Hi Diane --
Yes (((Diane))) means I'm sending you more hugs -- see, you're getting great at this computer lingo! :) -- and that one's a smiley for you!
I agree -- lots of psychs -- psychs me out a bit!! Tee hee. No, I'm not at all offended by the word shrink -- a lot better than some of the names my ex uses for his pdoc!!
I also know that feeling of dreading the "how is x?" question. My ex is currently pushing the world away -- in fact he's refusing all contact with myself (hence "ex" currently) and his best friend at present... funny that we are also, coincidentally (!), the only 2 people in his life who know about his condition... I just kind of accept it these days that things will be all over the place with him until he's seeing his new psychiatrist (starts tomorrow -- hooray -- I hope he goes...) and gets on the right meds. The thing is that it's quite clear to members of my family that something's wrong with him (even if they're not sure what exactly) as they know I worry a lot about him (partly from phonecalls I've taken while at mum and dad's). And so they ask how he is a lot. I dread these questions, mainly because I don't want to break my ex's confidence, but also because progress is *so* slow -- and sometimes things go backwards (like when he binned his last psychiatrist and stopped taking meds). There's just nothing to say sometimes -- or you just want people to know, absorb what little you can tell them and not ask any more darn questions cos you *don't know* any more!!!
Ooh, I feel better for that rant! -- Kind of nice to know there's someone else out there who gets fed up with this (even if I still feel a bit guilty for it!).
Wow, you're a cartoonist? That's great! -- What kind of things? I agree, a joke is good for easying the old tension. :)
People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.
When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...
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