Coping

  • Beating the Blood Addiction
    • I think almost anyone claiming to be a vampire is addicted to blood in some way. I am called a vampire, yet I seldom if ever call myself that, as I don't like the term much. I consider vampirism either 1.) a learned immunity to the vomiting effects of blood, or 2.) a predisposition to being immune to the intake of blood. Neither require an addiction; neither are considered a medical condition except as an oddity, yet you will see ppl claiming to be vamps speaking of "the hunger", which is an addiction -- and like any addiction, has withdrawal effects. In all actuality, I can't say vamps exist or don't exist. I view it as a subculture. Like any subculture, it has faction groups; like any subculture, it claims to be better than the "mundane humans". So I am left in a very undecided state here... Do they exist? Do they not exist? The reality is that more things exist than we are willing to admit. Maybe belief makes someone a vamp, just as belief makes someone Christian.
  • Blood Bars
    • A fairly popular topic throughout the Vampyre Community is the subject of "Blood Bars." Many will insist that they do not exist, while others will quite confidently make proclamations of their definitive existence.
  • Blood: Nutritional and Common Uses Around the World
    • Many people claim that there is no nutritional value in blood. Sadly, this is a common belief primarily in America, since most Americans - especially those in the medical profession - tend to forget just WHAT is being measured in the blood with lab tests, and that blood is regularly on the menu - both cooked AND raw - in many non-American cultures.
  • Blood Recipes
    • Put the blood, minced meat, liver and heart, into a large basin. Add the salt and spices to the dried wholemeal and mix all into the blood and meat. It has to be rather soft, batter-like mixture; if it is too thick to pour into the skins through the funnel, add some of the (hot) water in which the meat scraps (not the liver) have been cooked. The pudding skins should be cut into lengths about a yard long and one end tied securely. The mixture should be put into the skins, leaving a little room at the end before tying in the middle like a figure 8. Put into boiling water and simmer gently for an hour, keeping them moving in the pot by stirring with a long- handled spoon. A wide-neck funnel is needed to get the mixture into the skins.
  • Blood Substitutes
    • While nothing truly replaces blood, itself, there are many every day food items that will reduce the bloodlust, even if only temporarily. After scouring every corner of the Net years ago in search of these items, recipes, and techniques, I am setting out to once more discover these things and bring them to you.
  • Blood Substitutions
    • This article will always be a "work in progress" - as I run across new tips and ideas, I'll add them in here. Each one is listed alphabetical by person who I got the tip(s) from, and any notes I have on his/her tips and ideas.
  • Can I Control Or Supress It?
    • How well you deal with setbacks and possible flareups will dictate how well this will work for you. Do not be afraid of yourself. You are still the same person you were before, vampirism just adds a new level of things to deal with. The "what" is not as important as "how you deal with it". Whether you call yourself a vampire or something completely different is up to you - it's only a word, after all. If it makes you feel better, don't use "the v-word" at all!
  • Controlling The Beast / Vamping Out
    • This is a more mental aspect, and requires ways of regaining or keeping mental control over yourself.
  • Finding Substitutes
    • A lot of vampires tell me, "No substitute can quench my thirst for blood." While this may or may not be true, more than usual, these folks haven't taken the time to find substitutes that suit them.
  • Getting Blood from a steak
    • Those of you who deliberately don't eat meat probably won't want to read this. The rest of you, help yourself!
  • Hellish Vamp Outs
    • I am recovering this evening from a rather hellish vamp-out this morning. This is hard for me to talk about, even online, but I want people to know how bad things can get sometimes.
  • OK, Now What?
    • Questions along this line are usually asked by younger people, typically still in school and living at home. Quite often, this question is asked in the midst of panic, before having time to step back and reason things through. This list will go through some of the common problems I've seen mentioned in the past, and will cover point-by-point things that can be done, or things that should be checked for either by you or a medical professional. (You don't need to mention "The V-Word" when going to a medical professional - simply give them a list of problems and ask them to run appropriate tests.)