As my husband left for work this morning, he brought the mail inside. One of the envelopes was from my psychiatrist. It contained a weekly standing order for blood work to monitor the Clozaril along with a prescription that I can give to my pharmacy once I hear back from my doctor about my blood work.

I wasn’t nervous until just now. In fact, I was slightly excited to start Clozaril because I was hoping it would help level me out and particularly get rid of my hallucinations. I was thinking that it could be the solution I’ve been waiting for. However, now that it’s time to start the process, my heart started to pound, chest pains developed, my breathing quickened, I became sweaty, I started rocking back and forth when sitting, and I couldn’t remain still when standing. Basically, it was a minor anxiety attack. I didn’t know where my fears were coming from. I don’t like anything new, but this isn’t new. This is a rechallenge. I tried it for the first time last summer with no success.

I still want to believe that it will work out, but right now, I’m not so sure. I worry that my Ashkenazi genes will cause problems again. My mind is going a million miles an hour, and it’s going to some bad places. I keep thinking that if this doesn’t work, then there’s no hope left for me. Technically, I know that’s not true, but sometimes fear takes over the mind. There are still a few other options, even though I really don’t like them, they are there. And there is always research being done resulting in new medications and treatments that are often very successful. Will I ever be a part of the success when it comes to treating my bipolar disorder? It’s been a long time that I’ve been unstable; it just makes me question a lot of things.

I simply needed to get all of these thoughts out of my head so I don’t continue to obsess over all of it. I think this has helped clear my mind even just a little. At this point, I feel calm enough to drive, and that’s all I needed. I have stopped shaking and I can breathe better. I don’t have to leave for another 40 minutes. I’m going to take that time to continue calming myself.

 

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