[This was written yesterday.]
Yesterday was an extremely lovely day. We went into New York City, as I mentioned. We got a late start so had to miss the trip to MOMA for the Piccasso sculptures. I told hubby that we should go back to the city to see them before the exhibit closes.
We had a quick lunch before the DBSA event. Nothing special for lunch. We ate in a cafe within Lincoln Center. Then we went to the event. When I got there David and his wife Theresa came up to me. I know them from my local DBSA. David was the one who told me about the event. He seemed pleased to see my husband and I. We sat next to them during the event.
The speakers at the event were both great. I especially like Melody Moezzi's keynote address. She was quite inspiring. Melody (https://en.wikipedia...i/Melody_Moezzi) was trained as a lawyer but eventually became a writer. She is Iranian and originally set out to fight stigma against Muslim Americans. She still does that, but after her bipolar psychotic breaks Mood Disorders became her primary focus. She also focuses on the issue of the mentally ill in jails. I think she's basically the bee's knee's. All of that and she's a most sweet and beautiful woman, as well. I met her at the event, shaking her hand, and told her how I enjoy her column in Bp Magazine. I have yet to read her books. She's also a United Nations Global Expert. Wow! I wish I could be more like her.
On our way to the subway but still at Lincoln Center hubby saw a movie about Misty Copeland listed at the movie theater for the performing arts. Hubby and I really admire Misty Copeland. She is the first African American classical ballet dancer for ABT (American Ballet Theater). She's a lovely dancer and a charming woman. We saw her perform with the accompaniment of Yo-Yo Ma on cello on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert recently. Hubby wanted to go in and see the movie, so we did. We were only about 15 mins late. The movie-documentary was great! I hope to see her perform some day. In fact, I'd like to put that down on my Christmas present wish list. Hubby would really like that too.
After the movie we took the subway and train home. On the train there were 2 women doused in some horrible cologne that were clearly high on something. They were yelling baloney the whole time and my husband (typical hubby) yelled "Shut up!" so almost everyone in the train car could hear. Of course that set off the two women. I had had a great day up until then. The women didn't exactly know who yelled that, so at the first stop I demanded my husband and I move to a different car. Luckily he complied and we no longer had to hear the women bitch about the man that yelled "Shut up!" I hate when he does that, but he was arguing that several people around him gave him the thumbs up for yelling it. But still, it's better to move then get so irritable. My hubby grew up in a big city (Prague, Czechoslovakia), though not as big as NYC. I'm just a small town girl. I would never do that kind of thing save when I'm irritable hypomanic/manic. But that means I'm sick. Not full of gumption.
Today was my pdoc appointment. I had a wonderful time. I'll admit that I did have the 2 main things I wanted to talk about written down, but I left the sheet at home. Strangely, pdoc always seems to prefer when I show up empty handed. When I have too much of a formal agenda, he becomes more formal. I kind of wanted a light get together. I talked about a number of significant things, but in a sort of chatty way. He was chatty back. I liked that. He smiles more that way.
At the very end of our session I finally brought up the topic of depersonalization/derealization. He surprised me when he said he thinks I certainly may have experienced this. But the session was nearly over and he said we'd discuss it more some other time. He had to schedule my upcoming appointments and conclude the session.
When I got home I was kind of surprised to see that the next 3 new appointments he scheduled were only 2 weeks apart from one another, though my very next appointment is in 3 weeks. I'm guessing he did that because of all of the holidays coming up, plus he said he was taking some extra time off. But obviously he scheduled me around his vacation. Honestly, I don't always understand what he has in mind. Sometimes he gives me the choose of a 2 or 3 week session. Sometimes he chooses it himself. I hate when he wants me to choose. You all know I'd love to see him more often. When I did choose the 3 weeks between this and the next I did so only to not sound so love sick. He seemed to approve at the time.
My Seroquel XR dose seems to be working out, so he left it as is. He and I had discussed in length how I should walk more. He even gave me a third reminder on my way out. He's concerned about my cholesterol and triglycerides. He says that even if I don't lose that much weight, they could go down if I walk more. I MUST WALK MORE. But I'll confess that I didn't do more than errands this afternoon. Tomorrow I will walk extra far.