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@Tom37

Hi Tom,

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it, and also for your very kind thoughts.  If I can help even one person it makes me happy. So many people helped me, I can't begin to tell you. Now let's get you to where I am and even beyond.

Warm wishes,

Rachel

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Aquarius

Thank you for posting...i hope you are ok not sure if you are still getting the palpatations but i get them quite strongly mine strangely enough come after ive eaten something...wishing you well on your journey and pray that your journey is coming to an end ...

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DaveB
On 1/28/2019 at 6:11 PM, RachelSusan said:

@Tom37

Hi Tom,

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it, and also for your very kind thoughts.  If I can help even one person it makes me happy. So many people helped me, I can't begin to tell you. Now let's get you to where I am and even beyond.

Warm wishes,

Rachel

 

I want to echo Tom’s appreciation on how much you have helped me also. You are amazing!

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RachelSusan

@Aquarius

Aquarius,

Thank you for stopping by. It means a lot to me. I am doing fairly well.  I still get heart palpitations but they are much less frequent now that I have slowed my taper even more. I feel like my journey on Zoloft is winding down, but it still is far from over.  I have at least a year or possibly two more to go.  This WD thing is nasty business, for all of us.  Hang in, you will recover.

RS

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RachelSusan

@DaveB

Hi Dave,

I always appreciate having visitors to my thread.  Thank you so much for posting here.  Wow, you certainly made my day.  Thank you so much. I am glad I was able to help you.  I really wish I could perform magic and get you through this rough part. Wouldn't that be wonderful?  What has happened to all of us is beyond the pale of what I consider normal.  We have all suffered so.  You just keep hanging in there and your suffering will fade away.  Again, thank you for stopping by and for your really nice thoughts.

RS

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Carmie

Hi RachelSusan, 

 

Just wanted to tell you that I enjoy reading your lovely posts on people’s threads. I’m glad your taper is going well. I’ve been tapering around 4% to 5% too. Slow and steady does it.

 

Hope you’re having a lovely day,  sending sunshine your way ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

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Frogie

Hi Rachel:

 

I figured out how to post a picture of Brownie under the pets thread.

 

 I thought you might like to see her.

 

You were so kind to me when I was going through her loss. I just wanted to say thank you.

 

I hope you’re doing well.

 

Take care,

Frogie xx

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RachelSusan

@Frogie

 

I just saw her picture.  Oh my goodness, she is really beautiful. She is just so tiny and exquisite. Oh how you must miss her so. Frogie, I am really sorry. Sending hugs and love.

 

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RachelSusan

@Carmie

Hi Carmie,

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it.  I am doubly honored because I know you are dealing with your cog fog.  Saying you like my posts means a lot, especially coming from you. What I mean by that is you are very good writer, so I am flattered.

 

Yes, we both taper slowly, don't we? If I go any faster I will end up sick with WD symptoms. I would like to be off this stuff soon, but my body just won't let me. But I am happy that I only get a random symptom now and then.

 

And yes, I see the sunshine you sent my way.  Thank you for that.  There is so much of it I am using it to light my house. 😀😀😀

 

I hope you have good days as soon as possible.

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Carmie

Hi again RachelSusan, 

 

You just made me laugh, I’m glad the sunshine is lighting your house.🤣🤣🤣 We have so much of it here in Queensland, I’m happy to share.😄 Are you freezing over there in America?

 

I’m really happy to hear your withdrawal symptoms aren’t too bad if you go slowly. You’ve done extremely well, you’re down to almost 3mg. That’s terrific! Keep up the good work. You’ll be writing your success story before me, look forward to reading it. 

 

Sending hugs🤗

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RachelSusan

@Carmie

Thank you Carmie.

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DaveB

Just wanted to stop by and tell you how much I appreciate all you have done for me with your support and encouragement. Honestly don’t think I could have made it this far without your support!

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RachelSusan

@DaveB

Thank you Dave.  I appreciate you saying that, and stopping by.

Rachel

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RachelSusan

Journal Entry

 

So here I go again with another taper.  It's been four weeks since the last one and it is 3.8%.  Not considered a big cut compared to the guidelines laid out here but still I feel every single cut. Granted my symptoms are minor, but I know full well how it can be cumulative and blow up in my face.  I left about eight weeks between the previous taper which was very good.  Because this one has been only four weeks since my last cut I have my concerns. Still I will try it and if I have symptoms that are too difficult I will know that I need to return to a longer period of time between cuts.  I don't know if I will ever get over this fear every time I cut, but even if I don't I need to move through it.  By now I am armed with enough information to make choices based on knowledge and logic, not based on panic and fear.

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wantrelief

Best wishes for this cut, RS....it takes a lot of courage to drop despite the fear.  Keep us posted how it goes.  

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Frogie
24 minutes ago, RachelSusan said:

Journal Entry

 

So here I go again with another taper.  It's been four weeks since the last one and it is 3.8%.  Not considered a big cut compared to the guidelines laid out here but still I feel every single cut. Granted my symptoms are minor, but I know full well how it can be cumulative and blow up in my face.  I left about eight weeks between the previous taper which was very good.  Because this one has been only four weeks since my last cut I have my concerns. Still I will try it and if I have symptoms that are too difficult I will know that I need to return to a longer period of time between cuts.  I don't know if I will ever get over this fear every time I cut, but even if I don't I need to move through it.  By now I am armed with enough information to make choices based on knowledge and logic, not based on panic and fear.

You will do fine. I was so scared too, but I’m almost done! You have taken it so slow and steady that you should feel fine.

 

I know your fears. My fear is to taper my Xanax in a couple of months. But talking with people, I’m going to be fine

 

You can/will do this! You are a very confident, intelligent person.

 

Keep us up to date.

 

Good luck! Look where you are from last year!

 

Take care,

Frogie xx

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Tom37

Good luck Rachel.

 

After going through what we have it’s only natural to have some level of fear about going back to that place. Your very brave for pushing through and continuing on your taper journey.

 

Im sure it will go well and any symptoms will surly settle. Maybe take an extra month after this drop to really let everything settle. 

 

I hope to be in your position at some stage.

 

Take care.

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RachelSusan

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@Frogie

@Tom37

Thanks to all of you, Frogie, Tom37, Wantrelief. It's so good to have your support. 

 

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More Journal Entry

If withdrawal can be compared to baseball I have indeed "played in the major leagues".  Or to put it another way, "I have run with the big dogs". When I do have symptoms I try to keep my sense of humor and say things like, "I'm really running with the big dogs now."  A sense of humor helps me through a lot of the bad times.

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Gracee

Best wishes on this cut RachelSusan.  Your slow and small tapers have empowered you.  I'm rooting for ya!

G.

 

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FarmGirlWorks
1 hour ago, RachelSusan said:

If withdrawal can be compared to baseball I have indeed "played in the major leagues".  Or to put it another way, "I have run with the big dogs". When I do have symptoms I try to keep my sense of humor and say things like, "I'm really running with the big dogs now."  A sense of humor helps me through a lot of the bad times.

Yup, you're in "The Show" now, @RachelSusan. At least that is what I think the major leagues are called according to "Bull Durham." You got this and hope you hit a metaphorical home run (or at least a base hit).

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RachelSusan

@Gracee

Gracee, What a pleasure to meet you.  I can't believe we haven't met before and you have been here since January. I looked at your thread and it seems we both have the propensity to speed a little.  In fact if withdrawal was driving we would both probably have a few driving citations by now. Well I would probably have a lot more than you, in fact I would probably have had my license revoked. However that was back in 2016 and 2017 and I have since learned my lesson, even though I had to learn it the hard way. Now I am going as slow as can be.  So thank you very much support.

Warm wishes,

Rachel

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RachelSusan

@FarmGirlWorks

 

FGW,

 

You made me laugh out loud.  You are so funny, I can't stop chuckling. Yes I am in "The Show" now.  I was actually thinking about the movie "Bull Durham" one day which is how I came up with "the major leagues of withdrawal".  Thanks for the best laugh I have had in a few months. You always manage to give me something to smile about though.

 

I haven't seen any updates about your art project so I hope it is still on track.

 

 

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FarmGirlWorks

Hey @RachelSusan, yes, that is all I can work on right now, thanks for asking. I am pulling short quotes, snippets really, from SA to incorporate. I now have agoraphobia -- a new and most unwelcome symptom -- probably from the intensity/stress of last weekend. I am numb and, aside from fellow WD travelers, want no contact. I just work on this project, walk dogs, and binge watch "Man In The High Castle." Whatta life.

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JackieDecides
On 2/16/2019 at 7:45 AM, RachelSusan said:

By now I am armed with enough information to make choices based on knowledge and logic, not based on panic and fear.

 

 

I am happy to hear you keep going despite the fear, and I wish you the best of luck with this cut. 

 

🤗

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RachelSusan

Journal Entry

4th day of my taper.  Just starting to feel a tinge of a symptom. I read other people's threads and I can not complain.  In fact I am grateful for where I am right now.  There is so much suffering and pain in long term withdrawal. It hurts me to see others in so much agony, just because I know what they are going through....

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Tom37

Maybe only a tinge but after going through what you did it will be normal to feel a little on edge about them if you are. Your so brave carrying on tapering and I bet all the things you learnt during wd will help you as you continue.

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RachelSusan

@Tom37

Hi Tom,

Thanks for coming to visit. Everything I learned came from this site, and yes it does indeed help me with the tapering.  This is minor compared to where I have been, so today I do my happy dance, and try to ignore any trepidation.

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RachelSusan

Drug withdrawal is just like Better Davis says.

 

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Carmie

😂😂😂😂😂

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apace41
1 hour ago, RachelSusan said:

Drug withdrawal is just like Better Davis says.

 

I think even more apropos is her other famous quote where she said:

 

"old age is no place for sissies."  Just substitute "withdrawal" for "old age."

;)

 

Best,

 

Andy

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Gracee
On 2/16/2019 at 5:21 PM, RachelSusan said:

@Gracee

I looked at your thread and it seems we both have the propensity to speed a little.  In fact if withdrawal was driving we would both probably have a few driving citations by now.

 

@RachelSusan Indeed !!!  

You are an inspiration to us speed-demons.

Tapering small, slow, steady now.

Thanks for writing.

G.

 

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RachelSusan

 

 

@Carmie

Thanks for the laughter

 

@apace41

I know that line about old age but I have never heard her say it, I only saw it in writing.  Do you know if it her own line, or is in a movie?  I tried looking on youtube for it, and it wasn't there.  I just loves how she says the "bumpy night line." The movie is a classic and one of my favorite. I first saw it on television when I as a child and didn't understand it at all. I saw it again as an adult and it all clicked into place.

 

@Gracee

Hi Gracee, Thanks for coming back.  I clicked to follow your thread so if there is any speeding going on I will know and I will write you a citation.  Too many citations and you get thrown in Withdrawal Jail. Nobody, but nobody, wants to be in Withdrawal Jail, so easy does it there.

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Gracee
5 minutes ago, RachelSusan said:

 

@Gracee

Hi Gracee, Thanks for coming back.  I clicked to follow your thread so if there is any speeding going on I will know and I will write you a citation.  Too many citations and you get thrown in Withdrawal Jail. Nobody, but nobody, wants to be in Withdrawal Jail, so easy does it there.

OMG @RachelSusan....you made me laugh out loud.   I am grateful to you and the other Withdrawal Police who are keeping me under taper-surveillance.  I promise to obey the speed limit.

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Carmie

Hi RachelSusan, 

 

You’re going to have to be the withdrawal police👮‍♀️😁. I’ll join the force👮‍♀️👮‍♀️👮‍♀️. You’re so funny!  Yes, keep those people in line who taper too quickly, and throw them in withdrawal jail if they misbehave😁💚

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FarmGirlWorks
10 hours ago, RachelSusan said:

Drug withdrawal is just like Bette Davis says.

All About Eve! And, yes, WD is bumpier than bumpy.

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RusTW

RS did you ever notice that you were getting headaches at the beginning or during a wave.

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