Have you ever done something so absent-minded that you wondered if someone hadn’t slipped you some kind of mind-altering substance? (That’s foreshadowing, yo.)
I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve been taking Wellbutrin for about a year after I decided I needed something to take the edge off of moods that had therefore been rather atypical. I think it’s done it’s job. It’s a mellow little thing, this Wellbutrin, but it’s been just enough. Regardless, after a year, it’s become automatic. Wake in the morning, grab a cup of coffee or strong tea, feed the cats, take my crazy pill. Every day.
I keep my pill bottle next to the kitchen sink. It’s in a little nook reserved for prescription bottles. Over the Xmas break, we had a couple more than usual, as Stella was given a prescription tablet to try to treat the postnasal drip-induced cough that made her sound like she belonged on a TB ward. Stella’s ADHD pill bottle is also kept there.
You can see where this is going.
I have no idea what kind of fugue I was experiencing a day or so after Xmas, but before I knew it, I had swallowed a Focalin capsule instead of my normal crazy pill. Oh. My. Glob. I didn’t know what to do. Induce vomiting? Eat a sandwich? Take a shower? Call poison control? Was I going to wig out? And holy crap would Stella run out of meds because her crazy mother had popped one of her pills (because y’all, these people are assholes about filling this stuff since it can be abused… yeah, by 6 year olds I guess)? Would she have an all F day at school as a result of my carelessness?
I ran to wake up Will, since he’s taken about every kind of ADHD med in the catalog. He just laughed and told me not to drink too much coffee. Too late. I had already had 3.5 cups. He also said if we somehow ran out, there were ways around it. Sometimes your doc could make a call because sometimes pills get barfed up or dropped down the sink, right?
As you can imagine, I survived. I didn’t wig out. I felt a bit more “awake” than usual. And since my my reckoning, Stella missed a couple of doses over the summer, we should have a day or two cushion. But that monkey is off my back, I swear. Nothing but soft stuff like Midol and Ibuprofen for this girl!