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Archives for October, 2011

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It’s Over! I Am Ending My Relationship With Effexor XR

Every good thing in life must come to an end. I have decided to discontinue taking Effexor XR, my crutch for depression. Effexor has been a "miracle drug" for me, sort of. While it handles my depressive episodes beautifully, I can no longer tolerate the side effects that have come along with this particular drug.

I have several reasons for wanting to discontinue the medication; the side effects of weight gain, headaches, insomnia, irritability, and wild...
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Passing A Kidney Stone: I Was Refused Treatment and Then Kicked Out of The ER – Part 4

So after being treated like scum and being actively accused of being a drug addict, on Monday I ventured back to the hospital to get my records. What I saw was horrifying. The lack of attention to the important stuff, and the lack of medical information in my file was disturbing.

Scrutinizing the records I found that the following medical conditions were nowhere to be found within my file:

Diabetes, hypothyroidism, clotting disorder, and bipolar.

Also, my medications were...
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Passing A Kidney Stone: I Was Refused Treatment and Then Kicked Out of The ER – Part 3

While laying in the bed hyperventilating clutching my father's shirt and burying my head in his chest, I am feeling weaker and weaker. I am overwhelmed with anxiety and paranoia, unable to even get my head together. A nurse comes beside me telling me to breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth. I couldn't, my nose was so stuffy from all the crying I couldn't use my breathing practices. Not to...
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Passing A Kidney Stone: I Was Refused Treatment and Then Kicked Out of The ER – Part 2

So, I am in the emergency room at a hospital out of town. I am in terrible pain - certain I am passing a kidney stone. The doctor has labelled me a "drug seeker" without collecting my health history, my medications, or even asking why I am flipping out so bad. He is one arrogant jerk.

I go for my CT, they had given me .5 mg of dilauded. The pain was still there but...
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Passing A Kidney Stone: I Was Refused Treatment and Then Kicked Out of The ER – Part 1

I went to visit my family over the weekend. It was a trip planned for quite some time. I loaded up the three kids on Friday, kissed my husband goodbye, and happily began the five hour journey to visit my family. The drive was completely uneventful. I was happy things were going so smooth.

Friday night I began having pain in my side. I'd passed a kidney stone before and knew of the pain...
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I Finally Fired My Psychiatrist

Is it time to fire my psychiatrist? It has been an ongoing question hanging out in my mind.  It felt very much like I was ending a bad relationship where I felt I was getting the raw end of the deal. I felt neglected, misunderstood and very alone. I never would have tolerated any relationship that was (in my mind) somewhat abusive. I should have done it sooner.

I haven't been to...
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Scatterbrained – I Can’t Get My House Together!

Sometimes I really have to wonder if I don't have ADHD! I am so scatterbrained today, I just don't have a clue what is wrong with me! I have been trying to do my chores today while taking care of all 3 kids and I am so frustrated. The more I clean the messier my house gets. It is really irritating that I can't complete even one task.

I start the morning with Walmart...
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Anxiety

Child Abuse: When To Speak Up

I am so lost and I really have no clue what to do. I'd like to think I always have all the answers in life but sometimes I'm left speechless and feeling helpless. This is one of those times.

There is a girl that my oldest son was good friends with that lives up the road from us. She's a great girl and spends a lot of time here with me and the kids....
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Family

My Autistic Toddler Defines “Special”

When my autistic little sweetheart was born a couple weeks earlier than expected weighing a healthy 7 lbs 4 oz, I had no idea what that new little guy of mine was going to teach me about life and love. I am blessed.

I remember when I was in the hospital loving and adoring my new baby, he was perfectly adorable in every way just as my other three children were. He had fat little cheeks and a...
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