I don't know if this is the way all anti-seizure meds work, but for mine, every 3 days for the first 9 days, the dosage increases. I had my last increase just in time for the weekend, so now I am at the full dose.
I had a difficult time with this last adjustment. This weekend was really hard. On Saturday I went to hang out with a few of my girlfriends and one of them said this was the most mellow she had ever seen me, and that she had never witnessed me talk as slow as I was talking. When I was done hanging out for a few hours I came right home and fell right to sleep.
On Sunday morning I could barely keep my eyes open during church, so I went to the lobby and fell sleep on the couch after I had had a good cry in frustration over my drowsy, drowsy state.
This morning I felt the drowsy feeling come on within an hour of taking my medicine, so I allowed myself 30 minutes to lie down. It was not the most relaxing with my 2-year-old practically bouncing on my head, and she almost brought me to tears again. I HAD to lay down though because the girls and I had a print job this afternoon. I know, I know...I was feeling really unsure about it, but I was doing it for a colleague of mine, and I thought it would be a good experiment to see how I am really doing.
Well, I learned that being out and about is working for me. I felt very energized by being with people and by being on set. I do feel quite tired tonight, and I don't know if I could keep up a daily pace of being out there and doing it, but this afternoon for 4 hours went really well.
I was really impressed with the makeup artist's camouflage techniques. Even 6 hours later, when I took the picture, I really couldn't see my blemish. He did an amazing job.
This is my face tonight after washing it:
This is my face after the makeup artist worked his magic, before I washed it tonight.
Anyway, baby steps...a little progress every day.