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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/22/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I strumbled onto this forum while trying to get info on the Lamictal generic that just recently came out.  Since I started taking the generic, I've been having problems with high blood pressure.  Actually, I haven't been feeling well at all for about a month now. 
My husband was deployed to Iraq this past January, so it's been very difficult to take care of things here by myself.  This is his second tour in Iraq in a 4 year period.  He's stationed at a relatively safe place, so in that respect, we are luckier than most soldiers and their families.  I'm thankful for that but a second separation like this is miserable.  At least for me anyway.  My husband seems to take everything in stride.  When I ask him how he's doing, he just says I work as hard as I can so time will seem to go by faster.   
I've tried that approach, but being bipolar doesn't help the situation for me.  Since he left, it seems there has been one thing after another adding to the stress.  He left on Jan. 3rd.  On Jan 5th, our dachshund was diagnosed with diabetes.  For the first couple of months, it was a battle to give her insulin shots by myself.  She fought me every step of the way.  While that battle was going on, I slipped on the ice outside and messed up my knee.  I had to stay off of it for 2 weeks.  A friend of mine and my husband's nephew came over daily to help me out.  That was a nightmare because I had 8 dogs at the time and they needed to be cared for.  Finally my knee healed enough that I could take over and it was getting easier to give my dog her shots.  Now she jumps up into my lap for her shot because she knows now that afterwards she gets to eat and I've gotten better at giving her the shots.  
After my knee healed, I got a letter from the bank that our mortgage had matured and they wanted $25,000 in the next 2 weeks.  We didn't expect that at all.  We both thought the loan was a straight loan after we refinanced it 2 years before.  They turned us down for refinancing at first because they don't finance mobile homes.  Well, that didn't make sense because we didn't have the trailer financed with them in the first place.  It was the land we had financed with them.  It took me 3 months to fight them to finance it again.  I had power of attorney for my husband but that was only good for handling existing finances while he was deployed.  I couldn't go to a different bank to get a new loan.  I had to sell the trailer and get it off the land so they would finance it.  I won that battle, but we took a huge loss on the trailer.
At the beginning of May, my baby sister past away.  She was 42 years old.  She went into a diabetic coma and didn't wake up.  I was devastated.  The military didn't have to let my husband come home because she was not considered his immediate family but they let him come home after all.  He supported me during the funeral and was able to stay with me for 2 weeks.  Then he had to go back to Iraq.  
Two weeks later, my little 6 pound toy poodle squeezed through the gate and the fence and got hit by a car in front of the house.  He was 9 years old.  I blamed myself because I got busy and forgot he was outside in the yard.  His little body was almost unrecognizable.  I got him out the road and buried him on the farm by myself.  I miss the little guy.  
Last Sunday, I fell again and fractured my left wrist.  I already have a ganglion cyst on my right wrist.  Neither are serious but I can't open a dag gone can of food or mow the grass.  Among other things.  
And I'm wondering if the generic lamictal is causing my blood pressure to go up.   turn  
Oh and by the way, I'm bipolar.  I was diagnosed about 4 years ago.  I take Prozac, Welbrutrin, Lamictal, and valium.  I served over 20 years in the military and then they kick me out on a medical discharge.  They were afraid I would shoot somebody with the M16 they issued to me.  20 years in the military and the only thing I've ever shot at was a target made of paper.  Yes I'm bipolar and there's no question about that.  Now I did try to run over my first husband but I didn't try to shoot him.  
Folks, my entire family is bipolar, a bunch of drunks, drug addicts and perverts.  I'm the only one in the bunch who gets help for it.  There's a lot people running around out there that are bipolar.  We are the only ones who have sense enough to admit it and get help for ourselves.
Four more months before my husband comes home.         

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 9/22/2008 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Heidi Rose,

It sounds like you have had a heck of a year. I'm sorry to hear it. Thank you for taking the time to introduce yourself to us and let us know a bit more about your situation. It's true what you say. By getting help and taking care of ourselves, we are already doing so much better than so many out there who are in denial about the disorder completely and living their life in chaos and pain. I try to remember that even when I'm feeling very black.

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