May 26, 2013

I read Less than Zero, which I do not recommend reading while under the influence of diazepam as it gets even more depressing...and it's a depressing book to begin with.  I never saw the movie, but after reading the book, I don't think I want to, especially if they stayed true to the book.

No, it's not what you think.  Preoperative medication.  I needed something to read while it kicked in.

Anyhow, said procedure went well.  I recovered much more quickly than everyone anticipated.  I was pretty much out of commission that evening--more from the diazepam than the procedure--but the next day I was back to running around in circles.  I also had to pump and dump so little one #2 didn't get a hit of the meds.

We all also discovered that I turn bright red all over when taking diazepam.  Like, "I've been in the sun but forgot to apply the SPF 50" red.

"Are you allergic to Valium?" the doctor asked.

"I don't know.  I only take it every few years when they give it to me before procedures."

No other adverse reactions were present...I think.  I don't remember itching or dyspnea.  Don't remember too much, actually...except that Less Than Zero was depressing as hell.  I also don't remember what reactions, if any, I've had the other times I've taken it.  I guess we'll see what reactions I have when I have the follow-up procedure in a few months.

I don't think it's an allergy though...or if it is, it's not a severe one.  I can take alprazolam just fine when I have to fly...but come to think of it, I don't know if I turn red when taking that too.  I'm too busy being a nervous hyperventilating wreck when flying to notice.

Off to start reading for the next week in Research.


Kolohe said...

Less than zero was a depressing movie too. Oddly enough, however, I never thought that "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" or "Ordinary People" were depressing. This despite that fact that the subject matter was very depressing. Go figure.

Oh, I get red faced sometimes when I have too much to drink, I wonder if that's the same thing? If Etoh can mess with ADH, does it mess with the thermostat hormones as well? Maybe the same with your diazepam?

Meriwhen said...

I wish I could recall exactly what I felt, if I felt hot or flushed or whatever. I take benzos so infrequently--only preoperatively or when flying. I think the last one I had before this was some Xanax when I flew out east in 2011. I think I should pester my addictionologist when I go back to work.