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Busy, Busy, Busy

Posted Jun 24 2011 10:40pm
June 24, 2011 | Author Melissa Shell

I have had a very busy week. This session of the school semester is winding down, and I had a couple of big projects due. I worked a lot at my writing job. I had an appointment with my counselor, group, and an appointment with my psychiatrist. I went to the diabetes clinic – part of the free clinic I go to – on Thursday. Also, I have not been feeling well.

The class that I had to take for my first session of the Summer semester was something called “Skills for Success”. It has turned out to be something completely different than I thought it was going to be. I had to assess my learning style, figure out if I had external or internal locus of control , determine if I was a lifelong learner (and figure out what I needed to do to become one), and develop critical thinking skills. I have learned a lot about myself from the class assignments.

Because the time zone for the class is different than mine, I have until 2 in the morning my time to turn assignments in. I have never been late or even pushed that deadline, until Tuesday. I had not felt well all day, and when I sat down to do an assignment I fell asleep. I woke up about an hour or so before the deadline had passed. Unfortunately, my head must have been on the “W”. When I woke up, the screen was full of “W’s” and all the work I had done was gone. I took a screen shot…

I retyped everything, and it looked like I was going to make the deadline, and then…I fell asleep again! I did finally get the assignment turned in, about an hour late. The instructor could have deducted points from it since it was late. That is school policy. However, he chose not to.

Things went really well at the mental health center. I have qualified for another six month of services, and the psychiatrist is pleased with how I am doing. I do not have to see her again until the end of September. She did ask me to bring her some pictures from Alaska.

For the last few weeks my feet have been swelling…

For the last few days, I have felt totally exhausted, no matter how much sleep I get. When I went to the diabetes clinic I mentioned it the doctor. He did a routine test, and told me that I have kidney damage. He said that would explain the swelling, and could be why I have been feeling so run down. However, he has order some tests for my kidneys, as well as a thyroid test. I have had several thyroid tests over the last few years, it is common when you have a mental health issue, so my gut tells me that is not the problem, but I could be wrong.

This is how the doctor at the free clinic wrote the prescription for my depression medication…

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