Sunday, May 19, 2013

The ambien effect...

I used to sit and watch my grandpa count out his pills every night and think, wow, old people need a lot of medicine.

And now I'm pretty sure I take more pills than he does.  He's 83, and I just turned 40 and am in denial about it.

I regularly swallow 9 pills every night.  That's not including any Benadryl or antibiotic or whatever else I might sporadically need.

My most important pill is, of course, the AMBIEN.  I can't go to sleep without it.  I also wouldn't be able to explain away all my strange middle of the night behavior without it.

"Michelle, why did you buy $500 worth of music from iTunes in the middle of the night!?"

Oh, wow, it must have been the Ambien...

"Mommy, I told you to get up and put these in the fridge and lock the door!"

Oh sorry, it was the Ambien...

"Why does the cat have all these bald spots?"

I was giving her a seemed like a good idea with the Ambien!

So now I'm up because this one time the Ambien hasn't put me to sleep yet.  Which means everything is suspect.  My judgment is compromised and my memory will be faulty.  Everything I'm typing right now holds the potential for embarrassment.  But I really want to go get a diet Pepsi which is full of awesome caffeine so I'm gonna hit publish and blame it on the Ambien.  


  1. Hello. 1st-time visitor to your blog. You write so well, so cogently on depression/anxiety, a subject that has become increasingly important to me over the past ten years, but I see no means of following your blog. I would like to. My compliments, Michelle.

    1. Hi Geo., Thank you so much for your kind remarks. I'm not sure how my `one` person who follows me did it, I'll have to ask her! In the meantime, let me check out your blogs and then I can just follow you :)

    2. I remember now... add from the dashboard, under Reading List, and just copy the link. The Ambien is really working for me tonight! I probably won't be this alert at my desk in four hours, though...

  2. I know several people who rely on Ambien to get through the night. As for myself, I prefer to remain pill-free and suffer mercilessly until dawn...

  3. hahahahahahahahah!! I am on Lunesta it sometimes works and sometimes doesnt but I def. dont have the zombie effect and getting up and doing stuff I dont remember lol

    I had an aunt in Hawaii that does... She was here in TX and she took her pill shes like lets have cake and she sounded drunk and slurring because of the ambien and next day I was like do you remember xxxx shes like did we do that I was like yeaaa... She gave me a pill that next night OMG it knocked me out but I took it for a bit last year gave me HORRIBLE panic attacks to where I almost blacked out :( got off that fast!

    added ya to my RSS FEED! YAY!

    -- Christopher

    PPS... you should add the SUB MY EMAIL box... since I cant find a good rss reader right now.

    1. Hey, can you tell me where that is?

      Sorry...I've been blogging for years and still don't know how to do anything with this LOL