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The Boiling Point

This email was written in my pre-blog days while I was studying abroad.  It was sent to multiple individuals, all of whom were friends and family.  This particular one is very revealing of my transition into the manic phase that led to my first hospitalization.  My present-day commentary is in red. Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 […]

Medicine Side Effect: Weight Gain

Medicine Side Effect: Weight Gain

Left: Me (2003) Middle: Me (2002) Right: Me (2011) Since I wrote about medicine yesterday, I was reminded yet again of a most unwelcome side effect of many psychotropic drugs.  It is the dreaded weight gain! I don’t know anyone, male or female, who is fond of gaining weight.  But if the medicine is working, […]

You think I’m crazy? Prove it!

Some of the things a bipolar patient thinks in learning they have to take medicine for life. How do you convince a psyche patient to voluntarily take psychotropic medicine for the rest of her life?  Beats me.  Each person is an individual and so there’s no blanket answer for this one.  I can, however, tell […]

Staying Sane in the Mental Hospital

Staying Sane in the Mental Hospital

Disclaimer: these ideas and observations are based solely on my observations and personal research.  If they are in error, please let me know. Unless you’ve either worked or been hospitalized in one, you may not be aware that inpatient mental hospitals do not regularly divide their patients according to their diagnosis.  And since mental illness, […]

Rich Mullins: Still an Arrow Pointing me to Heaven

“The Bible is not a book for the faint of heart – it is a book full of all the greed and glory and violence and tenderness and sex and betrayal that befits mankind.  It is not the collection of pretty little anecdotes mouthed by pious little church mice – it does not so much […]

“Medicine is for sick people. I’m not sick”

I was transferred to a different building a day later.  My escort seemed happy to be doing here job.  When we arrived at the entrance, she introduced me to the nurse on duty. “She is English,” she said in reference to me. “But her French is excellent!” I smiled. The new building was a designated […]

J'aime les français!

J’aime les français!

Dear friend from long ago, Remember those three exchange students from Strasbourg?  There were two guys and a girl and they were super nice.  They gave me many wonderful memories and helped me improve my French.  I think they knew how my heart had been captured by their language and culture.  For my birthday they […]

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