Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fried Okra, Covered Wagons and Lexapro

Today I was at my doctor's office because last month I had two migraines within a week of each other. While I was fine with just moaning on the floor, my husband was all, "You know, I am a global supply chain manager. I cannot fix this. Perhaps you should see a doctor." But he was wrong, so wrong; he suggested that when I felt like eating we should go get some fried okra. That was pretty much the best idea EVER. No amount of medical training could come up with a solution so brilliant. Yet he still made me promise to go see a doctor.

There I was with said doctor discussing my head and the pain therein and thereon and how if four Advil and a Starbucks can't cure a headache then fried okra will. Bet they didn't teach that at his fancy-schmancy medical college.

Then he started asking me all these questions. Am I snoring at night? Another thing they didn't teach him at his fancy-schmancy medical college is that the women who come to the office wearing cardigans and pearls do not snore. Duh. Am I having trouble sleeping? Well, my husband is very competitive and he likes to end up with all the covers at the end of every night, but I didn't think that was the issue. Am I anxious?

I just didn't know what do to with the question, "Are you anxious?"

So I started to cry. And I couldn't stop. I kept pulling Kleenexes from the box and trying to talk but nothing would come out and I was bawling and shaking my head and waiving Kleenex.

But he was so good. He really wanted to know what was going on. He sat there and listened. And then when I stopped, he would ask more questions. Like, this guy was gooooood. It may have all been a dream because I cannot believe the comforting, proactive discussion I had with the man.

Then he said he wanted me to try Lexapro, which also might help with the headaches (the daily ones, not the migraine ones). At first I was against it because my family is a firm believer that all depression and anxiety can be cured with bucking up, going shopping and/or Scotch. Furthermore, if you take anxiety medication it means that you are anxious and we are not anxious people. We are hearty Canadian people whose forefathers travelled across Canada in covered wagons, joyous and pleasant and mellow the whole time. But me? Not so much. The doctor was just so good that I trusted him completely. We agreed for me to try it. So here we go.


  1. Lexapro is amazing. I literally had a nervous breakdown while studying for the bar from YEARS of undiagnosed depression/anxiety. My doctor put me on Lexapro and I think it's the only reason I was able to function.

    I can cry at the drop of a hate and I'm always on edge. For me, Lexapro is really the only thing that takes the edge off. Also, since I have chronic back pain from holding all my tension in my shoulders, it helps with that, too.

    Best of luck, lady!

  2. I've been meaning to email you and failing miserably (sorry. I'm a turd) but anyway.

    1) My husband is exactly the same. "Wife, I will fix you." And I'm like "I'm fine. MOOOOAAAAANNNNN" and he says "I am a global supply chain manager! I can fix anything. EXCEPT YOU." and I'm all "But when YOU are sick you take no pills. Why must I?" and yet, I have to see doctors. Sheesh.

    2) Seriously. What are they teaching doctors these days? Next thing you know they'll be suggesting that ladies look at the bottoms of their feet by pulling their leg up in front of the other leg to see if there is gum on the bottom of their shoes. AS IF. Ladies always stand tall, bend their knee, and look back over their shoulder to the bottom of their foot.

    3) I hope Lexapro helps you. I take Welbutrin for my depression, and it has been life-changing. I am also from hearty Buck Up stock, but after I started taking my meds, mom admitted that she does too, and so does grandma. Apparently such things are genetic sometimes, even in the heartiest buck up families.

  3. I am delighted to hear of a doctor who takes time, asks questions, LISTENS, and then asks more questions. It's unheard of!
    While I haven't taken Lexapro, I have heard wonderful things. Anxiety runs in my family and while they all buck up,(read: don't deal with it) I don't have that energy while dealing with lupus. It's too much. Plus, life is short. Why deal with mental bullshit when you don't have to? I happily take Cymbalta and a 1 Valium a day. Sort of like an apple a day but different and much better.
    wishing you much luck, less headaches and overall more calm. XO

  4. OK, Lexapro is a start. Next time, go for the Klonopin, too. Better living through chemistry, I say!

    (And big hugs for crying in the doctor's office. I hate it when I do that. But for some reason, I do. A lot.)

  5. DAMN I have some fine readers. I really do.

    Amie, really, a global supply chain manager?

    Emily, you hit the nail on the head there. Just buck up = don't deal with it.

  6. I concur with EH. Throw some klonipin in there for good measure. With a glass of wine? Most relaxed you'll ever be and you won't even feel drugged.

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