Thursday, November 17, 2011

Whiter shade of pale

Went to neurologist yesterday, for the most part it was a normal follow up except for one odd event..I will get to that in a moment.
Ran through all of the regular checks and questions. Follow up questions about how Gilenya is working out and that I will need a follow up visit with the eye doctor, ophthalmologist to be exact I think.
Discussed the depression issues. Dr. prescribed Celexa (Citalopram). Time will tell with this stuff. Seems to take about 1-4 weeks before any changes are noticed. I noticed something wrong last night. It or something kept me up all night long, couldn't get a decent span of solid sleep. The Zanaflex usually has knocked me out and I sleep through the night. Curious to see how tonight goes. No medication is going to help my mood or demeanor if I don't get proper sleep. I understand that picking the right anti-depressant is trail and error. I will just need to pay attention to any changes or issues.

Ok, on to the event.. This has never happened before, it was the strangest thing. After the doctor visited they were going to do blood work to check my white blood cell counts and all that part of the Gilenya follow up...
When the nurse came in and started setting up, I suddenly started getting really hot, I started sweating like crazy, the nurse said I had lost all color and she was certain I was about to pass out. They put the blood work on hold for another day and made me lay down. They took my blood pressure and the bottom number (diastolic I think) was over a 100. They checked a few more times and it was still over 100. I had to convince them I felt fine to make parole. I have had my blood drawn many times this year and had IVs put in for all the MRI's with contrast... never had a problem. I did have a little chuckle about it because my dad either does or almost passes out when he gets his blood drawn. He swears its only if he sees blood, but my mom had a different take.

I was going to post Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale, but that was more a gimmick song to fit the post, and not really what I am aiming for here (but did use it for the title). I usually post a song that I am either listening to while writing or comes to mind when writing. Granted, some songs are related, but Whiter Shade of Pale just didn't fit for me, the thought was worth a "heh". Here is my favorite band of all time. When Led Zeppelin released the BBC sessions in the 90's it changed the way I listened to music.


  1. Oooh that's weird! It sounds so like an anxiety/panic attack type episode.. Maybe your body just felt iffy(it's probably fed up of all the prodding, poking and intrusions) while your mind was like 'Hey..I'm totally cool with this' Weird huh? Do you feel all back to normal now?

    I know a few folks on Citalopram, and yeah it took a few weeks to kick in, but generally keeps the people I know on a more even keel. Good luck with it x

  2. I felt fine shortly after they let me go. I don't know what came over me. Like I said it was the first time that's happened. Now I can't get it out of my mind for the redo.

    Glad to hear that med works for some. I need to get leveled out. Time will tell.

  3. That will be a worry now, hopefully it won't ever happen again. Have they gave you a date to go back yet?

  4. I have not rescheduled yet, I am going to wait until after the thanksgiving holiday, give myself sometime to relax about it. The feeling is fresh in my mind, a little worried it would happen again if I tried again today.