Tuesday, May 15, 2007

A Pill for Every Occasion

One of the perks of having a father who is a pharmacist whose best friend is a doctor is that medications are readily available. My father feels there is a pill for every occasion. Last night as I was taking my nightly medications for my mental illness, I told him of not being able to sleep for months. He gave me two Librium and I slept like a baby through the whole night for the first time in the longest time.

“Don’t take both of them at once,” he told me knowing me all too well.

I walked home and took both of them before bed anyway.

My mother is on a plethora of medications for her schizophrenia. They cause her to sleep around the clock - severely reducing the quality of her life. Personally, I would rather be crazy than live such a life, but I would never dare tell my father that. My mother is complacently medicated much to my father’s relief. It is all rather sad if you think about it.

At one point in my life, I was on the same medications as my mother. I slept all the time and could barely hold down a job. My then wife would grow so exasperated with me.

“Something’s wrong in that you need to sleep all the time,” she told me.

“It’s my Zyprexa for my schizophrenia,” I replied.

Rachel didn’t believe me so I talked her into taking one pill just to prove a point. She slept for twenty four hours straight and never again gave me a hard time about sleeping due to my medications.


Jenn said...

Why do medicines work that way? Is it because we don't know any other fix than to sleep through things? During my first pregnancy I had severe morning sickness and the remedy was a pill that made me so tired I fell asleep on my desk at work. That was the one and only time I took the pill.

Idyllwilde said...

Being manic-depressive, I have always done my best to sleep away my life. I am now on the "handful-a-day keeps the suicidal tendencies away" regimin. In a way, it is like emotionally sleeping my life away, but, personally, I would rather be numb than nuts. There is a tremendous guilt in making this decision, because I want to be a contributing member of society, but just give me one of my 'days' and I'll take oblivion every time.

Terri said...

I thought about you when I saw this article; astronomy and sleep depravation - perfect for Andrew!


EE said...

You know, I went off my anti-depressant (for anxiety) for the same reason, about 2 months ago.
My family is sooo excited that I am out of my "bubble" as they call it!

Elithefly said...

dont think your blog isnt worth reading, it is...
theres probably alot of people that read but dont respond

like me

but it helps me and gives me something to look forward to.


KansasSunflower said...

Interesting. I've always WISHED my fiance could take one of my medications to understand what it does to me, but there's no way he ever would, and I've never asked. Zyprexa is a horrible medication...you gain a ton of weight and sleep all the time...(bad memories)

austere said...

Its tough though these meds pay mysalary. take care.

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