After I published my last blog post about my anxiety HERE I knew that writing about my feelings would help me. What I didn't expect was the huge level of support I received as a result.
Of course I wasn't surprised that my close friends who know me well would understand completely that when I am in this black pit I'm not always the best person to be around, that I can act out of character, or shut myself away.
It's to be expected that some I considered to be friends would not understand, but instead could be harsh and unforgiving, but that's fine. Not everyone gets it. Depression can make you lose friendships, but it also makes you realise who your true friends are.
It's not always easy to hold your hands up. and apologise unreservedly for a blip in one's normal behaviour. I can do it because over many years I have learned that none of us are perfect. We are all flawed on some way. So I forgive easily if someone upsets me. I hope to receive the same in return. If I don't then reluctantly I move on. To dwell on it will not change things.
So thankyou so much to all those who sent me such lovely messages of support and encouragement, particularly to those who also suffer from depression, anxiety and paranoia. You already know that I will be there for you when you are low, because I get it, and I appreciate your friendship when I need it most.
My mood has lifted considerably since last week. I was sorry to leave my daughter and grandsons. My time with them is always so short. But each time I stay in the UK I feel more and more like a fish out of water. After 18 years in Turkey, and in spite of all the problems we have here at the moment, it is my home. It's where I belong.
I have thrown myself back into caring for the animals here. Our 11 dogs gave me the best welcome, as did Kaya. Like most men, he copes when his wife is away, but prefers me to be here. He hasn't been well and has been making trips to the hospital, but we are remaining positive. He quit smoking three weeks ago. He has tried many times over the years to do so, but has never lasted more than one day. I am amazed and very proud of him.
Fistik has been receiving treatment for her yeast infection. This has necessitated trips to the vet every three days for injections and using lotion on her body to prevent her licking and scratching. I'm afraid this dear little girl has always had skin problems, way before she came to us, and may continue to have these, but we will always make sure she has the best treatment.
I bought flea collars and worm tablets while I was in England and these were used on our 11 dogs yesterday. The collars were normal ones, but they won't offer enough protection against ticks once the weather gets warmer, so these will be replaced by Paraband collars in April.
We travelled over to Bodrum on Tuesday to stock up with more dog food, and called in to see Annie on the way back. We left some food, and also met Annie's "mum's" cat Sarı.
The dog in the village that bit a child has been removed by the Belediye, but the four remaining dogs who we recently vaccinated, remain here. We don't know how safe they are. People are saying that if we continue to feed them, they will also bite people. They just don't get that the opposite is true. We are planning to remove them and place at the sanayi. Two of them are female and we want to get them spayed, but we need to raise the money to do so first.
More food has also been delivered to the shepherd for his dog and more will be delivered to the sanayi today. We continue to feed cats outside our house, and at least three are making good use of the cathouse Kaya built. We also continue to supply food for Dursune's cat, Tekir.
As usual, thankyou to those of you who continue to donate to help with our work. Donations are always needed and are very gratefully received.
We gathered together some leftover tiles yesterday and now have enough to lay them under the gazebo in the garden. So this is Kaya's current project. He likes to keep busy.
In the meantime I am making plans to get out and about a bit more. Catch-up for coffee in Milas with my dear friend David today. I am meeting up with two friends in Bodrum on Sunday, and the following week will be going to Didim for a couple of days to stay with friends who will be visiting their holiday home. Another friend is hoping to come over from the UK to stay with me sometime in April, and I am looking forward to this. My friend Gwen will also be over for a couple of months and will catch up with her too.
Moving on...onwards and upwards. Have a good weekend everyone.