Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu (oddharmonic) wrote,
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu
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Yesterday's appointment recap, brief Laurel update, &c.

My appointment yesterday at an outpatient clinic went well, especially with Vogon there to help pick up the slack with my occasional spacey moments. (While adjusting to anti-depressants, my stash of sticky notes have become invaluable.)

The doctor that did the first part of my evaluation confirmed everything we'd figured out about my depression and advised Vogon on side effects to watch for, the financial lady confirmed I was enrolled in NorthSTAR, my treatment plan was created, and I got two weeks' worth of my meds. (My scrip allows one refill for another two weeks, which we'll get on my next visit.)

I have two more appointments there in the next month and I've got to sit down with the list of approved providers and pick a therapist close to me.

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I talked with Laurel twice yesterday. She's already read six books for the library's summer reading program, has been helping in my sister's garden and watering the plants at my parents', and she starts swimming and ballet next week. While we talked, she read two books to me -- Go, Dog, Go (which she told me was an easy book) and Good Families Don't. Himself's mother called up to my parents to set a date for Laurel to visit her (during the day, not overnight since I'm not there) and they'll be seeing each other sometime in the next week.

I have another package to assemble and send to her too, since I'd forgotten we signed her up for California Pizza Kitchen's kids club and they sent her a coupon for a free birthday meal anytime in her birthday month.

Vogon has a meeting -- and I've got my fingers crossed for a job offer -- this afternoon, so I'm going to be alone for a few hours but I've got a list of tasks to accomplish to keep me busy, from making bread to marking up my approved provider list with distances so I can choose one close to me.

edit 1630: The bread is a few minutes from being punched down before its final rise and while checking the second provider on the list, Google kicked up the NorthSTAR Member Information and Provider Directory. A few pages into the information I found directions that I could call ValueOptions' Access Line for help finding a provider. Called them and got two phone numbers, one in my zip code and one in Carrollton. Google Maps showed the latter one as 3.8 miles away, but calling the first one (after reverse-searching for the phone number brought up nothing) and listening through their message gave me an address that's just a mile from my home! W00t.

Also, Vogon's meeting went well and we're hoping that offer's coming soon.

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Things I am doing to keep my recovery on track:
- putting a sticker on the calendar each day after I take my Celexa so I can see at a glance if I've taken it;
- using a page a day in a little notebook to write my day's goals in the morning and reflections (in the hospital, we each shared our day's high and low and tomorrow's goal) in the evening;
- working on assembling a list of signs of relapse so I can identify when I need to take action (once finished, I will post it so you all can hold me accountable for that as well).
Tags: 158.1_personal_growth, 306.85_family
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