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Friday, February 20, 2009

Hospitalization ~ Positive outcomes & summary

After 24 days in a psychiatric hospital, there have better been some tangible outcomes. One with the changes in my medications specifically, the addition of Lamictal and the increase of Risperdal, I am now sleeping 7-8 hours of solid, good quality sleep without feeling drugged or having nightmares.

I was able to eat in the cafeteria with all the noise and people without much problem. However, the every day noise got to me one evening and at the top of my lungs I screamed, “Shut up.” Then, I burst into tears. The charge nurse calmed me down and was okay with what I did. So was my psychiatrist who basically told me that I was being assertive, but maybe I could try to direct it in a different way. My therapist clapped.

I socialized more and have some real viable people in which to remain in contact. I began to exercise and am continuing walking on the treadmill at home. I really enjoyed are and am, for now, interested in beading. I actually had the attention span to watch and enjoy television.

All in all, a very good experience although painful and hard work. Hence, my sleeping a great deal. But, it got me to the place that I needed to be in therapy. Well, worth the time and expense.


J said...

I'm glad you're sleeping well! :) and good job on being assertive, I always want to tell people to be quiet when they chew loudly, lol. I know its not the same thing but its true! And since you are getting into television, i recommend 2 and a half men, Frasier, and how I met your mother. All great shows! Take care CC.

Wandering Coyote said...

I'm glad you have had some positive outcomes from the hospital experience. Sometimes those are hard come by. And sleeping well is an enormous boon, too! That changes everything for the better.

Laura said...

I'm so happy that this was a positive experience for you. Sometimes people come back with the opposite stance. It's good that this trip has given you a sense of well being. (((( CC ))))

Scraps said...

Mmm...sleep... :)

I'm glad that some good things have come out of your hospitalization.

Anonymous said...

Excellent CC! Its wonderful you can acknowledge the benefits of your hospital stay. I'm sure they aren't the only ones, either. Good on you for saying how you felt when you told those people to shut up!! :D

I think just having the ability to express yourself like that is a wonderful thing.

As I've said before, its great to have you back. Keep being gentle on yourself. xo

For My Love said...

I am a firm believer that good sleep is key to mental health. I'm so glad you are sleeping well and that your hospital experience was a positive one.

Marj aka Thriver said...

Way to go, CC. It sounds like you were able to get some real positive tings out of being in the hospital. The one you were in sounhds a bit better than the ones I've been in. I've never been in one that had any exercise built into the daily schedule, or even going outside! Yuck! And, I've never been able to have my own therapiust conme in and see me while hospitalized. That coulda helped a lot, too.

Continue to catch up on your rest...and keep up that exercise! good work!

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