Sunday, April 5, 2009

The doctor's appointment last Friday went well. He said I could go back to what ever physical activity (or the lack of it) I was doing when I had my mini stroke (transient ischemic attack.) I could drive, blog, jog, dance, jump for joy and more. However since I have cervical spine spondylosis and carpal tunnel I should still be cautious. I should wear wrist braces or wrist supports when typing and I shouldn't drive too long and too much. Added to that, two of my medications cause drowsiness so, really, I should take caution.

I was out for quite sometime yesterday - fetching daughter # 4, attending a wedding in Antipolo then finally picking up my son at his apartment. I was out from 12:00 P.M. to 11:30 P.M. yesterday. So what did I get in return for my fool or hardheadedness? - muscle pain and stiffness of my neck and shoulders, of course. Driving home last night I texted hubby if he could please be the one to drive daughter #3 to her dental consultancy appointment in Sta. Rosa, Laguna the following day, Sunday. I explained that I was already driving all day and had sore muscles and stiff neck and shoulders. He did not reply back so I assumed he was already asleep.

I came home tired and sleepy. This morning I woke up around 8:00 A.M. and hubby was nowhere to be found. He left to go biking with his friends, said our house-help. Oh I did not get mad or irritated for I understand that hubby needs his diversion too. When was the last time he went biking with his friends? Yesterday, Saturday and the Friday before that and the Wednesday and Monday before that too and the same weekly schedule for the past 2 years.

So! I was forced to drive daughter # 3 to her appointment in Laguna. We left the house at 9:00 A.M. I took my meds around 9:35 A.M.,(after eating a banana), dropped off daughter # 3 in Sta. Rosa at 10:05 A.M. By 10:15 A.M I was already at SLEX and the meds were already kicking in. I was feeling sleepy but was still strong enough to fight off the effect. By 10:45 A.M. I was somewhere in Daang Hari and was already seeing double. I parked my car by the road side, checked that all my doors are locked and then took a doze.

I arrived home at 12:35 P.M., an hour and a half later than usual.

My neurologist asked me if I have much stress in my life. What do you think?
Posted by desperateblogger On 4/05/2009 12:41:00 PM 12 comments


  1. You sound like a very busy Mom. Take time to breathe and relax everyone knows you deserve it!

  2. You were too tired mom, just have enough rest and hope you will get better soon

  3. Exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale....hay. Wala akong masabi....I just hope you get the break that you so deserve.

    Take it easy....


  4. absolutely, you have so much stress in your everyday routine! te' Lena please don't drive if you're taken that medication. Here, It is forbiden to drive if you are taking medication that cause drowsiness. I have to tell you my story, talagang matigas ang ulo ng karamihan sa atin, I was working at rental company in Vancouver, I was on the road heading to one of our branch and suddenly end up on the opposite lane! thank God there were no cars coming! and I pulled over to get a snooze for a few minutes. Reason, was the medication I took for my allergy. Take care of yourself and let someone drive you and the hell with hubby! ask him to help you.We only live once!!!

  5. Definitely stressed! I just went through a similar episode (which explains my absence from blogging for the past maybe 6 months) and just really needed to take a break.
    Give yourself that 'me' time. Take off even just for a day and go to a spa and sleep all day. Shut off the cell phone. It is so refreshing, I tell you!

  6. you napped in the car for nearly 2 hours?? can i bump off some of your drugs, because i need some more sleep. hahaha

  7. You're not're over stressed!!! and toxic.

    relax relax lang mother

  8. @ ray: i am busy mom. sigh!

    @ winnie: i'm taking my share of rests now.

    @ huling: =) then =(

    @ mayette: wala ngang ibang mag drive.kookee is not yet allowed to drive alone for medical reasons. si son dapat e binirahan naman ng alis.

    @ pinaymegamom: yes, i missed you! i'm doing my bit to relax now.

    @ eMz: hahaha. really the med is highly restricted as it's prescription pad is different. daughter #1 isn't certified to write that prescription even. the drowsiness and sleepiness work on an empty stomach. pag busog, hinid masyado.

    @ renz: sinabi mo. hayyy....

  9. You definitely need a break Lena! You've been through alot lately so you deserve to rest, and slow down.

    Take alot of care!


  10. It sounds like life is very busy for you as a mom of 4? (smile). While it's important to be there for your family, it's just as important to take time for yourself. Sometimes, people with certain personalities have a tendency to always take care of others first. So, yes, take time and relax!

  11. Hopped! Eto I'm anxious to see the doctor tomorrow...kala ko 10 ang appt, 1 PM pa pala...buti na lang tumawag sila to confirm....hehehe.

    I'll let you know kung anong verdict....


  12. Feeling yourself tired and fatigued can lead to awful results, in other words, depression or an inability to feel happy. Try to draw your attention to what you do and how you feel. The fist step to escape this condition is to take care of yourself as your body will not be patent to such a state of things.


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