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Friday, June 20, 2014

According to the drug information leaflet, one of the possible side effects of the steroids I'm taking is "Feeling, seeing or hearing things which do not exist", so I'm hoping last night's England game was an hallucination, and when I come off the tablets, I'll discover that we won three-nil.

To be honest, as things stand right now, I'm beginning to wonder if it would be preferable to forget the steroids, and just spend the rest of my life looking like Andrew Marr. It hasn't done him any harm. Having taken 48 tablets in 72 hours, I feel the symptoms of Bell's Palsy have improved (although I bit the inside of my cheek yesterday as it refused to move out of the way when I was eating), but the side effects make me glad I'm not at work. The first one on the list is "Feeling depressed, including thinking about suicide", but to be honest, you get that just from reading the leaflet.

I haven't yet been tempted to end it all, but the tablets do give me a constant feeling of nausea and stomach discomfort, and just make me feel generally odd. More so than usual. Among the list of common (oh yes) side effects are "feeling anxious, having problems sleeping and having strange and frightening thoughts", which might have been normal in the build-up to the England match, but which I didn't experience until last night. Not only did I sleep badly, but when I did, my dreams were like a remake of Hostel.

So I'm feeling slightly rough this morning. I did, however, manage to get out of the flat yesterday, when I joined Lisa and Toby at the nearby park...

I think I'll take advantage of my current mental instability by writing to the council about that grass.


Phil's Mum said...

I think they give you steroids to take your mind off your other symptoms. I dread to think what attending a funeral will do to you tomorrow. On the 'bright' side, you begin to reduce the dose from Sunday, don't you?

David East said...

I was on Prednisorol (spelling looks wrong but who cares) for nearly two years. Side effects do get better. At one stage I was being given 1 gram at a time, intravenously. To look on the bright side, I gained two stones because of the drugs, so you can use that as an excuse for overeating.
I now have a steroid cream for my nose. Presumably it will run faster now.