Paxil Withdrawals – Day 1

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Some of you may or may not know that I have been taking Paxil for about 4 years now. It was initially perscribed to me for panic, a euphamisim for stress. Some doctors also call it depression — but it wasn’t that. At the time I was working for the LDS Church in the IT department (called Information and Communication Systems or ICS). I was also team-lead for the Web Team, whose responsibilities were to handle all aspects of Internet servcies (except infrastructure) globally for the LDS Church. Yes, I was one of the people who built www.lds.org and its other services.

Now here I am four years later and my doctor and I have decided I should discontinue its use. But I have quickly discovered that it isn’t as easy as it seems, nor as easy and smooth sailing as my doctor led me to believe.

One last thing before I talk about what a hellish experience this is. I did taper down the doses to where I was only taking 12mg. every other day.

That was yesterday and I’m already starting to feel the effects of withdrawal that I have come to easily recognize: mood swings and itchy teeth. Yes, that’s right. I said itchy teeth. Remember we are talking about a drug that alters chemical reactions in the brain so crazy stuff like teeth that tingle — or as I call it, itchy teeth are possible.

All in all it’s not too bad. I’ve been in this spot before when I have forgotten to take my medication like I was supposed to, or was between perscription refills.

Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)

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Joe and I were just listening to an audio stream of 80s Hair Metal Rock and heard the most incredible song — Fat Girl (Thar She Blows). We literally sat there with dumbfounded by the song. It’s really something. So we looked up the song on the Internet and found out that a group named Metal Sludge made an album called “Metal Shop – Hole Patrol.” See website here. It features such classics as Satan’s Intro, Big Boobs, Is It Hot In Here?, Hell’s On Fire, and Fat Girl (Thar She Blows). If you can find one of these songs let me know.

Now their web site is top-notch. Check out this page. I thought the BLINK tag was removed from the HTML speck almost a decade ago! Why do browsers even support it anymore!

Man, there is some weird music out there!