Page 7, Line 5

74611A2E-DD46-4568-B37F-01CAB3EEFF43Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, has this challenge where she tells you to grab your closest book, turn to a specified page, scroll down to a specified line, and use that line as inspiration for a post. In this case, it’s page 7, line 5.

Since I no longer own any physical books, I decided to use one of the books that I downloaded to the Kindle app on my iPhone. The book I chose was “Tales From the Haunted Wordmith” by Teresa Grabs. You may be familiar with that author. Anyway, here is the fifth line on the 7th page of the Kindle for iPhone edition.

“where her car was parked. In fact, she wasn’t”

Sally couldn’t remember where her car was parked. In fact, she wasn’t able to remember much of anything these days. Not since her doctor adjusted her dosage for the medications she was taking to manage her bipolar disorder.

Her husband told her to get her act together or he’d take the kids and leave her. He called her an unfit mother and said that she was a danger to herself and the children. So she started seeing a shrink about four months ago. He was always tinkering with her meds and she felt kind of like a guinea pig.

But this latest adjustment made her feel numb. Yes, it lowered the frequency and intensity of her manic episodes. And she didn’t get as deeply depressed as she used to. But her mind felt muddled and she didn’t like that. If someone asked her how her day went or even what she had for lunch the day before, she would stare back at them, a blank expression on her face, unable to remember.

And now, standing in the parking lot, she felt like she was missing something, but she couldn’t remember what. Oh wait. Her car. Where was her car?

Sally couldn’t remember where her car was parked. In fact, she wasn’t able to remember much of anything these days.

8 thoughts on “Page 7, Line 5

  1. The Haunted Wordsmith November 28, 2018 / 7:11 am

    Surprisingly I remember the exact story that came from (I normally don’t lol). Great take on the prompt. I never like how medicine makes me feel. Antidepressants, and anything that changes the chemical makeup of the brain, are horrible (not that they are not necessary for some – don’t take it that way). My mother’s been on them for fifteen years now.

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  2. Melanie B Cee November 28, 2018 / 7:58 am

    I’ve been on meds for a very long time. It took patience and doctors who LISTENED, but finally I have a perfect combination for my particular brain. BUT. My mother experienced your story. And sometimes, no, she could not remember where the car was. She got tired of that and stopped them. Distrusted head doctors for the rest of her life until she saw how much better they made ME. Then she took an appropriate med and I think she was a lot happier. She certainly was calmer. If someone feels ‘wrapped in cotton wool or that their mind is muddled’, the DOCTOR is wrong. Speaking out in that case does wonders.

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  3. leigha66 December 3, 2018 / 8:46 am

    I have “misplaced” my car before, luckily never in a hug parking lot. Good story Fandango!


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