Can I Do It?

While things are significantly better than last week, they’re still far from great or even okay.  I’m reviving this old blog because it has helped me through many a hard time and sometimes it really helps to just vomit my thoughts, no matter how crazy, onto “paper.”

After multiple med changes, including a close-encounter with Zyprexa, my brain seems to have slowed to the point that I can at least type what I am thinking.  I am still having a lot of problems with memory, understanding written and spoken word, pressured speech, and the like, but my fingertips can at least write some of it down.  So, this may not make sense, because not much upstairs is making sense to me right now (or anyone else for that matter).

The med that finally cracked the surface of the mania was Saphris.  It’s an odd little pill, taken to be dissolved under the tongue with a terrible cherry taste.  Where Lithium didn’t do much and Zyprexa made me a stumbling zombie, this seems to be at least scratching the surface of the insanity.  I am still having a lot of issues, but my brain has slowed to a point where sometimes I can hear it.

I have a fear of becoming dumb, and I think I am almost there and can say what that feels like.  I am unable to understand what people are saying to me sometimes and can’t focus/concentrate enough to have much of a conversation or to read anything meaningful.  It is very frustrating.  My brain feels broken and its as if my intelligence has leaked out.  I hope this gets better.

I have not been working and have been on FMLA, not working regularly for awhile and now not working at all.  And really, not putting in my full 40 for a long long time.  This all started a long time ago (months ago), and just kept getting worse and worse until I broke down completely.  I still don’t want to ask for help, but my pdoc told me I had to be hospitalized and, when I refused, the compromise was for me to do a partial hospital program.

I hate that damn program.  I feel like my only problem is this stupid chemical imbalance in my brain, whereas they would like to poke around my life for problems where there are none.  I am not in crisis because of something that has happened in my life, I am in crisis because my medication stopped working and I was under a lot of stress.  That’s probably stupid to say…oh, I’m fine, my brain just doesn’t work.  Leave everything else out of it.  Brilliant, right?

So the question is, can I do it?  Am I going to be able to go back to a stressful job that I can barely do 40 hours a week even when I’m doing well?  Can I keep working with the mentally ill when I can’t hold it together myself?  I just don’t know.  The thought of going back to work terrifies me.  Not work in general, but that job.  It’s like when I had my last breakdown in 2008 or 2009…the job was not right, more working with the mentally ill with no structure.  I just don’t know what to do.  I need the money, but sometimes it is difficult to even string a few words together to speak to someone.

Everclear, I Will Buy You a New Life

4 thoughts on “Can I Do It?

  1. I am having the same troubles. I fear that I accepted a job that was too stressful just because I wanted to be out of the house and social again. I found that it made me almost as isolated by staring into a cubical corner and talking to people on a phone line that I couldn’t see. The social interaction that I craved was limited to super fast trips to the restroom. Questions were asked by instant messages or the phone, not by asking in person. This lack of interpersonal communication made my depression deepen that much further and I was forced to look at all aspects of my life.
    What is working for me and what isn’t? The DBT skills that have been ground into me several times over, and I am relearning have really helped me so much. I have revisited my past, present and been able to finally accept the feelings as they are inside me. It hurts, overwhelming at times and is very stressful to me. Since I do not know where you are coming from, I can’t know the pain you feel, or the stress that you feel in these situations, only you can know that! I do hope that you can work through it in your own time and at your own pace and know that I value more than any job you hold. You are a beautiful woman that I do not identify as a job holder or worker, but as a friend. 🙂

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