Or "Better living through chemistry"...
Lexapro Day 1:
Took the pill at 9pm. Woke up at 12:30, queasy as HELL...dry heaves, dry mouth... and thinking to myself the entire time "is this going to be worth it?". Back to sleep. Up with the alarm, still queasy. Almost stayed home from work. Decided to attempt it, and made it through the day. NO appetite. Lived on Saltines and ginger ale. Took my second pill at 8:30pm.
Lexapro Day 2:
Queasiness subsides a bit. Toast for breakfast. No coffee - wired for sound. Can't stop moving my body. Jiggling my legs, my feet, my arms... no appetite. Got the mother of all headaches. Too ascared to take ibuprofen because of the drug warnings on the package. Finally call the doctor. Leave a message...
Doctor calls at 8:00. I explain all my symptoms and she assures me that it's perfectly normal and will go away. I ask about taking a half dosage and she agrees that perhaps this is a good idea for me. Suggests that I do that for 2 weeks and then amp up to one pill after that. Took my third pill at 8:15.
Lexapro Day 3:
Slept all night. No queasiness, but no real appetite. I'm eating to survive. Regular breakfast. Jittery feeling almost gone. Slight headache. Feeling calm and mellow. Feeling like maybe there's an end to the side effects. Going in the right direction anyway.
Thanks to all my beloved Dawgs, without whom I would NOT have made it through... thank you for listening, for your suggestions, your hugs and your love.