posted on Dec, 31 2016 @ 10:15 AM
I dont wish to come off as a Know-it-all, but im positive its done when you take the Ambien.
My Mother works third shift and was prescribed Ambien to help her sleep during the day. It wasnt long after she started taking the Ambien, that she
started finding empty bags of Mcdonalds, Wendy's, and other fast food restaurants. Being a neat freak that borders on OCD, and rational person she
naturally assumed my step father was the culprit. She scolded him for not cleaning up the wrappers and such and was met with a startling excuse as
well as accusation, "Sandy, youre the one whos been leaving the fast food wrappers lay around. I see you wake up during the day and leave, come back,
eat like pig and make a mess. The whole time im trying to talk to you, youre unresponsive, like a zombie!"
Now my mothers no spring chicken, and not ignorant enough to believe this nonsense, so she assumes my step fater is playing some kind of joke on
Months go by, empty fast food wrappers are found EVERYWHERE, my step father is constantly accused and scolded, And we come to July, 2012.
My mother is reconciling her checkbook and notices a difference of about $150 in the banks favor. Assuming an error had been made, she calls them and
finds out that her debit card had indeed been used at a local grocery store about 6 weeks prior. Mom checks her purse and notices all of her debit and
credit cards are present and accounted for. After triple, quadruple checking the date, shes 1000% positive shes been the victim of Identity theft.
After all, she couldnt have used her card that day because she was home - sleeping.
She calls the local police who have her meet them at the grocery store in question. The police have the exact time and check out line for the
transaction in question. They want my Mother there to possibly identify the perpetrator.
So its show time. My mother and a local Police Detective sit in the security monitoring room of the grocery store ready to finger this weasley id
The monitor comes on. They fast forward to the time in question.......
THERES THE CULPRIT!!!! AND THEYRE BUYING $150 WORTH OF CANDY BARS!!!
Detective says, "alright lets get a good look at ya.." and zooms in on the suspect.
There she is!
My Mother, herself, purchasing $150 worth of candy bars!!!!
Her face and stomach drop when she realizes the horror that shes been sleep walking all over the city with NO recollection of ANYTHING. She explains
to the detective about the ambien, and fast food wrappers, and he stops her there, and tells her stories of people causing car accidents, shoplifting,
stealing gas, all while on ambien, all without conscious knowledge of their surroundings.
Extremely embarrassed, my Mother returns home to find my step father watching TV with a smug smile on his face. Without turning to face her, he asks,
"so, how'd it go?"
So the summary of this dragged out story is that Ambien will make you do some CRAZY things!!!! My mother spent the next 3 weeks apologizing to my step
father, and the detective had another story to place in his "Ambien File".
Im sure everyone is wondering, "why $150 worth of CANDY BARS?" My mother's best guess is that the grandkids were coming over that weekend and she
wanted snacks for them. Also, where did they go? You would assume $150 in candy bars would be way more noticeable then the bank account error.
Well, they were in the Xmas decorations stored in the basement. My stepfather witnessed this whole fiasco and watched her stash them there. My mother
is so stubborn, that for her to ever be convinced she had been sleep walking, my step father had to let it play out the way it did.