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    The appointment went pretty well. The doctor determined that it's not anxiety, it's depression, and prescribed something. He said it sounds like Hulky just needs to get "over the hump", which is what I was thinking too. Hulky came out of his shell a little more after the appointment and talked a bit, so that's good. He's been really quiet the past few days, which is very unusual for him. He took his first dose of the medication today, we'll report back next week if it doesn't seem to help, or in a couple of weeks to check-in if it does.

    Normally, I'm really against meds for depression and stuff. At least for myself. But I have no problem welcoming this short-term non-addictive solution if it will help him get back to his usual go-getter self.

    My anxiety has settled down a bit and I'm at work now. Time to eat & schedule my A+ certification exams. I'm not sure how far apart to schedule them. They're 90 min each, I guess I could do a week apart.

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    Glad you and Hulky are feeling better. I feel the same way about treating with drugs, but there are a few times when it can really be a positive. Hopefully this is a good step for him.

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    I hope so too.

    I've been thinking a lot about my own anxiety in the midst of all this. Compared to what Hulky is experiencing, it's nothing, but I said just the other day I don't want to live with it and that is still true. Listening to his doctor talk about one type of med for anxiety and then a different one when we explained Hulky had already tried it (from the school's clinic) and we figured out that it's depression not anxiety. I tried Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, and Wellbutrin over the years. Those are all SSRI's, all usually used for depression, not anxiety. Anti-depressants can help anxiety as well, but I don't think it did very much for me. The anxiety has always been the root of all of this for me.

    I am honestly considering medication. That is really difficult for me to admit. I would love to find a natural way to conquer this butterfly anxiety*, but I don't think I have yet. The fact that I was without it while in London, while mostly stress-free, means I CAN feel better. I CAN do this without medication, but the stress in my life is unlikely to change much soon. I'm not feeling as confident that amino acids are the answer for me anymore. Maybe just getting active again will help a lot at this point. I was doing a lot of walking in London.

    In other news, I'm making plans to visit Venus in June, between our birthdays. I think we're going to camp out in her yard. It should be a fun girly weekend . She lives in CT, close to a Foxwoods casino, but in the woods. I'm really looking forward to it.

    I also have a bridal shower to go to (ughhhhh neerrvveesss) on April 12. Hulky is going to have the car that weekend so I either need to get the Mustang squared away before then, or borrow somebody's car. The forecast is good for this Saturday, so I might suck up the nerves & get it inspected. Maybe I'll drag my dad along for moral support. After that, it needs an exhaust leak fixed. I don't think that should take long, I just don't really have the time to bring it anywhere to get it looked at.

    *I imagine it kind of like a negative version of the "butterflies in the stomach" nervousness before a date or when being around someone you really like. Lots of constant, intrusive thoughts of worry that lead to low self-esteem and a lack of focus. Butterflies in the head, as thoughts, is a bad thing.
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    Brad's been having a lot of trouble with anxiety recently too. The increased his Zoloft prescription from 100 mg to 150 mg. I also tried a myriad of drugs over the years with zero improvement. Welbutrin, Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Zyprexa - and others I can't remember the name of - many were sample bottles the company left with the doctor that she gave me since I was changing drugs so often. I have also always described mine as anxiety/nervousness/excessive worry over depression. I have never felt especially sad (except right before Primal but I think that was mostly a side effect of 4 different drugs at once), just nervous and on edge all the time.

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    I was thinking of maybe trying Buspar. It's not an SSRI, so it would be something different. I'll have to see if my therapist could prescribe it, or my regular doctor. I don't want to see yet another doctor just for this one thing. From what I've read, Buspar is a good option for people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (that's me). Since I know I can be okay without meds based on last week alone, I know therapy (maybe CBT in particular) could help, but I've been at this for so long, an "easy" route might be nice.

    But I'm still thinking about all of this...
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    Easy does seem nice after fighting for so long...
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    Hulky is showing signs of improvement from the medication already (first dose mid-day yesterday, made sure he took another this morning but he was pretty chipper upon waking). I'm not sure if I should bring up school stuff to him at all at this point or just leave it up to him. I'm inclined to let him handle it so I don't have to be another source of pressure, but I'm still worried he won't do anything.

    After a week of walking daily and then a week of not, I'm back to my usual lazy self. I don't like it! Time to stop making excuses and start running or cycling. Sadly, we are nowhere near having consistently warm temps, but at least the arrival of snow has slowed way down.

    I had more soaked oatmeal for breakfast today, this time with 3 T gelatin and some molasses. I forgot to mention that I've resume a prune habit, which is 3 in the morning. I did this when I was taking the cal-mag butyrate several months ago. My gut seems more responsive to the probiotic now that I've stopped taking the cascara sagrada. I am noticing gas & rumblings. Last night, this one spot kept gurgling and it woke me up! I massaged it and it only increased the frequency of the gurgle instead of making it go away, haha. I wonder what that was about.

    When I got tested for allergies a couple of years ago, the doctor said I was a good candidate for allergy shots to try and reduce my response to the massive # of pollens I'm allergic to. I'm kind of hopeful that sorting out my gut things will improve all of that, but in the meantime, I need to find some kind of allergy medication that keeps some of this at bay. As the weather has warmed slightly this week, so have my allergy symptoms gotten worse. I guess it's time to go see my primary care doc and ask about a prescription (nasal spray & pill).

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    Quote Originally Posted by namelesswonder View Post
    Hulky is showing signs of improvement from the medication already (first dose mid-day yesterday, made sure he took another this morning but he was pretty chipper upon waking). I'm not sure if I should bring up school stuff to him at all at this point or just leave it up to him. I'm inclined to let him handle it so I don't have to be another source of pressure, but I'm still worried he won't do anything.

    After a week of walking daily and then a week of not, I'm back to my usual lazy self. I don't like it! Time to stop making excuses and start running or cycling. Sadly, we are nowhere near having consistently warm temps, but at least the arrival of snow has slowed way down.

    I had more soaked oatmeal for breakfast today, this time with 3 T gelatin and some molasses. I forgot to mention that I've resume a prune habit, which is 3 in the morning. I did this when I was taking the cal-mag butyrate several months ago. My gut seems more responsive to the probiotic now that I've stopped taking the cascara sagrada. I am noticing gas & rumblings. Last night, this one spot kept gurgling and it woke me up! I massaged it and it only increased the frequency of the gurgle instead of making it go away, haha. I wonder what that was about.

    When I got tested for allergies a couple of years ago, the doctor said I was a good candidate for allergy shots to try and reduce my response to the massive # of pollens I'm allergic to. I'm kind of hopeful that sorting out my gut things will improve all of that, but in the meantime, I need to find some kind of allergy medication that keeps some of this at bay. As the weather has warmed slightly this week, so have my allergy symptoms gotten worse. I guess it's time to go see my primary care doc and ask about a prescription (nasal spray & pill).

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    That wedding idea is brilliant! I hate wedding planning so.... Wow. I loved seeing more piccies of youuuuu and everyone else. As you know I love pics.

    Good to hear hulky is feeling better. :S I hate to be the nagger in the relationship too...
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    I am growing to really hate the word "nag"! I think, yes, sometimes I do excessively , but it goes both ways, right? I can remind/ask him less, and he can be more open about telling me what he's up to. I am sure I try to take other people's responsibilities too much under my wing, but Hulky is tricky about that. He either wants my help entirely or none at all. Finding a balance is hard. I understand everything is difficult right now for him, so I am trying to be really cautious about not adding to his stress.

    My landlord is in a pic with his wife, 4th picture, the guy in the red polo w/ the mustache =P. My sister is in the foreground with the tattoo on her arm & the yellow dress (and goofy look on her face). Other tattooed lady is my sis-in-law, the one getting married this summer (the day before our 1 yr anniversary). Next to her w/ the baby is the other sis-in-law (the kids are all hers), and her husband with their daughter.

    The shot photo is all our friends that came, plus my aunt (behind me). The photographer is in the black polo, so I'm not sure who took this picture! The guy on the right not taking a shot is the friend that Hulky is playing D&D with on Friday nights . I think the shot was tequila? The guy behind me to the left (between me & Hulky) and the woman in the black bathing suit top are getting married June 1st . I'm going to her bridal shower April 12. She took the wedding video for me.

    I need to share more pictures here . I love sharing pictures.

    Aahhh my adorable Baba. I need to call her and tell her about the trip. I'd love to go up and visit soon, but I'd rather wait until the snow all melts. Her house would actually be a great place for studying (for my A+ certificate exam). So quiet and peaceful up there. Maybe I'll make a solo trip if Hulky's not interested.
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