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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

        Trying to make myself write when I am tired, distracted, stuck on a repeating thought, trying to juggle house chores (that I am woefully behind on), job hunting and so many more things that get in the way is…tough.  That seems like the understatement of the year in this moment but it’s true.  I have not done so great this past week about keeping up and writing.  Part of me kept saying “Who wants to hear that you had a tough crappy day? Hell, even I don’t want to hear it!”  So, I didn’t write about that stuff when I really should have.  That’s kinda the whole point of all of this, being stupefyingly honest about what this is like.  (Yes, I know stupefyingly isn’t a real word but I am using it anyway so ha!)

        Today was a long day that started with my follow up to the doctor for the OCD meds (Anafranil and Klonopin).  I love how you have to be on time to the doctor or they get bent and yet you spend 30min to an hour in the waiting room to go back and actually see said doctor.  However, I digress…

        We reviewed the side effects I am experiencing.  Some of them I have had since starting the medicine and some are just over the last couple of months since we stopped increasing the dose at 150mg (Anafranil).  We agreed last month that we would go at least 90 days with me at the same dosage to see if some of the side effects would wean off.  I reviewed with her again today the side effects I am experiencing and rated them on a scale of 1-10 for her.  At this point the ones I am still experiencing are: 

  • Overheating (8/9)
  • Light headedness (4/5)
  • Profuse sweating (9/10)
  • Light nausea (3/4)
  • Tremulousness (shaking) (7/8)
  • Severe acid reflux 4-5 out of 7 days  (7/8)
  • Some constipation (4/5)
  • Muscles twitch (mostly but not limited to when I’m still-sitting or sleeping) (5/6)
  • Reduced sex drive (3/4)

        Fun eh?  The appointment results were that we are keeping me steady on the 150mg Anafranil for now but she is doubling my Klonopin.  I have used the Klonopin several times in the last month with no effect.  She thinks the Anafranil may be dampening the effects of the Klonopin.  Can’t use it as a stop gap measure with it not working, so we are doubling the dose to see how that goes.  *crosses fingers* 

        We are not adding any other meds right now until we get this ironed out.  We are both in agreement that this is the best course of action.  I told her today, again, that no medicine is a cure all and I still have to do my part. Also that I have struggled so long without treatment that taking my time and doing it right isn’t going to be the end of the world. 🙂 So, I am hopeful, at peace with where I am at with it all.

          Other things are going well at the moment.  My dating life is running full speed and I am thoroughly enjoying myself in that. *grins*  I am trying to get the house back to zen…gods only know how long that’s gonna take me! lol  Overall with only a few exceptions, life is pretty good today.

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