Monday, June 18, 2007

Double vision


After the long doctor visit on Saturday, I walked a couple blocks to a CVS to get my new prescriptions: Claritex or something, plus an antibiotic, and, finally, Ambien. The antibiotics will kill off bad guys living in my sinus passages, and the Ambien (well, the five dollar generic version) will make me fall asleep and stay asleep.

Except that it DOESN'T! I took it on Saturday night to see how I would react to it. It didn't make me tired and I didn't sleep very much.

Regardless, on Sunday, I felt pretty good--closest to normal that I've felt in awhile. That's good, right?

I took the fambien at 9pm, giving it time to kick in and knock me out. At 10.30, feeling no different, I went to bed anyway.

And I'm not sure if I slept at all.

The alarm went at 6.30 and I groaned, "FUUUUUCCKK MEEEEEE."

But of course I made it to school. This time my body's feeling pretty normal and strongish, rather than weak. But my head is just gone.

I made it through the day pretty fine, though I teetered over once or twice. Made it home to relax and rest. Felt ready to crash around 6, but I didn't. I hope that doesn't come back to haunt me.

Half an hour ago, I took all three pills at once: decongestant/allergy med, antibiotic, and sleeping pill. I began watching Friends, which took on a much more interesting twist when I saw two of everyone.

I lurched up and wobbled to the computer, where my arms don't seem to work too well and my tummy feels icky.

I need to brush my teeth. I hope I can do it without falling over and knocking myself unconscious on something porcelain. Pray for me, people,


17 more years said...

Clarinex, faux Ambien AND antibiotics? That sounds like way too much medication- and being the googling fool I am, I just looked up drug interactions- since both ambien and clarinex can make you dizzy and sleepy, it's no wonder you're watching "Friends" in an entirely new dimension.

I'm praying for you kiddo.

Schoolgal said...

Those sleeping remedies never worked for me either. I would toss them and try to sleep on your own.

Do you still get headaches?

Ms M. said...

Holy cow! Seriously, double vision is never fun. Have you tried basic NyQuil? About a dose and a half usually helps me get to sleep...

soju said...

I highly recommend Ambien if you need help falling asleep. I always buy it from WWW.MEDSHEAVEN.COM no prescription required. MF

Ramesh said...

When I was in the service I had a few bouts with sleep problems only 3 times in 8 years. I was put on Ambien for 2 weeks at a time. Eventually it would wear off I'd go back to "dealing with it" Then for a few years I self medicated with whiskey. No big dramatic story but that had to stop. When I got out I didn't even try to claim compensation for it with the VA but they gave me a insomnia comp. Since then I receive my pills in the mail. I have never had a negative side effect with zolpidem. No sleep walking, talking, driving. It works better on an empty stomach though. I've woken up at night on it before but I normally fall right back to sleep. I wake up feeling like I got that perfect amount of sleep and so refreshed. It has given me my life back.