krazykitkat: (bite me (10 things I hate about you))
Why, oh why, out of all the possible side effects of Prednisone, does it have to make me hot and anxious. Obviously my normal heat and anxiety isn't challenging enough.

I wear summery clothes in mid-winter (I get all sorts of funny looks and "aren't you cold?" bugs the hell out of me). The only place I wear winter clothes is at home because we don't keep the house over-warm and we've got fresh air flow. And it's not helping that the weather is rather warm for winter at the moment (2 weeks ago we made it to ~25C (77F), today's supposed to be 23C (73F)). Basically my internal thermostat is broken and I run hot. Which causes more problems since I have the circulation issues and am supposed to keep my feet and hands warm.

So the Prednisone making me hot is really more than a bit too much.

And it's also ramped up my anxiety. Another great help. By the end of work on Wednesday I was so close to tears for no reason. And my heart feels like it's racing.

Wasn't as bad yesterday, so I'm hoping that it will settle down, or at least start to taper off when I cut the dosage in a week.

And I'm going to have to be really careful not to mix up the Prednisone and Baclofen. They're the same size, tiny round white tablets. I might not be able to move if I take 3 muscle relaxants.
krazykitkat: (bite me (10 things I hate about you))
Why, oh why, out of all the possible side effects of Prednisone, does it have to make me hot and anxious. Obviously my normal heat and anxiety isn't challenging enough.

I wear summery clothes in mid-winter (I get all sorts of funny looks and "aren't you cold?" bugs the hell out of me). The only place I wear winter clothes is at home because we don't keep the house over-warm and we've got fresh air flow. And it's not helping that the weather is rather warm for winter at the moment (2 weeks ago we made it to ~25C (77F), today's supposed to be 23C (73F)). Basically my internal thermostat is broken and I run hot. Which causes more problems since I have the circulation issues and am supposed to keep my feet and hands warm.

So the Prednisone making me hot is really more than a bit too much.

And it's also ramped up my anxiety. Another great help. By the end of work on Wednesday I was so close to tears for no reason. And my heart feels like it's racing.

Wasn't as bad yesterday, so I'm hoping that it will settle down, or at least start to taper off when I cut the dosage in a week.

And I'm going to have to be really careful not to mix up the Prednisone and Baclofen. They're the same size, tiny round white tablets. I might not be able to move if I take 3 muscle relaxants.
krazykitkat: (Dave/Emily (CM))
I have my first chilblains of the season...bloody things were driving me nuts with the itchy at work. Need to take in the vitamin E cream. And be more careful with the water temperature. This in-between weather is the worst.

*

Pick a letter, choose a prompt word, then a fandom and a character or a pairing. (Example, Q is for question, TWW, CJ/Carol.) And I'll write something for the prompt. Or at least I will try.

You can get an idea of characters/pairings I like (and hence may be able to write) from my userpics :)

I'm not guaranteeing anything and it will probably suck. But I'm having a want to write...well I'm wanting to write Criminal Minds because I've fallen hard for Emily Prentiss, and subsequently developed a thing for Rossi/Prentiss. And maybe prompts for any fandom might help stir the muse from her coma (and expand my own horizons since I'm pretty much a one-fandom writer).


Fandoms: A Country Practice, Babylon 5, Buffy, Christy, The Closer, Criminal Minds, Crossing Jordan, CSI: New York, Earth 2, Gilmore Girls, Judging Amy, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Medium, NCIS, Seaquest, Stargate Atlantis, Star Trek: Voyager, The Pretender, The West Wing, Wire in the Blood

the alphabet )
krazykitkat: (Dave/Emily (CM))
I have my first chilblains of the season...bloody things were driving me nuts with the itchy at work. Need to take in the vitamin E cream. And be more careful with the water temperature. This in-between weather is the worst.

*

Pick a letter, choose a prompt word, then a fandom and a character or a pairing. (Example, Q is for question, TWW, CJ/Carol.) And I'll write something for the prompt. Or at least I will try.

You can get an idea of characters/pairings I like (and hence may be able to write) from my userpics :)

I'm not guaranteeing anything and it will probably suck. But I'm having a want to write...well I'm wanting to write Criminal Minds because I've fallen hard for Emily Prentiss, and subsequently developed a thing for Rossi/Prentiss. And maybe prompts for any fandom might help stir the muse from her coma (and expand my own horizons since I'm pretty much a one-fandom writer).


Fandoms: A Country Practice, Babylon 5, Buffy, Christy, The Closer, Criminal Minds, Crossing Jordan, CSI: New York, Earth 2, Gilmore Girls, Judging Amy, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Medium, NCIS, Seaquest, Stargate Atlantis, Star Trek: Voyager, The Pretender, The West Wing, Wire in the Blood

the alphabet )
krazykitkat: (depth (Nemo))
I'm having a month off work. My manager replied to my email saying it's fine. Last day 19th December, back work 19th January. I just hope it's enough time to recharge at least partially.

*

Rheumatologist today.

Told him that I'm only just holding it together. He said it's the most agitated he's seen me (and I've been going there a number of times a year for 9 years).

Also told him about back/neck and how the physio just isn't sticking. He tried a couple of points on my neck/shoulders, and said the muscles are very tense, which is probably why the problems aren't settling down. Hopefully the break will allow my body to relax and the physio to work properly. Though the exercises have probably irritated the fat pads in my knee; it had been hurting to kneel on my left knee the last week or so, and today I couldn't put any weight on it and it was swollen.
krazykitkat: (depth (Nemo))
I'm having a month off work. My manager replied to my email saying it's fine. Last day 19th December, back work 19th January. I just hope it's enough time to recharge at least partially.

*

Rheumatologist today.

Told him that I'm only just holding it together. He said it's the most agitated he's seen me (and I've been going there a number of times a year for 9 years).

Also told him about back/neck and how the physio just isn't sticking. He tried a couple of points on my neck/shoulders, and said the muscles are very tense, which is probably why the problems aren't settling down. Hopefully the break will allow my body to relax and the physio to work properly. Though the exercises have probably irritated the fat pads in my knee; it had been hurting to kneel on my left knee the last week or so, and today I couldn't put any weight on it and it was swollen.
krazykitkat: (voice of doom (philadelphia story))
This week can go back to where it came from and stay there. Too long and annoying in so many ways.

Was really tired Monday due to losing Saturday for rest due to Lara's party. Tuesday I slept in, but then had a couple of hours down shopping which ended in a migraine and me nearly in tears in the middle of JB Hifi (after not being able to find Once dvd for the second time in a sale). Wednesday was my short shift at work...and I got nowhere fast. I'm not even sure what my work plans were, I just know I didn't get any of it done, and had to make too many phone calls. And when I was in the bath that night, my big toe nail came off, the whole thing. Was a bit of a surprise, though my toe nails are pretty terrible these days due to the poor circulation and chilblains. Yesterday was reasonable.

And today... First I was an hour late to work (and Friday is my busy day) due to the usual wonderful timing of my digestive system. Even had to get mum to ring the manager to let her know I'd be late, because I was indisposed. My anxiety was through the roof (has been bad for weeks now going to work). A gifting issue came back to haunt me, and I was in no state to make the phone call, so I asked one of the Helpliners to do it, and S most graciously did. Then heard from my sister that mum and dad had broken down and were waiting for a tow truck.

They were going up the Central Coast to see mum's aunt, and on the F3 around Mt White, the front of the car started making shuddering noises and motions like there was a flat tyre. Dad decided to turn around, coming back via the Old Pacific Highway, at 40 kmh. Just got past the turn to Brooklyn when he had to stop and call for a tow truck. They had to wait about an hour, and then were towed back to our local mechanic. The mechanic doesn't think he can look at it till Tuesday (so my sister will have to take me to work on Monday (she picked me up this evening), and going to have to organise something to get me to counselling on Tuesday). Possibly the cv joint, or a wheel bearing. And then mum lost half her back tooth tonight.
krazykitkat: (voice of doom (philadelphia story))
This week can go back to where it came from and stay there. Too long and annoying in so many ways.

Was really tired Monday due to losing Saturday for rest due to Lara's party. Tuesday I slept in, but then had a couple of hours down shopping which ended in a migraine and me nearly in tears in the middle of JB Hifi (after not being able to find Once dvd for the second time in a sale). Wednesday was my short shift at work...and I got nowhere fast. I'm not even sure what my work plans were, I just know I didn't get any of it done, and had to make too many phone calls. And when I was in the bath that night, my big toe nail came off, the whole thing. Was a bit of a surprise, though my toe nails are pretty terrible these days due to the poor circulation and chilblains. Yesterday was reasonable.

And today... First I was an hour late to work (and Friday is my busy day) due to the usual wonderful timing of my digestive system. Even had to get mum to ring the manager to let her know I'd be late, because I was indisposed. My anxiety was through the roof (has been bad for weeks now going to work). A gifting issue came back to haunt me, and I was in no state to make the phone call, so I asked one of the Helpliners to do it, and S most graciously did. Then heard from my sister that mum and dad had broken down and were waiting for a tow truck.

They were going up the Central Coast to see mum's aunt, and on the F3 around Mt White, the front of the car started making shuddering noises and motions like there was a flat tyre. Dad decided to turn around, coming back via the Old Pacific Highway, at 40 kmh. Just got past the turn to Brooklyn when he had to stop and call for a tow truck. They had to wait about an hour, and then were towed back to our local mechanic. The mechanic doesn't think he can look at it till Tuesday (so my sister will have to take me to work on Monday (she picked me up this evening), and going to have to organise something to get me to counselling on Tuesday). Possibly the cv joint, or a wheel bearing. And then mum lost half her back tooth tonight.

Icky

Oct. 3rd, 2008 09:16 am
krazykitkat: (not happy jan)
Keflex is the most vile tasting antibiotic. Urk. You just keep burping it up.

The damage to my nails from the chilblains over winter is pretty bad, especially my right index finger (I've already lost flesh on that one because of ulcerated chilblains the first year). The nail is buckled and really thin, and water is getting under it (the pressure can really hurt). It's gone a lovely yellow/green colour. Got an emergency appointment yesterday with GP, I can't risk the chance of infection with my compromised circulation.

I'm on Keflex, and I have to try to keep it dry. Which is difficult being right handed and it being the most used finger. I have a finger condom, but it gets incredibly sweaty.

And I have to keep nail clippings to get them tested for fungal infection. Apparently the fungal treatment drugs are really expensive, but if it is infected, the doc can apply to Canberra for them at reduced cost. I assume I must come under the chronic disease category in Medicare.

The nail is going to be pretty painful as it grows out, it's so thin the finger has little protection. I may lose it yet. The nail that is. I'm kinda attached to my finger at the moment.

Icky

Oct. 3rd, 2008 09:16 am
krazykitkat: (not happy jan)
Keflex is the most vile tasting antibiotic. Urk. You just keep burping it up.

The damage to my nails from the chilblains over winter is pretty bad, especially my right index finger (I've already lost flesh on that one because of ulcerated chilblains the first year). The nail is buckled and really thin, and water is getting under it (the pressure can really hurt). It's gone a lovely yellow/green colour. Got an emergency appointment yesterday with GP, I can't risk the chance of infection with my compromised circulation.

I'm on Keflex, and I have to try to keep it dry. Which is difficult being right handed and it being the most used finger. I have a finger condom, but it gets incredibly sweaty.

And I have to keep nail clippings to get them tested for fungal infection. Apparently the fungal treatment drugs are really expensive, but if it is infected, the doc can apply to Canberra for them at reduced cost. I assume I must come under the chronic disease category in Medicare.

The nail is going to be pretty painful as it grows out, it's so thin the finger has little protection. I may lose it yet. The nail that is. I'm kinda attached to my finger at the moment.
krazykitkat: (something more (Miss Parker))
I have a strange relationship with my anxieties.

This next week was going to be a challenge, scary as hell, exhausting, a potential nightmare, but hopefully a big step forward. My counsellor keeps saying I need repeated exposure to my anxiety triggers, and oh boy, this was going to be a plague.

Phantom on Sunday arvo, then Buffy/Angel con the following Saturday. I'd reorganised next week to maximise rest/sleeping in. Canceled counselling, was going to change which days I worked.

Both days were going to include trains, the con day would probably also have lunch in town.

Checked the trackwork timetable yesterday. Both the Main and North Shore lines are closed this weekend. Only buses, which we wouldn't even contemplate, too much risk of being late, and doubling travel time. So my sister will be driving us in.

And last night got the email saying that the Buffy/Angel con was canceled (feel so sorry for the organisers, they'd already had to postpone twice).

I'm not sure if I'm being rewarded or punished...
krazykitkat: (something more (Miss Parker))
I have a strange relationship with my anxieties.

This next week was going to be a challenge, scary as hell, exhausting, a potential nightmare, but hopefully a big step forward. My counsellor keeps saying I need repeated exposure to my anxiety triggers, and oh boy, this was going to be a plague.

Phantom on Sunday arvo, then Buffy/Angel con the following Saturday. I'd reorganised next week to maximise rest/sleeping in. Canceled counselling, was going to change which days I worked.

Both days were going to include trains, the con day would probably also have lunch in town.

Checked the trackwork timetable yesterday. Both the Main and North Shore lines are closed this weekend. Only buses, which we wouldn't even contemplate, too much risk of being late, and doubling travel time. So my sister will be driving us in.

And last night got the email saying that the Buffy/Angel con was canceled (feel so sorry for the organisers, they'd already had to postpone twice).

I'm not sure if I'm being rewarded or punished...
krazykitkat: (hitchcock/ford (seaquest))
Oh, internets! Do not forsake me again. Have to call bigpond in morning and tell them they don't have to come out now. Must be a line problem somewhere around here, this isn't the first time it's gone down for a number of hours for no known reason. I was beginning to wonder what I'd do tonight without you all.

*

Counselling is a whole lot cheaper now. I was paying $90 per session, session every two weeks. Essentially 20% of my monthly wage. But the counsellor suggested I see my GP about getting on one of the plans you can get Medicare rebates through, and my GP put me in under the new Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care initiative. I get $66.05 of the $90 back. So $47.90 per month, only about 5% of my monthly wage. And I have 12 sessions with that rebate. Plus come mid June I get another 5 sessions free through my employer.

That takes a big worry off my shoulders.
krazykitkat: (hitchcock/ford (seaquest))
Oh, internets! Do not forsake me again. Have to call bigpond in morning and tell them they don't have to come out now. Must be a line problem somewhere around here, this isn't the first time it's gone down for a number of hours for no known reason. I was beginning to wonder what I'd do tonight without you all.

*

Counselling is a whole lot cheaper now. I was paying $90 per session, session every two weeks. Essentially 20% of my monthly wage. But the counsellor suggested I see my GP about getting on one of the plans you can get Medicare rebates through, and my GP put me in under the new Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care initiative. I get $66.05 of the $90 back. So $47.90 per month, only about 5% of my monthly wage. And I have 12 sessions with that rebate. Plus come mid June I get another 5 sessions free through my employer.

That takes a big worry off my shoulders.
krazykitkat: (mixed emotions (SVU))
Mostly dry today. In the 24 hours up to 9am this morning, we received somewhere around/between 51 (~2 inches) and 72mm (~3 inches) (two closest rainfall readings to us). Which over the 3 days amounts to 4-5 inches. The grass already looks greener.

*

Bubby Lara came to dinner. I cuddled her for quite a while, she fussed a bit because she was tired and I had to walk around with her. Her little eyes would be nearly closed, but as soon as I sat down, they were open again. K said she can sense the difference in air pressure ;)

3 months old in 4 days. And still gorgeous. And she smiled at me :)

*

Doctor wasn't as bad as I feared. Mum nearly killed some brats in the waiting room. Imagine Lynette and her 3 sons from DH (2 school age and the other around 2 - the 2 year old was an angel in comparison to the older two). The receptionist had to come in and tell them to be quiet, and she said afterwards that they're always trouble and the mother's had a go at her before when she's asked them to stop mucking around. Mum was getting to the point where she was going to say something. She brought up 4 kids, including 2 boys close in age (who couldn't be near each other without thumping each other), but we knew that when out in public you were to be on your best behaviour. Shopkeepers used to tell mum they were happy to have us in their shops, she could even take us into places with breakables - we knew not to touch or run around.

This woman had next to no control, the eldest boy pretty much laughed at her when she tried to pull him into line. When we went in there was also an older lady in there, she left and a younger lady came in. After the brats went into their appointment, the younger lady said that she was there with her 4.5 month old, and the older lady was her mother. Her mother had sent her into the waiting room to "see how not to bring up children".

I'll have to see my GP again soon. He has to draw up a mental health care plan, hoping to get onto one of the programs so I can get a Medicare rebate on some of my counselling.

Talked to him about my chronic tiredness, to see whether he had any ideas. He thinks it's a part and parcel with the arthritis/circulation problems, rather than being something separate. Which is pretty much the conclusion we came to :( It's difficult when they still can't put a name to the arthritis beyond "inflammatory" and I have symptoms from a number of different conditions instead of just one.
krazykitkat: (mixed emotions (SVU))
Mostly dry today. In the 24 hours up to 9am this morning, we received somewhere around/between 51 (~2 inches) and 72mm (~3 inches) (two closest rainfall readings to us). Which over the 3 days amounts to 4-5 inches. The grass already looks greener.

*

Bubby Lara came to dinner. I cuddled her for quite a while, she fussed a bit because she was tired and I had to walk around with her. Her little eyes would be nearly closed, but as soon as I sat down, they were open again. K said she can sense the difference in air pressure ;)

3 months old in 4 days. And still gorgeous. And she smiled at me :)

*

Doctor wasn't as bad as I feared. Mum nearly killed some brats in the waiting room. Imagine Lynette and her 3 sons from DH (2 school age and the other around 2 - the 2 year old was an angel in comparison to the older two). The receptionist had to come in and tell them to be quiet, and she said afterwards that they're always trouble and the mother's had a go at her before when she's asked them to stop mucking around. Mum was getting to the point where she was going to say something. She brought up 4 kids, including 2 boys close in age (who couldn't be near each other without thumping each other), but we knew that when out in public you were to be on your best behaviour. Shopkeepers used to tell mum they were happy to have us in their shops, she could even take us into places with breakables - we knew not to touch or run around.

This woman had next to no control, the eldest boy pretty much laughed at her when she tried to pull him into line. When we went in there was also an older lady in there, she left and a younger lady came in. After the brats went into their appointment, the younger lady said that she was there with her 4.5 month old, and the older lady was her mother. Her mother had sent her into the waiting room to "see how not to bring up children".

I'll have to see my GP again soon. He has to draw up a mental health care plan, hoping to get onto one of the programs so I can get a Medicare rebate on some of my counselling.

Talked to him about my chronic tiredness, to see whether he had any ideas. He thinks it's a part and parcel with the arthritis/circulation problems, rather than being something separate. Which is pretty much the conclusion we came to :( It's difficult when they still can't put a name to the arthritis beyond "inflammatory" and I have symptoms from a number of different conditions instead of just one.
krazykitkat: (stitch with ducks)
But the heavy coastal falls brought surprises for some. A caller from the Hunter Valley told ABC radio yesterday that his ducks had never seen rain before, and ran for cover when the heavens opened. - hahaha! Poor duckies.

The rain has cleared. Only a tiny bit on the radar, hasn't rained here for most of the evening. Been an amazing 3 days.

While it would be good if some stormwater could be harvested, if I hear one more person say the water is being wasted, I'm going to punch them out! If Sydney wasn't here, guess where that rain/runoff would be going??? Into the rivers and out to sea! Fancy that. It's called the natural water cycle. And runoff is needed to keep the ground moist, and flush rivers/creeks etc. If you harvested all stormwater, you'd be damaging the environment.

*

Mainly had one of the student physios, Heidi from Norway. Nick's practice takes students from Europe/US/Canada. Apparently physio students who come down to Oz for work experience are highly sought after when they get home.

She managed to crack both my hips at the same time! That's an impressive feat. My right hip is usually reasonably easy to crack (I can do it myself), but my left hip is really stubborn, even with force. Yet she barely put any force into it and they both cracked really well. Was a bit of a shock, very noisy and hurt a little.

So hate Nick cracking my neck. Apart from it just being very wrong, I'm always freaked he's going to break my neck.

Shoulder/neck still stiff, but seems to be settling down. *fingers crossed*

GP tomorrow, few things to sort out. Including some unpleasantness I'd rather not be there for :\

*

Been transferring some of my cds to my palm pilot, so have more music for work. Took some trial and error, the instructions in real player weren't straight forward. Was transferring some Mandy Patinkin cds, and I smiled when I saw "with guest artist Kristin Chenoweth". At least I know who she is now!
krazykitkat: (stitch with ducks)
But the heavy coastal falls brought surprises for some. A caller from the Hunter Valley told ABC radio yesterday that his ducks had never seen rain before, and ran for cover when the heavens opened. - hahaha! Poor duckies.

The rain has cleared. Only a tiny bit on the radar, hasn't rained here for most of the evening. Been an amazing 3 days.

While it would be good if some stormwater could be harvested, if I hear one more person say the water is being wasted, I'm going to punch them out! If Sydney wasn't here, guess where that rain/runoff would be going??? Into the rivers and out to sea! Fancy that. It's called the natural water cycle. And runoff is needed to keep the ground moist, and flush rivers/creeks etc. If you harvested all stormwater, you'd be damaging the environment.

*

Mainly had one of the student physios, Heidi from Norway. Nick's practice takes students from Europe/US/Canada. Apparently physio students who come down to Oz for work experience are highly sought after when they get home.

She managed to crack both my hips at the same time! That's an impressive feat. My right hip is usually reasonably easy to crack (I can do it myself), but my left hip is really stubborn, even with force. Yet she barely put any force into it and they both cracked really well. Was a bit of a shock, very noisy and hurt a little.

So hate Nick cracking my neck. Apart from it just being very wrong, I'm always freaked he's going to break my neck.

Shoulder/neck still stiff, but seems to be settling down. *fingers crossed*

GP tomorrow, few things to sort out. Including some unpleasantness I'd rather not be there for :\

*

Been transferring some of my cds to my palm pilot, so have more music for work. Took some trial and error, the instructions in real player weren't straight forward. Was transferring some Mandy Patinkin cds, and I smiled when I saw "with guest artist Kristin Chenoweth". At least I know who she is now!
krazykitkat: (weather)
Didn't go to work. Have to go to physio at 3pm. Sunday morning I woke up with a stiff muscles in my shoulderblade, must've slept funny. Tried heating pad, drugs... Trouble going to sleep last night. Woke up this morning, stiffness spread to my neck, could barely raise my arm. It's loosened a bit, but I think only physio is going to fix it. Plus my hip/bum is acting up again. I've got Nick for this appointment, he runs the place, and when I'm having continuing problems, he's usually the one who finally solves it.

*

More than 450 calls for assistance were made in the 24 hours to midnight yesterday, as heavy rain hit NSW and parts of the ACT, leaving one person dead and severely damaging a western Sydney shopping centre.

But there was some good news as the deluge continued ... much of it has been falling in Sydney's catchment area, boosting dam levels.

The State Emergency Service said it received 455 calls for assistance yesterday, 210 of them centering on Campbelltown, in Sydney's west.

A man died when a tree felled by gale-force winds crushed his ute near Temora, in the state's west, about 3.20pm.

And heavy rain caused large sections of Campbelltown Mall's ceiling to collapse, forcing the evacuation of about 1000 people.



My poor brother's at Campbelltown, they've had 100mm (4 inches) in the last 24 hours, and around 50mm in the previous day. He put tarps on the roof yesterday morning, but one came loose overnight. He went to Bunnings this morning to buy more rope, they've run out of ladders/wet weather gear etc. His mate came round this morning and helped him redo the tarps and tie them down better. Poor boy, he's taken this week off work because he's on antibiotic treatment to kill his ulcer bacteria and it makes him feel sick. This is the last thing he needed.

Up our way we've had about 60mm (over 2 inches) in the last 48 hours. Some areas of the south coast, including Bega, have had over 200mm (8 inches) in 24 hours. The dam catchments are also getting good falls. There was a bloke from the Weather Company on the morning news and he said it's looking promising that in the next few months we may be moving out of the drought, possibly across the entire country. We haven't seen rain like this in the Sydney area and catchment since 1998. *fingers crossed*
krazykitkat: (weather)
Didn't go to work. Have to go to physio at 3pm. Sunday morning I woke up with a stiff muscles in my shoulderblade, must've slept funny. Tried heating pad, drugs... Trouble going to sleep last night. Woke up this morning, stiffness spread to my neck, could barely raise my arm. It's loosened a bit, but I think only physio is going to fix it. Plus my hip/bum is acting up again. I've got Nick for this appointment, he runs the place, and when I'm having continuing problems, he's usually the one who finally solves it.

*

More than 450 calls for assistance were made in the 24 hours to midnight yesterday, as heavy rain hit NSW and parts of the ACT, leaving one person dead and severely damaging a western Sydney shopping centre.

But there was some good news as the deluge continued ... much of it has been falling in Sydney's catchment area, boosting dam levels.

The State Emergency Service said it received 455 calls for assistance yesterday, 210 of them centering on Campbelltown, in Sydney's west.

A man died when a tree felled by gale-force winds crushed his ute near Temora, in the state's west, about 3.20pm.

And heavy rain caused large sections of Campbelltown Mall's ceiling to collapse, forcing the evacuation of about 1000 people.



My poor brother's at Campbelltown, they've had 100mm (4 inches) in the last 24 hours, and around 50mm in the previous day. He put tarps on the roof yesterday morning, but one came loose overnight. He went to Bunnings this morning to buy more rope, they've run out of ladders/wet weather gear etc. His mate came round this morning and helped him redo the tarps and tie them down better. Poor boy, he's taken this week off work because he's on antibiotic treatment to kill his ulcer bacteria and it makes him feel sick. This is the last thing he needed.

Up our way we've had about 60mm (over 2 inches) in the last 48 hours. Some areas of the south coast, including Bega, have had over 200mm (8 inches) in 24 hours. The dam catchments are also getting good falls. There was a bloke from the Weather Company on the morning news and he said it's looking promising that in the next few months we may be moving out of the drought, possibly across the entire country. We haven't seen rain like this in the Sydney area and catchment since 1998. *fingers crossed*

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