Baby Addled arrived via emergency c-section early in the morning on April 17.
Since then, I have been recovering from the surgery, adjusting to parenthood, and trying to get the hang of breastfeeding.
This is a quick post (after so many months!) because I’m also trying to finish my academic work by a pressing deadline.
In the meantime, has anyone heard of ritalin inhibiting the production of breastmilk? I had issues with my milk coming in and wondered if it might be because of methylphenidate. Apparently prolactin (the chemical that makes milk come in) is the opposite of dopamine, which is stimulated by stimulants. Too much dopamine = too little prolactin (and no milk), but there doesn’t seem to be any research on this. Anyone else heard of any?
After a prolonged hiatus, I am back! The grant(s) are in, and I finally feel like I’m reasonably on top of things again.
The only goal I’m not meeting so well right now is exercise. I’m not getting enough, particularly since moving to New City, where I am forced to drive everywhere because there is no infrastructure for walking. This is troubling because exercise is good for health, good for helping to minimize ADD symptoms, and can help with sleep (see helpful posts by Tara and Jennifer Koretsky on this very topic).
The problem with exercise is fitting it in my schedule/life. When I wake up in the morning (7 am), I’m groggy and need my morning caffeine and a bite to eat. Then I shower, get ready, and go to work for the day (arrive around 9-9.30). Three days/week I teach until after 6 pm, and on those days, I am ravenous for dinner once I arrive at home. I eat dinner. Then I’m too full to exercise, and it’s too late, as it will end up “revving me up” too much for me to sleep at a normal hour. Go to bed. Sleep. Repeat.
I fear having to set my alarm and start the day any earlier because I’m already pretty worn out by the time I’m done teaching class. I don’t function well at 6 am, particularly not on an empty stomach.
I’m curious… how do other academics (with or without ADD) make this work in their schedules without driving themselves crazy?
Just buried under a pile of grants. Things will be better next week. More soon….
…as always, I’m just really, really busy. We close on our house in 17 days, and our current apartment is barely half-packed. I still haven’t ordered the washer & dryer, and just ordered carpet yesterday. I’d be entirely freaking out about all that we have to get done in the next 2.5 weeks, but I’m on top of it with my list and with alerts in my PDA.
Not much work is getting done at work these days, however.
I have less than 36 hours left of my holiday “vacation” and hope that they will actually be vacation-like. The last 10 days of it haven’t been remotely restful. Over a span of 4 days, I:
- Packed my bags, the cats, and the car
- Took hubby to the airport
- Drove 5+ hours to my hometown
- Helped my mom finish the holiday cookies, wrapped presents, decorated the tree, was dragged to multiple social functions
- Put up with my socially-unskilled cousin for 2 days while he grumbled about the state of the economy, a series of stupid decisions made by his father, etc.
- Had xmas eve dinner at my dad’s house with my brothers, their girlfriends, grumpy cousin, and dad
- Helped prepare, serve, & clean up xmas brunch & dinner
- Put up with my grandmother’s temper tantrum about something really, really dumb
- Repacked the car & cats
- Drove 5+ hours back to my current city, picking up hubby at the airport on the way
Then I spent 2 days cleaning the house in preparation for company, who were with us from Friday to Sunday afternoon.
Superimpose this schedule with:
- a new computer requiring copious data transfers from our old computer (I should be rejoicing, but we can’t seem to find any of our driver cds…)
- an exhausted hubby who wants to spend all of his free time playing games on the new computer while I cook, clean, and try to find the aforementioned driver cds
- my cell phone beeping in the background, telling me that it needs charging. Unfortunately the charger disappeared somewhere between here and my hometown
- My having to book a flight for interview #4, which has been a nightmare to schedule.
The thought of going back to work on Wednesday is enough to make me cry.
Thank goodness 2007 is over. Things can only look up in 2008, right?
I love icanhascheezburger.
I wish my peer reviewers were cats.