Anyway, at first, it seemed all was going to be well on my decreased dose of Diamox even through the holidays, but in week two of the experiment I started to notice some changes. December 30th (day 15) was the first day that I actually had to STOP all activity due to a headache and lay on the couch just waiting for the world to turn right side up again (I am VERY close to that right now). However, I wasn't terribly surprised by the headache, since I was feeling some other less painful side effects in the days before such as ear ringing, stiff neck and some eye pressure.
So, what did you DO, Nicole? I hear you ask. Right now, with my head in extreme pain, I am pretty pissed to say - I did absolutely NOTHING! I continued the experiment telling myself and all concerned family members, "It is probably just the crazy holiday schedule," because I really was doing WAY MORE than I normally do. Today, did I do too much?? If so, that would be really annoying because I didn't do much at all -
- cooked dinner,
- did a load of laundry,
- did 2 loads of dishes,
- put bird seed out for the starving birds,
- pried out my snowed in garbage to be picked up (FINALLY!! ~no garbage pickup since before Christmas because of the blizzard!!) tomorrow morning,
- played on my Wii (this was probably too much),
- wrote a blog post,
- spoke to my best friend on the phone and accidentally hung up on her about 5 different times,
- did two sudoku puzzles (was that too much strain on my eyes?!),
- got and read the mail,
- packed up a book for shipping that I sold on half.com,
- fed my dogs
Right now the top of my head hurts a lot, my left eye hurts a bit (and my vision is a little blurrier than I would like to admit), I have had ringing in my ears for a couple of hours (Oh man... I am being such a moron letting all of these things pile up) and earlier today my left ear actually hurt pretty badly.
The question is this: Do I take a look at that list above and tell myself, "OK, you can't handle that level of activity (PATHETIC!!), tomorrow just chill out a bit more," and continue on my current dosage of 1500mg (three pills) of Diamox per day with the hopes that all will be well in a couple of days?
Do I crack open one of the capsules like my doctor said I could and take more than 3 pills for some time to see if that helps, thereby moving backwards and further from my goal of being off this Diamox?
For now: I rest. Decision by tomorrow.