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Re: Every day remains a wandering road

Post by Rig D on Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:06 am

GS: my older daughter and her guy took off for an extended trip to India. Now this is a gal who hates hot weather and can't stand being around a lot of people. For some unknown reason she despised her time in India. On their way back home, they spent several weeks in Thailand and she loved the place. Hope your son continues to have a great time there.
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Post by Meant2Move on Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:37 pm

I hope the work with the exercise specialist is helpful. For me, regular movement is totally critical to keeping my mood in a good place. I hope it might become another tool for you to utilize.
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Post by Narrowminded on Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:46 pm

Good luck working with the exercise specialist. I hope he can give your exactly what you need/want to help you out.
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Post by Greensprout on Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:50 pm

Here’s hoping it works out,as I used to be a 4-5 times a week gym person. Feeling rather lost about that currently between the physical and MH issues. Am optimistic.

Rig, son#2 is completely enjoying Thailand . In a few hours they leave the island and spend their last few days in Bangkok. Great experience for 21 year old kids...
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Post by Greensprout on Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:01 pm

Had a good phone chat with big brother tonight, we’ve been quite distant for decades, just due to life and such. Nice to reconnect, we’ve committed to connecting at least monthly.

Hubby away again this week till late Wed night. I’m working from home tomorrow to complete performance evaluations on some staff undisturbed.
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Post by perennialpam on Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:22 am

Gosh I always hated performance evals. When I had to give them and receive them. Good luck to you. Glad you get to complete them at home.

So nice that you reconnected. Good to have a schedule to help.

Have a good day GS.
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Post by Pedidoc on Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:26 am

I remember you going to the gym most of your lunch hours and being a very active person. I am sure the endorphin release during your "gym" days helped keep you on a level keel and that is one reason you are experiencing challenges lately. Perchance a talk with your provider about supplements to assist the prescribed meds?
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Post by Greensprout on Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:47 pm

Thanks, Pam. Interesting thought Kathi, but am leaving the pharmaceutical cocktail mix to the psychiatrist for now. But yes, you’re correct about how active I was a few years ago before the last knee surgery in 2015.

So took the day to work from home...Yeah, pretty much a fail. Slept in an extra hour, which is ok, but mind not sorted out to get working so spent a bunch of time being totally unproductive. When I finally did break out the laptop, had absolutely no concentration, and responding to a checkin email from one of the folks at the unit that assists medically transitioning members led me to a ramble and left me very sad and out of sorts. So other than a few emails answered, the performance Evals still have to be done. Will go in tomorrow and try again from the office. Spend all day in jammies. Seriously? Did that Sunday too, though hubby did as well that day, though was productive on our long term financial plan.

Hubby on east coast for work, supposed to fly home tomorrow night, but huge storm going on there and most of today’s flights were cancelled, and there’s more snow/rain/wind all night and tomorrow. Not counting on him making it home as planned.

Video received from son #2 on Bangkok 41st floor hotel balcony, wow! He’ll return on Saturday night.

As for me, I’m going to eat something simple, maybe leftover rice with some shrimp, maybe shower and go to bed early.
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Post by Greensprout on Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:55 pm

Spent the next day working from home with the same result: no focus or concentration.

Hubby arrived home a bit delayed last night, but all okay. I had to be in early (meaning “normal” time) for a training session with potluck breakfast. Brought egg muffins, which were a hit. The getting in after a crappy night’s sleep was difficult.

Had appt with my case manager today (deals with the transition stuff for medically releasing members). Interestingly, she agreed with recommendations I’ve had from GP, psychologist and psychiatrist about reducing my work hours, at least temporarily until med changes are sorted out. I am considering. Perhaps half days? Afternoons to let me sort out my head in the am and overcome the med sedation? Tough decision as there’s so much going on and so few of us to do it. But perhaps I need to put myself first, following the self care idea, as if I go into work and sit there unproductively and unfocused for half the day, well, that doesn’t help anybody. Also considering a peer support group for OSI issues. Have a local contact that I probably will reach out to in the next week.

On a positive note, 2 pieces of the paintings that we purchased at an art auction on the cruise have arrived! Colorful, quirky pieces. 2 more coming in the next few days (yes, we splurged and have no regrets...each piece makes me smile).

See psychiatrist tomorrow, expect increase in med dosing again. Will discuss with him his thoughts on work hours.
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Post by marcadav on Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:22 pm

Greensprout, I seem to remember your thyroid numbers being on the low side, especially FT3. If that's correct, has any follow up testing been done? Also given your age, has tests for female hormones/ menopause been done recently?

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Post by Greensprout on Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:12 pm

Wise Marcadav as always. We are looking at further testing, psychiatrist is considering possibility of early onset of something autoimmune starting up. I do have sx of renaud’s disease, and had some documented vitilago about 5 years ago that seemed to go away. And currently nearly 5 months since last cycle, never have had hormone levels checked, but can inquire about that next visit. A holter monitor is also on order, due to occasional episodes of palpitations.
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Post by Lovebird on Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:19 am

Greensprout wrote:
On a positive note, 2 pieces of the paintings that we purchased at an art auction on the cruise have arrived!  Colorful, quirky pieces.  2 more coming in the next few days (yes, we splurged and have no regrets...each piece makes me smile).

Love it! Best reason to splurge anyway. Wink
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Re: Every day remains a wandering road

Post by Pedidoc on Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:26 am

When you have your appointment, mention the former high activity levels and that your symptoms have been worse since you are not able to exercise. There might be a supplement they want to add.
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Post by Greensprout on Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:26 pm

Saw psychiatrist today, was 5 min late as I just couldn’t get up this am, despite hubby waking me as I was hitting the snooze as he left. Clearly the venlafaxine is oversedating and leading to the trouble waking and poor concentration issues, plus no improvement on the depressive sx. Going to wean off that over the next 5 weeks, and start on another med, Wellbutrin, before I see him next (he’s away for a bit, so 5 weeks till next appt). Liberal use of Ativan in the meantime. Decided to take the advice of my GP, psychologist, case manager, hubby and even psychiatrist to cut back my work hours for now while sorting crap out. Sent my GP an email today (he’s not in till Mon) about formalizing that for perhaps half days afternoons for now. Told my boss, who’s away for the next 2 weeks, he’s completely supportive. So new batch of meds for the taper and the new stuff. Discussed other options with psych for possible next steps, may include thyroid meds/hormone replacement/ other wonky new magnetic brain tx via MRI, and potentially other thoughts. He may refer me to a colleague for a second opinion.

Weird way to start a Friday, having tears both in psychiatrist’s office plus in boss’s office...but all good. Doing research on the potential issues with withdrawal effects from the Effexor. Hopefully not so bad since I only started it in Jan.

Son #2 soon to catch flight home from Thailand. Will be home in about 28 hours, lol.

Hubby and I making duck breast with a port reduction tonight with roasted veg. Yay!
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Re: Every day remains a wandering road

Post by Meant2Move on Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:30 pm

I hope you can have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend, and that your son arrives home safely.

Take care.
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Post by Pedidoc on Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:26 pm

I know you are aware, but I will remind you that different antidepressants work better for different people. I'm glad the psych is changing meds versus upping the dose again. Good for you in cutting back your hours. Hope son and GF get home safely. Enjoy the duck.
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Post by perennialpam on Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:28 am

Thanks for sharing what is going on....and way too much to digest.

Glad you are changing your working hours and the shift of meds to help with the slow wake-up mornings.

Glad you are getting presents in the mail....with more to look forward to. New artwork to bring you and your DH Joy.

Take care GS.
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Re: Every day remains a wandering road

Post by Narrowminded on Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:27 am

I second Kathi.

Praying safe arrival of your DS and changing of meds helps.
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Post by Greensprout on Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:19 pm

How does this painting not make you smile? I love the quirkiness. “A very fine balance “ by Lebo.



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Post by Greensprout on Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:24 pm

This also a Lebo “The night we fell in love”



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Re: Every day remains a wandering road

Post by Greensprout on Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:30 pm

son #2 is enroute from Vancouver on the last leg of his trip, all well, should see him in a bit over 2 hours.

Pretty low key day, slept perhaps 10 hours, lounged another 4 before showering and becoming human. Picked up some groceries, still need to make dinner (burgers). Honestly, I’d be happy to skip altogether, but hubby seems to be needing a meal...is already 830pm...
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Post by Greensprout on Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:12 am

Made some pan fried burgers, which satisfied hubby. Son and GF arrived home an hour ago, tried and wired. Shared some photos and stories. Seems they had a great holiday, but am in no hurry to return to Asia. Smog in Bangkok was an issue for GF.
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Post by Lovebird on Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:17 am

Greensprout wrote:How does this painting not make you smile?  I love the quirkiness.

Indeed. Both of them. Smile No surprise the two of you got hooked on them. The way he worked with the colours is amazing. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by tomi1000 on Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:18 am

Good for you for reducing work hours and making yourself the priority. I hope you get the meds worked out without too much trouble.

Love the paintings (prints?) Quirky! Smile

How fun to have your son his GF home! Enjoy!
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Post by Annieh on Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:10 am

I love the art, especially the bright one.

I am glad the young ones are home safe, and hope they have lots of wonderful memories to share with you.

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