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    • jt! You are setting a terrible example! “Nope” is not a worthy answer unless the question was yes/no! Laundry happens whenever. That said, I have to fix the dryer. The heating element has given up the ghost and needs to be replaced. I have to order the part online. Someone remind me to do that tomorrow. Is there currently water in your basement, and I am not referring to plumbing? Asking for a friend.
    • I've been on Clonazepam 1 mg at bedtime for almost 20 years now. Saw a NP about my worsening anxiety today. She wants me to stop taking the Clonazepam and substitute it with Lorazepam 1mg at bedtime instead. Well, I know you can sense my anxiety on this...stop taking the Clonazepam abruptly which is long lasting and start taking Lorazepam which is short acting the very next night. Am I gonna experience withdrawal problems? Am I...a long list of questions and the NP is telling me to do this.  Am I wrong in questioning this? Any input is greatly appreciated.
    • I don’t take benzos anymore. Was on klonopin 7 years. Valium and Xanax one year.    Im thankful I got off of them and I’m out of the hard part.    Im not bashing benzo last. They are really good as needed but everyday if you ever run into the problem I did be prepared to be in Dante’s Inferno!
    • Ever since I change AP’s I’ve had a runny nose. I looked up zyprexa side effects and runny nose is one of them.    Any one else have this side effect?
    • There are many. Are we allowed to answer "nope"? How freeing.   Do   you do your laundry on a certain day, or is it a free-for-all?    

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  2. Iguana

    Questions Thread

    jt! You are setting a terrible example! “Nope” is not a worthy answer unless the question was yes/no! Laundry happens whenever. That said, I have to fix the dryer. The heating element has given up the ghost and needs to be replaced. I have to order the part online. Someone remind me to do that tomorrow. Is there currently water in your basement, and I am not referring to plumbing? Asking for a friend.
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  4. I've been on Clonazepam 1 mg at bedtime for almost 20 years now. Saw a NP about my worsening anxiety today. She wants me to stop taking the Clonazepam and substitute it with Lorazepam 1mg at bedtime instead. Well, I know you can sense my anxiety on this...stop taking the Clonazepam abruptly which is long lasting and start taking Lorazepam which is short acting the very next night. Am I gonna experience withdrawal problems? Am I...a long list of questions and the NP is telling me to do this. Am I wrong in questioning this? Any input is greatly appreciated.
  5. I don’t take benzos anymore. Was on klonopin 7 years. Valium and Xanax one year. Im thankful I got off of them and I’m out of the hard part. Im not bashing benzo last. They are really good as needed but everyday if you ever run into the problem I did be prepared to be in Dante’s Inferno!
  6. Ever since I change AP’s I’ve had a runny nose. I looked up zyprexa side effects and runny nose is one of them. Any one else have this side effect?
  7. Unstrung Harp

    Questions Thread

    There are many. Are we allowed to answer "nope"? How freeing. Do you do your laundry on a certain day, or is it a free-for-all?
  8. Hi all, I have been on 150mg XR for just over a year as an add on to 60mg prozac for treatment resistant depression (I was inpatient when they put me on it, it worked so well very fast for me). I am now coming off it because I want to have a baby. I know I can risk taking it pregnant, but as I'm not bipolar and 'just' taking it as an anti-depressant add-on, I felt the risk of coming off it was less than the risk in pregnancy. I have probably done it too fast but I don't really want to backtrack now. My no. 1 issue is INSOMNIA. It has been 4 weeks now since I took my last pill. Last night I was awake literally ALL night once again. I seem to do this for two nights then by the third night I'm SO tired (I work too) I end up sleeping, but even then it's not great sleep and I wake continuously through the night. Then because I've slept I'll pretty much be awake for another two days and the cycle starts again. I've tried so many things, I've even given up my beloved diet coke (caffeine), bought lavender diffusors, downloaded sleep 'apps' etc etc. When I'm absolutely desperate I have resorted to diazepam (which doesn't work too well probably have a tolerance but don't want to increase my dose) or Phenergan (promethazine) (which works, but I feel like I'm prolonging the problem using this and I'll never learn to sleep without drugs if I continue to use it). I have an appointment with my dr next week. Melatonin is prescription only here (australia) but I have ordered some from the US, however I've used this before and don't hold out much hope. When I previously came off mirtazipine I took phenergan every night until I ended up on Seroquel. So I haven't slept naturally for years. My sleep was always poor beforehand but not THIS bad. Does anyone have any suggestions or indications on how long this may last? Sorry for the block of text got a bit carried away. Just at the end of my tether and don't want to end up back on the seroquel purely because of sleep (I'm otherwise feeling pretty much ok)
  9. I feel like even though your blood level is definitely on the lower side of therapeutic, lithium theoretically could be the culprit for the flattening. It's definitely more likely to happen at higher doses, but perhaps your brain chemistry is sensitive to this specific side effect of the medication. Also, it may decrease with time. Not helpful, I know, but many side effect dissipate as your body continuously adjusts to a medication.
  10. jt07

    Questions Thread

    Nope. What is your favorite food?
  11. jt07

    whatever the weather

    It's supposed to be raining now, but no rain here yet.
  12. It’s surprising w all the regulations that he is willing to let you stay on Valium. But, good thinking on your part, withdrawal is so bad on benzos.
  13. You're right, I didn't think about that, sorry. It isn't known whether MAOIs enter breast milk, but they should be avoided when nursing.
  14. I'm having a very bad time right now. After being somewhat stable on 75mg of Nortriptyline (down from 125mg a few months ago) and 2.5 mg of Olanzapine everything has finally unraveled. Problems started a few weeks ago when i noticed I felt a bit different (mainly when dreaming) upon starting my latest bottle of 75mg Nortriptyline. I still had some old 50mg and 25mg pills from an earlier prescription and everything seemed normal on those. Once those 25mg ran out I paired the 50mg with a newer prescription of 25mgs that I though I could depend on, but I started feeling crappy again. Went back on the 75mgs and things just went steadily downhill from there. Called my pdoc and was able to get a 10 day prescription for the non-generic. But due to delays I was only able to get them AFTER I had already slipped into the worst depression of my entire life that I have no idea I'll ever get back from. And if course not only does the non-generic do little for the depression, but triggered some anxiety on top of that! Now I'm on around 2mg of Olanzapine, which is controlling the anxiety, but not a great effect on the depression. So now I'm wondering whether my depression is due to being on a lower dose of Nortriptyline than I was a few months ago, or whether there was actually something wrong with that bacth of 75mg tablets (a theory which the timing of everything seems to support.) Has anyone ever gone through this? What kinds of things can go wrong with the manufacture of medication? (I've never had anything like this in my 27 years of being on Nortriptyline, though did have a similar experience with one bottle of Clonazepam.) Can something actually contaminate a batch and permanently screw me up, or would it be more a matter of the medication just being weaker than normal. Or could it be a recipe change? As I said, it could just be that my dosage is low (which was lowered due to my fears I was starting to have a paradoxical reaction to it), but I was stable on that dosage for some time, and everything started going downhill coinciding with starting that last bottle! Please help!
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  16. depends how off you. I obviously would refer to your doctor, but just being mildy dehydated can cause that too
  17. Iguana

    whatever the weather

    Water, water everywhere, and all the boards did shrink...
  18. High Creatinine was flagged on a few of my previous tests. I haven't had much clarification from doctors whether it's something to worry about or keep an eye on? I'm not sure what things elevate it...I don't do any weight lifting nor do I eat a lot of protein.
  19. Yes, that is what I meant by it is better to give him the chance to learn things by himself. Autistic people are very analytical and we are very good at researching things, especially how and why things work. It is our way of navigating life and the world. That is also what I meant by capitalising on the strengths to make it easier to face the challenges and deficits. That's what I do when I ask for assistance, to develop awareness of my strengths and how to use them in my life so I can function better.
  20. Thanks for the ideas, Iguana..!!.....Some great suggestions here.....I think they are worth a shot.......He is pretty analytical.
  21. To be honest, I really don't know how much awareness he has about his challenges......He tends not to ask for help until something has already happened and he wonders what to do........I do realize he will refuse help unless he's the one who chooses it......
  22. A lot of the time, autistic people need the reasons behind the rules explained in great detail before they grasp them. Saying “Dependents have to be human” might seem arbitrary. Saying “The government gives tax breaks to families because it’s in society’s best interest to make sure that a new generation of children is born and raised, and no matter how much your dog costs, it’s a drop in the bucket compared to raising a kid.” Or “You don’t expect your paycheck until after you’ve done your work. Therefore someone who works for you shouldn’t get their pay until their work is done.” Or tell him to read the owner’s manual for his car and see how often he should change the oil, and let him know, in a format he processes well (YouTube? Written? Etc.) exactly what will happen to his engine if he doesn’t take care of it. It will cost him a lot of money! This won’t always work. Aspires have a lot of trouble with rules we think are just stupid. But it’s worth a try, especially if your son is highly analytical.
  23. Creatinine, and bun can easily fluctuate FYI. heck things like eating high protein can throw those off for example I do bodybuilding and such I eat very high protein, my BUN and usually creatinine are always elevated at baseline
  24. I must be honest and say I hope I'm not dismissing your experience CrazyRedhead, I never had real parents who cared about me so I don't have any experience myself with a parent-child relationship. If its worth any salt, though, I personally don't seek out any professional treatment for my ASD either, but its not because I refuse to and don't recognise the challenges it creates, its because it isn't really professional at all. When the vast majority of professionals are not autistic themselves, it is hard to get assistance that is appropriate because they don't understand how my brain functions and a lot of the time, couldn't care to listen. Not to say your son has experienced the same, but I have been abused by so called autism specialists also, so I don't trust them or their claims of being specialised. The whole industry of autism specialists really ruined me and my life as a child, and I'm left to try and build some life and authenticity for myself as a result of it. I'm very wary of anyone who claims to help autistic people. So I stay away from it for my own sake. If I were to seek out services for autistic related things, it would be in the context of providing me the strategies and skills to use what I was given naturally to make it through life each day, not necessarily to "treat" me, if that makes any sense. Do you know if your son has much awareness of his challenges and how they apply to his life, or if he would be interested in developing such skills as opposed to seeking traditional professional help? Maybe that could be of use to him, again, if he chooses to seek it out himself, because it will only really benefit if he chooses it himself.
  25. Thanks jt. That makes sense to me. It’s been 6 months on clozapine since I started it. I looked back on our insurance website. I am wondering why I have not graduated to every other week blood draws yet. Should be soon I hope.
  26. Yes, ultimately it is his life, and I want him to have a good life.......I guess I need to let him make his own decisions, on his own terms, and not feel personally responsible when he makes a mistake. It's just difficult for a mother not to worry about her child, even if the child is a grown man.
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