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Video: Staying Well When You’re Sick

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Getting sick as a depressive is tricky, because so many of the weapons in our arsenal depend on health. Which is why I hate to get sick. But when I do, here are my strategies for not totally losing it.PS Sorry this one is my car. I taped it during the Christmas holiday when I was sick, and I had nowhere to escape but my sedan.



  • Di

    Interesting clip. One thing that caught my attention is where author said she tries to be nicer to herself on sick days than what she would normally do…
    I’ve been on medication for pain for the last week and I went to a very dark place, while on this medication. I realized that in my very own cupboard, I have my weapon for death, my permanent sleep. Suffering from depression and bipolar is hard enough. Becoming sick or having a surgery where additional medication is needed is additionally more complicated. I am still scared of myself, but for once since surgery I have felt like maybe I do have something left to do here. It is amazing how the mind can be altered. Aren’t we sometimes our own worst enemies?
    Just food for thought…I don’t really have a point, I don’t think. Please, be nice.

  • Larry Parker

    Was it brilliant directorial skill that led the first shot to be one of you looking a bit green at the gills, Therese? ;-P
    (In New Jersey, we kid because we love …)

  • Lynne

    Is’nt teasing a form of affection? Florida sends TLC too. Therese I so appreciate your zeal to keep it real!

  • INSPERATIONAL

    Hi , I too am waiting for the sunny days. last night the eclips was out
    and what a sight to see, as it crossed thru the sky.
    I`ve been sick with bipolor and flu. pill city !I know it will pass !
    this winter was really bad and takes my breth away from me, so I have to wear a face mask to breath. I seat at my front window looking
    at all my plants that need to have a friendly hand to them.
    praying for the sun to come out soon ! I carve woodcarvings to get
    my mind away from the cold out side. my advise is find one thing to
    give you drive inside, to live life longer.And I seat in my car all the time, to get space for myself, it helps lot`s.
    thanks for for reading me ! God Bless insperational

  • INSPERATIONAL

    Hi , I too am waiting for the sunny days. last night the eclips was out
    and what a sight to see, as it crossed thru the sky.
    I`ve been sick with bipolor and flu. pill city !I know it will pass !
    this winter was really bad and takes my breth away from me, so I have to wear a face mask to breath. I seat at my front window looking
    at all my plants that need to have a friendly hand to them.
    praying for the sun to come out soon ! I carve woodcarvings to get
    my mind away from the cold out side. my advise is find one thing to
    give you drive inside, to live life longer.And I seat in my car all the time, to get space for myself, it helps lot`s.
    thanks for for reading me ! God Bless insperational

  • Maxine

    Loved the article. Very good points….Most importantly was the last one. You have to just wait it out….but how you wait it out matters the most.

  • Kimberly Kipp

    Hi. This was my first time on this site and I loved the video! It was like sitting in a car getting advice from my sister. It was down to earth and friendly. Also good advice. When we’re sick we need time for ourselves. Not only do my kids get more t.v. time, the snacking on “non-healthy” things is less controlled. I like to watch the kids’ “scooby- Doo” movies when I’m down, they are the same ones I watched as a kid.

  • Marie

    I also give myself permission to do something for me. Such as leave the dishes and go read a book. Relax in the tub, play in the dirt with my flowers. Things I like to do instead of things I should do.

  • Teresa

    My husband left me after 14 years, (on the 25th). He left me, my clothes and some blankets in the front yard of my youngest daughters house. I can not seem to hold my head, my attitude, or my mind up for less than 10 minutes at a time.
    He left me, broke, no car, and no money. He will not answer his phone. I am so upset and depressed that I just go into some sort of episode of crying and wailing, every so often. It is awful.
    However, this video and the ideas in it will be something to try. I am more than willing to try anything to help myself feel better. I know the road will be a rough one, but I must walk it.

  • bro theodus hare

    think you for your i am very glode to have this on my comptuer i can wait til the next day to fine out next an thr pray is vert good i need pray i do pray for my self but we all need so keep it come an i will be wait ok

  • Holly Leon-Miller

    You are so right at so many levels. My son, who was 28, died July 23, 2007. My other 2 daughters are now 16 & 19. They are both struggling with everything almost 7 months later. Mike was more like a father to the girls than a brother & I am in a wheel chair, so, as I’ve been told by the youngest, she doesn’t even feel like she has a mother anymore either. The internet has replaced my physical friends, who no longer come over any more. They don’t know what to say to help with the death of my son & they don’t want me to take up their time by possibly needing something. I feel so alone even when the girls are here. They also try to avoid me. I have my faithful dog and cat and the internet & look forward to viewing more of you!! Thank you for making my day!! Holly Leon-Miller

  • Rick

    You are so right, especially on rule #3. When I felt sick, my dad used to make light of it and tell me to ‘work it off’ (unless it was something serious). You certainly don’t want to overdo it, but I’ve found that a little activity and sunshine can really help when you’re feeling down. This is especially true when you’re feeling depressed rather than sick. Physically activity always helps me when I’m feeling down & depressed.

  • jody haskins

    My heart goes out to all of you — as a SENIOR — I have been through manyof the tragedies of life. I once read that when youare really down try writing a letter to God. You can say whatever is in your heart – God will understand. You will feel much better when you are able to release the STUFF and know it will be kept confidential and you will not be judged for what you say. jody

  • TBRoze

    Teresa,
    My ex did the same to me when my son was 7. He dropped us off at my girlfriends @ 12 a.m. our clothes in black garbage bags. He “had things he wanted to do and didn’t include us.” I went to the bank the next day and he withdrew all the thousands of dollars I had worked so hard for our family, only $50.00 was left. Philippians 4:13 I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME! Only prayer and time can get you through this, it to shall pass and you will prosper!! I am a single parent, now raising my grandson. So hold on to your daughter and Christ, one breath at a time and walk tall women of valor! Remember to SMELL THE ROSES ,life is to short to be defiled, he will have to meet his maker!
    God Bless!

  • kathy toohey

    I was born a blue baby in 49, and have been through many illnesses since. I was in a head on collision when I was 16, and for 42 yrs. have never been without pain. I have congestive heart failure, diabetes 2, and miss Carnitine, a very important amino acid for all of our well being. My first son died because the medical world did not know of this Genetic Enzyme Disorder. I now am experiencing raw egg belches, and diarrhea every other day now for two years, and the doctor’s at first laughed, and then said I have Diverticulitis, and slammed dunk me with antibiotics, but now the pain and the raw egg belches started up again, and many trips to the bathroom.
    I have four types of arthritis and so being 58, and having seven children, now raising my 14 yr. old on my own, attending a university, online, and having this new, two years old, every other day occurrence I have a lot of embarassment that I feel, and feel also that I can’t stay healthy for my daughter. I am poor so waiting for my healthcare to take steps to find out what is going on so I can get on the road to having a quality lifestyle, is put on hold due to many cuts in medicaid. I am on disability, and this is so overwhelming, no matter what I eat, don’t eat, or try to cut out as much as I can, it is now happening every other day, and I am exhausted, but I laugh alot, and get to attend college, but need to get better and enjoy what life I have left. Thank you for all of your stories…Toohey

  • Jill

    I also get really sad when I’m sick (especially if its with my stomach like today and not something like a head cold) If I have a cold or something, I’m fine but if my stomach starts acting up, I just want to cry sometimes.
    I don’t why that is…any ideas?

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