The big experiment for me this week was to try taking two pills in the morningâ€”my doctor prescribed either one or two each morning. I did this for only two days and didnâ€™t have a good experience at all. I felt very nervous and kind of light-headed all morning long and my afternoon crash was much worse than with only one. One day I had no caffeine and the second day I consumed my regular amount of caffeine and things were about the same both days. I couldnâ€™t function well at all on that level of medication so I decided to go back to just on 20mg tablet a day.
In general I continued to have the same experience as in previous weeks. I was able to focus better and generally felt more positive and outgoing–the â€œsubtle but significantâ€ changes Iâ€™ve blogged about before. One day had some contracts to read and I noticed that I was able to focus and understand them much more easily than usual. I typically have to read, re-read, and sometimes re-read a paragraph yet again in a contract to understand it. A coworker even told me he had a hard time with those contracts so I felt that was a very positive thing.
On Sunday I didnâ€™t feel like I took a pill at all. I woke up hyper-focusing on some negative things and noticed it was easier to ignore them right after taking my pill. Then it soon started back again. I wasnâ€™t able to focus much in church either and I felt very frustrated most of the day. I didnâ€™t experience the afternoon crash either. It was as if I hadnâ€™t taken a pill at all that day.
I didnâ€™t get in much exercise this week, so that could have been a factor on Sunday as well. I did work outside around the house installing new shutters and window boxes on the house, so that was physical, but not as exhausting as my usual hikes.
I was able to continue strictly on my high-protein/low-carbohydrate style of eating this week. I only reduced my weight by two-pounds, which was a little frustrating after the six-pound reduction last week, but thatâ€™s OK. Weâ€™ll see how next week goes. I do think the Ritalin strengthens my willpower in that area.
Iâ€™m teaching a SharePoint training class in Dallas, TX this week, so next weekâ€™s post may be brief as well since I donâ€™t feel like I need any extra help when Iâ€™m teaching. I go back to my doctor next Monday and weâ€™ll see if he wants me to stay on the same medication at the same level, wants me to add an afternoon dose, wants me to try a different medication, or wants to do something else. So I should at least have that to report.