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Before I can forget again [Oct. 30th, 2014|12:20 pm]
John
So, I've started the new medication - provigil - and it's definitely having an effect. It's really hard to describe.

Sometimes I feel a bit like I have had too much coffee when I haven't slept well - not in a bad, jittery way, but in a "wow, I'm wide awake," way. It's not unpleasant, but it's very different, and I'm also not sure how I feel about it.

It's definitely worth waiting a few days to see how I like it. But there is some weirdness. With my eyes being a bit irritated by dry eyes at night, I *feel* sleep deprived, even though I'm pretty sure I'm not.

I have noticed I'm getting more done without really noticing the effort. And that feels weird, because usually, when that happens, I have a bit of euphoria (because it happens on my good days, you see), and I don't have that. That feels strange, but then, I also realize it's probably a good thing. If this is normalizing me, so I have normal energy, even on my not-great days, I shouldn't be feeling euphoric. And if this did make me feel that good, it'd probably be addictive for me.

In the meantime, my four day EEG is scheduled in - geez! Four days! So I'll definitely let you all know when I'm all wired up.

I've been finding myself a bit curious about what they can tell on an EEG reading. Some things I can easily imagine - "patient is asleep" or maybe "patient is probably having sex" but I wondered how voyeuristic EEG docs were and what they could translate with any level of certainty.
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From: don_fitch
2014-11-02 11:06 pm (UTC)

Ummm.... errr.... "sex"? Yeah, I remember that. Generally quite pleasant, as I recall.

It's been years since I wore a cardiac monitor for four days -- back when I was about 80, if memory serves -- and I guess the person reading the tapes/result might guess about when I was having sex, but acto the assistant who was doing the work of attaching it (probably a better source of information than a Doctor) mostly they could do no more than say "you did, all things considered, a respectable amount of physical activity between 8 & 12 am on Friday". I thought a moment, disregarded Personal Privacy issues, and told him "Yeah, I spaded and raked a 10 x 20-foot plot at the Community Gardens across the street, and spaded a solid foot deep at that. Mind you, there was a time I'd have done that in two hours rather than four, but...."

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