>My Friend Joins the Ranks of Kidder, Downey, & Heche
>It used to be more commonplace to hear of celebrities found wandering in delusion like when Robert Downey Jr. was found asleep in a neighbor’s house that he wandered into under the influence in 1996. He was in a club with Anne Heche, Margot Kidder, and even Martin Lawrence for similar episodes.
The genius behind TV Funhouse on SNL, Robert Smigel, satirized this phenomenon well back in 2006 with the short “Kidder, Downey, & Heche–Private Trespassing Investigators” (try this link, but due to copyrights, it may not last long and you may have to seek it out). I’ve always wondered how people can get to such a point…until a couple of weeks ago.
My wife was working the graveyard shift and I hadn’t spent much time with my friend and best man, Dan, lately, so I invited him over for some beers. I only drank a few in a couple of hours. I thought the same for Dan, but he apparently had done some prepping for our low-key man night. I think I witnessed him drink three beers. He did however smoke a bit of the doobage, of which I did not partake in, but it really didn’t seem like enough to drive a man to what I would witness.
After what seemed like a few tokes, he lost his bag and began searching my yard in the dark for it. It certainly was a bummer. Days later, I realized my puppy found the bag, which didn’t have much besides stems left in it anyway. I convinced Dan to give up, that maybe he smoked it all and the celophane evaporated.
We came inside and listened to some music, but within a half hour he was asking to crash on my couch. I obliged and hit the hay shortly after around 1 AM.
Around 8 AM, my wife arrived home asking what happened to Dan.
“Well, he had a bit too much and passed out on the couch.”
“His shoes are on the floor and his phones on the table, but he’s not on the couch,” she told me.
“Maybe he’s outside smoking.”
“But both doors are locked.”
Puzzled, I looked around. Knowing this was my friend that wandered onto the field after the Cardinals won the Series in ’06, I considered every possibility. I looked in closets and under the bed. No Dan.
I saw that the basement door was open, so I thought maybe he escaped through there, but the doors to the outside were locked as well. And why would he go far without his shoes? I looked around every nook and cranny of our dingy city basement to no avail.
We sat in our front room to ponder the situation. I then heard footsteps above me in my landlady’s unit. It was a tad early for them. Half jokingly, I suggested that he got upstairs and they discovered him.
The footsteps got faster and went back and forth. My wife and I followed the commotion with our eyes and heads like curious puppy dogs. There was some fast running down the stairs and then Dan appeared at my front door.
In disbelief, I could only keep saying “What the fuck?!” and “You have to leave.”
He claimed that they were cool about it, but also thought we were involved with this as some sort of joke. I thought the same of him, but I know better.
He left after we kept pushing, then we frantically thought about how to handle our neighbors. Do I call? Do I text? Do I play it off or consider this a serious problem that will be taken care of? What were they thinking at the time after discovering a strange yet unassuming hippy asleep on their couch?
I texted her to meet me on the porch to chat. I walked out back where they have a screened in porch and looked up at my landlady and her boyfriend. They looked like two pissed off parents after you get home late from a night of partying. Then the busted into laughing. I nervously joined in.
When he awoke, seeing their faces, he asked “Where am I?” Luckily they were nice and explained what they figured was going on. They considered lying to him and making him believe he was states away…Laramie, Wyoming…yeah, that’s the ticket. Around 3 that morning, our boxer, Sadie was at their door to the basement and it got the attention of their dog who began wimpering. The landlady simply told Sadie to go back to bed, but didn’t realize that my dog was there to tell her that a hippy had wandered into her unit. He must’ve quietly sleptwalked onto their couch, unnoticed until their 8 AM discovery.
My wife and I laughed with them for awhile about this, which was strange enough, but even moreso considering how early it was for us. I couldn’t go back to sleep, so we walked the dogs and avoided the homeless.
Dan’s been calling, but I am without words. How did Robert Downey Jr.’s friends handle him after he was found asleep in some kid’s bed that he wandered into?
>Wonderful. I love it.
I know this post is years old, but its new to me. (I was searching for video of Kidder Downey and Heche) Dan for sure needs to seek help for substance abuse. But what is important to know is that people who suffer from substance abuse problems already have brain chemistry issues (usually genetic inability to metabolize proteins and therefore create proper chemicals for the brain). Drug/alcohol addiction is a misguided attempt by these individuals to “fix” whatever has always been “wrong” with them. They do not realize this consciously, but this is what they do.
I suggest addiction counseling, as well as taking a good B Complex (Jarrow B right or Country Life Co Enzyme B Complex 2/day and a Magnesium Citrate (Magnesium Oxide is not well absorber /4% absorption rate). The best brand for magnesium is Solgar. These two vitamins can be bought for the cheapest at Vitacost.com. This is not a paid commercial. I just buy lots of vitamins and I have found this co. to be the cheapest. The same B Complex(Country Life) at Whole foods is $50, at Vitacost its $26.88.
Your friend might need psych meds too, but its important for him to start taking these vitamins first because without the B complex vitamins and magnesium, he will have a harder time producing both serotonin (calmind neurotransmitter) and dopamine (motivation neurotransmitter). The meds he might be given will most likely stimulate him to produce more serotonin, but if he has a genetic problem producing serotonin in the first place, the meds are not likely to work as well. (I don’t know why the psychiatrists aren’t on board with this “take these B Complex/Magnesium supplements with meds” to make the meds work better approach. Its like trying to force someone to build a brick patio, but not giving them any bricks. If a person can’t make serotonin, how can a med that forces them to release more serotonin or a med that keeps more serotonin in the synapse really work if there is no serotonin being produced to begin with???
Synapse =spaces betw nerves in the brain. Also the meds the psychiatrists usually give these people are called SSRIs= Serotonin Specific Reuptake Inhibitors. This means that the medication Specifically targets Serotonin in the synapse to Inhibit (prevent) Reuptake (using up too quickly) by the nerves around it. Apparently the psychiatrists feel the problem is that the person makes serotonin, but that the nerve cells in the brain use it up too quickly. They don’t ever stop to think that, maybe the person just doesn’t produce enough serotonin to begin with. There is a known genetic disorder that involves malabsorption of the B vitamins which can make a person very deficient in the B vitamins. This disorder is found most in people of Scottish/Irish descent and probably why they have a reputation for being drunks (alcohol can seem to “fix” this, as it simulates the relaxing properties of serotonin, but it actually makes things worse because it depletes both B complex and Magnesium in the body. The B complex and Magnesium Citrate taken daily can help to lessen this genetic malabsorption issue and lessen the person’s drive to consume alcohol or other “relaxing” agents.
As for the sleepwalking, that is also a clear indication that your friend has neurological issues. The substances may have helped that tendency along, but I have had boyfriends who have had addiction issues and when they were completely sober for months, they still did those type of amazing sleepwalking stunts. People like that, their nerves are so riled up that even if they get to sleep, sometimes their body is still awake and it goes out for “walks” unbeknownst to them. My one boyfriend, who was completely sober at the time, ended up in the middle of the night walking downstairs into our neighbors flat and just standing there at the foot of their bed, and gave them quite a fright. They screamed and that woke him up and he screamed and they screamed again from him screaming and they brought him back upstairs and it was all very weird. He felt so sad and ashamed, but sleepwalking of this severity indicates a severe neurological disorder that needs to be treated by going to a sleep clinic in addition to treatment for substance abuse issues.
Maybe don’t have your friend sleep over at your house, but still be friends with him and urge him to get help for his addiction issues as well as his neurological issues. That behavior is not normal for anyone whether drunk or sober.
Oh, and by the way, I am diabetic too. Type 1 for 31 years, and I occasionally get the blood spray too. Gross. and I reuse my needles and lancets too.
As for the blood spray, it is not from an old lancet. You just happened to hit a larger artery. It happens occasionally, but I’ve had it happen less than 10 times in the time I’ve been diabetic. Messy, Gross, but no biggie…