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I've been seeing the same psychiatrist for a couple of years now, but I found out the last time I saw her that she doesn't take Medicare, and with the economy being what it is, I'd really rather use a doctor who takes my insurance rather than self-paying, as great as Dr. Owusu is.

Well, I found out that the psychiatrist I usually see in the hospital takes Medicare. Okay, fine, I'll start seeing him.

Um. No.

Before my disability kicked in, I was on a charity care program at the hospital, so my hospital bills were taken care of. The doctor's bills were not. I owe the hospital doctor $1800 from hospital stays before my disability came through. Needless to say, I don't have it.

So I have to find another psychiatrist. Shit.
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Hospital yet again.

I cracked up this weekend. Friday I lost it in the car, and by Saturday I felt so crappy, physically and emotionally, that I spent hours driving nowhere and finally checked myself into the hospital.

Nicholas can't stand to be in the same room with me any more; needless to say, he has given up on me. Cliff is close to it himself. He almost didn't let me come back home from the hospital.

I don't know what to do. I want to be better than this, but I don't know how.

I can't afford counseling, and I just don't know what to do.
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I think I'd better go to the hospital. I can't make myself stop thinking about hurting myself, and now I'm thinking about taking all my Klonopin and making it all stop, so I'd just be better off in the hospital. Back in a few days.

ETA: After four Klonopin and having to do something besides think and remember, I feel a little better. I might still go to the hospital later. We'll see.

Home

Jul. 12th, 2008 07:00 pm
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So I'm home from the hospital.

Tomorrow will be the test. Cliff will be at work, so I'll have to be good and stay out of my room (where the Klonopin is) and make myself stay here for the hearing.

The hearing is Tuesday and I'm nervous as shit about it. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let it come through for me. I need it so bad.
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I'm gonna have Cliff take me to the hospital. I don't trust myself home without him while he's at work tomorrow.

The Klonopin is just calling me too strongly.
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Well, the damn Zyprexa landed me in the hospital. On Tuesday, I just lost it completely.

I was screaming, ranting about things crawling on me and shadows coming after me, and clawing at my skin trying to make the crawling things go away. I was hearing voices that told me to kill myself. I poured all my Klonopin into my hand and Cliff had to physically force me not to swallow them and to put them back in the bottle.

So Cliff told me either he'd take me to the hospital or he'd call 911 and let them take me. I let him take me and I got home early this afternoon.

The doctor in the hospital put me back on Invega and gave me enough to get through a month and a half so maybe I can straighten out the financial situation with my regular psychiatrist's office so I can go see my psychiatrist again. Also, by then, I'll have had my disability hearing (please please please please please let it come through) so maybe I'll have that help by then too.

Hospital

Jun. 11th, 2008 12:00 pm
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I'm having Dixie take me to the ER. I hurt too much. I can barely stand or walk or bear weight on the left leg at all. (Which means no way in hell can I drive myself because the car is a stick shift.)

It's not just the knee any more. Everything from the hip to about two inches below the knee hurts.

And the fact that Lortab didn't even take the edge off it sort of worries me. The pain just keeps getting worse with every passing hour.
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I'm starting to feel a bit less dopey and clumsy from all the meds I took yesterday, between what my psychiatrist told me to take and what they gave me in the ER.

So I think I'll have my brain present for my game tonight (RPG played via chat, yeah, I know, I'm a geek).

Looking forward to gaming; that should be fun, and I haven't had much pure fun in the last few days.

The hallucinations yesterday were really scary. I've never heard voices before, just sounds. But there was one voice that sounded a little like my own that kept saying "It's your fault" over and over again, and then the REALLY scary voice that sounded like my dad's, saying he was going to come back and kill me for telling on him, and that he was going to rape me again and kill me like he should have done in the first place. It was really freaky. I couldn't stop crying, and I clung to Cliff and made him hold me and talk to me, just about anything, work, whatever, just so I'd hear something besides the voices.

Both my psychiatrist and the ER doctor think it was a reaction to all the stress I've been under lately, between the disability hearing being delayed and the bullshit from Nancy and her friends.

Nancy is finally supposed to be home at some point today; Duncan (the bitch friend's pissant boyfriend) has a doctor's appointment in Jacksonville and he was going to bring Nancy home while he's down here for his appointment. We shall see. Hopefully this will all be over soon.
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Okay, I went to the hospital last night but they decided to give me extra meds and send me home, so I feel a little dopey but the hallucinations are gone, so that's okay.

So I'm home and online until the cable gets cut off.
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All of a sudden I feel like I haven't taken my meds at all.

I'm seeing shadows, feeling things crawling on my skin, and hearing voices that tell me it's my fault and threatening to kill me.

So I'm waiting for my psychiatrist to call me back but I'm probably going to be checking myself into the hospital tonight, and by the time I get back, I probably won't have internet because the cable bill hasn't been paid due to money being tight.

So I'll see y'all in about a week or so when we get the cable bill paid.
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Well, Wednesday night, every time I closed my eyes, I saw myself slashing my arms open with a kitchen knife. It scared me enough that I signed into the hospital and I just got home an hour or so ago.

The doctor in the hospital added BuSpar to my med regimen, but I've got to wait until Cliff gets paid again to fill the prescription.

I feel better now. I'm not so anxious and scared, so the hospital helped.
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I just spent three days in the hospital again; suicidal thoughts got the better of me. The psychiatrist there raised my dosage of Celexa up to 60 mg (from 40 mg) and that seems to be helping. I don't feel quite so depressed any more and I can control the suicidal thoughts.

I hate being in the hospital. It's just not home. I took my teddy bear with me, but it wasn't the same as hugging my teddy bear in my bed with my boyfriend snuggled up to me.

I think I'm going to call the teddy bear Butter because of his color; he's a pale blond about the color of butter.

My online friends missed me, which was nice to find out. I don't think many of my RL friends even knew I was in the hospital.

I can't wait for bedtime tonight when I can sleep in my bed with Butter and my honey. :D
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Well, I didn't listen to the Klonopin. I just spent three days in hospital instead of overdosing.

This hospital was MUCH nicer than the last one I was in; I was allowed to have my own clothes and no one threw anything at me. Visiting hours were much more frequent and unrestricted. The only thing I would have preferred to be different is that I wish they would let you smoke. (I know, I know, I shouldn't smoke, it's bad for me.)

I'm glad to be home though, and I think I'm starting to feel better. Everyone around me says I'm starting to behave like my old self again.

I think I'm really sensitive to changes in my medication. The last time I was suicidal, we had just changed me from Prozac to Celexa. This time, we raised my Klonopin from .5mg to 1mg and my Abilify from 20mg to 30mg, and everything went nutso for a few days.

Things seem to be calming down now, and I seem to be on a more even keel. Thank goodness. Maybe I'll actually stabilise some time soon and be able to work again or go back to school or something.
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I made myself go be sociable last night. I went out to supper with my friends Rip and Jen, and then we went to Fuel (coffeehouse/bar) to hang out and drink cider. Jen rode in my car on the way to Fuel from the restaurant, and I told her about the whole hospitalization thing; she took Rip aside when we got to Fuel, and I think she told him then. I told her she was free to tell him, and to mention that the only reason I wasn't telling him myself is that I don't get to talk to him in private very often, and I didn't particularly want all this information broadcast to all of Western civilization. So Cliff knows, Tyler knows (just because he was around, not because I particularly wanted him to know, Tiff and Beau know, and Rip and Jen know. Hopefully that's it.

I still feel like I'm wearing a mask, making it seem like I'm okay when I'm really not. Jen said she had known I was depressed, but hadn't had a clue that it was as bad as it is; I told her that I've had quite a lot of practice in seeming okay when I'm really very far from it.

On Monday, I need to call around to the sliding scale clinics from the brochure that MHCJ gave me when they discharged me to see if I can find a place to get follow up care, because otherwise, the hospitalization was an exercise in futility, serving only to make me even more anxious and alienated. I meant to call around on Friday, but I didn't think about it until about 5pm, at which point I was pretty sure no one would be in the offices.

I still rather doubt that I'm going to get any decent help; I was pretty sure that MHCJ would do exactly as they did, keep me for a couple of days and spring me, still in crisis and with some tiny amount of meds, when I probably should be on antidepressants for the rest of my life.

There was a woman in the hospital who scared me; I saw her as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come for me. She was in her 50s and had been in and out of hospitals all her life. She'd get into crisis, end up hospitalized, get her meds for a while, become unable to get her meds, go into a crisis state again, and end up in the hospital again. Over and over and over. That is not the life I want, but it's all I can see for myself, an unending cycle of being semi-okay, and then falling into this place again. Over and over and over.

I also hate the thought that I have to take pills to "be normal". A number of the websites I've looked at, about mental illness and the drugs to treat it, say that you ought to think of it like diabetes or hypertension. People who take metformin/glucophage (like my stepdad, for one) or insulin or the various antihypertensives have to take their meds to be medically okay. It's just different, though, with mental illness. I don't know why. If I were diabetic, I'd take my metformin or glucophage and do my glucose testing and watch my diet and so forth and not really fuss about it much (beyond maybe bitching about the inconvenience of it all, but diabetes can be WAY worse than inconvenient if you don't manage it well). But because this is mental and not physical, it feels like weakness to "need" medication. It feels like unworthiness, or uselessness.

Dr. Soto (the psychiatrist at MHCJ) said he suspected I might be bipolar, because of how quickly the mask can fall away, how quickly I can go from seeming okay to REALLY upset. Of course, they caught me at the worst time, too, right before my period, when wacky premenstrual hormones are thrown in on top of everything else. And of course, if they hadn't locked my clothing and personal care items away from me, I might not have gotten upset at them over their refusal to give me my clothes.

I've heard the bipolar diagnosis before. When I was hospitalized at age 12, I was diagnosed as bipolar type II, i.e. I don't have true manic episodes but I have hypomanic episodes, manic-lite, I guess. Later psychiatrists said that they didn't think that was correct, that I am just subject to recurrent depressive episodes. I don't know. I don't really want to go back on lithium (which I took in my adolescent years) because of all the blood test shit. (Lithium can screw up either liver or thyroid function, so it's usually recommended that you have bloodwork done every three months or so to check your biochemistry. Between that, and the allergy shots I used to take in childhood, I lost my fear of needles a LONG time ago. I don't do IV drugs though; I still don't LIKE needles, but I don't really care very much if I have to have bloodwork or shots.) I've also been diagnosed with PTSD, which does not particularly surprise me. (The trauma in question being the molestation/rape by my father, and to a lesser extent the rape by my husband.)

Oh, and I heard from Dr. Holmes (my gynecologist that my parents have mostly been paying for) yesterday; my Pap smear came back mildly abnormal, but she doesn't want to worry yet. She wants to see me again in September (when I'm due for my annual exam anyway) and we'll see what happens then. I'm sort of steeling myself for the possibility of a cervical cancer diagnosis at some point in the future. Joy.

I'm back

Mar. 30th, 2006 01:48 pm
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I went to the hospital on Tuesday like I said I would, and as I expected, I was Baker-Acted and sent to the county mental health facility.

I've been hospitalized before for mental reasons, though in private hospitals up until now, and I had forgotten how much it shakes me up and scares me to be in a mental hospital.

I was so stressed and shaky that I got wildly upset at any provocation.

Oh, and BTW, public mental institutions suck even worse than private ones.

At least in a private mental ward, they let you have your own clothes and toiletries without a fight. Expecting to be Baker-Acted, I packed three changes of clothes, my comb and brush, my toothbrush, baking soda (which is what I use to brush my teeth), my shampoo and conditioner, my soap, my deodorant, and pads and tampons since I was expecting my period to start (which it did this morning).

As soon as they took me to the mental health center, they took away my clothes and toiletries, giving me back only two pairs of trousers and my housecoat (no clean underpants or undershirts or shirts) and my toiletries. I finally got some of that back this morning, when I told them my period had started and I NEEDED to shower and put on clean clothes.

There is no dignity or humanity in being poor and mentally ill.

I saw the doctor there twice. He put me on Wellbutrin (which used to work for me fairly well, when I could get it) and sprung me this morning with a prescription for Wellbutrin and a voucher to get it filled once, and a list of sliding scale mental health clinics.

Hoo fucking ray.

That was really fucking helpful.

I'm hanging on because my boyfriend made me promise to "give him time to try to help me." I keep trying to tell him that there is no help for me, that there is nothing that will make me okay. I'm not okay, I've never been okay, and I never will be okay. His determination to help me is only going to bleed him financially and emotionally, just as it has my parents.

There is no help for me. There is only one way out.

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