Hey hon, how stupid that animal poison control would try and charge you to answer a question! If anything like that happens again, I'd call regular poison control, or PAWS, or the humane society...or your vet, like you did. What jerks! That would be like calling the ER w/ a question and having them bill you for it.
Luckily lil chewy is fine. Don't be so hard on yourself. I do stupid things all the time. Lately I've reached into the oven to take something out, but forgot to use a hot pad. Three times in one week last week! Yeah, that's fun. LOL
Melly, have you ever tried Midrin? That's what I used to take years ago, for about 4 yrs before it stopped working effectively for me, and it's non-narcotic (or at least I'm pretty sure it is). I was on "stupimax" too for awhile last year. It worked for about 1 month. I hated it because it made me forgetful too, plus I felt like it shaved off at least half of my IQ! I wasn't even remembering things that I've known for years, and since I do a lot of reading and studying when I can, that wasn't going to fly. View Thread
Joye, that's awesome! I've been a little homesick lately, so it was great to click on something close to home. I lived all the way on the other side of Iowa, and about half or so of that time was in Omaha, but it's way closer than I am now. Thank you!!!
Melly, I'm not sure what state you live in, but can't you at least qualify for medicaid? If so, then you should be able to easily go to a community mental health clinic. Also, most states have additional programs for mental illness. I live in AZ, and here they separate out those who they deem to be "seriously mentally ill", so if you're on medicaid, you also qualify for housing assistance, food stamps and some other things (I'm not suer what all). AZ isn't known for being especially compassionate - they only offer services for mental illnesses because they were forced to because they receive the federal funds, were sued in court and ordered to provide those services for SMI residents. Up until just recently, they provided assistance to any person SMI, even those without medicaid. I don't know if all states put people into categories like that. They didn't where I used to live.
Also, might you possibly qualify for help from legal aid?
If you hire a lawyer or an advocate (like Allsup, for example), you're much more likely to win, because they know how to do all the right paperwork and get the sources and information that SSA looks for when they approve applications. I had no clue. Just filling out the initial application took me weeks, and I still had problems remembering important details. Once I retained an atty, the legal assistant helped me get all that I needed for SS to look at and evaluate. None of what I provided to the lawyer was "new" information, it was the same info, but better detailed in describing my disabilities.
Here's a link to a lawyer's blog. He specializes in SS cases and has articles on almost anything you'd ever want to know. I hired an atty in my own state, but I don't think there's a question about disability that this guy doesn't address.
I'm not sure there is a connection, seeing as how so many without bipoalar are also amazingly creative, but I really wouldn't know either...just a hunch. I'll gladly do your survey within the next day or so, but first I need to know if you can stop, save and restart. I read the introduction on your link, but that option didn't seem to be mentioned (or if it was, then I will re-read in a little while). I have some spinal injures and recently had surgery, so 45 min is more than I'm able to sit here in one stretch.
It sounds like you have a pretty awesome tdoc, pdoc & Cathe. I'm so glad they were able to see or call you. I hope you aren't still feeling guilty. I know that's easier said than done, but keeping yourself well is tremendously important too. Lean on everyone that will let you and take care of yourself. Maybe it might even help if you did something nice for yourself? I don't mean like "self-indulgent" or frivolous, but maybe something like starting a scrapbook or collage with all kinds of pictures and embellishments? I don't know...I'm thinking out loud again.
That's so cool - is this the same woman you were meeting the other day? Sorry, I'm off and on again as far as how long I can sit at my desk, so I lose track of conversations. Either way, best of luck to you (and yeah, protect your heart )
Cookie,Honey, I've taken flexerel before, but that was before I hurt my back. I was in a skiing accident when I was 17 or 18 and messed up my left knee. I had Tramadol for 2 weeks after my neck surgery in June, but of all things, the cogentin my pdoc just put me on, along with PRN klonipin helps me more than the regular muscle relaxers ever did. I tend to cause my own pain to get worse because I'm always clenching my muscles (not on purpose) once it starts to really hurt. Isn't it crazy that a person's natural reaction to some kinds of pain make it worse?
As far as my back, I have cervical spondylosis w/ kyphosis/and myelopathy. and lumbar spondylosis, both w/ radiculpathy (i'm sure i murdered the spelling on all of those). I just had that disc removed, but there are 2 more that they didn't take out because they're small, so the hope is that they will resolve themselves. I have 3 herniated discs in my lumbar spine too, but I'm nowhere near ready for more surgery yet. I take lortab 7.5 for back pain, but I'm going to try and go back to strictly just aspirn or aleve used w/ my oils once my fusion is complete, because I don't like taking so many different meds either. They're terrible on your liver, and I've had 2 liver panels done that showed super-high elevation in 2 enzymes and a slight elevation in a third. I quit taking fioricet, that I used to use for migraines, which put my enzymes back where they belong (or at least I think it did, cuz my next panel was fine, all w/i normal range).
Snowy, I use the eucalyptus/camphor oils too - I think they help a lot, even though they don't last quite as long. Another really good holistic remedy for me has been emu oil. I add some other oil for a fragrance that I like, otherwise emu oil either will have an odd smell or none at all. It's actually pretty penetrating too. I read on this website a few years ago about all the different healing properties pure emu oil has. It's pretty amazing stuff actually. She didn't want to at first since she'd never heard of it, but I finally talked J's daughter used it on her baby's diaper rash and it cleared it up in a day. My grandma used to use it for her fibromyalgia. I bought it for her for xmas one year, and she continued to buy it after that because she said it helped her a lot (link below).