Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." Genesis 9:13

Saturday, October 24, 2009


As a former biology major with a focus on more of the environmental than the stuff that would normally inspire in a current healthcare worker (but those classes were too hard and I only have a biology degree because of a prideful insistence on finishing what I started), from about week 3 I knew it wasn't the life for me), I try to be at least somewhat environmentally friendly. That has caveats of course; I can't manage dishwashing, so to preserve basic hygiene I use paper plates and plasticware. I use environmentally sound products as I can, but where I live they aren't as readily available so I'm not fantastic on that either. But I try where I can.

One source of pollution in water is medication. Not only is it excreted by people into the water, people often flush old pills. It's better to mix them in with yucky trash, like coffee grounds or the like. Which I try to do. But I just realized that it was no longer safe for me to have the whole bottle of antidepressants around. I kept the 2 I need tomorrow and dumped all the rest into the sink. (The type of antidepressants I have been on are pretty lethal in overdose. I have lithium which is also dangerous, but having had serious lithium toxicity totally cured me from ever risking that type of overdose because I wouldn't ever want to survive it. That kind of sick is a once in a lifetime event.)

Since I had quite a large supply leftover (I filled the bottle right before the taper and since I accidentally refilled it instead of something else I didn't have a chance to ask Dr. Brain for a script for far fewer pills as I'd intended), it was a lot of medication. So I'm thinking Cow Pastureville is about to feel a bit uplifted......


Julia said...

Smart, smart woman.

Michal Ann said...

I'm with you, and "JustMe" is just fine! You know what you're doing and you're making good progress. I appreciate the details about food, laundry, meds, packing. You're even worrying about the environment and making cute quips about happy cows! I know you'll to continue to make wise decisions in the final hours at home. You're going to make it to the hospital. You will overcome every barrier...and then I think you can relax. I may be wrong but I think it's going to be a big relief for you. Stay strong for just a bit longer.

Thank you for writing, sweetie! You know exactly how to manage this, as difficult as it is. You KNOW what you're doing and everything is falling into place.

Part of the crowd of witnesses who is cheering for you,

your bud, Michal

Hebrews 12:1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.