Last night was the first does of methotrexate. We had tickets for the Summer Musicals (High School Musical) last night, so it was about 11:00 pm when I took it. I took it with my regular evening medications plus 1/2 a pain pill. I was really uncomfortable last night and actually took my cane with me to the Musicals. It really does help take the pressure off.
I wasn’t immediately sleepy, so we turned on the television for a while. About midnight I started feeling kind of “floaty”. The warning label on the medication indicates it can make you dizzy. I wasn’t sure if it was the MTX or the pain medication, but decided it was a good time to go to sleep and turned out the lights.
Then I tossed and turned and couldn’t get comfortable. The floaty feeling turned into that miserable feeling where it feels like you have ants crawling around under your skin (those of you with skin allergies know what I mean). I halfway expected to wake up with welts all over me today.
Fast foward to 3:30 am. Still not asleep. Still in pain, so I took the other half of the pain medication. I remember looking at the clock, still awake at 5:00 am, when I must have finally dozed off.
The good news is that neither last night nor today have I felt nauseated or otherwise ill from the medication, just the creepy crawlies in bed last night. I think the creepy crawlies are easier to tolerate if you’re awake and distracted doing something than trying to go to sleep. If it happens again, I may take it earlier in the evening, so maybe the creepy crawlies will have calmed down before I get into bed.
That’s it for now. I’m going to a conference this week so I’ll be on my feet a lot. That’s going to be tough on me. Then Thursday I meet with Dr. Tucker to schedule the surgery. I probably won’t post again until then unless something else worth reporting happens.