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Thank you ladies. We're having a great time. Just got back from touring the lights along Oxford Street and area. Very pretty to look at. Cold and a bit of rain but still fun. I hope you all will be having great adventures when this WD stuff is all over.

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nz11

Hey Brass ...have a nice Christmas in England.

I wonder who does Christmas better ..the English or the Americans?

All the best for the travels and of course the tip toe across the finish line in 2017.

nz11

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brassmonkey

Cheers NZ11. Not better but different. Have to see what the 25th brings before I can really say. Best of the Holidays to you.

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brassmonkey

On every long trip there comes a moment when you reach saturation. Hopefully it happens near the end. Last night at about 11 pm Monica said "I think that's enough." We had just finished a wonderful day ending with looking at the lights at Kew Garden and had returned to our hotel. Perfect timing as today is packing day and we leave tomorrow morning early.

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nz11

When i read "i think that's enough" i thought you might be referring to the gory stories told during the Tower of London walking tour.

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brassmonkey

There is a place called The London Dungeon that used to be all about torture methods. When I visited it 20 years ago it took some doing to get through. This time it was pretty lame. The Tower was too crowded to even try.

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Athena

I always thought coming back home is a nice part of the trip too!

 

I wish you a beautiful return home, and I am glad you had a nice trip! What a beautiful symbol of healing.

 

Hug,

 

Athena

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chia1214

Wow, you're getting around! Thanks for replying to my recent thread update, I wanted to reciprocate and let you know I appreciate all do here to help folks.

Been in any blue police boxes?! 

(((((((((( Hugs ))))))))))

-- Chia

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brassmonkey

Hi Chia--  I have several friends who have built them, so yes.  Been a fan since Doctor #4.  Monica and I were just commenting that there should be one placed in one of the London parks for people to take pictures with.

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brassmonkey

Well I'm going to start the new year off a day early by making a cut.  I'm now taking only 0.16mg. It is a ridiculously small amount of powder and a total pain in the ... to work with.  I am planning to stick with it until we get back from Africa at the end of the month, but then I think the time has come to make the break.

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nz11

Way to go.

 

Thanks for popping in and wishing me a Happy New Year in my intro Brass. 

To my prior place  wise engineering friend ..Best wishes and Happy New Year to you too.

Sounds like 2017 is going to be a great year for you.

 

nz11

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aberdeen

Brass thats awesome! This is it! What a long time coming and so worth it. Wishing you a new start in the new year!

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brassmonkey

Happy New Year to all my friends here at SA.

 

2016 was a very event filled year for me and I was so glad to be able to share my thoughts and experiences with you all.  That sharing is an important part of my personal recovery, as well as sharing the information I have won by going through this experience.  I wish you all continued healing and recovery in the coming year.

 

(((((((((((((((((((HUGS TO ALL))))))))))))))))))

 

Brass

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AmyK

Dear Tom, this year will be so different and bright! I wish you all the best for your trip- and for the new year!

Hugs!!

 

When are you leaving?

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LexAnger

Hi Tom, just want to say at this special day of the year, that your effort and knowledge helping out so many here is highly appreciated and life saving, literally!

 

I'm especially grateful to you for keeping us updated about your successful tapering at this stage as it provide the valuable and rare information about the unknown round this stage.

 

I hope your last couple steps smooth and you feel great post the finish line without any bump!

 

Have a great trip and lots happiness!

 

Lex

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Flowers

So glad in 2017 you will be drug free!

 

Thanks for your help, support and advice.

 

Flowers xxx

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brassmonkey

Sitting here waiting for the cabinet installers to arrive.  We are taking advantage of the time between trips to continue with the remodel.  Went shopping last night, the clothing requirements for the African Bush is a lot different than Christmas in London.  This will be a lot "lighter" trip, which will be nice.  Hauling those huge suitcases on the buses and subway took a lot of doing.  This time we have smaller cases and porters to do all the lifting.

 

Up until I started my taper I was carrying a HUGE amount of Paxil weight.  Around the time I started I managed to drop about 20 pounds.  I plateaued there for several years, then managed to drop another 10.  I again plateaued for a number of years.  Well, it's starting to come off again with another drop of 10 pounds, so far.  I really doubt that I will get back to my prepaxil weight, but I will be very happy with another 10 pounds from here.

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Gridley

Brassmonkey,

 

I started my Brassmonkey Slide Taper yesterday.  Thanks for all your help.

 

Gridley

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Shep

Hi, Tom.

 

You're making lots of progress and doing very well on your taper. Wishing you a great trip to Africa. 

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aberdeen

Happy New Year! Good luck with the remodel and the trip. This is your year to finish, big congratulations!!!

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brassmonkey

Thanks Shep and Aberdeen, it's going to be an exciting year.  ATM it's pretty crazy.  Had the cabinet installers in for a couple of days to make some progress on the remodel.  It's going slow because of the scattered schedule but is really looking great.  There have been some ticketing problems with the Africa trip that we are in the middle of sorting out.  Makes me nervous as we are meant to leave in four days.  Other than that we are ready to go.  Throw in handling some stuff from my fathers estate, tax season and some other stuff, we're managing to keep quite busy.

 

Our trip to Alaska, that was scheduled for early summer, is having to be postponed due to scheduling problems on their end.  However, we have found a Nile Cruse in April/May that is looking promising to replace it.  Always wanted to go to Egypt, this might be a good way to start.  We've also booked a room in Grand Island Nebraska for the Solar Eclipse in August.  We wanted to go to Oregon for it but the state was sold out, no rooms available anywhere near the totality line.  But we have the rooms at a reasonable rate, Idaho and Wyoming are gouging the prices horribly, now we just have to plan the details of the trip.  That can wait a month or so though.

 

I'm trying not to count down the days until I make the jump, but it's coming really soon.  I'll be very glad to be done with it and to start moving on.  Actually I'm already moving on.  I'll just have one less little detail to have to worry about.

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mustangwoman

Tom so great to see that you are doing so well!  These trips sound so awesome and exciting!  I understand completely about the med weight.  I was always 110 to 115 pounds, even after my kids, but gained around 50 pounds with the meds.  Am losing some now, seems  a little easier with the lower, I get.  At least more motivation to exercise and eat right.  Hope you have a great time in Africa!  Always love seeing your posts.  

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brassmonkey

Thanks for dropping in Mustangwoman, haven't seen you in ages, hope everything is going well. It certainly feels better getting the weight off, I should be able to adjust blood pressure meds and the like pretty soon.  I've been adjusting them as it comes off and maybe will be able to get off of them all together pretty soon.

 

We leave for Africa in the morning.  Right now we are waiting for final conformation of our flights.  There were some conflicts caused by the airlines changing schedules and someone at the Safari company canceling tickets and keeping the money.  There have been a lot of phone calls over the past several days, but it all seem to have been straightened out.  We're all packed and ready to go.  Not looking forward to the long flights 3 hours, 11 hours and 13 hours back to back to back.  Those little seats get very small after a while, but I can't wait to see the elephants and other animals.

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doggiemama

How you have a great trip Africa is beautiful . Hope you make it to South Africa we have a beautiful diverse country

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brassmonkey

This trip is  Kenya, but we have South Africa in our sights for the next couple of years. I'm a member of several Kruger NP Facebook groups and it really looks like a beautiful place. Thanks for the invitation.

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nz11

Have a great trip Brass.

Dont forget to put NZ in your sights.....its lovely in February (my favourite month) and also December when all the pohutakawa trees are in bloom.

 

 

nz11

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SkyBlue

Sounds amazing, Tom!! You've earned it. :) Can't wait to hear all about it. 

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brassmonkey

It took 45 straight hours of travel to get from the camp in Kenya to home, but we are now back.  It has been the most amazing trip we have ever taken.  It's going to take several days to settle out of all the time changes, physical schedule changes and the like but that will happen in its own time.  I took over 5000 pictures and a ton of video and have started sorting through them.  That process will take a while.  It was a very physically demanding trip but we will be doing it again in a few years.  As I get my thoughts together I'll be posting more details and a few pictures.

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apace41

Welcome back, Tom.  Needless to say, the fact that you could handle such a demanding trip is a testament to your healing.

 

Great news and glad you enjoyed!

 

Best,

 

Andy

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AmyK

Wow Tom, I want to do that trip too! I am happy to hear it was a success.

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manymoretodays

Awesome.  Do tell more when you are up to it for us armchair travelers(at present).  :)

 

 

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mustangwoman

Sounds like a wonderful trip!  

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brassmonkey

The day, date and time changes of the return trip have really played havoc with our sleep cycles.  Yesterday, after being up for about five hours I fell asleep in the recliner at 2 pm and didn't move until after midnight.  Monica apparently fell asleep about 5pm thinking it was late night even thought the sun was shining and woke up about 1 am not knowing what day it was, and wondering why it was dark out.  We actually got out to run errands today and hopefully that will help to readjust the cycles.

 

We've spent a good number of our late night  waking hours sorting pictures.  We hook the laptop into the big screen TV so we can both see them and review each one.  I think I mentioned last summer that I had bought a new camera for this trip, I'm very glad I did. All the others in our Land Cruiser, six plus a driver, were using their cell phones and had mixed results at best.  I was nominated to share mine with them so they will have some to remember things by.

 

For anyone inclined to try the trip I wholeheartedly recommend it.  It's very intense and physically demanding but soooooo worth it.

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AmyK

Good of you to buy a camera for that trip!

I can imagine it's exhausting to come back with jet lag. I hope you soon are back to your ordinary cycle.

 

Where were you in Kenya?

Hugs!

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Shep

Welcome back, Tom. I'm glad you had such a great trip. Your ability to handle all of this during a taper is quite impressive. I'm glad you're sharing your story with us as you go along.  :)

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aberdeen

Welcome back! The trip sounds amazing, looking forward to seeing a few pictures! Hopefully the time changes evens out soon.

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