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Re: No great insights, I think (long) Dinah

Posted by jane d on December 11, 2004, at 5:32:49

In reply to No great insights, I think (long), posted by Dinah on December 10, 2004, at 21:04:18

> I worked hard on my timeline, and he liked it, but it didn't yield any particularly exciting results. He liked that I left plenty of room in it to add things, and he wants me to continue writing in events as I remember them.
>
> What I did was do two years to a legal size sheet, about half inch a month, with several columns, each having to do with a different part of life. I started it at birth, and ran it through high school. I got info from my baby book, my pediatric records, my school records, and my mother as well as my own recollections. Yes, I had already tracked down those other sources. But it helped to put them side by side on the time line.
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> The only new piece to the puzzle was the timing of my first period. My pediatrician wrote something like "Patient is unhappy about it. She doesn't want to grow up." Which struck me, since those are almost the exact words I use now. And very emphatically. I can't imagine I actually *told* my pediatrician that. I never told doctors anything.

Dinah,

Given the times it seems far more likely this is something your pediatrician told YOU. Seems to me I remember that floating around in the pop psychology of the day as the reason for cramps. Sheesh! The things those guys come up with!

I did a far less comprehensive timeline for myself awhile back. I meant to show it to my therapist but never got around to it. It was really sketchy - breaking time down by school semester and with no columns - but it did help me see some connections. I really like the idea of leaving space to add things later since I remember different things at different times. I think I may try to do that. If nothing else it would make an interesting twist on a diary - showing how my own ideas of the past change from month to month.

Jane


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