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  • Mood: Depressed
  • Listening to: "Under the Milky Way Tonight," The Churc
  • Reading: The Great Hunt, Robert Jordan
  • Watching: Princess Tutu
  • Playing: Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
  • Eating: Phish Food
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper (always)
Lots to be said over two little words. Two Rivers is the name of the town the main characters are from in Robert Jordan's amazing fantasy series The Wheel of Time. It's also the name of the psychiatric hospital I spent the last eight days in. They take folks who need to detox from alcohol and drug dependence as well as people with SI/HI (suicidial/homicidal ideation). I was a little surprised at what I take for granted living on my own.

On the inside I couldn't shower without someone to get towels and soap for me. I couldn't shave without someone standing behind me to make sure I didn't hurt myself. I wasn't allowed to have shoes with laces, so I wore slippers. It was impossible to distinguish nurses from techs from social workers from orderlies, so you could ask someone for help with whatever it was you needed and you'd have no guarantee of getting it.

The meds were a fiasco waiting to happen, especially if you had the misfortune to be diabetic. I had two diabetic friends who never got their insulin on time or in the right quantities.

How do I feel? Remarkably well. The patients were better therapists than most of the employees. My first night there, while waiting for a bed to be made up, two patients were working on a poetry prompt. They were funny, friendly, and writing poetry--they drew me out of my shell, or as Love Händel would say, "They snuck their way right into my heart."

I was less self-conscious than usual because I knew they were there for the same reasons as I. I went to group therapy and expressive therapy and did my best to share and express (even though expressive therapy is mostly just kindergarten-style coloring time). I feel like I've gained something important even though I'm still very depressed and disgusted by the world around me. I've learned that you can always make new friends.

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Mike Berteaux
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United States
I'm an editor, currently doing freelance work when I can get it and working full-time for a mail order pharmacy. I enjoy writing poetry in my free time (when I can get it) and the occasional short story, though my attention tends to wander after about ten lines and it ends up as a poem.

Current Residence: Misery (read, Missouri)
Favourite genre of music: Rock
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Favourite cartoon character: Kurosaki Ichigo, Suzumiya Haruhi, Suoh Tamaki.
Personal Quote: The pen isn't literally mightier than the sword... ouch.
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Cutte Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Than you for the favorite! :)
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MissPaperJoker Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hey there! Thanks for faving my Wise Mans Fear typography work! I just loved the books so much :)
have a nice weekend!
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wh0rem0ans Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Thanks :frail:
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wh0rem0ans Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
:frail: thanks! :frail:
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RTrib Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the watch :)
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tmpst24myst Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Writer
How are you sunshine?
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batousaijin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
:no: not so great
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thorns Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012   Writer
Thank you for the watch! :D
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batousaijin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
sure sure :)
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