Zen Buddhist Pharmacist Gives Me Tapering Protocol off Risperdal and Lamictal for $50


Meditated for the first time today in a couple of years on a walkabout. I felt a pain in my head and walked into Little Five Points Pharmacy to get back on meds to try to taper off. The pharmacist was really nice and gave me a protocol on how to wean off medication. She gave me medication to try to cut pills to get off the stuff without a doctor and I tried to pay and my card was denied. I used my smartphone to log into my back account and was locked out because I forgot the login. Also my battery was drained. I thought what to do and wanting to make it down to Oakland Cemetery to take photos for the Walkabout App map I decided to stop into Java Lords and spend $2 for a cup of coffee to use wifi and power outlets. This is good training for the Appalachian Trail. I will need to keep my devices connected to the Internet and juiced up for the map in creative ways with next to no money. I almost spent $50 on the psychiatric medication because my head was killing me. The gave me 5 pills for free. I had a wonderful conversation with the pharmacist. She was super nice. I told her my life story and she was like you are a great journey. Little 5 Point Pharmacy is awesome. I think it makes sense to taper off the meds and not go off cold turkey. These meds are super addictive and expensive. I kept walking and went to the coffee shop to write some emails and upload these photos to Walkabout and thought about all the poor people who do not have access to technology. Bipolar disorder I is worldwide, and other cultures have found other moneyless ways to deal with it. It is a creative gift. Going to talk toThe Icarus Project ATL this Sunday about my journey up the AT. The pharmacist at the Little Five Point pharmacy loves my AT idea. I saw this Pray for Us sign and wanted to put it into the map. Posting this, letting the phone charge fully, and continuing to walk. Forget the bank for now. I need data to make the map and to share with Stephanie Raven Summerfield to create our first poem drawing. Meditating on healing and relaxing and living in the moment is good!  Did a walkabout of Oakland Cemetery.  Photos to come on Walkabout app map tomorrow.

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I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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