Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Watch this space

My six sessions of counselling I referred myself to has now ended and it has been suggested I seek further long-term counselling from my GP, so I can talk about the difficult times from my childhood a bit more.
      I sorted this out not long back, after my GP gave me details of two services I could pick from and now I wait on an assessment appointment.

Although my counselling has been difficult and hurtful when I think back to what I have spoken about, I do have to think back, so I can process it all in my own time. Hopefully, with who I have chosen for my next lot of counselling, that I hear from them soon.
      I have chosen the one who the GP mentioned would have a quicker waiting time possibly, to another that was recommended and that I have used before in the past. I have not heard of them before and because of the possible waiting time being shorter, I thought I would try them. My GP said it wouldn't be local. But my assessment will end up being local, so maybe the rest will. Either way, I shall still go.

It may have been difficult, but because I am facing it, with this and other things happening, it does feel a little more positive in general. I have, in my own time between and after the sessions, working on different things to move forward. I feel I am at a more, 'I can get by stage.' and cope. But I do know I still need further counselling. Also, I am to continue with my prescribed anti-depressants.

I chose to reduce my hours at work sooner, than later, because of unfair stresses. I knew that having this extra day off would help, but it helped a lot more than I expected. The day is not wasted, as I always find something else to do, that is productive.

I may have mixed feelings as Christmas gets nearer, with regarding to family celebrations, but I must be looking forward to it more, because I have my Christmas tree up. My Christmas tree has been up for a few weeks now. I have never put a tree up this early before. (November.) My cat is even in the Christmas spirit this year, as I have found her to be playing with the baubles, after finding them behind a door, or her cat bed.

I am still waiting on my re-sit GCSE English result. I expect it will be in the New Year. But anything can happen up to then. I am not getting my hopes up. What happens, happens.
      I am also looking at other courses, after gaining new interests. I discussed this in my final counselling session. With this and some other positive things I had to say, as my counsellor said to me, "Watch this space."

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Compare and Contrast Challenge

I was "tagged" by Meredith, at Disability diaries, to do a "Compare and Contrast Challenge." You will find her post challenge here, after she was tagged by another blogger, whose challenge rules you will find here.
      Those that know me well from GCSE English class, will know I don't like the words "Compare and Contrast," like many of us didn't. So I am reminding myself as I do this, that I am not in English class.This is just for fun and that is why I am doing it.

So here it goes.

I shall compare and contrast myself, with my friend and blogger Sarah, at Speak Up Librarian.


  • We are both deaf bloggers and talk about our hearing loss experiences.
  • We both use the same blogging platform; Blogger.
  • We have both started our own journeys in eating healthier, along with some fitness of some kind, this year.
  • We have also been on our own, personal learning journeys, that we have shared on our blogs.
  • We are both very friendly people.


  • We live on the other side of the world. Sarah lives in America and I am in the UK.
  • I am single and Sarah is married.
  • We have different jobs. I am a cleaner and Sarah is a librarian.
  • Sarah has done lots of interesting blog interviews from all walks of life. I haven't for a long time.
  • Sarah has attended lots of interesting hearing loss/deaf events. I have, but not as big and not as many.
  • I have light hair, Sarah's is dark.

I tag YOU, my readers.

For this post, I can tag individual people to challenge them to do their own "Compare and Contrast Challenge." But I am not going to do this. Instead, I invite all my readers to join in this. 
      If you do join in, then please share your, "Compare and Contrast" blog post link, here in this post, in the comment section below. 

I look forward to reading yours.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Book review: 'Goodbye sugar,' by Elsa Jones.

Although I have reviewed another book to do with quitting sugar, back in September which I found very useful and enjoyable reading, it did not stay on my book shelf. Not that I have changed my mind about it since then, as I still would recommend it. But this book; 'Goodbye sugar,' by Elsa Jones is a book I know I will refer back to and so I am keeping.

      This book is not to be rushed, if you want to gain some benefit from it and it is a good idea to have one or two handy note books, (depending how you want to organise it and if you don't want to write in the book itself,) so you can write things down, as you work through the book. 
      Elsa Jones advises on reading this book in order as it is written, so you can build on knowledge and progress you have made in previous chapters. You also get the time to reflect on discoveries you may find about yourself and practise new skills you have. This all helps you to prepare for the 10-day sugar challenge.

I have gained benefit from this book and after doing the 10-day sugar challenge: 
  • I have lost half a stone and I am now at my target weight of 10.5 stone. 
  • I have found my hair has shed less when washing, or brushing it. 
  • Also my views of what my sweet allowance was going to be has changed, since doing it. I have now decided instead of 3 to 4 sugar treats a week, that it will now only be 2 to 3 a week. 
  • I am also changing some other things I eat, to different food choices for the better, as well as having new foods I never had before. 
  • I realise that having mid-morning and afternoon healthy snacks is good for me and helps to keep things stable. (I wasn't a person who had snacks before, except for in the afternoon, which at one time wasn't always good choices.)
      The 10-day sugar challenge is where you cut out sugar, including sweeteners and some foods. It also advises leaving off caffeine during this time, even if you drink de-caff. (The book will explain why.) 
      The 10-day sugar challenge helps bring your sugar cravings to a stable level, so you are not tempted to have a fix. I had no problem with this part, by the time I read the appropriate chapters before starting the challenge, because as you know, I already started reducing my sugar intake, (as well as salt,) back in February. 
      The book also gives you a food list to help you with this challenge and there are also 30 sugar-free recipes.

I liked this book, because as well as the advice on how to quit, or reduce sugar, it gives advice on portion control and the mental skills to beat cravings and emotional eating. (Something I needed a little help with.) 
      Elsa Jones enhanced her nutritional skills, by completing a diploma in cognitive therapy. (CBT.) Elsa Jones found that using CBT as part of her dietary advice sessions, it helped her clients in changing their eating habits for good. The book; 'Goodbye sugar,' was born, so she could bring these tools to as many people as possible, to help take control over their eating habits.

You may like to visit her website and Facebook page:

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Minister for Disabled People backs Hearing Loop Awareness Week

News release from hearing Link:

Justin Tomlinson MP, Minister for Disabled People

The Minister for Disabled People has lent his support to the national campaign, Hearing Loop Awareness Week (2nd-8th November), organised by the UK-wide charity Hearing Link.

Justin Tomlinson MP says it’s vital that more shops and buildings across the UK are equipped with hearing loops which provide a communication lifeline for the country’s two million hearing aid users.

Hearing loops work by using an electro-magnetic signal connected to a hearing aid which helps to cut out external noise in a conversation. They are commonly found in shops, libraries, banks, churches, post offices, railway stations, airport terminals, theatres, buses, hotels and meeting rooms.

However, lack of awareness of hearing loops means that not all are in full working order, have poor signage or in some cases are not switched on.

Customer using a hearing loop at a cashier

From Monday 2nd November, Hearing Link, will be joined by more than 300 volunteers as the nation’s biggest ever survey of hearing loops get underway as part of Hearing Loop Awareness Week.  As well as checking public buildings and businesses, they will focus on assessing the availability and quality of hearing loops in pharmacies.

All data gathered during the surveys for Hearing Loop Awareness Week will be compiled, mapped and published on partner site

Speaking ahead of the week-long activities, Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People, said hearing loops are vital tool for communities.

He said: “I want to offer my full support for Hearing Loop Awareness Week. Hearing loops are a vital tool to ensure communities reach out to everyone and also have clear business benefits – they help companies grow by becoming more accessible to a greater number of customers.

“This week get involved by supporting Hearing Link’s ‘Let’s Loop the UK’ campaign. They are surveying the availability of hearing loops across the country so sign up to check your local shops, railway stations, libraries and help improve services for people with hearing impairments.”

Hearing Loop Awareness Week is part of a wider initiative called ‘Let’s Loop the UK’ established by Hearing Link in 2013, which runs in partnership with Rotary International. Let’s Loop projects have already been set up in communities across the UK including Mr Tomlinson’s own constituency Swindon North. 

A number of events have been planned nationwide by the charity’s loop projects who are working in association with businesses including The National Trust, Barclays, HSBC, ASDA, Marks & Spencer and Nationwide. 

Lorraine Gailey, Chief Executive of Hearing Link, added: “Loop technology is so simple, it isn’t expensive, and it is found everywhere. However, our volunteers across the UK have found not all are well maintained and this can discourage people with hearing loss from living their life fully.

“Hearing Loop Awareness Week is an opportunity to turn the spotlight on businesses and with our loop checkers visiting shops and public buildings throughout this week to check on signage, staff awareness and the quality of the loops; we hope it will provide a picture of what needs to be done, so we can bring businesses on-side with us.

“I am delighted that Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People, is supporting Hearing Loop Awareness Week and I hope with his support we can raise awareness and change people’s attitudes and understanding towards hearing loops.”

For further information about Hearing Loop Awareness Week or to get involved, visit:

If you would like to find out how to use a hearing loop with your hearing aid, contact Hearing Link’s Helpdesk on Tel: 0300 111 1113; SMS: 07526 123255 or email for support.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Not feeling confident

By the time this post goes to air, I will have already had my GCSE English re-sit exam. It seemed some time away to arranging the re-sitting of this exam, but as it got nearer to the day, it soon came around.
      I had done revision where I could. But not as much as I would like. A friend lent me some books which I found very useful, but I found I was not keeping the information in my head that I had learnt. Part of me is feeling dis-heartened that as well as not having the confidence, I also did not have the buzz about me, like last time. All I can do in the exam, is do my best. But will it be good enough? (I am also having this problem in maths lesson, where it is absorbing things, with some tiredness, but not as bad.)
      I suppose, with what I shared with you, in this post, that it comes to no surprise it possibly will affect it. But it did come to some surprise for me. The counselling I mentioned in that post was difficult, as you know and has been in parts since that post. There has been some other things I felt I needed to act on recently, that were also difficult. It's been tiring, but I have also felt a sense of slight release, as well as a little guilt. (But I know I should not feel guilty.) What I had to do, was all part in looking after myself first. Something I have not done since a teenager. This has been a hard thing for me to do.

The counselling will soon come to an end and it has been recommended that I should see my G.P. for further long-term counselling, because of what I experienced as a child is only just being scratched at the surface and it is something that cannot be rushed, as my counsellor put it. This appointment has been made ready, so hopefully it won't be too long to wait.