Boy, I was so exhausted after last week's whirlwind of doctor appointments, and then an overscheduled weekend, that I'm falling behind here once again. Sorry about that.
I saw my internist last Friday to discuss all the specialists and what they thought. She had an interesting suggestion for me to help combat my fatigue: she offered me some stimulants, essentially. She said she would probably start with Provigil, which is used to treat people with narcolepsy, she said. Other options include medicines usually used to treat ADD, such as Adderall or Ritalin. I agreed to do some research (which I haven't gotten to yet) and get back to her on whether or not I'm interested.
It's tempting because I'd love to have more energy and not sleep 12-14 hours a day, sometimes more. But sleep is also a good escape from my joint pain, and if I'm awake more hours, that just means I'm probably going to end up taking more pain meds.
My mom suggested that I get some to try, and that I only take them on days when I need extra energy for special events, like when Ellie has a birthday party to attend as she did last Saturday night. It's a thought. But I'm also reluctant to start yet another habit-forming medication that might be hard to stop taking if/when I get better.
Meanwhile, I'm back to the immunologist today for the allergy testing to the pneumonia vaccine. I'm a bit perplexed on what they think will happen since my reaction back in March 2000 to the vaccine took longer to kick in than the three hours they told me I would be there for. But we'll see. I'd like to get the results of testing post-vaccine that will prove whether or not I have an immune deficiency as it appears I might. Many thanks to SharonMV who suggested this route of testing and for the detailed comment on my post about the original set of test results from the immunologist.
I'll try to update later today or tomorrow about how the allergy testing goes and whether or not I was able to get the vaccine.
Meanwhile, what I thought was a reaction to my having to stop taking allergy medicine for five days prior to today's tests appears to be a cold-type bug because my husband has the same symptoms, and he hasn't discontinued his allergy medicine. Just what I needed, eh?
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