Category Archives: Bipolar

Moving.

“When I moved from Ottawa to Toronto [in 1998] I had two bags of clothes, some books and a [10-year old] radio. Four or five years later, when I moved [back] I had two bags of clothes, a few more … Continue reading

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Neuroplasticity: it’d be so much easier if our brains were made from Play-doh

I’m poor. Constantly broke. I’ve lived in poverty my entire life. I was raised, first by a political collective of people who believed poverty was a virtue and an ideal, and then by a single mother who had no support … Continue reading

Posted in Bipolar, Bipolar Disease, Bipolar Disorder, Clinical Depression, crazy people with no pants, Health, Living With Depression, Living With Manic Depression, Manic Depression, Mental Health, Neuroplasticity, Psychiatry | 3 Comments

Hearing for the first time what I missed for four months

For the first time since January 24, 2012, I can hear out of both ears. It’s not perfect, but it’s really, really close. On January 25 I lost my hearing due to an infection. At its worst I had no … Continue reading

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Fixing the things that have been broken

Tomorrow afternoon* I will be in the hospital for a quick procedure which, I’ve been told, will allow me to hear properly again. Eventually. I have some hearing in my left ear, but that’s like wetting the bottom of a … Continue reading

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I can hear the world again and it’s singing ‘happy birthday’

For the first time in more than three weeks I can hear the bathroom fan. Since January 25th I’ve been mostly deaf. The kind of deaf where, just to hear the TV, I had to turn the volume past 60. … Continue reading

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My ears are worse, I might be losing my mind, so here’s a video

“For the past ten days I’ve been suffering through an ear infection. Both ears. Until just a few days ago they were both completely closed. For the most part, I’ve been deaf. “The only things I’ve heard for the past … Continue reading

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