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General Discussion / Re: heart ailment...
« on: July 31, 2021, 11:29:07 pm »
Interesting!  My Dr. thinks that 130 - 139 is okay, even though it is called "high normal"!  I try to eat well, exercise, and keep my weight donw, and that seems to help too.

When I was working, my weight was 205 lbs.  When I stopped working and was able to walk around more (i.e. no long changed to a desk), I got my weight down to about 170 - 175 lbs!


General Discussion / Re: WHERE IS EVERYONE???
« on: July 31, 2021, 08:38:57 pm »
Thanks Peter!  I thought I was the only member left alive!  I was about to start writing my posts in the nude, since I figured there was no one here to report me.  It's a good thing I didn't!!  :-)


General Discussion / Re: heart ailment...
« on: July 31, 2021, 08:36:04 pm »
Aha!  It's a contest, is it?

Well, in my (med) corner is....:

- Lithium
- Lamotrigine
- Seroquel

- Lansoprazole (stomach acid eliminator)
- Rosuvastatin (cholesterol)
- Ramipril x 2 (blood pressure meds - I need 2 of them to get me the right dose)
- Asthma inhalers x 2

So there!  Is anyone out there up to the # of meds challenge?

Rich  :-)

General Discussion / Re: WHERE IS EVERYONE???
« on: July 31, 2021, 07:57:31 pm »

General Discussion / Re: WHERE IS EVERYONE???
« on: July 29, 2021, 09:02:04 pm »

General Discussion / Re: WHERE IS EVERYONE???
« on: July 29, 2021, 06:39:17 pm » since this forum appears to be dead, I guess I will use it as a diary to myself!  I might as well, since the site is up and running (and costing someone some money).

While doing chores, trying to keep myself busy, I started thinking about the future ahead of me.

I don't think that I change.  Maybe that's the problem!  Am I supposed to change?  What if I'm happy where I am in life, and content to coast thru to my death?  What if I don't like / want new things (although I do like some new things)?  I still like 80s music, with a good dose of 70s music, and a dash of 90s music.  Am I supposed to give today's music a chance?  Why do I have to?  The music I listened in my youth is intertwined with memories.  What does today's music have to offer me.  Well, enough of this already.

Love yourself!


Depression and Bipolar / Re: Struggling with Medication
« on: July 29, 2021, 11:25:41 am »
Hi Steph, I feel really bad for you and the struggles you are having with your medications.  I don't think I can be of much help, since I've never really had much problems with my meds (Lithium, Lamotrigine, and Seroquel for Bipolar II).  I mean, I still get "lithium fog", and Seroquel still knocks me out all night long, but I don't mind it so much.  The whole bipolar thing seems have caused me cognitive impairment of my memory.  But I like forgetting about my life (lithium fog), and I like feeling calm like a Vulcan (Seroquel).

Also, I used to be prescribed Clonzepam for anxiety, but one day my Psychiatrist cut me off cold turkey and told me to "do breathing exercises instead".  In less than a year, I was on medical marijuana - high CBD for anxiety, and 1:1 (THC : CBD) to forget about life for a while in the evenings.  (I still take my psych meds).  Maybe all Psychiatrists need to be supervised by Psychiatric Survivors!  Wouldn't that be nice?

I really hope that you find a cocktail that works for you!  I'm sorry that I can do anything more for you than to wish you well.


General Discussion / WHERE IS EVERYONE???
« on: July 28, 2021, 11:37:36 pm »
Wow!  When I joined this forum back in 2007, there were a lot of regular posters here!

I'm going to assume that everyone (including me) just kept moving forward with their life...


General Discussion / Re: Happy 2020
« on: July 27, 2021, 05:55:23 pm »
And here I am, back again!


....and here we are, still in a pandemic.  I've been watching movies & TV shows, avoiding news, and going to store for exercise (i.e. going more often than I really need to).


General Discussion / Re: heart ailment...
« on: July 27, 2021, 05:49:02 pm »
Peter, you should see the fist-full of pills I take each day (incl. crazy pills).

Well, Peter, I'm hoping to attend (virtually) the Bipolar Peer Support Group this Friday!  I'll let you know how it goes!


I used to be a regular here, but then life got busy!

I'm looking forward to attending (virtually) the Bipolar Peer Support Group this Friday.  I hope that the technology involved in doing this isn't going to let me down!


General Discussion / Re: Quiet these days
« on: May 05, 2015, 10:33:28 am »
(At work, must keep this short!)
Hey Paul, don't worry - I have a birthday every year - possibly for many more years!  :-)

I've been busy too, but now bookkeeping and income taxes are all done!  Yay!


General Discussion / Re: Work life remains a hot mess
« on: April 21, 2015, 10:45:56 pm »
Hi Jenny!

I totally understand your work challenges.

Have you considered working as a nurse in a nursing home?  The residents aren't too demanding, and nothing there should be too stressful, since I'm sure most of the residents there are "do not resuscitate"!  The only challenge might be avoiding the midnight shift.

I hope this helps!


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