I am seriously surprised at how much things have changed and in such a short amount of time. I think talking about the problem with family and friends has definitely helped. And though I'm not always a proponent of Western medicines quick fix (pop a pill to rid you of your symptoms), in this case it was needed and desperately. Once our family finds our "new normal" (probably when the boys have a solid school routine and the girls have been with us a bit longer), I'm going to look into some natural alternatives to treat depression and discuss options with my doctor.
So how am I different since being on a medication? I sing spontaneously. I act silly with the kids. I snuggle more. I kiss more. I have 100% more patience. I have 100% less irritability. I don't feel like I'm dragging myself everywhere. I read books to the kids. I haven't cried. I'm significantly less frustrated. I smile.
The new me feels a lot like the old me. Which is good...
Before, I felt like we were barely surviving. Today, I feel like we are on the verge of thriving.
Again, I'm not a pill-pusher. But for me, a little pink pill was just what the patient ordered.
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And a special shout out to the IAN mamas who live scattered all across the country but still managed to get several homemade meals to my family. It was an insanely generous and unexpected act of kindness. IAN families rock!
And another shout out to the Rancho mamas. I'm glad that school is back in session and I will have my daily dose of grown-up talk to help keep me sane.