Hello Folks. Today Mr. Rick C. is taking this post over….
As a person with a vast amount of psychiatric experience, I have learned the importance of watching for danger signs in others and myself. Recently, you may have noticed, our very own DQ displaying a few atypical qualities. Let’s take a look at her last blog. Apparently, she has now given herself the new name of Dr. Q (any body remember that show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman…Hamm) and began referring to herself in the third person. Another great blogger, xcandyxcane, does this effectively but differs from our own “little bundle of identities” by acknowledging that she is speaking in such a manner. Dr. Q aka DQ aka Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman may or may not be aware of this.
Her blog entry seemed well written, as always. However, she did seem a bit flustered by the fact that she got a few negative little thumb things. Let’s put this into perspective, depressed people can be negative. It is a key symptom of being depressed. We are here to learn how to make little thumbs up things more often. The fact that I picked this up and she did not, while not unusual, could be an indicator that she is not functioning at her highest level.
Finally, a sure indicator that she is teetering on the brink of collapse… the use of that oh so pointed word, “shucks.” I can only imagine the stress and pain required to push her to such an outburst. For these reasons, and my true desire not to watch “The Doctor Formerly Known as Quijada” spiral down to a point at which she goes on and on about flooded basements, frogs and Lebanese births, (certainly was a fun week you may remember,) I have taken it upon myself to give her the day off. If nothing else, I’ll make her sound really professional when she returns. Let us all keep her in our thoughts as she sits comfortably in the castle (aka future sink hole) she calls a home, self-medicating while being a friend to herself.
Since I am not a real doctor, I cannot share a heart warming narrative about the one-legged blind puppy being held by the child with such a distant look in his eyes as his mother crocheted for reasons unbeknownst to the rest of the world that came into my clinic. However, I would like to speak up about an aspect of this blog that I am truly pleased with. (And I’m not going to try to understand what the word “paradigm” means that she keeps using.) As I took in the fine nuggets of wisdom that are typical of this blog, I was especially pleased with the mental image when reading the description of “Gorgeous Candy.” Of course, any functional male reading this immediately recognizes this fine moniker. (There is no medical term for that, I looked.) Trust me, Q had no idea, none what so ever.
So…. as I absorb the plethora of psychiatric knowledge, I realize, I could very well be the man who could save Gorgeous Candy. The image is clear in my mind and I know I can help.
All right, at this point, I would like to share a story about my drinking and a self-help program. One night, after ingesting a large amount of alcohol, I decided to sit down on the couch and enjoy some television. Interestingly, at three in the morning, there are many programs on involving various forms of “self-help” for a fee after calling and speaking with gorgeous women. You can teach yourself to speak Icelandic in three days. Several programs guaranteed to make you stop smoking and drinking while you do nothing. Then – my personal favorite, the Flowbee.
The Flowbee allows you to cut your own hair with a vacuüm cleaner attachment as demonstrated by some great looking individuals. As a result of my intoxication and the brilliant manner in which it was presented, the Flowbee sounded like an excellent idea with very few negatives. I called just in time to be one of the lucky callers that got a discount knife set, as well. Not so surprisingly, I was intoxicated when the Flowbee arrived. No problem… easy enough to operate and certainly no need to watch the instructional video. Hook it up to the Shop Vac and away I go….
Folks, you have not experienced incomprehensible demoralization until you have had a Flowbee lock onto your head with the full force of a ShopVac behind it. At this point, as I lay on the floor trying to kick the plug out of the wall, I realized that my life was completely unmanageable and I would possibly need to go beyond the resources I had within myself.
Upon having the Flowbee removed from my head, I was fairly certain that all of my problems had been solved. Hence, I went back to drinking. Several years later, I would discover the twelve steps. When I did, I was in Texas and had the fortune of becoming part of an AA group where people had no problem being honest or saying it like it is. One of the first things that I was told, was that this is a “we” program and that if this program were to rely on “self”…. Well, based on my track record of helping myself first, I was in trouble. Every single step talks about “we.”
Through the years, I would learn more about how important the group is to a twelve-step program. Furthermore, the basis for AA (the first of many twelve step programs) is a movement called the Oxford Group. This was a group that became popular around the turn of the century. They had some basic principals that have become the basis of twelve step programs. Key to the Oxford Group and twelve-step programs is the benefit of sharing among a group that is working this same program. There are many tests online and other places designed to help individuals determine if they are or could be an alcoholic. I think, for many, this test could be simplified into…. have there been times in your life that a Flowbee sounded like a great idea?
Please, share with me your thoughts. Why are paradigms important? When doctors self-medicate… is there a copay?
This would make even less sense if I was drinking…. Can you imagine?