IWSG: Quitting

Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

I write a lot. If you keep up with my monthly count posts (the only thing I seem to do consistently over here) you’ll have noticed that I’m averaging about 75,000-words a month so far this year. It’s just what I do.
But in 2015, I was almost forced to quit.
I didn’t run out of ideas.
I didn’t have a drastic change in my schedule.
I didn’t get frustrated and decide to throw in the towel….
I had two grand mal seizures.
But the seizures weren’t actually the problem. If you’ve ever looked in to anticonvulsants, you’ll have seen they have an AMAZING list of unfortunate side effects. The one I’m on presently had the potential of an allergic reaction that might have made all my skin fall off and, you know... killed me.
My first medication was the problem.
So there’s a fun little drug called Keppra. It’s apparently the oldest anticonvulsant medication on the market. It’s had the most testing. It’s what the emergency room will hand you if you show up after a seizure. It also made me functionally schizophrenic.
It’s really hard to deal with fictional universe when you’re not 100% certain if the one you thought was real actually is.
But I fought through it. 2015 was my worst writing year. Then I got a decent doctor, I got on meds that didn’t play mad-scientist with my brain chemistry, and here we are.
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  1. OMG! A drug that can cause schizophrenia?!?! That must have been terrifying. Glad you got through it.

  2. You are so brave! All the power to you for seeing it through. This is my first time here. I'll try to follow your blog and connect with you online.

    All the best to you.

  3. What a nightmare! I'm glad you didn't wind up having to choose between living with seizures and living with brain-scrambling meds. Welcome back!

  4. That's horrible! I'm glad you managed to get another doctor to help you get through it, what an ordeal. Welcome back to writing and I have to say averaging 75,000 words a month is pretty impressive. :)

  5. That's awful looking back. What a world of difference the right meds made...although those side effects are scary. 75000 words a month is incredible though, so keep up the great work, and give that "decent doctor" a big hug!

  6. Tough road, but it sounds like you're on the right/write path now.
    Best of luck!

    Thank you,
    Heather M. Gardner
    Co-Host/Admin IWSG

  7. You win for best reason to take a break from writing. That must've been so scary. Glad your current doc got it all straightened out. And now you are a machine! 75K a month is AMAZING.

  8. My husband was on Keppra...very scary. Scary for him and scary to watch him. Glad you're off and doing better. Thanks for your comment on my IWSG the other day.

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