Invisible Disabilities.

I’ve heard this being thrown around a lot lately, and that actually makes me really happy. I’ve had plenty of conversations (or arguments) with people, trying to explain that I do in fact have a disability and that I am not, in fact, faking it.

An individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

The part that is often overlooked is the “mental” part of it.

Yes, I have mental disabilities. I struggle with OCD and have autism, but because I’ve had them for so long, I’ve learned how to cope and cover them up.

People assume that if you have OCD that you need to wash your hands a lot and you like things clean. They don’t know that just thoughts in my mind that are repetitive and sometimes uncomfortable can inhibit my work and social life. There are days when I can’t do anything at work because something threw my day off and I can’t function until I can ease my mind of the thoughts. It affects my productivity and even my relationships with the people I love and is extremely frustrating. I’ve also found that people are so confused when I tell them that I have Asperger’s. Most people think of autism as extreme cases only. I am high functioning and I’ve learned to adapt to other people and situations.

Don’t believe me?

Well, I’ll be working on a short video diary where I will tell you all about how I feel, what my compulsions are, and what is hard for me to do.

Anyways, I’m glad that these invisible disabilities,and other that aren’t even always necessarily mental disorders such as chronic lyme disease, diabetes, and ADD, are starting to get noticed. There are people like me that don’t know what to do. They have people that support them but no one that really understands what they go through. By making it part of the regular conversations, hopefully we can get people the help they need.

Do you have invisible disabilities?
Do you have invisible disabilities?
Advertisements

September 27th. I love it.

L.O.V.E. What’s that spell?

First up this week, clean carpets. I love it. The carpets in our apartment were pretty atrocious. I didn’t like laying on the floor (and even though I’m 25, that’s my preferred spot for watching TV). I called in the experts, Stanley Steemer. Knowing that my mom has had great success with them in the past (back in Ohio), I completely trusted them to get my carpets clean. They didn’t disappoint. The guys that came were quick, efficient, and very friendly. I will have no trouble asking them to come back if I need this done again. And I will for sure be suggesting them to my OCD clients when I do my organizing jobs.

I love it.

Next up, the aquarium. I love it. Brian had never been the to aquarium in downtown New Orleans so knowing that we both had today off, our big plans were a streetcar trip to the Riverwalk to check out the fish. After grabbing breakfast at our favorite place (Cafe Latte Da), we ended up driving downtown to save us from waiting for the streetcar in the rain. I love the aquarium. The exhibits are so cool and I got 5 new squished pennies! And I got to see them feed the penguins and I touched sting rays! Yay for Sundays!

I love it.

Finally, supporting Brian. I love it. Brian has definitely caught the racing bug. After he did the Cresent City Classic in April, he’s been scouting out more races for him to participate in. On Saturday he did his second race. And his third! He did two 5k’s in 1 day! Of course I was there to support him! I didn’t make signs, but I did hold his stuff. I’m glad I did because if he had to hold onto that stuff, he wouldn’t have won his age group! My Bud is a champion! And now the bug has bitten him even harder. I think I know what we’ll be doing with our spring.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

When in Mayberry.

Some of you know that my dad is opening a restaurant in Mount Airy, North Carolina. I was lucky enough last week to have some time to go visit my dad and see the place I’d only heard about.

And I loved it.

The people are so nice. They’ve adopted my dad already which makes me (the worry-wart) feel so much better about his adventure. Since it was my first time there, we did the touristy things. Here are some of the pictures from my trip.

Where's Gomer?
Where’s Gomer?
Darling House
Darling House
You've seen this before!
You’ve seen this before!
There's a new Sheriff in town.
There’s a new Sheriff in town.
Trying to sneak out...
Trying to sneak out…
Pilot Mountain
Pilot Mountain
Hanging with Andy and Opie.
Hanging with Andy and Opie.
The Loaded Goat
The Loaded Goat
Ghost Tour!
Ghost Tour!

September 20th. I love it.

Love? Yes.

First up this week, my new lotion. I love it. I am one of those people that seriously needs to use lotion but hates to because I don’t like the sticky feeling afterwards. Having animals around where their hair could get stuck to me or they lick it off (yep) was a major reason I refused to use lotion. That changed when I saw a commercial for Nivea In-Shower Lotion. It’s the best! I get all of the benefits of lotion without the sticky feeling! I put it on and immediately wash it off (which happened a lot with the other lotions I was using because it would drive me crazy). Use it, people!

I love it.

Next up, french bread pizza. I love it. Changing things up this week, Brian and I made a different type of pizza. French bread is abundant in New Orleans so it only made sense to make french bread pizzas! It was absolutely delightful. Considering I’m a huge fan of Red Baron french bread pizzas, that’s saying a lot!

I love it.

Finally, being a business owner. I love it. This week my business, Organization by Carolyn Deas, became a reality. I’ve only been talking about do this for a few years because with a name like OCD, how can it not succeed? Thanks to some help from my friends, all of the paperwork is filed and I’m official so if anyone needs help organizing closets, garages, parties, moving, or anything, let me know! You can check out my official business website at http://www.ocdbiz.com.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

September 13th. I love it.

Interesting week, for sure, my friends.

I love it.

First up this week, free stuff. I love it. When I got back from Mount Airy on Tuesday, I politely asked Bud if we could have Chinese for dinner. What could he do but say yes? I don’t know if it was a mistake or just an extra bonus for being frequent customers, but when the food arrived we got wonton soup. They didn’t mess up the order; they just added things. Hey, I’ll take it.

I love it.

Next up, Dance Moms. I love it. I hate to admit it, but I do. Normally, I have no interest in reality shows because the drama stresses me out, but I’ve made an exception for this show because I love watching the girls dance! They are so talented. I can’t imagine being that good at something when I was eight years old. The moms totally need to be smacked around, but it seems like the kids are turning out all right.

I love it.

Finally, pickles. I love them. After watching the Andy Griffith episode where Aunt Bee makes really bad pickles, I done nothing but crave them. My dad bought some while I was still visiting him, but the cravings carried over to New Orleans. On Friday, I couldn’t stand it anymore so I got a large jar of Claussen pickle (halves of course) and basically ate the entire jar for dinner. Am I ashamed? Not at all. I could seriously eat those things all day everyday. Yum!

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

September 6th. I love it.

What started off as a terrible week actually turned out to be pretty great.

First thing up this week, getting through the first football game of the season. I love it. What was causing me a lot of heartburn earlier this week (mostly just stress and the disorganization of other people) ended up working out in the end. We got our “stuff” together and the game went off without a hitch. I was on my feet for 17 hours straight and didn’t get home until 2am, but we did it. I could have slept for days after that. You would have thought that I was the one playing football. But big events mean lots of work. Luckily, I have a week off before our next game.

I love it.

Next up, Pecan Pie M&Ms. I love it. Yes, I love pecan pie, so obviously I was going to need to try these M&Ms. I absolutely thought they were the best thing ever but I got some mixed reviews from the rest of my family. They said it tasted like coffee, but maybe I was okay with that because I also love coffee! Yum!

I love it.

Finally, spending the weekend with my family. I love it. I took advantage of this long weekend to come see my dad in Mount Airy, his new place of residence. He’s opening a restaurant down here and I was the only one in the family to never visit the home of Andy Griffith. Not only am I visiting, but my mom and sister came too! I usually only get to see them twice a year but I’ve already seen them three times! My dad showed me around the town that Mayberry was based off of, introduced me to the folks here that have already adopted him as one of their own, and taken me to Pilot Mountain to enjoy the beautiful view. The weather has been amazing and I could totally see myself living around here. I’m starting to miss Brian and Yogi so my trip back to NOLA on Tuesday will be welcome. I’ll post pictures of my trip when I get home!

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.