Friday, April 22, 2016

Take Two and Call Me in the Morning


  I learned a lesson recently that might have saved my mind

  Sometimes the proper dosage can be very hard to find.

  Sometimes doctors make mistakes even though they're trained

  I should have asked more questions when I turned out scatterbrained.

Over the past few months I have not been myself. My concentration and my motivation have been well below their normal levels. You might even say that they were nonexistent. I have talked about blogs that I was going to write and then I wouldn't produce.

My work at school has also been sub standard compared to my normal quality of cleaning. I don't think that was what they were looking for when they hired me as a custodial-sub.

The reason I am writing about this is because I got my first complaint about my work this week. I had forgotten to replace toilet paper in the student restrooms. I know that doesn't sound like the end of the world, but I couldn't remember not doing it. My mind was a blank.

I tried to figure out what I had been doing different for the past eight weeks. I had been afraid that my age had finally caught up to me. I worried that all of my good days were behind me and I had forgetfulness, constant fatigue and even senility to look forward to in the near future.

After much thought I realized that my doctor had adjusted my pain medicine about the same time that this nightmare began. I had been taking eight 300 mg. capsules a day for the nerve pain in my legs. He suggested that I take 800 mg. at a time and I would only have to do it three times. I had never had any bad side affect in nearly three years so it made sense to me.

The higher dosage proved to be more than I could handle. Taking three times the amount that I was used to at one time was a bad move.

For the past two days I have cut the tablets in half and been very careful not to take any more than I have to. I can already feel the difference in my energy level and my memory is no longer a memory.

Sadly, medication is necessary for many people to get through the day. But, we are also very lucky to have it available. This blog is a lot different than my usual rants, but I felt like I owed some of you an explanation for the way I have been acting. Medication is something that no one should take lightly. I know that I won't ever again.