Riding the Wave ... And the Trough

I am mentally ill, diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I, OCD, ADHD, PTSD and a vitamin B12 deficiency (a key element in brain development). For over 12 years, I took anywhere from 5-8 psychotropic meds each day, and have been recently giving myself a monthly injection of B12.

In January 2012 I was hospitalized for depression, and management of my currrent med cocktail. Immediately all but two of my meds were discontinued and, after a few weeks of adjustment, and some near hospitalizations, things seem to be going much better.

I have been on permanent disability since January 2010, and am adjusting to life on a very limited income.

My prayer is that in walking with me during the ups and downs of Bipolar Disorder, you might find solace, and benefit through my experiences.

Friday, July 30, 2010

UMC General Board of Pension and Health Benefits

Have you ever worked for a company that, as long as you are producing and following their rules, you're treated with respect and kindness? The "upper management" makes over you, attentive to everything you say, feigning interest in what is important to you. I know it has happened to me in the past when I worked in some of the local factories. If you are anything like me, you'll swallow it hook, line and sinker. I'm naive and, even thought I know it's coming, I don't see it when it shows up.

So when I talked to my District Superintendent nearly two months ago, I expected the same treatment. After all, I would no longer be a "producer", so why would they care about me? I would now become a taker, rather than a giver. There are two things that pushed me into pursuing disability; my health gave me no choice, and I felt that God said the time was right for me to take this option.

I can tell you without reservation that, as of the moment I stepped into the DS's office, I have received respect, love and caring. He, the Indiana Conference HR Manager and the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBOPHB) have pushed this process along with very little participation by myself. I am very impressed by the treatment they give their pastors in crisis.

And, I am very proud and happy to call myself a United Methodist.

Until we meet again,


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