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AE_WILLIAMS233 karma

Panic attacks suck. It's really difficult to convince yourself you aren't one or two moments away from dying. There is a sense of impending doom and dread.

My first one happened on the way to work one day. The second, I sped through traffic to a hospital. The doctors finally told me what was going on. My blood pressure was all over the place, like 200/100, then low. I felt like my head was an inflating balloon. My heart was pounding.

I eventually just got a notebook and wrote down the symptoms, and what I had been eating and drinking that day. Also, what the environmental conditions were... sunny, or rainy? Bright or dark? Like that...

I was finally able to discover that, when I would drink a sugary drink on a bright day, or had sudden exposure to really bright sunlight, or had drunk a LOT of caffeinated sodas, I was ripe for an attack. My life was also very stressful at the time, with working full time and being in school working on a master's degree.

I haven't had one in many, many years, but I still get the occasional bout of anxiety. What really helped was removing toxic situations from my life.

YMMV

AE_WILLIAMS15 karma

I thought that about the FJ60 Land Cruiser, as well. Then, I got a 2001 Chevy Suburban K2500.

I still have the Sub.

AE_WILLIAMS6 karma

Follow-up to this one:

With people such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos championing colonies and space hotels, what is the probable likelihood of NASA funding sexual and reproductive research? I am asking this as a serious question! It's self-evident that sex is an important part of being a human being, and therefore the effects of long-term space travel on reproduction and performance are definitely on the table to be studied. Not to mention the psychological effects of isolation and group dynamics.

Some authors have taken a stab at this (ie Andy Weir in 'The Martian' hints at relationships on Hermes spacecraft, and the loneliness of Mark Watney).

Is NASA seriously involved in crafting experiments to study this kind of thing?

AE_WILLIAMS5 karma

Hah!

MINE has the 8.1L V8! It originally would get ~ 15 mpg if I fed it premium, which I did until the 2008-2009 time period, when the gas in Texas hit about $4.50 per gallon.

After that, it hovered around 11-12 for a few years. Nowadays, on premium, it will hit about 9.5mpg.

However, it will do that while towing a 12,000 lb trailer...

I really loved it, and, when I hit the lotto, will do a frame-up restoration.

AE_WILLIAMS4 karma

I agree, but wife wrecked it so I sold it. One of the best vehicles I ever owned. It was a real tank, especially in 4wd low.

BUT - the Sub isn't too far off. A spare computer, and you can probably survive.