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    "I need a drink and a peer group." -Ford Prefect

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  1. Your Cleaning Goals!

    @deeschmee Before and after pics can be really inspiring. What do you think it would take to clear off the top of the printer?
  2. Urgent Care or ER?

    Hey @Geek Sorry you didn't have a timely response to your post. Hopefully it's totally irrelevant at this time. I've done both: ER and Urgent Care. Urgent care was a better experience for me. I told them straight up that I had a therapist and I didn't want to be dead and could they please just put some stitches in so I could stop bleeding everywhere. I can't say that it would be the same everywhere, but I'd like to imagine it would be similar. Something to consider is that if you have self harm injuries that are more involved than skin (ie you can see any tissues underneath), urgent care may defer to ER because of the need for more than one layer of suturing. Also, if it's a burn of any sort that covers more than an area roughly the size of the palm of your hand, they'll probably defer to ER for pain and infection management.
  3. Your Cleaning Goals!

    Ok. I didn’t get rid of anything yet. However, all the clothes that need hanging up are hung up, all the clothes that need folding are folded, and all the socks are matched except for my sushi sock. Not sure where that one wandered off to.
  4. Your Cleaning Goals!

    I got the toilet and the sink in that bathroom done. Going to work on the closet for 20 minutes before showering tonight. No really. I mean it.
  5. Your Cleaning Goals!

    I have a closet that, once tackled, will make getting dressed a lot less of a hassle. It's my goal to do that, and the bathroom tomorrow. Anything else is a bonus because I'm also studying.
  6. Job interviews

    Some of my favorite questions when interviewing are: Who do you need in this position? What kind of skills, attributes, and temperament would be the best fit for this role? How do you define/measure/evaluate success (both for the position and the org as a whole)? What do you love about working here? How do your organizational values and mission show up/get incorporated in day to day work?
  7. The Strain by Guiellermo del Torro and Chuck Hogan Fundamentals of Nursing Practice Pathophysiology (urk)
  8. For the people in whom Buspar works, it can be very helpful. It acts on serotonin, rather than GABA, so doesn't pack the same kind of immediate anxiety relief that benzos do. As such, it also carries essentially nil in terms of addiction potential. We want our members here to work together with their health care providers. Please encourage people to ask smart questions rather than criticize and change providers without adequate information.
  9. @notloki hits the mark most consistent with the practice of the clinic where I work. Anyone who's on a controlled substance has to sign an agreement that includes, among other "don't be a dick to us, we won't be a dick to you" clauses, there is "expect you're going to have to give a urine sample when you come in for your appointment." If a patient tests negative for the medication that the doc is prescribing and the doc continues to prescribe, the DEA can file charges and arrest the doc for supplying drugs, which can put their prescribing ability and medical license... and therefore their ability to work in jeopardy. It's also important to know if someone's testing positive for other substances that can be dangerous when combined with what the doc is prescribing. It would be considered negligent practice to NOT test, since that's the current practice standard. It's another variation of this is why we can't have nice things. Unfortunately the urine drug screen market is getting some fat cats a whole lot more money. It's ridiculously lucrative, and the more things tighten up in the prescribing world, the more you can expect you're going to get tested. If your insurance won't cover it, it might be worth it to see if your doc could order a less expensive test or at least a test that insurance would cover. If you have a good relationship with your health care provider, they'll tend to work with you on stuff like this. They probably don't know how much the test they're ordering costs, and that it's not covered by insurance. PS-I live in a state that's been hit VERY hard by opiate overdose deaths.
  10. Can you overdose on Neurontin?

    This is the kind of question that is best answered in person by a medical provider. At a minimum, slurred speech, dizziness, diarrhea. At worst, death. Please call a poison control center or go to your closest emergency department for evaluation and treatment.
  11. I feel you, though I thought I had my midlife crisis as a teen and at 43 am getting over the surprise of still being alive... just in time to realize I’m probably close to or over the half way point already. ”youth is wasted on the young” now you kids turn down that noise you call music and get off my lawn!
  12. Oh good @CrazyRedhead. Thanks for saying and linking stuff. It's been a little while since I needed to know that stuff.
  13. It's good to at least call and let them know you're working? You have, I believe, 9 months of earning more than amount for "substantial gainful activity" as "trial work" periods, in a rolling window of 12 months. But if you never earn more than the minimum, you don't use your trial work months. https://choosework.ssa.gov/blog/2018-02-28-myth-busted-trial-work-period
  14. Best Non-benzo anxiety med?

    Sometimes blood pressure meds can be used for anti-anxiety purposes, both alpha blockers (like clonidine/Catapres, not to be confused with benzo Klonopin/clonazepam, or prazosin/Minipress--but that's more often used for PTSD-type nightmares) and beta blockers (like propranolol/Inderal, more often used for performance-type anxiety. I'm curious if you've thought about changing to a longer-acting benzo like clonazepam before changing drug families all together. I hear that you don't want to deal with a long-term taper, and also that you're getting tolerant to the effects of Xanax. Sometimes people have better results with tolerance by changing to a longer-acting med and then tapering gradually from there.
  15. My first time cutting

    Sorry to hear that self harm was the thing that seemed like the best way to manage the distress you were feeling. If you haven't already done so, please read the guidelines to posting in the SI forum. We are a place that encourages people to find alternative ways to cope and minimize harm associated with self injurious behaviors until you are ready to stop. You sound like a person who might be under 18, which means you might be living at home with adults who care about you, or going to school where there might be some people who could help you talk to caregivers/parents about the distress you're feeling and how you've been trying to cope in ways that are less healthy. Please also keep in mind that when posting in the self harm part of the board, we take a little extra caution to not talk about specific tools or methods of self harming, or locations of self harm.