Friday, July 31, 2015

I’ve Had Enough!

It’s official. I’m going to stop taking my allergy medicine.

I took it Tuesday night and could barely stay awake on Wednesday. I wrote all of 110 words.

I didn’t take it that night and Thursday I felt great. Wrote 723 words. So what if I’m blowing my nose more. So what if I’m clearing my throat. It’s not bothering ME! But that nodding off during the day…? Well, that WAS bothering me.

Besides, it’s not like I need the medicine to survive. Now, if I was having trouble SLEEPING, I’ll know exactly what medicine to take. J

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Yesterday I walked a LOT. Probably too much. My feet pretty much told me to cut it out!

So how much is a lot? In the morning I walked 4.22 miles. And it was a beautiful morning, too. Low humidity, comfortable temps. Really great. But later I walked 5.22 miles (to and from dinner—we met some friends). Yeah, that one was a bit much. Maybe if I hadn’t walked in the morning I would have been okay. Maybe.

But I did it and now I know not to do it again. Next Saturday hubby and I are going to a concert (which is next door to the restaurant we went to last night) to see Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick. I thought it would be nice to walk. Yeah, that ain’t happening. Driving in the convertible will be much more fun (especially if the top is down).

As for that restaurant… We will not be going there again when a concert is scheduled (which is why we met our friends there—they were going to see Dancing With the Stars). What a mad house! First they tried to sit us outside—in the sun—after my husband specifically asked for an inside seat. Then they took forever to take our food order. And then the food came out colder than we all expected. Once the concert crowd left, the place sure quieted down (our friends had to rush through their meal so they wouldn’t be late for their event), so the place is probably okay on a non-concert night. Hubby and I decided we’ll eat someplace else next Saturday, though.

So… Do you think I’m nuts stopping my medication? Or would you have done the same thing?

Have a great weekend!



JeffO said...

The point of medication--particularly allergy medication--is to allow you to function. If you can't function, you can't take the stuff. Unless my allergies are really, truly, ridiculously bad, I won't take anything during the day. I'll take Benadryl at night if I can't sleep. Fortunately, it's been several years since I've really had to take it.

I took claritin some years ago and didn't have any issues with falling asleep, but I think it' designed that way. Not sure about Zyrtec, though. I hope you can cope, and maybe the weather will change and kick out some of those allergens. Have fun at the show!

Anne Gallagher said...

You are not nuts for stopping your medication. I suffer through allergies too, and would rather deal with my itchy eyes (cold tea bags, and slices of cucumber work wonders) and runny nose (I can spot a box of tissues on sale at 100 yards) for a couple of months than take any of that crap. Not when it makes me sleepy when I don't want to be or awake in the middle of the night. Or makes me think I'm underwater.

Wow, Peter Frampton. Have a great time.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jeff - I sometimes wonder if the pharmacy gave me the wrong stuff. I had been taking Zyrtec for a couple of months and don't remember any issue. Then I got a refill and the pill looked different. But Googling it showed it was the same drug. Still, it makes me wonder.

Anne - Funny you Wow at Peter Frampton. I wanted to go because of Cheap Trick! I'm looking forward to the concert in any case. It's been awhile since I've been to one.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Don't blame you for stopping the allergy meds. The only thing that works for mine is Benadryl--which is great at night, not so much when I have stuff to do! So I clear my throat and blow my nose all day too. I'm sure my coworkers love me LOL.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - Thing is, I've been taking all my meds at night, but apparently the side affects last well into the day. As for the clearing of my throat: at least I don't HAVE any coworkers to bug. Haha! :)

Michael Seese said...

It's a tough call. Speaking personally, when I've had a few (goblets, not allergy pills), I come up with some good stuff. (Not actually PROUD to admit it.) Admittedly, what I write later needs heavy revising. But the ideas are FABOO!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Michael - I wouldn't complain if the writing was going good. But for some reason I can't seem to work the keyboard when my eyes are closed. :)

Linda said...

If it is just about sniffing more, I would have done exactly the same thing! Those meds do really make one drowsy, and this is not good when you need to work and just...function.

The Happy Whisk said...

I don't think you're nuts. From what I have heard others tell me, allergy meds make more messes than they fix. Or at least, this is what I'm hearing, as I don't take the stuff.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Linda - It's more like clearing-my-throat more (post nasal drip), but unless my husband threatens to leave because of it, I'm not taking the medication.

Ivy - Sometimes it seems like medication creates more symptoms than it solves.

Maria Zannini said...

I don't blame you with the medication. Sometimes I'd rather suffer a little than deal with the side effects.

The Happy Whisk said...

I agree and I wonder if its because so many medications don't address the core issues.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - And I really hated these side affects.

Ivy - Oh, the medicine worked. My sniffling and throat clearing went away. Probably because I was sleeping, though. Hahahahahaha! :D

The Happy Whisk said...

Good deal. Sadly, many surface medicines don't address core route issues though. And cause more problems than they are worth.

Great that you feel better now. And that you're writing again.