#WeekendCoffeeShare (February 19, 2022)

Hi everyone on this gloomy Saturday evening. I’m joining #WeekendCoffeeShare today. I’m right between my dinner and my evening coffee and I cannot offer you a drink other than water right now, as my staff is busy and I don’t want to leave my room. I’ll get to that bit later. So, can I get you a drink of water? Otherwise you’ll have to wait until my staff returns. Anyway, let’s have a chat.

If we were having coffee (or water, in this case), I’d share that we’re quarantining right now, as four or five of my fellow clients are positive for COVID. Four are confirmed and the fifth one can’t be tested but is treated as having COVID too. I took a lateral flow test right after dinner this evening and so far I’m still negative, as are the four other clients supported by the same staff as me outside of my one-on-one hours.

This is the reason the staff are busy, with the staff who care for the COVID-positive clients having to wear PPE and the other staff having to remain out of these clients’ way. It is all rather chaotic.

If we were having coffee, I’d share some of my new clay creations with you too. Like I think I said yesterday, I finally created a cactus on Monday evening.

Polymer Clay Cactus

Then on Wednesday, I created my second-ever polymer clay cane. This one I did using a heart-shaped cutter for the image. I managed to do the reducing all by myself! Then I had my staff cut it into slices, which we then made into beads.

I also created several possible charms to go with these beads. One is a heart which I do kind of like. The other was a unicorn, but I threw that one away. I now only need to make more beads, because, even though I have more than just the four beads shown in the picture above, I don’t have enough for a necklace.

If we were having coffee, I’d share that, this afternoon, I have been experimenting with photo editing and meme making again. I didn’t have any success, of course. I mean, I found a photo editing app called Snapseed, which is relatively accessible with VoiceOver, but the one thing I wanted to do, ie. add text to an image, was not. That is, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to enter the text I wanted to add onto the image.

The result of all my experimenting is that now I have eight apps in my Photography folder on my iPhone rather than the four I used to have. And those four already seemed excessive, being that, besides the camera and default photos app, I only use one out of the two image recognition apps I have. Oh well.

If we were having coffee, I’d share about my nurse practitioner’s appointment on Thursday. I am so thankful we were still allowed to leave the home back then, because the appt was really productive. With respect to my new medication, the pregabalin, my nurse practitioner recommended I wait and see another two weeks before concluding it’s ineffective for my anxiety. We discussed my anxiety in a little more depth and also for the first time in a long while went into my diagnosis. He actually said he believes my diagnosis is DID (dissociative identity disorder) or at least some variation of it (ie. other specified dissociative disorder). I quickly talked over it saying it doesn’t really matter, as I know firstly he can’t diagnose me (but then again the psychiatrist can) and secondly I still haven’t had the extensive assessment required for a DID diagnosis in most places here in the Netherlands. That being said, it felt so good to be validated like this! My nurse practitioner also finally will make room for us to discuss my flashbacks at a later appt. He said the reason he didn’t go into it right then was the limited time left in our appt, but he’d definitely like to discuss it with me. That feels kind of weird, but in a good way.

If we were having coffee, lastly I’d share that I’m so glad the storms are finally over. Last Wednesday night, I hardly slept at all due to the high winds. Thankfully, last night and the night before that were better. My husband’s and my house did suffer some damage to the roof though. Hopefully insurance will be able to cover the cost of getting it repaired.

How have you been?

19 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (February 19, 2022)

  1. Awesome you are creating clay items! I’m sorry your quarantining though. That sucks!
    I hope you have lots of things to entertain you while your quarantining!
    Sorry your and your husbands house suffered damage during the storms. I am so glad those storms are over now!

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  2. I’m quarantining right now myself. I was around my niece on Wednesday. On Thursday she and her kids found out they have covid. So far I feel fine though, so I’m hoping it’s passed me by. Hope the same for you too, Astrid!

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  3. Well nuts!
    Sorry to hear that covid is still upsetting your lives at the facility.
    This thing has gotten very old.
    But we still have to take it seriously. Yesterday I attended a memorial service for a 55 year old friend in our church who was healthy and involved but caught covid and somehow it managed to take his life.
    So sad as he had a new bride for only about half a year.
    Stay safe Astrid. We don’t want to loose you.

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    1. I am so sorry to hear about your friend who succumbed to COVID. Indeed, it’s getting old. I am tempted to treat it like the flu or something, particularly with the fact that here in the Netherlands, case numbers are through the roof but hospitals aren’t overflowing (yet) and most people, at least those who’ve been vaccinated, get mild symptoms. However, I realize now that there is still a huge potential for this virus to kill. I think I needed the reminder that this thing isn’t about the inconvenience of quarantining or self-isolating (I’m in my room all day now), but it’s a potentially serious, deadly even disease. That’s not even speaking of long COVID. I am so grateful my fellow clients all have mild symptoms so far. Thanks for sharing.

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