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  1. Got a new job. Decided we really needed the money. I hope it isn't too overwhelming for me. No matter what I do, it always seems to overwhelm me. I really hope that will be different this time. I want so badly to fit in like a neurotypical adult. Maybe this is wrong, but it's hard to not want to do so when almost everyone around me expects it, and I have such little professional supports. Autism supports suck where I'm from. Sigh.
  2. FairyBelle

    Fairy Photos

    My life on display. Don't mind me, I just love photography. ❤️
  3. Have been busy working at my new job at the pet store. Loving taking photos of pups for a living and helping with their grooming! This, however, means I haven't had much time for CB lately. Just wanted to let you all know that I am still around and thinking of the friends I've made here 💟 Hope everyone is well. Feel free to drop me a line here if ever you might want to catch up :) 

    1. Antecedent


      sounds brilliant! :) So happy for you :)

    2. Gearhead



    3. Wonderful.Cheese


      Sounds awesome! You sound very happy! I’m very glad to hear this! :) 

  4. Wife here. I did, indeed, develop Zyprexa-induced diabetes. Come to find out from my current psychiatrist, this is a known effect of Zyprexa. Anyways, that's a whole other story. I had issues wetting the bed, increased thirst, and my A1C was ridiculously high. I think Angeni is correct about the precise number. I also almost went into diabetic ketoacidosis. They nearly had to move me from the psychiatric hospital to the regular. It all happened very suddenly. I remember being okay, and then all of the sudden, the symptoms of increased thirst and loss of control of my bladder came on. Within a week, I was hospitalized. I think you have every right to discuss this with your doctor. Keep in mind, I am only own person and can only speak for my own experience, but for me, it got very ugly very fast. This is definitely a valid concern. All the best to you, Chee ❤️
  5. Quit my call centre job. After nearly a year. This new project I was moved to after 'Rona took my original one, was just way too much for me. I start a new position on Monday. Cheers to the transition and change anxiety 😅
  6. Start training for my new job role tomorrow. I will be a technical support agent now. After nearly 3 weeks of training without access to the computer system for the sales position that they moved us all to when the insurance company we worked for left, and me hunting down and nagging at many members of upper management and HR, they finally gave me a program transfer. Only because I played the autism card 🙄 They made it very clear a program transfer would not have happened if it were not related to my disability. I had stated I would not be able to adequately perform the sales role due to my autism. They wanted 8 pitches and rebuttals daily, or we were at risk of losing our jobs. Oh. hell. to. the. no.
  7. I live in Canada, and from what I understand, my province (Ontario) is slowly reopening. Hard to say for sure as I don’t have cable TV which makes it harder to keep up with the news. Online articles can often be wrong, I’ve found. I think it’s too soon. I may have the unpopular opinion here, and I know a lot of people are tired of quarantine, I am too. I feel like reopening things so soon is just asking for more trouble though. Did we learn nothing from the Spanish flu in the 1920’s? My mom and I were just talking about that the other day, actually 🤔
  8. Glad to see you're somewhat adjusting and coping, Gear I really wish we had autism peer support groups where I live. Anything to do with autism and adults is so limited in my province in Ontario, and most services require you to be 'lower functioning.' Forgive me, I don't like functioning labels, but I can't think of a better way to phrase it at this moment. I find myself getting some of my support through FB groups for adults and women on spectrum, and the Twitter Actually Autistic community. I have some friends who are on spectrum as well, but a lot of the time I feel isolated. Getting my official diagnosis allowed me to breathe a big, deep breath, and go, 'Ahhh! Okay, good! I'm not a broken neurotypical, I'm a perfectly fine autistic. I just think and feel differently than some others.' A lot of people have accused me of not being empathetic enough, I've also learned through my diagnosis journey that this is not the case. I do lack some cognitive empathy, because I can't imagine what it's like to be anyone other than me, but I've also realized that some people think I'm unempathetic and not supportive because I don't provide emotional support in the ways they find most beneficial. I tend to be logical and to try and help to find practical solutions, sometimes mixed with validation, sometimes not, depending on the situation. Now I've learned to accept myself as I am, and to realize that people need to speak up if they need something from me or I am doing something ineffectively. We are all adults. Using our words and communicating is paramount. I went off on a tangent.. Bringing this back in, I really wish we had an autism support group around here. I'd love to help others and give back, as well as get support myself ❤️ Let me also just say, pets are so therapeutic to me. I saw you mention dogs. I love my two cats beyond words, and they really help me to feel less alone too. They help me get out of bed every morning by meowing for food
  9. Anyone else finding the change of routines, and changes to really, oh, *everything* in the world right now is triggering their autism? I feel far more stressed than usual. More sensory and emotional overload, more meltdowns. 🤦‍♀️
  10. Festive, seasonal depression. Luckily, still functioning for now.
  11. I work Christmas Day this year. Crapitalism sucks 😡 That is all.

    1. Angeni Mai
    2. Simba Cub

      Simba Cub

      Ouch. I am sorry to hear that :(

    3. FairyBelle


      Update: I survived. Thank you both for the sympathy 🙂


  12. Got my official, formal, on paper diagnosis on 11/21/2019. Autism Spectrum Disorder Level 1. Was informally, verbally diagnosed until then. Feels pretty normal, nothing has changed, except I no longer question if I’m absolutely correct and not lying when I say I’m autistic now 😊
  13. It’s late, you’re asleep, and I don’t want to awake you with a text. But I want you to know, I love you to the 🌙 and back. Always ❤️ 

    1. Angeni Mai

      Angeni Mai

      I love you every bit as much 💕

  14. I personally think your therapist saying that just might be enough, Argh. My life has been so hectic. I was just granted full time hours at my work placement. My wife is coming back this Friday, bringing my mother-in-law and aunt-in-law with her for the ride. They will be returning home later this weekend, and only staying in our city for a bit of Friday evening. My wife is staying here with me permanently. I’m really fearful that I may be scheduled in for this Friday now, and miss seeing my in-laws, which kind of makes me sad. I won’t get my schedule until tomorrow, and I need Sunday and Monday off. I emailed my employment coach about this, and he called my boss, then called me back. He told me I have to ask for it when I go in tomorrow, but that they are now aware of it. A lot of stress lately, and definitely a lot different from my work training program, which was a steady schedule of Monday-Friday, from 9-4:30. They were also very accommodating and understanding of my disability, AKA, my autism. No one even knows about my autism at my current job, I chose to not disclose. Sometimes that complicates things. Keep your fingers crossed for me that if I’m scheduled in for Friday, I get off work at a decent time. Even better yet, cross your fingers for no Friday shift at all. Also, please keep your fingers crossed for my getting my Sunday and Monday off approved 🤞🏻
  15. I work for a youth centre. It was for a social event. Right now I’m in a paid work training program at said youth centre. The second phase of this program, I’ll go to a job placement in the community. Did you have a good day, Gear? It seems uneventful, which are the types of days I like, personally.
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