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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 1:24 am 
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Today I was driving to work and a Rottweiler was on the road about to be hit by a car. The fucking idiots didn't even slow down their driving with this giant dog on the road.
I pulled up and got out. It looked scary and you just never know, especially when they are lost as they can get disorientated and defensive.

It just looked at me so I used my good old trick of opening the back door of my car. It jumped straight in. I have a wonderful boss who knows what im like and didn't mind me taking it to our local 'no kill' shelter.
Our state has this stupid new law. When you find a lost animal u used to take it to the local vet and they would try find the owner and if not it would have to go to the pound. Now, if the vet finds the owners details on the microchip they wont call the owner to reunite unless the pet is an actual patient at that exact vet clinic. I once had a dog at a vet and they had the owns details from the chip but refused to call the owners. They had to send it straight to the pound. I don't know what its like where u are but if at the pound and not picked up within I think 8 days, they euthanize them.

Anyway while I was there taking this huge beauty to the shelter, I enquired about the cat I took last week. They said its fine and will get adopted easily but currently has cat flu. So then I had to ring my sister in law to tell her the cat is ok but not well. Her cat has been sick for 2 days and now we can put the puzzle together. So lucky as she thought it may have just been the move but now its more likely to have caught the flu.

We may have to change the name of this thread lol
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2015 3:11 am 
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Amy, I don't mean to be insensitive but when I read your last post I had a fit of unstoppable laughter. I actually googled it and you are not alone in your velvet nightmare! It's of course everything to do with how it was written and you are an outstanding writer.
Mel, I'm so glad you stopped to help the lost rottie. Another example of careless assholes. That poor dog. Amazing his instinct led him to your back seat, awesome.
I have not heard of this law regarding lost pets. What a joke and just lining council pockets.
Oh I'm sorry to hear about the cat flu. Unfortunately my babies had cat flu ( herpes virus or calcivirus )as kittens and it's a virus that is manageable but stays for life, flaring up in times of stress. They can be a symptomatic until the cat experiences any kind of stress like moving etc.
Yes, we have diverted from the original topic which makes me wonder how did the "save for a rainy day" plan pan out? Is there a stash to speak of?


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Katipo, I try to find the humor in any situation I can. I once had Bell's Palsy, which makes you look ridiculous when you eat, speak, smile, etc. Thank goodness that I had a good friend who made fun of me all of the time and made me laugh at myself! I'm glad that you got a chuckle over my nightmare. :)

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 1:14 am 
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No Katipo, no stash yet. Had too much to worry about so thought I better stay on track since im only on day 52. I have just found out today I have an autoimmune disease and have to see a specialist again ASAP. My sub doc thinks its either lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Oh, and a nasty chest infection. That's shit but im glad I can focus on treating the problem, whichever one it is. I was wondering why I was so tired all the time. I would nod off at work and whilst driving home and didn't even do that when I was on shit loads of opiates and benzo's. Also why I felt like a 80 ear old walking, sitting and getting back up etc. It was scary. The antibiotics have made me feel a fair bit better the lst 3 days which is amazing.
I just told my mum the semi diagnosis and the poor darling is so worried. I tried to let her know medicine these days is really good but my sisters death 2 yrs ago is making her super sensitive about me.
Thank fuck she lives in QLD and doesn't have to know I was doing the same cocktail that killed my sis. That would kill her I think. She is one of my main reasons of getting clean. Couldn't put her through another OD of her children.

Anyway, I rang the shelter. The rotti had a microchip, it was up to date and the owners were coming to pick him up. Im sure the shelter peeps would have told them to put a collar on him. Good news for the week!


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Amy,
I can only imagine experiencing sudden paralysis would be quite frightening at first! Humour is such a wonderful way to deal with adversity.
Mel, I'm sorry to hear you have an auto immune condition. I know nothing about lupus but my mum has RA. It's still so early for you on subs, so I get that you don't want to split doses.
You need to feel stable before cutting doses, there is plenty of time in the future for that. Like I have said. I'm sure my stash will be for nothing. Apart from using once a few days after starting subs, I haven't touched any opiates, pot or benzos since taking sub, so there would be no reason for needing extra. Mel, it makes me sad to think you lost your sister and your mother, a daughter. Do you have any other siblings? Were you close to your sister, older or younger? Please don't answer if this is too painful.
That is nice news that the rottie is safe and hopefully back to a loving home.
You did a wonderful thing Mel!


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Yes, Katipo, my big sister and I were inseparable growing up and extremely close as adults. I only have a brother now but neither of us ever really were close with him and now, due to certain circumstances, I have had no contact with him since her death. He didn't get long with her and he is just an arsehole. When my dad died he said he wished my sister was dead so the split wasn't 3 ways (greedy c@!t) and acted like it was a distant friends funeral when my sister passed. I hate him for that. He has also not been the best son to my mum but that's another story.
Because we were all adopted from different parents, somehow people think the sisterhood is different. We didn't come out the same woman but grew up together, went through the alcoholic father and dysfunctional house together and everything else sisters do. I don't believe blood is thicker than water at all.
My psych seems to think my problem with grieving so hard about her is not an issue and that we were/are actually soul mates. Im not into that kind of thinking but it certainly makes sense. I believe it because a lot of me has died when she did.
Anyway sorry for the big answer for 2 small questions lol
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Mel, I feel even more for you. I appreciate you sharing more about your upbringing. How insulting for ppl to question the irreplaceable bond you had together. Mel, you must be a very strong person. You could have fallen into a heap and succumbed to destruction but instead you are making choices that your sis would be proud of.
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Thanks katipo
You actually bought a tear to my eye because I know for sure she would be devastated to know what I was doing to myself. We always did drugs together but she would never let me have the type of drugs she was on towards the end. Even tho im an adult, she didn't want me going down the path she eventually did regarding the cocktail of drugs she was on.
This disease of addiction (insanity) had me using more drugs after she died and I was using close to what she was using when she died, not too long ago before starting sub. How crazy is addiction that I buried my sister and then started mimicking her drug usage. Not trying to kill myself, but subconsciously doing just that.
So I did fall into a heap for nearly 2 years but im proud of myself for not using on her anniversary in September. I have to now stay clean for myself and to honour her.
My sister started suboxone a couple of months before her death but she obviously couldn't handle going through life, awake.

Your a darling, Thank you


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You're so right, Mel. Some addicts can't go through life awake, as you put it. Perhaps she is giving you extra strength so that you will be able to fight through the pain of feeling all of those emotions. Like Kati, I see a lot of strength in you. I admire you.

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Hi Ladies, I don't know how I missed this thread! But...animals and social work are two of my favorite things! I don't know many women who would stop to let a stray rottweiler into their car, but I am a member of that elite group! You name it, I have rescued it including a few men who were less appreciative than the animals!lol Anyway, just wanted to say that you ladies are awesome and I love the idea that we have such positive things in common to also bond us! Keep up the good work and enjoy today! PS, I don't know what I would do if I had to go to the pharmacy everyday to get my meds! That would be a nightmare for me! Do you ever get to a point where they let you take a full month's supply home?


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Here we go again!

So yesterday I had my car vacuumed because the rotti left hair all over the back seat.
Im driving home in the work car again and see a white staffy on the road, no one around and nearly getting run over. So many fuckers drove past it but didn't stop. So I stop, get out and see if its friendly. It was and I opened the car and he jumped straight in. He had a collar on with a number but the phone just kept ringing out. I drove around asking people if they know this dog and all said no. I rang the local vet and they said they would have to send it to the pound. So of course that aint happening, but left my details with them. Vets used to scan for a chip and help get the dog straight home. Now they have to send to the pound so people have to pay hundreds to get their pet back.
I had to go home and he came with me, ate dinner with my other dog (separate rooms as it got s bit growly towards mine). After 3 hours the owner returned my call and Buddy is now back home safe and sound.
I now have white hair all over the work car back seat.

The things we do for love.
Michelle, your a social worker aren't you? What field?
Im in my final year of uni, just have one last unit (class) and a 3 month placement before graduating. I want to get out of placement (work experience) as im in a SW role already for the past nearly 3 years. Im an intensive case manager and my clients are very high risk from resi care or foster care. That means they were taken fro their homes by DHS due to neglect, abuse etc.
I just love my job and place of employment its fantastic. If not for this job, I seriously don't think I would be alive right now. My job really made my life worth living when my sister, aunt and nan all dies within 2 months. At work im known as the animal thief as a joke as Im always rescuing.

Anyway Michelle, I have to go to the chemist twice per week and soon it will only be once a week. That's the minimum in Melbourne Australia that you need to present. Hopefully down the trck I can get 2 weeks worth but havnt herd bout that. Picking up monthly would be so darn easier but on the other side of that, we don't have the financial shit attached. As I have written in other posts, we get free doctor appointments and any dosage mg of sub your on costs $25 per week. I rather that than the expenses involved in many other countries.

Nice knowing some more fellow members and social workers or work in community support.

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Hi girls!
Michelle I'm glad you found this thread! You also sound like a caring and beautiful person. Amy, I hope your studies are going well!! Anything currently of interest you can share with us?
Mel, I'm so glad you were there to help yet another absconder! I just love how they respond to your invitation. Very cool. I have not had the same luck, in fact, my experiences of this were consistent in that the dog wanted nothing to do with me. On both occasions they were not going to let someone put an end to their adventure, didn't matter that I was armed with treats.i always have treats in my car because I spend a lot of my spare time taking my mums dog on adventures. Mel I'm not near the beach but I am close to the yarra river so I take mums dog swimming( ball + water = obsessed )off leash along the yarra in warrandyte and it's doggie heaven!
On another topic I recently had a fling with WSOP. I deleted things before any damage was done.( in truth it was that evil poker machine in the corner of the screen that ate up all my money! )Fun before it's all consuming!
So that explains my recent absence...
I hope you are all happy and well!


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Kat,i rarely get the dogs I see loose. More often than not, they run away and I cant get near them. I read somewhere that when they are lost or out of their territory they become disorientated which can make even the friendliest dog unapproachable.
Excuse my ignorance but what is WSOP. I got lost at that part of the conversation.

Im off to hang wshing :)


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Good morning Ladies, Hope you all are enjoying today! I always travel with cat food! In the state of NJ there are colonies of feral cats everywhere! It is so sad! I work with people who have been diagnosed with both a mental illness and substance abuse. I have worked with this population for 30 years and love it! Many of my clients have a severe and persistent mental illness that can get in the way of routine functioning. I help them get acclimated to AA and NA. Some of my clients have pets so I help them with pet food when funds are tight. I spend alot of time on the road and see animals that need help all the time! I try to help in any way that I can. Well, it is a very sunny day here so I am going to get out there and enjoy it! Have a wonderful day!


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Hey Michelle! I'm happy to read more about your work! This week I have to come up with a treatment plan for a case study of a person with Antisocial Personality Disorder. I know that this disorder is a common co-occurring disorder to substance abuse disorders, so I figure that you have treated people with ASPD before. Do you have any pointers for me or therapies that have worked for your clients? Our case study person does not have a substance abuse disorder, just the personality disorder. I should have sent you a PM instead of asking on Mel's thread, but I will also answer Kati's question about how my schoolwork is going.

Thanks for asking, btw, Kati. I've been doing fairly well in all of my classes. I am learning the most in my Psychopathology class and it is definitely the most challenging class so far in my studies. One of the difficulties is that teamwork is required to do most of the assignments and 3 out of the 6 of us in the class were slacking off and letting 3 of us do the lion's share of the work. So the professor divided the 6 of us into 2 teams, the three of us who had already been doing the work, and the three who were minimally helpful. So they have to sink or swim on their own now. My scores in this class have been in the high B to low A range, so I'm not sure if I'll get an A or not. And that is the only acceptable grade to me. (I'm only hard on myself, not others.) I have 2 really large projects coming up including a 30 minute power point presentation that has to include a video portion of me presenting the counseling technique I have chosen to focus on, which is called Motivational Interviewing. Scary.

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Hi Amy, I believe mirroring is a part of motivational interviewing and in my experience works very well with those who are anti social. Anti social personality disorder is a very difficult dx to work with. They can be resistant to treatment, difficult to engage, and very difficult to keep on track when working in a group. So, that being said, when doing one on one try mirroring which is just really reflecting back to them what they have said. For instance, the person says I can't do that because no one ever helps me. You respond by saying, what I hear you saying is that if you had some help you could get it done? So you are meeting them where they are at, you are validating their feelings, and you have the ability to help them with a solution. I hope I explained that well! I had motivational interviewing technique training years ago! So, I am a little rusty! lol


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Thanks Michelle! I appreciate it!

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I'm new to this forum, and this is my first post. I want to add that I am fully aware this is not the appropriate topic for an "introductory" post, but the compulsive element of my personality just will not allow me to pass over this thread without chiming in. I feel like I need to say that I thought I was alone. I am not. YOU ARE NOT ALONE Katipo! I think I will save the rest of what I want to say for a more appropriate thread. Thank You and I apologize for the "troll-ish" behaviour!


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Hi Mark and welcome to the forum! I suggest that you click the index tab (top left). Scroll down the list until you come to "Introduction" Click on that word and start a "new topic".

I hope this helps you navigate our forum! :)

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