Are you ready for another virtual coffee date? Despite the hand tremors (side effect of drinking too much coffee while taking Depakote) I do love my lattes. It has been at least a month since I posted. I humbly apologize, but I have been really busy. Let me update you with the latest with another virtual coffee date. I hope you have a warm beverage in hand.
If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that my ambulatory eeg results showed increased neurological activity. The activity occurred for about 6 seconds. Sometimes it was twice an hour and sometimes it was as much as eight times an hour. I am still kind of unsure what ‘increased neurological activity’ means.
If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that my neurologist prescribed a second medicine for me. I am now taking the generic versions of Depakote and Lamictal. I am currently working my way up to full dosage a week at a time. My neurologist also told me to watch out for rashes.
If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that I am a little upset about this. I realize some people take more medicine than I do, and I am probably being insensitive. My neurologist had referred me to a nutritionist that she new who works with the Modified Atkins diet. I hope it can help get a bit more control and cut down on some of the medicine I am taking. I want to avoid the number of medicines that I take from increasing in the next few years if I can.
If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that I am a bit worried about my career path right now. Many people with epilepsy have problems finding a job, and others have difficulties travelling to a job because of driver’s license laws. My worries are trivial compared to others. I was hoping that teaching online courses would give me the freedom to work at home. However, the online courses that I teach are taking up all my free time. I currently have no balance between work and personal time. I work on my online classes at late afternoons and evenings (sometimes really late to meet deadlines) then I wake up really early for my face-to-face class. Something has got to change here.
If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that I was hoping to transition from working part-time to working full-time where I teach face-to-face. I have been asking questions to the professors who are new hires, and my qualifications are no where near theirs. I think I have to stop working here and look at other options.
If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that I have been surrounded by negativity lately and it has really been starting to affect me. Last winter it got so bad that I didn’t want to leave my apartment unless I absolutely had to, and made no effort to go out and meet new people. I am hoping to fix that by creating a bucket list of goals that I want to achieve in 2018. Naturally climbing Mount Everest won’t be on it. I will put things on my list that I think will improve the quality of my life, or things that would be really cool that I have never done before.