Thursday 18 July 2024

BPD & Physical Symptoms

 


This week I am wrapping up at least for now my posts on borderline personality disorder or BPD, I will end this by sharing a few other physical symptoms someone with BPD may experience, may not will or do just may.

Digestive or stomach issues, this is because stress can affect a body’s digestive functioning as the gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness or elation can all trigger physical symptoms in the gut.

Muscle aches and pains, this is a common physical symptom of stress and anxiety as many with BPD experience high emotional stress due to rapid cycling moods.

They can also experience a psychogenic fever or high temperature due to chronic stress.

Lastly, we have chest pain and up to 25 percent of BPD sufferers will experience chest pain often so bad they feel like they are having a heart attack. It is often linked to panic attacks.

 

Wednesday 17 July 2024

Kokoda Track

 


Ok it is time to step back to 1942 and Australia’s involvement in the long battle for the Kokoda Trail this battle started on the 21 July when the Japanese landed in Papua.

It took till November for there to even be a partial resolution and it was in January 1943 that the Japanese were driven out.

There was around 1.5 million indigenous people and around 6,000 European residents. After the attack on Pearl Harbour the European women and children were encouraged to return to Australia.  



By mid-February in 1942 the territories were under military control.

In mid-July General MacArthur ordered a force of Australian infantry and American engineers should move across the Kokoda track to Buna to construct and airfield at Dobodura.

The Kokoda track became known as the Kokoda trail sometime in 1942 mainly due to American influence.

By mid-1942 there was great pressure on troop numbers, experienced soldiers of the AIF were fighting in the Middle East and North Africa.



This meant it was left up to three militia units of the Australian Military Forces AMF the 39th, 49th & 53rd along with a Papuan Infantry Battalion, which was manned by Papuans under Australian Officers.

The AMF was formed by volunteer, part time soldiers but at the outbreak of war this force was augmented by the call-up of conscripts for home defence.

New Guinea was declared the 8 Australian Military District to enable the use of the conscripts in a war zone.

The 39 Australian Infantry Battalion a CMF unit (citizens military force). It was raised in October 1941 by volunteers in Victoria and arrived in Port Moresby in January 1942. Out of the 1,500 men that arrived in Port Moresby only 185 remained when they were relieved in September 1942.

That will do for now, more to come next week.

Tuesday 16 July 2024

A bit about cats

 


Who wants to know a bit more about the cat family? Cats in the wild are classified as small, medium and large depending on size. They are also divided into three groups based on their traits.

Domestic cats and their wild relatives share many characteristics, they all have short strong jaws and sharp teeth. All cats are good hunters, small cats eat while standing and the big cats prefer to eat lying down.

Domestic cats can hold their tails low and swing them to show if they are playful or nervous and an upright tail is a sign of alertness. A wild cat’s tail will be upright when on alert as well.    



It is believed that us humans have had cats as pets for around 8,000 years. This may have had a lot to do with the fact they are such good hunters, thus keeping down the number of mice, rats and snakes.

I think most know that the Egyptians worshiped cats and believed them to be the Goddess Bast, this is why it waw illegal to kill or trade in them.



Cats living in forests such as the jaguar or cloudy leopard, have short stocky limbs. This is why they are better at climbing trees to ambush their prey.

It is believed by some that the domestic cat can make something like 60 different sounds which may have different meanings. A meow can mean a friendly greeting, or it can just as likely be an expression of curiosity, hunger or maybe it is just lonely.

Purring as most of us know is assign of contentment it is also a sound they make when sick.

Hissing and growling and screaming means they are angry and frightened.

Monday 15 July 2024

Peru

 


Good morning, another cold morning here in Newie and it is Monday and still no school for another week, anyway, here is this week’s country.

We are in the area known as the Northern Andean which includes countries such as Peru, Colombia and Ecuador as well as couple of others.



Peru is the third largest country in South America, with Brazil being the largest. It is considered unique for having three different landscapes the rocky Andes, the Atacama Desert and the Amazonian Forest.

                    A photo of the capital

The capital is Lima, the currency is the Sol, it had a population of around 34 million and there is three official languages, Spanish, Aymara and Quechuan.

                         Rainbow Mountain

It is known for its iconic landmarks which include Machu Picchu, Colca Canyon, Rainbow mountains and Nazca lines. It also has some wonderful food dishes such as ceviche, pisco sour, quinoa and potatoes and apparently chocolate.


                                Flag

Their flag was adopted by the government in 1825 and modified in 1950. It is a vertical triband with red outer bands and single white middle band which has the National Coast of Arms in the center.

Their first constitution of 1823 gave political rights to adult males who had property or a profession but excluded so many others including those who could not read or write although that was suspended until 1840.

The current constitution came into force on the 31 December 1993. This is the fifth version in the 20 century and replaced all that came before it.

                        Legislative Palace

The Republic of Peru is a unitary state with a multi-party semi-presidential system. The current government was established by the 1993 Constitution of Peru.

The government is composed of three branches, being executive, judicial, and legislative branches.

The government of Peru takes place in a framework of a unitary semi-presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the President of Peru is both head of state and head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the President and the Government.

                            Some kind of church

The predominant religion is Roman Catholic, but there is a scattering of other Christian faiths. Indigenous Peruvians, however, have blended Catholicism and their traditional beliefs. An example is the near synonymous association of Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) and the Virgin Mary.

 

 

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Sunday 14 July 2024

Week 28 of 2024

 


So, it’s Sunday and I had a mostly good night, I was restless around 1.30am but got up took something for it and when I went back to bed, I settled no problem.

The temp is 8 degrees and my BGL is 5.2

Tim thought he was working tonight but when he got into work, he realised he isn’t working tonight, as it turned out the part about tonight was because last night’s job didn’t finish until 1am.

I washed the sheets and tossed them in the dryer, it has been a cold day but cold enough for the heater.

Steps 2,397

Had a rough night up and down every 45 minutes to the toilet, very frustrating, I ended up getting out of bed by 4.50am.

It is a pleasant 13 degrees my BGL is 5.8. this morning, I am going with Sam and Jess to the doctors, Sam has an appointment, I’m so pleased Jess asked me to go with them.

Sam’s Dr’s appointment went well he saw the same Dr Tim and I see. Sam must have blood tests done.

Jess bought me a new cardigan purple in colour, and I like, it will replace my old pick cardigan.

I had my left knee give way on me and the knee has been hurting since.

Tim had an appointment at the hospital he is now on the waiting list for two procedures which will be done under a general. 

Tim at last fitted and set up the doorbell camera for out the back and he also set up Jessica’s doorbell camera at her front door. 

Steps, 2,499

Had a good night, woke with the alarm was going to have a shower but the floor towels were wet so I think I will have it this arvo or tomorrow morning. My BGL is 4.4

I have both girls for the day and again tomorrow, I made them toasted cheese sanga each for lunch.

Summer helped me mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors and Sydney cleaned the sliding doors and the mirror in the bathroom. She also vacuumed the kitchen floor before Summer washed it.

I have felt drained all day but still managed to do 2,691 steps.

Slept al night, I woke to pee and discovered it was 4.40am so I stayed up. It is 7 degrees this morning my BGL is 5.5.

I have an appointment with the Dr’s tomorrow I thought Tasha was taking me, but she can’t, so Tim said he would drop me off and Tasha said she would pick me up.

Jessica discovered how to get my phone to play YouTube on my TV this is great.

Tim just discovered he must start earlier than originally told, so now he can’t take me. I have sent Sue a text but no reply, I have also sent a text to Sandy to see if she can help. Sandy said she will take me to the doctors and Sue should be picking me up.

Steps 2,399

Sandra forgot about me this morning till I sent her a message about forgetting me, thankfully she only lives 5 minutes away.

My diabetes is well control and no changes needed; he is also pleased by how many steps I am doing a day.

Sue came out and picked me up and we went to the post office before coming home. I helped Sue post off a package to Kirsty, by pointing out that if she a pre-paid bag it might cost less, I went and asked the lady behind the counter and I was right it was cheaper. I also found a book I will put with Tasha’s Christmas present that I think she will like.

It is 5 degrees and my BGL is 5.0

Tim got home at 1.15pm          

Steps 2,305

Had a good night, woke three times to pee but settled again ok. It is 6 degrees and my BGL is 5.2.

Tim is working today he is also working tomorrow. So I asked Tasha if she would be able to take me to the shops, she said she would.

It warmed up today so much that I had to change my clothes.

I cleaned out under the kitchen sink took a while and left me exhausted.

I also managed to go check the letter box.

I asked Sue if she would be able to take me to the podiatrist on Wednesday as I don’t know if Tim will be off or at work.

Steps 2,808

Had a rough spot last night around 8.30pm I had been asleep woke for whatever reason and the top half of my body started moving, however after I took my 9pm tablet and sat and a chat to Tim for a bit I settled ok when I returned to bed, sleeping well waking to pee twice and straight back to sleep.

It was 12 degrees when I got up, my BGL was 5.2 and life is good.

Tasha took me shopping and I asked her to drop some letters into the post box for me, she said she would.

I was surprised when Tim walked in the door at 4.50pm. He had a long break before picking up and dropping off people again, he did a charter. So, he decided to come home and have something to eat.

Steps 2,106

 

 

 

 

Friday 12 July 2024

Adapting to life with Parkinson's

 

Well, it seems I didn’t do a post yesterday, I forgot about it. Anyway, here we are at Friday and that of course means a bit more about Parkinson’s Disease.

As the disease progresses those of us with it must learn how to adapt and adjust to the new challenges in our everyday life.

If one finds themselves shuffling and not lifting their feet when walking, they need to think about not having small rugs which could cause them to trip and fall. If you have bare floorboards and like to wear socks around the house without shoes you need to really be wearing grip socks, so you don’t slip over.

At some point one may find buttons hard to manage thus needing to change to something that doesn't involve buttons unless there is someone to help with the buttons. I do not wear anything that needs to be buttoned up.

Shoelaces can be a real challenge and one may find at some point they will need to change to either slip on shoes or ones with Velcro. The shoes I wear have Velcro.

Getting up from a low chair is next to impossible this I discovered after the tree came through the roof and I had to go to Jessica’s house, her lounge was too low, and I had a lot of trouble getting up from it, I solved the problem by using my wheelchair.




These are photos of my armchair including the remote and in a raised position.

My armchair is a lift chair although I don’t need the lift option at this stage I may do in the future, I find that not having to use my legs to lower the footrest and kick it into place better, the lift chair has a button that raises and lowers the footrest.




Yes these are photos of my bathroom, you will notice the towels over the handrails, these we need to mop up the floor as the drain is only so so. The pink towel is mine and it is over my shower chair which is a chair with handrails and a back. 

Another problem is many toilets are too low and both sitting on and getting up from it is a real struggle, this I had to deal with our first few days in emergency accommodation. The toilet we have here is a disabled toilet which means it is higher and I have handrails to hold onto when sitting and standing.

Many people have a problem getting out of bed or turning over in bed, thankfully I do not have this problem and I will worry about that when or if it happens. I have read that some think using slippery nylon sheets helps and maybe they do but at this stage such sheets would just annoy the hell out of me.

More about the daily struggles next week.

Wednesday 10 July 2024

Battle of the Coral Sea Part 4



Ok time to wrap up the battle of the Coral Sea in June 1942 a much more crucial sea battle was to take place this was the battle of Midway. By mid-May Allied Intelligence had discovered that the Japanese intended to attack the U S territories of Midway Island in the Central Pacific and the Aleutians in the North Pacific.

This would give the Japanese a strategic superiority in the Pacific, and that wasn’t something the Allies wanted so the Americans sent the carriers USS Enterprise, USS Hornet and USS Yorktown to an are north of Midway.

                        A Japanese Carrier

The Japanese commander, Yamamoto ordered his four large carries, Kaga, Akagi, Hiryu and Soryu south from Japan to attack Midway Islan.

On the 3 June both sides saw each other, and the next day U S aircraft sunk all four Japanese carriers, the main lose for America was the Yorktown.

So, the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway put an end to Japan’s naval superiority.

Of course, these things didn’t stop the Japanese war machine from attacking the east coast of Australia. On the night of the 31 May-1 June Japanese midget submarines entered Sydney Harbour, two of the subs were sunk but not before they managed to hit the depot ship Kuttabul, killing 19. Townsville which had an important airfield was also attacked on the 26 July.

                       Troops at Guadalcanal 

The battle of the Solomons inn August 1942 was significant among the many sea battles in the Southwest Pacific Area. It was fought mainly by the US Naval forces as they attempted to land troops and supplies on Guadalcanal. Three Australian ships were part of the force supporting the US supply ships. It was during this operation that the HMAS Canberra was sunk, north of Guadalcanal.



The Battle of the Coral Sea prevented a seaborne invasion of Port Moresby and is thought by many that it also saved Australia.  

From 1946 to I don’t know when there was something called Coral Sea Week Celebrations with marches by servicemen from both countries and social functions to express our thanks to the USA for its part in the battles and support given to us from the Americans in World War 11.

Next week we move on to the Kokoda Trail.

 


Tuesday 9 July 2024

Big Cats

 


Hello everyone, it is Tuesday, and I found another book about spiders, snakes, sharks, big cats and dinosaurs and I will kick it off with a bit about big cats.

As I am sure everyone knows domestic cats and related to the big cats as they are all part of the Felidae family.  

Most cats have a similar skeleton, with rounded heads and a body structure that allows them to move swiftly and silently. Their backbone is very different to a human, we have rigid spine, but a cat has a flexible one which allows them to curl into a ball.

Cats are hunters who love meat, domestic cats hunt for small creatures like mice while the bigger cats stalk their prey in the wild, unless they are in a zoo.

Big cats are found all over the world except for Antarctica and Australia. Sadly, some of these big cats are facing extinction, such as the Bornean Bay Cat, The Clouded Leopard, African Lion, Tiger to name a few.

Big cats have large eyes, excellent hearing, sharp teeth and strong limbs with sharp claws. These characterises are what make them good hunters.

They also have long tails in their tails are 10 per cent of their bones and their tail is used to maintain balance. Cats have 230 bones humans have 206.

They have a life span of anywhere between 8yrs and 20yrs.

Monday 8 July 2024

Germany

 


It is time to look at another country and this week it is Germany, the capital of which is Berlin with a population of around 84 million. It is the most populated country in the European Union and globally ranks 19th, its official name is the Federal Republic of Germany.



The flag is a tricolour flag of black, red and gold which was first adopted way back in 1919, this flag holds a lot of historical and symbolic meaning for Germans.



Of course, during the second world war the flag was replace with a reg flag with a white disk in the centre with a black swastika. This flag was used from 1939 to 1945, it is now banned in Germany. Prior to this flag the black, red & gold flag was replaced with the black, white and red one of the German Empire  

Germany is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches. It has over 2 millennia of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank.



Germany is a democratic and federal parliamentary republic, where federal legislative power is vested in the Bundestag (the parliament of Germany) and the Bundesrat (the representative body of the Länder, Germany's regional states).

The head of the government is the chancellor who’s like a Prime Minster or President.  The voting age is from 16.



One thing Germany if famous for is Oktoberfest which this year will be held between 21 September and 6 October. It is the world’s largest Volksfest featuring a beer festival and a travelling carnival with more than six million international and national visitors.

It is also known for its beer, castles and Albert Einstein.



Between 1949 and 1990 the country was dived into two parts East under control of the Russians and West under the control of the allies. In 1961 the Berlin was built and was in place till 1989 when it was torn down.

This post is about Germany now and not during the time of Hitler, which is the only mention he will get in this post.

Sunday 7 July 2024

Week 27 of 2024

 


I found something written at the end of yesterday’s diary entry this morning and it made me feel so happy. I thought Tim wrote it, but I was wrong, it was Natasha.

I had a good night slept straight through. Waking with the alarm at 5am the temp is 12 degrees and my BGL is 4.8.

Had the next door neigbour (Bear)come and ask if we have power, we do, Tim told him to ring maintenance. Bear said he thought he would be kicked out when he turns 75, that doesn’t sound right.

I did only 1,157 steps.

At 1am this morning we lost power till Cpap machine I noticed when the power went out and was awake till it came back on.

A cold morning temp was 6 degrees and my BGL was 5.5.

Sue came over for a visit, which made me happy.

The temp at midday was 14 degrees

Sam’s early day and Joel was driving a different van a white minibus which was a surprise. If he is driving it in the morning, I will not be able to pick him out when he turns into the street.

Just after I emptied the recycle bins it pissed down rain.

I also decided to hem my new pants so I can wear them.

I did 2,799 steps.

Had another shocking night very restless and up and down ever 30 minutes or so to pee and not just a dribble, how could a body produce so much urine in only 30 minutes.

I ended up getting out of bed at 4.50am and having a shower the house was darker than usual this morning, so I turned the ceiling light on for a while and had the heater going for a couple of hours.

The temp this morning says 8 degrees but feels colder. My BGL was 4.1

It is raining so Jess had to take Sam to wait for transport. I also have had the heater on most of the morning.

Ass Jess had to go work and Tash was busy I walked up to meet Sam and Tash saw me and got upset that I was out in the rain.

I did 1,818 steps

Had a good night slept straight through, woke at 4.55am to pee so I stayed up. It is still raining, and it is 10 degrees and my BGL was 3.6.

By mid-morning the rain had stopped, and it wasn’t as cold.

I used the powerfit twice today.

I rang Sue as she hadn’t replied to my message this morning and I wanted to make sure she was ok, she is.

Had Jess come over to raid my freezer looking for whatever she could find leaving with broccoli and ice cream as well as 2 min noodles and chocolate biscuits.

Steps 2,395

Finding it a bit difficult to get moving this morning, I slept all night waking when the alarm went off.

It is 8 degrees and my BGL is 5.5 the first reading said 6.1 so I washed my hands under running water tried again came down to 5.8, gave them another wash, and it was 5.5 so that will do.

I am super tired this morning.

Had appointment with Dr Babu via phone but for some reason my camera wasn’t working. I will see her face to face in January.

Kathy rang she is unwell, and my camera still wasn’t working so I restarted the phone, and it’s working now.

Had another good night woke with the alarm, it’s 10 degrees and dry, my BGL 4.7. I have a headache and feel sluggish.

Last day of term 2 today.

After a slow start to the day, I picked up managed to do the usual housework.

Sandy came over to pick up so forms I printed for her she looks so thin but otherwise ok.

I did 2,399 steps

Had a good night, was a tad restless around midnight, got up and wandered around the house before going back to bed and settling straight down and back to sleep.

It is 9 degrees and my BGL is 3.9

Tim and I went shopping I have decided that Saturday is my go out and stuff day.

Kathy & Summer came over to drop off banana bread and a book for Sue.

Sam mentioned yesterday that Jess had bought them both tights to wear under their pants to help stay warm, so this morning I decided to get a pair of pantyhose out and wear them under my long pants, makes a big difference.

Tim is working tonight and tomorrow night. Steps 1,897

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 5 July 2024

Parkinson's and speech

 


Hello everyone, I have a headache seem to be getting a few of them recently, oh well. This week let’s look a bit at speech problems and Parkinson’s Disease.

Those with PD may find their speech becoming weak and soft, Tim often says I am speaking so soft he has trouble hearing me, of course I do not notice any difference in my speech volume.

Also, some people thankfully not me may find themselves talking to fast so that their words tumble out on top of each other, or they may repeat a word involuntarily a number of times this is known as palilalia. Dribbling also makes speech difficult.

In order to help improve these issues the PD suffer must be fully aware of what is going on and maybe should use a recorder to record their voice and listen to it.

They can read aloud trying to increase the volume of their speech, singing along to a favourite song can be fun way of using your voice and increasing volume.

If speech problems become severe, they may want to see a speech therapist.

There are devices that can help a person speak like a speech amplifier to increase the volume. It is possible for someone with severe PD to lose the ability to speak all together this would suck and these people have to write things down.

Thursday 4 July 2024

Physical Symptoms connected with BPD

 

Hello everyone and welcome this week I am sharing just four other physical ways people with BPD may be affected.

In times of intense stress, the body increases production of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. According to The National Eczema Organization, when the body over-produces cortisol, it can suppress the immune system and cause an inflammatory skin response like eczema or other kind of rash.



Sensory overload is a symptom many folks with PTSD can experience. Though PTSD and BPD are different conditions, one study found that 53 percent of people who met the criteria for BPD also met the criteria for lifetime PTSD. Because of this, it makes sense that many folks with BPD experience this physical symptom.



Fatigue is a common symptom of depression, a mood disorder 71 to 83 percent of people with BPD have. Though folks with BPD will have emotional extremes lasting anywhere from a few hours to a few days, the periods of depression can be emotionally and physically taxing.



Hypervigilance is a heightened state of arousal that puts someone (usually someone who has lived through trauma) on high alert, even in times of safety. Studies have shown most patients with BPD have lived through trauma, especially in childhood.

Wednesday 3 July 2024

Battle of the Coral Sea Part 3

 


Another cold morning here let’s continue with some more about the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Almost immediately after the first attack against Admiral Crace and second one took place, this time with more accurate patterned bombing from high altitude. Such bombing caused giant columns of water which threatened to sink the Australia thankfully the ships although soaked with sea water managed to evade the bombs.

As often happens there may have been some friendly fire incidents, however, a less excusable incident happened when three planes flew over just missing the Farragut and Perkins. They were US Army Air Force B17 bombers.

The Japanese thought they had sunk one battleship and damaged a few more, when in fact Crace’ squadron was mostly undamaged and at nightfall cruised away to await further events and orders. Due to radio silence, he really had no idea what was happening with the Allied flotilla.



Back in the main area of battle allied pilots were returning to the Yorktown but they were joined by 18 Japanese bombers who mistakenly thought the Yorktown was their own ship. It was when an American pilot noticed and opened fire on them that realising their boo boo flew off as they had no bombs, they were unable to attack the carrier.

It was at the end of the battle during fierce fighting that Lieutenant J.J. Powers an American pilot inflicted heavy damage on the Japanese carrier Shokaku by waiting till the last minute to drop his bomb on the flight deck. He was of course killed and received the Congressional Medal of Honour posthumous. During the blaze on the Shokaku 150 men were killed or wounded.  

During all the fighting the USS Lexington suffered several direct hits causing it to be ablaze from stem to stern and resulting in it being abandoned. It was sunk by the USS Phelps to prevent the Japanese from trying to salvage it.

By the end of this round of fighting neither side could say they had a victory with scores of losses on both sides, however the Japanese objective of taking Port Moresby had taken a beating and this was a moral boost to the Allies.

I will finish this next week.  

Tuesday 2 July 2024

Surinam Toad

 


Hello everyone since it is Tuesday it is freaky creature day and today’s creature is the Surinam Toad.

The common Surinam toad or star-fingered toad is a purely aquatic species of frog in the family Pipidae with a widespread distribution in South America.

It looks like a leaf or flat rock; it is also known as a star-fingered toad due to the tiny star on the tip of each four fingers on its front legs.

It will lay flat on the riverbed with its arms outstretched and uses them to find food, if something brushes up against the stars it sucks it up.

The species is known for incubating its eggs in honeycombed chambers in the skin of the mother's back, releasing fully formed froglets after a period of 4–5 months. Once fully formed they pop free and head for the water’s surface to breathe. The mum then sheds its skin ready for the next breeding season.

This was the last creature in my freaky creature book, so I will have to see what else I can find I do have one on dangerous spiders but I’m not sure about that.

 

BPD & Physical Symptoms

  This week I am wrapping up at least for now my posts on borderline personality disorder or BPD, I will end this by sharing a few other phy...