…ain’t gonna happen. At least not for awhile. Just for the hell of it, I went ahead and asked Dr. Goodenough about possibly coming down or even off a couple of my medications. I’m on SO many and I don’t seem to be able to get it out of my head that I’m taking tooContinue reading “Med Change”
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It’s My Life
Well, another visit to Dr. Goodenough has come and gone (dear Lord, will I ever find a better name?) and he increased my Lamictal from 400 mg to 500 mg/day. I was concerned at first because that’s higher than the norm for bipolar, but he said people with seizure disorders can take up to 1000Continue reading “It’s My Life”
Now I understand why psychiatric patients go off their meds. Some bureaucrat in his/her infinite wit and wisdom drew an arbitrary line that determines whether a person is poor enough to qualify for Medicaid. Well, my monthly income is about $30 too high, so I’m left to struggle with my medical care on my own…at least until Medicare kicksContinue reading “Sticker Shock”
Well, if I ever wanted to be more involved in my treatment, I’ve got the opportunity now. My psych nurse practitioner, Sarah, is working on fine-tuning my program as I’ve become a little unsteady in recent weeks, undoubtedly because the Zyprexa’s been decreased. I’m not manic or depressed in particular; what I am is a little of both.Continue reading “The Medi-Go-Round”
Here we go—my psych nurse practitioner wants to change up my med routine a little bit. We’re decreasing the Zyprexa from 7.5 mg to 5 mg, and adding a dose of Geodon in the morning. The goal is to eventually get off the vitamin Z and use it only as a PRN if/when I start gettingContinue reading “Change Up”
Today I met my new psych nurse practitioner, whom I’ll call “Sarah”. She is very nice and enthusiastic about her work, which is a good sign. I’m still not over losing Dr. Awesomesauce, but between her and Kathy I think I’ll be OK eventually. The fly in the ointment is, not only do I needContinue reading “Starting Over”
Is That All There Is?
It’s late September and it’s looking like my usual fall festivities have been cancelled this year. I often get a little manic in the early autumn, and there is no sign of it whatsoever. Neither is there any hint of the depression that landed me in the hospital on Halloween last year, for which I am eternally grateful.Continue reading “Is That All There Is?”
Joyful And Triumphant
That’s how I feel now that I’ve been on the lower dose of Geodon for several weeks now, and my brain hasn’t missed it! I’ve been stable even throughout surgery, pain, and hospitalization, which can trigger all sorts of mood changes. This bodes very well for continuing to decrease my medication burden to a point whereContinue reading “Joyful And Triumphant”
What’s New, Pussycat?
My Geodon dose, for one thing. I just started weaning down from 80 to 60 mg last night. This is the first step in what I hope will be a successful reduction of the medication burden I’m taking. It’s a good time to try it; I’ve been stable for a few months, and my stressContinue reading “What’s New, Pussycat?”
The Games People Play
Somebody please remind me never to let my antipsychotics run out again. Well, it wasn’t ENTIRELY my fault. The pharmacy was totally out of Geodon when I called it in for a refill, but then the next night I was up till after 1 AM thanks to my son’s late arrival home from his vacationContinue reading “The Games People Play”