A quick update.
My meds leveled out. I'm pretty much at around a 5 or a 6 (on a scale of 1-10) most days; no more nearly-manic feelings (that was too good to last). I did go up from 1 mg to 2 mgs of rexulti after my appointment with my nurse practitioner last week. But I haven't noticed a significant change in my mood for the better (or worse). I see my NP again in mid January; she's good about making sure I check back in with her, which I like at this time of year.
I am really starting to notice the lack of sunlight now. I am using my SAD light, but only about half of the days of the week. Some mornings I have time, like on weekends and on days I go to work later than 8 am (like Mondays and the days I work for Mark--today, for example), and some mornings I don't.
I'm not having trouble getting through the day, so there's not full on SAD dysfunction. But I don't have energy to do much else but the required minimum of work, home, kids. I haven't run or walked since before Thanksgiving (and I was really doing well there for a while). I miss it, but I can't make myself pick it back up again yet.
On the good news front, I am way ahead in the Holidays game. I sent out our business family Christmas card yesterday. Still need to do the personal cards but those are not as big a deal as the business cards.
We have all the kids' presents bought, and I also wrapped almost everything last weekend. I still have several of Luke's to do, and we have a few gifts that are yet to arrive that I'll wrap this weekend. This is a huge deal. It will make next week so much more enjoyable.
I am taking next week off, except for Tuesday when I will work for Mark for 6 hours or so. But I'm not working for the college at all. Monday I'm going to lunch with a girl I used to work with (excited to see her), the kids are off school as of Wednesday next week, and then on Christmas eve we will spend lunch and the afternoon with my mom and family, then Christmas eve evening service at our church.
Christmas day is just us. We don't have to go anywhere or do anything we don't want to. It's awesome. Ever since Mark's sister moved to Indy, we haven't had any obligations on Christmas day. We miss his family at the holidays, but it is super nice to be able to spend the day in our PJs.
We are planning to go to a friend's house that evening to watch the Dr. Who Christmas special, since our cable company doesn't have BBC America anymore. This is a woman from church that I became good friends with during a Bible study that was just the two of us several years ago. She lives alone since her husband died a couple of years ago, so it will be nice to spend time with her on Christmas day; she doesn't have close family in town. The kids really like her, too, especially Sophie. She's very interesting and well travelled; she's a surgery nurse by profession and is in her late 50s. And she's as big a Dr. Who fan as Sophie is.
So I'm pretty stable, considering the time of year.
Merry Christmas to you all!!