Missing: My Friend Erin

Hi guys,

This is Karen. Erin disappeared today into the world of Paxil Withdrawal. It’s has her by the balls. I wish I could be there to help with the kids, cook, clean, or simply put my arms around her and let her cry on my shoulder. I’ve been through Paxil withdrawal and it is ROYAL HELL.

Long time readers and friends know how amazing Erin is. She is the in-charge, in your face, into everything of substance kind of woman. A fighter. A passionate and caring person. A woman I am proud to call one of my very best friends.

The result of sleeplessness, resulting fatigue and too many tears:


Tell this beautiful Mama how much you love her. She needs to feel your internetty hugs and well wishes right now. I’m sure she will blog when she is ready.




  1. Erin, we’re here for ya. And we love and miss you. If there’s anything you need, please let us know.

    Hang in there, hon. We’re rooting for you, hard.

  2. Ha, thanks Karen for relaying this message. I haven’t known Erin long, but she’s a great person from what I can tell. Best of luck getting past the withdrawls. Take your time coming back. Bloggers aren’t going anywhere.

  3. Erin, I hope this gets better for you soon. I don’t have any assvice to give you, but it looks like you have lots of supporters internet-wide in your corner, myself included.

  4. hey Erin, hang in there! Withdrawals from meds are never fun 🙁 xo

  5. (((((((((((((((Erin))))))))))))))))

    Please remember that although we may just be ‘text on a screen’ that behind every letter is someone who really does care about you and worry how you are doing.

    You do wonderful things and have people offline and on who truly do love you, care for you and support you.

    If there is ANYTHING that I can do, even if it’s just listen to ranting through an e-mail, Please let me know.



  6. Hang in there. I know this sucks, but you’ve been through worse and you’ve made it through before.

  7. Came over via Karen, and you don’t know me from a hole in the ground …
    but I’ve been on that Paxil.
    Chin up babe … this too shall pass. Seriously. I know it’s mundane, but it’s the truth.
    Don’t let it sink you. Don’t let it beat you. Don’t let it tempt you to wallow.
    Stand up and give it the finger.

  8. We’re here for you Erin! ((((HUGS)))) I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but I’m thinking about you!

    Take Care!

  9. Hang in there, girlfriend and remember that as hard as it is, it’s just temporary. Everything will be better soon and you have tons of friends out here in the world pulling for ya. You’re a tough cookie and you CAN do this 🙂

  10. Hang in there baby, it WILL get better.

  11. Thinking of you…I know you can get through this. HUGS!

  12. Erin, if you need me to come over, I’ll come over. I’m only about 50 minutes away. I’ve got your back, woman. You’ve got my email and I will send you my phone #.

  13. Sending you healing thoughts. I also will email you something my supervisor sent me about foods and moods.

  14. Erin, wow, I’m with you, babe. I know what that shit is like…been through withdrawals on legal (and some not so) stuff before. It blows.

    I hate when people tell me, “yeah, I’ve been there” because at the time I just wanna scream, “Yeah? WELL, YOU’RE NOT THERE *NOW*!” Heh.

    Seriously, if there’s anything I can do, just say the word. Love ya.

  15. Erin,

    Love you and miss you. Wish I could do that for you. Hang tough. Hugs from FL!


  16. Erin –

    I know that we don’t know each other but Karl will vouch for me, as will Karen :). About five years ago I too went through the Paxil detox and I know exactly how you feel.

    Even though I know you are trying to get off of the Paxil, you might want to ask your doctor for another anti anxiety that is situational like Buspar or Trazodone. Those saw me through for about a month and were easy to go off of.

    If not, please feel free to email me as I have lots of suggestions that would take up a whole blog. Most of them are relaxation techniques and foods that soothe.

    I hope it goes away soon. Mine only lasted about two weeks, at most.

  17. Love, Hugs, and more Hugs.

    This too shall pass… and the support will remain.

  18. Sending you love, Erin.

  19. Erin, oh man, I know this pain only too well. It’s so hard to do this, but it is only a short time in your life, and once it’s over and done with, you’ll look back on it and wonder if it was really so horrible. It was… no doubt about it.

    Take care of yourself. See if you can get a massage to take away the cramping in your legs, and drink plenty of water, even though you feel nauseated. It helps to keep your blood sugar level, so careful with the carbs.

    Sending you tons of love and plenty of support.

  20. karen, you are such a good friend. Erin is so lucky to have you in her life.

    and Erin, sending you lots of love. come back to us when you can. withdrawal is not something i’d wish on anyone…certainly not someone i like as much as you. hugs.

  21. Sending peace and strength your way. Take care of yourself and remember you’re not alone and things WILL get better.

  22. Erin, I haven’t commented in quite a while but my thoughts are with you.

  23. Erin, there are no words I can say that will make this go away or even feel remotely better.

    I’ve been through this and it was one of the most difficult times of my life.

    There was nothing that made me feel better. The withdrawals had to run their course.

    I’m not saying any of this to scare you, I’m merely being honest — because I remember my family trying to cheer me up and be positive and I just wanted to rip their tongues out.

    If you need to talk, you call me. I’m here. This is something you’ll survive, even though you feel like you won’t make it. You will. YOU. WILL.

  24. Sending you lots of love and hugs. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know!

  25. Erin, take care of you first.

    (Tapping foot.)

    Not kidding.

    Not calling or emailing because that might distract you. Just saying: Take care of you first.

  26. Of course we love you, Erin! 🙂 And you’ll make it through this just fine; I’ve been down that particular path myself, and while it wasn’t fun, I was oh-so-glad to see the hind end of Paxil as it walked away.

  27. Oh Erin, good luck. I can only imagine how hard this must be for you, but I know you’re strong enough to stick it out. I know one day I’ll be asking your advice when I decide it’s time to break away from my meds.

  28. Erin, just a small note to let you know that I’m sending you all the postivie energy I can muster. You’ll win your battle because it’s the right thing to do! You have but to ask for anything you need.

  29. canoe chick says:

    Your Majesty,
    I hope things are starting to get better. I am sending ALL my positive thoughts your way! I don’t know anything about Paxil withdrawal, but it sounds awful from what everyone else has been writing, so I will keep on sending these good thoughts to you! It must be amazing to have so many good wishes from so many people. You are so loved, and rightly so. Your amazing writing has kept me sane on a few days, I hope all your on-and off-line friends can do the same for you now.
    Much love.

  30. I adore thee. Get thy ass better. Thy boobs are fine.

  31. I’m sorry you’re undergoing an ugly meds withdrawal process. It’s a bitch, but that bitch will be gone soon enough and you’ll return renewed and refreshed.

    In the meantime, I send my very best to you, Erin.

    Your fan,

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