Living and Medical Expenses for Amy
Amy has returned home (March 30) after being hospitalized almost 3 weeks for a suicidal psychosis (a sudden mental illness making part of her brain want to end her life). She was on 24-hour watch in a psychiatric ward while its incredible staff tried to figure out what medications would work.
This medication trial and error is still in progress. We are taking one day at a time.
$50,000 would: provide much of what we will owe toward treating this mental illness;
get us caught up on our living expenses (we have been far behind on mortgage, etc. since Amy was hospitalized for colitis last year);
and help us through the next few months (we'll both be working much less as we continue to figure out Amy's meds and needs).
We will pay whatever remains from our medical expenses using payment plans (we will owe a total of about $45,000 toward invoices associated with Amy's mental illness including her long psychiatric ward stay; plus ~$18,000 for Amy's colitis stay). These payment plans will be easier to manage once our living expenses are under control.
To provide more information, while Amy was in the psychiatric ward she wrote about her experience (I typed this for her); then she used much of this narrative to help her with a blog post:
Thank you for reading, also for your ongoing support. Bill Curtis
As this “imposter spike" was happening I called my psychotherapist to tell her I’d call the psychiatric ward first thing in the morning to see if they could prescribe immediately the second antipsychotic we had waiting in the wings.
I felt it’d be too long to wait until Monday for the scheduled psychiatrist appointment. So, I was relieved Wednesday morning when one of my nurse practitioners at the ward 2.5 hours away called in a short-term prescription to get me through Monday.
I told my team, if things get worse, Bill and I will call the crisis line to see where to be admitted once again.
I’m trying to “go with it,” with this new antipsychotic drug—hoping I'll feel the imposter drift behind the brick wall again, also hoping I’ll not have another violent, “can’t-live-with-this” side effect.
I’ll be checking in with my psychotherapist and my nurse practitioner tomorrow (Friday) to report how I feel so far on the "new-for-me" drug.
Thank you again for your donations, and also for your words. Each letter in each word gives me more and more "I can do this.” Note: We reduce our goal whenever we happen to receive donations by mail.
For more information: http://www.theartistplan.com/suicidal-psychosis-psychiatric-ward-different-artist-residency/
My team is increasing my antidepressant to 20mg twice daily. Since I've been home, "the imposter" (what I've been calling my suicidal psychosis)—always present—seems especially active at night.
Before we try a second antipsychotic drug, we want to see if this adjustment alone will press the imposter further down (below the line above which I'm in danger).
In the meantime: we will be adding a local psychiatrist to the team who will best be able to monitor my process with/prescribe these drugs;
I will continue to work with my long-time psychotherapist to tackle the "why" of it all—to do all we can to rid my mind of the imposter (as opposed to just pushing it down or walling it up behind brick);
and we'll check my hormone levels (thyroid has already been ruled out) to see if they're part of what's been happening to me.
If you haven't yet read my blog post, it provides a lot more information: http://www.theartistplan.com/suicidal-psychosis-psychiatric-ward-different-artist-residency/
We also want to mention: Each time we receive donations by mail (rather than through this account), we will reduce the goal by these mail-sent amounts (assuming the settings will allow us to do that).
Thank you again for your donations, and also for your words. Each letter in each word gives me more and more "I can do this."
Sending white light and love. Did you know digestive health is the corner stone of all health? Biotoxins building up in the body from colitis coupled with the stress of illness can shift a person's health balance. I must suggest probiotics, and for her to be tested for Lyme (Western Blot only!) and also for allergens like Mold Toxicity. I will donate a few dollars when I can. Best wishes to Amy and her family. xo