Saw my psychiatrist yesterday, and afterwards his nurse weighed me. I thought I might have lost a few pounds. I’m on a calorie restrictive diet, plus I’ve been working out the past two months. Unfortunately I actually gained twelve pounds. I now weigh 330 pounds, were three years ago I weighed 210 pounds. The weight gain is due to the antipsychotics I take. I’m going to talk to my new psychiatrist on the 8th about switching to just Geodon which is weight neutral. I’m hoping he works with me like my last psychiatrist. I’m planning on also buying a mountain bike this summer. Hopefully in July. I’m just disappointed. I thought since I switched to Saphris that my weight gain was over. Not so unfortunately. Hoping for a better outcome this coming month.
So it’s been nine months now of steady progress, and four months of true emotional stability. My bipolar, ocd, and agoraphobia symptoms have abated tremendously. I feel great. I have had some mild depression a few times, but it only seems to last a few hours. The same with anxiety. I started going back to the gym two months ago now, and I’m am going at least twice a week which is phenomenal for me. I applied for student financial aid, and I’m eligible for a Pell and a Stafford grant. I sent away for my transcripts from school and as soon as I have them I am scheduling an appointment with the college guidance counselor to see what classes I need to take for my career path. I am going for MRI technician. It’s a two year associates degree. There are several good hospital’s within twenty miles of here, and so many doctors offices. Within two months I’ll have a new mountain bike so I can trail ride again. So many good things happening that it’s seems unreal, but it’s the culmination of five years of trial and error when it came to my medications to were now I am stable. One sad note. My insurance is changing at the end of the month so I have had to get a new psychiatrist. I see my Dr for the last time tomorrow. He’s been brilliant in finding the right medication combination, and weening me off what didn’t work. Also I am having to find a new therapist, but that can wait a bit. I see my new psychiatrist the beginning of next month. All things considered I am doing wonderful and it would be hard to imagine being more at peace. I have trusted God throughout all of this, and I truly believe that He has ordered my steps
God bless you all.