After a particularly scattered few weeks, I was able to get the receptionist to squeeze me in to my doctor’s office this morning at 9:00 sharp. Betty, the nurse practitioner, who I adore took one look at me and my chart, sat down and put her hand on my jumpy knee to steady it.
“Your ADD is not going anywhere, but it can be managed. Let’s get you some meds and life will become much more manageable.”
OH MY LORD!!! If it were only that easy. Maybe what I need to do over the next few weeks is chart my med schedule along with my lifestyle habits. This would require me to blog for thirty days straight. Surely I can do that. It will be good accountability for me and provide a log that I can refer back to.
Betty prescribed Strattera and AdderallXR. This is the cocktail that worked best for me when I was in college. I’ve tried out some other meds, and I’m coming off of a six-month medication sabbatical. There’s no time like the present to set up some structure. She wants to work me up to 60mg Strattera and 15mg AdderallXR. I’m ready to make some changes.
10:00am: 25 mg Strattera
11:00: Simply Right Energy Shot
I have to take my prescription by the pharmacy, so I probably won’t take the AdderallXR until tomorrow — hence, my reason for the energy shot.
Hopefully, logging all this will become easier as my focus gradually improves. It will take me a few days to get into a rhythm, and I can’t promise that my posts will be concise and orderly, but I’ll do my best to provide updates.
I also want to continue my yoga classes. In the past, it seems that life becomes more manageable on meds and I tend to neglect important lifestyle habits as I become more productive. Diet, exercise, and stress-management are critical, and I’m going to do my best to prioritize these habits as well.
My goal is to do two yoga classes a week minimum — either at home or at our local studio. I’m a super-active person, so I’m hesitant to set other exercise goals — since I once struggled with exercise addiction, I have to strive for balance. I’ll continue to be active and I’ll chart my structured work-outs, whatever they may be. I think that’s good for now.
Hopefully once the meds kick in, my attention span will improve and allow me to improve my blogging skills. As always, I have to embrace the journey — no more striving for perfection. Come along for the ride, and I’d love to hear strategies from others who manage ADD/ADHD.
What tips do you have for managing ADD/ADHD symptoms?