Good morning all! I had a really great visit with Dr. B (my wonderful psychiatrist) yesterday, and I told him how excited I am to be a part of "The Tribe". He was so interested, that he asked me if I would be willing to share my blogs with him. We pulled it up and read my entries, and he was so pleased to know that I have finally found a place to write down my feelings, share my experiences and learn from others that I am not alone in my illness. He also commented on how impressed he was with the site as a whole, and thought he might even put it out to other patients who need a place to feel welcome! So we decided to use it as a tool at my visits to monitor my symptoms at different times of the month (I generally see him once a month – more if I am having a really difficult time).
I can't stress enough how much he has helped me. Yes, I do take several different meds to control both my bi-polar and anxiety, but for me, it works. He adjusts dosages, etc. based on how I am doing, and I know that he is always there if I need his help. There have actually been times when I have been in such dire straits that he has called me, on his own, just to check up on me! And his triage team is just as wonderful – they are always caring and helpful, making sure that he is contacted promptly when i call, and having him return my call if it is something they can't help me with. I know that alot of you don't want/need to be on meds, but I know that without mine, I wouldn't be able to function like I do on a daily basis. Just some food for thought – we all have to do whatever it takes to get by – and for me this is the answer. I am feeling really positive right now and it makes my life so much easier. I know that there will be another "crash" down the road, but I am grateful for every single day I have that I can enjoy! Hope you all have a good day, if not today, then tomorrow, and if not tomorrow, then soon. Just keep trying. . .