Balance: The New Challenge

Things are going to get a little bit heavy today. Part of my writing is me ranting at me, making sure that I know what’s going on; the other part of my writing is to provoke—thought, ire, laughter, whatever. Today’s occasion is a bit of both of these.

Note: 100 Things will return tomorrow. Today it’s time for heavy #%$.

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This is apparently what happens when I cut back my caffeine consumption.

(Ah, Godot, how well I can relate to your caffeine habit.)

I’m beginning to think that cutting back down on my caffeine consumption was only a good idea on paper. Since I cut down on coffee, I’ve been completely and utterly exhausted. I woke up this morning with just enough energy to spend pulling a 300°F hot iron through the tangled mess that was my hair (straight and a little fluffy now). Then I realized something—I hadn’t taken my pills.

I made a point of taking my pills right away, because these are things that you DON’T want to miss (especially since missing a few doses the other day, I learned that my stomach is STILL reeling from the bug I caught).

I’d say I lasted about 30 minutes post-dosing. When I woke up, it was two-thirty.

As good of an idea as cutting down on my stimulant intake, it seems that it’s been keeping me running for a while, and without enough stimulants in my system, the pills kick my ass.

Let’s see.

  • Inderal for migraines. Causes drowsiness.
  • Imitrex for migraines. Causes drowsiness.
  • Sertraline (Zoloft) for PTSD. Causes drowsiness.
  • Seroquel for PTSD. Causes drowsiness (and if I stay awake after taking it, A LUDICROUS HIGH).
  • Bentyl for the ulcer. May cause dizziness.
  • Prescription-strength Pepcid for the acid excess. No problem there.
  • Vistaril for anxiety induced by PTSD. Causes drowsiness.
  • Antivert for vertigo. Causes drowsiness.

…actually, looking at this, I’m amazed that I’m EVER awake.

The next 100 Things post will be tomorrow. I’m having a hard enough time staying awake right now, and I think I’m going to go back to sleep. It’ll beat falling asleep while I’m trying to cook something.