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Re: So, Noa, how's day 20 or so?

Posted by Noa on December 25, 1999, at 17:28:05

In reply to So, Noa, how's day 20 or so?, posted by Bob on December 24, 1999, at 11:16:39

I think the lithium is helping. Am now beginning my fourth week. Peeing very regulary. Drinking, too. this higher dose (1200/day) seems to put the sedation from the serzone over the top, so I am starting to take the serzone later (was taking it at 5-6 pm, so it would kick in in time for sleep). I might decide to lower the serzone if the sedation makes it hard to wake up in the am. But I will give it a few weeks, and then decide.

I am at my parents', which has been ok. The only "mom" comment yet has been to ask if the lithium is going to make me gain weight and to say I couldn't afford to gain any more. But I have learned not to react. I am also trying to be patient with some of the quirks that seem to be accompanying their old age, especially my Dad's, like the way he seems to come into a conversation and be about 5 minutes behind everyone else. I can't tell what causes this. It use to be his poor hearing, but now he has hearing aids. I dunno, maybe he turns em off. But it is not just hearing. It is the way he explains things to me that he should know that I already know, like when he was showing me some photos from his recent trip. I FEEl like saying something like, YEAH YEAH I KNOW THAT, but I am being such a good grown up daughter and just listening and letting him finish.

I am not ready for this.

But all in all, it is a pleasant visit. My brother and sister in law and my two nieces came over last night, and seeing them drove home the fact that YIKES it has been about a year and a half since I have been here. The change in these two, ages 6 and 9 was tremendous. The six year old even has completely different color hair (darkened from blond to brown). I had a great time with them, and my brother seemed happier than I had seen him in a long time (he has a very stable job for the first time in a while). The 9 year old, the one with the OCD issues, seemed to be in good shape--relaxed, playful, having a great time.

Tomorrow I get together with an old DC friend who moved up here a few years ago. Then, Monday I am off to Boston for a few days with some other friends, before coming back here again.




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