The Droughtlander Diaries

The Droughtlander Diaries ~ April 17, 2018

April 17, 2018

Dear Diary,

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve written.  I have delayed because I wanted to bring you better news. I know what Dr. YeKen thought and why he advised starting this diary but I’m not sure it’s working. I have been deluged with thoughts of Outlander.  It’s now completely out of control.  I go to sleep thinking of Outlander, wake up in the middle of the night thinking about Outlander and then again in the morning!  There is no relief from Outlander, Outlander, Outlander!!!   I do believe my Droughtlander Delusional Disorder (DDD) is getting much worse. Sometimes, I feel l need to run like Forest Gump and just keep on running.

I have, in fact, tried banging my head against the wall to dislodge the wicked ramblings in my brain which jump from one Outlander thing to another Outlander thing; however, that only resulted in a hole – not in my head but the wall. I had to quickly repair that before my husband saw it.

I have another confession to make, Dear Diary. When I took my shower this morning, I was thinking about Season 4 and what we might get to see if this excruitiating Droughtlander ever ends.  Just yesterday, I read the passage with Jamie & Claire on that glorious rock (Chapter 2, Drums of Autumn). Well, I became so distracted by these thoughts that I washed my face…with shampoo!  So driven to distraction was I that I would never have realized my error except that my eyes immediately began to sting like bloody you-know-what.

I couldn’t open them to even see what I had done. It took 10 minutes of rinsing my eyes until I was finally able to open them. Fearing that I had used the liquid Soft Scrub that I keep in my shower, I was much relieved to discover it was only the shampoo. However, I was reminded of my lapse back into DDD all day long by red, stinging and watering eyes.

I did not share this incident with my husband. I told him that I was suffering from pollen. Thank God, I had a believable excuse. If I had told him the truth, he would be calling Dr. YeKen immediately.

Although this experiment of writing down my struggles with DDD may not be working, it is a relief to be able to confess my failures. I was so embarrassed after the shampoo incident. Hopefully, the remembrance of my suffering will keep me out of harm’s way for a while. I can at least be hopeful.

P.S.  Oh, I wanted to report back to you on Dr. YeKen as I had promised last time. During my appointment last week with the good doctor, he answered a phone call and introduced himself as Dr. Fraser.  Unfortunately, I believe he is slipping rapidly into the abyss as well.Until next time…

I Remain An Obsessed Fan,




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  • Reply Theresa Williams April 17, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Dear Beth’s Diary,
    I fear I, too, am obsessed! 😩

    • Reply Beth Pittman April 17, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      Oh Theresa! It is so good to hear that I am not alone. I wish you the best as you fight this terrible disorder!

  • Reply Eugenia Elmo April 17, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Beth, you definitely help me cope with my DDD. I am currently reading Echo and watching S3 DVD Collector edition. I worry that I think too much about Outlander, but then I say: “how much is too much?”
    I am seriously thinking about reading Outlander all over again, while I wait patiently for the Droughtlander to end.
    Thank you for keeping me entertained while I wait!

    PS, If you haven’t seen the deleted scenes of Episode 303, I tell you, the scene of young LJG at Culloden was worth keeping. At least we got to watch it.

    • Reply Beth Pittman April 17, 2018 at 6:19 pm

      It is a very sad situation, Eugenia. I completed DOA last week for the second time and started re-reading it again on Sunday. A sad, sad state of affairs, indeed! Now, you tell me about the deleted scenes with young LJG. I have not received my DVD yet and will not sleep the entire night thinking about it! LOL!!!

  • Reply Anne Marie April 18, 2018 at 8:55 am

    I enjoy so much reading your diary Beth, especially love the humor! Thank you for the smiles. 🙂

    PS: hopefully the incidents described are only from your imagination… 😉

    • Reply Beth Pittman April 18, 2018 at 10:23 am

      Anne Marie, thank you for reading my about my crazy Droughtlander life! And, actually, no, I did wash my face with shampoo! It’s sad. LOL!!!

  • Reply Judy11 April 21, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Beth – one must be careful with distractions. I once was about to put eye drops in my eye before heading off to babysit the grandsons. Unfortunately I gabbed the bottle of nail glue- amazing how much alike they look too – and put a drop of that in the first eye before I realized what I had done. Yup, trip to the ED. Dr. said if it was crazy glue I could have just flushed with water – who knew. But alas mine was not. I had one liter of saline plus something run though my eye attached with a horrible contraption, then eye covered in gauze for a day. Basically, I burnt my eyeball. Stung for days but all was fine eventually. Now I look at bottles twice before using!!!!

    • Reply Beth Pittman April 21, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      Oh my gosh, Judy! I thought it was pretty sad that I washed my face with shampoo! You’ve bested me (or worsted me) on that one! Glad you’re ok!

  • Reply Jane Hicks April 22, 2018 at 1:16 am

    Dear Beth, No my dear, you are far from alone! I found you while Googling N.Carolina and Outlander thinking that there might possibly be someone out that way with some Outlander-land, or something, that I could visit when I make a trip to Charlotte to visit my daughter. So far, I don’t know…but I’ll let you know if I find anything. 😁
    I’m on book #8, “Written In My Own Heart’s Blood”, I still have about 150 more pages to go but I can already feel the depression slipping in like….well I was going to make a comparison to something Claire did in one of the books, but don’t want to spoil it for you, since it sounds like I’m farther along in the books (?)🤪 Anyway, even though I do have the Lord John books to fall back on, they just aren’t the same! (I’ve read one LJG book) But now that I’ve found your blog I’m hoping I can share my misery of no new Outlander novels and be somewhat comforted. Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ! I sure hope Diana Gaboldon finishes #9 soon!
    Take care, I’m rooting for you!
    Jane 🐈

    • Reply Beth Pittman April 23, 2018 at 8:38 am

      Your whole comment made me laugh out loud!!! Loved it! So glad I am not alone! Maybe you should set up an appointment with Dr. YeKen too!!! LOL!!!

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