How I’m doing after increasing my antidepressant

I mentioned last week that I would be speaking to my doctor about bumping up my antidepressant. After discussing things, we decided to double my current dose. I’ve been on 20mg/day of Prozac and I’m now on 40mg/day. I think I’m on day four or five of the new dose and there really isn’t any news to report.

It’s likely to be a few weeks before I see any changes, if I’m going to see any changes. It may be a little faster because I’ve already been on Prozac for a couple of years. Either way, I feel good about the change.

Outside of that, I need to lower my triglycerides a bit and continue losing weight. I’m in good health and I will rerun my labs in six months to see if any of the changes I’m making have helped. The big thing is cutting back on carbs. That’s much easier said than done but I’m committed.

As I’m sitting here writing this, it occurred to me that I’m finding it easier to focus since starting the new dose of Prozac. I’m also sleeping better as well. It could be a placebo effect but my sleep score has been in the high 70’s for the last few days. Perhaps it’s the fact that I have finally been able to put my divorce behind me. It’s been hanging over my head for the past eighteen months now and it weighed heavy on my shoulders. Closure can be a very powerful thing.

I don’t know. Maybe it’s a combination of those things. All I know is that I’m focusing on work and I’m sleeping much better. Those are both changes in the right direction.

I also wanted to update you guys on how Gavin’s doing. He received his second dose of the COVID vaccine on Friday and today was the first day where he was feeling much better. It was pretty rough for the first two days and then it would come in waves. Today, he was just a little rundown but no more headaches, body aches or chills. He’s grateful for that, as are the rest of us.

Gavin has said several times over the last few days that even knowing how unpleasant the side effects were, he would do it again in a heartbeat. He feels much safer now and is anxious for the rest of us to get ours.

I’ll probably be the next in line here because they have yet to approve the vaccine for kids under 18 or 16 years of age, depending on what vaccine we’re talking about. Until everyone in the house is vaccinated, we’re going to remain on lockdown. I’m really hoping we will all be fully vaccinated by mid-summer so the boys can have a chance at returning to school in the fall.

Getting back to some semblance of normalcy sounds so amazing at this point. I’m a relatively social person and the isolation is brutal. It’s necessary but brutal.

Anyway, I’m fading fast and ready to call it a night. I wish you all the best and I’ll talk to you soon.

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Buford Davis

Based on the above, I have a question about your take on vaccines. You mentioned above you aren’t leaving ‘lockdown’ until you can all get the shots. Realistically, that is not going to happen for your kids before the next school year. I think that is a given since they aren’t offering them to children yet..and even if they can get them, Schools would be hard pressed to find a way that this becomes a mandate to return to school. So my question, assuming they CANT get the shot. Then what? What happens come fall? I don’t see a scenario for schools to continue offering the dual learning options in perpetuity, but I could be wrong…I certainly wouldn’t plan for it.

This is an honest question, despite the fact that you don’t like my questions. I do think this is a valid one that could offer up interesting viewpoints

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