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nonperson 29-12-2021 01:15 AM

Or "night mode" or something. There should be a setting for it.

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 01:17 AM

I shall have a look!

not_so_insig 29-12-2021 01:18 AM

On my phone it's called blue light filter.

nonperson 29-12-2021 01:22 AM

Android or iphone, Beckie?

nonperson 29-12-2021 01:24 AM

On my android phone it;s called Blue Light Filter or Eye Comfort and you can schedule it to come on at certain times. Mine runs from 6pm until 7am with the warmest colour temperature setting.

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 01:31 AM

That sounds pretty cool actually!

I've given up on sleep and decided to get up

nonperson 29-12-2021 01:38 AM

Android settings should be the same as mine then. I'd have a look if I were you. It might not be the answer but might help.

Getting up is the worst thing you can doooo!

I often read in bed until I drop the kindle on my head which is a good indication that I'm tired enough to sleep.

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 01:44 AM

Actually when I was learning sleep hygiene for the millionth time, they said to get up if you can't sleep!


Talking of sleep, why are you still up?

nonperson 29-12-2021 01:52 AM

Oh well I stand corrected about the getting up thing then.

I am still up because I am drinking too much and hyperactively browsing the internet.

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 02:05 AM

Hmmm. That doesn't sound healthy!

nonperson 29-12-2021 02:16 AM

Pish to healthy.

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 02:29 AM

Fair enough!
I'd be a total hypocrite if I tried to lecture you on what was healthy!

nonperson 29-12-2021 02:30 AM

We all have our downfalls.

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 02:32 AM

We do indeed!

Like the nhs 111 option 2 guy who recommended a cup of tea and a bath.
Oh the cliché!
If I had alcohol I'd totally be playing the crisis team drinking game!

nonperson 29-12-2021 02:34 AM

Ugh, tea and bath are bad enough without being recommended as a helpful option.

Should I ask what the crisis team drinking game is?

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 02:45 AM

I can't even have baths because epilepsy!

It's basically drink everytime they say something ridiculously cliché for them
Such as
- think positively
- use distraction techniques
- sleep hygiene
-.have a cup of tea
- have a bath
- go for a walk

It's fun and frustrating at the same time!

nonperson 29-12-2021 02:49 AM

You'd have to ring up many many times in a row to make that a worthwhile drinking game.

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 02:57 AM

Depends how many times they repeat themselves! (Usually a lot, this guy said it 4 separate times)
And whether the drinks are dequila shots...

nonperson 29-12-2021 03:11 AM

Hm. I could see that might get messy quickly.

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 03:17 AM

Yep! Great fun!

nonperson 29-12-2021 03:21 AM


Cacoethes 29-12-2021 03:25 AM


I like how there are no adverts on TV at this time in the morning

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 03:25 AM

I've also just realised it's tequila, not dequila.
I am a terrible bartender XD

nonperson 29-12-2021 03:30 AM

Assumed that was what you meant.

Never tried tequila... as far as I know.

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 03:34 AM

It's not great
I can't drink it anymore

nonperson 29-12-2021 04:06 AM

Did you do it with the salt and lime? That just makes me think it's going to be bad if you need something before and after the shot.

I've never been good with sprits

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 04:15 AM

It is bad

I'm not good with spirits either
Unless they are in a cocktail!
Or in a shot full of sweet stuff!
Like on Christmas eve we had 'squashed frogs' which was grenadine, advocat and watermelon liqueur. Very sweet. Very tasty!

Pomegranate 29-12-2021 04:33 AM

Just popping in to say hi and cos I figure this is my best chance at finding someone who is also still awake ��

Beckie, you will hopefully be pleased to know I have NEVER suggested a cup of tea, OR a walk, OR a bath :-p. Apart from twice when the person offered up that those things sometimes help! I find those things are generally suggested by people who don’t know what to suggest and want to document on the notes that they’ve suggested something (but don’t quote me on that ;-p).

Pomegranate 29-12-2021 04:38 AM

Crisis team are generally split into two types of people, especially at night:
- Those that are rota’d and generally like their jobs and want to help (note these people can also have bad days)
- The bank/agency staff who book night/bank holiday shifts cos they are generally quieter and pay a LOT more money.

This is, of course, an overgeneralisation but the disparity seems a lot greater out of hours. Also, in many areas the crisis team out of hours are taking 111 calls now due to increased covid demand. Like, not ‘it sounds like it might be mental health related so we will get crisis team to call you back’, but ‘it MIGHT be mental health related so the crisis team will now screen you’. Tbh, it sounds ****ing dangerous and friends I have who work full time for crisis team in areas surrounding London also HATE it! I don’t think this is all areas but it’s certainly becoming more common.

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 04:43 AM

Morning Emma!

I am very pleased to hear that you have never suggested those things! It is very refreshing to think it's not ALL mh people!

I totally understand that people can have bad days. And that's cool.

I don't even know if I actually spoke to 111 guy or crisis team. It could be one or the other!
I guess it depends on how busy they are maybe? Idk
This guy didn't know me which is very unusual lol

Pomegranate 29-12-2021 04:47 AM

Morning Beckie! I mean- I’m sure you have realised I can be a little blunt :-p, but genuinely have actually been pulled up by ‘old school nurses’ for ‘just talking’. You might be better off trying CPN tomorrow, if she’s not on leave.

Pomegranate 29-12-2021 04:48 AM

Oh, and I don’t cover your area :-p. But even if you were, I’d have to ‘hand you over’ to somebody else :-p

Pomegranate 29-12-2021 04:53 AM

Beckie- HALP! Are buses back to normal today??

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 04:54 AM

Maybe just a little blunt :tongue2:
Just talking would probably have been helpful!
I was going to attempt to contact cpn. She was going to call on Friday anyway but that seems rather far away!
But if she's on leave tomorrow then I'll live!

I can imagine it would be a little awkward if you did cover my area :tongue2:

I don't see why they wouldn't be!
They were even running on Christmas eve in my area which was quite odd

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 04:56 AM

Just checked my local bus and it's running today on a normal timetable!
Tbh the only non normal timetable it has is Sunday times which = no buses at all

Pomegranate 29-12-2021 04:57 AM

Hey! At least you know it’s my honest opinion :-p

Tbh, I don’t even know what day of the week it is. Christmas screws everything up! Aside from trying to call CPN, what are you doing today/tomorrow? (Unless I’ve slept or it is gone 7am, I still count it as tomorrow!)

Pomegranate 29-12-2021 04:58 AM

Thanks re buses. Got a five year pass when my licence was suspended a few years ago due to mentals- it hasn’t expired yet but I also haven’t had to use it for three years or so

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 05:06 AM

I do definitely prefer an honest opinion!
Especially when it's fair like you usually are!

I know what you mean!

I have an amazon delivery coming. That's it!
I would have had work if it wasn't for the 'rona.
But seeing as I haven't slept at all and only slept a couple of hours the previous night/morning, it's probably good that I don't have work!

It's good you've still got a pass!
Buses are expensive these days!

Have you got plans?

Pomegranate 29-12-2021 05:38 AM

I have been crazy busy since the 22nd. I hosted a pre christmas party on 23rd (everyone required to do laterals before, although tbh most have to for work anyway). Did an anonymous Santa drop and lots of running around 24th. Hosted 14 Christmas Day and cooked (nobody has died thus far), then christmas with my dad 26th and my step mum 27th (long story). Today I did NOTHING though and slept more in one night than in the previous four or five combined! Then randomly went to a friends house and got very intoxicated ��.

Tomorrow, I know I’m supposed to be doing something. I just can’t remember what day/time I’ve agreed to see different people. I had extended family over from America. I think I’m taking them to British Costco and the gaming shop.

But I also have the main body of my dissertation due next week- argggghh!

Pomegranate 29-12-2021 05:40 AM

Have not started the main body of my dissertation. This is a problem :-p

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 05:50 AM

That is a great deal of things!
I do not know how you can deal with all that!

Yeah...that does sound like a problem!

Pomegranate 29-12-2021 05:52 AM

I mean, if you want to volunteer to write it for me, you would be more than welcome :-p

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 05:55 AM

I totally would!
Unfortunately my cognitive abilities have declined so much in recent years I struggle to read a single page of basically anything and retain the information!
So you probably wouldn't want me doing it :tongue2:

Pomegranate 29-12-2021 05:58 AM

It’s a literature review and really structured- that’s the problem! I know roughly what my recommendations are etc, but I HATE the structured research analysis. It’s on whether or not addiction recovery models such as AA can be applied to adult self harm.

I think you should do some upcycling! Like, pick a piece of YOUR furniture and upcycle it whilst you’re isolating

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 06:01 AM

That sounds both interesting and complicated!

That would be pretty good tbh!
My sofa could defo do with some upcycling!
Wouldn't even know where to start though!

Pomegranate 29-12-2021 06:10 AM

Maybe start with something like a table :-p. You’ve got time! When does your isolation finish?

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 06:19 AM

I have my little side table I could try and do something with!
It finishes on Monday! Obviously assuming I test negative then! Which I will do

Pomegranate 29-12-2021 06:25 AM

Order some PVA glue or some paint stuff and use some of the time to start planning the side table :-D

Cacoethes 29-12-2021 06:30 AM

It's not really paintable material though.tbh
I can't remember what the name of it is but it's shiny like laminate floors but it's not that! Lol
I must have SOMETHING i can modify!

My body has been trying to sneeze for 2 hours but still nothing!
Most annoying!

Pomegranate 29-12-2021 06:35 AM

Sounds like it might be time to paint a feature wall :-p

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