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Sheepwoman

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Sheepwoman last won the day on June 30 2012

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About Sheepwoman

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  • Birthday 04/06/1948

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    Santa Rosa CA
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    Raising sheep, fishing, my farm,music

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  1. Sheepwoman!.Dropping by to say hi. I hope all is well. :)

     

  2. Love you Barb!! Feel better!ღ

  3. Sheepwoman

    Lowering Dose Cutting Pill In Half?

    Do not cut your pills in half unless you have your pdocs permission. Take your second dose no later than 2:30pm if you don't want it to interfere with your sleep.
  4. Sheepwoman

    When Do You Go To The Hospital For Pain?

    Go to an urgent care center. Much cheaper than the ER for the same help. Try alternating heat and cold packs on your back and cold packs for 10 minutes an hour for your knees. Did your Dr not have you on pain management for your long term injuries?
  5. Sheepwoman

    Looking For Advice For Treatment

    If you are not working or have a very low income, you might qualify for Medicaid. Call your local office for an application. If approved_ you will have access to treatment. You may not have a lot of choices as far as therapists go as very few accept Medicaid. You may have to wait for an appointment. If you have a county mental health office, you can call them, too. The other option is to get into a peer group therapy. call your local psyched hospital or a regular hospital. A last option. Is to contact a local nonprofit agency.
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    What I Have Constructed For Myself

    You will recoup that lost energy you had in college. Now that it's over, a lot of people take some time out. Do you have your own business that you can do from home? I got that impression from your post. Do you have any interaction with people? It's not good for your mental health to isolate yourself. At least, go our for a walk to get your blood flowing three your brain.
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    What I Have Constructed For Myself

    You will recoup that lost energy you had in college. Now that it's over, a lot of people take some time out. Do you have your own business that you can do from home? I got that impression from your post. Do you have any interaction with people? It's not good for your mental health to isolate yourself. At least, go our for a walk to get your blood flowing three your brain.
  8. Go to SS or call them for a disability claim application. Read it over thoroughly before you start to fill it out. If you don't think you can fill it out by yourself, maybe your partner can help you. I had help with mine via an SS advocate at a local nonprofit. You can always hire a SS attorney to work with you to the completion of the claim process. They will do most of the legwork but will rely on you to gather pertinent records to support your claim. They will charge you a set fee when your claim is approved. The initial wait can take up to 6 months before by find out if your claim is approved or denied. If denied, that's when an attorney is needed to file an appeal. I worked 40 years and get about a third of my previous income. It's not really enough to live on after bills. You definitely won't get rich. The plus is that you will qualify for Medicare,
  9. I've been on lamictal about 8 years. It is the best mood stabilizer I've ever taken. I really swear by it. Of course, in my infinite wisdom, I thought I could live without it and stopped cold turkey. I didn't have any withdrawal but I went immediately into a severe manic episode. If you do get the very rare rash, you will have to stop taking it at once. You will not be able to taper off. If at some time in the future you have to come off of it, your pdoc will put you on a tapering off schedule.
  10. Isopropyl alcohol is rubbing alcohol. It is probably the liquid used to blend the other ingredients. It evaporates quickly and most likely used in the smallest amounts possible. I doubt that you have anything to worry about. You should see some of the stuff they package in food and soups.
  11. Sheepwoman

    Do You Remember When?

    I recapture those days every spring when the trees start blossoming and sprouting leaves. The migration back of birds. The longer days and warmer weather with lots of sun. I start preparing my garden to plant veggies. I don't go anywhere during the summer. I haven't had a real vacation away from home since I retired. I do take day trips with my friends to the vineyards north of my home and maybe go fishing.
  12. Welcome to df, eden, You've come to a great place for support. We all have varying degrees of depression and anxiety, so we understand how you feel. You will not be judged here. Ramble away as most of us do. You didn't say if you were being treated for your depression and anxiety. If you aren't, you should see a mental health provider to help you. I find meds a blessing as they have taken away the depression for the most part and I can function better.. Take a look around and you'll find you're not alone.
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    Begging For Insight.

    In my 60+ Bipol years, I saw nothing in your description of your gf that would indicate a possibility. However, there's 4 types now and each have their own definition. Your therapist can make a guess, but only a pdoc can accurately diagnose. bipolar. Into was also in a long term relationship that broke down. We had to let each other go in silence. There were no answers to unasked questions. My sis found my ex on classmates. After 50 years of silence, what day you say?
  14. Lithium is the first successful med developed to treat mental illness. It works well as an AD or as a bipolar regulating med. I was on it over 14 years. Latuda is advertised for Bipolar depression. Personally, I am think it would work for depression_why restrict it to only Bipolar? My pdoc won't prescribe me. latuda because I am too old and the med can have lethal effects in senior citizens. If you do want to try lithium, you will have to have blood draws everytime there is a dose change. The pdoc looks at the blood level for the therapeutic level. If the level is too high, your pdoc will have my stop it for a day and then restart at a lower dose. Because of all the blood tests, it may take more than 6 weeks before full effects will be realized. You must stay well hydrated while taking lithium.
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