current state of mind: conflicted
Open that soda pop, watch it fizz and pop
The clock is tickin' and we can't stop
Open that soda pop, bop-a shu-bop shu-bop
The clock is tickin' and we can't stop
~ “Soda Pop” by Britney Spears
Last week I went to the doctor to talk about my sleep situation – AGAIN! Here is the situation in a nutshell . . . I have issues sleeping. When I do sleep, I don’t sleep well, per my sleep study technologist. My brain doesn’t sleep. I can sleep for 12 hours and still not actually have any restorative sleep. .. Therefore, I have been walking around sleep deprived for a very long time. My dilemma is that I don’t want to take anything that makes me groggy; so while I have a prescription for some serious sleep meds, I rarely use them. On the flipside, I take medication to stay awake during the day – but I still have consistent daytime sleepiness.
Anyway, back to last week in my doctor’s office. I was chilling in Patient Room #2 and he walks in and asks how the sleep situation has been. I explain that the “stay awake” meds are losing effectiveness and that I am sleeping more frequently, but with no additional restfulness. He nodded thoughtfully, verified that I still wanted to refrain from traditional sleep medications, and then made an unconventional suggestion: “Okay, I want to try something. We are going to combine a prescription and a supplement to see if the combination will get you to sleep and keep you asleep. “
Before I tell you what I am taking, I want to tell you that after taking it for seven nights straight, I have noticed a difference in my sleep. I am not waking up in the middle of the night. I am still fighting my alarm clock, but I don’t feel the “sleep monster” fighting quite as aggressively. I think the stuff is working. Now for the troubling part. . .
The prescription portion of this sleep miracle has a detrimental side effect which occurs in approximately 10% of users. I was not aware of this side effect until yesterday. I have been experiencing the side effect, however, since Monday morning, when I bought a Diet Coke, took a drink and gagged. It tasted “off”. So, I bought a different one, which also tasted terrible. I complained to my co-worker, “Brack”, who said it tasted fine. The next day, the beer I ordered tasted “off”. Again, I complained to “Brack”. Wednesday; same story. Soda was gross. Beer tasted off. Last night was the final straw. I was drinking a swig of root beer. It was disgusting. Without thinking I said, “I think your root beer is out of date.” My date took a drink and said it tasted fine. I shook my head in dismay. What was happening to me?
Then memories of the past week flooded my brain. I grabbed my phone and Googled “Topamax and taste”. Wham, bam, thank you, ma’am. First search result I read talked about how a noted side effect of Topamax was . . .“Some people on TOPAMAX may have taste changes where food or drink tastes differently. This has been reported with carbonated beverages, for example.“ The next result mentioned that sometimes the issue will go away after a few months. That was really the most positive thing I could find about the situation.
I have consumed more water in the past week than I have in the prior 6 months combined, I think. It is the only beverage thus far that hasn’t tasted differently. It saddens me. I feel like Meryl Streep at the end of Sophie’s Choice. Who do I put on the train? Diet Coke or Sleep?
*sniffle* *sniffle* Good bye, silver and red can of artificial goodness. I hope I will see you again, soon.
So, yeah, that’s my story. The other side effects mentioned have yet to be experienced . . . though, I wouldn’t mind the 4% – 6% weight loss. There’s always a silver lining.
PERSONAL NOTE: Thanks for being so awesome!
CONFIDENTIAL NOTE: 1 and 3 are guaranteed. 2, I will do my best.