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serafena
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   Posted 12/22/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

Well it's been a nutty week for me and I'm sorry I haven't been on as much. It's been the last week of the semester and I've been grading portfolios like a maniac *grin* and stressing like crazy -- therefore the mood swings have kicked up. Hooray. But I saw my doc on Wednesday and she's put me back on Abilify, which I'm really nervous about since it made me manic this summer. But she thinks if she puts me on a lower dose it will help with the mood swings without making me manic. I am hopeful. So that puts me at : Lamictal 200, Luvox 150, Abilify 5. I'm still down so many drugs -- I was at 7 psych drugs at my highest, plus 2 for my thyroid. I was a drug-taking machine. :-)

But the semster is now over, grades are turned in. yeah I treated myself to a movie yesterday afternoon while my daughter was at preschool, and today my husband and I tackle fun things like housecleaning and paying the bills before we take off for my in-laws for 6 days.

Please everyone, check in, let us know how you're doing in this stressful, emotional time of year, and I hope you all have amazing Christmases!

Love always,
serafena
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"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER


mommy.michele
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   Posted 12/23/2009 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad you made it through the end of the semester in one peace! I can imagine that it was quite stressful.
We had a Christmas get together with my brothers' family and my mom and dad, last night. Christmas Eve we do presents at grandma's. Christmas day we stay home. I stay in my pj's the entire day!
Done shopping...just a bit more wrapping, but not too bad. Christmas shopping really took it's toll on me this year. Just all the lists,and remembering, and writing everything down. Besides our shopping I did my grandmothers, since she does not drive. So today, tomorrow and 25th I am not doing anything for anyone else...just me!
One night I had to double up on Risperdal just to sleep.

But overall, everything is doing good. I got into the RN program, so that starts on Jan 20th...looking forward to that.
Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? - L. M. Montgomery


red lightening
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   Posted 12/23/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm terribly nervous about going home for 10 days...leaving on a plane
tonight to go back to the Carolinas...they have a foot of snow there. I have to
go to a debuante ball and I'm dreading it. Social functions are awful for me.

The good thing is I'm going to see my 2 sons and my husband is going with me.
My Mom lives 5 miles up a dirt mountain road and they are almost snowed in.

Change of routine scares me. I'll just take it one day at a time.

My father has a terrible temper and my sister and my step-dad fight a lot.

I hope everyone is chill...I'm going to try to be

happy bill
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   Posted 12/23/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   

  Hey everyone, well it's almost 12 midnight and im still at work. After this i work straight thru the weekend before i head home to see the family. God help me. turn

   I am still adjusting to a lower dose of my respridone and it seems to be helping. Getting a bit more energy and creativity coming back.  So far so good.

   But there is so much going on in my family life that my wife wants me to slow down and take it easy. Not sure what that is. LOL LOL LOL

  So i hope you all have a happy holiday. May it be filled with happiness and love.

   Bill

 


chrisnsteph1022
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   Posted 12/24/2009 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all! I'm doing really well. I've been slightly manic, even on the higher dose of saphris, but it's not out of control. More hypomanic than true mania.
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission from 11/2003 to 7/2009
omeprazole 40mg, apriso 1500mg
dx with bipolar II 8/2009, re-diagnosed with bipolar I 9/09
Apparently allergic to lamictal
Saphris, 5mg, Zoloft, 100mg


mogli
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   Posted 12/26/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello all, I hope you are all well today.  Serafena, congrats for getting thru your semester, you should be proud; glad you treated yourself afterwards.  And michelle, good for you!!!!  I bet you are super excited!  You need to celebrate Jan 20!!  To all the rest of you I am glad you are with me.

So, yep, trying desperately to become balanced for the last 3 months and now Christmas = not fun.  The Abilify is helping, but not enough.  I think after this weekend once the holiday stuff is over I am going to increase the Ablify from 5 to 10mg.  If I'm not doing better in the next few days; Pdoc suggested this, so I am not increasing on my own.....just to be clear smilewinkgrin

I cannot believe this episode; how bad it's been, and how long it's gone on.  Mostly deep depression, mixed with some cycling and major irritability.  That about sums it up.  So all this holiday stuff isn't helping.  Tomorrow we have one family gathering left; right this minute I don't feel up to it.

I have been doing housework all day for the last two days, so I guess tomorrow is my day to relax and let go???  Ok, that's the way I'm going to look at it. 

Happy Bill, I wanted to mention  when we shared pics that your dog is beautiful!

Thinking of you all,

Mogs


Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Methoprazine 4mg/day, Mirapex .75 mg/day & Lamictal 350 mg/day


_Christina
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   Posted 12/27/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh my gosh, this has been the worst few days!!!!

Today is a couple days after Christmas and the best thing about it is that it has snowed so much that I have not been able to leave the house since coming home on Christmas night.  After getting hurt falling off the porch, freaking out in the Dr's office, having a real hard time dealing with pain that shot through vicodin and motrin and never left me alone, trying to afford Christmas presents while going to food banks, getting the house put together, and dealing with all the kids being in a Christmas play I was having a hard time with life.

I was crying while trying to wrap presents a few days before Christmas.  I couldn't stop and I didn't even have a great reason for it.  I cried so hard on Christmas eve that when it was time to go over to my parent's house I had red and puffy eyes.  When my dad asked how I was feeling.. I had to quickly leave the room as I burst into tears!  Durring the night I had to run off to make some emergency mashed potatos.. and it took me 15 minutes to calm myself and stop crying before I could leave and drive back to my parent's house.

On Christmas day I cried as soon as I left the family gathering and all the way home and most of the way through through the night.  I have a little bit of stress going on in my family (my husband is BP as well and going through a bit of a downswing) but not enough to validate my response.  I go back to the PSY after the new year, and my insurance won't cover any more visits until then.  In the meantime I will just have to try to remain calm (and dry-eyed) when arround anyone else.

I hope your holiday was much better than mine.


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serafena
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   Posted 12/27/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone!

Good to hear from you. Christina and Mogli, I hope you're feeling a little better. The holidays are so hard for us. They are for everyone, I know, but I really think it's so much harder when you have a mood disorder. The way people feel at the holidays is the way we feel all the dang time, and then we add the stress and pressure and forced jollity on it all. Yuck. Take care of yourselves.

I'm struggling through my holiday too. I'm in St. Louis, trying to be cheerful and friendly, when I really just want to bite everyone's head off for no reason and sulk in my bedroom. Ick. I'm fighting it though. Keep my head up for my family. You know how it goes. Everyone keeps telling me to take time for myself and let them know when I need a break -- that no one would care if I took off for 15-20 minutes. Ugh. How about 3 days? :-)

Be well, y'all.
Love,
serafena
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Co-Moderator, Bipolar and Depression Forums
Bipolar II

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER


mommy.michele
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   Posted 12/28/2009 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel for you Serafena! Luckily I have no extended family get togethers. Everyone lives here, and we see each other all the time. I hope today was better!
Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? - L. M. Montgomery


sukay
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   Posted 12/30/2009 2:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm still having mixed episodes but hangin tough. I should be happy since my son just got engaged but for some reason I'm really not looking forward to New Years.  It is really depressing this year for me.  I feel like, ...Oh another year...hoping this year will be better.  Like I said, I should be happy and thankful for so many things, yet I still have this dark cloud of other stressful factors that is just keeping me down!
 
I'm just staying home with my hubby this New Years Eve.  We gonna have a pity party I guess. cry  So much stress again regarding his job.
 
((Hugs)) ~Happy New Year to Everyone~ 
~sukay~
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serafena
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   Posted 12/30/2009 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
(((Sukay)))

Congrats on your son's engagement! That's exciting news. Have they set a date?

I totally understand the mixed feelings and anxiety around the new year. The winter holidays have so much pressure associated with them, don't they? Be merry! Be with family! Make resolutions and better yourself! They're the guilt-monger holidays.

Hope you have a quiet, safe, peaceful New Years at home. We've invited some friends over. If you were here, I'd invite you too!

Be well,
serafena
Serafena
Co-Moderator, Bipolar and Depression Forums
Bipolar II

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER

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