Tag Archives: CPAP

Recovery, Chronic Fatigue and Depression


When I was 14 years old, on a Friday afternoon I went to Nelda Jane’s house for the weekend.  She wanted to go horseback riding and swimming; I wanted to go to sleep or sit under a tree and read.  … Continue reading

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Answers to More Questions, September 3


What happens if a person with fibromyalgia stops taking their medications? They get better.  I stopped taking all my medications and the fibromyalgia pain ceased.  A year later, I read a book by a doctor at Columbia.  He said that his … Continue reading

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Ativan, Sleep Apnea, and Bad Craziness


N.B.:  Ativan is addictive but is not a narcotic. Someone searched my blog for Ativan with sleep apnea: DO NOT TAKE ATIVAN IF YOU HAVE SLEEP APNEA.  It could kill you. Ativan, also known as Lorazepam and Temesta, is a … Continue reading

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The Undrugging of Annie (Part III)


I seldom had enough energy to travel the two hundred seventy miles to where my family lived.  My family did not come to visit me.  Two of my sisters and my father were randomly angry at me for being unable … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s: Discharge


About the Party.  The staff has a party on 3-6, a shower for two pregnant staff members.  The party is held on the unit in view of the patients, but patients are not allowed to attend.  We watch through the … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s: Dr. Roger Levine, Part Two


During my first ten days of hospitalization, Dr. Roger Levine, the director of inpatient psychiatry, only appeared on Unit 3-6 twice.  Each time he only stayed about twenty minutes, and the second time coincided with a staff baby shower.             … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s: The Perverse Pathology of Mary Corbliss (Part IV)


            Everything had to go through Mary, and Mary was not available to meet my every need.  She made sure to tell me clearly, impatiently, “Anne, you’re not my only patient.  You know that.”             I went to the nursing … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s: The Perverse Pathology of Mary Corbliss (Part III)


            My doctor had written an order that I could have my radio and its headset at my bedside to be used as an alternate to the normal pharmaceutical tranquilizer.  Mary Corbliss took it away from me, ostensibly because the … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Psychiatric Services: About Me, Part One (continued)


I have celiac sprue, an autoimmune disease; wheat makes me sick.  The CPEP staff just shrugged and said, “Well, sandwiches are all we have.”  That is not true.  Dietary was sending my special diet tray to CPEP.  How can a hospital … Continue reading

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St. Joseph’s Psychiatric Services: About Me, Part One


On Sunday, when no staff were present in St. Joseph’s CPEP, Eddie threatened to hit me; when I threatened to throw coffee at him in self-defense, the staff were present in the persons of Carmen and Dr. Alou.  They tried … Continue reading

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