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The 12 Bipolar Days of Christmas

posted by Beyond Blue

It’s that time of year again!!! Ready to hear it again???

DISCLAIMER: I am no Barbara Streisand. I’ve never taken a singing lesson in my life. Not one.The inspiration for this song came two weeks before Thanksgiving when I received a call from my doctor: we had better get together a plan for lowering my cholesterol.

Yeah.

Sure.

Getting to it … right after I fix my pituitary tumor, abnormal aortic valve, bipolar brain, and facial fungus.My high cholesterol is not a new issue. Somewhere around the time David was conceived I found out that my cholesterol scores were higher than my verbal SATs. But for the last six years I didn’t do anything about it because (honest confession coming up here) many of those days I was so depressed that I really wanted to be with God in his mansion upstairs. Dropping dead of a heart attack sounded like a great alternative to suicide. It’s easier, cheaper, much more socially acceptable, and involved stuffing myself with brie cheese and Eggs Florentine. Sign me up.

Then something inconvenient happened. As I gradually began to fix all my broken parts (pituitary tumor, bipolar brain, facial fungus, abnormal heart) I started to wake up excited.

About life.

I wanted to try and stick around for David’s high school graduation and Katherine’s Little Mermaid wedding and maybe, just maybe, for the birth of grandchildren.

As a jogged around the Naval Academy the morning I got my SAT scores, I mean cholesterol count, I reflected on all the parts of my mental-health program–prayer, therapy, fish oil, medication, family support, sobriety, vitamins, yoga (even though I hate it), guardian angels–and it sounded like the lyrics to a song, “The 12 Days of Christmas” or something.

Yes, “The 12 Days of Christmas”!

With sweat dripping down my face, I pulled out a sheet of paper from my pocket and a pen (I run with those in case something like this happens) and madly scribbled down the words as if I were Moses taking down the Ten Commandments.

So, pretend that I have just invited you into my home, poured you a glass of Merlot (if you’re not a recovering alcoholic), and made you endure a live version of “American Idiot.”

With a holiday twist.

The 12 Bipolar Days of Christmas



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Sam Gyura

posted December 16, 2011 at 2:29 am


Love it!!



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Kathy

posted December 16, 2011 at 8:25 am


last year my husband gave me and my kids a trip to Vegas over Christmas. No presents, no stress. What fun. This year I need the psych ward again.And I LOVED your singing.



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rosalie

posted December 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm


So good to hear about your bi-polar i wish it were me but NO its my 41 yr old son, diagnosed at age 17 Its been a long haul. My poor son please pray for him his name is robert depression medication doctors medication with horriable side effect why didnt God give me bi-polar its not fair i am angry. He tries to keep a job i,ve spent watching this curse my son has for years he really tries hard why doesn’t God make an easier way for him we are good people he is a good son and better father who was douped into having a child the mother needs to have bi-polar. R



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Nancy Little

posted December 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm


Last several years when I start to head mentally south you post your 12 days just at the right moment. Thank you for everything you do Therese!

Nancy



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