Three Little (Bipolar) Things

Three Little (Bipolar) Things

Three Little Things

I’ve had a short break from updating the blog as it was becoming a little too time consuming. It’s great having a side-project to keep you sane, but when it runs the risk of becoming a side-obsession, then you need to take a step back to take care of the more important things in life such as your family.

I mean the adoration from my legions of fans is fantastic, but the feeling of self-importance it feeds me with is turning me into an insufferable wanker; so for sake of everyone that lives with me, I’m only going to update a couple of times a week from now on.

The last piece I wrote was connected to the Mental Health pillar at work, where I essentially ‘outed’ myself as bipolar to the entire company in our monthly newsletter. Being the good marketer I am though, I’ll have to assume an open rate of say 10%, a click rate of 10% and a completion rate of 25% on the newsletter. This means of the 8,000 or so people in my company, roughly 20 people made it through to the end of the blog entry.

Given it took me bloody ages to draft that entry, 20 people might seem like an awfully small number, however, if the content even helped 1 person of that 20 in any way it was worth it. An absolute conversion rate of 0.0125% would be a shocking result for your average marketing campaign, but uplift in mental wellbeing is not your standard metric, so I think a special exception could be made here when considering success.

I am struggling a little to come up with some subject matter for this entry as I had a long week at work and my grey matter is on the slow side. I am therefore going to keep it factual as there have been three bipolar related things that have happened this week.

Firstly, I received feedback from the DVLA about my drivers licence and if it will be impacted by my condition. I am pretty sure I sent the forms about my condition to the Drivers Medical Unit in December last year, so it has taken them over three months to acknowledge that they are taking some form of action. The funny thing is that in their letter they suggested that there may be some further delay in the process as they had written to my psychiatrist, but because of Covid it might take a while to get a response from her.

When historians write of these last couple of years, no matter what the subject, there will be one thing for sure: Covid slowed the shit out of everything except the spread of Covid itself.

Secondly, I bought a new phone – a near top-of-the-range Samsung S21 Plus. The reason for this purchase is so that I can run an ECG using my Samsung Active 2 watch. The reason for needing an ECG capability is that during my annual health check at my GP, I was told that the tablets I take can cause an irregular heartbeat and that whilst taking my pulse they had felt a little flutter. This was a little concerning, but choosing to see the good in everything, I now had a reason to buy some new tech!

Finally, at my six month check-up at the dentist it was noted that I must have been grinding my teeth excessively during my sleep because of how flat they were becoming. I was also told that I was likely locking my jaw and grinding my teeth during the day. I have therefore been fitted for a mouth guard not only to wear at night, but also when I am at work during the day and don’t need to be talking. That last part will be close to nothing as I don’t stop talking at work!

I’ll write something funny during the week as I can’t be bothered to write anything more today and my grey matter is done for already.

Scully

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