I play a lot of video games. I'm currently working on my racing license, so I can do rallycross. I've had to put a lot of that on hold due to me moving out of California, but as soon as I find a place that doesn't want $5,000 to teach me, I'm doing it.
Average Days: 58.82 Days
DAYS IN JURY
Weeks in House
Days in Jury
DEN OF TEMPTATION
TREE OF TEMPTATION
TOTAL COMPS: 31
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Megan Lowder, a contestant on the 19th season of the reality show Big Brother, said she chose to leave the house early because the show triggered her PTSD.
“When I was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, I was sexually assaulted and I got really bad PTSD from it,” said Lowder, who served in the Navy.
“So in the house… I had a lot of guys yelling at me and attacking me and it started really affecting me and making my anxiety severe and I was starting to get physically ill. I was throwing up, I had diarrhea, I was nauseous all the time.”
Online reports based on the live feed said Lowder told Alex Ow that Jessica Graf had called her a panda, but Ow accuses Lowder of lying about the remark.
“I could have heard wrong, it’s entirely possible, but I was already talking to them about wanting to leave before that and so at that point I knew I couldn’t handle it anymore and I went into the diary room where I started having a panic attack and they wound up taking me to the hospital a couple hours later,” said Lowder.
Lowder said it was a mutual decision to leave. She spent a couple days in the hospital and is now in Cathedral City, California, with family. She had moved from the desert to Phoenix in December and plans to return eventually for school.
She says she has Dr. Eugene Lipov, a pain management specialist based in Chicago, to thank for that. He gave her a Stellate Ganglion block – an injection of an anesthetic into her neck – which targeted the increased amount of ephinepherine, or “fight-or-flight” response, in her system due to the PTSD.
While Lipov and his PTSD patients praise the treatment’s effectiveness anecdotally, scientific evidence is inconclusive and testing is ongoing. The Department of Defense currently has a trial underway led by RTI International and three Army hospitals to determine the treatment’s effectiveness in treating PTSD.
Lipov details the process: If the first injection of the anesthetic into the neck doesn’t work, he will make a second one in a higher location. It took two injections for Lowder to get the results she was hoping for.
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