Saturday, September 12, 2015

Statins - Again.

A Year of Living In My Head
Saturday, December 20, 2014

I returned to taking a daily dose of statins.  It started slow- my internist wanted me on them, even if it was once a week. My neurologist wanted me on them. Both extolled its virtues endlessly.    I slowly, over the course of 6 months, went on a daily dose again.

Thing is, I almost checked myself into the ER last week because I was losing it verbally.  I could not recall simple words. People's names.  Every once in a while I could not finish a sentence without slurring. My boss started noticing. Spell simple words like "quiet". Then I remembered. (Which is a big deal!)

It is the damn statin. Went off of it a week ago and it all came back. That is a scary drug for me if I need to work and be a modicum of clever. It takes my verbal abilities far, far, away.  Luckily they were still there in my brain. A double-edged sword...supposed to be on it for stroke risk prevention, but I can't if I am to perform in a work setting.  I know this does not effect people the same way, and I wish I had mellower side effects. It is a dance we do.  Survival chances, health risks, life choices...prescription drugs.

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