I'd love to say I drew the picture Fulmerbucks, but I found it somewhere. It seems to reflect me embarrassingly accurately :) - grumpy and a little rounder than I was a few years ago with an alarming new-found ability to speak (or write) first, then process what I've said with varying degrees of mortification sometime later.
I can't find any information about the wonderful combination of hormonal fluctuations and Parkinson's, but following the thought processes of a few of the posts here, I'd have to say that if I had've been in a long term relationship a few years ago, it would have taken a saint to stick with me even this far - so probably best that things are as they are.
I appreciate all the posts here, I was beginning to feel like the odd one out but clearly the 'pregnant pause' following an admission of singledom is widely practised.
And while I'm having a midnight ramble, my second least favourite reaction is ... 'at last you haven't got...'.
So many awful things are happening right now and I really cannot imagine how it feels to be in so many situations. The fact that others' lives are in a state of utter devastation, however, doesn't make me feel better or not better. To need others to be suffering to the degree that I feel comparitively lucky seems very wrong. I figure it's not 'top trumps' - that thought process doesn't seem to help, or even respect, anybody.
Anyway, I'll stop (I'm practising restraint) thank you for the replies, take care, Jx