The Paper Situation

I struggle with Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety. When I don’t sleep, my anxiety goes through the roof and it starts me on a downward spiral into depression.

I have new meds now, and I can fall asleep. But I have another problem.

I started getting the local newspaper. Since I live in an apartment building, the carrier leaves it propped against my door. There has never been a problem, until now.

One of my little pleasures is sitting down with the Sunday paper and a cup of coffee and spending a couple of hours reading it all, going through the sale circulars and everything.

Well, I noticed that my Sunday paper had been read already. The sections were folded and crinkled and the whole thing was just stacked up, not one inside the other like a new paper. My coupons weren’t in there.

Someone was stealing my paper then putting it back after having read it.

My psychiatrist told me to call and ask that the carrier knock when they dropped off my paper. I did that.

The very next Sunday I got up when the carrier knocked and opened my door to see my neighbor across the hall reaching for my paper.

I have repeatedly gone to her door to ask her not to steal my paper anymore, but she will not answer my knocks.

Today a friend suggested that I offer to let her read the paper when I am done with it. That way I could let go of this stressful situation and go back to sleeping through the night (hopefully). But when I knocked on her door to offer this solution, she didn’t answer. Of course, today she could have been at church. She goes to church every Sunday, dressed in her finest. After stealing my paper.

So for now I will continue to be awakened at 4:00 so that I can foil a thief. My stress level will remain high and my health will suffer.

I think, though, that I will take my social worker up on his offer to go to the office for me. There are cameras in all the halls, so the theft would be recorded. She will be given a written warning. I will see how I feel after one more week.

Sorry to be a downer today. I have just had enough.

What would you do in my situation?

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4 responses to “The Paper Situation

  1. I would go with leaving her a note first, to say you know she has been stealing it, and you are happy to give her the paper when you are done if she likes.

    If that does not work, then the written warning thing.

    But I always like to give people three strikes before they are out, YMMV šŸ˜‰

  2. Thank you so much Snoskred! I think that is what I will do. I appreciate your comment! Thank you.

    • You could almost use what you’ve written here, if you went from “I started getting” to “After stealing my paper” except remove the part about your psychologist because she has no right to that info.

      If you post any updates, I might miss them in this whirlwind of NaBloPoMo, I’m subscribed to over 400 new blogs and adding more and more each day, but I’ve put your blog in a special folder and fingers crossed I will catch it – if you don’t see a comment from me on any update post within about 36 hours, can you drop me an email? šŸ™‚

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