Monthly Archives: June 2011

5 1/2 Years

That’s how long it has been since my last psychiatric hospitalization. Then, last Saturday happened. Actually, a lot has happened over the course of the past year. Divorce, homelessness, and realizing (once again) that school is not in my future were the triple threat (among other things) that brought to the point of needing to take a break. So, I did. And, you know what? It was the best decision I’ve made in the past year!¬† ūüôā

The staff at Bromenn Hospital in Normal was awesome. Some really upbeat people who encouraged but didn’t push people to follow their program. At first, I was too mentally exhausted to do anything…for the first 24-36 hours. Then, slowly but surely, I began to make it to groups. The med adjustments helped, I’m sure. But, there is no substitute for talking with professionals and with others who are in the same boat…people who are learning to live with their respective diseases. It’s not an easy process. Wish it were, but as anyone who has been through it will tell you, it ain’t.

I realized a few things during this hospitalization. One, I don’t belong in the competitive arena of anything, be that playing sports, playing an instrument, or returning to school. Problem: I tend to turn most things into a competition. That may be a relic of past experiences; however, that is also one I need to work on. Playing non-competitively. Novel idea.

Second, I realized that I’m not as “recovered” as I once thought I was. Still trying to feel my way through figuring out my limitations.

And third, I still have people around me who will provide me support when I need it. Thanks everyone of you for, as Carl Rogers put it, your “unconditional positive regard” (a.k.a. unconditional love and support).

As of June 22, 2011, that’s my world. I hope yours is equally as wonderful.¬† ūüėČ

Take care and best wishes…



Hello! Yes, I have been quite the little worker bee as of late. My class started on Monday (the day before yesterday). Boy have I forgotten how much effort one summer course takes! In addition to PSY 209 (Human Growth and Development), I had to take an online course explaining how to make my way through my official, for-credit online course. An online course (okay, orientation) to explain an online course. Imagine that!

The orientation consisted of 5 sections with a quiz at the end of each section. Easy enough. Besides, although¬†the material was graded,¬†the grade didn’t count toward anything. At¬†any rate, it was helpful.

Then¬†came¬†the orientation section of my PSY 209¬†course. This consisted of two relatively easy projects and a contract to sign at the end. One of the problems with taking an online course is that when I graduated from college, there was no¬†Internet! I know. I feel ancient. Does anyone remember what the world felt like before the Internet came¬†along??? A starkly desolate place, I’m sure it must have been!! Just imagine. We¬†actually had to use¬†real-life, flip-the-pages-by-hand books, magazines, and encyclopedias. Talk about archaic!

Which leads me to the problem of citation. Most of us can remember the dreaded citation of references in our research papers. Well, I had to do one (a citation) and yes, IT HAD TO BE AN INTERNET SOURCE!!! Okay, I freaked out a little. Never done one of those before. So, I e-mailed the course instructor, notifying her of my non-traditional student status (40 years-old had never cited an Internet source). Thankfully, mercifully, she pointed me in the right direction…which just happened to be in the Orientation to the course itself. I felt doltish. Happy to say that I finished everything up yesterday evening and received my grade for PSY 209 Orientation – 20 out of 20. Only 820 points to go!!!

Research paper due Monday. Exam late next week.

Hey! As of June 08, 2011, that’s my world. I hope yours is equally as wonderful.¬† ūüėČ

Take care and best wishes…


Summer School 2011

Quick note to let those of you interested that I am returning to college this summer. In fact, my class starts in less than a week. Start date is June 6 and the last day of school is July 29. The class is online offered through Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois. And, the class I am taking is:

PSYCH 209      Human Growth and Development


My thinking is that I will test the waters with this course to see if I want to take additional Psychology courses later!

As of June 02, 2011, that’s my world. I hope yours is equally as wonderful.¬† ūüėČ

Take care and best wishes…



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