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Do you know what is in room 2-3-7?


RainingFeathers Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 21-Nov-2016 7:48pm  
Yes, sort of.
I know which book/movie this is referring to, and remember the gist of the story. I know that room is the 'worst' one. Don't remember exactly what events took place there as opposed to other areas of the building (besides the garden - I clearly recall what happened there).

Sorry for vagueness, trying not to give too much away :)
posted 22-Nov-2016 7:11am  
No clue. Air perhaps, dust?
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 22-Nov-2016 7:58am  
I don't think the hotel I'm in right now has a room 2-3-7.
posted 22-Nov-2016 8:08am  
My greatest fear? ... maybe I'm mixing up Stephen Kind and 1984?
posted 22-Nov-2016 8:12am  
Oh yeah, it was Room 101 in Orwell's 1984. in which the Party attempts to subject a prisoner to his or her own worst nightmare, fear or phobia, with the object of breaking down their resistance.

Room 237 is a cool movie. I enjoyed it even if it seemed a bit silly to take things that far. I saw it a couple years ago, so it's not that fresh in my mind. The obsession of it was fascinating, though. It almost felt like the point of it was to show viewers what it's like to be mentally ill.
posted 22-Nov-2016 8:21am  
Yes, yes I do.
they Survey Central Subscriber
posted 22-Nov-2016 7:06pm  
they Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to bill) posted 22-Nov-2016 7:13pm  
I remember trying to watch Room 237, but not getting into it. The thing that inspired the survey wasn't a movie however. As you probably know, I've been exploring my office building for the past few months. There is a door numbered 938 that has no company name beside it. I once saw a maintenance man look both ways and then enter the dark room. I'm dying to see in there. I'm thinking of befriending him so he will show me the things I can't access myself.

The other day, I took the express elevator up to the dark old library before it opened, and walked down the dark stairwell to my own office floor. Luckily, I didn't think about things that go bump until I reached the lit floor below. Also, lucky the door at the bottom of the stairwell wasn't locked.
(reply to they) posted 22-Nov-2016 9:06pm  
look both ways and then enter -- smile
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to they) posted 23-Nov-2016 7:08pm  
That would make a good survey. What is in room 938?
they Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to LindaH) posted 24-Nov-2016 11:33am  
Okay. Let me get a picture first. smile
posted 27-Nov-2016 8:05pm  
Yes,,, If I told you what was in there, I would have to kill you.
posted 29-Nov-2016 2:59pm  
No could be anything
they Survey Central Subscriber
posted 3-Dec-2016 10:39am  

"Nothing! There ain't NOTHING in room 2-3-7."
(reply to they) posted 5-Dec-2016 5:53am  
> "Nothing! There ain't NOTHING in room 2-3-7."

Really nothing? No air, no space I am having a hard time visualizing absolute nothing. Even a vacuum is something.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 7-Dec-2016 8:39am  
An exam. There are only exams. All things are exam.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Biggles) posted 6-Jan-2017 8:10pm  
Passed the exam smile

Oh wait, now there's another exam... <sigh>
they Survey Central Subscriber
posted 22-Nov-2017 3:52pm  

04:32 provides the answer.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 23-Nov-2017 5:55am  
Well, how coincidental. It's exam day once again. And I'm writing this from a hotel room. Not 237, but pretty close. I do not want to do this exam. Absolutely dreading it frown
they Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Biggles) posted 23-Nov-2017 10:27am  
What is the purpose of this exam?
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to they) posted 23-Nov-2017 1:54pm  
To assess if I meet the requirements to be become a member of the Royal College of Physicians, which I need to do to progress further in my career. I've passed the two written components of the exam. Today was the practical part: taking histories, examining patients and working out the diagnosis, and communicating in difficult scenarios (e.g. breaking bad news). It really didn't go very well at all and I am certain I will have to resit it. I'm trying to focus on the positive, which is that I actually showed up for the exam and sat the entire thing. I've been incredibly anxious about this exam and withdrew from a previous sitting due to nerves. Last week, I had a proper panic attack when a senior doctor tried to take me to practice on some patients while he watched. I came very close to walking out before it started, so just getting through it is a pretty big achievement. I still feel rubbish about how badly it went though.
they Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Biggles) posted 23-Nov-2017 2:24pm  
Ah. I'm sorry you are feeling badly about it. It sounds like the kind of thing that would cause a lot of anxiety. When I was first laid off from the job I'd had most of my adult life, I experienced tons of anxiety with going back to school, speaking in public, and then I had to do job interviews which involved practical situations. So - on the spot, how would you write this program? types of questions. It was terrifying, especially after having previously been very comfortable and in my element for so many years. After all of this, I discovered that .5mg of clonazepam could have completely made all of those new experiences more tolerable. Have you considered a light sedative?
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to they) posted 23-Nov-2017 4:51pm  
My boss suggested having a drink before the exam, and then lots of breath freshener, but having never had a drink, and not wanting to get referred to the General Medical Council for unprofessional behaviour, I didn't think that was the way to go! I have a short holiday booked and I'm going to try and put the exam out of my mind until I've had that. Then it's going to be about trying to gear up to resit the exam in a couple of months. May be a bit soon to get over the level of anxiety I have. I've faced some pretty difficult situations and times in my life, but I've only had two panic attacks ever. One the night before an exam in my teens, and then in work trying to prepare for this exam the other day. I feel as scared of making myself feel like that again as I am of the exam itself. Mostly, I think I just need to put it out of my mind for now.
they Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Biggles) posted 23-Nov-2017 8:25pm  
Yeah I definitely would think a drink would be too much for you in that case, but maybe a nice OTC antihistamine? Around here, they are often recommended for anxiety (instead of something stronger like xanax or klonopin).

My own personal experience with panic attacks is limited to a two times while extremely inebriated, so I don't even remember much about it. Regular old social anxiety is just part of who I am.

Kid's dad (and now kid) struggle(d) with extreme anxiety and panic disorder, along with depression. Both had/have panic attacks almost daily. The results seem to indicate the problem is more nature than nurture.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to they) posted 25-Nov-2017 10:48am  
I'd be concerned an anti-histamine would make me sleepy rather than calm. Propranolol is often first-time for situational anxiety here, but I'd worry about its effect on my blood pressure. Fainting in the exam would be bad!!!

Grumbling background social anxiety is normal for me too. I have strategies to manage it (some of which involve avoiding human interaction at times). This current anxiety is new for me. I cancelled my last scheduled attempt at this exam (because it was worrying me so much) so failing it now has really set me back, and I'm pretty gutted.
they Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Biggles) posted 25-Nov-2017 3:57pm  
It's interesting that the thing you guys are using off-label for anxiety is a beta-blocker, and we're over here using antihistamines. I could probably come up with a list of different types that were prescribed to kid for anxiety, as well as to me for use as a sleep aid. In fact, I was with kid's dad for 7-8 years while he was treated various ways for anxiety, and kid and my current SO are both being treated for anxiety -- none of them were ever offered a beta blocker. Is it something that would be prescribed to be used on a long-term basis? I did (a teensy bit of reading), and it seems like it could be another option for kid and SO.

The article I was looking at listed three choices for anxiety: Benzos(my Klonopin, and the Xanax kid's dad was addicted to), Buspar(which the SO and kid both take), and Beta-Blockers -- no antihistamines(which as you suggested, don't really help).


I'm really sorry about the exam. I'm sure you'll crush it next time.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to they) posted 25-Nov-2017 4:38pm  
I'm not a primary care doctor, and that's where most anxiety is managed in the UK, but I did a short stint in GP land and I suspect not much has changed. For situational anxiety (e.g. sitting exams, public speaking, going somewhere crowded), a beta blocker (almost always propranolol) would be advised. For one-offs or personal crises where feeling a little woozy wouldn't be so bad (e.g. getting through a funeral, travelling on a plane) then we might suggest a benzodiazepine (usually diazepam) but they certainly weren't handed out in large quantities to people as they can be so addictive (some people seem to end up on them long-term, but that's usually seen as a failure to treat appropriately). For people needing regular medication (e.g. those with generalised anxiety disorder), they would usually go on an anti-depressant with good anxiolytic properties like sertraline.
they Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Biggles) posted 25-Nov-2017 6:43pm  
Everything is over-prescribed here. My friend's mom has been on morphine for a decade - for foot neuropathy. My doctor's former office is now the location of a pain clinic. The parking lot is always packed. Xanax and Klonopin are prescribed pretty freely. What I see the most these days (family, friends, kid, SO) for generalized anxiety disorder IS a combination of anti-depressant and Buspar. There were some recent changes to law that require more frequent office visits for pain meds or benzos, and also - drug screening. I was recently "accidentally" drug screened by my doctor's office, who found THC in the system. It put me at risk for losing the Klonopin. Right now, my doctor is hoping the laws catch up soon. Ohio has legalized medically but there's no one licensed to manufacture or prescribe it.

Oh, and I don't know what things are like there, but I could pretty easily access all sorts of opiates (within an hour), not that I would: my drug of choice is weed. Though, maybe the problem there is who I know, not where I live wry smile Or a little bit of both.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to they) posted 18-Dec-2017 4:07pm  
> I'm really sorry about the exam. I'm sure you'll crush it next time.

Somehow I scraped through this time. I can't really believe it and I'm waiting for the formal results letter before I really accept it, but the online results system says I passed!

(reply to Biggles) posted 18-Dec-2017 6:44pm  
You passed! Good news then. You were so sure you hadn't that I thought that had been the official word. Glad to hear it wasn't.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to dab) posted 19-Dec-2017 2:11pm  
Thank you. It was so awful that I couldn't imagine I could possibly have passed. Turns out that standards have just slipped at the Royal College of Physicians!
they Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Biggles) posted 19-Dec-2017 6:49pm  
That's great news! Congratulations. Glad that's done. grin
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to they) posted 18-Jan-2018 10:51pm  
Did you ever find out?
they Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to LindaH) posted 19-Jan-2018 6:18pm  
I took a series of shots, getting closer and closer to the door as I took them. Then I made a gif from them.

But I never made the survey. Here's a couple:

One interesting thing about the space is that none of the other offices in the building are numbered like this. They all have brass plates beside each door with the suite number and the name of the company. No suite on any of the floors is as high as 38 (this is on the ninth floor).

And to answer your question: Sort of, and oddly enough, it was only a few days ago that I found something out. My source is not 100% guaranteed to be factual, because I have known it to be incorrect in another instance*, but there are brass floor maps/plans near every bank of elevators on each floor to show fire exits. The brass map on the ninth floor shows that the door leads to a vestibule with 3 more doors on each wall. Two of the doors lead to small rooms/closets labeled mechanical, and one leads to a larger room, which I now assume leads to some sort of building storage. I have seen maintenance people go inside.

*On the 10th floor where I work, the brass map shows a ladies room which doesn't exist. For a long time now, I have assumed that during some remodel, it was absorbed inside of the suite that sits in that location. That suite has been vacant as long as I've worked there, and I've peeked into the mail slot. There is a door leading to a room which I have always assumed is the ladies room on the map. Last week, we toured the space and several others because we are expanding. No bathroom! Not even a speck/hint of there ever one. In fact, the plumbing in that office is on the other side. Some offices (like our current one) don't even have plumbing at all.

You would love the building. There are new mysteries and unseen spaces around every corner.

Maybe we should mail something there with certified mail and see what happens.If it was legible, we could stalk the person who signed it and find out their job.
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to they) posted 19-Jan-2018 8:50pm  
The maintenance people aren't really maintenance people, know what I'm sayin?
they Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to LindaH) posted 19-Jan-2018 9:16pm  
yes wink

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