I am cycling again. We have lowered my dose of Lithium again to try to get rid of the tardive dyskinesia, dry mouth, metallic taste, and bitter tongue. Those problems are better but not gone. Problem is, I am cycling. I have been manic for a few days...obsessively tackling the mess and clutter that has accumulated over the months and years of depression and denial. Note, I think Abilify can make you feel like you are doing better than you really are.
So, I am manic, for now. I am up at 5:30 am making my to-do list. When I am going in four directions at once, the children make me sit and listen to music or do nothing for a while...which is painful because there is so much that needs to be done.
I have no life. I am a human doing. And depression will come soon enough. I am overdrawn and it is only the 15th of the month. The sewer has backed up into the basement. My only joy is feeding the birds and I am out of seeds.
I am searching for new coping skills. I have cleaned off my overflowing book shelf and isolated a dozen or more books of inspiration. I have moved my chair over by the shelf and read random selections in the morning and at night. I have downloaded a long series of stretching and strengthening exercises for my core and hips hoping that that will bolster my commitment to walk...and my dream to run. And I watch the snow, waiting for Spring.
At least I am desperate to feel better. A month or so ago I was considering the alternative.
I am not an expert on bipolar disorder... I just live with it. This is my blog of hope and encouragement.