts: 14 Connected
    Hello..Steve_51Sorry that you were unwell but good that you have had a better day.Ups and downs!!2nd week of extra 10mg so i hope to be picking up soon.Great forum..You take care..keep safe and well.Luv Linda.xx
  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Catkins

    Thank you very much for your post.

    Yes I am able to eat for the first time for a few days.

    I do hope that your meds start to work???

    Please let me know if there’s anything that I can help you with???

    @steve51

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