As it was when raising my third son, I quit measuring time in weeks, opting for the less restrictive boundaries such as ‘the beginning’, ‘a bit ago’ and ‘now’.
In the beginning, I had my doubts.
A bit ago, I concluded that Ritalin doesn’t make the dizziness go away, but gives my body the distraction of energy, allowing me to function normally which, in turn, allows my brain to receive a normal amount of input which leads to compensation for my inner ear damage.
I recently came down with the flu. During that time, I reduced my dose of Ritalin to allow my body the rest it needed to recover. I immediately noticed an increase in dizziness, more headaches and fogginess. You see - I upped my dose just days before I fevered up, thinking that the breakthrough exhaustion meant that the Ritalin wasn’t working as well.
Then one morning (okay - it was day before yesterday), the exhaustion began to lift - my coughing decreased - and I realized that not everything is about my UVL and MAV. We can get sick…aside from our conditions. For some of you, this is a total ‘duh’. For me, it was an epiphany.
And so - I’m keeping to the lower dose…for now.
Today is a good day. Some coughing fits - but all in all, I feel pretty terrific. As before, the dizziness still floats somewhere above my consciousness while I move on through my day, bleaching baseboards and windwosills and attack the creatures called ‘cobs’, and destory there habitats (cobwebs).