To Jamiee, Karen and all my support people......from Gem

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Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/1/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everybody,

Had new PDoc appt on Friday, dx BPI. MD had me on meds that were making me worse and I knew something else was wrong. Old PDoc had hinted at BP, but he was very passive and getting ready to retire, New one is very aggressive, in a good way, in my treatment. Started new med Friday, go back in three weeks. I was shocked at dx even though I really suspected it. Knowing has been a great liberator as well as discontinuing meds that were not helping.

Thanks to everyone that has supported me, encouraged me and helped me get to the point of knowing. Now on to make lifestyle changes and work each day to be the best I can,no matter how small or large the step forward is.

I love you all.............post more later.

Gem

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   Posted 11/1/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gem,

I am so happy that you got a new pdoc. I hope that everything continues to go well with him. I have a good one too and I really depend on him. Sometimes it is hard to find a good one. Pdocs can be strange sometimes. I had a really wierd one once. My mom had one that you couldn't understand when he talked. But I feel very fortunate for the one that I have. Very up beat and kind. He just upped my adderall because of the job that I am working. That made me feel relieved. Because I do get tired when I am working long shifts.

I hope that your day continues to go well for you. Keep us posted. Know that everybody here cares about you.

Hugs, Karen
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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 11/1/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I am very glad you found someone who is taking more responsibility for your treatment. My therapist is very passive about things and I hate it.... My pdoc on the other hand is very hands-on and aggressive with treating everything. I have been lucky to finally find someone who has helped me. It helps us feel better just knowing we have a doc that will help us for once.

Im very glad you are getting what you need. And I hope everything goes well for you. Let us know how you are...

Take Care,
Christi
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 11/1/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
it is good that you have a clear dx gem. love to you too. keep fightin'. jamie.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
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REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


serafena
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   Posted 11/1/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
(((Gem)))

I'm sorry you're stuck with bipolar, but it feels good to have a real diagnosis. Let the healing begin!

serafena
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damagedgoods41
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   Posted 11/2/2009 2:55 AM (GMT -7)   
cool  hi Gem,
Hoping all is well for you now that you have your diagnoses,unfortunate but atleast you know now!! And I hope that ur med's work well for you and you can start moving forward. Stay well Gem. Chin-up and be positive.
 
best wishes,
 
beverley.c. smilewinkgrin
diagnosed with C in 2001.
colorectal anastamosis 2001.
surgery went horribly wrong,swab left inside,emergency surgery 2001.
total colectomy & ileostomy 2001.
surgical complication's-abcess,more surgery 2001.
more complication's-stitches come apart inside and ended up having more surgery and blood transfusion. 2001.
infection at lap site,another abcess. 2001.
i spent 12mths in Cabrini Private Hospital in Melbourne.
1993 diagnosed with endometriosis,then age 27yrs had radical hysterectomy then 2 mths later lost both ovaries.
2005. bi-lateral mastectomy,heart attack on the table,also contracted MRSA in coronary care unit,had staph for about 12mths. pic line for 6 mths for venus access,for daily antibiotics.
march 2009. op on a parastomal hernia & re-fashioning of stoma. Then complications,huge abcess in small bowel & peritinitus,emergency laparotomy to remove,icu for 5 day's. I think that's enough, no more.
Am taking AVANZA for my depression & ocd!!!!!!!!!!!


Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/2/2009 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks all,

My anxiety since Friday has been zero.  I knew there was something wrong with my treatment and not knowing was making me worse.  Getting a dx was a relief, now I can go forward and learn how to deal with it.  Spent the week-end educating myself, I can do this, it is do-able.  Dr. put me on Saphris, brand new mood stabilizer, so far so good.

Gem

 


getting by
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   Posted 11/2/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gem,

I am glad that the new mood stabilizer is working for you. That makes all of the difference in the world. Have a friend that got prescribed abilify, that is what I take, and she didn't want to try it because of the cost. But I talked her into it and she is doing great now. I am so happy for her. I hope that you are having a good day. You deserve it. Take care my friend.

Hugs, Karen
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 11/3/2009 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
good luck with it precious. jamie
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/3/2009 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks my dear Jamie.  Have you been on mood stabilizers before?  Do they really work that quickly, like within a day or two?  I have also noticed that I have stopped beating myself up about every little thing, which is a break I really needed!  Hope you are well.

Gem


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   Posted 11/3/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
My mood stabilizer worked rather fast like that. So it is probably already helping you. Which one are you on? I can't remember if you said or not. I just went back and read your post. It is a new one called saphrus? That is great.

I am so happy that you are feeling better, you deserve this. I think my mood stabilizer works better than my anti depressant. Yeah!!! Aren't we lucky???

Best wishes to you today.

Hugs, Karen
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/3/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Karen,

Yeap, it is brand spanking new - Saphris - I have not had one single side effect - The very next day I felt in a better frame of mind - even my husband has noticed the difference - I do have a hard time getting to sleep - but once I do, I stay asleep and wake up refreshed - I have not felt like that in a long, long time.  Thanks, I feel deserving as well, I have also noted that I have stopped beating myself up about everything and my mind went from racing 95 miles an hour to, oh lets say, 20 miles per hour.  I can live with that.  I am trying not to be too overly optimistic yet, but so far so good.  The med is a little expensive but I have prescription insurance that pays 70% so I can/will handle it.

You are so sweet and kind to me, thank you.  I hope your day is a good one turn

Gem


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   Posted 11/3/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gem,

You are such a special person. You don't know how good you just made me feel.

I am so happy that you found a medication that is helping you. I honestly say that I have had very few bad days since I started the abilify. And I have been taking it over a year now. I am still having trouble losing weight. But not gaining so that is good. I had my share of endulging with having halloween candy around the house, but that is gone now. If I can just get through Thanksgiving. lol... Christmas is what kills me with all the good food floating around. Wish me luck.

You have a wonderful day. Thanks for the post.

Take care, keep in touch,

Hugs, Karen
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damagedgoods41
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   Posted 11/3/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gem wishing you all the very best with your new medication!! And am glad your doing so much better. Look after ur self. Have a great day.
 
best wishes smilewinkgrin
 
beverley.c. smurf
diagnosed with C in 2001.
colorectal anastamosis 2001.
surgery went horribly wrong,swab left inside,emergency surgery 2001.
total colectomy & ileostomy 2001.
surgical complication's-abcess,more surgery 2001.
more complication's-stitches come apart inside and ended up having more surgery and blood transfusion. 2001.
infection at lap site,another abcess. 2001.
i spent 12mths in Cabrini Private Hospital in Melbourne.
1993 diagnosed with endometriosis,then age 27yrs had radical hysterectomy then 2 mths later lost both ovaries.
2005. bi-lateral mastectomy,heart attack on the table,also contracted MRSA in coronary care unit,had staph for about 12mths. pic line for 6 mths for venus access,for daily antibiotics.
march 2009. op on a parastomal hernia & re-fashioning of stoma. Then complications,huge abcess in small bowel & peritinitus,emergency laparotomy to remove,icu for 5 day's. I think that's enough, no more.
Am taking AVANZA for my depression & ocd!!!!!!!!!!!


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 11/4/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -7)   
GO GEM!! YEP THEY BOOST YA REAL QUICK. CHEERS BUDDY. PS MY NEIGHBOUR GAVE ME SOME VINYL. SOME FLEETWOOD MAC, DIRE STRAITS AND PINK FLOYD-THE WALL. HAPPY about THAT!! GO GIRL. JAMIE smilewinkgrin
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/5/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jamiee,  Everyday I am feeling better and more "balanced", I am loving life again.  I pray everyday it last!  So glad you got some new vinyl!  I should send you my collection, I have nothing to play them on and boy have I got some unique stuff!  thanks for posting I always enjoy hearing from you and I hope you are doing A-OK wink
 
Gem

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   Posted 11/5/2009 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Jamie,

I have a ton of vinyl records too. Finally got a record player so that I can enjoy them. But have gotten spoiled with the CD's. Don't have to turn them over. lol...

But I have some very old rock and roll. Also Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, and many more. Should have a garage sale, lol...

Hope that your day is going well.

Hugs, Karen
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THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 11/5/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   
sabbath, which ones. love sabbath, esp the dio years. keep cool. luv to ya. jamie. metal rules!!! skull skull skull
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/6/2009 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes Metal does rule.  I have all Black Sabbath, from the very first to the last.  Not sure if the early ones are even "playable"!  Have a great day Jamiee and Karen and everyone.  Also, have a question, been on meds one week doing well BUT last two days feeling very hyper and got really mad over nothing last night, think I should call Dr. just to let him know or to see if he wants me to go up on med?  I have had a bad cold and yesterday I took  antihistaime (which I know is bad), that may explain it but I am zooming this morning..........................
 
TGIF
Gem

serafena
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   Posted 11/6/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Gem,

What else are you on? The mood stabilizer might be affecting how you react to other drugs. Don't wait to long on this. Call your doc if you don't feel more like yourself in a day or two.

serafena
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/6/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   

I am on Xanax .5, 3 times a day.  I have felt very good until yesterday afternoon and I started getting very manic.  Last night I was so angry and irritable I did not know what to do with myself.  Still zooming this morning.  On the Saphris just 10 mg a day, he started me low because I am the side effect queen.  I did go ahead and call this morning before Dr.'s office opened and left a message.  Just trying to hang on until they call me back.  Also just found out I have to work tomorrow and I already have 50 hours in this week.  Not a happy camper at this minute but trying to use all my coping skills!

I can do this, I can do this, I can do this...................................................

Gem


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   Posted 11/6/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I love your attitude Gem, and I am glad that you called the office. It is always good to let them know what is going on.

I kind of wish that I had that zoom, maybe I could get my house cleaned. lol...

I hope that you feel better.

Hugs, Karen
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/6/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Karen,
 And when you get finished cleaning your house, mine could use some tiding up! ha ha  I feel like I am going to jump out of my skin and I was doing so well............Oh well, they still have not called back, just riding out the afternoon as best as I can.  Maybe too low dose since it started out so well.
 
Have a great week-end.
 
Gem confused

serafena
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   Posted 11/6/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes this happens. Abilify works great for some people: it made me manic and rapid cycling. Yikes! So maybe you need your dose adjusted, or maybe this isn't the drug for you.

serafena
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/6/2009 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
You are probably correct.........Still waiting for a call back..........I think they do call their return calls between 4 -5 p.m., so still hanging.  I guess if he has me move up on the dose and I get really crazy, well, time for a change.  It worked so well the first week, I should know better than to get too optimistic too early.
 
Check in later
 
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