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Fragmentation: a mental process where a person becomes intensely emotionally focused on one aspect of themselves, such as “I am angry” or “no one loves me,” to the point where all thoughts, feelings and behavior demonstrate this emotional state, in which, the person does not or is unable to take into account the reality of their environment, others or themselves and their resources. This is a term that my therapist and I use and is on the continuum of dissociation.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hospitalization ~ A Typical Day!!

I am going to share about my hospital experience a little at a time. After today, they will be more about what I did, learned and those “A-ha” moments. The following is a typical day Monday through Friday:

7:30-8:30 Breakfast
8:00-9:00 Exercise/GYM
9:15-9:30 Goals Group
10:00-11:15 Process Group
11:30-12:30 Exercise/Gym or Pool
12:00-12:45 Lunch
2:00-2:45 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
3:00-3:45 Art
4:00-4:45 Social Recreation
5:00-6:00 Dinner
6:00-7:00 Organized social recreation/Art
6:00-8:00 Visiting Hours
9:00-9:45 Goals Group Wrap Up

Busy day, but you don’t have to participate in everything; however the process and CBT groups are important. I also began to workout again on the treadmill and weights. I plan to keep the momentum going.

I enjoyed art and made a beaded anklet, finger painted, and painted a frame then glued an assortment of tiles on it. I also participated in the walks and goals groups. Hmmm…I basically did everything, but not everyday.

There were interruptions during the routine. My therapist, Geoffrey came Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I saw my psychiatrist every day and three times a week I saw a staff psychologist. I had lots of support and it felt good to have opportunities to talk privately.

There was some tweaking of my medications which seemed to have helped. I also saw a neurologist for my migraines and a physician for a routine physical and labs.

Saturday was mostly the same except for there was not CBT group, so everything was moved up. My husband visit with me on Saturday from 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm during which time I mostly slept in his lap. He said that he didn’t mind that he just felt good to be with me and liked that I was comfortable enough to sleep. I spoke with him I the morning and every evening before we went to bed. That helped tremendously.

Sunday was mostly the same, but everything was a bit earlier. That was the most difficult day as I didn’t have any visitors. I socialized more on Sunday. And, hooray, the women had control of the television sometimes!!! The schedule was a bit different on the day of Inauguration as we watched history take place. I was planning to watch it by myself at home, but it felt really good to share it the experience with other people.

I also watched part of the Grammy Awards. So, it was a good sign that I began to watch and enjoy television a bit. Lots of other good news to come tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Hi CC--

I just wanted to stop by and say welcome back to your first post after hospitalization. I have been checking to see if you were up to posting yet.

It sounds as though the routine in the hospital might have been very good for you.

I've missed you very much and hope you are doing well.

Here's a great big welcome back ((((((hug))))))

Did you see the comment I left for you on GSTF while you were away? I hope so :)


Ana said...

I'm so happy you were at a nice place.
I'll try to exercise. :)

Wandering Coyote said...

Wow, that is a very structured day, so it must be a good hospital. A pool? Really? WOW!

Up here it depends on where you're hospitalized. In a bigger centre, where there is more money, you might get a day hospital program to participate in daily and some other stuff. Where I am in the boonies, there is NOTHING going on during the day, but there is an activities coordinator who organizes a few things to do each day. No therapy groups, though. It's very boring, and I think that's bad for a psych ward. There's nothing more counter-productive than a bunch of severely bored psych patients...

Anonymous said...

Hi CC!

I have stopped in to read some of your blog! I have heard very good reviews of your blog!
I hope to stop in again.

I hope you are feeling better with each passing day! :)

My very best to you and yours!
Hopeful Heart

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