Aligned Stress Planets

Yesterday was one of those days where a variety of little things kept going wrong. Nothing large enough to be substantial on its own, but by the end of the day they all added up.

I have the misfortune of having both IBS and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, so when the stress planets align I can go from feeling normal to violently ill in a matter of about an hour. This phenomenon has always been there, it happened when I was a kid at sleepovers, it happened during away basketball games in school, it has happened while getting ready for parties in college… I’m just an excitable person I guess. It doesn’t even have to be bad feelings about anything, it could just be plain old excitement and I’m still doomed.

I’ve seen a few gastro (stomach) specialists and the best advice they can give me is to avoid stress.

Honestly that is the most laughable advice I can imagine, who can avoid stress? If I could do that, don’t you think I would have been doing it by now?

This time of year is particularly bad for me, there is a lot going on.

So you can imagine that last night when I’d been in bed 30 minutes or so and I realized I couldn’t remember if I’d taken my medication, things went south quickly.

The man and I both concluded that I hadn’t taken it, so I did, but the fuse had already been lit. It’s 12 hours later now and I’m still sick as a dog, I guess the possibility of accidentally taking 1800 mg of Lithium (when I normally take 900) was enough to scare the bajeezus out of me. I am certain that that isn’t what happened but the anxiety was already sparked.

Today is going to be a long day, I have a lot to do. Maybe I can coerce my tummy into a truce with some cream of wheat.

3 responses to “Aligned Stress Planets

  1. I have a routine for my pills that works well. Each night I take my pills but I also put out my morning pills. That way if I forget whether I’ve taken them, all I have to do is look on the counter to see if my morning pills are there. Anyway, it works for me.

    • That’s really smart, I should think about doing something like that.

    • I should do that too. The “keep away from heat and light” warning hits me right in the gut with this one. My brain screams “What if the pills lose all of there medicine sitting out overnight?” It’s not likely, and better to lose imaginary potency than to lose all potency by missing the dose. Thanks David.

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