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6/16/12 11:24 A

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Hi Mandi and emoticon

I do notice that I tend to get grouchy when I'm low on calories, probably low blood sugar. Part of my depression manifests in anger so it is hard for me to tell if it's the depression talking or if it's something else. I thank God that I seem to be on the right mix of meds and haven't had any anger episodes for a while now.

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Okay, so kinda new to the team and I have a question. Have any of you ever had a problem with getting angry after you started cutting your calories back? I feel like I have some kind of "diet rage" or something. I feel better after my daily exercise, but I feel like my temper is out of check. I'm just wondering if anyone else has had this issue.

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6/13/12 11:06 A

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emoticon emoticon It's good to be back!!

Enjoy your time @ the lodge and water park! Sounds like great fun! I'm soo glad hubby took some time off! How nice to have a family get away.

Doing okay today. Got up really early expecting to babysit....got ready and about out the door when I noticed a text from mom saying she wouldn't need me today. I was a lil bummed, but it's ended up nice. I got in a 10 minute walk with my Lucky dog before the heat hits us. Tonight I have Bible study at church. I'm enjoying it; it's kinda deep & about emotional healing through Christ and God's word.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!
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Cynthia - so good to see you around the team! It sounds like you have been busy with babysitting and all. What a blessing you are being in that little girl's life. I'll add the family to my prayers.

Things are going pretty well here. We are headed to the Great Wolf Lodge tomorrow for an overnight and 2 days in the waterpark. Hubby is finally taking some time off. Woohoo!

I've been doing well on my 30 day challenge too. I just slipped one night and had a piece of apple pie (my goal was no baked goods-except bread) Other than that, things are falling into place.

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Hello everyone! emoticon

It's been almost a year since I last posted, but I think of those I know often. A big emoticon to new and unfamilar faces.

I'm happy to report that overall things are pretty good. I was going through a hormone imbalance earlier this year and my emotions were all over the place. I'd just weep for no particular reason and my anxiety would skyrocket. Prasing the Lord that I am doing better now.

I've been babysitting a little girl who is 4 every Wed & Fri from 8am til 4 pm. I've been on the job about 6 weeks. It's tiring yet I am enjoying it. She comes from a rough back ground and home life, so I've come to see my baby sitting her as a ministry instead of just a way to earn a little extra money. I am thrilled that her mom is allowing me to take her to my church's VBS later this month. They are not a christian family and the little girl had never heard of Jesus until my friend babysat her. Please keep them in your prayers.

My fibro still gives me trouble at times, but it's gotten better now that I did physical therapy a few months ago. I was doing the exercises daily, but fell off the wagon. Just now am getting back on starting yesterday.

I pray this finds everyone doing well. I will make an effort to check in regularly again. I don't have internet access at home, but do come to the libaray at least twice a week.

God Bless you all!
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We managed to go on a hike yesterday morning before it got too hot. We have a great park sytem with many hiking trails throughout tthe tri-county area. We did a 1.8 mile parcourse trail. It had 20 stations along the trail for things like knee bends, jumping jacks, chin ups and so on. The kids even had a good time w/o too much whining. :) My kids are 8, 6, and 4.

I hope you have a great Memorial Day. Hubby is taking the kids to the parade this morning and I'm going to clean up the house and make a quick run to the store.

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Today is so hot and I'm trying to stay cool. I was sick early and now I feel okay. emoticon emoticon emoticon


I got want to do it and do this for me. My mind is in battle and my body is at war. I'm in battle with myself and if I can over come myself than I can over come it all and do it one day at a time, let it go and get one step closer to my goal.


















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Hi! I have been on the med roller coaster too. We finally got the right combo (I hope). I'm on lamictal, risperdol, and wellbutrin. It's been about 2 years of trial and error. I'll be praying that your meds will be stable for you and that God clears your mind, fills you with His peace and discernment. God bless!

Tina
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I'm 20 years old; it has been a little over two years since I've found out I've had Bipolar I. I got a Lamictal rash, but it is gradually going away; my doctor reduced it back to 150mg (He upped it to 200mg when I told him that I was getting depressed, when I was really just suffering from a spiritual battle of the mind--please pray for me in this area,as I'm still afflicted with the battle of the mind.). My Senior year of high school was pretty horrible, but I'm doing better now. My doctor told me that there will be some days that I'll feel depressed. I also had Abilify, but I was happy when I was taken off of it. Now I'm on Seroquel XR, Lamictal, and Prozac. Well, I have a lot to do, so I'll talk to you all later. Loves to my sisters in Christ!! emoticon

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Praying that you'll feel better soon! Take care of yourself.

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I don't feel good today but I plan to rest and take it easy. I hope tomorrow I'll be able to get back on track & do my diet plan. I pray that all that is sick, in pain will feel better & get well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


I got want to do it and do this for me. My mind is in battle and my body is at war. I'm in battle with myself and if I can over come myself than I can over come it all and do it one day at a time, let it go and get one step closer to my goal.


















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I am so sorry to read that you are struggling. :( I agree that you should take it slow and steady. You will be in my prayers for healing and peace.

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Today I'm struggling with my bipolar,acid reflux keep coming back and I hope I don't have gerd. I don't want to have take medicine & I'm dealing with a lot of illness. I plan to stick with my goals but take it slow and steady. emoticon


I got want to do it and do this for me. My mind is in battle and my body is at war. I'm in battle with myself and if I can over come myself than I can over come it all and do it one day at a time, let it go and get one step closer to my goal.


















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Hello Ladies!

I sure hope this day is finding you well. It's cold and rainy here so a good day to stay in. We did get out a little this morning before the rain started. My mom came down and we took Catie shopping for her bday present and to lunch. Now we are all home and the kids are playing Wii. It gives me a few minutes to check into SP and get some things going.

I hope you will join me in the 30 Day Challenge for May (I know, May has 31 days-you get a day off! ) I'm planning on 3 goals for my challenge. They are going to follow the "Eat, Pray, Move" idea. I did pretty well with April's challenge. My goal was to have a daily devotional time and I was able to stick with it.

I hope you are all doing well. You have all been in my prayers. May God shower blessings upon you!


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good afternoon!

I just got back from my psych dr. and had a pretty good visit. My meds seem to be working okay and I even lost 6 lbs since my last visit. WooHoo! That's enough to cheer me up. I've been pretty busy running the kids around between tae kwon do, ballet and school. I did have a nice date with hubby this past weekend. It was his bday so we went to the Home and Garden show and had a wonderful dinner at Carabba's (italian food). It was so nice to just connect and enjoy each other's company. He usually works 7 days a week, between his job and a side job remodeling a friend's basement. He should be done with the basement in a month or so. They went from a bare basement to a family room, office, bedroom, bathroom, bar, exercise room and craft room. (Yes-it is a LARGE basement) It's been nice having the extra money come in, but we sure do miss him.

I hope you all are doing well. Drop a note and let me know how I can be praying for you.

take care and God bless!

Tina
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Hello Ladies!


It is cold and snowy here today. 23* and about 6" of snow with more coming down. Carter and I are just hanging out today. Christian and Catie spent the night at Nana's last night. Hubby is working, again. :(

It's been super busy around here with all the activities for the kiddos and whatnot. The boys take their test for the yellow belt in tae kwon do this coming Thursday. They are both doing very well and learning a lot. Christian's birthday is Tuesday-Valentine's day. I can't believe he's going to be 8! They grow so fast.

We got to see Catie's costume for her ballet recital. It's very pink and so cute. She is really doing a good job learning the dance too. It is so fun to watch these little girls dance around the room. :)

Not much else has been going on. My moods have been pretty stable on this new med (risperidone). So far the only side effect has been some weight gain, which I have since lost again. I'm just hoping that it stays that way. :) I think that the 100 Day Challenge that I'm doing is helping. It's keeping me mindful of my choices and helping me stick to my goals. Today is day 43 for me. I did miss two days of exercise last week, but I have a really bad cold and just couldn't make myself get up and exercise. I figured my body needed rest more than anything.

So, how have you been doing? You are all in my prayers. Take care and God bless!

Tina
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Sounds like things are looking emoticon for you today. Hope you have a good weekend.

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Hello! emoticon


My MIL had her biopsy and it is negative for cancer! Woohoo!

It's been busy around here. The boys are really liking tae kwon do - they even got to break a board last night! :) So cute seeing little, tiny Carter break a board. Catie is picking up her ballet too. They are working on the spring recital dance and they got measured for costumes last week.

So far, the risperidone seems to be working okay. I did weigh in with a 5 lb weight gain after the 1 week, but it has since gone back down. It must've been water weight. I'll be interested to see what my weight is on Sunday when I weigh in again. I haven't really had any other side effects. PRAISE GOD!! I hate it when the side effects listed are worse than the thing the med is supposed to be treating. :P I've been diligent with tracking and making sure I get my exercise in, so hopefully I won't see a gain this week.

Not much else, just the busyness of life. I hope you all have a great evening!

Sweet dreams, dear Sisters!

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Hello ladies!

I went to my psych dr today and FINALLY am getting off of Abilify. WOOHOO! She's changing my Rx to Risperidal. I'm a little nervous since one of the major side effects is weight gain. I am happy that it is only $15 month compared to almost $200 for Abilify. I'll just have to be extra diligent about tracking my food and exercise. Plus, I'll need to monitor for other side effects, some are pretty scary ( lactation?!? ) Anyhoo-I am ready to try something new and I'll keep praying about it. With God's grace I won't have any side effects and no need to worry. Do any of you have any experience with Risperidal/risperidone ?

Other than that, we have some new changes going on in our house. Catie had her first ballet lesson this past Sat. and is picking it up pretty quickly. She really enjoyed herself and that's what matters. The boys will have their first karate lesson this Thursday after school. I also have an appointment at the eye dr this week and Carter has speech therapy Thursday morning. Plus church Wed night and hubby working a side job tonight, Sat and Sun. Busy, busy. That's the season of life we're in. We are blessed to have all these activities available to us and the family to share them. Thank you, God!

My MIL had her bone scan done today and she has a biopsy scheduled for Friday. We are praying it is not cancer, but are prepared to fight it if it is. She has an amazing faith that just blows me away. Right now, she's resting in the Lord and leaning on Him.

Well, the kiddos are starting to get rowdy. I hope you all have a pleasant night and sweet dreams! emoticon

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great goals, Tina! It's frosty here right now so I'm really bundling up to walk outside but everyone is at school so I'd be hard pressed to take someone in a stroller and do it!

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good morning, ladies!

I hope your new year is off to a good start. I joined a 100 day challenge team (thanks Ravyna!) and am doing pretty well so far. We have an "Eat, Pray, Move" thing going and here are my goals:

EAT- drink 64 oz water/eat 2 fruits daily
PRAY- journal/devotional time every day, read Bible daily
MOVE- 30 minutes exercise/3x week

This should set me up to make them permenant healthy habits. The hardest one for me is exercise-I've gotten too lazy. It's way to cold to walk outside (I have Carter with me all day) and I don't have a treadmill. I am invited to use my MIL's whenever I want, but I feel like I'm intruding. Maybe I'll talk with her and set up a schedule that way she'll know when I plan to be there. I did use it Monday while the guys watched football. Two days left to go for the week. Maybe I'll throw in a Walk Away the Pounds DVD today.

Today is cleaning/laundry day and I need to get my Christmas tree taken down. All three kids have ear infections and colds so it really isn't too fun around here. Christian and Catie are back in school - they've been on antibiotics since last week and Carter started his yesterday.
Well, I better get to it. I hope you all have a great day and know that I am lifting you up in prayer.

take care and God bless!

Tina
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Tina, my 20th wedding anniversary was a big motivator for me last year. We went on a cruise and I knew I wanted to look great for formal night / pictures.

I'm with you about getting agitated. It's frustrating and I don't like taking it out on my kids either. But it's just RIGHT THERE, hard to manage. I've been focusing too much on work and performance and it seems to feed it so while my kids are off this week, I've spent extra time doing relaxing things like reading in the tub, scrapbooking and just playing a lot with them. We went ice skating yesterday and today and the 1.5 hours outside each day were a huge blessing. Thanks for the welcome back.

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Hi Christine! Glad to see you! You will definitely be in my prayers for God to shower you in his peace. I recently had a pretty bad mood swing-hypomania for about 2 week but then 6-7 weeks of really hard hitting depression. Thankfully I'm past it now but I still deal with a lot of agitation. I'm a grouch most of the time. :P My poor kiddos have to deal with my irritability, not to mention my dear hubby.

This past year I lost 10 lbs but have gain 8 of them back. :( I'm setting some mini, mid range, and long term goals for the new year. I think I'll put them in a blog and print it out to post around the house. I turn 40 in 18 months and it will be my 20th wedding anniversary a week later so my utlimate goal is to have my goals reached (or exceeded) by then.

Well, I'm interested to read what you have planned for the New Year. I hope you have a great New Year's celebration!




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Hi everyone, I've been on and off here for a while....just like I am on and off with bipolar. I was fine for a while and then, like many times before, my medications stopped working. So frustrating. I am on something new but I don't think the dosage is right yet. I have BP II with rapid cycling so I feel like a moving target with medications. Anyway, I've gained about 15 pounds back over the last year and want to get back on track with my diet and exercise. I've been eating waaaaaay too much sugar and also had a problem with drinking every day, which obviously is bad for people with mood disturbances. (I quit BTW) Exercise? Some days I feel really motivated, some days it seems like my body is made of lead. I got a walking program that I started but dropped out of. I'm going back to that. I bought a Jillian Michaels 30-day shred video (on impulse of course) but after reading what people say about it, I think I'm going to return it to Target. I REALLY need to make peace with myself and not go in for another round of hypomania induced rapid weight loss. I honestly think I make myself worse when I get into one of my weight loss kicks because I do too much and it seems to FEED hypomania. It becomes compulsive and takes over my life. I'm actually really good at losing weight but unfortunately I'm also good at gaining it back and then I feel terrible about myself and eat a bunch of crap when I'm sad and end up with more mood swings, etc etc etc. Can anybody relate to this? I really need to find my peace again. Honestly, I have been away from everything that is good for me - my spiritual life, my friends, my family, exercising. Everything. I am sooooo tempted to make sweeping goals for myself, and do everything to "get my life back on track" but I am giving myself permission to ease back into things to keep the compulsions and anxiety away. THANKS for listening.

(For what it's worth about the dreaming, I've had weird dreams my whole life. Before I was diagnosed I had terrible episodes or having such vivid dreams that I had a hard time distinguishing them from reality which was extremely difficult because I was doing things in my dreams that I would never ever do in real life and had to deal with weird feelings of grief and shame when I really hadn't done any of those things. I had to quit one of my previous medications because my dream life was seriously, seriously interfering with my ability to get up in the morning. It felt like I was being dragged into an alternate reality (back to sleep) whenever it was time to get up and it took every ounce of will power to get out of bed, which felt like being raised from the dead. It was sooooo awful. I continue to have weird dreams, just not disturbing ones. 2 of my kids can also remember their dreams and we often tell each other - guess what I dreamt last night. It's a little bit of a running joke.)

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Bev-
Abilify is something that my Dr. prescribed in addition to my antidepressant - it is supposed to help with the agitation and irritation that I have most of the time. It is not working for me and I really want off of it.

Are you on any meds that could interfere with your sleeping? I take most of my meds at bedtime since they really knock me out. I sleep like a log, but the downside is I am tired most of the day too.

I go back to the Dr mid Jan and I'll definitely try to get the point across, even if it means taking my hubby with me.

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What is Abilify? I dont know your situation since i am new to this team. I do know from past experience as to my Kidney Disease i had to start being very assertive to some things. I do believe we know are own body better than our Dr., we do know how we fill.
I dont sleep well at all , like now its 2:55 am ES time. Prayers for all.


Im starting to take control of my life today. I will take care of me, love my self., be good to my self, I am strong, i can do this.


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Thanks for the ideas and encouragement. I just get so flustered when I go to the Dr. that I don't assert myself to get the point across I want off Abilify. I am taking a half of a 30mg (she writes it that way so I get more for my $) and she wrote my new RX at 15mg so it will be easier for me to just cut those in half and slowly ween myself off of it.
thanks for the prayers!

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Thanks for the holiday wishes... read on the information packs, and internet and start your own withdrawl from abilify if it isn't working.. you shouldn't notice any side effects. then do like I did when I quit one of my meds and just told my dr after the fact... it worked for me and finally I was able to get the point across about cost and what was and wasn't making a difference.. I wish you the best and hate you have the high cost aroound the holidays but you are not alone.
I will continue to keep you in prayers that you make good choices toward wellness. You can do it and your awareness of your over sleeping can be a flag to the wrong meds.
Hopefully you can keep the depression at bay and enjoy your holiday. Best wishes.

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Good morning Ladies!

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday hub-ub. It's nice to sit back and enjoy the final prep before Christmas Day.

I did talk to my Dr about stopping abilify. She want me to keep taking it and add ativan twice a day for the agitation/anxiety. It was that or up my dosage of abilify (NO WAY!) I'm up for trying it but I still want off the abilify. I go back next month and we'll see how I handle things on the ativan. I do know it makes me REALLY sleepy. Not so great when I need to get the kids moving and drive them to the bus stop and such. I'll keep praying about it and do some research on other meds. One of the reasons I want off of it is cost (@$200 month) but I also don't feel like it is working for me anymore.

Anyway-how are you all doing? Sleeping any better? That is one problem I don't have-I sleep like a log with all my meds. I will try reading the Bible when I have racing thoughts during the day. That sounds like a perfect way to calm my mind.

Well, I have to go get some laundry done and stuff around the house. I hope you all have a great day! Take care and God bless!

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Chiahuaha3, Let me know if it helps with racing thoughts or troubled sleep.. I'm taking Ambien and lorezepam to sleep so when I still wake up it seemed easy enough to try and just read the Bible. Elders are elders for a reason.. they often know things we take for granted because of their life experiences.
I couldn't believe how fast I got into the scripture and before long was more focused and mindful of my thoughts enough to get back to sleep.
sorry I can't spell and must be deslexic to flip your number in the end instead of the beginning.

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The 4th hour talked about in the bible is between 3-6am.. it seems like that is when I wake. An elder at my church says that means the Spirit is stiring and you should not toss and turn in bed but get up and read the Bible... in nothing flat the Spirit will be quenched and you can go back to sleep...
I tried it.. it worked.. WOW. Anyone else ever done this to get your bipolar racing mind back into focus?

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Good morning Ladies!

I hope you all have been having sweet dreams. Any dancing sugarplums? emoticon

Things have been busy around here-not suprising given the holidays are just around the corner. We are getting into a new groove with Carter's speech therapy on thursday mornings. So far it is going well. He really likes his therapist so that is a big help.

So, are you ready for Christmas? I just have a few presents to wrap, but I'm pretty much done. Now I can sit back and enjoy the season. emoticon We still need to have a cookie baking day with my in-laws too. emoticon We'll probably do that next Sat.

I hope you all are enjoying the season and drawing closer to Jesus. You are in my prayers!

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I dream and have very bad ones. It seems to go based on how they change my meds and my dr has actually told me that if I have bad dreams to tell her because that could be an effect of the meds. Hope that helps!

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Meri, Tina
I wish you sweet dreams.. but if they are bad or past memories you may have a coexisting ptsd issue that may make coping with bipolar hardier than usual. Hope you have both got good outlets to vent, talk to someone or seek professional help. Professionals can often be the unbiased help to rehash and re grasp the past and within reason move on. Some bad things especially from late diagnosed Bipolars, are never forgotten but God can help us learn coping measures, scripture or other sound skills to deal with the nightmares.
I hope you both have only pleasant dreams today.. God Bless

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Meri-I have bad dreams when I am going through a tough time (right now I am dealing with past issues that have resurfaced and have nightmares of the past). Are you dealing with any issues that might cause you to dream? My dreams don't really coincide with any bipolar mood swings.

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we all dream, it is if we remember it.. If you sleep, you dream.. it is the nature of the brain.. I wish I could have saved the material on that but google REM sleep studies.. even babies dream, dogs dream and they believe other mammales do to. It is our brain recharging. If you sleep really heavy do to meds, you may think you don't dream but it has to do with recall more than what is a ''dream" or dream state.
So i've been a "dreamer" and a non remember-er of my dreams at various states of my illness and under various meds. so don't worry - it's another one of those "normal" things.. not a bipolar symptom (Whatever is "Normal" anyway) emoticon hence it is always correct to wish sweet dreams.. who wants to remember the bad ones or the nightmares..

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Hi guys,

Have to tell you I had an awesome day at work today, love when that happens. Anyway I have been doing good lately no major highs or lows. Been on new anti depressant almost a month now nd am not sleeping all day like I was.

I have a question for you. I keep forgetting to tell my Dr but I will (only see him every 3 months) I have been dx almost 18 years and only really gone through "major" med changes twice. My question is do you dream? I don't or should I say I didn't. I have been now for over 6 months. And they are getting worse. My DS also does not dream when he is on his mood stabilizers.

Do you think this is a Bipolar thing?

Would love any input.

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That's beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing because I'll remember that now!

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I like that very much

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When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities;

when GOD doesn't solve your problems, HE has faith in your abilities!

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Thanks Ladies!

i am going to call my Dr in the morning and see when I can get in. Carter has speech therapy at 10 so I'll try to remember to call before we leave. If not, I'll call after. I'm just tired of being so irritable and short-tempered most of the time. It's not fair to my kiddos to have such grouch for a mom. :( Well, I am going to do something about it! I'll keep you posted...

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thanks for the prayers for my son and his employment situation.
I fully agree I would not go more Abilify.. maybe it really isn't working for you and the side effect potential at higher dosages. The main thing is you are talking with your counselor and dr and giving good feedback data.. that is the true step toward some life of "wellness" Anytime you start to put in feedback for your own health care it is a positive step.

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Tina I am sorry that your meds are not working right for you. I had problems about two years ago when my doctor put me on something that begins with and L, don't remember. I was having vertigo, and dizzy spells, and too much leg movements during the night. Then was put on a drug for that.

Now am just on cymbalta 50mg, and Depakote 1250 per day. I take the Cym in the am, and the DEp at night. My last doc gave me a coupon that allows for me to get my depakote for $5 a month. (I get it in the 250 pill form and take 5 a day). It has really helped me to be on these combinations, as my downs do not last very long, and my highs don't get too high.

Christmas, I have not really done much, but I have bought for my grandson, and we trade names, so I just got my daughter, and just need to buy for her. We make up lists on Amazon.com and send them to each other.

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Thanks for the encouragement. I'm on 15 mg of abilify and I'm afraid to go up any more. I just don't think it is working well enough for me. My old Psych Dr wouldn't hear of me trying to get off of it. HE would just up the dosage and would give me samples and coupons to keep me on it when i said I couldn't afford it. My new dr. might be a little more open. I think I'd have less stress not worrying about how to pay for it every month too. (with my insurance it's about $180).

SBEEGHLY-I'll be praying for your son.



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I can so relate to the roller coaster of mania and depression. I'm Bipolar and take a combo of meds to keep me ---soooooo much more stable than I was even a year ago.. I had to have abilify tweaked by 2.5 mg more before I felt any change.. My friend got tarkedeskinisa from his first two doses, he is the only one I've seen with the face drawn from Abilify. Luckily it went away within 2 weeks of stopping. I was so scared to tweak mine up -- but now am so glad I did.. Life is going better for me.
Christmas shopping is done but since my son got laid off he doesn't know if he will make it to TN for the holiday, we may have to go to Missouri.
hopefully he will find work quickly - if not it is back to selling wood and scapping metal for folks. This time selling wood would be really hard since his log splitter went out of commission last year..Keep him and his situation in your prayers, please.

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I'm so not done with shopping yet! I have to start this weekend. But I'm only buying something for 3 people. The other people are getting a small cross that I've already made 25 of by hand. It's an ornament. But I take tegrotol and abilify and that seems to be a good combo for my anger issues.

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Good morning Ladies!

It has been pretty busy around here, but I'm done with Christmas shopping, except for a few gift cards. It was nice having the extra days with hubby home. He did the Black Friday midnight shopping-crazy! We did get a new computer at Staples and it is nice not to have it turn itself on and off when it feels like it {our old computer had some issues :) } I do have to mail my Christmas cards and get some packages in the mail for out of town family, but now I can sit back and enjoy the countdown to Christmas. How about you? Do you have a start on your shopping?

Well, my depression has lifted and I am really feeling pretty good. I am back in counseling and it is nice to have someone to just talk to. I'm going to talk to my Psych Dr about changing my meds since this last bout of mania/depression was pretty severe. Plus, I get extremely irritable and quick tempered. My abilify is supposed to help with that, but i don't think it is doing what it is supposed to.

So, how are you doing? You are all in my prayers.

Take care and God bless!!

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Welcome Meri!!! Post here anytime we can pray or help you in anyway!!!

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emoticon to the team, Meri! I think you'll find some wonderful, encouraging Christian friends here.

Hello Ladies!

I can say that I think I'm finally coming out of this depression! Hallelujah! I'm having more up moments than down and am enjoying more things. Yesterday, Catie and I had a lovely time at a tea for her girls group at church. Today, we are getting the kids' pictures taken for Christmas cards and then Calvin and I are having a date-we are going to see "Couragous" and have lunch together.

I hope you all are doing well and I want to thank you for your prayers-I really feel covered in prayer as I am going through this hard time. I do see the light at the end of the tunnel and am feeling a little better every day.

Take care and God bless!!

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