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Friday, December 21, 2007

Easing into meds & more

My health & weight loss journal

I finally got in touch with my doctor regarding how sleepy I get on the medication he prescribed. The first thing he asked was which of the three was making me sleepy. Of course I didn't know because I had been taking all three at once. So, he says, "I want you to stop taking all of them."

"Already did," I say.

"Good good," he says. (You have to read that with an Indian accent. (I hope Indian is appropriate to say... I love this doctor and his accent. He makes me smile!)


He says, "Start with one and then add them until you figure out which one is making you sleepy. Then call me back and I will help you."

"Oh, great!"

Now that makes so much sense! I kind of feel silly for not thinking of that myself. So, we'll see how that goes... maybe I'll get a normal amount of sleep over the weekend while taking the first pill so any drowsiness will be counteracted.

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Dancing the night away, eating the day away

Last night the teenager and I did our dance routines... I haven't done anything today, but run around and get errands done. I think I'm doing good but then I enter my food intake for today and see that I went over my calorie limit. I didn't even eat that much because I didn't have time to sit down and eat. And because I didn't eat right I'm hungry now... oh well, there's always tomorrow.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Not good at studying

As you know my teenager had been sick for months and she missed about three months of school. Even once she went back (about a month or so ago) she was going half days. So, over the past two weeks I've been trying to help her catch up with everything so she doesn't have to spend the holiday break doing homework, projects, papers, tests, etc.

I figured since she's had such a hard time medically and she (an honor and AP student) is so behind that she needed the break/rest and would go back to full-time school at the first of the year somewhat refreshed. Well, what I didn't factor in was the extra stuff that would be on my to-do list.

No problem, I thought. I can do this!

So last night I'm trying to help her study for the science final. She had a study guide so all I had to do was read the questions and the multiple choice answers and wait for her to answer. During the process, I started to get soooo sleepy. I tried to focus on other things and not think about how extra tired I was, but I guess it didn't work.

After more than four pages of handwritten notes, I heard my daughter say something.

"What did you say... I fell asleep!" I know it was mere minutes -- maybe seconds -- from the time I stopped talking and the time she answered, but I couldn't help myself. I don't know if it's old age or what, but I've been falling asleep in the weirdest positions lately. This time I was sitting in my chair, leaning over the desk with my head parallel (is that right?) to the paper. And I was out.

Snap! Just like that!

If she hadn't of said anything I probably would have slept for quite some time...

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Does my light shine?

Quite a few days ago (Monday the 10th) I was reading Our Daily Bread. The devotional for that day was called "Be A Star" by Julie Ackerman Link. I won't go into every single detail of the entry, but the final paragraph read: "By turning others to righteousness, we, like Daniel, can become a star that will shine forever." (The scripture reference is Matthew 2:1-12.)

As I read that I wondered if I am a star. Unfortunately, I remember a time period when I felt like my life and how I carried myself was representative of that star. I thought my light shined. But can I say that now?

Don't get me wrong; I don't act out or do anything outrageous, but I haven't -- as of late -- shared my belief in Jesus, talked to anyone about salvation, encouraged anyone in a godly manner or shared any testimonies. In fact, I was wondering if darkness showed on a day when I inadvertently hurt someone's feelings. (They didn't say, but you know how you get that gut feeling? That discernment?)

I was thinking that I probably need... well, I know I need to work on my relationship with God. It's unfortunate that my current life's circumstances have affected me in such a way that has not turned me away, but has shielded and shadowed my view.

This Christmas season as we give out gifts, eat well at holiday meals and celebrate; I hope that we will also remember to let our light shine for the true meaning of this season. Hmmm, I should take my own advice!

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Monday, December 17, 2007

A triumph, a setback

My health and weigh loss journal

I thought I would share this quick nugget before I turn in. (Oh, but before I do, thanks to everyone for the encouragement and support).

If you remember I was trying to wean the baby from breastfeeding at night so I can begin taking medications for the fibromyalgia and stuff! Well, it's been about four nights since she's nursed last so that is DONE! I am so proud of her -- and myself --although I don't want to shout about it too loudly because the anti-sleep gnomes may hear me and decide to cause her to wake up repeatedly tonight.

Although she sometimes whines or cries, she's getting pretty good at putting herself back to sleep! I'd say that's a major accomplishment that happened so much quicker than I expected it.

Since I couldn't take the pain (and the other symptoms) any longer I decided to go ahead and start taking the medication yesterday (Sunday). The setback is that the drowsiness and dizziness that occur is so unbearable I'm going to have to call the doctor to see if there's another alternative.

I would have called him today, but I couldn't even stay awake. I started falling asleep after I dropped three of the children off. I came back home and, after giving the baby her bottled, I was sitting on the couch trying to muster the energy to rise when I started to fall asleep. Now, anyone who knows me well knows that no matter how tired I am I can't just fall asleep at the drop of a hat. Well, the hat dropped!

So I lean back on the couch and within minutes I'm asleep. At least until the baby starts to whine. I put her in her walker. Fall asleep. She whines. I lay her on the floor. Fall asleep. She whines. I lay on the floor with her; fall asleep. More whining. I put her in the swing, but it's one of those that you have to wind up so I'm halfway staying awake ... no, really I was sleep!

When I wake up she's asleep and the swing has stopped (normally stops within about 15 minutes) so I move her to the bassinet so I can get in the bed. She whines. SIGH! I put her in the bed with me. By this time it's about 1:00. We'd gotten home around 11:30... oh, I had also managed to eat lunch within that time frame. So, I don't get up until about 3:15.

Why in the world would a doctor prescribe three medicines that all cause drowsiness and/or sleepiness when one of my major complaints is exhaustion!? Oh well. So I didn't take the second dose of medicine today because I'm still drowsy from the first dose that I took around 9 a.m. this morning.
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