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Old 06-06-15, 07:41 PM   #1
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It's really working. And so are the lovely side effects.
I got off other bipolar meds 2 years ago, cause health stuff. I wanted lithium because I had never really had side effects with it. But I'm way older now, and my body is having a rebellion.
but I keep telling myself, this is temporary until your body gets used to it. It's funny because it's only been 2 months. I have this " hurry up and get used to it" attitude. It feel like I've been on it for at least a year emotion wise.
So yeah, hurry up lithium and hit that patience center of my brain already :)
So I can donate these crisis elastic pants to the thrift store! lol
it's funny i can laugh at it, and not freak out. any other time, if i gained half a pound i would have freaked out and gone on a fast. but this time, I'm like " it's not too bad, it's a temporary side effect, just like before..it will balance out and go away" lithium just makes you not really care. I guess it's a good thing if applied to other areas.
I just have to be patient( seriously..not overeating at all! I use an app off and on to make sure, but I had to stop cause I kept lying that I ate more so it would register. and got kind of obssessed with daily tally)
And slowly start walking, cause that's another side effect. my levels are good, I drink water but I feel like spacey and sometimes a bit unsteady...just physically weird. So nice slow walking :)
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Old 06-11-15, 08:14 PM   #2
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the things I used to do, the books I used to love reading, movies, etc...all went away. They've been replaced with stuff i used to like when I was like 10 years old ? Like I was always reading about health and nutrition, now I just want to read about Greek mythology, actually all kinds of mythology. I used to watch nutrition documentaries exclusively. Now I just watch AbFab, or Seinfeld. It's not even bothering me really, it's just something I noticed. If I try really hard to think about it I really can't. I can just write this but actually wondering, I just blank out.
But I guess it's OK to not worry anymore. Sometimes if I do something when I'm tired, I completely forget about it. And my son said I repeat the last word he says when he's telling me stuff. I didn't notice. well, that's it cause I was trying to think but I'm going blank again...it's weird but it's better than being in distress all the time
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well, got my dosage increase, because i kept waking up or just not being able to sleep, and going around cleaning things, like taking appliances apart and cleaning them at 2 am. and baking stuff, and buying a lot of help appliances, and organizing things over and over and doing all these home improvement things that cost a lot, or more than we had.
and those were things I got engrossed in, I focuses on those things, but not the things I really used to enjoy.
I told the doc about it cause I finally looked at the CC balance..and oops. so yeah, gotta stop doing those things.
but today I am sick with a sore throat and I'm going to bed early, actually I alreay passed out earlier I just need to go back to sleep.
of course, there will be a " here I am two weeks later and blah blah" part 300.
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a week later, still getting up in the wee hours and taking things apart and cleaning. still want everything to be just right. and still sick. but no expected side effects. Just still gotta be patient. sometimes I wonder if I disappeared for a couple weeks while my brain and body got used to it, then it would be an easier transition. cause there would be no distractions. no " I need to do this" feeling.
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