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  1. I’d’ve said rubbery, fish-flavored chicken, but you’re not wrong.
  2. I have eaten crab, and I have eaten alligator. Crab is much tastier, but there is a distinct primordial satisfaction to eating an apex predator.
  3. As noted, there are a number of different ways to decide if you’re overmedicated or not. A lot of questions to ask. Consider whether the meds, singly or in combination, are having a deleterious effect on your physical health. How does your blood work look, your liver and kidney function, cholesterol, etc? How is your BP? Are you gaining or losing too much weight? Think about how much a given med helps you vs. what the side effects are. If X med has pulled you out of a deep depression, are you willing to put up with managing, say, perpetual constipation? How about sexual disfunction? What does your doctor say? Does s/he think the cocktail is safe? Safe for now? Safe long-term? And ask why exactly do you want to reduce your meds? Do you think you’re not getting a distinct benefit from each one? Are they interacting in a way that gives you hard to manage side effects? Do you find it psychologically challenging to accept that you need to take meds? For me, at this point, I don’t know why I’m taking topiramate. It was originally prescribed to me as a mood stabilizer, but it didn’t work. It made me sick as a dog for two or three months when I first started taking it. I can’t manage more than 75 mgs a day or the sedation is untenable. That’s supposed to be a subtherapeutic, but I’m not sure I believe in that concept anymore. Maximum doses make more sense, but if a med works at a low dose, why up it just because it says to on the package? I’ve been on it since about 2007. A dozen drugs have come and gone since then. By the time my stomach adapted to 75 mgs it was clear that it wasn’t going to be the mood stabilizer for me, but it did seem to cut down on the headaches I got. So I stayed on it. Eventually we found lamotrigine. Now I have a totally different med for headaches, not even a psych med, that works really well. So do I need the Topamax? Should I stop taking it and find out? I’m not going to. Why? Because I’m in a pretty good place. I don’t want to rock the boat. It isn’t worth experimenting on myself. Getting myself back on an even keel once I’m destabilized is hard. My bloodwork all looks great. Whatever the side effects are, I’m so long used to them I’d only notice if they stopped. So I’ve come to the decision that it’s best to keep taking it. And there you have a peek into my thought process.
  4. Chap Hop. Looking @Fluent In Silence.
  5. I’ll be back as quick as I can and I apologize for my absence. It’s been a tough week or so.

    1. jarn


      Hope you're okay Gear.

  6. @Simba Cub, what Cerb is trying to say is that spiders and creepy- and alarming-looking, but you aren’t in Australia, and there are no spiders in your vicinity that can hurt you. And you can stomp on them.
  7. Flue, I’m the only person around here who could stop him, but I won’t. And he won’t stop at “Proud supporter of Boris Johnson.” The man’s creative. And he’s right.
  8. @BPCharlotte It’s very nice to see you and I’m so glad that you’re doing better. Feel free to bring in your rubbish as needed.
  9. I know there are raccoons around, but I never see them. I have seen possums. There was one living under the porch of someone’s house that was along our dog-walking route for a long time. I called him Wentworth.
  10. The ones whose agenda has been working 24/7 to keep your fool ass alive while you were sick? That is sinister.
  11. I was also wondering if you’re taking IR or XR. I had much better luck with X-RAY for depression, and it didn’t make me sleepy like the IR does.
  12. This story I simply don’t know how to process. https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/08/30/new-threat-emerges-as-crews-fight-minnesota-wildfire-bears Yup. Bears. Uncontrollable fires, and bears. The human race can’t win for losing. Even when we’re kind and do the right thing and donate to our neighbors, eventually, bears. I mean, if you’re going to have bears in the area, black bears are the way to go. They aren’t that big, or that aggressive, but they can still ruin the bejesus out of your day. I’ve lost the thread, folks. Covid. Fires. Hurricane. Bears. That doesn’t even cover the man-made disasters.
  13. I grew up in rural Southern Wisconsin. At the time, there were no coyotes and no wild turkeys in the area. Now you damn near have to elbow the blamed things out of the way to get down the road. There are no stray cats anymore. That may also be partially attributable to all the family dairy farms having gone. Where there’re milk cows, there are cats. Now I live smack in the middle of a major metro area, and there are wild turkeys making asses of themselves all over the place. Mary Mother of are you fucking with me, they do not think things through. My husband sent me a video of one that was across the street from his work, picking dead bugs off of a license plate. For a while there were two or three hanging out in front of our friend’s apartment building, menacing people and dogs who tried to come and go. (For all I know they’re still there. She moved.) They cause traffic jams, because they park their idiot asses in the middle of residential streets and think about their lives, and no one knows how to drive them off. (Hint: Large ice scraper and purposeful movements.) Husband says I am not to shoot them, even if they are made of turkey, and therefore edible, if gamey. I’m not allowed to trap rabbits, either, although Agnes can eat as many as she wants.
  14. Hi gang,

    I was in the hospital for a couple of days (nothing terrible, don’t freak out), and I’m slowly catching up. Did you eat your vegetables and go to bed on time while I was gone? 

    1. jarn


      I stayed up alllllllll night!  

      Hope you're feeling better.

    2. Cerberus


      I woke up feeling like I'd slept in a bin full of carrots and my mouth felt like I'd eaten one of the pillows in my sleep. I don't think I got the results you were hoping for.

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