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3 days till Vacation!!!!

I have been shooting for 4 miles a day and almost making it every day. But since tomorrow is the last weigh in day before vacation I shot for 5. But Instead if being just under I did a little over 6! Yeah! I have to say that my kids are being serious troopers. I get a little bit of “my legs hurt” “I can’t move any more”. But I am finding that the key to keeping the kids happy on a long walk is to make it interesting. So I find trails in parks. They do get disappointed when there are no playgrounds in the park. Noah asked me today how they can consider it a park if there is no playground. Poor misguided child.

I find some very interesting things on my walk. Today I was in a park that we refer to as “the mount” and the trees were so tall. I have been to the mount before and not noticed it. This time, maybe because my in-laws are vacationing by the Redwood Forests in California, I was very impressed by their height. I love old trees. And mushrooms. I have been finding many interesting mushrooms.

I have also found that a way to make a long walk endurable for me is to make sure that it includes a coffee shop! Not always easy. I have had to resort to a 7 eleven a couple of times. But the 7 eleven isn’t that bad. It’s next to a lake that is inhabited by swans. I say that that makes it coffee with a view. : )

Tonight is date night with the hubby. We got ridiculously expensive tickets to a Phillies game. So my mom took the kids. I’m excited. They are supposed to be very good seats and I love going to baseball games. Sometimes this political crap isn’t too bad. Sometimes (ok I think that this is the first) we get perks. I just wish that I could take advantage of the no kids and sleep in tomorrow. I’m dreaming of a lazy cup of coffee on my deck at say 9. Because even though it’s summer the little rug rats decide it’s time for me to feed them around 8 and jump on me in bed. : ( But no dream coffee for me. I have a 9:30 meeting in Freehold. So up at 7 again.

I am happy to say that it has been almost a month since I have taken the Celexa. The only difference that I have found is that I feel very tightly wound. Like I could snap at any moment. I try to stay calm, but I find myself yelling at the kids more often. I have little to no patients. However after I go for a walk I feel much more calm. I think I am going to have to reincorporate some Yoga. ….. Maybe after vacation. : )

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Life with MS

 

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Exercise

Oh no! I hope I didn’t loose you by saying that awful word. Sometimes it sounds worse than cursing.

I’m not sure why we make that word feel so heavy. Like it is attached to everything that we hate to do.

So I am going to say that I just moved more. Significantly more.

But I am not going to chew your ear off about the awesome activities that I have been doing. : )
Instead I thought that I would share the benefits of it.

I stopped taking my Celexa! Yeah! I know that you are supposed to ween yourself off and what not. In my defense though it started as an accident. I left my meds at mom’s. 4 days later I’m back at my mom’s meds in hand. Then I stop.

“Why am I taking this?”

I know why I used to take it. But I feel great. The only reason that I started taking it was because my Neuro said that it would help with the fatigue so I would have more energy. Well last year proved that that wasn’t true. Then I kept taking it because I know first hand that when you stop cold turkey you turn into a royal bitch. Well I did. Then I started having anxiety. So I was actually asked if I would like to up my dose of Celexa. I said No. Emphatically No!

Then last week I really started moving a lot more. It was definitely forced on me. Right now I am on kind of a stay-cation.
(I actually hate that term. There is no such thing as a vacation where you don’t change your surroundings. You are all fooling yourselves. But I did change my surroundings. I’m at my parent’s house. So maybe I can consider it a real vacation?)

Well my mom is like the energizer bunny. Never stops moving. And while she understands if I am too tired to do something she will definitely push me to try.

Since right now I am sitting at the hospital waiting to be hooked up last week was not what I would have considered a great week to start moving more. But move more I did.

It started begrudgingly. But after my first act of moving (kayaking to be specific) I felt amazing. I got to my mom’s on Monday morning dragged the kids to swimming lessons ( where they did great by the way) and I felt like crap. I of course did not share this news. Then my mom informed we that we were taking the little ones kayaking. I was not thrilled. Be she seemed so adamant about going and so excited to take the little ones, who have never been, that I couldn’t talk her out of it.

Well I have to tell you that when I got back (we had a blast by the way. My little bear is awesome!) I felt great! I felt like I had energy and I was in a good mood. Like a complete 180 from that morning.

I took that experience and repeated it every day. Not the kayaking, but other things. And had the same result every time. It’s like the new super drug! Who new! And it is unfailing. So far it has worked every time!

So this is my advice;
If you feel like crap, for whatever reason, go do something. I don’t mean in your house. Go out. Take a walk, go to the park. Anything. Just get moving. All though I do think that a big part of it is being outside. Not positive about that, but an exercise (not that word again!) tape at home just doesn’t sound the same.

 

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Learning Curve

I am learning. It’s a slow process. 🙂

I was told to take Celexa before I go to bed. According to the bottle, and what I read online, it is supposed to cause drowsiness. Now I am not sure if anybody else has this problem, but for me it causes the opposite. So I take it an hour before I am planning to go to bed. Taking Celexa actually clears my head and makes it easier to stay awake. Some times I am ready to go to bed at 7pm, which would be before the kids. Now when I am in bed before my 4 year old that makes me sad, and feel like a sick person. So I take my Celexa and I make it until at least 8pm. Miracle of Miracles, I have even made it to 10pm using this trick. 🙂

So Celexa and Egg Nog in hand, I am going to go read a book to Noah.

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Life with MS

 

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Spring in January

Well they say everything looks different in the morning, right? I am going to try to remember the advice of a fellow blogger and have my 5 minutes to be upset (after all, we all deserve at least that) and then move on.
The gentleman that I met last night does have me thinking about other treatment options though. Not sure I want to talk about it until I’ve done more research. Everyone that I’ve talked to who has MS in their lives gets really upset and that “oh no” look in their eyes, when I tell them that ALL of my MRIs have been bad. So that is always disconcerting. I can’t wait to get my next one and see if the Tysabri is working. I know I feel much better, but that could be the Celexa.
Anyway, today it feels like spring in January where I live. So as soon as Noah wakes up from his nap we are going to the park to try out the binoculars that he got for Christmas. 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2012 in Life with MS

 

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Soon

10 more days until the Celexa is supposed to start working.

 

Baby steps to December 18th ……

 

Baby steps to December 18th ………

 

I just wish it would do what the bottle says and cause drowsiness. Instead I haven’t slept in 4 days. Which is not helping the fatigue at all. I now daydream about my fluffy down comforter and nice cool pillow. Ah what a dark room would do for me now. 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2011 in Life with MS

 

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