Salted Lithium Recovery Week 182 In Review

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Salted Lithium Recovery Week One Hundred and Eighty-Two


This is the time of year I hate. It is officially Lithium Headache Season, and I’m barely surviving in between the time it takes me to empty a jug of cold water down my throat, and the time it takes the jug of new water to get cold while sitting in my freezer.

When I was a young dude I worked through the summer picking stones and baling hay, and I never brought a water bottle into the field. If I was lucky the farmer would bring a cooler. On a few occasions I used the steel bowls the cows drank out of. But I survived entire, hot days on a glass or two of tepid, sometimes filthy water.

Now I get almost as nervous as a crack addict when I pull the jug out of the fridge and there’s only an inch of water in it.

When people taking Lithium get hot, when we’re thirsty and dehydrated, we get headaches. Throbbing, deep headaches, that make remembering difficult and recall almost impossible. It’s because the Lithium concentrates in our blood when we don’t hydrate properly.

Or sometimes even when we do hydrate properly. This is why the blood tests are so important, so our doctor can modify the dose up or down.

Fuck, my head frigging hurts. And my hands are sticky, and my shorts are squishy, and the Lost finale sucked on so many different levels.

Just to interpret… it took me all weekend to write this thing, so wherever you find “this week”, it really means “last week”.


The Lists From Week One Hundred and Eighty-Two:


Five Strangest Search Terms Used To Find Salted Lithium:

5) with a bullet in his back
4) bristol palin love to fuck
3) my grandfather fuckin my grandma
2) being raped with boots
1) fucking beard

Honourable Mentions: rubber duck bathrooms aberdeen; don’t be afraid of lithium


Top Five Salted Posts For Week 182:

5) Got Lithium? Research Says It Reduces Suicide, Inhibits Herpes And Boosts The Brains Grey Matter So Why Isn’t It The First Thing We’re Prescribed?
4) There’s No Art In Manic Depression
3) After Thirty Years Today I Finally Told My Grandmother To Go Fuck Herself
2) Too Much Stuff In My Apartment So I Had To Lose A Tooth To Make Room
1) How Being Raped Has Effected My Sex Life


The Five Blogs I Visited Most This Week:

5) The Bitter Guy
4) Knit Nut
3) Natalia Antonova
2) Mad Matters
1) Neuroskeptic


The Past Week In General:

The Lost finale sucked. That’s pretty much what I remember from last week, and Lost was broadcast on Sunday. So, really, this should be a highlight I remember next Sunday.

Actually, I do remember it got really fucking hot.

I had a pretty good appointment on Friday with my psychiatrist. My girlfriend and I watched “The Defiant Ones”, “A Serious Man”, and “Crazy Heart”… which was awesome, except for Colin Farrell.

Colin Farrell decided at some point between his trailer and stepping in front of the camera — he put that much thought into it, that he’d play a young country-western singer as though he were a cross between Robert DeNiro in “Casino” and Robert DeNiro in “Goodfellas”.

Jeff Bridges, channelling his inner Waylon Jennings, was awesome.

Oh, right, on Saturday my apartment was full of smoke, and when I approached the neighbours to ask them to put their fire out, they freaked out and called me a “liar” because the wind was blowing away from my apartment, a “hypocrite”, and then the dude threatened to tell the police I was molesting his nine-year old daughter.

I swear to God. I have 90% of their raging insanity on camera.


Photo Of My Week:

salted photo of the week


Coming In Week 183:

A visit to Toys R Us to buy Victor some new toys… I’m starting a search for a cheap air conditioner, I had Victor in my apartment for most of the long weekend, and I think he lost weight. I’m also planning on getting at least a few steps closer to creating the perfect smoothie.

So far my best recipe is half a tub of 0% fat strawberry yogurt (frozen), half a tray of ice, 1/4 bag of mixed frozen berries, two bananas, 1/2 litre 1% milk… liquefy and serve. Should make 4.5 glasses of frozen heaven.

I’m also going to write about my previous appointment with my psychiatrist, and I’ve been planning to write something about my sleep disorder… which will involve several mentions of how much I love Seroquel.

…the “Week In Review” thing is something I used to do on another blog… I’m not sure why I stopped doing them.




About Gabriel...

...diagnosed with manic depression when I was nineteen, for the next 14-years I lived without treatment or a recovery plan. I've been homeless, one time I graduated college, I've won awards for reporting on Internet privacy issues, and a weekly humour column. In 2002 I finally hit bottom and found help. It's now 2022, and I have an 8-year old son, and a 12-year old son... I’m usually about six feet tall, and I'm pretty sure I screwed up my book deal. I mostly blog at
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4 Responses to Salted Lithium Recovery Week 182 In Review

  1. Maybe you need a second jug? That way, when you’re waiting for jug one to cool down, jug two is ready?

    Just an idea.

    I deserve to be read less than the knitting blog. I never post anymore. They don’t let us surf at work anymore.

  2. Gabriel... says:

    Quality is only one criteria for why, and how long, I visit a blog. I’m not sure “deserve” has anything to do with it, besides you still update about four times more than I do.

    I had the ‘two jug’ system going for a while… for a few weeks I had six 1.89L jugs in rotation. I found out you can actually use jugs of frozen water to keep the food in your fridge cold… the fridge motor almost never came on when the fridge was stuffed with ice.

    That’s too bad about work… it’s a sure sign the economy isn’t getting better as fast as we thought.

    side note: weird how long it took for someone to comment on this post. The least commented upon posts on this blog are the ones where I’m trying to be upbeat and funny — albeit, upbeat and funny in my own special way.

  3. Pingback: Recovery Week 183 In Review | …salted lithium.

  4. Stephany says:

    I’ve been admiring the baby photos, he is SO cute!

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