3/12: what I learned this week: ALWAYS taper your SSRI

  1. Ugh the last two weeks have been CRAP!!! But, some good has come of it. I'll share some good, bad, and ugly.

    This week, I have learned:

    1. Lexapro is a hell of a drug.

    2. My body will crash my brain after 7 days of insomnia, and I will hallucinate by day 10.

    3. My spouse has the patience of a saint.

    4. The kickback of a gun is nowhere near as forceful as it looks.

    5. I'm good at shooting!

    6. I may or may not have a job right now.

    7. I never expected to feel so indifferent regarding my employment status. It feels revealing to me to realize how unattached I feel to it. Maybe my dislike for it has really grown that much.

    8. I feel like the Boy Child has suddenly grown more mature and its freaking me out a little. I know he's in the pre-teen zone, but I'm not ready for this. I find myself checking in on him often and smothering him with mama love just to make sure my boy is still my boy. *sigh* This poor child is stuck with me.

    9. If you tell them to stop building....

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    They will.

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    (I find this hilarious to an inappropriate degree.)

    10. The A-Hole Dog only likes the dog park if she's on her leash. She also acts like she feels incredibly violated when another dog sniffs her butt.

    11. Go to the following thread. Go to top comments, find on page, type "Robb Stark". Only do this if you are caught up on GOT. Also, only do this if you are not offended by politics, and if you do not plan in any way to come back here and blast me for sharing a comment that compares Trump to Joffrey and Balon Greyjoy.

    Link: Bernie opposing Auto Bailout, delaying Clean Power Plan, supporting Minutemen militia, Koch brothers endorsement, Reagan HIV/AIDS "activism" and today's Sanders healthcare support in the 9s are 6 things Hillary Clinton blatantly lied about in a single freaking week. : politics (Mid-way through comment begins with "The way I see it, Bernie is...")

    12. I like my ellipses with 4 dots, just like I like my lights (THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!!!!). Farawyn, we can take this outside if you want....

    13. The spouse and I owe so much money in taxes that I can't even. We changed exemptions when we got blasted by state last year. Didn't matter. We owe thousands to federal and the state we live in. As in, we owe thousands to federal and thousands more to state. Can't wait to see how much the state I work in swindled. I swear to the Bearded Commander Riker that we had more money on one crappy income than we have now, with me working, too. Maybe I need to not work during grad school. :\

    14. I am so excited for grad school!!!

    I know I'm forgetting stuff. Boo! I'll remember right after the edit window closes, I'm sure!

    What have you learned?
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    About ixchel, BSN, RN

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  3. by   OrganizedChaos
    Bipolar is a hell of a disorder.
    I am struggling like hell right now & in the middle of a depression. I want like hell for life to over, for the depression to be over.

    *hugs ixchel* My husband & I are in major debt too. It sucks. To top it off we are broke & neither of us are working right now so I am right there with you.
  4. by   Farawyn
    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    Bipolar is a hell of a disorder.
    I am struggling like hell right now & in the middle of a depression. I want like hell for life to over, for the depression to be over.

    *hugs ixchel* My husband & I are in major debt too. It sucks. To top it off we are broke & neither of us are working right now so I am right there with you.
    I refuse to like this post, Chaos. I love you.
  5. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Farawyn
    I refuse to like this post, Chaos. I love you.
    I love you too.
  6. by   Farawyn
    ixchel, Mhm...

    The Ellipsis

    Welcome back, my sweet friend.
  7. by   Purple_roses
    I love EPIC so much more than handwriting narratives at the end of a clinical day. Hello Med/Surg, and thank you for your cooperation.
  8. by   Purple_roses
    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    Bipolar is a hell of a disorder.
    I am struggling like hell right now & in the middle of a depression. I want like hell for life to over, for the depression to be over.

    *hugs ixchel* My husband & I are in major debt too. It sucks. To top it off we are broke & neither of us are working right now so I am right there with you.
    (((OC)))

    I don't really know what to say to help. Saying that I hope you feel better sounds so trivial, but I really hope you do.
  9. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from Purple_roses
    (((OC)))

    I don't really know what to say to help. Saying that I hope you feel better sounds so trivial, but I really hope you do.
    Thank you. *hugs*
  10. by   Farawyn
    I've learned I'm even more in love with Chris Stapleton after listening to his stuff with The SteelDrivers. Thanks for turning me on to it, RNator!

    Steeldrivers w/ Chris Stapleton "Midnight Train To Memphis," Grey Fox 28 - YouTube

    I've learned I may never finish my sports clearances!

    I've learned that a kid who was sick last week at school has been haunting my dreams.

    I've learned I'm intimidated by wound vacs. So, I'm going to ask for as many as possible in my HH job until I get over it.

    I've learned after talking to another nurse on AN who just got a job at my old hospital that I'm very happy for her, and very much missing that place.

    ixchel, I tapered Lexapro over 3 months and I still got brain zaps, euphoria and huge crash afterwards. It's easier to stay on.

    (((((ixchel and Chaos)))))
  11. by   LadyFree28
    I learned that walking around sick at the job will have people wildly speculate that you are pregnant.

    I'm not preggers-I have the flu.

    Trying to medicate people and be sick is no picnic...even when they share the same bed with you.

    The best thing about having the flu shot is if you get the flu, you don't think you are going to die as much, just the pesky body aches have one feeling as though you've been hit by a truck.
  12. by   nutella
    Quote from ixchel
    Ugh the last two weeks have been CRAP!!! But, some good has come of it. I'll share some good, bad, and ugly.
    Ixchel - my husband and I had to take away all deductions years ago - even though we still have to pay $$$ each year. In addition I pay for graduate school and my son will start college this fall.
    So - yeah , sometimes I think that working hard does not always pay off. My son was really like ??? because of our income his financial aid is basically limited to merit based scholarships....
    Last edit by Joe V on Mar 15, '16
  13. by   nutella
    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    Bipolar is a hell of a disorder.
    I am struggling like hell right now & in the middle of a depression. I want like hell for life to over, for the depression to be over.

    *hugs ixchel* My husband & I are in major debt too. It sucks. To top it off we are broke & neither of us are working right now so I am right there with you.

    I am sorry organized chaos - I had depression basically my whole life since teenage age and know how it is to struggle with it.
    I hope that things will get better for you soon!
  14. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from nutella
    I am sorry organized chaos - I had depression basically my whole life since teenage age and know how it is to struggle with it.
    I hope that things will get better for you soon!
    Yeah, it's hard & people who don't have a mental health disorder don't understand. I really like coming here because everyone here understands.
    Last edit by OrganizedChaos on Mar 13, '16

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