jenniferlreimerBipolar, East Van, Family, Feminism and Madness, Mad Society, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Sociology of Medicine, Transcend

jenniferlreimerEmotional Invalidation Questions & Definitions

How I Pulled Myself Out of the Gutter: Part One (The Gutter)

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", East Van, Longer Stories, Mad Society, Sociology of Medicine, The Psych Ward, Transcend

Part One is Dedicated to Wendy M. that I met at the “Hotel Vic” (unit six and Winnipeg’s Victoria General Hospital) and who has been a close friend ever since: For reminding me what a friend really is, and believing in me when I no longer believed in myself. Part One: The Gutter – Destruction, Discrimination, Death-Wishes January through April, … Read More

jenniferlreimerHow I Pulled Myself Out of the Gutter: Part One (The Gutter)

How To Live Forever (Dedicated to Mr. Dan Kooner)

jenniferlreimerEast Van, Feminism and Madness, Laughter = Survival, Mad Society, Transcend

I have told lots of different stories about life and society before, and I have used many different storytelling media, from essays to letters, and advertisements to artwork.  However, I am quite sure that I have never written a fable.  Has it taken me twenty-seven and one half years, and too many scars for me to keep count of, to … Read More

jenniferlreimerHow To Live Forever (Dedicated to Mr. Dan Kooner)

“Have You Taken Your Meds Today?”

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Bipolar, East Van, Effexor: Evil?, Feminism and Madness, Mad Society, Meds, Meds, Meds!, The Psych Ward, Transcend

Alas, a question that us psych patients have heard far too many times – after all, one time is “too many” – from our nearest and dearest.  However, it was no one near, nor dear, that, very bizarrely, popped the question to me the other day.  An “anonymous” prank phone caller, after eerily listing off a list of women’s names in monotone … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Have You Taken Your Meds Today?”

Only in East Van…

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", East Van, Laughter = Survival, Meds, Meds, Meds!

Fellow Vancouverites/visitors to the city, as well as those who have other locally situated “real life dramedy/entertainment”-type anecdotes to share for the sake of self-deprecation and laughter, I invite you to do so in the comments section, as this is the first in what I’m sure will be a lengthy series of short posts, intended to capture short exchanges that … Read More

jenniferlreimerOnly in East Van…

East Vancouver Pharmacy Robberies Go Unreported

jenniferlreimerEast Van, Mad Society, Meds, Meds, Meds!

My own life has been polluted by thieves of various sorts lately as well – some very real, others mere specters, and elusive ones.  Every time I think I have my thumb on the right page they grab the book from me.  This explains why I have not written anything of substance for some time, but it does not explain … Read More

jenniferlreimerEast Vancouver Pharmacy Robberies Go Unreported

Paved Paradise, Put Up A Park? The Newly Renovated Grandview “Park”

jenniferlreimerEast Van, Mad Society

The first time I passed it by bus, I did not even notice it.  The second time, I got out of my seat and I think my jaw actually dropped.  The multi-million dollar renovations that closed Grandview Park – a, if not “the” landmark of my neighbourhood in East Van(couver), Grandview-Woodlands, historically rich and, until July 2010, the heart of … Read More

jenniferlreimerPaved Paradise, Put Up A Park? The Newly Renovated Grandview “Park”

What buses run at night in Vancouver, BC?

jenniferlreimerEast Van, Mad Society

This question has come up many times in the recent past among friends (fellow “public-transitters” 😆 memmmmries!  Wow am I happier without Simon Fraser University playing any role in my life…  ).  Just like “last call” at bars out here in British Columbia, land of the free :eye roll: , er, “The Best Place On Earth!”, is announced between midnight … Read More

jenniferlreimerWhat buses run at night in Vancouver, BC?

Knowing Where Home Is

jenniferlreimerEast Van, Feminism and Madness, Mad Society, Other Survivors, Transcend

I now know, once and for all, where my home is – it’s where my heart is, just like “they” told me; as soon as I stepped off the plane into YVR (Vancouver airport in Richmond, BC – a Greater Vancouver Area “bourough”, as they call such sprawling urban spaces) and I was met by friendly people.  I almost missed … Read More

jenniferlreimerKnowing Where Home Is

“You’re Fired”: Why I Hate Donald Trump, but Love Firing a Bad Psychiatrist

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Bipolar, East Van, Effexor: Evil?, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Psychiatrists, The Psych Ward, Transcend, Uncategorized

When I was released from the hospital, here in Vancouver – St. Paul’s denison of horrors to be specific – in February, one condition of my freedom was that I see a psychiatrist at one of the regional hubs for “mental health team” intervention in the city.  I had tried utilizing this service once before, when I first moved here, … Read More

jenniferlreimer“You’re Fired”: Why I Hate Donald Trump, but Love Firing a Bad Psychiatrist

Post-Surgical Opiate Withdrawal Diaries: The Sociology of Shakes, Sweats, and…

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", East Van, Laughter = Survival, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Sociology of Medicine, The Psych Ward

…”number twos”. Last Wednesday afternoon, as I sat in the waiting room at the methadone clinic – I had once before accidentally walked into thinking it was an ordinary walk-in medical clinic –  after being sent there by my GP who told me that it was now my only option aside from inpatient detox (an option I was not interested … Read More

jenniferlreimerPost-Surgical Opiate Withdrawal Diaries: The Sociology of Shakes, Sweats, and…

“A life without pap smears!” …and a life without…

jenniferlreimerEast Van, Feminism and Madness, Laughter = Survival, Mad Society, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Sociology of Medicine, Transcend

…penises?  Methinky.  I just broke up with the last man/boy I believe I will ever break up with.  Why?  I, scars, a.k.a. ___ _____, hereby solemnly swear… TO EMBRACE MY QUEERNESS FROM NOW ON, AND TO STOP BEING SCARED, BECAUSE THE ONLY TRUE ROMANCE I EVER HAD WAS WITH A WOMAN, AND I’M ONLY PHYSICALLY ATTRACTED TO OTHER WOMEN, AND … Read More

jenniferlreimer“A life without pap smears!” …and a life without…

New Scars, New Stories

jenniferlreimerEast Van, Feminism and Madness, Poetry, Prose, Personal, Scars, The Garden, Transcend

After laparoscopic surgery, performed by the walking Goddess of things “hyster-“, Dr. Catherine Allaire, involving only four little incisions that will leave much tinier scars than those that I ripped myself, into my arms and legs, five and a half years ago, I am uterus-free! This means I will be pain free for the first time since I was fifteen … Read More

jenniferlreimerNew Scars, New Stories

Never Tell the Police You Have a Mental Illness

jenniferlreimerBipolar, East Van, Mad Society

You will automatically be treated as an idiot.  As the perpetrator, no matter what the circumstances may be.  As a child, who lacks knowledge of “big words” and needs to be spoken to very slowly and repetitively. Today I decided that I would go on a hunt for my stolen cat, Phoenix.  I have officially given up after dealing with … Read More

jenniferlreimerNever Tell the Police You Have a Mental Illness