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19 November 2014 @ 10:02 pm
I feel so weird introducing someone as my husband. I mean I really get a kick out of it and I'm proud as hell that Prem is my husband. It's still gonna take some getting used to.

Marriage license was stamped and filed today with the country clerk. I'm happy about it and still incredibly sad and pissed at the asshole heterosexism of Texas. Would love to take a flame thrower to something but like that would actually help.

I feel really good that we did the white ribbons at the wedding. I can't believe Oklahoma threw out their same sex marriage ban before Texas. I mean c'mon. It's Okla-fucking-homa, people. *sigh*

Anyway. I have a husband. And it is my dearest hope that the privilege of obtaining a marriage license be afforded to everyone and anyone who wants one in the United States.
 
 
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09 October 2013 @ 08:55 pm
ECT  
I got to watch my patient receive ECT today. She has major depressive disorder with some hypomania and has not had the best response to meds. ECT has come a looooooong way since the 1950s/Sylvia Plath days. Basically they are putting you in a grand mal seizure state for roughly 30 seconds. It doesn't look like you might imagine with flailing about and such. In fact the only visible effects I saw that the patient was seizing was one of her feet twitched and her abdomen did a bit. Of course on the paper readout you could see her brain waves seizing. It's done under close supervision of 2 nurses, the main psych doctor, and an anesthesiologist. The whole procedure from start to when you're finished and are in the next room for recovery is no more than 40 minutes tops. Usually you receive 3 treatments and week for 3 weeks and then they taper down to once a month for maintenance and then to none once you're in full remission. It does not cure depression, bipolar, or schizophrenia but what the studies have shown is that it does help the body respond to meds effectively when they didn't before and it kinda reboots your brain (in a good way). Patients report fewer depressive episodes over the course of time and patients with schizophrenia experience fewer episodes of catatonia.

If my depression was not under control right now with my meds I would absolutely seek ECT out. The only drawbacks I can tell are that your immediate short term memory (like what you ate for breakfast that day etc.) is compromised and some people report residual muscle pain for a day after treatment. To me that seems worth it compared to the misery that is depression. My patient today was a 24 yrd old, with a history of date rape, 3 suicide attempts, some drug abuse, and her father hung himself last year. We discussed her treatment at length and she was on her 4 ECT session. She said already she was noticing a huge shift in her mood and a decrease in her anxiety and her ability to stay in the present moment.

As far as I know, Seton Shoal Creek is the only facility in Austin that offer ECT. ASH might. I don't know. Anywho. I am grateful I got a chance to observe and learn about it as a treatment option. This is a nice link that goes into more specifics. http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/electroconvulsive-therapy
 
 
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17 July 2013 @ 04:49 pm
Look at this dress.
http://blog.lindsaymaddenphotography.com/?p=14081

Then take a guess as to how much it costs.
Keep a couple of things in mind. It's a special order custom made dress from Claire Pettibone. In order to acquire one, one has to go through the flagship store in L.A. and it is custom made to your measurements with a needed lead time of 6 months since the fabric has to be ordered.
Just take a wild guess.
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20 March 2013 @ 07:37 pm
WTF  
Is anyone else's LJ account being hijacked by LJ in that LJ is inserting links I DIDN'T put in or approve of in my posts?
 
 
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24 May 2012 @ 10:00 pm
Pain  
We bury our pain in a secret crypt,
stealing out at night to worship or pray.

We insist our pain is nameless,
and therefore does not exist.

We hide our pain behind the crockery
on a high shelf,
convinced that when we lift it down
it will be less vibrant,
muted by dust and silken webs.

We put it in with the silver
which we use only on Rare Occasions,
removing it with the flatware now and again,
to polish and make inventory.

We wear our pain inside
a small locket around our neck.
We carry it as a stone hidden in our shoe,
or else as a thorn riding in our flank.

We fasten a red ribbon around our throat,
so that we do not speak or whisper.

~Dorothy Walters
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20 May 2012 @ 04:24 pm
Ah. The power of "unsubscribe" and "unfollow".  You cease to exist. I am mistress and lady of all I survey in my neck of the Inter-Universe.
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20 May 2012 @ 10:41 am
Is absolutely silly. It's the knowledge that someday...granted a looooong someday the sun is going to consume the Earth and  none of this, none of it will exist anymore. Everything will return to stardust. I think that's just lovely and beautiful.
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01 January 2012 @ 07:16 pm
Gave me the snowman cookie virtual gift, mil gracias. :) It's adorable.
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31 December 2011 @ 10:30 am
 
 
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21 November 2011 @ 10:04 am
If we have little to no contact via LJ I am in the process of culling my friends list. If you'd like to stay on to read please comment here and I'll add you back.

Thanks,

The Management