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About SheWhoClimbsPyramids

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  1. Wow, I'm a "Newbie" even though I joined this forum nearly a decade ago. Whatever. Hi, again, Sophy, Here are a few factoids I've learned the past two months: My allergist/immunologist is convinced that, in the event you do have flu, that getting it diagnosed and starting on Tamaflu (oseltamivir phosphate) within 24 hours is vital. Try to stay 4+ feet away from others tonight if at all possible. The 2017-18 flu season is the worst in at least a decade. And what I had, influenza A followed by a secondary infection of pneumonia, was the 8th leading cause of death last year. Sending you healing thoughts.
  2. Sophy, Please take care and be very attentive to your illness. Not to shift the focus back to me but, rather, to serve as a caution: I started flu symptoms on April 17 of this year. Within a week it had progressed to a secondary infection of pneumonia. Yesterday (!) was one of the first days I wasn't coughing and, actually, felt like the illness was nearly entirely behind me. It is so difficult to take a pause from work, particularly when it involves a high visibility event like yours today. In the very least, please take, at minimum, one (ideally several) water bottle(s) and some healthy, easy to consume food (nuts or power bars?). And, think of others. Try to not shake hands (this is particularly difficult in a professional context, but I have negotiated my way out of hand shaking for two months; people appreciate it when you explain you maybe coming down with an illness and/or are otherwise immuno-compromised). Tomorrow -- get yourself to an urgent care. I know this sounds alarmist, but I have learned so much the past two months. Will send more details in the next post. I'll be thinking of you.
  3. And please re-post if you are not getting replies. : )
  4. I understand the overwhelm. Out of all the agenda items he listed, "Get rid of the weeds in the yard if you want to" sounds most doable, especially if the weather outside is not bad. Just start with one garden shrub. Update us and let me know if you would like an "accountabili-buddy", as dorky as that sounds.
  5. Hello Olin and everyone, I was diagnosed as Bipolar Disorder II, Depressive Type in 2014 at age 50. As if hitting 50 isn't depressing enough in and of itself : ( Like you, I’ve never come close to a full manic state and perhaps because of this, it took a long, long time to be appropriately diagnosed. Also, like you, I have genetic predisposition. My dad was diagnoses with manic depression in the 1980s. In concurrence with our colleagues here, I also recommend Dr. Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind. I am a university professor as well, so her story made a profound impact on me. Finally, it made me very happy to hear of your immediate mood lift after one day on Seroquel. I have never had such a positive benefit from SSRIs or any other anti-depressant medication. (I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired). Still crawling up the pyramid....
  6. Happy Birthday - hope you have a great day! :)

  7. Hello and thank you for welcoming me to your community. I'll be brief now because I'm still finding my way around the Forums. A bit about me..... 30 years of depression (I'm now a 44-year old mom) too many therapists to count, too many drugs to report, too much sadness and anxiety despite all of the above, I 'perform' well in the 'normal' world - mainly out of fear of what happens if you don't - and do appreciate that my so many aspects of my life are good (thus feel guilty and self-hatred because I feel so bad much of the time).... anything else you'd like to know, just ask - I'm an open book.
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