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Wednesday Zee and I went to a counseling session, our 11th one, and it has helped tremendously. The insight of a person outside the family helping us plow through family dynamics has been a blessing--helped, but not cured by a long shot.
My daughter is on Paxil, and I asked the doctor to put me on it too, since it seemed to help daughter stabilize her moods. It just didn't do a thing for me, so I stopped it, then the doctor recently put me on another anti-depressant whose name I can't recall at present. Well! That pill gave me nightmares, so I've stopped it too. Plus it kind of zombied be out, and I can't stand that either, I reckon I'll just have to go around the rest of my life feisty and truculent and "hard to get along with."

Anyway, on the way back from the counselor, we stopped at a Chinese restaurant and I ordered Sweet and sour pork. My asumption was this dish requires pork chunks cooked with pineapple chunks, bell pepper chunks and onion, swaddled in a sweet and sour sauce. That's the way I cook it. So the dish arrives and it's pork chunks battered and fried with a dish of sweet and sour sauce on the side. No pineapple or pepper and two little pieces of onion. Oh well, I'm trying to be peaeable and sweet, so I ate some of it.

Then we went down the street to a place that sells nothing but mosaic tiles and large panes of stained glass. Daughter bought me two boxes of glass for only $20.00, much cheaper than the little containers sold at Hobby Lobby. She brought it home and put it in a pillowcase and broke one box of it up for me. Got to go, hear squabbling.

Love from Susil

posted on July 12, 2013 4:02 PM ()


Ed is on an anti-depressant -- his family's males all suffer from clinical depression. The wife of his cousin and I almost formed a support group of wives in the family. Anyway, his taking the med helped save us from dissolution. He was so negative, it was life draining. But he still needs to work on things because a med can't do it all. I hope you find something that works for you. Bear in mind, that coming off an anti-depressant must be gradual. I'm in your corner.
comment by tealstar on July 15, 2013 8:49 AM ()
Hi teal; Zee nearly had a sh*t fit about me saying she's on Paxil, but People knowing you're on an anti-depressant doesn't seem awful to me. Almost everybody I'm acquainted with is on some kind of anti-depressant, and if they're not, they should be. I'm beginning to think negativity is not so much a mind set as a genetic component.
reply by susil on July 27, 2013 4:27 PM ()
Pills can do wonders, but people still need to manage their decisions and counseling goes a long was....
comment by jjoohhnn on July 13, 2013 7:22 PM ()
Hi jj; Our counselor is wonderful; so calm and interested and helpful.
As for the anti-depressants, if I could walk again I wouldn't need the da*m things.
reply by susil on July 14, 2013 9:28 AM ()
I make sweet and sour pork with both pineapple and strawberries.
comment by jondude on July 13, 2013 1:59 PM ()
Hi jon; Whaaat? strawberries? That's a first for me!
reply by susil on July 14, 2013 9:32 AM ()
Counseling can be such a help and a blessing — glad you are finding it a positive thing. Medications can also be very helpful, and finding the right one that works for you does require some patience. But therapy can accomplish much either way. Good for you! I'm delighted you are enjoying crafting stained glass. Isn't it great to find an art that lifts your spirits and creates something that touches your heart and others? Hope Zee can help you post a photo. I'd love to see some of your creations. Take best care, dear Sue.
comment by marta on July 13, 2013 12:43 PM ()
Hi marta; Thanks for your comments; and maybe one day Zee can post photos of some of my amateurish creations. I'm working on a spiral galaxy with colored beads interspersed to represent planets, but odd sharp angles of glass don't look much like a galaxy. I asked my daughter what it looked like and she said "a snail."
reply by susil on July 14, 2013 9:38 AM ()
Speaking as a daughter who has moved into her mother's house - I sympathize with you. It's hard to live together again after so many years - especially for you and me who are so independent. Adding to the situation are your physical problems. For me it's that I'm taking the role of sort of "parenting" my mother.
It's too bad the meds didn't work for you. They can do wonders for some.
comment by catdancer on July 12, 2013 8:18 PM ()
Hi karen; It has been extremely difficult--I'm indecisive about the entire situation, and my next blog will be candid about it.
reply by susil on July 14, 2013 9:42 AM ()
Antidepressants can be very helpful, but like the prince, sometimes you have to kiss a lot of toads (and wait 6 weeks each time for it to kick in) before the right one comes along.
comment by troutbend on July 12, 2013 7:34 PM ()
Hi laura; I'm tired of kissing toads and waiting for help--if one of these meds gives me nightmares, it's in the trash. I can't imagine having nightmares every night so I can feel cheery the next day. But I may have to.
reply by susil on July 14, 2013 9:48 AM ()
Just hang in there Sue.
comment by larryb on July 12, 2013 5:46 PM ()
Hi larry; hanging in and hanging on is all I can do.
reply by susil on July 14, 2013 9:49 AM ()
Can you get Zee to take some pictures of your art work. We are all dying to see it.
comment by elderjane on July 12, 2013 5:24 PM ()
Hi; I hope soon.
reply by susil on July 14, 2013 9:51 AM ()

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