I went to see a nurse practitioner yesterday who prescribed me Prednisone and a super powered topical ointment. Isn’t “ointment” a weird word? Ointment. My father took Prednisone to help when he was diagnosed with emphysema and he puffed up like Jiffy Pop Popcorn. Some of the risks are water retention, increased sweating, bulging eyes and my favorite- inappropriate happiness. I was told that I would be hyper and moody. I took the prescribed dosage (6 pills) and waited for the hyperactivity. I really had some chores I needed to attend to. . . but then I promptly fell asleep for an hour. Much like caffeine, I have the opposite response. EXCEPT when it came time to actually go to bed. I slept for two hours then woke up with a horrible migraine. It was like my mind was hammering thoughts into the backs of my eyes. I did more research and yeah, great!, insomnia is also another side effect. I’m on this stuff for two weeks and have to avoid alcohol. There will be no reprieve. BUT I am less itchy. You win some, you lose some. At least my eyes are not bulging. That wouldn’t be a good look for me. As it is I still can’t shave my legs. I feel like I’m back in my first year of college when I thought I would fit in with the UC Santa Cruz crowd by buying Birkenstocks and not shaving.
That lasted through winter and then I was done with that business.
In happier news, I would like to praise the miracle invention that is baking soda. Seriously, what can’t it do?
- It calmed the itchiness of my rash.
- It keeps my fridge or my shoes from being stinky.
- It cleans up stains on rugs.
- It helps me make delicious muffins and cakes.
- It can put out a fire.
- It absorbs cat odor.
- It relieves canker sore pain if you use it as a mouthwash.
Oh right, it can’t get rid of a migraine. Damn it.