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Re: topamax - name change fierycelt

Posted by Storm Rider on January 30, 2006, at 22:08:39

In reply to Re: topamax - name change, posted by fierycelt on January 30, 2006, at 3:36:34


> most people think it is a disgusting job and I am a disgusting person because I do it for a living...but I am not.

What you do for a living is your business and no one else's and no one needs to criticize you. For that matter no one really needs to ask you what you do for a living unless it is of vital concern for some reason or other. I can think of few vital reasons for anyone to need to know.
I can also think of worse ways to make a living by the way.

> my daily accomplishments...I don't drink, do drugs and have never been arrested.

And you question your success????
Oh, my dear... rewind the tape, please. I happen to be one of the anomalies of my generation, came through the seventies and never experimented with drugs -- I can get high (and low) on people and music. Actually I can deliberately set my mood up or down with music, a dangerous thing, that. I have never seen a need or interest in playing with drugs. Come to think of it, I have enough problems with prescription meds that I cannot understand why anyone wants to use them for 'recreation'...

People tend to disbelieve one when they hear the 'never used' statement, but it has never been an interest.
However in a few of my incarnations I have had to work at picking up the pieces or trying to pick up the pieces of people who have used drugs or people who have abused alcohol, sometimes both.
You don't use either --
that makes you a success in my book. So the Success Certificate person should be there handing you a Certificate of Success with a Gold Seal on it.
I for one think you have done really well to make it this far...
> I have an IQ of 126 but never finished college. Of course I also have ADDHD...but that never really bothered me about myself...

As for IQ and finishing university... I belong to MENSA and have yet to complete a degree...
I have enough credits to have a degree and three-quarters of another if I could manage to get them altogether into a package that matched, but I can't decide what I want to do when I grow up...
I can't even decide if I want to grow up...

There is intelligence and there is the paper that says one has completed university... I have my undergraduate work finished.. but have to finish the rest some day... just to prove a point I guess...
but common sense and being able to live a life that is sound and caring and worthwhile is important too...

As for living with ADD -- doesn't that add a fun challenge to life??? LOL I can't even sit down and watch television without having something to occupy myself... I have to read a book or work on my laptop... can't sit still that long..

> I would love to lose 50 lbs...the faster the better. The sooner I lose weight the sooner I can start making money again and paying my bills. Hopeful Topamax will be helpful with that as well "quieting the storm" in my head. Then, perhaps I can focus on a successful life.

When I started taking Topomax it was to control the seizures and to stop the migraine headaches...
but the neurologist told me it had a side effect:
it caused weight loss... well, I thought about it for five seconds... and told him to bring it on...
I had gained so much weight and couldn't get rid of it and keep it gone...
shortly after I started it, I noticed that I had lost three pounds...
and I no longer wanted junk food, chocolate bars or chips ... soft drinks...
and I still don't find chocolate bars appealing when I used to always have them stashed in my desk and eat two or three a day ...

I was able to eat large meals and desserts...
and always had a sandwich or some snack in the evening...
There was no deliberate attempt to diet, but the appetite suppressant part of the topomax caused me to lose the obsession with food especially junk foods and the empty calorie foods...
It also led to a craving for protein foods, chicken and salmon (the omega-3 you mentioned)and eggs.
As I am allergic to grains, something I learned about a year ago, I no longer eat breads and cereals or corn, and that really helped.
Another thing I learned that helps with the side effects, along with the omega 3s, and helps with the appetite suppression, is to eat cashews or almonds, an ounce or two, before meals...

Once the weight starts coming off, a little at a time, you begin to feel positive about yourself and your potential to lose the weight...
it is amazing.
I hadn't realised how negative I had come to feel about it and about me until the weight began to fall away...


>
> Programme...are you British? My father is British and he spells it that way...just a random ADD question.

Oh, I know the random ADD stuff <G>
I am Canadian, with an obsession about Canadian spelling <s> and battling to maintain spelling and grammar in an age that seems to think the computer can do both so why bother...

> 5 & 6 year old with anorexia?! OMG...how sad, the poor little things...the unimaginable stress, both physically & mentally, they must be going through at such a young age. What
> society has done to these children, is reprehensible...good luck with your task.

We have both sides of the coin.. children and adults starving themselves to fit in or for other psychological reasons and overeating for the same reasons...
it is a fascinating study... and I see myself at times in the info that comes up...
the been there done that thing...
and then we have society dictating that we must fit into this mould if we want to belong...
look at all the ads and products that preach the perfect body perfect image ...

even in the classroom they receive this message...
and I am off on another windmill tilting campaign...
my lance is battered and splintered and Rosinante is getting old and scarred, but we keep finding windmills to attack...

Omega 3 is a good thing to take to help you with the side effects...
remember to stay on a low dose for the first two weeks or so, then increase by 25 mg... for two weeks and follow the two week increments...
the weight loss should come with the change in mood that topomax effects for the bipolar ...
it is a matter of sticking with it, taking it slowly and giving it time...

patience is a virtue they tell me...
I was born without any patience whatsoever...
another of the redhead things...
I want it all and I want it yesterday, but with topomax, it is vital to be patient...

you will get there, I promise...
kat


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