I’m usually a very careful person due to being rather phobic of white coats (Hospitals, Doctors, Nurses, etc).

But on Sunday, I had a moment of Silliness caused by being under pressure, lacking sleep, and just forgetting how heat works.

For the first night in around a month, we had a fresh meal that wasn’t cooked by me (I only cook fresh, I don’t do anything else).

My mum made her homemade shepherd’s pie, she put it in the oven and then got it out for me when it was done. But, instead of putting oven gloves on and handing the dish, I just grabbed it – I ended up scorching my hands, specifically my fingertips.

Luckily, I have a quick reaction time and a high IQ, meaning I let go instantly and ran to the sink for cold water as soon as it happened. However, that didn’t help all my digits. While I managed to save 7 fingertips from blistering, I couldn’t save the skin on my left index finger, and both thumbs. So, I’m in bandages – not as much as a hospital would have given me – they would have bandaged both my hands, but I can’t use my finger and thumbs.

My mum bandaged them, thanks to her First Aid training, which comes in useful a lot… I also cut the skin off my knuckle two weeks ago with my 10-inch kitchen knife…….

Why is this being talked about on Mental Health Tuesdays? 

Well, I’m here stressing the importance of sleep. I have PTSD induced Somniphobia and Insomnia – this means my PTSD has caused my Somniphobia (due to the night terrors) but also Insomnia because my brain won’t let me sleep in general. This means that some days I don’t sleep, and my usual sleeping pattern is falling asleep at 12am and waking up three hours later at 3am and that’s it for me. This has caused my brain to slip up every now and again, Sunday being an example of slipping up and ending up damaging myself in some way. Sometimes I slip up by just forgetting an ingredient in my cooking or forgetting to do something I’ve been asked to. But it seems like my brain enjoys killing my hands!
So, here we go, do the following for me:

  • Sleep at least 5 hours a night.
  • Try to sleep.
  • Don’t try to stay awake.
  • Eat healthily.
  • Eat fresh food.
  • Stay away from Takeaway food.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid too much Caffeine.
  • Exercise.
  • Dance like there’s no tomorrow.
  • Free yourself.

You can do it, and if you need support: We’re here for you.

And if you need Music to dance to, go see 5 Towns Radio for Music and Chat!
Take care and Happy Tuesday!