Week 8 Review

Danni is lying in bed. The image has been edited with various filters, making it look smooth, have bigger eyes, has colourful circles around their head, and has a hand drawn purple penguin in the bottom left corner.

I forgot to take a photo last week, so took this one today and used the most extreme settings on various filters to see how it looked. Then I drew a penguin on it because penguins! 🐧

Last week was mixed. Some good stuff (going on the Surface and video chatting to Sammie, making a hexahexaflexagon) and some bad stuff (waking up to a strange care worker in my room when I’d been expecting a regular one and had no notice of the change, digestive system being so evil I couldn’t be touched by the care workers during a call as was in too much pain).

The big news was I got my new PIP letter and the back payment of everything they owed me for the last year. I gave some to Johan as a Christmas/birthday present, cleared half of my credit card (0% interest so no point in clearing it all right now) and put half into savings. With the remainder, I bought a Nintendo Switch, some cool t-shirts and stickers, some disability stuff I’d been putting off and bought a celebration takeaway from Portofino in Newcastle, which was the best pasta I’ve ever had (tagliatelle carbonara). I still have some sitting in my bank account that I’m sure I’ll find a good use for.

I have started work on trying to fix my blog. I’m not happy with the theme or the header image yet, but at least it’s not throwing up errors now. I need to figure out getting the accessibility buttons to work properly as well. It’s too difficult to do from my tablet so it’ll be done in bits when I’m on the Surface or my puter.

I was finally well enough to catch up properly on some of my YouTube subscriptions, the ones without too much movement in the videos. I’ve got 3 months worth of videos to catch up with, so far managing three channels. I also rediscovered Vi Hart and made a hexahexaflexagon, which was an awesome stim toy until I ripped it. I need Johan to cut me out another template so I can make a new one. I want a cloth flexagon of some type, but I can’t find any premade online so might need to find a crafty person to make me one.

I’ve started clearing out my chest of drawers, throwing away anything damaged and putting stuff I can’t wear into a vacuum bag. The plan is to reorganise my drawers so the most used clothes (tops and nighties) are most accessible. I do need to get the cleaner to stop piling stuff around it so we can get into the drawers. I’m looking into finding someone to help me organise my bedroom, as though the cleaner is excellent at cleaning and okay at tidying, she is not good at organising or using space efficiently. It’ll probably take an organised person an hour or two to sort in total, but it’s finding that person. I did have a care worker who was excellent at it so I was going to ask her, but she’s injured and I don’t know when or if she’ll be back at work.

This week we’re expecting a lot of snow. Since that means I can’t go out, I’m hoping if well enough to do something nice indoors, or even have a shower. We’ll see if my body agrees.

  • Overall mood – Good
  • Average daily sleep – 8 hours 40 minutes (of 10 hours 54 minutes)
  • Longest sleep – 11 hours 4 minutes on Saturday (of 17 hours 35 minutes, after being awake 28 hours 30 minutes from Thursday evening)
  • Clothes changed – 1 (Penguin made of penguins 🐧)
  • Wipe wash – 1
  • Water wash – 0
  • Hair wash – 1 (shampoo cap)
  • Books read – 0
  • TV watched – 0
  • YouTube videos watched – Lots (Matt and Tom Park Bench, vlogbrothers, floppotron, Vi Hart)
  • Music listened to – Floppotron
  • Blog posts written – 1
  • Penguins cuddled – Yup 🐧🐧🐧
  • Johan hand holds – Several a day
  • Johan hugs – 0
  • Time on Twitter – 13 hours 52 minutes (average 1 hour 58 minutes a day)
  • Time on Reddit – 16 hours 25 minutes (average 2 hours 20 minutes a day)
  • Time on Facebook – 21 minutes (average 3 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • PIP award letter and back payment came through!
    • Discovered the joys of flexagons, and how awesome hexahexaflexagon is to say.
    • Johan accidently dyed the washing purple. I now have purple penguin pillowcases.

Game stuff

  • Games played – 5
    • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
    • Cross Stitch
    • Neko Atsume
    • Godville
    • DragonVale
  • AC: Pocket Camp Level – 76
  • Godville Heroine Level – 49 (79% done)
  • Godville wood for ark – 8.7%
  • Godville savings – 412 thousand
  • Cross stitch completed – 3
  • Most played game – Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (14 hours 4 minutes, average 2 hours a day)
  • Other –
    • DragonVale event has finished, so am now taking a break.
    • Animal Crossing has finished the crystal event.
    • I finished getting all the blue tulip items in Animal Crossing so now I’m concentrating on purple tulips.
    • I’ve yet to really try the Switch (have slept a lot since buying it) but I’m hoping to be able to play on it. If not, Johan will have to play for me.

Week 7 Review

Danni is lying in bed and smiling. The image has a dark blueish hue.

It’s mostly been an uneventful week. Had flu jab on Tuesday, so have had a sore arm since (it’s nearly better now), but otherwise not been up to much. I finally got over the payback from going out to the tribunal, and on Friday I was able to go on my desktop computer for the first time in months. Did a food shop and updated the spreadsheet tracking which carers I have. It took a lot longer than it should have done as I’ve forgotten how to do things like link to data in a different part of the spreadsheet.

I made the mistake on Saturday morning of attempting to change my own pad while Johan was out. This was a terrible idea and now I’ve got payback from that. I think I’ve learnt my lesson. Picture is a selfie taken while watching my projector, so the light was blue.

  • Overall mood – Good
  • Average daily sleep – 8 hours 50 minutes (of 9 hours 51 minutes)
  • Longest sleep – 9 hours 25 minutes from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning (of 13 hours 11 minutes)
  • Clothes changed – 1 (space penguins and cat fleecy top)
  • Wipe wash – 1 (Johan helped)
  • Water wash – 0
  • Hair wash – 1 (with shower cap)
  • Books read – 0
  • TV watched – 0 (I prioritised going on puter)
  • YouTube videos watched – 5
  • Music listened to – Mr Voletron (U R Bad Toys!)
  • Blog posts written – 1
  • Penguins cuddled – Yes 🐧🐧🐧
  • Johan hand holds – Yes
  • Johan hugs – 0
  • Time on Twitter – 12 hours 28 minutes (average 1 hours 46 minutes a day)
  • Time on Reddit – 26 hours (average 3 hours 42 minutes a day)
  • Time on Facebook – 14 minutes (average 2 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • Left my party in Habitica, and made my own. Want to do quests by myself for a bit.
    • Doing a food shop is exhausting, even when I’m on my computer so it automatically fills in forms and stuff.
    • Johan changed my bedding on Thursday! Currently have the My Little Pony set on.
    • It was half term so chatted to Sammie a bit. She’s awesome.

Game stuff

  • Games played – 5
    • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
    • Cross Stitch
    • Neko Atsume
    • Godville
    • DragonVale
  • AC: Pocket Camp Level – 75
  • Godville Heroine Level – 49 (35% done)
  • Godville wood for ark – 7.3%
  • Godville savings – 382 thousand
  • Cross stitch completed – 2
  • Most played game – Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (14 hours 4 minutes, average 2 hours a day)
  • Other –
    • New crystal event in Animal Crossing. Luckily it’s just a collection event so I don’t need to do much extra.
    • Got every dragon and egg in DragonVale again. Once the rose event is over I’ll probably stop playing daily.
    • Bonus image: the cross stitch I was working on last week, completed. The text is amusing to me (your text here)

Image is a virtual cross stitch of a colourful temple with various spires, underneath which it says

Week 6 Review

Danni is lying in bed wearing a purple penguin hat and sticking their tongue out.

I think I’m going to change the day for these posts to Monday, so I get the full week’s data. Picture is of me the morning of my PIP tribunal. I’m still happy we won, just annoyed I had to go as we gave enough evidence for them to make the correct decision in the first place. I now have payback from that so feel rather rotten, but it was expected and we prepared so it’s not as bad as it could be. Tomorrow I’m meant to be getting my flu jab (better late than never) which I’m not looking forward to but since flu is what triggered my ME I know how important it is. I’m wanting to watch the Olympics as soon as I’m well enough. I’m probably missing out lots of things but brain is very muddy.

  • Overall mood – Good (though Tuesday and Wednesday were awesome)
  • Average daily sleep – 6 hours 31 minutes (of 10 hours 8 minutes)
  • Longest sleep – 14 hours 52 minutes on Thursday (of 19 hours 21 minutes – the crash at the start of payback)
  • Clothes changed – 1 (added socks, shoes and pyjama bottoms to go to tribunal, then took them all off and changed into my nerdy penguin top when I got back into bed.)
  • Wipe wash – 0 (I really need one when over this payback)
  • Water wash – 0
  • Hair wash – 0
  • Books read – 1 – The Island
  • TV watched – 0
  • YouTube videos watched – 0
  • Music listened to – 0
  • Blog posts written – 2
  • Penguins cuddled – nearly enough 🐧🐧🐧
  • Johan hand holds – some (hands hurt for a couple of days after pushing wheelchair)
  • Johan hugs – 1 (is easier while I’m in my wheelchair)
  • Time on Twitter – 13 hours 56 minutes (average 1 hour 59 minutes a day)
  • Time on Reddit – 25 hours 20 minutes (average 3 hours 37 minutes a day)
  • Time on Facebook – 23 minutes (average 3 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • We won my PIP tribunal!
    • Snow is awesome but not good for wheelchairs
    • Payback isn’t fun but easier to deal with when expected
    • I really don’t cope well with unexpected change during payback. Panicked over different carers twice, even when Johan was here. If I’d been told it would have been okay.
    • I need to change the theme on this blog as this one no longer works properly. I need to be on the Surface or my computer for that though.
    • Penguins are awesome. 🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧

Game stuff

  • Games played – 5
    • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
    • Cross Stitch
    • Neko Atsume
    • Godville
    • DragonVale
  • AC: Pocket Camp Level – 73
  • Godville Heroine Level – 48 (94% done)
  • Godville wood for ark – 6.4%
  • Godville savings – 336 thousand
  • Cross stitch completed – 1
  • Most played game – Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp ( 12 hours 14 minutes, average 1 hour 44 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • Finished catching all the bats needed a day before the end of the event in Animal Crossing. It was much easier than the last one.
    • Now there’s no event I’m only playing a couple of times a day.
    • Currently working on getting blue tulips and levelling animals.
    • Now have 8 animals at level 20.
    • I’ve been levelling up the Hip amenities. Now on the first tier 3 amenity, after which I can go back to the others I need to level.
    • Chose pixel pictures as my next set in Cross Stitch. The one I’m working on now makes me think some of the images may not be original work…

PIP Tribunal

TL;DR: Got enhanced daily living, enhanced mobility PIP until December 2020. We won.

Today was not the nicest day for travel, being cold and snowing. Hot water bottle and hand warmer were much needed, along with winter weather stuff. Got there 15 minutes early, which is good going for us, especially as Johan had to push me (the hardest bit being unavoidable no matter how we travelled). When we arrived they were reviewing the evidence, which Johan had read and I kinda knew the existence of (being too ill to read most of it myself). Got called in not long after.

The tribunal itself went fine. They asked that I answered the questions if possible, but Johan could take over if needed and was given time to add to my answers. They were only concentrating on a couple of descriptors as we provided so much evidence. Some questioning about my DLA history as that wasn’t provided by the DWP (and Johan didn’t know it all as some was before he knew me). Mostly questions on mobility and using my shower chair/washing. I was struggling near the end but they asked Johan to add anything he wanted and then we were asked to leave while they discussed it (though I told Johan I was boaty and then had to describe what that meant for the record – dizzy and like everything is moving). The tribunal panel were nice and understanding, which probably helped me be able to contribute so much.

During the wait I had my eye mask on while Johan was going on about how it was the hardest bit. Not long after we were called in and told the decision. Being told that they only changed the points in a few of the descriptors because they stopped at 12 was pretty awesome. I’m now on enhanced daily living and enhanced mobility, going from standard daily living and no mobility, so it’s a big change. My reassessment date is December 2020, which is fair enough as my condition has changed quite a bit in the last few years (mostly for the worse, but I’m optimistic that’ll it be better soon).

Getting home was interesting. The snow was heavier and was sticking more, which is not ideal for wheelchairs. The hardest part was the ramp going from the street up to the ramp to the front door – it’s hard on a good day because it’s so steep, and with no grip it’s horrendous. I ended up helping to push to get through the worst of it, as without the wheels were just slipping and we were making no progress. I was scared we’d have to contact someone to help (no idea who), but between us we made it until Johan could manage by himself again.

Once home, back in bed and mostly sorted, Johan read the tribunal report to me. A couple of the changed descriptors still aren’t entirely accurate, but I got enough points so don’t care. I’ll need to eat and calm down before I can rest as I’m running on adrenaline, but I’m very happy.

I know I’m going to pay for today soon (especially the wheelchair pushing) but it was definitely worth it. It would have been much harder for me mentally to not be there, so worth any payback I get. Hopefully it’ll stop the nightmares that I’ll get it all taken away at least for a bit.

We fought the DWP and we won.

Week 5 Review

Danni is lying in bed wearing a purple turban. They are sticking their tongue out.

A day late because I slept most of yesterday and then all night. Monday was okay, but then on Tuesday I got a migraine and that wiped me out for a couple of days, though I did manage to watch the super blue blood moon on NASA’s YouTube channel on Wednesday. On Thursday a new event came out in Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, and since then I’ve been mostly playing that, looking at cute things on Reddit, and sleeping.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is my PIP tribunal, so I’m preparing for that now. I’m scared but hopeful. Johan will be there as my appointee, and hopefully a friend as well for support. It’ll be the first time I’m out of the flat since September.

  • Overall mood – Good (not even a migraine can upset me for too long)
  • Average daily sleep – 7 hours 58 minutes (of 11 hours 15 minutes)
  • Longest sleep – 11 hours 46 minutes on Monday (of 16 hours 33 minutes)
  • Clothes changed – 2 (Space Penguins, then Penguin made of Penguins 🐧, both due to accidents)
  • Wipe wash – 1 (had a quick one when changing the first top)
  • Water wash – 0
  • Hair wash – 1, with shampoo cap
  • Books read – 0
  • TV watched – 0
  • YouTube videos watched – 1 (Super Blue Blood Moon streamed by NASA)
  • Music listened to – None
  • Blog posts written (including this) – 0 (as this is a day late)
  • Penguins cuddled – quite a few 🐧🐧🐧
  • Johan hand holds – not enough
  • Johan hugs – 0
  • Time on Twitter – 7 hours 41 minutes (average 1 hour 5 minutes a day)
  • Time on Reddit – 19 hours 35 minutes (average 2 hours 47 minutes a day)
  • Time on Facebook – 46 minutes (average 6 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • Migraines are evil. I’m glad I can sleep through the worst after taking my meds though.
    • I found out there is a penguin galaxy! The Penguin and the Egg (NASA)
    • Penguins continue to be awesome. As do Johan, Sammie, and my friends.

Game stuff

  • Games played – 6
    • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
    • Cross Stitch
    • Neko Atsume
    • Godville
    • DragonVale
    • Loop
  • AC: Pocket Camp Level – 71
  • Godville Heroine Level – 48 (56% done)
  • Godville wood for ark – 5.0%
  • Godville savings – 281 thousand
  • Cross stitch completed – 2
  • Most played game – Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (25 hours 19 minutes, average 3 hours 37 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • Completed the first stage of the new event in Animal Crossing:Pocket Camp in two days. It’s catching bats this time.
    • Had to make a spreadsheet to work out who had given me what bats, as my friends are really generous. Discovered I’d forgotten how to automate stuff in a spreadsheet, so am having to track things manually which takes time.
    • Figured out how to play Animal Crossing in landscape on my tablet, initially by accident. Wrote a guide on the subreddit but people keep missing a key step.
    • Dragonvale has a new event for Valentines. I’ve not played much of it though.