11.18.2013

OCD Spinout

I hate this.
I can't sleep lately.
It feels as though I'm going 40 hours without sleeping. Then I crash for 7-12 or more, getting up for a couple hours here or there. Then it happens again. 
Part of it is anxiety and part of it is that I feel pretty bad physically and when I do sleep it's because I'm so exhausted the "discomfort" doesn't keep me up.

I honestly think I last woke up... 330 on the 17th. I think?
I don't know.

Maybe it's not a huge deal, except.
except.

The OCD crap is creeping up fast. It's Pure O in nature.

Which means I can't talk about it, but I really need to. But my brain starts yelling at itself.

I'm annoying. I'm annoyed that I'm annoying. I say I feel annoying. But that's attention seeking behavior so I don't say anything for a while, but that's annoying because it's like I'm expecting people to react or respond a certain way. I'm not, but it's annoying. Then I say something else. It's wrong. So I try to correct. That's wrong. Then I mention that I'm having some OCD difficulty, but that's NOT OK and everything goes as absolutely code red as red can ever be and I start spinning out of control.

There have been times where I am just thrown into this ridiculous illogical logic problem, a mobius strip of debilitating mental precision where I always say the wrong thing but I have. To keep. Saying something.
 To make up for the last thing I said. 

But that is always wrong as well. 
And I can never know what the right thing is, but I always know when something is wrong.

Panic panic panic.

FREAKING OUT LIKE OMG AND I CAN'T EXPLAIN IT BUT I KNOW EXACTLY WHY

9.15.2013

I used to be to frightened to use a frying pan…



I actually used to be afraid to even stand near one.
Not when I was like five.
This was two or three years ago.

Not a joke.

Now I am some kind of frying pan Amazon Warrior: try to make dinner most nights of the week and… “sauté” my food…

Ok, let’s get real.
I’m an American, so I am really just frying that stuff up with a minimal amount of olive oil.

[ and... Rachel Ray? I think you are pretty great, but can we stop with the "EVOO" movement? That's like my ninth grade history teacher who would call vocabulary "voc" and vacation "vacay" and... I think I've blocked everything else because it was too hilariously disturbing somehow...]


What was I babbling about?
Ah, yes FRYING PAN.

Yeah so…
I “sauté” a bunch of stuff, because I put it in a frying pan and drink wine out of a stem-less glass and listen to sleazy jazz and… sway back and forth with my eyes closed so I don’t have to worry about burning anything.

It usually turns out super TASTY and totally unexpected and successful and like… stuff I could never duplicate.

Tonight’s menu:
Thinly sliced “double browned” beef in a dry cider and sriracha glaze wtih caramelized apple and sweet onion.
Served in warm brown rice and fresh tomato on quick steamed baby spinach.

DUDE SOUNDS TOTALLY FANCY RIGHT?

Yeah. No.
Destroyed the kitchen and burned myself- got some spinach all the way into the dining room- I think that’s a new record.
I have an idea for how to combine party games and a spinach surplus at this point though.

7.01.2013

How and why I give the wrong impression to complete strangers.


I actually wrote this the first week of June [on the same day it happened, in fact] I'm not sure why it didn't make it to this blog. Probably just with all the shuffling and such it got moved off and never got back on. Anyway, I think the sequence of events is just a good demonstration of why people can be difficult to interpret.

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I went to the library today.
Afterward, I walked up the street for along time. It seemed like hours.
Just as I was about to turn into the Staples, a guy said:

"I like your bag"

The bag on my back is clearly marketed for 10 year old girls. It's a bright pink and white, with little cartoons on it. Drawings of completely inaccurate Earths, rainbows with no indigo in them, poorly constructed figures with no hands and ridiculous grins.

"...thanks?"
"Hey, I've seen you walking, you are everywhere. I see you walking around downtown all the time"
"That's interesting. I'm almost never downtown"
"Really? Well, hey you want to go-"
*grin*
 "No." 
I turned into Staples.

6.26.2013

Setting the bar.

There is something a bit peculiar that seems to happen after a person finds out I have bipolar (and OCD to some extent as well).

Expectations change.
Maybe perceptions.
Both, perhaps.

One would think, in theory, that a person tries to "use" their diagnosis as some type of excuse; the popular opinion seems to be that the mentally ill attempt to obtain carte blanche based on their level of crazy (and also that they often do).  This may happen at times with those "normal" but unexposed individuals who can tolerate such personal irresponsibility.

Generally, though, the actual reality is that the crazies are held to a much higher standard of behavior.

Let me explain:
When a person learns (for example) that I have been diagnosed with a mood disorder, for a very long time they see everything I do and say, every way I react, through that lens.

6.24.2013

Welcome to my world.

I'm extremely frustrated.

I have seizures. Seizure activity. Seizures.
Like usual, no one could decide at one point what to call it.
But now, the "episodes" extend well into partial seizure territory.

When one becomes incapacitated, that is usually an actual seizure.
[So says the neuro.]

I also get migraines.
I also have bipolar disorder.
I also have sleep issues- which may or may not have anything to do directly with any of the above.

These all interplay to produce a nice clusterfuck every once in a while.

For the past 10 days, maybe two weeks at this point, I've been having a lot of headaches and had a few migraines. I can only guess that all the sunlight [which I tend to be reactive to], the crappy sleep, the slowly declining effectiveness of the topiramate I am taking- are all starting to catch up to me.

Oh, and my allergies. Can't forget my allergies- which range from pollen to "what's behind door number three".

If you do not get migraines, I will attempt to explain some things about them at this point:

6.22.2013

What painting teaches me:

It is better to try and fix a mistake early. You can often use something simple to wipe it away, rather than having to start over the entire shape or even the entire picture.

Different strokes are appropriate at different times. A heavy, charged stroke brings a different result than a calm, controlled one. There are different times to use each- it is a learning process to know when to use which.

Everyone has their own style, and some take more time to develop it than others.

If you make a mistake, there is always a way to benefit from it. You can learn how not to do it again, take advantage of it and work it into an established plan, learn about how you made that mistake and grow from it.

A challenge can always be enjoyable.

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Also, saw this at one point on a kind of "you know you are bipolar if" list. Usually I don't really appreciate them, but this sticks with me:



"Last night you understood the secrets to the universe and this
morning you are contemplating whether the jam goes on top of the peanut butter or under it."

This looks like a good spot.

Yesterday I sat on the couch and stared for about forty minutes. I did this because it was pretty much all I could do.


...I can't even begin to explain what is wrong.

6.21.2013

My life, concentrated.

Today, while waiting around Harvard Square, I did some general people watching.

There was an "older middle-aged" gentleman with a sign that said "looking for human kindness". He had a cup with some change in it. He wasn't harrassing anyone, but just standing calmly.

I had left my debit card at my place and had only realized this when I was in Davis before coming to Harvard, after I ordered something to eat and then had to use all of four dollars in cash I had.  Also, it was hot and I really have to watch my water intake so I had to buy a water, and I couldn't afford to give him my last two dollars in case something came up and I really needed water. I know that sounds stupid, but my body doesn't actually regulate temperature very well anymore [yay anticonvulsants!].

So... I stood there, thinking. I usually carry a bunch of different snacks with me, because I have a weird diet and have a hard time finding to-go food.  I walked up to him and said "Hi. How are you for food?"  He said he was ok for food and thanked me for asking. I said, if he was sure, ok. Because I couldn't afford to give him money, but I could give him something if he needed a little food for today. He said "No, thank you sweetheart, i appreciate it" I said ok, and walked away. A few minutes later I realized I hadn't really been all that kind when I approached him.

I went back up and told him I realized I hadn't introduced myself and asked his name and gave him mine.  I said I would likely be back at some point, and he said, with a half-smile, that he hoped he wouldn't be there if I did. I said I hoped so too.



6.20.2013

I kind of just want to stop...

Existing.

That's right. Stop everything.

Cause this is just bullshit.

Life = bullshit. I'll try to talk to my room mate/friend about my mom being overbearing, well I mean even more overbearing than usual, ever since I kind of "came out of the closet" and talked about some of the "bipolar ocd life sucks and then you die" stuff on Facebook.

My friend was like "yeah but you aren't like, bad now, right? I mean you're fine"
I just kind of nodded.

It's so easy for me to just sit there and nod. Much easier than to try to explain that slowly but surely I'm shriveling up inside. That every day is a struggle. This is not histrionics. This is reality.
I quite literally have to launch my self out of bed with a "1-2-3" and then kinda jump out, or I would never make it. Getting up normally is like slowly peeling off layers of skin. Painful.

Time keeps going by like there's no time at all. I have no sense of it.

If I just sit and don't keep myself distracted enough, I just start thinking. Or crying. Or just wondering why I'm not dead and "doesn't that make more sense at this point?"

On the other hand, I can also giggle at some things and I paint and I *kinda* go to classes.

Everything, therefore, must be just peachy.

I feel like I'm never going to be back to any moderate semblance of normal ever again. This has been going on for months, it feels like.

It's a slow burn. It's so painful and soul-sucking.

I actually kind of want to die a lot. If I said that to anyone who knew me they'd laugh in my face.

6.19.2013

I Never.



This song makes my heart hurt sometimes [just a little].
I want to learn to perform it, but I'm not sure I know how to sing and cry yet.
Maybe I'll just sing it for me.

6.18.2013

I see what you did there.

There is sometimes no segregating mood symptoms from topiramate-induced lability from migraine prodrome/postdrome from temporal lobe STUPIDITY.

Also: Everyone says that I have great insight. "Wow, that was very insightful" "At least you are able to maintain such good insight into the situation" "Considering you have bipolar, your insight is very good"

Ok, so they say these things right up until the part where I start worrying that my brain is actually getting worse.

Then, its no longer "insight"; its either "hypochondria" [to the layperson] or "a tendency to pathologize" [for those who like to gaze down their nose at you]… either way it pretty much amounts to:
"It's all in your head."

In my head, you say? No. Way.

6.17.2013

Why should I be sorry?

This deviates enough from the typical crazy discussion that it may just serve to keep you on your toes.

I want to reveal something to everyone.
Something that no one ever acknowledges- my family, my best friends, people I date, the crazies I talk to on a regular basis [who may or may not fall into any one of those categories].

Are you sitting down?

I AM FAT.

I'll wait as everyone expresses that just the opposite is true; that I am "big boned"; that I am my "own type of beauty" [really? is there any better way to acknowledge what I'm saying and simultaneously deny it?]; or, my favorite, simply: You are not fat.

I find all the variations amusing but the simple, outright denial of the situation seems to be the most hilarious.

You know what these things do [for me, anyway]... they perpetuate that being "fat" is a terrible thing. That there are all kinds of reasons a person would never want to be "fat".

Fat is not immoral.
Fat is not lazy.
Fat is not ugly.

There are, admittedly, people who can be either immoral, lazy, ugly [or some combination] as well as "fat". But there is often an assumption that these things are intrinsically linked.

It's just not so.

I'm fat right now for many reasons.
One of the reasons is, in fact, that I do not go tothe gym as often as I "should".

Before you jump all over that, please ponder the following:
There are plenty of people who do not go to a gym regularly, even ever.
My BMI is 39.6. I routinely walk 10-15 miles each week, run up the stairs, and when I do go to the gym I often do about an hour of cardio in a target HR [~140-~165] without overexerting myself. I feel good after, not like I need to go to the hospital because I'm so grossly out of shape I might collapse.

This argument that I see often on dating sites [OKC I'm looking at you] that men like thin girls "because you need to be healthy" is completely unseated in any part of reality.

My general labs are always good, my BP is actually on the lower end of healthy- it tops out at 110/70.

As far as I can tell there is really one possible health issue here: I may be beaten to death on the street because my ass does a little wiggle when I walk, and apparently fat is like the greatest offense one can commit.

Fat even at times seems to outrank both actively stupid and genuinely homicidal in the most offending characteristic an individual can possess.
This is simply fascinating to me.

I was involved with a guy once [yes, physically- and that is actually important to my point]. He professed to only be interested in "petite" girls, and by no stretch of the imagination have I ever EVER met that description. Not even when my BMI was about 23 and people were starting to comment I was "a bit too thin".

I am simply a big person.

But even so, this guy [who is actually pretty intelligent and reasonable on most subjects], was interested and actually *gasp* attracted to me.

At one point he said, for serious:
"Your weight doesn't bother me. It's like... you don't let it hold you back"

I laughed, because as well as the words being kind of amusing, he also seemed to be experiencing right then and there this epiphany regarding his personal comfort zone, and his perspective on what he deems attractive.

But I mean, what I didn't say to him was this:
Really there are all kinds of reasons life can intimidate me [and has].  Having little to no talent for emulating a pixie would generally fall far down to the bottom of that list, if it makes it at all.

And despite this, I feel the need to "warn" men on OKC [again with the OKC, right? we'll get there], that I'm not this teeny little dainty flower... as if I should apologize because the common expectation seems to be that you can hold a woman in your pocket.

I don't know why I've done this.
I'm not going to anymore.

I fit in my clothing, I'm healthy, generally happy.
I don't fill my body with crap.
It would be nice to lose some weight and actually I am slowly doing that.

That seems to be more of an issue of wearing clothing I want, than anything else.
Other people telling me that I am "fat" or that I am unhealthy have little to no effect on how I actually treat my body, how I regard it, how much I like myself as a person and the body that accompanies that person.

It's annoying and stupid. You are like a fruit fly with that shit. Really.

"Fat" is not a fucking badge of dishonor.
Let us all move away from that concept now.


Also:
Things no one will tell fat girls.
Fat sex- What everyone wants to know but is afraid to ask.

And one last minute, completely apropos addition:
Thomas Burdett [sings Queen cover.]



6.16.2013

wait- what!?

Someone referred to me today as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

Actually, they said that it was probably how people [mostly men] tend to frame me.

I guess... I should turn that over in my head for a while.

TL;DR


And as a result, this catch-all now has authentically quirky women (MY GOD IS THAT EVEN REAL STILL) with offbeat interests everywhere thinking about the way the MPDG moniker now renders jokey and false any attempt at cultivating what we used to call an interesting personality.

This phenomenon has women in the position where they are thinking "if I act like me, I'm trying too hard..."

And really?
Totally screwed up. But I have found myself thinking this, and thought "no wait, maybe that's just me being crazy"

The reality is, recently I've been accused of being inauthentic. I honestly have no idea where these accusations came from.
out of pixie dust? 

But apparently I don't actually exist. Things I do, say, feel, wear- ITS ALL FAKE.

6.10.2013

I have time. Obviously.



I heard that, when stressed or anxiously awaiting news, some people will distract themselves by cleaning, taking a walk, maybe playing some mindless games... You know, to get away from "reality" for a little while?
When i need a break?
 I turn to my houseplants and inform them we are going to play Make Believe.

No joke. Need yet another hobby, apparently.
Or a job.
 That job would be nice about now.
[I did say i would get back to the whole 'crazy' theme, yes?]


4.25.2013

Trust me yesterday.


Today was pretty good actually.  I had an interview and it went much better than I thought it could, in a very unexpected way.

Than I met up with a friend I have known for about ten years. We had lunch and caught up; we meet for lunch about every other month.  It's usually really fun. Our humors are very similar and so we often laugh for most of the time we are together.

I stopped in and saw my dad, since lunch was near by.

I got a bunch of yummy friendly candy in the mail and hung out with my downstairs neighbors for a bit.

I feel better in general about where I'm going.

But.
There's a but.

...

So, I feel like there are likely a lot of people who are not familiar with mental illness and all it entails who don't have a clear picture of what it is like to take medication.  I've actually run into some people, and heard of others who honestly think you pop *A* pill, and that's it- you are all better. What's the problem?

They can't really conceive that there are instances where an individual- such as myself for example- might take a handful of medications. Blood levels need to be taken periodically. It's important to be aware of what other medications you might take- like cold medications or pain relievers. Some foods might interact.  Side effects need to be contended with.

If you get sick, depending on the medication and what your symptoms are, that can also affect the medication.

...

So over share time:
I have had pretty bad gastric distress the past couple of days.  I feel a bit dehydrated. But the dehydration is not like, terribly worrisome.  What is worrisome, is that I'm fairly certain my lithium level is a bit wonky.

It may, or may not, explain what is going on in my head. I truly have no idea.

...

All this good stuff is happening.

I am exploring the possibility of a job change.  To something better, that I would be happier doing.
But where I am right now is really not a bad place.

And suddenly it occurred to me tonight, sort of out of nowhere: "fuck everything".

Like, what if I just don't go to work.
This is really an odd notion for me.  Because working, and obligations, and responsibility... it all is kind of like an obsessive/compulsive thing for me.  So to just blow anything off, something has to be really loose.

I've gone through the possible resulting consequences of these potential actions. They are negative.  Of what responses of people in my life would be. They are negative. Of financial, emotional, psychological affects would be. They are negative.

But it's not making enough of an impact.

So it's like I have to logically FORCE myself back on the track and hope eventually I'll get it again. Why I'm doing anything at all.

Like, I knew my reasons for doing what I'm doing at one point, and I'll know them again, and it will make sense.

But right now, it's a fucking mystery.

I just have to use the logic that the old me knew what I was doing.
This strategy has been successful in the past;
I have to trust that it can be again.

3.31.2013

From the bargain bin: Healthcare?

Something that has bothered me lately: I run into a lot of individuals who don't have great financial resources. For healthcare of various types the options they have are public assistance, sliding scales or volunteer/free community clinics. On top of that, many also don't have access to specialists because few specialists work on sliding scales- some psychiatrists and other mental health workers being a couple of the few exceptions.

 This often leads to a "beggars can't be choosers" mentality, where individuals feel because they don't pay what is considered to be the going rate for services that they have no choice in what quality of care they get, nor do they have the right to complain when they are actually treated poorly by a clinician/health professional.

That mentality is wrong. When people offer a sliding scale, public assistance, or volunteer services, there is no mention of an equally graded QUALITY of service. You aren't making a bargain for a damaged treatment plan marked 'as is' off the clearance rack.

 If you offer health care to someone and offer them alternative payment arrangements, they are just as deserving of the best service their healthcare provider can offer. Because that's the point: healthcare.

 NOT "poor quality of life but still breathing so I guess it's ok" care.

 If you are receiving assistance for healthcare for any reason, don't buy into the idea that you are less deserving of quality care. As a patient, client, or consumer, you have every right to demand it.

 Please advocate for yourself.

1.29.2013

Let's try this again...

I didn't get my blood work done today either. But that's ok.
I had fruit and juice and water today instead of a bunch of crap, and had potatoes for dinner.

I'm still irritated that my cherries ended up tasting pretty bad.

I called the new store at which I want to apply. They said their hiring manager was busy but I could leave a message and she'd call me back.

I left a message, meaning to call by 245 if she hadn't called me back. I noticed at about 310 that I hadn't received a phone call [which is really fucking annoying], and called back. She had already left.

I explained to them that I am unable to apply online because of how recently I had applied for the previous position and they said that I could come get a paper application.

I drove down there. They had no applications printed up, so I waited for about twenty minutes, at which time someone came out and told me that the computer wasn't working so they couldn't print up an application. "You can apply online".

I explained that no, I can't, and I would be back tomorrow.

Why is it such a big hairy deal?

Anyway, plans for tomorrow- go to new store with resume, get bloodwork done, hopefully send out my computer.

1.28.2013

who cares?



No really, who gives a flying fuck?

I was supposed to get bloodwork this morning. I fasted and set my alarm and everything.

Then I couldn't get out of bed.

I tried about every thirty minutes or so for three hours and then just fucking gave up- slept for a couple more hours, then had a banana and cried.

Because the banana sucked and I suck and everything sucks.

There's a chance another store, of the same company I just worked for, may hire me on.

Woo-fucking-hoo.

At least it's something I usually feel successful at.

I went to my old store today to pick u my check, only to find out that despite what they had told me [that I should come pick it up and they would not be mailing it out] that they had mailed it out.
To my legal address.
In NH.

I *live* in MA.

The HR manager kind of looked at me like "Not my problem bi-otch".

I STILL can't get my fluvoxamine.
This is two weeks now. Maybe longer.
It doesn't matter.
It SO doesn't matter. Because I'm not going to be allowed to be on the high doses that are really necessary for me to be anywhere approaching normal, not with this pdoc.

...


I'm also sad for absolutely no reason at all.

A large party of me is sad JUST BECAUSE.

That is so frustrating.

I don't know. It's difficult because I'm kind of functional. Sort of, when i can make it out of bed.



I mean I might want to die but if you tell a good joke it won't be lost on me.



I think that confuses people.

it confuses me.

Am I SUPPOSED to just be miserable straight for days on end?



Even when i was suicidal I still maintained a fair sense of humour.