February 26th, 2010

baratron again

Silly video.

Just finished that email. That would be, er, 8 hours that I've spent dealing with this issue, which is basically a normal working day. Great. An entire day of possible productivity lost.

Going to try to go to the doctor in the morning, which will be interesting as I haven't gone to bed yet. Need to get some help with the many and varied symptoms of stress that my body is showing, as well as updating him about my current medication status. (I upped my dose of carbamazepine from 400 to 450 mg two weeks ago, and I need advice about what to do next.)

In happier and much more amusing news, here is an absolutely brilliant video! I can't remember who originally linked to it, but I'm pretty sure it's someone who isn't already on all my friends' lists: Video: Stop Sign Designed by Committee. Too true!
goggles

Summary of doctor visit.

Have successfully been to the doctor. Have agreed to keep increasing the carbamazepine to a maximum of 600 mg, and to lower the ursodeoxycholic acid to 75 mg. I'm pretty happy with that. Ultimately my moods should get stable enough on carbamazepine that I'll be able to come off venlafaxine (Efexor XL) altogether, which should do me the power of good as it's known to provoke rapid-cycling moodswings in people with cyclothymia or bipolar II.

My blood test results were staggeringly normal - all of the blood count and liver enzymes are great. Weirdly, my TSH is down - to 4.94 uIU/mL. I've got to say, that surprises me - I've been feeling so fat and sluggish all winter that I was sure I was hypothyroid. Just low-level depression, then. Huh. I mean, it's good if my thyroid is mostly doing what it should be (although that's seriously on the high side of normal), but I'm surprised. Maybe need to up the amount of vitamins I take or find a vegan omega fatty acid supplement, or something.

Now I need to stay awake for the rest of the day and get something useful done. This will be tricky given the 2 hours of sleep I had and the fact my bed is calling to me, but if I stay awake now I might have a chance of getting my sleep patterns a bit more sorted out.