burner von braun wrote:I suggest you discuss the very real likelihood that at some point she will experience a playa meltdown. I had a mini-meltdown early in the week, more of a 'what the heck am I doing here?!' moment, my first year. For me, it lasted about 30 minutes, but I'm convinced that recognizing it for what it was at the time, a simple playa meltdown, gave me perspective and helped me to ease right back out of it. The rest of the week was great!
This is critical!
I've had a playa meltdown every year I've been - combination of heat, exhaustion, long separation from the boyfriend (BMan is the longest we're apart all year, and he definitely isn't interested in going) - and it's doesn't matter that I've been going since '03 and am far from inexperienced on the playa. They happen, and when I get to the tired & cranky point towards the end of the week I'd better be prepared to deal with it like an adult. Knowing what it is has made that much easier: get some quiet time, let my camp-mates know I need some quiet time, eat some food & drink a lot of electrolytes, and relax. I think my longest has been about an hour, and didn't affect anyone but myself. If I hadn't known it was a possibility, it would have been uglier.