Oh Happy Day!

I received not one but two surprise packages in the mail when I got home yesterday!

First was from ‘Chelle. I had completely forgotten that I asked for her Lady Violet chart when she was done with it. I guess she’s finished it now. 😆 Thanks ‘Chelle; this chart just screams “stitch me!”

Second was from Michelle. Another complete surprise; Michelle sent me a birthday package! She sent me Just Nan’s Morning Flower off of my wish list and, let me tell you, this design is more beautiful than I had imagined. I can’t wait to have some time and fewer WIPs so that I can start on it! She also sent me a beautiful needle magnet, stitched oh so delicately over one with a gorgeous, deep plum beaded edge.

I hope that you are feeling better soon, Michelle. Thank you so much for thinking of me!

Let me just say that these two ladies created a bright spot in a difficult day. The psychiatrist still won’t listen to me. He upped the dosage of the one drug that I think is causing the mixed state and when I commented that I never had a mixed state before starting this drug, he retorted that I never had any of these issues until 3 or 4 months ago. Yeah, well, I’m still entitled to my opinion. 😛 Not only did he up the one drug, but he added another one called Lamictal that’s supposed to help with the mixed state. Finally, he decreased my Cymbalta (anti-depressant), saying that it could be helping to cause the mixed state.

I’m not happy with the fact that if I listen to him, I’m now going to be on a total of 4 medications for what’s supposed to be a low-level bipolar disorder. It isn’t sitting well with me and so I called my mom last night to talk to her about it. She and Terry both have the same feeling that I do, that this is just too much and not moving in the right direction. The psychiatrist wants to see me one last time (in 3 weeks) before he moves and I think I’m just not going to make that appointment.

After my talks with Terry and my mom, I have decided to decrease the Cymbalta and try increasing the Abilify (which is what I think is causing the mixed state) and see what happens. I’m not going to go onto the new drug at all and will start looking for a new psychiatrist. Fortunately, I see Dr. Steve tomorrow, so I can bounce all of this off of him and see who he recommends I go to next. I think that I may even go so far as to not transfer my records to the new doctor. I think I’d rather start from scratch and see what a different doctor thinks, without the prejudice of another’s opinion. I’ll have Dr. Steve send over a letter so that they have some base to work from, but I think I’m just going to request my records from the psychiatrist and keep them to myself.

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8 Responses to Oh Happy Day!

  1. Barbara says:

    I think having a new psychiatrist who starts from a clean slate is absolutely the right way to go. I’m sorry to say that my experience with a psychiatrist also involved having meds rammed down my throat without my own opinion being taken into consideration. I hope the replacement you find is a MUCH better “click”.

  2. Christine S says:

    I think a new psychiatrist would be good, too. I’m very surprised that yours would prescribe more medication when you’re asking for less! I hope you can find someone you get along with and who really listens to you.

    The birthday present from Michelle is beautiful!!

  3. prajantr says:

    More medications! Goodness. I was never one to receive that well personally, so I definitely sympathize with how you feel.

    I think you are making the right decision. Your psychiatrist should be sensitive to your opinions as well – and be open to taking a course of action you suggest.

  4. Sharon says:

    What a gorgeous gift from Michelle! Your psychiatrist sounds like he needs one-gosh that is a lot of meds. Looks like you got a pretty good plan in hand-defintely won’t hurt to try it. I hope that it works for you. Will keep everything crossed!

  5. Dawn says:

    Lovely gift!! 🙂 I hope all works out for you with the meds. ((HUGS))

    Happy Halloween!!

  6. Michelle says:

    So glad I was able to brighten your day. I agree with you – if the psychiatrist is not listening to you, you definitely need a second opinion. Since he is leaving anyway, it is a perfect time to start with a clean slate and find a new psychiatrist that is more attuned to you. Talking it over with Dr. Steve is definitely a great idea. Good for you for being true to what you know is right for you, but also for checking in with Terry for good measure!! Big hugs! Happy Halloween!

  7. Joanne says:

    Thinking of you, hope you find a new psychiatrist who will at least listen.

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