Autopsy!

You didn’t see that one coming, did you?!

I don’t normally write about television shows, but this one is amazing and I just wanted to share…My partner gives me “Not this again” eyes, when I try telling him about the newest episode.

Autopsy: The Last Hours of…Is about certain well known, mainly celebrities who have died seemingly before their time, or have a lot of Myths surrounding their deaths. It does take into account some of the Myths, because sometimes the Myths to do have some truth to them. The deaths are investigated by either one of three different forensic pathologist/psychologist.

  • Dr Richard Shepherd – Has been in the most episodes.
  • Dr Anjula Mutanda
  • Jason Payne-James

So far the ones that I have seen are about Michael Hutchence (INXS), Robin Williams, Bruce Lee and Marilyn Monroe. As well as some I have not yet seen (the show is usually on here at 11pm at night on a ‘work night’) Such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Maurice Gibbs and Janis Joplin. There were a couple of others that I have seen, but they have been a little less known. The show is narrated by Iain Glen (aka Jorah Mormont).

If you are interested in the mind and are kind of interested in how peoples minds work before their deaths, this is a good show for that. This isn’t really a “crime” show because none of these people died while necessarily committing a crime. It’s all about what lead up to their deaths and what it might have been like for them in the last 25 hours of their lives. How possibly, if it all, their deaths could have been prevented.

Take the Bruce Lee “case” for example, an injury roughly three year prior to his death…Ultimately caused his death. A slipped disc three years prior meant that Bruce Lee started to take steroids quiet regularly. We know now the dangers of constant steroid taking, but Bruce Lee and I doubt the people around him knew that much about it at the time. Only a couple of months earlier he had collapsed and the only reason he did not die that particular time was because they were able to get to the hospital on time.

Whereas and probably the saddest one that I watched was about Robin Williams and while ultimately he died by his own hands. There were SO many factors in his death, not just that he was “unhappy”. You probably have heard rumours that Robin Williams had Parkinson or something similar. It was determined that Robin Williams died by Lewy Body Dementia. 

Lew Body Dementia is a rare form of Dementia and something that I would not wish on my worse enemy, let alone Robin Williams, who brought so much joy. It not only causes your usual dementia symptoms, but it becomes much more severe. It’s almost like you have Parkinsons AND Alzheimer together, on top of that the person suffering is more like to suffer from extreme hallucinations.

While the above is depressing, it’s made me realise that Robin Williams it STILL a hero to me when it comes to mental health. I’m sure if he hadn’t of had Lewy he would have fought his depression.

Back on topic…

If this seems like an interest to you, please watch it! It is completely fascinating.

 

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Dictionary Day

Today is Dictionary Day! Maybe not the most exciting book that’s out there…

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It may be one of those most important books out there though!

I do have a little challenge for you all though and you don’t have to post it on here, but you can if you want too. Every day or every week randomly choose a word from the Dictionary, write it down, write down it’s meaning and research it.

Do You Dare?

Saying Goodbye

This weekend (and today) brings about the end to World Mental Health Week and what a marvellous week it has been! Sharing and caring people…Just sharing and caring! ❤

At the moment this post is being posted I am also with other women and we are #womenboycotttwitter after Rose McGowan was temporarily banned from Twitter after talking about her disgust over the whole Harvey Weinstein debacle.  Now it may seem a little weird to “go silent” on Twitter after Rose was made silent. However I get it, the less people on Twitter the less people seeing the ads that pay for Twitter to exist. Apparently it was supposed to be on Friday, but I’m not sure too many people thought of the time differences. I feel like a whole weekend would have been better, but it’s better than nothing!

Edmund Burke

 

World Mental Health Day

As the title suggests, today is World Mental Health day today…So if you are not feeling well, please do not read any further. Sometimes I find that if you constantly talk about something, or its just there all the time. You can’t help but be affected by it.

Normally I make long posts at later time/date and I had originally had this posted for tomorrow as most of my readers are from overseas. However, I feel like this is such an important topic, I’d rather have this posted on the right date for both hemisphere’s.

So although today is a good day to get some information out there. One could understand why this day might actually be a really hard day for those with mental health issues.

10/10 World Mental Health Day (Australia)

So mental health affects people in different ways and people suffer from it in different extremes and have different ways of coping. We are only know starting to understand it, but still have a far way to go in treating it and having other people who don’t understand it. One side of my family have huge issues with it, even when they don’t admit it.

Mental Health over the years has always been seen as people only having things like schizophrenia, major paranoia, serve depression, and so on. Only in the last few years things like PTSD, people suffering from grief and loss, social anxieties, are now being seen as mental health issues. Situations where you or someone else may look fine on the outside, but inside you just feel extremely tired and like you want to give up.

Let me share my experiences with you

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I, myself have always had a slight depression. There were days where I just couldn’t stop feeling miserable and I wouldn’t eat and I just could not explain it. The last year or so and through certain incidents that ended up being not in my control, has now turned into anxieties. It’s been an interesting year because things that never affected me before, suddenly are. For example, when we have blackouts, in my mind I completely freak out now. The first half an hour or so, on the inside I am a wreck. I honestly feel like I will have a panic attack. It’s not until we get candles going or we start watching dvds on the laptops and sometimes that doesn’t happen until we’re really sleepy, so we don’t lose much batteries. I am just not okay. Sometimes I’ll have to look outside, where it’s still dark because you can still shadows outside, especially if the moon is well lit. So now I have a radio that can be turned on and off with batteries, as well as lights and fans. I’m looking to getting a portable dvd player, so I can trick my mind that all the lights off gives it an atmosphere.

I also now have a travel anxiety. Where I start to worry that I’m going to desperately need the bathroom while in a car or bus. This is my biggest issue at the moment, it’s been getting a little better, and I’ve had it for about a year now. I’ve been trying to avoid taking drugs and have been taking natural medicine, as well as meditation. I think I may need to take some anxiety pills when I travel on a plane next though. It’s usually alright if I can wind a window down and get some fresh air, but you can’t do that on a plane. Since my brother and my partners brother lives interstate, I can’t avoid it forever.

The other thing I have noticed though if that I far more more susceptible to my depression and that’s been the worst part. I’ve had more triggers this year alone and they’ve gotten, I don’t want to say darker, but I’ve had to fight a lot more this year to get myself happier again. I’ve also found myself on the borderline of a lot more panic attacks, which I’ve never really had before.

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Now let me share things that have helped me.

  • Giving myself a break: Every now and then I will just take a day…two if I’m lucky…where I don’t have to travel or work or see anyone. It makes me feel normal again.
  • Natural medication: So far the natural medications I’ve been taking have been helping a lot. Even if they just settle my upset stomach. They are probably nowhere near as strong as actual anxiety medication, but they do work to help me calm, at least a little.
  • Funny videos: They just do, anything funny, or what I consider to be funny.
  • Do not drink coffee when you are in the middle of anxiety: I do not drink coffee nearly as much as I used too.
  • Playing games: I think concentrating on something else for an hour…or more…helps me have a different focus. When I first had my anxiety really badly, the only things that made me panic less was playing games. I’d realise after a few hours that I was fine. I had gotten through a couple of hours with no issues.

Please don’t feel like you have too, but myself and I am sure others would really appreciate any of you sharing any helpful information. Where you go, what you use, what you’ve found to be helpful. Any stories that you wish to share.

Three Queens and Three Sister Review

This is my review of the book “Three Queens and Three Sister, author is Phillipa Gregory.

Enjoy the spoilers if you choose to read!…I just wanted to start this off by saying it is not a book based on actual facts, it’s an interpretation of the facts so it can be a fictional story…Hence the “fictional” part. It’s just a fictional interpretation of what happened.

Brief outline of the book

The book takes place in merry old England, around the time of King Henry the 8th. The book is very solely focused though on the story of one his more unknown older sister (I actually didn’t even know that he had other siblings) Princess Margaret. The book starts and first takes place when Katherine of Aragon first comes to court. At first she is expecting to marry Prince Arthur (Henry’s older brother and should have been King!) who does pass away just a few months after they are married. Margaret as a young Princess has an instant dislike for Katherine of Aragon, with her “fancy ways”. However her other younger sister, Mary, has an instant connection with Katherine.

The book tells of the three young women and their life journey from young ladies until all three are Queens at some point along the way. Through, death, love, birth and life.

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Positive aspects

I have been wanting to read any of the Phillipa Gregory books for quiet a while now and I did not feel disappointed. If you can get past the whines of Margaret it’s a very enjoyable book. I enjoy books about “court life” from ‘merry ole England’ and this was no different. What I took from it as well, is that I enjoyed it so much that I spent the next day researching all of Henry the 8th’s family members. What I found to be the most interesting about it is that knowing that Phillipa had some research into the book, most of the events in the book actually happened.

The relationship between the three women was intriguing as well. I didn’t really understand why they called themselves sisters when they weren’t really THAT friendly towards each other. If someone I’m not even blood related too kills my husband (guaranteed during War) and doesn’t leave his body for me to bury and brings it back to their land as a “trophy”. Just as some sort of making up that they aren’t producing sons, you are not my sister. It honestly fascinates me, is this what it was like? Too keep up appearances did they have to seem like they were “sisters”? How annoying!

Negative aspects

Overall I really did enjoy the book and I will continue to read Phillipa Gregory, but no book can be perfect!

There was one aspect of the book that really did annoy me. There just seemed to be chapter after chapter of the exact same situation and it became very repetitive very quickly. It just felt like I was reading the same thing for about 10 chapters in a row. She leaves her husband Archibald because he was still apparently married to another woman and was just using the Queen for her lands and money. So she left him, they’d have a battle, she’d lose, run away somewhere else, get a letter from Katherine and Mary saying to go back to her cheating, traitorous husband, they’d get back together (even though she hates him), he leaves and repeat. I am not lying when I say this happened about 5 times in a instant row.

Overall

I really did enjoy the book and I have put the book previous to this one and the book after this one, so I think that’s a pretty good indication.

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World Animal Day

So today is World Animal Day! Who doesn’t love animals?! Well some people don’t…But I am most definitely not one of those people.

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Today is not just about one kind of animal…It’s about them all!

MISSION: TO RAISE THE STATUS OF ANIMALS IN ORDER TO IMPROVE WELFARE STANDARDS AROUND THE GLOBE

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Today is about any issues you want to find out, or what to know more about. It’s a good day to get started on any causes that you may have. Since there are probably a lot of people who are thinking the exact same things you are!