I am not typically a whiner but as I sit here at 3 AM this morning having been awaken after only 6 hours of good sleep with a sudden craving for food and to get out of bed, I figured what better quiet time then to discuss the biggest bane of my existence... steroids.
I do know that, while I feel like crud while on the Prednisone, my symptoms with both the more "tolerable to me" steroid and the lessons I've learned has at least made my current episode manageable. It always helps to have a good doctor that understands everyone reacts differently to medications and is able to help you get on what is comfortable and effective for you. I think there's a good chance that had he not agreed that if the Prednisone is taking enough of the pressure and swelling in my head down that I can function fairly normally and switched me to Decadron because that is the standard practice... I wouldn't be sitting here calmly typing or mentally preparing for this next surgery. I would be in a daze and technically unable to make my own medical decisions. (I still often wonder if I would have done radiation so readily after surgery if I had not been on the Decadron. I really don't think I was mentally competent enough at that stage to have been making that decision.)