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Brassmonkey: Talking about myself

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Thank you Shep.  I really do make it sound like a "mile a minute soccer mom lifestyle" but it really isn't.  I take frequent breaks while working on projects, which I work on at a slow pace.  I play simple video games for a few hours a day and watch a lot of TV.  In bed around the same time every night and get 7-8 solid hours of sleep.  Things should be a bit calmer the rest of the year.  One big driving trip in August, which should be pretty laid back then Thanksgiving with family.  The remodel is just about wrapped up so we can get the house back to normal, which will be nice.

 

The chest problems are on the mend, and I have an appointment with a specialist to get them checked out further.  We've also found a kidney specialist to get that checked out further too.

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"mile a minute soccer mom lifestyle".........B) 

 

And a maybe for me now on the solar eclipse thing now........would involve yet another bio family visit..........and I would be closer to the path of it........in the close shadow.........

You'll probably hear me letting out some "primal utterances", if I do go,...........all the way up in the Portland area.  It just seems too cool to miss...........and I was going to try to just enjoy good old August this year especially.  Torn.  Work, work........or play, play............life is too darn short.  Making slow, steady, progress in the "back to a little work for pay" arena.  Eye exam.......maybe special computer glasses, etc.  

 

Yay on your healing and perseverance with the health.  It's going to be fine.  Same here.

 

Best,

 

mmt

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37 minutes ago, brassmonkey said:

Thank you Shep.  I really do make it sound like a "mile a minute soccer mom lifestyle" but it really isn't.  I take frequent breaks while working on projects, which I work on at a slow pace.  I play simple video games for a few hours a day and watch a lot of TV.  In bed around the same time every night and get 7-8 solid hours of sleep.  

 

This is good to read, Tom. I'm less worried now. 

 

38 minutes ago, brassmonkey said:

The chest problems are on the mend, and I have an appointment with a specialist to get them checked out further.  We've also found a kidney specialist to get that checked out further too.

 

I hope you continue to see improvements. You lead a full life and that gives a lot of hope to those of us still in the storm. 

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Hi brass

thanks for replying to my topic

I read your intro that u had symptoms dizziness and brain fog come an go in cycles. Eventually you came off safely and succesfully.

 

I have some brain fog and dizziness and I believe its the drug that's causing it.how you make the decrease in last drop? Have these subsided now that u re off. thanks

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Hi Miko-- thanks for dropping in.  These drugs are a major cause of brain fog and dizziness, a lot of people report having those symptoms. They were my constant companion for my entire taper.  For the most part they slowly improved as I decreased my dosage.  Now that I'm no longer taking the drug they are really improving but still have a ways to go.

 

The amount of paxil powder I was taking for my last several drops was so small it was very hard to measure so I had to stop doing the Brassmonkey Slide Method and go with just straight drops.  Technically they were quite large percentage wise which couldn't be helped because of the limitations of the scales. I wanted to stay with the six week schedule, however because of my traveling I had to take a longer time on several doses.  In the end I took the lowest dose for the duration of our trip to Egypt and then just stopped taking it when we returned home.  That would be three months ago today.

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So you say/mean that the last lowest dosage was 1 drop right? thanks

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Hi Brass, 

 

I'm glad that with rest and rehydrating has made a difference and the tests were an anomaly. 

 

Hope the asthma keeps getting better too. 

Hugs!!

 

 

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Yes Miko-- I stayed at a dose of 0.016mg for about seven weeks and then just stopped taking it.

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Lord, 34 page thread you are popular dude!

I'm sure it's in here somewhere, but what's the brass monkey slide?  I'm sure a taper thing....

Hope

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And this is the short version CabinHope. When they closed down Paxilprogress.com several years ago I had 85 pages documenting the first several years of my taper. It took me three hours to copy and paste it to a word document the afternoon they closed.

 

The Brassmonkey Slide Method is described several times in those 34 pages and in the first line of my signature, but it's good to mention it again.  Before I started my taper I had been in full blown poopout at 40mg of paxil for several years.  It wasn't pretty and was doing a good job of destroying my life and family. I finally realized that something needed to be done and started to research on line and found the above mentioned site. They talked about the success they were having tapering at 10% of the current dose every six weeks.  Reading through the site it all made sense, but it appeared that there was a large hit of symptoms happening just after each reduction.  At the time I was sole provider for the family and couldn't risk any increase in how badly I was feeling.  It occurred to me that spreading the 10% out over several weeks might decrease the symptoms spike.  So I hit on the plan to do 2.5% drops once a week for four weeks and then give things an additional 2 weeks to settle out.  In this way I could still do 10% every six weeks but hopefully the symptom spikes would be more manageable. 

 

The idea was a tremendous success.  There were still spikes with each drop but they were quite manageable, usually stabilized within the week and settled to baseline by the end of the six seek period.  I referred to it as "sliding" instead of dropping and one of the other members dubbed it the Brassmonkey Slide Method.  I have been recommending it ever since and there are many members here using it or a variation with excellent results.

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Just want to note, I had a very powerful and unexpected (aren't they all) brain zap last night after going to bed.  Haven't had one in several months.  This one was the most powerful one I have ever had. It involved the actual zap going left to right between my temples, I could "see" the spark with my closed eyes and hear the zapping nose.  At the same time an electrical impulse happened in my chest which caused me to jerk several inches off the bed.  I think I remember a bit of a build up for the thirty seconds before it happened, can't really describe it more than to say there was a "disturbance in the force" that I could feel.  I remember similar sensations the last several times.

 

Other than that recovery is going quite well.  Passed the three month mark a few days ago.  The other health issues are slowly resolving themselves. The hot damp weather and air conditioning aren't playing nicely with the bronchial problems but there are improvements. 

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Yes, I have been using the Brassmonkey Slide for over a year now to move from 75mg of Sertraline down to my current dose of 40.83mg.  This is the lowest dose I have ever reached on my own with no problems.  I take a portion of my dose in pill form and the rest via a liquid I make by dissolving my pills in water.  I am fortunate in that my generic brand of Sertraline disolves and suspends extremely well in water.  I will hit 25mg in a few months and will probably hold there for a decent amount of time (it's the smallest pill dosage, so a convenient pausing point) and then begin again.  I work full-time and have been able to maintain a good quality of life this way, even though I have been on AD's for over 15 years.  Thanks, Brass!  :D

 

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Geez bro those brain zaps sound bizarre! Haven't had one myself but sounds kind of cool :/  how's the rest of your recovery? Anything significant or just feeling normal?

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