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Old 04-23-2007, 11:14 AM   #61
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unico - I was praying for you in two fold until I wondered where redhotswami was and researched to find that you were one in the same. I really miss a lot when I poke in occasionally and rarely post.

Try some Sleepytime tea.. that might help you sleep. Also, some relaxation techniques before you go to sleep might keep you resting through the night.
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Old 04-23-2007, 01:12 PM   #62
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Instead of Tylenol PM I would try these pills you can get in a natural store like Whole Foods-they're called Calms and they're made by a company called Hyland. They can help you relax during the day too, they work for me. Also maybe some alcohol free wine at night if that's ok with you, that helps me too. And if you feel ok walking later in the day, that helps with sleep too and with mental health

I hope you can get all the help and support you need, I'm worried about you and Laura
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hopefully the counseling will help. a friend suggested some tylenol PM, but i'm concerned about becoming addicted.

if anybody has some suggestions, that would be of great help.


i'd try something a bit more natural like Melatonin, and perhaps combine that with some Chamomile tea. exercise in the morning if you can and don't watch TV at night.

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If you've got a health food store in your area, you might try picking up an herb called valerian. It's a very potent sleep aid--not something you want to use very often, but it definitely does work. I had a really horrible stress-related case of insomnia at the end of last semester (I often was going several days on only a few hours' sleep, despite trying to go to bed at a reasonable time) and my friend gave me some valerian.

A warning: it smells HORRIBLE. To cut back on the smell, mix it with some fresh or dried mint. Put a small amount into a tea ball and brew it as a tea, letting it steep for maybe 10 minutes. It takes maybe half an hour to kick in, but it makes you feel sort of loopy as soon as you start drinking it (which is kind of fun...).

You can also try something like Tylenol Simply Sleep. It contains a mild dose of Benadryl, which will be non-habit forming as long as you're taking the recommended dose, and it will help you sleep.

I hope you get some rest soon
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Old 04-23-2007, 05:19 PM   #65
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hi everyone. thanks again for all of your support. this has been the longest week of my life. i can't believe it was last week. the memories are in my head and my heart as if it were yesterday, but at the same time, each day that passes feels like an eternity.

i'm at work now, and i see that the counseling center is providing services right across my hall. i'll stop by once i'm done with office hours.

campus feels grim. we had a moment of silence. i spent it staring blankly at norris hall through the tears. it was so surreal. i've never seen the drillfield so full of people before.

finally, the media has decided to show some respect. they are staying off-campus...well, away from the buildings. they are staying at the parking lots. each door on each building has a sign posted asking the media to respect us and bugger off. so far it appears to be working.

as for me...my eating and sleeping remains the same...minimal, but not nonexistent. i'm trying the best i can to eat, but i just keep getting sick. i still can't sleep either. i'm jolted awake if i'm unconscious for more than 2 hours.

hopefully the counseling will help. a friend suggested some tylenol PM, but i'm concerned about becoming addicted.

if anybody has some suggestions, that would be of great help.

thanks again for all of your support, and continue to keep us in your hearts. it has been hard. sometimes i feel like the aftermath is just as hard as the actual tragedy. i don't feel like i'm getting better...but i don't necessarily feel worse.
I just saw on our company intranet that your friend Ryan was the son of an employee. The article was so incredibly sad that it's hard to find words to express my feelings. Please know that my thoughts and prayers go out to you and to everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. Wishing you strength...
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Laura and Mia

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Old 04-23-2007, 08:16 PM   #67
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Mia, I had sleeping issues earlier this year because of stress and other things and instead of Tylenol PM I took a normal dose of an OTC "nighttime" formula cold medicine. It had a little bit of an antihistamine in it (something like Benadryl) that helped me fall asleep. Sometimes I get really stuffed up at night, so the cold medicine also helped with my mild allergies. I took it for several weeks straight and never got addicted to it. Once I dealt with my stress, I stopped taking it and all was fine.

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Mia when are you done? I'd love to get together with you this summer, try and get your mind off things. We could always wander around downtown Richmond...hang around the Capitol...swing by Short Pump in all its craziness and just goof off.

I'm up for it if you are


I don't know how to help you sleep, but peoples suggestions here seem to be good. Hang in there
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:54 PM   #69
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By BUSHRA JUHI

BAGHDAD (AP) - Students in Baghdad, where universities have been hard hit by violence, said Monday they were saddened by last week's massacre at Virginia Tech and hung up a banner to express their solidarity with "our brothers in humanity and in pursuing knowledge."
"We want to let the whole world know that we do not support terrorism anywhere," said Yassir Nazar, head of the student union at Baghdad Technology University, who organized the hanging of the banner near the campus gate.
It reads, "We, the students of Technology University, denounce the attack at Virginia Tech. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims who faced a situation as bad as Iraq's universities do. The sanctity of campuses must be protected around the world."
"We have lost many friends and professors," said Nazar. "But in spite of our wounds, we want to show our solidarity with the students of Virginia Tech who are our brothers in humanity and in pursuing knowledge."

In Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, scores of students have been killed and their campuses targeted by Iraqi insurgents who often regard universities as bastions of Western thought and political activities they oppose.
More than 200 university professors have been killed in the past few years, and thousands have fled the country to teach at universities abroad, said Basil al-Khateeb, spokesman for the Iraqi ministry of higher education.
On Feb. 25, a female suicide bomber triggered a ball bearing-packed charge, killing at least 41 people at a mostly Shiite college whose main gate was left littered with blood-soaked student notebooks and papers amid the bodies.
On Jan. 16, two car bombs exploded as students from Mustansiriyah University lined up for rides home, killing at least 70 people and wounding at least 133.
Baghdad Technology University, which is an annex of Mustansiriyah University, can seem more like a war zone than a college campus, despite its sports fields, modern buildings and a small garden with wooden benches.
Concrete barriers block nearby streets to keep out suicide car bombers. Students from Iraq's complex mix of Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds and Christians walk peacefully across the campus, but the sound of ambulance and police sirens, military convoys driving past and U.S. helicopters flying overhead is nearly constant.
All students are searched before entering the campus and cell phones - which insurgents sometimes use to set off hidden bombs - are banned. Some students fall behind in their studies or miss exams because attacks or fighting prevent them from reaching campus. Baghdad's frequent power outages also can make it difficult for them to study at home at night.
Although many Baghdad Technology University students regard Americans as much safer and luckier than they are, they were saddened by the tragedy at Virginia Tech, in which 32 people were gunned down by student Seung-Hui Cho.
"We denounce the shooting in Virginia Tech because it targeted students of knowledge," said Hassan Abdul-Karim, a junior engineering major who said he has lost two friends to deadly insurgent attacks in his neighborhood of Baghdad. "Al-Qaida in Iraq does the same thing here in an effort to make ignorance prevail so its ideology can win."
Zahra Hussein, a fourth-year engineering student, said she was shocked by the Virginia Tech killings in a country that is so much more peaceful and secure than Iraq. "For us, such attacks have become normal, even when they target students," she said.
Mohammed Akram, a third-year chemical engineering student, said Iraq has seen many examples of recluses who have become suicide attackers. "But we are determined to complete our studies and do all we can for our country," he said, as several friends standing around him on the campus nodded their heads in agreement.
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wow. i cannot even begin to say how touched i am by that article. i am truly at a loss for words. thank you for sharing, sherry, that was beautiful. i think we're all sort of distraught right now, but we've received so many banners and lovely wishes from people all over the world. i hope that next semester we can do something in return for all our friends out there supporting us.

i'm still sad, but now more angry if anything. i just spent a whole hour with my student while she was crying her eyes out. for the record, there have been NO BACKLASHES on our campus against the Korean community. We are not that ignorant. HOWEVER, the friggin media has singled out my student, and all of the other members of the asian american stu union on campus, and have been harassing them. they are CREATING their own damn backlash. i'm so furious right now. i'm taking her to counseling tomorrow morning, and personally dropping her off at her first class. i've also told her to text me all the phone numbers that call her that she doesn't recognize. i will personally talk to them about all of this, and tell them to fuck off. i suggested that we both make t-shirts that say "fuck off media." but i think she's too classy to wear that. i'm not.

thanks for all the tips on the sleep aides! i'm going to the natural foods grocer tomorrow after work and i'm going to see what they have. however, i may not need it. after counseling and a massage today, i've felt better already. i was able to stomach 2 meals, and i even took a 2 hour nap. i expect i'll probably get a good night's rest tonight.

laura, i'll actually be in richmond the week of may 18 for my brother's graduation. i'm meeting kristina, and HOPEFULLY PATTI there, so it'd be great if you could come along!
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i suggested that we both make t-shirts that say "fuck off media." but i think she's too classy to wear that. i'm not.

I love you. I hope your students know how lucky they are to have you. If they don’t realize it now, they will at some point.
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I am still trying to understand allowing classes to continue even after the first shootings. They had no suspect in custody, he could have been literally anywhere. Even though there are reports the police first thought it was another guy because of dorm residents saying it was her 'boyfriend' and he was a gun enthusiast who lived off campus, does that mean HE, even if it were that guy, couldn't have still been hanging around? There's no excuse at all. I hate to see the lawsuits that will probably come in the next few weeks as the sting wears off. So tragic in every way.
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On the contrary, they did have Karl Thornhill in custody almost an hour-and-a-half before the second round of shootings started.
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the media is gone!
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i'm still sad, but now more angry if anything. i just spent a whole hour with my student while she was crying her eyes out. for the record, there have been NO BACKLASHES on our campus against the Korean community. We are not that ignorant. HOWEVER, the friggin media has singled out my student, and all of the other members of the asian american stu union on campus, and have been harassing them. they are CREATING their own damn backlash. i'm so furious right now. i'm taking her to counseling tomorrow morning, and personally dropping her off at her first class. i've also told her to text me all the phone numbers that call her that she doesn't recognize. i will personally talk to them about all of this, and tell them to fuck off. i suggested that we both make t-shirts that say "fuck off media." but i think she's too classy to wear that. i'm not.
Not even the media should create backlash against a culture just because of one person's actions.

At least you are doing the right thing by helping others cope with the grief
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