Memorial Day will be next Monday here in America. For some it means having cookouts and the unofficial start of the summer season. Others may go to Memorial Day ceremonies at the cemetery or the Veterans’ Association to remember fallen loved ones and brothers in arms. When I was in high school I used to go to the local cemetery for the program the local American Legion post conducted. I friend of mine would play Taps at the end of the ceremony on his trumpet. When I worked for the courthouse I assisted with decorating the courthouse and other county government properties. This year I’ll probably just stay home and watch a couple war movies on Netflix. My back has been hurting pretty bad the last two days so I’m not very mobile. I’ve been constantly icing it and it seems to help some. Hopefully my back will clear up after a couple days of rest and ice.
I rescheduled a psych doctor appointment so I could spend a couple days out of town. I see my doctor again at the end of June. Last time I saw him we were talking about changing a second medication to see if I could get some kind of normal again. I had been having problems with more frequent flare ups and being more irritable than usual. But after changing just one medication (and this was a med my DNA tests said would be effective for me) I think I’m doing well enough I don’t have to make a second change. I haven’t had any bad flare ups in two months. I’m more stable now. I’m not as irritable. I don’t even need the anti anxiety meds much anymore. The only real complaint I have is I sleep a little more now. But my sleep patterns usually have me sleeping too much or too little with nothing in between.
I’m going to be spending the weekend alone and probably mostly at my apartment unless my lower back makes a fast recovery and I become mobile again. But I have enough food and supplies to last several days if the back doesn’t recover quickly. I’m not too worried about my mental health now. And I haven’t been able to say that for a long time.