Pay More Attention! Don’t Shift to Automatic in Retirement!
Don’t get into the habit of doing everything automatically – anytime!
And if you’re already there – like I was – take heed:
Today I woke up at 9:30 a, and of course went to be relieved. I didn’t really feel rested, so thought I’d just lay down for another 10 minutes. Next time I opened my eyes, the clock said 11:25 – woops – really, it’s time to get up…past time in fact!
Dick had gotten up as usual around 8:30, had breakfast with Griffy, had closed our bed room door so I could sleep later, and after catching up on the news, headed out to the woodshop.
Back to me – I really just wanted to lay back down again, and I started wondering why I felt so drained. After having a big cup of coffee and a Toast’em, and heading back to the bedroom to wash and get dressed, for what was left of the day, I glanced at my pill case that stays on our vanity. I stopped short –oh geez – finally dawned on me. My back Doctor had upped the strength of my Gabapentin. I had been taking 3 capsules, 100mg, morn and night. But on my last visit, my Doc said (yeah, now I remember) let’s just get you a prescription for 300mg strength capsules and then you only have one of those pills to get down morn and night. Good idea. I had picked up the prescription, had come home and had replaced the 100 strength for the 300 strength capsules and… promptly put the whole matter out of my mind.
So for the last four days, I have been taking 900mg’s morn and night, instead of 300mg morning and night. I simply had been neglectful in noting that I only needed one pill. I’ve been taking 3 for a long time. Now, the Doc was trying to make things easy for me – but it just didn’t stick in my brain. Well, no wonder everything seemed kind of hazy the last couple of days…probably my writing too, but, now I must write about my confusion. That way, I can hopefully get it out of my system – in two ways!
When Dick came home today, right about 12 noon, I told him what I had done. And that I had already decided I needed to get out of the house, try to stay awake for a while, and maybe even have a little walk. So, we decided to drive to a Casino about half an hour away. There, I will be able to walk, keep very cool (it’s so hot now) cause they keep places like that just above freezing, and I can even stop here and there to drop a nickel or so and of course, get a nice meal. Figure if I stay awake, tonight I should have a great night’s sleep, and maybe get back to normal tomorrow.