( Dec. 2nd, 2009 06:27 pm)
Just getting ideas.

I have the following words/phrases for morse code necklaces:

Sweet Dreams
Long Life

I have the following color beads:
Teal Blue
Dark Rose
Lt Rose

What words and color combinations appeal to you all? I try to use two contrasting colors - one color stands for the dots, and the other for the dashes.

Here's what I've tended to do:

Love - Red, White, Pink (any two combinations)
Luck - Green, White

I haven't really done a "standard" combination for anything else.
( Nov. 22nd, 2009 05:07 pm)
I tried to get pictures of the morse code necklaces. My camera and photography skills are both rather crap, I need to figure out how to get better shots. Or round up money for a camera less than six years old.

Pictures behind cut )
( Nov. 11th, 2009 08:32 pm)
So I've been making more necklaces - I don't have enough pieces of magnetic hematite to make them claspless, but I found that spelling out things in morse code yields some interesting designs, using complementary colors or differently shaped beads for dots and dashes.

So far I've done "love," "serenity," "harmony," "peace," "luck," and "prosperity." As soon as I can figure out a way to take decent pictures of them, I'll post them. I'm considering maybe setting up an etsy shop for some pocket money, but I'm not sure how much to charge per necklace, especially considering there's a lot of jewelry types out there.
( Nov. 10th, 2009 10:53 pm)
No dosages over the weekend. Blood pressure higher than usual (145/96 on Saturday, 134/89 on Sunday). Generally irritable this past weekend. Cried at night. Also more active in terms of walking around and cooking.

CESD score: 33/60
Wakefield score: 23/36

Day fifteen: 11/9/2009
Time woken up: 9:30 AM
Dosage: 3.5 mg
Time: 11:30 - 7:30
Activity: Fairly active - went out to lunch, out from about 4 until about 11 with choir and associated activities
Crying: Minimal - just before bed
Blood pressure: 136/86
Notes: Frustrated more often than usual, but had some good luck to counterbalance.

Day sixteen: 11/10/2009
Time woken up: 10:30 AM
Dosage: 7 mg
Time: 1 PM - 9 PM
Activity: Minimal. Can't leave house due to not being able to get in and out of parking lot. Finished Bulgarian piece arrangement.
Crying: Medium intensity, fairly short duration
Blood pressure: 129/84
Notes: Dealing with parents.
( Nov. 6th, 2009 10:50 pm)
Day thirteen: 11/5/2009
Time woken up: 6:00 AM
Dosage: 7 mg
Time: 9:15 - 5:15
Activity: Medium - Did errands, walked to lunch.
Crying: Longer crying episode Wednesday night after going to bed.
Blood pressure: 141/76
Notes: More easily frustrated than usual.

Day fourteen: 11/6/2009
Time woken up: 5:00 AM
Dosage: 3.5 mg
Time: 9:15 - 5:15
Activity: Medium
Crying: Leaky.
Blood pressure: 143/88
Notes: Irritable today.
( Nov. 4th, 2009 10:47 pm)
Day twelve: 11/4/2009
Time woken up: 6:00 AM
Dosage: 3.5 mg
Time: 8:30 - 4:30
Activity: Medium - cooked fairly elaborate dinner, walked to grocery store, had company
Crying: Short outburst trying to discuss issue, crying while trying to write response
Blood pressure: 123/75
Notes: Nothing of note today.
( Oct. 29th, 2009 11:15 pm)
Day nine: 10/29/2009
Time woken up: 10:00 AM
Dosage: 7 mg
Time: 12 PM - 8 PM
Activity: Minimal - submitted resume to staffing agency, made jewelry
Alertness: Constant
Crying - Some nervous feelings about a lot of things, but no actual crying
Blood Pressure: 140/84
Notes: still dealing with a lot of worry and stress, but not feeling as... on edge or weepy... about it as usual. Would probably still cry if asked to go into details or recount certain things, but general discussion less fraught.
( Oct. 28th, 2009 10:57 pm)
Day eight: 10/28/2009
Time woken up: 8:00 AM
Dosage: 3.5 mg
Time: 12 PM - 8 PM
Activity: Minimal - did some errands, made jewelry, filled out job application for Michael's
Alertness: Constant
Crying - Minor jag in the morning and in the evening, tears passed in about 20 minutes, although still anxious
Blood Pressure: 128/76
Notes: still handling financial issues, debating whether or not to send something to someone - could either help explain things, make things worse, or not change anything at all, father discharged from hospital, but more due to they couldn't figure out what was wrong than because he was all better
( Oct. 27th, 2009 09:07 pm)
Day seven: 10/24/2009
Time woken up: 8:00 AM
Dosage: 7 mg
Time: 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Activity: Medium - three mile walk
Alertness: Constant
Crying - Tears welled up, but actual crying didn't happen
Blood Pressure: 135/76
Notes: still handling financial issues
( Oct. 26th, 2009 07:58 pm)
Day five: 10/23/2009
Time woken up: 5:00 AM
Dosage: 3.5 mg
Time: 8 AM - 4 PM
Activity: Minimal - errands, computer work
Alertness: Constant
Crying - minimal, shorter jags
Blood Pressure: 128/80
Notes: still handling financial issues

No dosage over the weekend. Need to make note to take BP during weekend. Crying spells pretty intense.

CESD score: 41/60 - possible increase due to financial stress/family health issues
Wakefield score: 26
K10 score: 35 - this one is a monthly

Day six: 10/26/2009
Time woken up: 8:30, again at 10:30
Dosage: 3.5 mg
Time: 2:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Activity: Minimal - mostly at computer or in kitchen
Alertness: Pretty constant when awake
Crying - More severe jags
Blood Pressure: 125/79
Notes: Received bad news about father last night, still no resolution re: financial issues

Here is an online version of the CESD and an explanation.

Considering alternating 3.5 mg dose with 7 mg dose during the week. Sleep pattern still seems very irregular - either sleeping for long periods or no sleep at all. Waking extremely early or extremely late. Dreams still disjointed and frightening, mostly flashbacks.
( Oct. 22nd, 2009 09:34 pm)
Day four: 10/22/2009
Time woken up: 4:30 AM
Dosage: 3.5 mg
Time: 8 AM - 4 PM
Activity: Minimal - picked up package, entered things into Finale
Alertness: Pretty constant when awake
Crying - Medium jag around 4 PM, lasted about 45 minutes, feelings leading into jag still present
Blood pressure: 130/77
Notes: 4 hours of sleep, cold symptoms seem to be getting worse, 12:30 AM bedtime
( Oct. 21st, 2009 09:56 pm)
Day three: 10/21/2009
Time woken up: 10 AM
Dosage: 3.5 mg
Time: 12 PM - 8 PM
Activity: Minimal - did errands, wrote resumes - only in car as passenger
Alertness: Pretty constant when awake
Crying - one minor jag around 2 PM, passed quickly
Any sign of blood pressure rise? - no physical feelings of rise in blood pressure, still no monitor
Notes: Didn't get to sleep until about 3 AM, also seem to have some sort of cold that may be affecting sleep patterns as well - may need to reset sleep schedule so dosing ends earlier in the evening, in case that is part of why I can't sleep
( Oct. 21st, 2009 12:55 am)
CESD score = 37/60 - will retake in a week, hope for lower score

Day one: 10/19/2009
Time woken up: 11 AM
Dosage: 3.5 mg
Time: 2 PM - 10 PM
Activity: Minimal, one outing for three hours, involved driving
Alertness: About the same, but did not feel alertness diminished late at night
Crying? - minimal
Any sign of blood pressure rise? - no, cannot take reading until monitor gets here - feel as though pressure is normal
Notes: Could not sleep until about 4 or 5 AM, napped from 2 PM until 4 PM - not exactly lethargic, but definitely sluggish

Day two: 10/20/2009
Time woken up: 10:30 AM
Dosage: 3.5 mg
Time: 12 PM - 8 PM
Activity: Minimal, one outing for less than an hour, driving involved, but closer than previous outing
Alertness: No noticeable change. Still fairly alert at 1 AM.
Crying? - medium levels, did receive bad financial news
Any sign of blood pressure rise - mild rise during crying about finances, did not feel any other symptoms, still waiting for monitor
Notes: Also stuffy and throat scratchy - do not currently believed is linked, as housemate has similar feelings




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