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Snow Day!!!

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Snow Day might be the two words a teacher loves to hear more than any other word.  Today I am home all day.  No worries, no stress, and to make things even better, there is a SUNRISE this morning!  Right now there is tons of sunshine flooding the area, reflecting off the snow.

 This is a great day, and I'll take it.


A peak of Sun!

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So we just had a few minutes of sunshine!  As the sun is setting, it drops beneath the clouds on the horizon just before it sets over the horizon.  Yeah, it's a very brief instant of sunshine, but we'll take it!

 

 


The Grey Havens

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In Michigan around this time of year, everything is gray.  We're the second cloudiest state in the nation, with an average sunshine amount in December of...wait for it...23%!  Yeah, it can get pretty depressing here really quickly if you need sunshine.

 As I'm writing this, I'm overlooking our deck and seeing lots of clouds, white on the ground, and a dullish-blah outdoors.  Oh how I can't wait till my daylillies, tulips, and hydrangeas start to peak out of the ground. 

 It can be cozy.  But let me tell you, there is NOTHING quite like the hope inside of every Michigander that Spring somday will return.  Though it might be another 4-5 months, it WILL return someday.  And like the anxiety in our lives that makes many of our days dull and gray, relief will come at some point...if we work through it.  If we are tough enough to handle what comes our way, and take the right actions, we will see ourselves through this trial.


Snow

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Oh, and for those who have never seen snow in their lives, please know that it is snowing big, fluffy flakes here today in Michigan.  And it's snowing hard, which means we'll be having lots of slide-offs on the way home.

 So if you would like to see some snow (and we get whats called "Lake Effect" snow, which means Lake Michigan turns into a huge snow machine and just hammers us with lots of snow), well, then feel free to travel here and enjoy it with us.  I'll even let you warm up my car and brush all the snow off.

 Thank God for heated leather seats.


Greetings Earthlings

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Hiya everybody, how ya doing? 

 Many of you newcomers in the last year or two might not recognize my name, although I still see that I'm at the top of the blog lists.  I've come back to this site to give help to others.  I have been doing very well these last two years now, compared to where I was when first diagnosed three and a half years ago.

 It's good to meet some new people, and I'm very glad I can offer help and hope to those who need it here.  As a High School teacher its my nature to try and educate others about this disorder, as well as help others.


Update - Thursday

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So I last wrote about how I kept forgetting to take my Xanax in the morning.  So I just stopped taking it.  Last week Saturday was my first day of not taking it.  Today is thursday.  So far, so good.  I have had no side effects at all, and my anxiety has not increased, nor have I felt any panic.  Overall, I am quite happy with the results.

 Next goal.  Begin slowly decreasing the Paxil.  Hopefully by around December or January I can start working on that one.


Forgot my Xanax...again

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Many of you might remember that I went off my Xanax last June (I'm still on the Paxil though).  I was originally at 3x a day and slowly eased off of it until I was completely off Xanax.  Never had a withdrawal effect.  After school started I found that I needed just 1 pill in the morning after a rough first 2 weeks. 

 It's only .5mg, but of course I wasn't too happy that I put myself back on the Xanax.  Although many people might go through an entire bottle of Xanax in a singe day when working with 120 high schoolers for 7 hours, I know that I'm able to do it without.  Last week I tried 1/2 of a pill, which is hardly anything, but then had my jittery feelings for no reason at all. 

 This morning I completely forgot to take it.  I slept in b/c its saturday, which of course is different from my weekly morning routine, and so I just forgot to take it.  I'm thinking of not taking it tomorrow morning either, and the same for Monday.  We'll see if I still need it or not.  Should be interesting.


Michigan weather

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So as I posted before, Fall is gorgeous in Michigan.  The bad part about Michigan is that our weather changes constantly...partially due to the Big Lakes.  With that said, it's not been so bad that last week and a half.  It's been raining or drizzling for the last week.  Today we had some sun this morning, and then clouds predicted for the rest of the week.  The mornings are the hardest though...sunrise around 7:45 am right now, and we're not even in winter yet.  And my first hour begins at 7:30.

 I sometimes wonder how I'd feel if I moved to a sunnier state, with sun all year long, even in the winter.  I need the winter and the changing of the seasons, if only to more appreciate the Springtime.  I'm a big gardener, and so thats something to look forward towards all winter long.

 I'm curious how many other "northerners" are on this site, and how the weather affects them.  I don't get depressed when its cloudy for a few weeks at at time (sluggish perhaps).  I just notice my anxiety is that much better when the sun is shining and its a beautiful day.


Concerning Fall

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Fall is simply one of the best seasons in Michigan.  In fact, although I love Spring, with the blooming of the flowers and the birds returning, I have to say that Fall is right behind it.  The changing of the leaves, pumpkins, frost, apples, cidar, cinnamon doughnuts, deer hunting, what a great season.

 As one who suffers from anxiety, and who has overcome quite a bit of it, I confess that the weather plays a HUGE role in my moods and anxiety.  Although I don't have S.A.D., I will say that when my anxiety is high, those cold dark Michigan mornings are hard.  I'm up at 6, and in the winter, the sun won't "appear" until 8:30 - and then its usually just clouds all winter long.  And yet, when my anxiety is low - then I'm fine.  This of course is common, but we are just entering those dark mornings now as we start Fall.

But then again, I just look at those cold, rainy, snowy days as "cozy days" when, after a long day of teaching, I can get home to a pot roast or casserole, and then read a good book on the couch with a blanket while the wind howls out our window.  And of course, there's always Snow Days come January - probably the best benefit of being a teacher, next to shaping the future of course.


School update

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Hey all,

 So it's been a few weeks since my last blog.  Ok, about a month and a half.  I had a great start right up to the beginning of school.  I actually had a really good first two weeks.  Far better than last year.  However, I did have to start taking a morning Xanax again.  I was off the Xanax since about June.  I really didn't want to go back on it, but wow - what a difference. 

 We are now starting our 4th week of school.  I have not had any panic attacks, and only a few waves of anxiety during that first week of school.  Overall, the return to class this year was far different from last year.  In fact, as I look at the date, today is the one year anniversary of being put on Xanax in the first place. 


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