Mom and the Marshall Kreis Christmas Party

     Happy Holidays to All,  In recent post I have been discussing the issue with my mom and her depression and how it is effecting her and her ability to attend even our annual Marshall Kreis Christmas Party, which was held just this past Saturday.  In talking with her recently about her depression (I wait for her to bring it up) she mentioned that for 2-3 weeks prior to the party she was already considering not attending because every time she thought of it she would start having a panic attack.  She also recently had her first appointment with the psychiatrist after seeing a psychologist for the past three months with no results what so ever and that’s with the weekly appointments and the medication, Cymbalta.  So her primary care physician (PCP) and her psychologist both agreed it would be best to see the psychiatrist who would be be to research mom’s medicine (all 17 of them) and determine what new medicine they should try her on.  Her PCP was very demanding that she not be place on any medicines in the Benzodiazepine family as they would react with several of her current heart meds.  I hate to admit this but I can not locate what her new meds are, I know I entered them into my phone and sent them to everyone on the need to know list.  Oh, that gets me thinking, my “Sent File” and there it is a copy of the sent email, I think that should be a tip.  If you can’t locate it, check your “Sent Email File.”


                                      Marshall Kreis Family
                                            Christmas 2013′


     I have to get this out there, as you can see right in the middle (Pink Sweater) there’s mom, she made it, spent the entire time involved and was the second to show up and the last to leave.  So the psychiatrist has diagnosed mom with acute depression with acute anxiety and is going to try her out on Alprazolam and just for the party Paroxetine which should allow her to attend the party or at least sit in the back and watch.  Now come Saturday 12/21/13 the day of the party and we meeting there at around 9:30-10 am to start decorating and getting the lasagna cooking.  It’s 9:30 am on the dot and mom calls me as I am almost there, “Richard, can you come by and help me load all this stuff?”  I knew what the day was going to be like, she immersed herself into the party and worried about everything and everyone except herself.  There were time I had to place a chair right behind her and tell her to sit down, her breathing was labored, she looked tired and would not stop.  Well this update was to let you know that she dug deep, real deep and found her inner strength to not only show up but stay for the entire party.  Next year they are already talking about putting all grudge matches aside, call a truce and invite “ALL” family member to the 2014′ party.  Now that will be approximately 50-55 people, so mom will need to take care of, deal with and accept her emotional state however it may be for that to happen.  For now, my mom made it to the family Christmas party and that is gift enough for me.

To everyone, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All.



– Richard

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