I Don’t Usually Drink BUT, Last Night…

I don’t usually drink, I could never get drunk or even buzzed no matter how much of any type of drink I drank. Because I am not all that fond of the taste of most alcoholic beverages I just don’t drink! USUALLY. Last night I was hanging out with some friends with the intention of playing cards. We all sat down. 1 person was not drinking anything and another was having coffee. Not sure about one person but two others were having rum and pepsi, the one thing I really like as far as taste goes. I had the choice of coffee or rum. Coffee… Or rum… I knew I should have took the coffee but after my last few weeks, I really wanted a drink even though it usually does nothing for me. And yes I know, Monday, don’t judge me haha! I downed my first glass and poured a second before everyone else finished their first. What ever right? It’s just liquid! Nope!
All of a sudden I started to not see strait, I felt funny, what was this? Getting drunk? ME? No… That never happens! I kept drinking, this was a rare phenomena for me and I wanted to see what it did to me and my dark passenger, plus, it felt good haha. I have never felt so relaxed since I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis! I opted out of the card game and just sat there enjoying myself haha.
Eventually I had to get up to use the restroom since alcohol is a diuretic (Diuretics promote the production of urine and excretion of water from our bodies; caffeine is also a diuretic). I could not stand. I asked my friend to help me to the restroom; as I held her arm I felt like I could not keep myself oriented and each step felt like when your walking up a flight of stairs and you think there is one more step but there is not so your foot stomps into the ground. Once I was in the restroom I felt like everything was spinning and I could barely stand and almost lost my balance when I turned to the sink. This was so weird! After we got me seated again I noticed my speech was slurring; This made me talk slower (since MS has made me no stranger to this symptom and I knew how to handle it) to compensate and make sure I pronounced things properly. All this was happening but I was still cognisant; I was talking auto immune disease with someone, I was still able to access all that information in my brain, I helped someone else with an Ebay listing on her phone, my mind was still there, maybe a tad slow, but my body was gone! I kept drinking till my second tall glass was empty than I stopped because I knew I had to drive home at some point since I couldn’t fall asleep there because I had to get the car back for my parents by the next day.
We moved to the couch and my friend and I could barely stay awake! The third person was still talking to me about health stuff (since he has juvenile arthritis) and I was trying to stay engaged in the conversation but now I was realizing that I was having a hard time keeping my train of thoughts on their tracks, things were getting fuzzy. After a while of laying there I sobered up, became alert, kept the conversation going for a while, and than decided it was time to go home. My balance was still funny, walking down the stairs and across the street to my car was rather fun, but it was what the alcohol did to my MS, not the alcohol itself, I am not sure how to explain it but I could feel the difference.
I woke up with a headache today; quick! Grab the camera! Baby is taking his first steps! Is this what an actual hang over feels like? My balance was not perfect still but after a shower, coffee, and some fresh air outside while I watered the grass, I felt fine. Oh I should mention, I probably went to bed around 2:30am again and still woke up at 5 but stayed in bed till 7. Jeez… Stupid internal alarm clock!
I than went online to check for interactions between my medication and alcohol, maybe that’s what did it since every other factor has remained the same and this has never happened to me! What changed? Klonopin? I checked for interactions between Clonazepam and alcohol and this is what it said:

 “! Moderate ! – Using clonazepam together with ethanol can increase nervous system side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with clonazepam. Do not use more than the recommended dose of Clonalpam, and avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medication without first talking to your doctor.”

I had take Klonopin a few hours before I drank, and I definitely experienced an “increase in nervous system side effects” and keep in mind; It’s saying that’s what it would do to a “normal” individual. I have MS! I already have a sensitive nervous system. So instead of it being like throwing gasoline on fire, for me, it was like throwing gasoline on a barrel of oil that was already on fire! Assuming that this was the cause of this interesting experience. Baclofen had the same interaction with alcohol but I only took that in the morning. Nothing for Tysabri or IVIG (that I could find).
Moral of the story? I really enjoyed myself and felt so relaxed, I needed that. Though I have always been known to be against alcohol, after last night? I might do this again but of coarse not often and preferably not on a Monday night haha… I do want to mention, I am in no way shape or form promoting the use of alcohol especiialy not while on medications, consult with your doctor to see if it is safe!
“But why is the rum gone???”

6 thoughts on “I Don’t Usually Drink BUT, Last Night…

  • March 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Yo' ho ho…
    Hey Matt,glad you enjoyed yourself and had a warm,relaxing evening. Beware,though,a little alcohol is alright now and then but like kissing a nun, it's ok, as long as you don't get into the habit. *rimshot*

  • March 25, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Lol! Nice analogy. Just read a study that says people who drink an alcoholic beverage once a week and coffee everyday take an average of 7 years longer to hit EDSS 6… or…. 7? I dont get it and I want to learn more about this but it sure is interesting lol!

  • April 28, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Hey Matt! Thanks for the post! We really appreciated you coming to our class and talking to us about MS. We learned a lot from your personal story. A group of us went to a 5k walk for MS and so many people came out! We put your name in the "who are you walking for" section. We are rooting for you! Dark passenger? Dexter fan? Amanda

  • April 28, 2014 at 4:01 am

    So I think that most of my classmates would shy away from this post because of the liquid substance mentioned. However, I think it is awesome and have to admit I smiled as I read the whole post. I am also in no way promoting the use of this liquid substance=]

    Part of me smiled while reading it because it reminded me of your speech to our class. I know you in no way would ever change the fact that you got MS even if you could but you did also touch on the difficulties that you have had to endure at the same time. You mentioned that many early twenty year olds do not go through anything like you have gone through. However, many early twenty year olds have experienced the awful day after this substance that you spoke of. I smiled because reading this post it sounded like you were announcing that you have finally gotten to experience an American early twenty year old custom. Especially your sentence on quick grab the camera it was as though you were saying look I was able to do it too, just like everything else you have still been able to do despite the negativity we were thrown at times.

    Overall just wanted to say that this blog post was great. Thanks for coming to our class and making us all learn so much and smile as well!

  • April 29, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    @Janelle; lol yes, alcohol never affected/effected me before, so it was interesting. Now it's kind of lame, I grow a tolerance to everything really fast, meds, alcohol, so it feels pointless now. Well, I had my moment, that was enough for me. Glad you got a smile out of it :p


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