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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.


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.


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).


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Jun. 28th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
I am very proud of you for dealing with this!

You have my number, and I am here if you ever need to talk.

Sounds like Laurel is a busy bee! That's awesome. Hopefully you'll see her soon? XX OO
Jun. 28th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
*hug* Glad your'e doing better. You know where to find me if you need to talk.

Jun. 28th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
Many, many hugs.
Jun. 29th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)

To add to the various armchair drug recommendations, I'm on Paxil now, and it's actually helped, but for about 2-3 weeks I was completely Zombiefied -- it wasn't really fun, but once my brain got used to it, it's really taken a bit of the edge off. Prozac personally didn't work for me, but my mother loves it, so, y'know, different things to every body.

It's awesome that Laurel's gone through 6 books already!
Jul. 8th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
Prozac made me loopy when I was on it in 1996. I felt like a little kid with ants in their pants. Celexa brings me up to a nice level for the day and trazodone makes me giggly and sleepy. (:

Laurel is a reading fiend! She's figured out which relatives to charm for books and for clothing, so she's got a head start on next school year's wardrobe and a dozen new books, plus the free one she'll get if she meets the goal for her age level in the reading program.
Jun. 29th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
It's so good to read positive and constructive posts from you that are about you too!

I really hope that the outpouring of love and support from all you friends shows how much we all care about you and your well being. Keep up the progress and don't hesitate to reach out to any of the many people who have sincerely offered their support.
Jun. 29th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
I echo everyone's concern--and love--and share that I also am on Lexapro since my breakdown 2 years ago.

Here is my cell and my email:
(586) 909-6058
Jun. 29th, 2006 10:07 am (UTC)
Glad you're doing better and good luck with your recovery! (((hugs)))
Jun. 29th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
dearest darling darling dear.

i'm glad you've come out the other side of this crisis, and i want you to know you have oodles of people rooting for you, and wishing you your happily ever after.

*mega hugs*
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