The Appendix. Check It.
I’m doing it, baby. I’m writing dialogue. And boy is it fresh……… Or ripe. Or raw .
Or whatever you call dialogue that may possibly jump off the page.
It’s probably awful. Or worse, it’s just kind of meh.
I guess I won’t really know until someone reads it.
The next time you take a year off from college, spend it in a psychiatric hospital.
It was the B.E.S.T. experience of my life.
No question about it. Still. To this day.
After my second year of college, I was in need of a break. I had arrived at school so excited to proclaim myself pre-law, but once there I was really drawn more to social sciences and psychology. Back home, I had volunteered in hospitals (anyone need a Candy Striper or Pinkie uniform?) and I liked the medical environment. So after my fourth semester of college, I left school, came back to Baltimore and got a job at the most beautiful psychiatric hospital around these parts, Sheppard Pratt.
Sometimes things take too long. Fact.
Now sometimes it just feels like things are taking too long, We all know about that.
But then then there are times when things DO take too long.
Or maybe there are times when things too SOOOOOO long and we want to be sure they never take that long again if we can help it.
Well THAT is my new mission in life.
I have a few other missions, of course, but the mission that you might also benefit from is Getting There Faster.
So why do I keep talking about my diagnosis?
Because it could change someone else’s experience.
And here is how it could do that.
For decades, I had horrible intrusive thoughts of death and suicide.
But once I mentioned suicide, I was ONLY treated for depression. And treatment for depression wasn’t enough.
But finally, a doctor connected my intrusive thoughts of death and suicide with OCD. And I was able to get effective treatment,
It’s me! It’s them! It’s the dog!
Just one eeny teensy tiny thing.
Our friend and amazing cartoonist Bill Brown is posting from Budapest now, after leaving Ukraine. You can follow his posts on his blog Native Cpeaker over at Substack. He’s on Instagram at takomabill.
Beautiful photos and history of the House with Chimerae, or the Horodecki House, named for the Polish architect Władysław Horodecki on Bill’s blog.
xoxoxo, d (and bella)