Comments: Hello From Way Up Here at the Peak of Mount Mental Illness Number

I have some leftover Ativan from a 12-day tenstion headache, and it's on the way!

Adoring reader and former high school teacher (which I think explains the headache and drugs perfectly),

Andi

Posted by Andi at July 13, 2005 10:36 AM

You and Mir should take your show on the road. Seriously, you'd kill :)

Posted by Kris at July 13, 2005 11:18 AM

Well, DUH, I mailed you some atavan already, but it came back marked "no such address" which is terribly puzzling because PUHLEEZE, obviously I know your address! I mean, really!

When next we meet, atavan for everyone!

Posted by Mir at July 13, 2005 11:24 AM

Oh man, I can't imagine it. Well, I can, thanks to your fabu description. What a nightmare.

If I had any Ativan I would be FedExing it to you right now. Unfortunately, all I have is Excedrin Migraine and some out-of-date antibiotics... and a dream.

Posted by Georgia at July 13, 2005 11:25 AM

I dont' want to break Maisy's Mom's bubble - but you've a long way to go until you hit mental. Not that you're not working hard for the label, but being a talented, creative, hard working, imaginative writer is far from deserving your own rubber room (she says to the woman who lives near the newt pond.)

But I am concerned about those bouts of anxiety. Are you sure it isn't a latent effect of a some regular M&M from GOD ONLY KNOWS that had been excavated on an archeological under-the-sofa dig, lying no doubt under a drift of filth and bug hair and the bones of long dead mice.

Well it could happen!

Posted by Cele at July 13, 2005 11:30 AM

Ask the Dr. for Xanax... it is Our Friend. Ask me how I know this. It is not as intense as an Ativan but it settles the fretting stuff right down....

I get the .5's and break 'em in half sometimes....

Posted by peggy spence at July 13, 2005 2:06 PM

Hate to burst your bubble, the doc is more likely to put you on Zoloft or Paxil. I am a Zoloft woman myself. I do have a script for the blue Xanax's also. I am allowed two a day, that's what the bottle says....lol. Seriously, it helps me, the Queen of all panic attacks and aniexty attacks in Alabama. So, if you hear of a woman from small town Alabama running up and down Hwy. 5 screaming and naked as a jaybird, it could be me. Isn't fun to know that you have fans like me?

Posted by Robbie at July 13, 2005 3:04 PM

PWAHAHA I am Mrs. Xanax and I break them in half sometimes too, and fretting goes away immediately and you feel you are the luckiest person on earth and don't I have a great life and my children are darling look that one has shit in his ear but it's cute shit and I love the smell of Scott's farts and let's go do something like smiling.
Love,
Freakhead in Idaho

Posted by Jilly at July 13, 2005 3:53 PM

Maybe we can call you and Mir the Panick Attack twins. I didn't know those things are contagious.

On a more serious note, I hope Miss Maisey is okay. My daughter has asthma and I know how fun it can be.

Posted by Peek at July 13, 2005 3:53 PM

(((Hugs)))) I have panic disorder, it sucks (no really, even with half a xanax!). I found the combo of Buspar and Celexa nipped it in the bud.

I'm sorry about Maisy, my son had illness-induced asthma earlier this year, retractions but didn't stop breathing, nebulizer, the whole nine yards. I hope she's feeling better (and you too). I know how scary that can be--hang in there!

I found a copy of your book at the library last night, looking forward to reading it :)

Posted by Angel at July 13, 2005 4:23 PM

I started having those chest pains and then . . . my heart began skipping beats! (beat . . . beat . . . beat . . . ? . . . ? . . .beat,beat,beat). I was totally freaked out, went to the doctor, had ekg and stress tests ran and the response was "You need to maybe try yoga." I chose large glasses of red wine instead. It worked.

Posted by dana w at July 13, 2005 7:37 PM

Wow. Glad Maisy's okay (again). Counting my blessing now about my placid if hum-drum life. Joshilyn, you might try jumping up and down on the furniture till the ceiling fan whacks you in the head again. As I recall, that had quite the calming effect last time you did it. *ducks quickly* Scott, *shaking my head* hang in there, man. It's bound to get better soon, right? Right? *nods encouragingly*

Posted by David at July 14, 2005 8:26 AM

Bless your heart, hon. I have panic attacks and major obsessive anxiety, especially when worrying about my child. Effexor helps a lot (75 mg one a day... Tried Lexapro and didn't like it, it made me, ahem, unable to fully enjoy relations with my husband. Also Zoloft, it just made me feel weird, not like myself.) Hope Miss Maisy is doing better now!

Posted by Jenn at July 14, 2005 9:58 AM

I actually started having panic attacks after my accident where I was walking across the street and a car hit me. I was just kinda hoping it'd go away, but so far, no such luck. The last thing anyone should want to see is me on medication.

Posted by Cherlyn at July 14, 2005 9:59 AM

I used to have panic attacks. It has been a while since I have had a bad one.

Posted by Heather at July 14, 2005 5:24 PM

Hey, has Maisy ever been tested for allergies? Like an official skin test? I don't mean to give you more anxiety or act like I have any idea what I am talking about. I'm just not personally satisfied with "stridor" as a diagnosis. That's more of a symptom than a diagnosis. Not that I think anything is wrong with her, just why? Why with all the wheezing and such? How come? I just like to know these things in the most friendly, nonintrusive, non asshat way I possibly can.

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