Ten Minutes of Panic

Praying for Eyebrowz

Yesterday I was pretty sure my car had been stolen from the Target parking lot near the Florida State University campus. I’d gone into the store for one item, and as most Target runs go, I ended up buying a shopping cart full of stuff.

When I finally checked out to the tune of more money than I should have spent on a random Thursday and went to load my purchases into my little Chrysler 200 my car was nowhere to be found. I knew exactly where it was supposed to be, but clearly it had been stolen.

I wandered around the parking lot for a few minutes before remembering to hit the panic button on my key fob. In vain I listened for the annoying alarm sound. I turned this way and that to no avail.

My heart dropped into my stomach. As I returned my key to my…

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Combined Meds — What They Are Doing to Your Body

Epilepsy Talk

For many of us, monotherapy just doesn’t work.

However adjunct therapy has its dangers.

For example, some seizure medicines can lower or raise the levels of other types of medicines in your blood.

Some combinations cause the levels of both medications to fall.

Some cause one level to fall and one level to rise.

And some cause unpredictable side-effects.

So I hunkered down to discover the unhappy marriages between anti-seizure meds.

I’m sure there are many more, but it’s a start.

And more than I knew before embarking on this research.

Here’s what I discovered…

Depakote (valproic acid) can cause serum Phenobarbital to increase by as much as 40%. A reduction of Phenobarbital by up to 80% may be necessary to avoid side-effects.

Aspirin, Persantine, or Warfarin taken together with Depakote can be lessened in efficacy.

The serum concentration of Lamictal is increased by 211%, causing possible toxicity.

Dilantin (phenytoin)…

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No One to Tell — Army of Angels: Part 2

Survivors Blog Here Mental Health Collaborative

I just learned a couple of hours ago that my ex- father-in-law passed away last night. I am both sad and angry. This was the dad’s step-father…..the most stable one in the group. The kids and I loved him….but he could not separate himself from the family abuse enough to have relationships with the grandkids, […]

No One to Tell — Army of Angels: Part 2

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April Showers

I’m sure we’ve all used the term ‘April Showers’ at sometime in our lives

The month of April is beautiful to look upon, but if she hides her sweet face for a few hours behind those rainclouds it is only that she might appear again peeping out through the next burst of sunshinein a veil of fresh green.

While the groud needs rain to survive we shouldn’t really moan at the rotten weather in April (cos lets face it we all do it don’t we).

Why don’t we take the weather’s advice when we are run down and that is to retire for a while only to reappear refreshed, and renewed.