This will be a rather short post.

Instead of my typical 1500+ rambling word slush pile, I’m aiming for half of that. It’s good, I guess, because I’m sure you’re busy. Additionally I’ve read that it’s best to keep blog posts around 600 words to attract the most readers. While I’ve completely ignored that dictum, I have no delusions of this becoming a mega-popular blog. 


Last Saturday morning I felt healthy as a horse.

Wait a minute. Why do we silly humans say that phrase?

“Healthy as a horse” comes from a time when health was equated with strength. Presumably, anyone who’s strong is healthy (unless you’re Arnold Schwarzenegger – hope I don’t offend any A.S. fans!) and in olden times a horse was an excellent example of a large, strong animal.

Therefore, one who hoped to be as “healthy” as a horse was; i.e. to be able to pull one’s own weight, endure rough conditions, and ride all day and night. 

As you know, horses were often used as idioms for other signs of strength or largeness. (You’ll note I’m leaving out a raunchy example.)

There are: 

“Eat like a horse” (which I do) and “Work like a horse” (which I don’t). 

Last Saturday morn it was a sunshiny day, and I was feeling fine and dandy and equine-ish. I had fun recording my vlog with Miss Lucy. Together we conjured up names for phantom Big Pharma meds. The post received some creative replies that were a hoot! You can read it here:

But then, woe was me. That same evening I went from being healthy as a horse to sick as a…I don’t want to write “dog” because that has been overdone and my dog is very healthy, knock on wood, thank you very much! – how about sick as Donald Trump?!

I was befallen by my first creeping crud cold of the fall season. I usually get a cold each Halloween. (That’s a big bummer since Halloween is my favorite day of the year.) But I got my cold early and I’ve felt inhuman for the past three days.

I’m coming out of the snot/cough-fest now, but I’m wiped out.

Because of that, I’m resting. Ahhh yes.

I’m so grateful I’ve been able to rest.

Thank God Craig drove the kids to school the past two mornings to help me out. I call the elementary school parking lot the 10th Circle of Dante’s Inferno; it’s where the other parent drivers are off-the-hook rude/aggressive/mean/zombie-like. If you enter that zone, you need to be on it in terms of driving agility. 

Apart from my cold affecting me, guess who chose last Friday night to go off Seroquel again? (with her psychiatrist’s blessing, of course.) Me! Lucky me!

Here’s an equation to express my current state:

Seroquel withdrawal + a nasty cold = you wouldn’t want to be near me today

Those of us who have bipolar know that things could be MUCH worse. That fact never escapes me. But having a cold, feeling drained, and not being able to take my nightly 15mg “golden handcuff” pill has made me one helluva  whiny baby. To cheer myself up, I’ve been watching some television programs that I want to share with you.

They are:

1) The entire four seasons of BBC’s Scott and Bailey series (This is episode one) This is a show created by women featuring two high-ranking female police detectives in jolly good Manchester, England. Scott and Bailey rocks. This kind of show isn’t usually my cup of tea, but it’s SO good in heaps of ways that I’m hooked! It can be gory, though, so be warned, but it’s not nearly as gross as the U.S. police dramas.

2) Ridiculous pranks that have made my girls laugh incredibly hard – these videos have also served to give us some “educational moments”, i.e., “Girls, don’t do that!” The link to some of that silliness is here

That’s it. I hope you enjoy listening to “Resting”, one of my favorite Tim Finn songs. The New Zealand-born Tim Finn co-founded Split Enz and sang in Crowded House with his brother Neil Finn. “Resting”, from Tim’s solo album Imaginary Kingdom, is a truly soothing song and I love it!

take care, take your vitamin C etc., and I’ll be back next week with a follow-up to the Hawaii post.


p.s. On a totally unrelated note, after publishing 300 posts I discovered that if one lists more than 15 tags (including categories) on a post, then the tags won’t work on WordPress. Big whoops! Did all of you know that but me? Well, better late than never, right? Ever since I figured this out I’ve gotten a flurry of followers who were able to find me.

Dyane Leshin-Harwood’s memoir Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder will be published by Post Hill Press next year.

NEW CONTEST! Your Suggestions for Big Pharma Med Names!

Please listen to Dyane & Lucy explain this new contest. All will make sense to you shortly!

Thanks to my #1 favorite blog Blahpolar Diaries and to the new blog Psych Roundup for inspiration (@PsychRoundup). I also want to thank the HBO television series Silicon Valley for making me laugh.

After you watch me & Lucy, please check out the Silicon Valley clip below; the scenes made me ponder how marketing departments truly come up with such ridiculous med names.  (TW for salty language and psilocybin use.)



Photo on 9-26-15 at 2.17 PM

The following medications are not yet available to the public and are currently undergoing extensive clinical trials


This revolutionary 3-in-1 medication is an antipsychotic, mood stabilizer and benzodiazepine. To date the only drawback is one side effect: the consumer grows an additional toe and/or finger; the formula team is currently working on this issue to eradicate the digits.


This powerful antipsychotic has a threefold benefit; it not only acts as a traditional antipsychotic; Synapislaphappyquel™ increases the consumer’s intelligence by one-tenth of the previous quotient, and it specifically decreases road rage.


An element, Cf, this medication’s classification is Rare Earth – watch out lithium, Californium™ is the groovy, hot, new mood stabilizer!


This benzodiazepine will relax any muscle in the body 100 times faster and stronger than diazepam’s effect, especially in one’s nether regions.

A mood elevator also helpful for PTSD, the medication can also be used to increase the amount of eggs laid by chickens two thousand percent.


A mild antidepressant targeted for parents of young children; the marketing team is designing a label geared for those wary of pharmaceuticals. Prototypes include this image:



This antidepressant is even more effective than ketamine; it’s to be injected into one’s ear canal and works within two seconds.

*This is a fictitious post and is meant for humorous purposes only…because life is hard enough as it is.*

Silicon Valley Clip: “How to Come Up With a Company Name”: caution: language/psilocybin use

Dyane Leshin-Harwood’s memoir Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder will be published by Post Hill Press next year.