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Did something incredibly careless the other day. I've got several prescription meds I take daily to keep all of my physiological aggravations under a semblance of control. Normally I take them religiously with my breakfast in two gulps. I downed the first set, reached for the second, and noticed that I was one pill less than I thought I ought to be. I figured I'd grabbed an extra pill in the first swallow, no biggie.

Low grade fever, aches, minor joint pain, and fatigue ensued, classic signs of one of my Lupus/MCTD flare-ups. I didn't think anything of it as I've been logy for a while, and my meds have been doing an excellent job of keeping me on an even keel. I thought I was just tired. Then I discovered the pill I thought I hadn't taken, but assumed I had, had rolled underneath my keyboard. I must have knocked it with my hand and not noticed. It was my Imuran pill, the one I take in concert with Prednisone to keep my stupid immune system from attacking me. Except I'm being weaned off the Pred, taking only a single, measly milligram a day, not enough to hold the fort without the Imuran riding shotgun. Ergo, the beginning of a flare-up.

Of course I immediately resumed my regular scheduled Imuran doses and I think my system is rallying. But I'm a little dismayed to discover how fragile my health equilibrium is that a single missed dose could throw me off.

AND, we got eight more boxes of promo stuff from Fed Ex--posters and postcards! ARGH!! Will the stream of boxes never end?



Writing Stuff:

My review of Sci-Fiction story, "Bulldozer" by Laird Barron is up at Tangent.

Heard via the Rumor Mill that there are other writers in the waiting-for-a-response-from-LCRW boat, so I'm glad I didn't query yet. Waiting is.
I'm feeling:
Rallying
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On August 27th, 2004 03:36 pm (UTC), fahkingnut commented:
*HUGS*

You can't play with Imuran. I had a bout with it for only 6 months, but I had to take those suckers like clockwork or else. Bad thing was that the Imuran was my only break during a 6 year stretch of being on Prednisone. It was being on doses in the 60-40MG range constantly that started putting all of this weight on me. I hate prednisone with a passion.

From one pill magnet to another, be careful sweetie. I've screwed up and put my Ambien in with my morning meds. Talk about fighting to stay awake!

Love & Hugs,
FahKingNut
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On August 29th, 2004 03:47 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie! I know I'll be more careful about what pills I've gulped and what ones are still awaiting my attention in the future! Man, I thought I had it down to an easy ritual. Guess I should never get complacent about taking them. Dang.
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On August 27th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC), cat_whisperer commented:
How unsettling that must be! :(
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On August 29th, 2004 03:48 am (UTC), eugie replied:
And how! I dislike having to take daily meds indefinitely, but the alternative is much worse. 'Course, as I've just learned, the trick is to indeed take them daily.
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On August 27th, 2004 05:11 pm (UTC), mtfay commented:
The box monster
The box monster has your name now. He will never stop sending stuff, because you don't charge him to put his posters on display:)...

Okay, I'll also be sending a box. With tasty yummy coffee. Matt seemed to like the idea:O)
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On August 29th, 2004 03:49 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: The box monster
"Okay, I'll also be sending a box. With tasty yummy coffee"

Hurray! That's a box I will definitely be looking forward to getting.
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