Weekend wrap-up

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Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:

  • I ran out of the Ritalin samples my doctor gave me and have decided I’m going to stick with Dexedrine.  It’s quite possibly a total coincidence, but the week I was on Ritalin I felt less motivated and spent a lot of time scrolling along on Pinterest because my brain couldn’t be bothered sticking on anything else.
  • I worked one night shift this week.  It went fine.

Probably the biggest thing for me this week was that I got some lab results back that had taken a little longer than the rest of the results from a blood draw I had done a week ago.  It’s looking reasonably likely that I may have some sort of autoimmune disease.  I saw my doctor on Thursday, and while my test results are too non-specific to be sure exactly what’s going on, we agreed that an autoimmune disease would probably make sense, and could explain why my depression has been so hard to control.  My doctor is referring me to a rheumatologist, and we’ll see where things go from there.  I can’t help but think of the Seinfeld episode with George Costanza shouting “Lupus?  Is it lupus?!?!”

Off the blog this week:

  • my blog post about vitamins as a supposed cure for mental illness  was published on Invisible Illness
  • I’d submitted a post on intimacy and mental illness to Vocal Media’s Psyche platform, but they decided to publish it on their sex-oriented platform instead, which is called Filthy – alrighty then!

 

How has your week been?

 

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28 thoughts on “Weekend wrap-up

  1. Meg says:

    An autoimmune disease!! That could change everything!! Maybe treating it will make your depression go away!! (Sorry, I don’t mean to create false hope, I’m just really excited about the prospect!!)

    My week has been peaceful… aside from taking on my drug-provider company. I’ve gotten some novel writing done and my competition started!! 🙂

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  2. eirlysgwenllian says:

    Oh I definitely hope it’s not lupus, nor any other autoimmune disease! Though if it did, I guess it makes sense what Meg says that maybe if you could get the right kind of treatment for that disease your depression could alleviate too. ANother thing though is that it seems so very hard to treat an autoimmune disease a lot of times. Hoping for the best for you and that it’s not that. Also hope your motivation will increase. 🙂

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  3. DV says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the possibility of autoimmune disease – I know that on the one hand it might give a clearer explanation of some of your symptoms, but that this doesn’t necessarily translate into being able to effectively treat them. I have my fingers crossed that you get some clarity on the diagnosis AND find a treatment which improves your quality of life.

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  4. Luftmentsch says:

    What are your feelings about having an autoimmune disease? I can see that it would be negative, but would there also be a benefit to explaining why the depression is so treatment-resistant? I know I’m relieved to know that I’m probably (80% likelihood) autistic, just because it explains so much about me and why my mental health issues are so intractable, even though it also suggests that I will be stuck this way forever, might never have a proper career or family etc.

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    • ashleyleia says:

      There’s definitely something to be said for knowing. I’ve been tending to attribute everything to the depression, and I was okay with that but it did feel like there was a piece missing that I didn’t know about. This may turn out to be that piece.

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  5. Karen says:

    If it is an auto immune issue then at least you may get answers to why you feel the way you do, and help make sense of everything.
    But really… Filthy! A new avenue for your writing?! Nice one lol 😂

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  6. BeckiesMentalMess.wordpress.com says:

    My mother has an autoimmune disease since her 40’s. It’s called Sjogrens Syndrome. Her body doesn’t take to most medications, and she is worn down all the time. I give her a great deal of credit because she always pushes herself. I know it has affected her depression over the years, yet she is a rock.
    One of the things this sjogrens caused was liver problems. This was rather scary in the beginning. Heck, she rarely drank anything in the past and has liver problems.
    Don’t attribute everything to just depression. Your body is trying to tell you something, and it’s a good thing to follow through by going to your doctors.

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  7. Invisibly Me says:

    You never know until you try with meds, so coincidence or not it was worth seeing what happened with the Ritalin and I hope going back on the Dexedrine sees a bit more motivation come back.
    I’m sorry it looks like there’s something going on with your immune system. A referral sounds like a good idea, they should be able to do more specific tests to see if they can identify what it might be. Did they give you a copy of your blood results, or do you have access to them online? Might be an idea to get a copy if you haven’t already (speaking as someone who’s had a nightmare of a time with diagnosis and having to fight every step of the way, I know that having results can help you figure things out if they can’t/don’t). There are various autoimmune diseases to narrowing it down will help with going forward, seeing what treatment is needed, and, as with the depression, could explain a few things for you.
    Congrats on your posts being published elsewhere, I’ll check those out now!
    I hope you’re having a restful weekend. xxxx

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