After my first round of chemotherapy, my liver enzymes went way too high. So my oncologist got together with my internist and a pharmacist, and they reviewed all the other meds I take; daily meds for my fibromyalgia, to control chronic migraines, post-hysterectomy hormones, and medication to manage adult ADD, and the as-needed meds I use for pain control. They decided that the most toxic to my liver were the hormones, the ADD meds, and anything containing acetaminophen, which were most of the pain meds.
I’m ok with them taking the pain meds. I still have some others I can use, and my fibro has been under good control. I haven’t needed pain meds except for the terrible headache the week after the first chemo. But losing both my ADD medication and my hormones at once could get to be pretty interesting.
So far I haven’t noticed an real difference with the hormones, but it’s only been a few days. However, the lack of ADD meds is already starting to show up. Even on the meds, I am easily distracted and confused. Without them I can become an absolute flake. The type of medication I took is the kind that takes a while to build up before working, so I am assuming there will be a gradual wearing off, but I’m seeing some signs already. This morning, getting ready for church, I opened the bathroom cupboard and reached in for something. Several minutes later, I was still standing with my hand on the bottle of moisturizer that I wanted, staring into the cupboard, because my mind had started going in many different directions. It’s kind of like someone flipping the remote on a TV set every few seconds, letting you see just enough of each channel to get interested in the show.
Before I was on meds for ADD, I did things like getting lost between home and work, forgetting to pick my child up at school (not often or for long, I promise!), not remembering someone I had earlier had an entire conversation with at a gathering. It’s often embarrassing, always frustrating and occasionally frightening.
Now, if taking me off the hormones as well throws me into some sudden menopausal symptoms, my poor husband may have more on his plate than he bargained for! Prayers for him would be appreciated.
I will be trying to implement more structure so I know where things are because I always put them there, utilizing more lists, and leaning on Sam for many reminders. I just hope I am able to do this with grace and patience, not falling into a lot of frustration and anger. I will need to lean on the Lord more than ever, and remember that character is what I do when no one (or only my husband) is looking.
Don’t say anything that would hurt another person. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you. Don’t give God’s Holy Spirit any reason to be upset with you. He has put his seal on you for the day you will be set free from the world of sin.
Get rid of your bitterness, hot tempers, anger, loud quarreling, cursing, and hatred. Be kind to each other, sympathetic, forgiving each other as God has forgiven you through Christ. Ephesians 4: 29-32