There's been a lot of solar activity lately, some of which has hit the earth's atmosphere. For details see:
The only aurora I've seen so far made the sky look like a jigsaw puzzle where all the pieces were the same shade of faded green. It's been too cloudy on nights with events that could be seen at this latitude. Or I don't get the alert until it's too late. Or I've been too out of it. Or there's a full moon. And when there's a lot of snow on the ground a full moon is as bright as, if not brighter than dawn.
Yesterday I had one hell of an aura. At first I thought I needed coffee, as I've been drinking the extra strength stuff I make that's like a weird hybrid of Vietnamese and Turkish. But no. The headache was still there after the coffee. Getting the electric-shock tingling sensation in the palms of my hands was new, so I thought I had slept on my arm in a strange way. Nope. The odd feeling in my stomach wasn't from hunger, as it stayed around after I ate. I just zipped through the Sunday crossword puzzle, so I could think relatively clearly. For awhile. Eventually that stopped. And the tingly-shocks started running down my legs as well as my arms. My stomach tightened up, the headache was getting worse, and I began to get disoriented. It was an aura, no doubt about it.
So take a 1mg lorazepam tablet, an extra 25mg of topiramate, 800mg of gabapentin, my usual afternoon 10mg of protriptyline and 25mg of topiramate a few hours early, crawl into bed and, for everything to go away and probably take a nap.
No such luck.
I don't know if the lorazepam has reached it's expiration date or the aura is just too strong, so I take another 1mg of lorazepam. Eventually I pass out around 3:00 p.m. I wake up around 1:00 a.m., stumble into the kitchen to take my nighttime dose of 250mg of topiramate, 100mg of lamotrigine, and 30mg of protriptyline. Then it's back to bed. Where I sleep until nearly eight this morning. Seventeen hours of sleep and I'm still groggy and somewhat out of it.
I have no idea what brought it on. Is Torrent's topiramate crap? Have I been working too much on Crazy Meds? Some days I'll work on it for five hours. Am I sleep deprived? Lately I'm getting only 8 to 8.5 hours a night. Have I been drinking coffee that's too strong? Or was it just some random epilepsy thing?
Life in epilepsyland, one never knows what could trigger a seizure.