Days 20-26 – A married woman with ADHD!
Days 27-33 – Time to breathe
Went on honeymoon
Day 34 – The aftermath
General notes: Pill (50mg Elvanse) at 09.00-ish, after toast and cream cheese. Slept 7hr19min (quite good)
Physical notes: All fine, but pretty slow-paced day so not exactly tested! Bit sleepy by 20.00, perked up by some food.
Mental notes: great focus when it came to cleaning and organising, but thrown off writing by a tiny mental hurdle.
Day 35 – Gummy bastards
General notes: Pill (50mg Elvanse) taken at 07.30 after toast and cream cheese. Sleep: 6hr41min (OK)
Physical notes: Bad stomach due to sugar-free sweets. Ugh.
Mental notes: Mood swings. Very happy in morning, down in afternoon, up again in evening.
Day 36 – Card fiddling
General notes:50mg Elvanse at around 07.20, after chocolate donut (I know, I know…). Sleep: 6hr39min (OK)
Physical notes: fine, a bit sleepy by the end of the work day
Mental notes: emotional in morning but easily directed; some brain fog by mid-afternoon.
Day 37 – Oh, shut up
General notes: 50mg Elvanse at 07.30, after half a tub of cold pasta bake (with anchovies). Sleep: not quite sure as my fitbit came off (strap broken), but less than six hours. Bad.
Physical notes: Last couple of days have been quite touch sensitive, to the point where I have cut out labels out of two tops that I’ve had for years with no issues.
Mental notes: Very tired.
Day 38 – Shocked into action
General notes: 50mg Elvanse at about 08.30, after breakfast of microwave pizza (it just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?). Sleep: something like 7 hours (better)
Mental notes: Brain fog by afternoon
Physical notes: Clenching jaw a bit, which aches. But now I say that I realise that I haven’t had the achy neck problem in ages, so that’s nice.
Day 39 – Mood swings
General notes: 50mg Elvanse at 09.30 or something like that, after breakfast of toast and cream cheese (full fat this time). Sleep: probably edging on 8 hours! (good)
Mental notes: Super emotional, probably PMS (although I’d have expected that to hit two days ago, not today)
Physical notes: Period started. Bit crampy and sleepy, nothing abnormal.
Day 40 – Pause for thought (I’m not doing the pun)
General notes: 50mg Elvanse taken at about 11.50(!) after toast and cream cheese. Sleep: over 9 hours (so good it’s bad again?) New fitbit strap arrived today, so normal service will resume tomorrow.
Events: Properly looking into getting a dog
Mental notes: Back to normal. Thank god for mild period symptoms.
Physical notes: As above. Still jaw clenching. Too much coffee, I reckon. Also head rushes when I get up.
Day 41 – Not just a fix
General notes: 50mg Elvanse at around 8.45 (I start the Day Job late on a Monday), after cream cheese and toast. Sleep: 6hr56min, apparently! I’m surprised. Not too bad.
Physical notes: Wake up feeling pretty awful (bad night’s sleep plus slight stomach ache) but feeling much better by 09.45 when I have to go to work.
Mental notes: Pretty good today once the feeling of illness fades!
Day 42 – Incredibles
General notes: 50mg Elvanse at 07.50 after toast and cream cheese. Sleep: 6hr 52min (fine).
Physical notes: Tired when getting up – snooze alarm issues?
Mental notes: Bad mood in morning – wrong side of bed!
Day 43 – Hot and bothered
General notes: 50mg Elvanse at about 7.50 after toast and cream cheese. Sleep: 7hr1min (quite good)
Physical notes: Really struggle to get out of bed – have for a few days now actually. Jaw clenching and dry mouth are particularly bad today. Headrushes still bad too. Is it the heat?
Mental notes: Quite easily distracted but honestly I think it’s because of the physical discomfort.
Day 44 – Urgh. No.
General notes: 50mg Elvanse at about 7.40 after toast and cream cheese. Sleep: 6hr58min
Physical notes: Somewhat better than yesterday but still v. dry mouth and more jaw clenching than usual. Improvement maybe down to measures taken (special mouthwash & trying to be mindful of what my jaw is doing)
Mental notes: Distracted and mildly grumpy. Too hot to write. Urgh.
Day 45 – Rain
Our house is inspected and my best friend arrives in the rain
General notes: 50mg Elvanse at about 7.40 after toast and CC. Sleep: 7hr38min (v. good!)
Physical notes: Better again than yesterday, though symptoms still present. Am now in cooler room which is probably helping.
Mental notes: Much more focused and cheerful.
Day 46 – By the River
Took a break from screens entirely in favour of day by the river, so can’t remember general details. Jaw clenching still bad. 🙁 Mental abilities not really tested but I am happy.
Day 47 – Too sleepy
General notes: 50mg Elvanse at some stupid time… 10.30, maybe. Sleep: 4hr48min (erm.)
Physical notes: Tiiiiiired and useless
Mental notes: See above
Day 48 – Given a booster
Follow-up appointment with Dr E, where I am given Dexamphetamine boosters, followed by Dungeons & Dragons in evening.
General notes: 50mg Elvanse at 07.30-ish, after toast with cream cheese. Sleep: 7hr23min
Physical notes: Jaw clenching better but not gone. Dry mouth still bad.
Day 49 – A little pill
Take my first ‘booster’ pill.
General notes: 50mg Elvanse at 07.50, after toast with houmous. 5mg Dexamphetamine Sulfate at 14.00 (later than recommended but that’s when I was able to pick it up!) Sleep: 6hr33min
Physical notes: Bit sicky/tired by mid-morning, fine by lunchtime. Dry mouth quite bad. Tension in neck by end of day.
Mental notes: In morning, quite cheerful but not very focused (lack of sleep? Different breakfast? Must look into macros and experiment properly). Afternoon: focused but not overly chirpy.