Snow & Cold: Keeping Me From Doing Things

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kumbaya
December 30, 2012 - 2:21 am
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kumbaya
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Its freezing and there is all kinds of snow and ice on the ground. I don't own a vehicle so I'm pretty much stuck. At least I have a nice TV & Netflix which has great documentaries. Being forced to spend too much time with myself can be very dangerous. I'm struggling to "keep busy". I actually really look forward to going to work these days.

I'm getting stir crazy and I can't sleep forever much as I want to. Self motivation is not a strong point for me. I'm not in a relationship either which usually helps one to better themselves. No, I'm faced with having to take a good look at myself.

I'm about to get cut off from my insurance because I work full time now & I could never afford the insurance my work offers when I'm eligible. I know its coming so I've been weening myself off of meds for months now & have about three months worth saved up just in case of a relapse into mania which I really think is doubtful at this point. I just take an anti depressant and ADHD med; I no longer am taking a mood stabilizer or a-typical anti-psychotic.

This is going to be a very interesting winter IF this weather keeps up. Its not even the first day winter yet officially. The mountains with snow on them are beautiful here BUT sitting on the beach in Grand Cayman is what I keep thinking about.

-kby-



Medications for November 30, 2012 to December 30, 2012
05-18-2012 - Present:Propranolol, 20 mg.1 daily
05-16-2012 - Present:Allopurinol, 300 mg.1 time daily
02-26-2012 - Present:Abilify (aripiprazole), 10 1/2 of.once a day
01-23-2012 - Present:bupropion SR, 150 mg.1 morning,
09-26-2011 - Present:Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate), 70mgs.1 in morning

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kumbaya
kumbaya
December 30, 2012 - 2:21 am
Its freezing and there is all kinds of snow and ice on the ground. I don't own a vehicle so I'm pretty much stuck. At least I have a nice TV & Netflix which has great documentaries. Being forced to spend too much time with myself can be very dangerous. I'm struggling to "keep busy". I actually really look forward to going to work these days.

I'm getting stir crazy and I can't sleep forever much as I want to. Self motivation is not a strong point for me. I'm not in a relationship either which usually helps one to better themselves. No, I'm faced with having to take a good look at myself.

I'm about to get cut off from my insurance because I work full time now & I could never afford the insurance my work offers when I'm eligible. I know its coming so I've been weening myself off of meds for months now & have about three months worth saved up just in case of a relapse into mania which I really think is doubtful at this point. I just take an anti depressant and ADHD med; I no longer am taking a mood stabilizer or a-typical anti-psychotic.

This is going to be a very interesting winter IF this weather keeps up. Its not even the first day winter yet officially. The mountains with snow on them are beautiful here BUT sitting on the beach in Grand Cayman is what I keep thinking about.

-kby-



Medications for November 30, 2012 to December 30, 2012
05-18-2012 - Present:Propranolol, 20 mg.1 daily
05-16-2012 - Present:Allopurinol, 300 mg.1 time daily
02-26-2012 - Present:Abilify (aripiprazole), 10 1/2 of.once a day
01-23-2012 - Present:bupropion SR, 150 mg.1 morning,
09-26-2011 - Present:Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate), 70mgs.1 in morning

babushka
March 27, 2013 - 9:55 pm
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I absolutely understand being cooped up during this time. I know my moods can be so easily affected by even a dreary sunless day.

I have been fortunate to have had lived in Kona on the West side of Hawaii, and the usual sunny days and constant temperatures were great for my mood. I still took my bipolar medications but did not miss the change of seasons that I have here back on the east coast of the US. I have had doctors recommend living in a sunnier place where there is less winter darkness and cold to alleviate SAD to some degree. Probably unreasonable decision for most, but thought I'd add that it had helped me when I was in AZ and HI.

I also us light bulbs that simulate daylight, which I like much better than the regular yellowy ones. Still, I rejoice for the lengthening days to come.

I am also without insurance, and have been for years due to cost. Have relied on doctor's samples and a pharmacy that is kind enough to give me low cost "cash price" deals for meds that aren't too expensive. Am able to start seeing a new psychiatrist who is recommending a switch to a medicine that requires an EKG, which is out of the question unless I can get on a government program. Frustrating, and I wish you the best.


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babushka
March 27, 2013 - 9:55 pm
I absolutely understand being cooped up during this time. I know my moods can be so easily affected by even a dreary sunless day.

I have been fortunate to have had lived in Kona on the West side of Hawaii, and the usual sunny days and constant temperatures were great for my mood. I still took my bipolar medications but did not miss the change of seasons that I have here back on the east coast of the US. I have had doctors recommend living in a sunnier place where there is less winter darkness and cold to alleviate SAD to some degree. Probably unreasonable decision for most, but thought I'd add that it had helped me when I was in AZ and HI.

I also us light bulbs that simulate daylight, which I like much better than the regular yellowy ones. Still, I rejoice for the lengthening days to come.

I am also without insurance, and have been for years due to cost. Have relied on doctor's samples and a pharmacy that is kind enough to give me low cost "cash price" deals for meds that aren't too expensive. Am able to start seeing a new psychiatrist who is recommending a switch to a medicine that requires an EKG, which is out of the question unless I can get on a government program. Frustrating, and I wish you the best.


genuinelady2
April 22, 2013 - 4:54 am
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I hope you are doing all the changes to your medication thru the help of your psych doctor and if not. Your are not thinking straight. If you live in the states and not rich enough for a medical plan, I am sorry for you. Move to Canada, we have great plans if you work and if you don't you can get on the Trillium plan which is geared to your income.
BTW, Trillium is our province flower. white but do not pick it, against our laws.

Cutting cost due to your financial situation is not always easy when it comes to your health. Been there, done that.

I probably wouldn't have the problems I do now because I swept them under the rug too long.

Winter is not so good for me. having my van helps. Having a daughter who is selfish and takes my van whether I know it or not doesn't/

Having a daughter, scream at me because I didn't pick her up when it was snowing and we had about 10 inch snowfall in about 2 hours, as soon as I got out of our underground parking lot, the horror began and got shoved in a snow bank from a male idiot driver from Esso, that was probably going to his next appt and didn't see me. It took me a friggin 2 hours to get back to the apt. which was about a 10 min walk. LOL
My daughter came in, and said that she was waiting in the cold looking for me.
Hopefully, she will never have to experience the times, I had getting back to them from downtown Toronto, when the subway lines where frozen and decided to walk the distance as well as about ten thousand too. That is when our major brought in the army. Mel Lastman. lol

I have heard of those light bulbs that simulate daylight and need them for winter months. do they have them in black because once we change our daylight savings time, about a week later...bing.. manic high, summer time high for my bipolar disorder.

take care,
Morag

p.s. I suffer from shakes now, called essential tremors. just call me shaky mcgee lol


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genuinelady2
genuinelady2
April 22, 2013 - 4:54 am
I hope you are doing all the changes to your medication thru the help of your psych doctor and if not. Your are not thinking straight. If you live in the states and not rich enough for a medical plan, I am sorry for you. Move to Canada, we have great plans if you work and if you don't you can get on the Trillium plan which is geared to your income.
BTW, Trillium is our province flower. white but do not pick it, against our laws.

Cutting cost due to your financial situation is not always easy when it comes to your health. Been there, done that.

I probably wouldn't have the problems I do now because I swept them under the rug too long.

Winter is not so good for me. having my van helps. Having a daughter who is selfish and takes my van whether I know it or not doesn't/

Having a daughter, scream at me because I didn't pick her up when it was snowing and we had about 10 inch snowfall in about 2 hours, as soon as I got out of our underground parking lot, the horror began and got shoved in a snow bank from a male idiot driver from Esso, that was probably going to his next appt and didn't see me. It took me a friggin 2 hours to get back to the apt. which was about a 10 min walk. LOL
My daughter came in, and said that she was waiting in the cold looking for me.
Hopefully, she will never have to experience the times, I had getting back to them from downtown Toronto, when the subway lines where frozen and decided to walk the distance as well as about ten thousand too. That is when our major brought in the army. Mel Lastman. lol

I have heard of those light bulbs that simulate daylight and need them for winter months. do they have them in black because once we change our daylight savings time, about a week later...bing.. manic high, summer time high for my bipolar disorder.

take care,
Morag

p.s. I suffer from shakes now, called essential tremors. just call me shaky mcgee lol


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