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  1. #1991
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    New here and starting Topa and with a question

    Hi Friends,
    Thanks for being here, it helps alot, I have not received my new supply of topa and that is fine because I'm trying to give it some time in hopes that it will be almost like starting over and have a hugh success again.

    Dizzy, as for dismantling this thread and starting a new one, my vote is to keep this one going as it is. I am by no means a long-timer on this thread, but have been on it for a few months. In the beginning, I had read the MWO book and thought about taking Topa but was very scared. Because I was able to read thru the posts on this thread from the beginning, I was able to see how Topa affected other people, how much it helped or didn't help, what to expect, dosage and titrating up, and in general just found that it gave me the courage to go ahead and try the medication. It was a hugh success for me and of course has had its ups and downs and I am soon starting on Topa again.

    So, I would say that, of course you are free to start another thread, whatever name that you want, and go with it, but I would hope that you would not deter people from reading on this one. I owe alot to this thread, sometimes it is barely there, and other times it is "big and bulky", and actually the "big and bulky" is what we old-timers are hoping for, to keep it going, to give new-comers a place to start and become part of a community.

    Ok, that's my take on it, but of course everyone is welcome to go in whatever direction seems to "fit" for them.

    Love and Hugs,
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    New here and starting Topa and with a question

    Zoooooooooooooooooom………………….
    Drive - by Posting ……….

    SUN! So happy to hear you are OK! WHEW! I am keeping up on my YUCKY drink but not going near that tofu idea any near in the future dear. LOL

    Home so late from work are have been so busy and no time to read, already past my bedtime here as already almost 9 PM ! HA!

    This is getting SERIOUS! I caught myself whistling twice today! *laughing at self* Last 3 days have been 2 -3 glass glasses without struggle. Some thought put into it, but something IS happening!

    Will catch will all in the morning as I have the weekend off before all the chaos begins again next weekend.

    Love and hugs to all … and special thoughts and prayers to our Sun ….



    “Topa, Topa Cabana ……..”

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    New here and starting Topa and with a question

    I have seriously logged onto this site 4 times tonight. Why can't we just "post a quick reply" regardless if it takes 5 or 20 minutes?! I don't get it. Anyway -

    Dizzy - you are hilarious! plus doing so well & so happy for you! As are Wildflowers/Mimi/Space/WTE! So good to read everyone's posts. So glad Sunny is on the mend and hope we hear from her soon!

    My most recent lost post described my beloved 79 yo aunt who is struggling in a rehab hospital after parts of her stomach and bowel were removed this week. Years of heavy drinking and smoking resulted in absesses (?)...it's a sad situation. I am well aware of my family history - my mother died suddenly 10 years ago of toxic shock that DRs thought was AL related...and now my favorite aunt who has drinked and smoked to excess her whole life...I am going to see her Sunday and hope I will have some shock-therapy as a result.

    I honestly don't think I have or am at present drinking in the same capacity as my mother or her sister...but still. Here I am...not a smoker like my aunt. blahblahblah. Thinking about all this with Sunny and everything else...

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    New here and starting Topa and with a question

    Oh - and I quote Ruby, very simple yet profound: "Make a plan and work it as if your life depended upon it. It does."

    Spoke to me -

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    New here and starting Topa and with a question

    No worries. If it aint broke don’t fix it. We’re the longest thread on the meds board and lets keep writing til its fall over or til we reach the Guinness book of records. I just had trouble accessing it on my (not so) smart phone but I figured out a way around it. I like the *lost sunken treasure* bit. Hopefully not too lost or sunken LOL.

    I just sent my bf a birthday message and it started nice but it ended up quite full of bile. Now I feel like an ass. We always just fight about one thing – him not communicating with me enough. It drives me nuts. Its got to the point where I email the estate agents to tell them to phone him to arrange times as I know its quicker than to wait for a reply. Argh. And its not like he doesn’t want to be with me, he just retreats in times of stress but for godssakes his 6000 miles away already.

    Sunny - I'm with Ruby, when are you coming back you big poser? Making us do all the hard work? I miss you honey and am thinking and sending you healing thoughts every waking moment, promise. :h

    Thanks Space for commenting on my logos (as for those who didnt comment – tsk) the panda one is for my blog so that can be a bit cutsie. The other one will be printed on cotton tags that will be connected to hessian string that will go on the hemp drawstring bags the hippies will use to sprout their beans in. So that has to look a bit more adult. But I love the panda too. Well I love both, I chose the images and worked with the designer until it was perfect IMO. The business is more for fun, I dont' need the money to survive so its OK to try it out.

    Oh and you came here as you first replied on a thread I had on combining Topa with antabuse and I said something about All-One. You made a drive by post about Topa to the UK and something must’ve caught your eye as you didn’t leave And I’m ever so glad you did. Made a decision on those dvd’s /books? Hope I’m not feeding your Amazon addiction – LOL.

    As you are in my advanced class (Houtx is still in kindergarten) I can show you how to open a Flickr account if you like then you can post a pic of your garden or a cake some time. In fact would everyone please consider this? I don't want you to post pics that will ruin your anonymity if thats what bugs you but a pic of a doggie or a garden or a cake or whatever every now and again would be super. Its very simple to open a Flickr or Photobucket account (unless you are still struggling to cut and paste...ahem) then I'll tell you what else to do. (See pic of my garden below)

    Ah thank you so much Rubes
    , you’re such an inspiration. Without you we wouldn’t even know any of this. Like most people aren’t sure what our thread is really about I wasn’t sure what yours was about and I wouldn’t have known to look for Sunny’s other friends there. I miss little sunny weirdo already (she finds it entertaining when I call her weird)

    See, this is what Maxamaui looked like when he was a wee one.
    Canny resemblance to your avatar, no?



    Mimi
    , you made me cry again but this time it was happy tears. I’m not sure what other changes have taken place in your life but you have grown. You went from not being certain and plodding along to giving this all you got and I’m so proud of you. Thank you for being here and thank you for being my friend. I do have a life, I just meant I should go out more Are we on day FAB FOUR
    today?

    Wild/strong>, so glad you’re back. I think Topamax made it really hard for me to enjoy alcohol. I would have to work really really hard to drink daily now. Not that I want to. For me drinking now is like drinking flu medicine, it makes me sleepy and groggy and I wake up feeling sleepy and groggy. The addict in me hates this but my life force rejoices and is dancing on the addicts grave. I fear that if I stop taking Topa the cravings will come back and I’m not sure if the second time round will be the same. I’m not a doom sayer but I do plan to fall pregnant in the next 3 years and you are not allowed to take Topa when expecting as it causes birth defects.

    With regards to what you said about religion, it is something I wanted to mention as I do think I mentioned something slightly anti Christian and anti AA before. I grew up in a very Christian household, my dad being a minister. I believe in God but I believe in a universal God and not a secular one. Could we all perhaps agree on not making religion an issue here? Can we talk about it like grown ups when it comes up. (Well, sure we can, silly Dizzy, no one has fought about it in all the years you weren’t here)

    I know you weren’t doing that at all Wild. From your Namaste etc. I gather that you like me take the good out of a variety of various aspects. It was just something I had to get off my chest. Don’t take this the wrong way but just please don’t let the church group ladies bully you into anything. My one friend used to do yoga and reiki with me and after she was diagnosed with bipolar she got into church big time and they have now convinced her that those to elements are pure evil. Never mind that she used yoga as excercise and is much more unhappy without it...

    I didn’t really like AA as no one in the local group was my age. And although I get along fine with people from all age groups it is nice to have one or two your age you can have a coffee and a bitch with every once a while. So I joined NA and their groups was actually cool and their stories more exciting... I had a slimming pill addiction for a year which makes me a candidate for NA too.

    I also hated that relapse judgement thing. And even if they say they don't you have to tell everyone how many days every time and you resent going after a relapse. I actually didn’t tell anyone for a week as I just couldn’t face it. And I say baloney to both your church group and AA friends for being so closed minded about Topamax. Argh! Makes me so angry! If you weren’t so far I would drive by and slap them. Those people mean well but they often don’t read much further than the big book and the other big book Topa is the first thing that made me happy in 12 years and me and my God love it just fine.

    I actually want to write an article about the ‘rehab myth’ No thats not why I joined this site and no, I won’t mention any of you unless you beg me to - ha!. Rehab was traumatic to me and waaaay overpriced. I would like people in SA to know about the option of Topa, Bac etc. So many people are still living in the dark ages. Rehabs also tells you that AA is the only way and that is not strictly true now is it. I mean topa is working for me and they refuse to believe that this is possible. Humbug I tell ya!

    Part of my veggie garden: Bright light swiss chard, oreganum, chillies, geranium, rocket... Its not perfectly tended like Sun's garden probably is but I love it.



    Playarooney
    – Well I for one just love being here. I can’t wait for you to start the topa and to see you making progress again. I know you did last time. And I'll make sure this thread keeps active even if I have to type my little hands to stumps. LOL.

    WTE – Don’t you want to adopt a poor (but not so) starving African child? Ha! I saw a skit where this 20-year old was asking Brangelina to adopt him, it was funny. Be careful as even though your mood says worried you may discover that you are more chipper than normal! 2-3 glasses! Wow, 100mg may be close to your magic dose but I guess for that to happen the morning thoughts have to go. You go girl! PS: Perhaps we should open our own “Topa, Topa Cabana … Ha!” thread - LOL.

    Houtx – You still haven’t told me whaddahell houtx is. (Not quite as weird as Sisyphus56...) Trust me the quick reply is just an evil decoy button. ALWAYS use the Post Reply button
    it takes the same amount of time!. The quick reply is exactly the same as reply except that it will bite you in the ass by making you sign in if your reply isn’t quick. Geddit??? It seems Roberta Jewell has a sense of humour after all - ha!

    Now, little lady... (I laugh in the face of danger -ha! ha!) have we ordered our Topa yet or am I going to have to get WTE to force feed you some? I’m going to need a home teacher for my kiddies in a few years time and there will be no drinking (or dying!!) on the job, you hear!? You take care of yourself love, especially considering what happened with your mom and aunt. A big hug just for you.

    Oh and I did start a thread for Topa Success Stories, so if you consider yourself a successful Topa user, please add a post about yourself here to serve as inspiration to the newbies:
    http://www.mywayout.org/community/f2...ml#post1301174

    Cheery byes

    XOX

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    New here and starting Topa and with a question

    Houxt what is it that you are doing that you are having so many problems here. I just type in the box then hit post quick reply, I dont think Ive ever been timed out, I didnt even know there was a timer. If I want to do smiley I do the same, type in the box then go advanced and put in my smileys. Are you hitting post reply or post quick reply before typing your message?

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    New here and starting Topa and with a question

    Having been so clever tho to work out myself how to post here Im not sure Im ready for the Flickr account yet tho, sounds scary to me.

    Having been to rehab and also been involved in religion and AA I found it all emotionally damaging, so much so that Im not going to say any more on the subject now.

    Dizzy I just ordered the dvd's, Im hoping they will inspire me to grow veg and to cook more as well, my meals at the moment are very much samey, so I could use the inspiration. I have ordered beans, I thought you grow them in a big jar, not that I have go a big jar yet, what is this about hessian bags, doesnt that make them go mouldy, or is that just if you dont rinse enough. I have never grown sprouts before, you mentioned it and I looked it up and thought my son might enjoy growing them, and then eating them, likewise with the veg, I am hoping getting him involved with growing food will make him want to eat healthier.

    Its nearly 1pm here and I have only just got up, I have been awake since 8am mostley just lying in bed thinking about moving, I took the serequel at 9.30 last night hoping I wouldnt be as tired today but no joy there, oh well I will carry on and see. From tomorrow night I think I will try taking it at 9 and asleep by 10pm for a week and see how that goes.

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    New here and starting Topa and with a question

    Morning Space

    The truth is you don't have to buy anything. I just use glass jars that I put netting over that I fasten with thick elastic. Or you can do something crafty like here:

    A Growing Tradition: Grow Your Own Mung Bean Sprouts

    But if you want to inspire someone or start a business people often go for products like this:

    https://www.livingfood.co.uk/Sprouting/Sprouting_Equipment

    A Flickr account is quite easy if you have a gmail, yahoo or facebook as it opens an account for you. You then have to take digital photos and store it on your computer and load it onto the website. From there you just click on share and there will be a link that you can paste in here. Don't worry about it but perhaps think about it, I'm sure your son can show you if you feel up to it.

    I know what you mean. I havent done much. I woke up cheerful until I phoned my bf for his birthday and he got mad at me in an instant and put the phone down in my ear! I wasn't even saying anything mean, I was suggesting he order in some food as he lives in a B&B and he woke up with a cold. Then I sent him an email saying thanks for making me feel rotten. Now I just feel rotten and like getting back into bed and crying. I should work but I havent rested all week. I should get some sprouts ready for this gym guy that will sell it to his friends but I cant be arsed.

    My favorite sprouts are mung bean because they are SO easy. If you soak raw peanuts overnight they transform into something MUCH nicer than the original. Alfalfa is OK in salads, Sunny loves them but then again so does cows. Green lentils are also very tasty and I've also been eating a lot of cooked spicy lentil salads lately - great for your health. So let him try mung bean, alfalfa and green lentils, they are fun to watch! And if you like radishes, they are super fast (in the garden as well)

    XOX

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    New here and starting Topa and with a question

    Dont cry Dizzy, or maybe cry if it makes you feel better. Have a rest if you need it, can you do the work later?

    You will be with your bf soon and things will be different then

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    New here and starting Topa and with a question

    I don't know Space, maybe its just better to break up. He's saying its because he's so stressed. Hello, if he paid me any attention he wouldve realised I'm stressed too!!

    My dad has to go to the toilet through a hole in his stomach which my mom who is now morosely depressed has to clean up until she takes to the bed or tries to offs herself for the third time, when I'll have to take over. If the latter happens again I'll have to look after my dad 24/7 which means I'll have no time to work and may have to give up my contract.

    Then in 3 weeks time my dad has to go in for another operation, in which case we hope he doesnt die like two of my parents friends did, due to complications of this specific operation. One shortly after and one 3 months later. I'm the one packing up my life to be with him. I'm the one who started a new job. I'm the one whose been sober the last month. I'm the one thats going to feel guilty if anything happens to my parents after I go away.

    Now I can't exactly compare that to working long hours and living in a B&B but who am I to judge.

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