I’m feeling proud of myself. My SUDS (Subjective Units of Distress Scale) when I started my first memory in PTSD therapy was about 95, on a scale between 1 and 100 with 100 being the most distress. It’s now around 36. When I related the memory to my therapist last week, there was no visual distress. That’s a huge improvement! I can also be dialectical about what happened instead of just fearful, angry, disgusted, and sad.
Tomorrow, we start working on another memory. My therapist said that it probably won’t take nearly as long as the first one did to get to a tolerable distress level. I can actually see a light at the end of the tunnel.
This week on the blog:
Surprise, surprise, I didn’t read much this past week thanks to the pain caused by the pinched nerve I mentioned last week. There’s no way I could concentrate while I was in as much pain as I was. Hopefully, next week I can get back to THE UNDERTAKING OF HART OF MERCY.
I finished listening to the TWILIGHT audiobook. It was a lot of fun. I’ll start listening to the NEW MOON audiobook tomorrow.
Every time I rewatch the TWILIGHT movies, I’m reminded how much I enjoy the music in NEW MOON. I love the minor key and I’ve been listening to the score non-stop. Even if you’re not a fan of the movies or books, you can appreciate the music. For your listening pleasure, here’s “Full Moon” by Alexandre Desplat.
Corey and I finished bingeing COMMUNITY this week. It was bittersweet. The last season isn’t nearly as good as the previous one, and it was still hard to say goodbye to all the actors/characters. I’m excited and intrigued about the movie they’re currently working.
As indicated above, I also watched all five TWILIGHT movies. They start out rough, but I like both Breaking Dawn movies, especially the ending of Part 2.
We also watched THE INVITATION and I thought it was really good. I really enjoyed the modern take on the DRACULA tale. The movie’s a lot like READY OR NOT with Samara Weaving only with vampires.
After watching THE INVITATION, we watched READY OR NOT since they’re similar. READY OR NOT is highly underrated and I recommend it! For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a horror movie containing dark humor. Here’s the trailer:
I love my chiropractor. I’ve been in so much pain because of my pinched nerve. I couldn’t sleep properly and nothing seemed to relieve the pain until my adjustment on Friday. He uses a special machine to align the neck and spine by gently tapping your vertebrae into place. He’ll also manually adjust when it’s necessary, which it was. My neck was very locked up, he said. I also had STEM therapy on my shoulder and ultrasound therapy on my neck.
My pinched nerve area–arm and shoulder blade–is still sore, but not like it was. It’s now bearable. I can sleep and enjoy life again. I’m going back on Monday and Wednesday and I’m getting a massage on Wednesday too.
I want to buy a shirt for Halloween. I have a sweatshirt with Jack Skellington on it, but it’s still too warm to wear it. Maybe I’ll look for a regular T-shirt with Jack on it.
I need to get ready for NaNoWriMo. I’ve always wanted to participate, but I’ve never had the time, energy, or story idea to do it. This time, I think I have all three.
How was your week? Anything exciting happen?