Monday, December 12, 2011

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

That's right, I'm out of the clink -- er, hospital -- and back home.  I just took a really long, hot shower and thoroughly enjoyed not having to hit the little button every two minutes for the water to stay on.

I have not forgotten my give-away; there's just a little snafu.  Nobody wrote in the comments when you liked BPK on Facebook!  My Facebook "Likes" went up, but since I'm technologically stupid at the moment, I can't figure out who actually hit "Like" in the last week or so.  So I'll figure something else out...maybe give it based on who has commented in the last week?  That may work.

In addition to leaving the hospital today, I actually had my first of six scheduled ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) treatments this morning.  Let me tell you, it was trippy.  I will write more about that soon, but I have to be truthful -- even I feel like ECT is a sort of taboo topic.  In the meantime, I'll figure out this giveaway issue.  If you really think you'd like to read the book (again, it's Start Something that Matters by Blake Mycoskie, the TOMS guy -- it is pretty inspiring), send me an email or leave a comment and maybe I'll just send it to the first person who asks!

Oh, and p.s. -- my dad is out of the hospital and is doing well.  Obviously, I decided not to go if, instead, I went to the hospital myself for the week, but he's out of the woods and is going to be fine.  I hope to plan a trip to Florida in the not-to-distant future.


  1. I have to be honest, I didn't ask anyone except my to like your blog on FB. I am still a little leery of sharing that I am bipolar. No offense to you; I am just a wimp.

  2. Amy, Thank you so much for having the courage to be so frank about mental health issues and your expreiences! I've just gotten the chance to read some of your blogs and I can relate on many levels. I developed post-partum depression after having my second child (quitting my job to stay home and moving to another city didn't help - three of the big ones on that scale from Abnormal psych!). I've had lingering depression since then (it also runs in my family.) I try to talk about it with my friends when it's appropriate because I think one of the worst parts is feeling like it's something to be ashamed about. Keep on writing, it's great. And I'm glad you're home! Liz (Rivard) O'Brian

  3. Stephana -- you are not a wimp! Unfortunately, mental illness comes with a stigma, whether we like it or not. And you win the book! Send me an email privately ( with your shipping info, and I'll get it in the mail to you.

    Liz -- thanks so much! I think the whole job-quitting thing is a big part for me too, and I can't imagine moving, too. Are you still close to family? Talking helps for me, too, but I still always worry what people will think of me.