Transcript of Telephone Conversation between Charles Balis, M.D. and Ms. Sylvia Bows, Tuesday, July 16, 1996 at 9 PM.

Mr. Bows: Hello.
Dr. Balis: Hello. May I speak to Ms. Bows, please.
Mr. Bows: Who's calling please?
Dr. Balis: This is Dr. Balis.
Mr. Bows: Oh, hi. I'm Tom. I'll get Sylvia.
Ms. Bows: Hello.
Dr. Balis: Sylvia?
Ms. Bows: Doctor. Thank you for calling me back. Can you hold on a second. I would like to go to another room.
Dr. Balis: No problem.
Ms. Bows: [Pause] Thank you. I don't want Tom's just none of his business. Another guy would just move out. But not Tom. He has to show everyone how much he loves me and takes care of me. I think he honestly thinks that he got the vasectomy for my own benefit. And what is absolutely extraordinary is that he's got some of our friends believing that too.
Dr. Balis: So, how did your day go? Do you feel any different? Better? Worse?
Ms. Bows: Of course Doctor. I am sorry. I think I feel...feel more in control, maybe? More even. Not so many ups and downs through the day. Separated from my emotions somewhat.
Dr. Balis: Less anxious? A little appetite returning?
Ms. Bows: Yes. I did actually have some food today. Some one brought a pizza in the afternoon and I had almost an entire slice. In the last two week I lost 15 pounds.
Dr. Balis: Weight loss is a common response to high stress. This medication, as you observed, brings a feeling of calmness and control and should also stabilize your appetite. But keep checking your weight. I would like to know if you lose too much more. Did you notice anything else?
Ms. Bows: The feeling of calmness and of being slightly removed from everything and everyone seems to be the biggest change.
Dr. Balis: And how does that make you feel?
Ms. Bows: I'm not sure yet. I thought I was supposed to get in touch with my emotions, my feelings. This seems to have a reverse effect.
Dr. Balis: It should also provide you with the opportunity of examining your feelings without being too wrapped up in the moment. Allow you to have a different perspective. And also some rest. Please keep-up your observations. Maybe even start a log: how you're feeling. Write down if you have an anxiety attack. Write down your dreams. Keep track of your weight or anything else that strikes you as being important. We will discuss all of this during our sessions.
Ms. Bows: I never thought I would be in this situation. I feel like a scientist and a lab rat all at once.
Dr. Balis: I will see you Thursday at noon.
Ms. Bows: Very good, Doctor. Have a nice night.
Dr. Balis: You too. Goodbye.
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