At least it is treatable

So I get Kyle to the doctor yesterday and he checks out just fine in a broad sense of speaking. He isn’t fine or I wouldn’t have taken him to the doctor. However, he isn’t sick or contagious. We’re grateful for that. As everyone in the Greater Houston area knows, the pollen is a killer this year. We’re talking days where the concentration in the air is 80% pollen. Yikes! Yes, it is driving me nuts. My eyes itch. My nose itches. So on and so forth.

Well the doctor thinks that it has just been one too many drops in the allergy bucket for Kyle and his bucket has started to run over. I’ve been there and done that. So essentially, he was having a major allergy attack yesterday. So he’s on an inhaler and a round of oral steroids to help give his lungs a boost over the next week. He’s also going to be taking Zyrtec more often and doing his Rhinocort every day. Great, one more thing for me to remember. *sigh*

The good news is that he’s just fine. The bad thing is that I am good at not remembering to take my own medicine let alone administer it to others regularly.

As for me…the eye twitch is evidently all in my head. Yep, that’s where my eyes are so yes, it is all in my head. At least I am not imagining it. I had them check my blood pressure while I was there. My fear was that my allergy medicines combined with the decongestants had pushed it up into the high range again (it does that with certain medicines and goes back down once I stop taking them). But alas my blood pressure was just fine. Go figure.

Upon asking, there are evidently three other things that can cause the annoying eye twitch: (1) allergies, (2) not enough sleep, and (3) stress. Now I won’t look over any of those as possibilities. I, however, was zoning right in on that “not enough sleep” option. So I mentioned the insomnia I’ve been suffering from and is getting worse. Don’t get me wrong, I do sleep. I just don’t sleep well when I do sleep. I am probably averaging between 4-6 hours per night, but not much of that is even quality sleep. It has been like this for about 18 months and goes in cycles.

Evidently, one of the known and marked side effects of the long acting Glucaphage (Glumetza) is insomnia. *sigh* If you combine it with other drugs that also offers insomnia as one their side effects you evidently end up with insomnia. Go figure! So at least it is not entirely my imagination just not shutting off. So we’re going to switch back off the Glumetza to the regular Glucaphage again. There are other unpleasant side effects with Glucaphage (which is why I switched to the other in the first palce) so we’re adjusting the timing on my Glumetza for a couple of weeks to see if it helps. I took my Glumetza yesterday about 3pm. Last night I slept. I was in bed before 10:30pm. It was 7am before I was woken up. I didn’t want to wake up this morning, mind you. But I feel refreshed! Wow!

I also picked up a bottle of allergy eye drops. We’ll combat 2 of those 3 options right up front.

Now to take on the day….and the grocery store…

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