Understanding Bipolar Disorder

BEEN sleeping a lot, and up to 12 hours straight, as what happened today. The culprit is the Seroquel, an anti-psychotic drug I take for my bipolar disorder. The dosage, although not upped, from its 150 mgs taken in the morning and 200 mgs at night, was changed to a different kind, which, according to my Psychiatrist I saw last October 17, 2016, is to ensure that I don’t get to be that “manic” when the depressed phase wears off. When I am in the mania phase, you see, I don’t get to sleep and I will be oozing with a lot of energy, and with my still not healed knee, I may end up landing in the hospital!

“Am actually loving what I am now – stable – but sleeping straight for up to 12 hours is not good for my health because I get to take Insulin and meds three times a day. I get to squeeze in the remaining two times within the next 12 hours but quite impossible because of the Omeprazole (for my gastritis) which has to be taken twice a day, 30 minutes before food. And the gap with Insulin shots has to be at least six to seven hours!

“I can’t be wakened up by Waleed and Inday Day Lyn AlGil because I couldn’t open my eyes so they both just leave me be and wait for me to wake up on my own. Not good, isn’t it? Hmmm. . .”

The above-quoted words are from my Facebook Status Post last night. I still am used to posting first to my FB although I have mentioned in a past blog entry that I should change the habit, that is: to post to this blog first then share the link to my FB Timeline. Because I always write in English, having quite a number of foreigner FB friends, majority of my Status Posts are blog potentials. And since I have so much to share because of my health-challenged life, I will be able to reach out to more readers via this blog than my FB. I will then surely contribute something in raising awareness on a few uncommon diseases I “collect”, with bipolar disorder as one of those.

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Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

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