Sunday, 30 November 2008
Psychotherapy And All That
Yes, I had a psychotherapy session on Friday; it's taken me more than 48 hours to get over it. Actually that's a bit of an exaggeration, but I did need to gather myself after it, and part of that gathering process required me to get some sleep.
I had been told that I would definitely be having psychotherapy on Friday when I phoned the hospital earlier in the week, but it still didn't stop me half expecting it to be cancelled. I had been having some problems sleeping (nothing new there) and Thursday night was no different, except where I do usually manage a few hours sleep, Thursday night I didn't get any. I have to admit that I spent the whole of the journey to the hospital clutching my mobile in my hand half expecting the call to say that my psychotherapy had been cancelled again. But the phone didn't ring.
My psychotherapy session started with an apology over the recent problems, and then my therapist decided that as it had been so long since my last session that he wanted me to tell him how I had been over the last month and what I had been doing. I was able to tell him about my meeting with There and Back, and my foray into the education of GPs with my recently retired GP, B at a medical education establishment. I was asked how I had felt when addressing the doctors and I told him that I had felt very anxious when I entered the lecture theatre and saw all the faces, but that when it came to me doing my demonstration, even with the difficulties of not being able to get into the live system, things seemed to have gone quite well.
I was asked how I felt after the demonstration and the question and answer session that followed it, and I replied that I felt as though I was high, but that things had started to go downhill a few days later, and that I had never really improved since then. I told him about the conjunctivitis and how that had made just about everything impossible for several days. I suppose that I should have told him that it was the psychotherapy sessions being cancelled at such short notice that had played a significant part in how I had been feeling, but I didn't say anything.
The session then moved on to how I was feeling about things at that moment. I told him about how Christmas is such a difficult time for me and that everywhere I turned at the moment everything seemed to be focusing on Christmas. The rest of the session focused on this and what were the things that affected me most of all. We talked about loneliness, how I cope with it, about the lure of drink and tablets and how I usually have the strength to turn my back on them.
It was a difficult session, as I had known it would be after such a long break, and I felt very emotional both during the session and afterwards. I am sure that the lack of sleep had a great deal to do with this, but it wasn't the sole reason. Anyway, the session ended and I left the hospital and made my way to the bus stop to catch my bus home. When I got home I had an overwhelming urge to sleep, so I went and lay on my bed and was asleep in minutes. I watched a little television Friday evening, then had an early night and slept quite well. I woke several times but soon fell asleep again and finally woke at about midday on Saturday.
The rest of Saturday was spent in a leisurely fashion, the most energetic thing that I did was some knitting. I again slept Saturday night and dozed on and off most of this morning, although this afternoon I have done quite a bit of knitting while I have been watching the television. The awful weather has precluded me doing anything more energetic.
Tomorrow I must get back to studying. I did spend some on Thursday night, when I couldn't sleep, working on the TMA for my biology course. I managed to make notes for several of the questions and I suppose that the most sensible thing to do at this time is to write these answers up in a proper fashion so that I can see how much work I have left to do. Once I have done this TMA, which I hope will be almost completed by this time next week, I must get back to the material for my other course so that I can write the essays for the next TMA for that course.
But this evening, I shall not think about my studying. I shall sit with my feet up, a shawl round my shoulders, and my knitting to hand. I have been knitting a very pretty shawl for the last few days, that is nearing completion. It is knitted in the most wonderful yarn and is a very pretty pattern that is simple to follow. I am thinking of giving it to a friend as a Christmas present, but while knitting this I have realized that it ought to be quite easy to adapt as a scarf pattern and I think that I shall get some more yarn and knit a few scarves to this pattern over the Christmas period. There are a few people that I want to give presents to and I think that they would appreciate a hand-knitted scarf that is like gossamer, and yet warm at the same time.