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Re: Not fun. That's okay, though.

Posted by SLS on January 9, 2018, at 19:51:31

In reply to Not fun. That's okay, though., posted by SLS on January 4, 2018, at 12:55:07

> My appendix ruptured and I went into septic shock. The pain was intense. Emergency surgery took 3.5 hours. Afterwards, I spent several days on a ventilator in critical condition. Not fun. It was not clear whether or not I would survive. I am happy to still be here. Unfortunately, my psych meds got screwed up. This is a big setback. I am still not taking the minimum effective dosage of Parnate, which, for me, is 80 mg/day. The depression is not crushing, thank God, but I look forward to having the dosage of Parnate increased as of tomorrow. I am currently in a rehab facility. I am recovering strength and stamina, but I still have to learn how to balance and walk. I can't believe how debilitated I am. Still, they think that I should fully recover. :-)

After two weeks of physical therapy at the rehab center, I'm just about ready to be discharged. I will be having a team meeting tomorrow afternoon to discuss my progress and readiness to go home and return to my usual activities. I have some trepidations, but the physical therapists assure me that I am ready to leave. I have been asking to do extra "stand ups" that I perform more like a squat. This one exercise has probably helped me more than any other in preparing me to climb up and down the flight of stairs leading to my apartment.

I have suffered a set-back in my treatment of bipolar depression. I was taken off of Parnate at the hospital, and I began to relapse. It took quite a bit of convincing the doctors at the hospital and rehab center to consult with my psychiatrist and agree to bring the dosage of Parnate back up to 80 mg/day using a gradual titration schedule. I have been at 80 mg/day for only 5 days, but I am experiencing a mild improvement. Despite this, I have begun to lose my optimism. I hope I still have some fight left in me. I would like to return to work and feel like I have rejoined mainstream society. It would be nice to meet new people and have some fun.

- Scott

Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

- George Bernard Shaw




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