#WeekendCoffeeShare (February 6, 2022)

Hi everyone on this rainy, windy Sunday afternoon. I’m really regretting having started the landing page for #Write28Days rather than just having linked up some archive of the tag or something, as today I’m already a day behind and it looks weird to add posts to my landing page again now. Okay, maybe that’s just my autistic brain acting up. Anyway, this afternoon I’m joining #WeekendCoffeeShare. If I feel so inclined, I’m going to add another post on my #Write28Days topic tonight, but again I won’t promise I will.

I’ve just had my afternoon coffee. I’m supposed to have a serving of fruit with that. Since the supermarket delivered 5kg of pears yesterday, the staff badly wanted me to eat a pear. Thing is, I’m not a fan. Besides, it’s not my problem either the supermarket got the order wrong or my staff mistyped it in the system. They should have been five pears, not 5kg. Anyway, I chose a banana, but if you all would like a pear (or two) with your coffee, tea or soft drink, we’ve got loads! Let’s have a drink and let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee, I’d share some more details than I did yesterday about my psychiatrist’s appointment on Tuesday. First, we decided to decrease my topiramate (Topamax) dose again to 25mg morning and 25mg evening, because the other 25mg I was taking in the evening was only giving me side effects and no positive effects. We also discussed my fear of letting go of my sense of control particularly in the evening and at night when getting ready for sleep. This means that traditional anti-anxiety medications or sleeping pills are pretty much out of the question for me, since they’d cause me to get drowsy and hence by definition lose a bit of control. Then, I’d fight the effect of those pills and get even more anxious. The psychiatrist instead prescribed me pregabalin (Lyrica). This, like topiramate, is originally an anticonvulsant, but it also works for anxiety. I would be starting with one 75mg tablet on Saturday early evening (around 5PM, when we have dinner here).

The psychiatrist also recommended that my nurse practitioner talk to the mental health agency’s psychologist to see if she can offer me ideas for coping with the anxiety. My nurse practitioner is also going to discuss this with my care facility’s behavior specialist.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that, indeed, I started on my decreased topiramate dosage on Tuesday right away. I slept great my first night and originally thought maybe this was the solution after all. It wasn’t to be though, as the next day I was right back to being sleepless and anxious.

Then yesterday I was anxiously awaiting starting my pregabalin at 5PM only to find out first that the staff thought it was put in the med system for 8PM. Then, once they took a closer look, they found out the pharmacy had put it in there for 8AM and the morning staff had indeed given it to me. I’d apparently taken it without noticing. No side effects so far, but this really is quite stupid, as there’s a reason I should be taking it early in the evening. I E-mailed my nurse practitioner, who will hopefully get back to me tomorrow. By the way, I also noticed I got a capsule rather than a tablet. The dosage is right, thankfully.

If we were having coffee, I would share that, yesterday, I decided to order soft pastels to use with my polymer clay. They should be getting here any moment, as thanks to my Select membership with Bol.com, I can have stuff delivered for free any day of the week.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I asked about sealing my polymer clay creations if I’d used acrylic paint or soft pastels on them. I particularly commented that I don’t want to use resin for this, as it’s rather risky with the UV or fumes of the two-component epoxy. Thankfully, I was reassured that sealing isn’t really necessary and, if it is, I can use other products than resin, such as floorboard protector or liquid clay.

If we were having coffee, lastly I’d share that, due to the high winds, my husband didn’t visit today. He didn’t want to risk driving on the highway in his small Daihatsu Cuore, particularly near Lobith, where they’d issued a weather warning. Better luck next week!

How have you been?

19 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (February 6, 2022)

  1. Thank you. I took tranquilizers for too long and the withdrawl was terrible. A big mistake. I don’t think anyone should take them. They are seriously addictive and mind altering drugs. Take care 🌞🌞

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    1. I’m assuming by tranquilizers you mean benzodiazepines. They do have their place in my treatment, in my case to virtually knock me out for a dental procedure. However, other than that I avoid them too. I did experience withdrawal from lorazepam (Ativan) at one point and, though in my case it was mild physical withdrawal only, not psychological, it was bad enough.

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  2. HI Astrid,
    I’m glad you paid attention to the epoxy item.
    I’ve used it a lot and as a high-build glue, it is wonderful.
    As a paint-like product, the fumes can be really nasty in concentrated amounts.
    Well done my friend.

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  3. If it makes you feel better, none of us get our landing pages just right. 🙂 But they’re always good enough. Just writing is what counts. Hope you will begin sleeping better soon. Being sleepless and anxious is hard.

    If we were having coffee, I’d tell you we bought new blackout curtains today for the bedroom, but they didn’t keep the light out at all. So we packaged them back up and will take them back to the store.

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement and your kind words about the landing pages on our #Write28Days posts. That means a lot.

      I really hope my anxiety lessens soon indeed.

      I’m so sorry the curtains weren’t what you expected. Hope you’ll find better ones soon.


  4. I don’t love pears but I don’t mind them; I really like them in a pear crisp! I hate when my grocery order gets messed up and I’m not sure if I messed it up for if they did. I hope you get your new meds. straightened out soon and that they work for you.

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    1. It’s not that I really dislike pears either, they just have to be the exact right ripeness (which, for me, means they need to be still quite hard). Otherwise, I prefer them in apple-pear sauce or something.

      My medication got sorted. No positive effects yet but I can’t expect it to work yet anyway.


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