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kittycat27
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   Posted 7/6/2005 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
 I thought I would lighten the mood. Mine anyways. Name 5 things that we don't know about you. I can't remember if I have already said some of thesse so bear with me...
1.) I talk to myself, and oh yes I answer. It's the only right answer, when happy , anger and pissy and sad all agree to disagree.
2.) I have a tremendous amount of fear and paranoia of BRIDGES sad
3.) I love motown music!!!! cool
4.) I am extremely materialistic.... Tanning, clothes, getting my hair done... you get the picture.
5.)I am a perfectionist, and can't stand the fact that I can't seem to "perfect my BP".I am bad, I tend to insult people without trying, when cleaning up at that house.
 
So there you have it folks, and that's all she wrote.... Join in please, that's how we get to know each other!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

stox4pat
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   Posted 7/8/2005 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi KittyKat. I loved your idea. I AM ALWAYS INTO LEARNING THINGS about MY PEERS! So here goes:

1. I wish I could find some friends that could accept me illnesses and all.

2. Am VERY materialistic. I have over 150 pairs of Manolo's. Jimmy Choo's and Dolce, plus every designer handbag made,plus 3 closets full of clothes. I might add that 90% of these items have never been worn, and still bear the price tag. I have a Navigator and a Jag. 2 houses. I have a girl come to my house for manis and pedis EVERY week. The best part is my vehicles are in the garage and r rarely used. I ONLY LEAVE THE HOUSE TO GET MY MEDS!!!!

3. I love children and wish I could have at least one sad

4. I think with my heart instead of my brain, which leads to problems.

5. I live for criminal TV, all the CSI's, Law&Orders, and cant forget my fav..House (that is medical, tho) yeah

So that is just a small part of this messed up being. My loving sister, who I love with all my heart and soul turned me onto this site as she has been trying for years to understand why I do what I do, and thanks to you all she is learning and our relationship is the best it has ever been. I promise not to take you all for granted EVER. Lastly, I still think we should do our own "intervention" on Tom Cruise devil

 

Love,

Patti tongue


Epilepsy (31 years) Keppra-grand mals, Valium-myoclonic jerks
 
Colitis    (4 years)  Donnatal
 
Infertility (5 years)
 
Migraines/daily headaches (5 years) Fioricet w/Codeine
 
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pepperina30
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   Posted 7/9/2005 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm new too this group so this is easy :)

1) I am horribly lonely for someone to relate to. When I find someone to relate to, its useually a guy. I honestly don't do this on purpose. I miss female companionship something horrible, the obssesive kind where you hang out all the time and talk for hours over coffee at a Dennys or something:)

2) I was diagnosed with Bipolar a year ago but have been taking meds for 8 yrs.

3) I started with lithium and prozac last year and recently switched to topomax. This has spun me into a very rough episode but I am hoping it will even out soon.

4) I have 2 kids (well 3 if you count the big baby:) 2 year old girl and 8 year old boy.

5) I love and worship Barbra Streisand.

kittycat27
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   Posted 7/9/2005 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   

 Stox4pat and pepperina30, HELLO and thanks for your responses. Stox4pat, shopping , we have in common. I think it's a manic bipolar trait or something.LOL Also have to agree with your #4 on your list. It sucks sometimes because you can really get hurt. I too am a huge fan of CSI and those types of shows. ( I am in the medical field) In response to your #1 on the list, I think you just did find ome friends who accept all of you. Welcome again!!!! :-) Pepperina30, we have something in common also, we take the same med , topomax.How long you been on the topomax, and how many milligrams are you taking? Happy posting!!! :-)

                                        Kitty


pepperina30
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   Posted 7/9/2005 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I just started it two weeks ago. My doc took me off lithium. Didn't say much about tapering off of it so things have been real real ruff but I am trying as hard as I can to stay positive. I started at 25mg now I'm at 50 and I guess I'm stopping at 75mg.

Thanks for being interested.

Pepper

kittycat27
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   Posted 7/10/2005 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
 I thought when you came off lithium, it was to be gradual and over a two week period. I could be wrong though, I take 100mg of topoamax, and won't go past 150mg, due to concentration and focus problems. I make up for that by taking Omega  fish oil. I will be starting wellbutrin or lamictal soon. If you are still crying alot or frequently , you should be taking an anti-d. I couldn't remember if you said you were on one. If  you are on one you should have the med adjusted. Good luck to ya. 

Ellewoo
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   Posted 7/10/2005 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow Patti,
150 pairs of Manolos, what size do you wear? lol.
I have everything I ever wanted and am really trying and I think starting to be happy again. I'm I guess Manic to the point of panic attacks, That's where I usually post. but I could be anything.

2.) I hate all of the ugliness in the world and tend to turn that ugliness in on myself.

3.) I'm a major tree hugging democrat but, I love shoes and clothes. and dogs, I have 3 retrievers
Patti how do you get your shoes, mail order???

More later,
Colleen

Danarx
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   Posted 7/10/2005 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
1) After watching people not understand my mothers illness, being personally judged and loosing a job due to mine, and dealing with people every day I have developed a hated of people. Unfortunately.

2) I laugh uncontrollably when I'm nervous or am being yelled at by someone. (this doesn't go over very well at work).

3) My biggest weakness are dogs in pet shops. I must keep myself away from them as I am opposed to puppymills. However when going to the mall to purchase a bra my friend draws me into the pet shop and I end up with a 900$ chihuhua. She was worth every penny, but I have to keep myself out of them.

4) I am currently trying to conceive.

5) My favorite show is extreme makeover home edition and I love animal planet.
 ~ With Love ~ Dana, Pharm. D.
 
~ Diagnosed with Lupus in May of 2004 and Bipolar II in April of 2001. 
 
Disclaimer:  On any medical information I provide, please bring your concerns to your physician.  I have no financial interests in any drug or drug company.  I will try be as objective as possible.  If I am giving my opinion I will state it first. 


kittycat27
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   Posted 7/11/2005 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
 Danarx, Your response#2, I have a friend like that and she works as a dental hygienist, her co-workers thinks she has dipped into the laughing gas. I can only imagine what your boss or supervisor thinks of that. I either get really mad or sad upon someone yelling at me, somehow there are always tears ( anger or sad). I would rather laugh because I think it makes me vulnerable when I cry and they probably think here she goes again, BIPOLAR. Anyways, I want to buy a golden retriever for my daughter. Hard to find around here, or extremely pricey! I am just a poor college student for the moment! lol tongue  Thanks for responding!!! 

stox4pat
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   Posted 7/11/2005 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello my beautiful friends. How is everyone doing. I apologize that I will mix up the names (re: my Epilepsy...no memory, but I will try), so no offensive I will just ramble. OK, Colleen as far as the shoes, yes they are mail order, God forbid I would leave the house. I wear a size 9 in non-designer shoes (like Victorias secret), but my Manolos, Jimmy Choos, Dior, YSL, Dolce are a 10, size 40 in Europe sizing. If u r my size, I will leave them to you in my Will as the only other person I would give my stuff to is my sis and she REFUSES to have any fashion sense. And for the record she told me none of u girls would EVER talk to me again after my post about being materialistic...guess she was wrong!!! Ya' love me anyway yeah !!!!! Pepper, I SOOOOO understand the female companionship thing...I miss that the most. I wished u lived is South florida...we could hang daily, all of us for that matter. Maye in the future a bunch of us could meet up in a fun place, huh? sounds like we all could use some fun in our lives. I have zero friends that aren't male and most of them are gay, and the others just like my boobs (fake, I might add...LOL!!!). I swear I wouldn't know what it is like to have a girlfriend that just loves me for me, all the bullcrap aside! As far as dogs go.. I can so relate. I have 2 and they are my life. they are my children, my best friends, etc. It must come with the territory...LOL. Dana, I  pray that your hopes of conceiving come to fruition. How long have u een trying? Are you OK health wise? I mean, there is nothing wrong with you or your signifigant other as far as your female parts and his male parts? You all talk to me soon.

Love you all to pieces,

Patti scool   


Epilepsy (31 years) Depakote, Keppra-grand mals, Valium-myoclonic jerks
 
Colitis    (4 years)  Donnatal
 
Infertility (20 years)
 
Migraines/daily headaches (5 years) Fioricet w/Codeine
 
Depression (4ever) Effexor 150mg


kittycat27
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   Posted 7/11/2005 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
 Well tell your sister she was wrong! I am right along with ya, gotta love the finer things in life! Can't wait till I am done with school to work in plastic surgery. Not as a doctor though , well not right away , too much stress in my life as it is. Anyways I just wanted to comment, that although it is nice to have female friends to hang with, most of my female friends are judgemental and jealous!!! eyes   So I don't miss that. South Florida huh, my uncle lives in Venice. I am pretty sure that is what it's called. C-ya tomorrow. 

fear_of_dreaming
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   Posted 7/12/2005 12:01 AM (GMT -7)   
1) I play guitar and used to play in a band
2) Im going to have a show of my artwork this summer
3) I love nature and the environment and hike every chance I get
4) I had a phobia around driving due to a traumatic car accident as a child, and only started driving a car two years ago
5) I wear alot of black

kittycat27
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   Posted 7/12/2005 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Fear of dreaming , what type of artwork do you do? I can't paint a lick, but am always fascinated by the creativity people have. I wasn't blessed with that. However put a pool stick in front of me with a table, and watch the magic! Other than that all I am is book smart. I too wear alot of black, but only in the fall or winter, cause that is how I feel , dark, depressed and lonely! You would think since I alreaddy know how I am going to feel , I would wear brighter colors, never happens. Thanks for joining in!

                                   Kitty :-)


fear_of_dreaming
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   Posted 7/12/2005 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I do multimedia work which means that I combine video, photography, music and three dimensional constructions to produce multi sensory environments. So the viewers who see my shows walk into a room, where I have an environment set up for them to experience. The subject matter lately centers mostly around how the human brain, mind and spirit work together.

I've always wanted to learn how to play pool!! From what Ive heard, its an art in itself...I love black because to me it represents the mysterious, the unknown, and a whole world of possibilities.

fear_of_dreaming
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   Posted 7/12/2005 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I also wanted to say that reading on this site has helped me understand alot about bipolar. Not only is my boyfriend diagnosed with bipolar, but so was my dad, and now my nephew. I suspect that my mother also suffers from it, although she has never been diagnosed. I think a person can learn by reading facts on a website, but reading about other peoples' stories and how they feel and react to things is a very different thing and is more real to me, helping me understand more about my life and those of the people around me.

psychnurse
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   Posted 7/13/2005 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Wow!  You all are my twins!  I can relate to every single thing I've read so far, except materialism.

Especially dogs!   I have 2 dobermans that are my life besides hubby!  I knew when I was a child I didn't want children, only a wonderful husband to share my life with.  I also feel that way about shelters, I can't even go in.  They are all there because people are irresponsible, don't have time to spend with them and they eventually become just a bother with behaviour problems from lack of attention and training.  Very sad. mad

I paint and sketch and play piano (classical).  I thought when I got stable the creativity would go away, but I'm actually a better painter now, I don't hate every single work like I used to, haha.  (Perfectionist)!

Also have no female friends; sick of being judged.  My husband is my everything and the best friend I ever had.   I just can't relate to other "normal" women and obviously bipolar isn't something you can hide from someone who gets close.  Bummer.  Also don't have a lot of love for people in general, it seems so many are just ignorant about people in general, IMHO of course.

I really hope I don't sound like I know everything on this board, I just want to help because it is a very complex illness, but I have PLENTY of disorders, one of them borderline personality; it seems almost all bipolars have this problem, too!

Danarx, I do hope you get pregnant soon; how long have you been trying?

I just love it here, because we can all relate to each other.  I have never had that before.  I wish you all were here in Dallas, haha!

Well, thanks for listening to me ramble!

 

Shannon

 


fear_of_dreaming
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   Posted 7/13/2005 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
although not bipolar myself, I value all the information you share Shannon. You see things from a unique perspective, I am sure, and, personally, I appreciate it very much.

psychnurse
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   Posted 7/13/2005 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you, fear of dreaming!  I feel like I can actually talk about all my "disorders" here, I can't anywhere else.  The LAST thing you want people to know about is being BP.  Even people you have known casually for a long time treat us differently when they find out, and not for the more positive, haha!  And the people who love us and try to understand never will because it is something that has to be experienced to understand; words can't express it.  OK, here's my rant for the day:

Do you all get sick of people trying to tell you you need a therapist for BP, and medicine is a crutch?  As if it's just your lousy attitude toward life!!!!!!!!!! mad    Or worse yet, that you should just take some St. John's wort and vitamins or diet and excercise!  (Tom Cruise) Or when you're so depressed you can't even get out of the bed to shower or use the toilet because you're so weak, they tell you just to "get out and do some things"???!!!!  Unreal!  They will never understand the total mind/body shutdown that happens.  Don't you hate it when your manic and you're mean to the people you love most because you have no control over the rage and irritability and then regret it with all your being 5 minutes later and can't apologize enough, so you cry and hate yourself?

I still do that, much less than I used to (constantly), but I still hate myself jsut as much when I do.  Luckily, my husband does understand and is the most patient person on this earth.  He knows I don't mean it, but that really doesn't make me feel any better. sad

Yeah, I'm stable.  I think this is as good as it gets for some.  I know I always say "Just get stable and you will feel great", which is true for the most part, but you still do get mood swings, just not nearly as bad.

On the other hand, since I have bankrupted us due to my uncontrolled spending among other things I won't even mention here, he still loves me and has never let me down.  How many guys would stay for that?  I can't really complain; if lesser mood swings still happen, I am thankful and lucky.  Believe me, every day is Thanksgiving in my mind. (I still have some gripes, tho, haha!)

Thanks for listening! :-)

Shannon


fear_of_dreaming
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   Posted 7/13/2005 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
hey no problem...thanks for listening to me too!! cool

Danarx
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   Posted 7/13/2005 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
You guys are all great. And this is a fun thread!!!!!! - Thank you kitty for starting it.

Shannon I really appreciate you being here. You are very inciteful. (I don't know how to spell that word - but you get the gist). It's nice to know I'm not the only one who hates people (that sounds sooooo awful). I just don't tolerate much anymore. I used to give every one the benefit of the doubt and think everyone was in general kind and considerate, but that feeling is long gone. Aren't dogs the best!!!!!

I'm actually going to go to chicago next weekend to help a friend of mine with schizoeffective disorder sell cards with her photographs on them at a card and stationary show. When she was not so ill she would have art shows with her photography and she taught me alot about it. So that is a really excting thing for you fear of dreaming I'm sure and good luck!

We've only been trying for two months, but it is soooooo frustrating. Last month I spotted starting 4 days after ovulation and lasted 9 days. I'm currently 4 days late on my period that is showing no signs of comming and had a negative blood pregnancy test. My basal body temperature never spiked this month and I'm going nuts. It's sooo hard not to obssess but its making me crazy and I wish it would just happen. Sorry to vent, it's just a lot more frustrating than I thought it would be. Especially since I have to be off most of my meds and my lupus is flaring and my moods are all over the place. I'm sure I'm becomming a pain as a patient for my ob. I want answers to why my cycle is screwy and they just don't have them. I was really irritable with the nurse, I feel a little bad but she wasn't really answering my questions (probably because she couldn't). ----- so that's the story so far! lol

Thanks for listening!!!!

Dana :)
 ~ With Love ~ Dana, Pharm. D.
 
~ Diagnosed with Lupus in May of 2004 and Bipolar II in April of 2001. 
 
Disclaimer:  On any medical information I provide, please bring your concerns to your physician.  I have no financial interests in any drug or drug company.  I will try be as objective as possible.  If I am giving my opinion I will state it first. 


kittycat27
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   Posted 7/14/2005 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I see keep trying Danarx, a lady at my daughter's daycare as saying to me 3 eekw ago how she can't get pregnant and it's her. Her husband i guess had sperm counts done , and he was normal. So she said I leave it in God's hands. Do you know she told me she went to the doc, for a check-up and they said congratulations your pregnant. So when we talked the first time she was already pregnant. I thought that was great. She is 10 weeks now and doing great besides her cramping, like I , she has endometriosis, so the cramping can be unbearable. It's her first preganancy, no miscarriages, and she is 35. I suffered alot of miscarriages due to the endo. So Dana keep your head up, when you least expect it , it will happen!!! Good Luck. about the hatinf people, I just have a general dislike about people's attitudes and the constant staring at me. It is uncomfortable. I catch myself giving dirty looks, and not understanding where people com from and why they act the way they do. It is frustrating, I am just one of those people that ask why. As you can see , I am doing much better today, I will make a post on my thread. Thanks to all. Keep trying Dana, and keep it fun!!!!!! :-) :-) :-)

psychnurse
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   Posted 7/15/2005 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Dana!  Thank you so much for the kind words; isn't it amazing that many of us have a general dislike of people!  Before I moved to Dallas 20 years ago, I used to smile at strangers, that's just how we are in the midwest, and I quickly noticed here, you never get a smile back.  They just stare.  So I quit smiling, and then I found out the people here are wayyyyyyyyyyyyy different (not in a good way!) from where I grew up.  Oh, well.  That's how it started, but I have always been paranoid about people looking/staring at me.   Considerate?  I've never seen manners on anyone here.  Rude is an understatement.  I feel like I'm living in NYC!  (No offense to anyone there intended).  Does anybody else here also have phobias of crowds or groups of people?  I get panic attacks if I go to a crowded place, last month it was the mall.  I lasted about 10 minutes, then  BOOM.  Paul had to get me out of there asap.  Took me 30 minutes to calm down!

Dana, I have seen soooo many couples who have had a really hard time conceiving get pregnant after an adoption.  When you are stressing and obsessing over it; it can be a problem.  It seems when people relax and get the "it'll happen when it happens" attitude, it happens.   Just like when your period is late, because of stress.  You keep stressing (say you don't want to be pregnant), and you wait, and wait, then you take a pregnancy test.  It's negative.  Then, your period comes the next day!  When women stress, (especially about these issues) it totally throws off their cycle.  I suggest you try yoga. (hatha yoga, not power yoga).  It does totally relax your mind and body, and since you are not being medicated (scary) right now, it could help your moods, too.

Just a thought! :-)


Danarx
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   Posted 7/15/2005 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks psychnurse,
 
I will definately take your advice.  I'm currently going insane eyes
 

kittycat27
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   Posted 7/15/2005 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   

 Dana, remember keep your head up, I am praying that you do conceive. You sound amazing!!! Just like Shannon said, relax and maybe it will fall together for you!

                                        Nickie

P.S. If you want to have mine for a few days, so I can study that would be great. Kidding, I am not trying to give her away, just sometimes I need a break. Not to mention, I hate studying at 11:00 at night, when she goes to bed, I am so tired! Any suggestions on how to get her to go to bed earlier. She doesn't even take naps, up at 7:30, then to bed at 11:00. I think she's scared she might miss something! lol


dave z
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   Posted 7/17/2005 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
HI DANA
     I received this information in my daily webmd email newsletter and thought you would be interested.  FACING DEPRESSION DURING PREGNANCY.   http://www.webmd.com/content/article/66/79733.htm?/z=1727_00000_6702_hv_06

Post Edited (dave z) : 7/17/2005 11:28:32 AM (GMT-6)

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