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Dancing with my skeletons!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I told my friend Terry the other day that I should run for President. He asked, 'Aren't you worried about the skeletons in your closet?' I said, 'I don't have many left. I kicked most of them out & I took the others out to dance with!' I do leave that one that glows in the dark so I can see in there tho!

When I was at the grocery store the other day I noticed the manager had new tattoos on his forearms. I said, 'Oh, my gosh. Are those gang tattoos?' In total seriousness he looks at me & says, 'No, it's Celtic writing.' No $#!T!!!! What...am I an idiot??? I'm going to ask a gang banger about his tats??? And I've never seen Celtic writing before??? Did you know that's pronounced Keltic? emoticon

Tomorrow I'm going to go down and volunteer for the teenage homeless shelter. The fact that it even needs to exist breaks my heart. I read that up to 40% of LGBT kids end up on the street when they come out to their families. How is that even possible? How can you quit loving your kid because you found something out about them that has always been true???...you just didn't know yet.

I had ANOTHER kid come up for change the other day. He wasn't much older than Mikhail. He said, 'God bless you' to me because I gave him a little change. His worry was that it was going to get too hot that day. It was his second day living outside. Handing him some change was not enough!

How does that happen???

People say that people end up in a bad way because they made bad decisions or that they took wrong turns. REALLY??? Paris Hilton has never made a bad choice??? Lindsey Lohan??? CHARLIE SHEEN???? It's convenient to blame the person so we don't have to see how society has let homeless people down!!!

Weird blog, I know.

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GAILANN48 9/21/2014 8:10AM

    I agree that all of us make poor decisions (I have some skeletons, too, and love the idea of dragging them out into the light to dance. :)) It seems unfair that those decisions have a much more devastating effect on some of us than on others...some of us have received such mercy and grace while others pay the full price.

I don't understand how you can stop loving a child, no matter what they do. What you wrote about parents disowning their own kids because they discovered something about them that's always been true was a BRILLIANT observation. It should be in some campaign somewhere.

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JCLJR4547 9/21/2014 8:00AM

  great blog. more people need to care!

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Me & My Family!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Yesterday I went to get my hair trimmed & got the best compliment. Mikhail had gone over to the grocery store next door to the hair place while I was getting my hair cut. The beautician & I were talking about our kids. Mikhail came back in & when the girl saw him she said, 'That's your son?' When I said yes she said. 'Oh, you do have a great kid. I've cut his hair a couple of times. He is so polite. We all love him & really appreciate that.'!!! She said, 'We don't see that many great kids.'

*Beaming*!!!! Lenny gets his hair cut about every 3 weeks so they see Mikhail pretty often. It really makes my heart swell when people compliment my son. I did that!!! No matter how bad I feel about myself I know I've done one thing right! One HUGE thing right! You don't raise a great kid by accident!

A friend was talking about how bad times are right now & said she was thankful she didn't have kids to go forth in this big bad world. I don't see it that way at all. I have Faith that MY son & grandsons are going to make the world a better place. I recognize that all parents aren't as open-minded and free spirited as I am, but I believe in the next generation!

My son's lack of prejudice, ability to keep Peace and concern for the world all give me Hope for a better place! His sense of humor & honesty will serve this country well!

Mikhail came running out of the computer room a couple of days ago & screamed, 'Mom, I think I caught the Bipolar!' Smart Aleck!!!

I still haven't talked to Samantha. It's been over 2 months. I'm starting to miss 'babysitting' on the weekends. Orion & Tiberius still come over for Nana & Papa days, but I haven't babysat them since Samantha's Incident! The boys had always been over a couple of times a week before. Now it's once a week. Once in awhile we'll even miss a week. They spent the night once. Orion hasn't even spent the night in probably a month...usually he does at least every other week.

Samantha is trying to reach out now. She sent me a game request for Words with Friends on FaceBook & made a big deal to Lenny about me being able to have my car when all the boys go to the Lego Store for Orion's birthday next week.

I imagine me not babysitting for them has put a huge dent in their income since a babysitter makes more than Samantha's hourly wage.

I'm past being mad at Samantha, but it's been really nice not having the drama & chaos that IS Samantha on a weekly basis too! I don't know if I'm ready to take her back on. She's like a little dirt devil that storms up my life.

Skunk isn't supposed to go outside. Yesterday when Mikhail got up Lenny had left the back door open. Mikhail thought he saw Skunk outside & ran around for about 10 minutes trying to get his cat back inside. Skunk comes to his name, but wouldn't even look up when Mikhail called to him. He took some of Skunk's toys out & tried to lure him into the house that way. Even food wouldn't work. Lenny came back to the door & Skunk was laying there in the doorway trying to figure out what all the commotion was. Mikhail had been chasing a neighborhood kitten around our yard! HAHAHAHA!!!

I still haven't talked to my dad either. It's been almost a month. I guess if his right to use bigoted terms is THAT important to him than my relationship with him isn't really worth having! It just shows the true lack of respect he has for me. He doesn't deserve a place in my life if he can't at least respect my values.

I'm feeling much better. I've only been on the Cymbalta for a week, but I definitely feel a change. My sleep is still screwy, but it has been since I was a teenager so I'm not expecting any great change in that. I need to work better at my 'sleep hygiene'.

I realized how big my coping skills really are a part of who I am now. When my Dr told me the reason I don't have full blown manics any more is probably because of my coping skills I started really paying attention to how much I use them. I realized that's also why I don't have those horrible deep down soul destroying depressions anymore either. I might not stay 'stable' as much as I'd like, but the extremes are nowhere near as bad as they once were. Coping skills are at least as important as the meds!!!

Have a Beautiful day like I plan on having!!!

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WEARINGTHIN 9/21/2014 7:04AM

    Lisa, I read about five of your blogs. Let me just say three words, "It gets easier". And that is really true. Glenn

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KAREN-IS-HERE 9/18/2014 11:22PM

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ICECUB 9/16/2014 6:50PM

    THE WORLD NEEDS MORE YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE YOUR SON. THEY ARETHE ONES WHO CAN TURN EVERYTHING AROUND .MIKHAIL IS LUCKY TO HAVE YOU. I BET SKUNK WAS LAYING BACK LAUGHING AT ALL THE COMMOTION.

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SLLYONS51 9/16/2014 6:25PM

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SANDRALEET 9/16/2014 8:10AM

    Medication helps a lot to

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EVIE4NOW 9/16/2014 8:01AM

  Hope life gets better for you.

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ELRIDDICK 9/16/2014 7:01AM

  Thanks for sharing

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A Glimpse Inside....

Monday, September 15, 2014

The other day I wrote on my status something like At any given moment you'd have to give me a $10 bill if you said 'A penny for your thoughts' to me. My friend Ramona asked if I was manic. No. It's how I think. I always have at least 3-4 thoughts going through my head at once...even when I'm talking or listening. It's very distracting...to say the least!

When I'm depressed I tend to have catastrophic thinking. I can see a policeman in my rearview mirror and before one of us pulls off I have myself in prison for a crime I didn't commit. It goes something like this: There is a police officer behind me. Oh, crap what if I have a tail light out? I had to take a Klonopin before I could go out. What if I 'look stoned'? He'll want me to walk a line. I slept horrible last night. I probably will stumble because I'm nervous. I'll fall into him & he'll think I was reaching for his gun. He'll put me in handcuffs & put me into the back seat. I'll notice an APB on the dashboard of a woman who looks just like me. I spend a lot of time alone or just with my 13 y/o son. I can't have an alibi. I can't even remember what I was doing at the time the crimes were being committed. The prosecuting attorney has an agenda because this is the case that she'll start her career on. The sentence comes down that I got three life sentences consecutively. Oh, wait...the cop turned off.

When I'm manic it's like this: I need to do the dishes. I fill up the sink with scalding hot water & then go look for dishes in the other rooms. I need to make my bed. How did cat hair get on Lenny's pillow? He's allergic. I need to vacuum that off. before I get the vacuum I better go to the bathroom because if I'm getting the vacuum out I might as well vacuum the bedroom. The bathtub is disgusting. Oh, yea, I'm going to see if Spic-n-span will clean that now that they quit putting abrasive in comet. I better put that on a list before I forget again. God, the drawer that I keep my notebook in is such a mess. I better write out all of my grocery list. I'll clean that drawer. Oh, there's my address book. I need to email something to Lenny's mom. Mikhail is on the computer doing schoolwork. Oh, I need to show him that science thing. He needs help with math Again??? I wish I's have paid better attention in my own schooling. Why is the cat acting like that? He needs to be fed. I probably should go ahead & feed the dog too since it's getting late. Her water bowl needs to be refilled. Dadburnit! I have a sink full of dishes in cold water!

Luckily, I don't spend too much time on either end of that spectrum. You can see how it would kill me if I had to! It's exhausting!

Even when I'm 'normal' I think too much. It's nowhere near as extreme. As I'm talking on the phone I can be thinking about what to make for dinner, Mikhail's lesson plan & writing a list. I think I come across as scatter-brained sometimes.

I thought you might like to have a 'glimpse inside'. I hope it helps you to understand me a little better!

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EILEEN828 9/16/2014 4:49PM

    Awww, just admit it, you're just a mexican jumping bean hyped up on sriracha sauce. Hmmm I think I resemble that remark too. emoticon

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SLLYONS51 9/15/2014 3:09PM

  Wow that would be exhausting. My Grandson is bipolar. Thank-you for the glimpse into his mind. Now I know why he never finishes anything.

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KIM22211 9/15/2014 2:43PM

    I am that way a bit maybe not quite extreme but I can be cooky!

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ICECUB 9/15/2014 7:38AM

    THANKS FOR THEE GLIMPSE. emoticon THANKS FOR THE CHANCE TO GET TO KNOW YOU BETTER.

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SANDRALEET 9/15/2014 7:36AM

    When I am real depressed I feel like doing nothing

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CAJUNBUCKEYE59 9/15/2014 6:20AM

    Wow that would exhaust me to no end, congrats on handling your situation....i would say get on a schedule but i don't think that would help with the thought process that you have going on .......maybe a couple of rubber bands on your wrist to snap yourself with to keep your attention on one project till completion or maybe a reward system to where you treat yourself when a job gets done...saying a quote or doing a little jig can be a reward in that sense...just me rambling throwing some ideas your way...have a great start of the week my friend!!!

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RUTHIET_456 9/15/2014 6:02AM

    Congrats on being in a better place. I understand you fully.
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BS

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bipolar Shenanigans!!!

I'm sure some of you are very tired of hearing about me being Bipolar. Trust me when I tell you I am more tired of it than you are. It's very hard being me! Yes, I AM Bipolar! I know lots of people take exception to that phrase. I am Bipolar. I have Bipolar. Pshaw. Whatever. Some days I feel like I AM Bipolar! Some days I am the very meaning of Bipolar!

I think the Cymbalta is starting to work. I took my first dose Tuesday morning & about 20 minutes later I was CURED! HA! Remember I'm Bipolar...Not Bacon! I did feel better right away, but I'm sure that was the relief of starting a new med. I've been going to this rodeo for many many years! Even tho I was on Zoloft for 17.5 years the Drs have mixed & matched my meds many times over the years.

The nurse told me Tuesday that my Dr wanted me to quit taking Savella (my med for fibromyalgia) too. So altogether I quit 3 meds to take 1. I'm happy about being on less, but a little concerned because before the Savella I had horrible flares from fibromyalgia. With Savella I was able to stop all narcotics. Before Savella I had to take narcotics every few months. I don't think I've had a prescription in over 1.5 years now.

Cymbalta is indicated for fibromyalgia & depression. I talked to my pharmacist before I quit taking the Savella. If my pharmacist would have recommended both I would have talked to my Dr about both, but he was totally on board with one or the other.

The reason I write such detail about all of this is because I want other Bipolars to see they are not alone in the perfect med quest, that you have to be a part of your treatment and that there is continued hope. I also want loved ones of mental illness (keck!) to realize that it's an ongoing battle for many of us, but not a surrendered one!

I have all but quit watching the news again. I don't know if it adds to my depression, but it sure as hell doesn't help it! I like my pink bubble where everyone is as nice as I am! HA! I know I can be moody, (gawd that phrase irritates me!) but I would never just hurt somebody for the sake of hurting them. I do not understand mean people & I don't want to either! The news is full of mean people!

Speaking of Bipolar...
I cannot snap out of it.
I will not calm down.
I don't even know how to pull myself up by my bootstraps.
I don't want to suck it up.
BUT I will live up to my potential!

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SLLYONS51 9/14/2014 5:19PM

  I stopped watching the news years ago. Anything I need to know I read on line. I find most news depressing also.

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AJDOVER1 9/14/2014 4:52PM

    I'm not sure I'd know a bootstrap if I saw one....

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_RAMONA 9/14/2014 10:34AM

    I stopped watching/listening to the news 30 years ago, and I have never regretted it. The truly important stuff filters into my life on a 'need to know basis.'

You just keep doing what you need to do to take care of yourself!

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ICECUB 9/14/2014 9:36AM

    THE NEW IS HORRIBLE AND DEPRESSING. TH EVIL PEOPLE ARE CAPABLE OF IS MIND BLOWING. I AM GLAD YOU ARE STARTING TO FEEL BETTER. HOPE IT CONTINUES. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION. HAVE WONDERFUL WEEK.

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KAREN608 9/14/2014 8:26AM

    Right!
I don't have any boot or bootstraps to pull up on anyway. heh heh.

Happy Sunday!

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SANDRALEET 9/14/2014 7:54AM

    We live each day the best we can

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Moving on UP!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

I saw my Dr on Tuesday morning. I had a 2 hour speech prepared about why I needed to switch antidepressants. I said I think it's time to change my antidepressants. She said okay. I'm so happy to be back with Nancy. She knows I know myself well enough to know that I am not doing 'okay'. I'm starting on 60 mg of Cymbalta. I' l quit taking the Pristiq right away & then go off the Zoloft in a week.

Right now I'm waiting on a prior authorization for the insurance to go through. It's irritating because it can take up to a week, but I've never been denied a medicine so it's just a waiting game. I've been very fortunate with my insurance because I call to get things moving if I need to. I've never just taken no for an answer if I felt like it was important enough. Meds rarely get denied (for me they never have) I think.

Usually if a person's insurance doesn't want to pay for something people just give up. DON'T! Usually follow thru is all that's needed. Follow up with Dr, pharmacy AND your insurance company. You have more rights than you know!

The best things I learned very early on it my treatment of Bipolar was that I needed to ASK FOR HELP & stand up for myself! If you persist they will help you! I think Dr's give up on patients too soon because patients give up on themselves too easily! A Dr doesn't know you still need more help if you don't tell them! If you know something is wrong SCREAM if you have to to get them to listen!

I'm glad my Dr is trying Cymbalta. Not only is it an antidepressant, but it is indicated for fibromyalgia as well. The last time I tried to quit taking Zoloft I was almost immediately in pain. I've been on Zoloft for 17.5 years so I'm a little nervous about stopping it.

Sorry for the short blog, but I'm too tired to write anymore. I love you all.

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SANDRALEET 9/14/2014 7:52AM

    We have the health God gave us We are who we are

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KAREN608 9/12/2014 5:18AM

    I hope you are doing better but I suppose it takes time for things to work if it was like me. I feel okay but like to sleep more in the colder temps we are having. I could hibernate if only they would let me. Maybe not. But long nights are coming.

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BRITT831 9/7/2014 8:19AM

    That's wonderful news :-) It's always nice to not have to explain or plead with the doctor about what you want. Do please let us know how the meds are doing for you. Take care and stay positive, Lisa!!! :-)
Brittney

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CHERYLE51 9/7/2014 12:12AM

    I am glad you are back with Nancy. I know you didn't like the other dr. I hope the Cymbalta works. I still feel like I am in a funk. I don't know exactly why... Work has still been stressful and busy. I actually had some time to get organized on Friday because the phones finally stopped ringing long enough to get something done.
Poor Chloe still has double ear infections. Took her to a different vet. School for Selina and Shannon has started. Jake is going for his testing next week. That ought to be very interesting. Well, keep me posted. Need to talk soon.

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IGNITEME101 9/5/2014 6:20PM

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AJDOVER1 9/5/2014 12:22AM

    I wish you well! Let us know how things go.

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/4/2014 8:28PM

    Good for you - hope this helps

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ICECUB 9/4/2014 7:26PM

    I HOPE THE NEW MEDS emoticon YOUR SELF PRETTY WELL.

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SLLYONS51 9/4/2014 6:42PM

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EILEEN828 9/4/2014 1:53PM

    I hope these changes work well for you. Really pay attention to each step so you know what each drug is doing for or against you, and you can pinpoint the effects. I know these are not the same, when ever I needed to do changes of my son's seizure meds it was a very long gradual weaning process to remove a med. It has also been my experience that the drs tended to over prescribe the dosage amount. Are you allowed to start low to build up? Meds can be so tricky. My son is meeting with a new neurologist today who maybe unfamiliar with the ketogenic diet, so I hope we are able to get along with him, we don't have an alternative. Hope you do well, Lisa. emoticon

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AALLEY2 9/4/2014 9:30AM

    emoticon I'm glad you know yourself well enough to know that you need to change a medication! Good for you! emoticon

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_RAMONA 9/4/2014 9:23AM

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SANDRALEET 9/4/2014 8:17AM

    Get better my friend

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KAREN-IS-HERE 9/4/2014 7:57AM

    emoticon good work for getting your needs met!

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KIM22211 9/4/2014 6:51AM

    Ihope new meds do the trick!

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CAJUNBUCKEYE59 9/4/2014 5:30AM

    I was on cymbalta for fibromayalssia(sp) and it helped with the pain but as i lost wieght somehow thank the lord, most of my pains have gone away, the knees are the worst things that hurt..i know when i have done to much in the day by the knees, when they start hurting its time to lay down and get off my legs all together..the only thing that helps the pain quit...hope the new meds help you out...have a great Thursday!!!

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