So, as posted yesterday, I’ve been feeling a bit off. I blamed it on the weather, and that probably has a lot to do with it. DSB did point out, however, that it has been sunny, even with the snow and ice and cold. He does have a point.
I don’t like to use my sunlamp a lot because it can push me into a manic phase very quickly. I only use it on dark and gloomy days and only September through the end of March. I have never been instructed by a doctor or therapist on how to use the sunlamp, but have figured out through trial and error what works best for me. Sometimes that is the best way to figure things out, trial and error (others, it is obviously not!).
DSB pointed something else out when I was speaking with him about feeling “off” yesterday. I have stopped taking my Ritalin as prescribed. I am supposed to take it morning, noon, and early afternoon. Within the last month, I’d say I’ve probably missed two out of every three doses.
I just felt like I didn’t need it anymore, at the time. Aren’t our bipolar brains effed that way? “Oh, all is well. Guess I don’t need that one anymore!” Dumb, dumb, dumb. Of course, I didn’t talk with anyone about it, just kind of snuck around, not taking it, thinking no one would notice. Well of course DSB noticed. He notices everything! As soon as I mentioned to him that I wasn’t feeling myself, he brought it up. So busted.
So, I have made myself a promise. I am going to get back on the Ritalin full-time and see how things go. I don’t have an appointment with my psychiatrist for another two and half months, but I can always get in sooner if need be.
It probably doesn’t help that I haven’t been in therapy for almost a month now, due to weather conditions mostly. We are due another 8″-12″ starting this afternoon, and my appointment is tomorrow afternoon, nearly 45 minutes away. I called her this morning and told her that I may need to cancel and she asked that I call her in the morning, saying that she didn’t know if she would even be coming in tomorrow yet.
I am feeling better today, after an in-depth talk with DSB and motivating myself to clean my disaster of a kitchen last night. Today I’ve mostly just been spending time with DSB and doing a little laundry. I plan on making spaghetti for dinner tonight and watching some Hulu with my better half. I might even go crazy and take a shower, or use some other self-soothe skill. Skills coming on strong now, radically accepting that I can’t BS DSB about medication compliiance and, of course, the 8″-12″ of snow that’s coming.