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    Bridge Ladies When I set out to learn about my mother's bridge club, the Jewish octogenarians behind the matching outfits and accessories, I never expected to fall in love with them. This is the story of the ladies, their game, their gen, and the ragged path that led me back to my mother.
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Carrie Mathison decides to go off her meds to get her mojo back. She’s figured out if she goes off her lithium, she’ll have a window during which the mania will kick in and with it her x-ray vision, super-human powers. I know it’s just television, but this is mental. What were they smoking in the writer’s room? This is my illness and it’s not user-friendly. Not that I haven’t been tempted.

Writers, stay on your meds. Okay?





8 Responses

  1. Yeah, the whole idea that it can be controlled and calibrated at will is absurd.

  2. Those writers are smoking some great stuff. More ridiculous each wk.

  3. I have no idea who this Carrie Mathison is but if I had a dollar for every person I’ve committed who tried to tap into their mania, well, blah, blah, shrinkity blah. Betsy, this PSA for medication compliance is good.

  4. Lordy, this reminds me of Dad. He would manipulate his blood pressure medicine (I don’t need this much) and take toxic levels of certain vitamins. (more is better)

    No, it’s not mental, but I think year after year of him dinking around with herbs, chelation therapy, and his blood pressure ultimately caused his kidney failure.

    Gotta hand it to those writers, though. Imagine. Will she become manic before…? That’s a tension building technique for ya.

  5. Right? I’m reminded of the person who is writing about going off their meds in the NYT and I can’t even read it. It’s hard to write when you’re fighting yourself.

  6. The only way I’m going off meds is if I’m incarcerated. The soft stuff-coffee and booze- is available enough, and usually taken in doable doses. If anything does me in, it will be the soulmed combo of big water and a small boat. That is a risk that must be taken, and well, well worth it.

  7. Indeed when Mathison goes off her meds she becomes frenetically brilliant. She makes me feel like I’m just slumbering through life. Not that I in any way advocate going off meds. Or conversely, going on something. I’m not tempted, never have been…but it’s medically sensible, If you need ’em, take ’em. But jeez, those writers put her in a win-lose situation every time, and hence, suspense.

  8. no. it’s not okay. it was never okay. it’s never going to be okay.

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