I’ve lived in places like that. The one nice thing about living where I do is that there are choices. We used to drive 90 miles each way for dance lessons, of all things. Actually, we drove 90 miles to… basically where I work now. Heh.
I realistically have to pick amongst five or six locations. There used to be a lot more, and there are much better options (in terms of quality, etc.,) if I’m willing to travel, but I want to be close enough that members of the church would be able to visit me. Assuming it was for longer than a few days - and acknowledging the fact that my family probably wouldn’t visit.
I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, and have been putting it off.
Basically, I need to evaluate all the nearby inpatient mental health facilities and decide, for sure, which ones I’m OK staying at in a crisis. I don’t really want to be hospitalized (duh) but if I become suicidal or truly manic in the future, I want to be ready. There’s a spot on my mental health advance directive that talks about this issue, so.
(There’s also a part where I got to list the doctors I don’t want to be treated by, which I think is a nice touch.)
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How many days I’ve had where I wasn’t really hungry in the evening. I think this has to do with anxiety and stress (depression alone makes me eat.) You know how I lost 2.6 pounds between two Wednesdays ago and this last Wednesday? Well, I dropped another pound between last Wednesday and today, according to the scale in Dr. E’s office. Yeah, not healthy.
Anyway, Dr. E has upped my Trileptal (anticonvulsant/mood stabilizer) to 900mg/day. She persuaded me to talk to D about cancelling or at least scaling waaaay back on the diabetes class, and I’m going to write the “I’m not coming to the next few sessions” email after I finish this post.
So, tomorrow is another day, and I need to make myself eat. Thinking about making myself eat actually helps me get hungry (I’m clearly not as anxious as I was, say, the first week of the partial program.) But I’m only going to eat a little bit, to avoid freaking my stomach out. And I’m going to bed. After I email the diabetes health coach. Whee.
The newest pill system? It radically diminishes the fishy smell and taste of the Metformin. I am not even kidding. I keep being worried I didn’t include it in the box, even though my box-packing system involves opening a bottle, taking pills out, adding them to the box, then moving the bottle to a separate area so I’m sure I already included them. It’s ADHD-proof.
I have no idea why this is. The intense orange smell of the vitamin C tabs also gets reduced, but not so much that I don’t notice the taste/smell when swallowing them. The Metformin is making as much of a sensory impact as the Trileptal and the Lexapro - I have taken to counting the number of white pills before starting the swallowing, just to reassure myself.
I put them in the pill organizer - the one I took a photo of the other day - divided into two groups, the morning and evening set.
Then, when I remember, I dump out the set for the half of the day in question, and I swallow what comes out, one right after the other, until they’ve all disappeared.
The reason I do this is because otherwise I have to have all the pill bottles lined up in an exact order, or in specific spots in my backpack, and VERY CAREFULLY take the pills in that exact order. If I go out of order, or if a pill bottle changes shape because I got it filled at a different pharmacy, or whatever? TOTAL CHAOS ENSUES.
This way I can fill the pill organizer at my peak alertness level, after I’ve already taken my pills and probably have already eaten, and then just carry the darned thing with me.
This is my fourth attempt to use a pill organizer. All the previous ones have failed, usually because I got way too technical about when to take what. There’s actually a lot of leeway in when, exactly, I’m supposed to take things - like, my “morning” Metformin can be taken anytime from when I wake up till 2pm, though the earlier the better.
So we’ll see if this system works. I hope it does, because the pill thing really stresses me out. I HATE being non-compliant, but I often risk it because I lose track of things. Like, I just took my evening pills, right before writing this, and if the CIA were here with electrodes I still wouldn’t be able to say for sure that I’d actually taken all the drugs I was supposed to. I CAN say I filled the box when I was doing OKish psychologically, and that I swallowed everything in the PM side of the box. So.
When weighed in the balance, as incredible as it seems at first glance, the only consistent explanation for the success of this Church, and for the lives of the witnesses and most especially for the unshakeable testimony of Joseph Smith despite all the forces arrayed against him is, that the Book of Mormon is true. Every other explanation seems to wither with the test of time or persecution. No other explanation can account for the rise of this Church out of total obscurity to what it is today.
For probably 99% of you that would be a terrible thing to admit.
To me this means I am FOUR POUNDS from having lost 10% of my body weight since the start of the year. I am closing in on the BMI 30s and class II obesity. I can safely buy plastic Adirondack chairs designed to hold “up to 250 lbs.”
So, basically, what I’m saying is, HECK YEAH ME.
(Still depressed, still having a hard time coping with life. Faxed my psychiatrist at the very end of the day; we’ll see if she replies. Existence is hard. But I think I may weigh less now than I did at any point in 2011, and that is pretty cool, and I fully intend to enjoy that to the fullest extent of my capacity to enjoy things - though the festivities will probably be delayed until I have the energy to follow through on that intent.)
Depending upon the mission and culture of the people, a missionary is expected to follow these additional rules:
1. Missionaries are asked to write to their parents once a week.
2. Missionaries should not call their families or friends except when the mission president gives them permission.
3. Missionaries give their mission president a weekly report and letter.
4. Missionaries should not get into debt. They should use their money wisely and for things relating to their mission.
5. Missionaries should not stay longer than an hour when they are invited to dinner, and they should use the time to motivate members in their missionary efforts.
6. Missionaries are never to be alone with anyone of the opposite sex or have inappropriate associations with those of the opposite sex. They should not teach single members of the opposite sex unless an adult chaperon is present.
7. Missionaries should not write to people who live in the mission boundaries.
8. Missionaries are not to go outside their assigned areas without permission from the mission president.
9. Missionaries must behave with dignity and keep their conversations free of debate and argument. They should read only literature authorized by the mission president. (See Missionary Handbook.)
Okay, I need to teach Chrome not to try and fill in this particular field
It is seriously trying to give me the option of filling in the “title” field with every title I’ve put in so far. Heh.
Anyway. Today wasn’t as good as yesterday - I stayed under on calories, but I only walked about 1400 steps, and I didn’t really take care of any issues, do any churchy stuff, or, come to think of it, do much at all. Heh. I DID get my two new pill-sorters filled for tomorrow, so I can (HOPEFULLY) remember to take my pills in the morning and right when I eat dinner instead of at wacky not-right times. And, I did wash out my CPAP equipment (which is good, because I didn’t do it last week, and you’re supposed to do it weekly.)
But I did various Sabbath-breaking things and didn’t study the scriptures and so on and so forth.
I can say with some satisfaction that I helped out a few people with mental health issues today, though. I wasn’t a total slug. Just… you know, a work in progress. Ah, well. There’s always tomorrow. And no mistakes have been made tomorrow, yet.
And here’s the deal: for now, because I am fragile (that is, it is a royal pain finding drugs that will work that don’t cause awful side effects or make me hypomanic,) the only thing we’re changing is to add a dose of Deplin each day (hey, and at the regular full-strength dose, a first for me.) I have hope it will be helpful, though not a ton of hope, because I still feel like crap. I was almost brought to tears asking for my next appointment plus “yes, I went to the doctor” note for work, from the front desk. Why was I near tears? Because I was existing at that moment. Depression sucks. Look at it, it made me swear just now. Argh.
My psychiatrist was like “what’s wrong, you seem distracted” when I had said a grand total of one line to her: “I’m okay, how are you?”
She’s put me on a folate prescription. We’ll see; she thinks all the stuff I’ve been up to (CPAP, diabetes class, DBT, transitioning at work, trying to be assertive, significant dietary changes, etc.) may have overwhelmed my brain and body.
I think the universe may have been offended by me live-blogging the whole tornado warning thing, because five minutes after my… seventh? Eighth? Something like that, anyway. After many obnoxious and self-indulgent spammy posts, the warning was lifted a full ten minutes before its original expiration time!
As soon as it stops raining I’ll go outside and see if my car is in one piece. :)
I think I need to talk with my psychiatrist, Dr. E, about my anti-depressant. This could very well be something else, because a lot of things have been happening lately, but a week of noticeably down emotions (including tons of self-recrimination, brooding, etc.) more or less regardless of what’s happening around me, after many weeks of feeling sleepy and having a hard time getting myself to do things, plus that sticky bipolar II diagnosis, more or less means “it’s time to talk with Dr. E.”
The Genesis Group was established in October 1971 by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a dependent branch to serve the needs of African-American Latter-day Saints. Following the priesthood revelation in 1978, The Genesis Group continues to host firesides and other activities to support and edify all Latter-day Saints, their families and friends, and individuals interested in the Church. The Genesis Group also provides assistance to mission presidents, stake presidents, and bishops. The Genesis Group operates under the direction of Elder Stephen B. Allen, managing director of the Missionary Department for the Church and a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy. For more information on Elder Allen, click here.
The Genesis Group meets on the first Sunday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the meetinghouse located at 6710 South 1300 East in Salt Lake City, Utah. Everyone is welcome to attend. The monthly meetings feature a fireside format with guest speakers, a Black gospel song as a practice hymn, and testimonies. The organization operates with Relief Society, Singles, Youth, and Primary auxiliaries.
Genesis is not a substitute for ward activities, but is a support to members of the Church and to those interested in the Church.