#WeekendCoffeeShare (July 9, 2021)

Hi everyone on this partly sunny and warm Friday evening. I’m joining #WeekendCoffeeShare. I’m afraid it isn’t time for our evening coffee for another hour yet, but I can offer you a glass of water or of course make you a Senseo coffee in my own coffee maker. Let’s have a drink and let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee, firstly I’d share about the topiramate. Yay, I finally started it and yay for no side effects! That being said, I’m not noticing any positive effects either as of yet and my nurse practitioner said it’ll be four to six weeks before we’ll increase my dosage. That disappointed me a bit, given that the max dosage for PTSD symptoms is six times what I take now, so it’ll take at least six months to get to that level and then if we decide this medication isn’t for me after all, six more months to get back off. Maybe I’m wrong here, since I’ve never had a medication not work on me at all before. I’ll discuss all this with my nurse practitioner when I next see him. Of course, here’s hoping the medication will start working in a few weeks.

Next, if we were having coffee, I’d share that I’ve experienced an increase in motivation lately. This has been going on for a few weeks already, but I’m noticing it might stick around longer now. Usually, it only lasts for a week or so and then diminishes again.

I have not been as crafty this past week as I was last week, but still I’ve not been disappointed with my level of activity.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I talked with the care facility’s behavior specialist yesterday. We decided to let the moving care homes issue rest for a bit, but get back to it in about two months’ time. I really do hope we can work on making my life in my current care facility better, as she’s right that every place has its positive and negative sides.

If we were having coffee, I’d moan about the rapid increase in COVID cases here in the Netherlands. We’re due to get another press conference from the prime minister at 7PM. I’m not expecting any measures that will affect me directly, but still, it sucks.

If we were having coffee, I would share that I’ve been spending quite a bit of money on my hobbies lately. I ordered several new essential oils, including the Roman chamomile I mentioned on Wednesday, as well as a full liter bottle of sweet almond oil. I also ordered a kitchen scale. Not a talking one, as they’re too expensive for my liking. I’m hoping all my supplies will arrive either tomorrow or next Monday.

If we were having coffee, lastly I’d tell you I’m loving looking at sites for bath and body recipes. I already created a pink grapefruit and lemon massage oil. Since both essential oils are phototoxic, I took extra care to dilute them properly and so far, so good. I used the oil on my hands yesterday and am absolutely fine despite the sunshine now.

How have you been?

14 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (July 9, 2021)

  1. It sounds like you’ve had a rather positive week so far, that is wonderful to hear. I hope you continue feeling inspire to keep creating, so good for ones state of mind. Have a lovely weekend!

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  2. I’m glad to hear you had a creative week and your motivation stays high. I like your new profile photo. Thank you for linking with #weekendcoffeeshare. Have a nice weekend!

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  3. Hi, I’ve never read your blog before, but I’m happy I’ve come across it now, via #MMBC.
    It sounds like you’ve had a good week, feeling motivated can make such a difference to how we perceive and cope with whatever life has in store. We’ve had a pretty good week too, including visits to a goat sanctuary and an animal park x

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I’m so happy you too have had a good week. Also, I definitely agree that motivation can help in how we perceive our situations.

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  4. Hi Astrid. Yea – it no longer surprises me to hear when someone starts a new medication and wonders about the low starting dose. I think this protocol is catching on more and more because it really is a safer way to ease the body into a new chemistry balance. I bet that often, someone could jump to higher doses faster without ill effect, but when it does go badly, it can go very badly so stepping in slowing is much safer all around. I’d prefer that any of my friends and family take the path you’re using to ease into a new medication.

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