Yes, we all feel overwhelmed at times, I think. I think that, over time, you'll learn to manage to juggle all the balls in the air that you NEED to juggle..
and learn to set down those that aren't so important. These are just generalities, and may not apply to you, but for example:
some folks think they have to have an immaculate house, and get overwhelmed when they just don't have the energy to clean every day like they used to. Well, y'know? dust bunnies never choked anyone. Sometimes it really IS OK to just not vacuum every day. Or make the bed, complete with comforter, bedspread, dustruffles, and all those fancy pillows. Or wash the kitchen floor EVERY day (like, I know there's the expression, "my floor's so clean you could EAT off it!!" When's the last time you served dinner off the floor???)
I don't know your schedule, so can't help you figure out what maybe you don't NEED to do, vs. what should be done regularly. I can tell you this, though: your daughter will be much more grateful about your attempts to care for the kitten than she might notice that her laundry isn't done. Or that her bureau is dusty. (And besides...how old is your daughter? never too young to learn how to do some stuff for herself..and to help you!!)
As for the Avonex. I've never found advil or aspirin to do much to touch the side effects from the interferons. I know they tell you to take advil or tylenol; you might try ibuprofen (you can get it generically, pretty inexpensively, at most pharmacies) and see if that doesn't work better for you.
Post Edited (Neurotransmissing) : 7/24/2006 12:39:22 AM (GMT-6)
So sorry you are feeling overwhelmed. Has the doctor got something that he/she could suggest to help you over the hump? Also, Advil is a brand name for the generic drug ibuprofen, so you may have to try a new family of drugs. I went out and got a miniture dacshund (had them when I was growing up)...it was a rescue dog and I have my son help me with her...she has a bad back typical of the breed. Maybe your daughter can help with the kitten and you can provide the snuggling. Pet therapy is good for the soul and with 2 cats and a sick dog I know I will always be needed and not judged by these animals who do eat off my floor and have never complained that it is not clean enough!! People who love and care for you will be the same. You will be okay and remember that you have your family and this too shall pass. Hope you are feeling better.
Okay Michelle, I felt the way you do too before I started on Wellbutrin. I also take Avonex and I didn't think I was "depressed" when I started on it, but after a couple of months my neuro told me she thought I was depressed from the start and put me on the Wellbutrin. I guess she was right because I do feel better and the Avonex doesn't even make me that sick anymore. I feel achy and tired, but it's hard to tell if it's the medication or just the way I feel. Now doing the shot shouldn't hurt like you are saying it does. My nurse "teacher" said to freeze the site with a blue freezer pack (like a cooler ice pack) for about 15 minutes before doing the shot. I don't even feel the needle. Mentally it's still a long needle and it still scares me, but I do not feel it in my thigh at all. If you aren't already, try doing that and maybe you will do better with it. Your body will get used to the Avonex. Do you take a xanax or anything before you do the shot? I find that it really helps me to be able to get past the fear and anxiety if I take one half an hour before I do the shot. I hope you feel better soon. No one should feel the way you are now. Take care and don't worry about chores. They will be there when you feel better.