Ten Years

Today, March 7, 2022, is the 10th anniversary of my bipolar diagnosis. In some ways it seems like it was only yesterday that I heard the words proclaiming the nature of my “nonconformity”, but in others I feel like I’ve lived the longer part of my life with it. As indeed I have; I wasContinue reading “Ten Years”

Starting Over

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”

If You’re Healthy And You Know It…Thank Your Meds!

Just about the time you get to thinking your immune system can fight off the squirrels in the back yard, something like this happens. I got the crud. It’s been going around since Fall began in earnest. Half my family has been walking around the house sneezing, wheezing and barking like seals, and like everything else I’ve beenContinue reading “If You’re Healthy And You Know It…Thank Your Meds!”

And Now For Something Entirely Different…..

Just found out yesterday that I have a kidney stone that is so freaking big I have to have surgery to take it out. Instead of doing a nice little non-invasive lithotripsy like the last four procedures I’ve had for these things, they actually have to cut me open and extract the boulder by hand afterContinue reading “And Now For Something Entirely Different…..”

The Thin Edge Of Dignity

I saw my new primary care provider yesterday. My doctor of some 20 years retired this past summer, so an appointment was set up for me with the resident whom I will call Dr. Pleasant when I was released from the hospital. I wondered why I was following up with an internist after a psych hospitalization (IContinue reading “The Thin Edge Of Dignity”

I’ve Got This (For Now, Anyway)

Damn. I was so looking forward to getting all that nonsense I talked about yesterday out of the way, and I got a call just as I was leaving for my doctor appointment this morning. Seems he’d been called to an emergency surgery and needed to reschedule. So it’s been put off till Friday morning, and all IContinue reading “I’ve Got This (For Now, Anyway)”

The Air Down There

WARNING: If you are a man, or a woman who’s squeamish about discussing “lady parts”, you may want to skip this post, because that’s what it’s about…..well, that and the fact that I haven’t seen a doctor about them in over eight years. I’m not proud to admit that. I’m a nurse, I know better. I’ve stillContinue reading “The Air Down There”