Friday, March 16, 2007

Principals of Medication 101

Lesson One:

Even if you are taking an anti-depressant for hot flashes rather than the medication's intended use, it will still mess you up to stop taking it cold turkey.

Holy Effexor, Batman!

My hot flashes have tapered off significantly, so on Monday I took my last Effexor and didn't refill the prescription. Early yesterday afternoon, I called my husband to tell him I felt bad and might not be much help with the grandkids that night (supposedly from not sleeping well on Wednesday which is becoming a regular occurrence at our house) and proceeded to bawl and boo hoo all over him. He's about to panic and asks me what's happened. Of course, I tearfully reply, "Nothiiiiiinnnng." A couple of hours later I call my best friend, Sheila, and repeat the process only she has to listen to me cry for about thirty minutes while the dh got the five minute treatment. That's what best friends are for, right? And why the d in dh doesn't stay at darling all the time.

I also got the I'm-starving-no-I'm-too-sick-to-eat treatment. All while my grandson wants me to get my sorry sick booty off the couch and help him with his floor puzzles and figure out why his video game isn't working and steam him some broccoli (yes, he adores the stuff) and etc. and etc.

This morning I awaken much worse. My brain is a total fog and I'm having these weird electrical symptoms - that's the only way I can think of to describe them. Every so often, when I blink my eyes, it sounds and feels like those old-fashioned camera bulbs going off - remember those? I proceeded immediately to the phone, called in my refill, and have now taken a dose. From now on, I'll do what I should have done in the first place and taper off S-L-O-W-L-Y.

~pinkie, shaking her head and heading off to have a nice bowl of Southwest Tomato soup since she's no longer nauseated

4 flies caught in my web:

Laura said...

What a mess! Hope you enjoyed that soup!

Jolie Mathis said...

Oh, man! I hope you feel better. I know exactly what you mean about the "electrical symptoms" except that's how I always new I was preggers. Lol!

My kiddos like broccoli too. My husband and I were laughing last week because my son got MAD because my daughter took TOO MUCH BROCCOLI and there wouldn't be enough for him!

I hope you feel better. Tomato Soup sounds like just the right thing!

Anonymous said...

Meds suck sometimes. hehe I'm on one that if I go cold turkey it could make me have a seizure, even though I've never had on in my life. Weird huh? Glad you got your prescription filled. You stay on top of that Missy Mae! :)

Glad you're feeling better.

(dawgoneit... blogger doesn't recognize me... again.)


Sheila Fields said...

girl friend, what are friends for?! : ) And bff are never on a clock. Free unlimited support,24 hour coverage. Let's see Sprint beat that one! hee-hee! Lord knows you've taken care of me many a cloudy day. For me, it helps the clouds go away just to know that I have someone there for me. (and as most of us know, me anyway, husbands are ....well, just that- a hubby, but a bf...a rainbow) Glad you decided against the cold turkey method. : )