No med side effects, yay — and other stuff in my boring life

I had previously said I might have to drop out of sight for a bit because I was taking a new medication and might get some bad side effects until my body grew accustomed to it. Well, I’ve been taking it since Tuesday and don’t feel any different physically or mentally: no muscle tremors, no loss of balance, no problems with concentration, no nothing. Yay! Dr. Bruno said it was a “very gentle” drug and I shouldn’t expect side effects; I’m glad he turned out to be right.

I just hope it works. Psychiatric drugs often take weeks or longer to become fully effective. I’m not sure why. I’ve been feeling anxious and miserable all autumn and I’m frankly tired of it. Of course my life has been kind of stressful these last two months. The car wreck, conflicts with Michael’s mom, etc.

Today I started physical therapy for my back (again). Ever since that horrible episode last month my lower back has not been right. I’ve had back pain before but never in this particular spot — the very, very bottom, basically right where my spine begins. Whenever I have to bend over, or twist, or sit down, it hurts. Sometimes it hurts bad enough that I will wince visibly and gasp out loud. So it’s PT again for me.

They did the evaluation today and said my range of motion is pretty good and so it my general strength; the problem is just the pain. They’ve prescribed some gentle exercises to begin with and we’ll go from there. Three times a week for up to six weeks. I go again on Monday. I told the physical therapist about how I have back pain a lot because I spend too much time at the computer working on my website, and gave him one of my business cards. Like most people, he was curious about it, and I gave him the rundown of how it works.

Let’s see…what else. Not much really. I got a new office chair. My previous chair broke after a whopping one year and four months of use. It was really cheap and I suppose you get what you pay for. I like the new one much better; it’s much more comfortable. I’m hoping it will last longer. I purchased the two-year warranty for it, which I suppose guarantees it will break on Day 731. (Speaking of the chair, I don’t understand Facebook. When I posted a photo of the chair on the Charley Project’s Facebook account, it got a “reach” of 3,560 people. Which is a much greater reach than most of the articles I post on there about missing people. Go figure.)

Here’s two selfies I took yesterday. I’m wearing makeup in the pictures; I don’t wear makeup that often but yesterday I was feeling kind of rotten so I thought I’d try to cheer myself up. It did feel nice to look nice. I think I like that shade of lipstick — it’s mauve, I guess. I seem to do better with pink shades than red ones. You can see my natural hair color here, a sort of ash blonde or light brown.



*waits for whoever-she-is to comment and tell me I look an old hag and my turtleneck is tacky*

16 thoughts on “No med side effects, yay — and other stuff in my boring life

  1. Tara November 17, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Glad to hear your new meds are working out so far! And you look great! 🙂

  2. Verna Parker November 17, 2016 / 11:22 pm

    what a very beautiful lady….nice to have a sense of your physical being..I have gone thru your complete list(s) 3 times and you do an amazing job and service.thankyou

  3. Doris Mallonee (@dorisday1961) November 18, 2016 / 12:12 am

    You look marvelous!! I love the lipstick color! I’m glad you are feeling better and thanks for all you do!! Happy Early Thanksgiving!

  4. Jaclyn November 18, 2016 / 1:11 am

    I happen to like turtleneck sweaters. And you look good in one. The only time I haven’t thought turtlenecks to be appealing are when men that are of small stature and on the plump side wear them! And your makeup looks great!
    I am thankful for all that you do for MP’s and their families and loved-ones.

    • Meaghan December 8, 2016 / 3:52 pm

      A few weeks ago my friend John and his new wife Andrea sent me a lovely tan lambswool turtleneck sweater as an early Christmas present. The price tag was in the package — it was sent directly from the seller — and I was a bit embarrassed by how much it cost. But they’re pretty well off.

      Here’s a photo of me wearing it: I like wearing t-shirts on top of long-sleeved shirts, and certainly the colors matched there. Though the scarf makes me look a little like a pirate. It’s silk and so slippery it kept falling off; Michael finally tied it on for me till it stayed up. Until I went outside. Then it blew off. I was able to keep it from blowing away though.

      I sent the pic to John and Andrea to let them know I appreciated their gift.

  5. lisabwatson November 18, 2016 / 8:00 am

    You look very pretty! It’s amazing how much of a boost a touch of make up can give you.

  6. Susan Foley November 18, 2016 / 8:38 am

    I’ve been reading your website for years and I’m interested to learn how pretty you are. Sorry for the pain and stuff. I have some skeletal pain and I find that hot water, as in hot tub, is a real plus. I don’t know if you have access to that, or even just a really big bathtub, but you might give it a try. No side effects! Except that you get clean! Keep up the good work!

  7. Jen November 18, 2016 / 8:39 am

    That is a great lip color for your skin tone!

    • Meaghan December 8, 2016 / 4:06 pm

      I’ve tried various shades of red, but pink seems to look better on me. Some people have suggested I try coral.

      I’m thinking of branching out to eyeshadow or blusher, but I’m not sure what colors would do best. I don’t want to look garish or anything. I’m thinking, for eyeshadow, some brownish shades.

  8. pghbekka November 19, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    Glad to hear the new meds are working well so far! Hope the pt helps alleviate the pain. I am, as always, impressed by your hard work and dedication. You look wonderful! Thanks for all you do!

    • Meaghan December 8, 2016 / 4:04 pm

      So far the PT is working. I go three times a week — usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They recommended six weeks. I think I’m on week three.

  9. diamondlil16 November 20, 2016 / 3:55 am

    Looking good Meaghan! Last month or so you had some nice pics on your Facebook page too and I was happy to see you then wearing a pretty lip color. It can really be a cheap pick-me-up.

    Btw, you might want to try a lumbar support pillow for your car and one for your office chair if it doesn’t have a great seat back.
    Glad this med change is going well for you too.

    • Meaghan December 8, 2016 / 4:08 pm

      I had to get a new office chair because my orange one broke (after only a year and a half, muttergrumble). The new one is much more comfortable than the orange one. I ordered it online from either Officemax or Office Depot — I get them confused — and it got delivered the next day, presumably from one of the local stores. I got $15 off my order using the Honey app, which searches the internet for coupon codes and applies whichever ones save the most money. I HIGHLY recommend Honey. It’s free and it’s saved me like $30 or $40 so far, and I’ve only had it like six weeks or maybe two months. My only issue is it doesn’t work with Amazon, where I place most of my orders. I think it only works for Google Chrome though.

  10. Zoe November 21, 2016 / 12:58 pm

    You look great! I put on a little makeup too when I need a boost even if just doing things around the house. You look smart, sophisticated and happy!! Well done Meagan 🙂

  11. Saltyprior November 23, 2016 / 10:52 am

    Hello Meagan long time reader of your blog. Thank you for sharing your world with us and all the hard work to give voices to the voiceless. You look beautiful, always do, I believe beauty comes from within but mascara sure helps the cause lol

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