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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
Well that was a learning experience 
21st-Jan-2015 11:52 am
Unable/Lack of spoons
My schedule was less jam-packed this year, so I was really frustrated with myself for feeling quite so run-down and spacey at Arisia.

Until I got home and stepped on the scale.

Oh. Under the weight at which my regular beta blocker dose becomes an overdose. I was pushing through hypotension for... how much of Arisia? Unknown. A lot.

The con itself was great! I only managed to attend three panels and a reading that I was not actually on, but honestly, that's more than usual at Arisia. Unfortunately, between that, the mandatory program staff office hours, the six panels and a reading I *was* on, and various time commitments to various people, I didn't get to actually hang out with people as much as I would've liked. Part of that problem is just that there are too many wonderful people at Arisia!

Balance. It's a process. And now I know that my #1 priority at cons has to be three square meals every day - scheduled. No relying upon the green room or grabbing snacks. Actual full meals. I've never attended a con this close to that weight threshold, but this does seem to be the weight my body's stuck on for now, so I need to be aggressive about keeping it up.

Anyway, all of my panels went well, my reading made people cry, and I had some awesome times. And thankfully my plans for yesterday got rescheduled, so I was able to take yesterday as a total rest day! Today I had an interview and am about to finally jump back into novel revisions. :)
21st-Jan-2015 08:21 pm (UTC)
I know you have the soy-and-wheat thing to avoid, but you should pack a ton of healthy snacks and eat them at regular intervals when you can't get a meal. Cons are tough, because it's hard to *find* a meal, let alone have time to eat them -- but things like nuts (cashews, almonds, peanuts if you aren't around those who are allergic), oatmeal packets, raisins and other dried fruit, beef jerky, etc., are all good, calorie-dense snacks that can keep your energy (and weight) up during this time. GF crackers would also be great, if you can find any you like that are portable. :)
21st-Jan-2015 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's what I was doing... it wasn't enough. :( This is the lesson: that I need full meals, not meal-replacement-supplements.
22nd-Jan-2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
Wow. Yeah. Was your weight already on the low end for that dose?
22nd-Jan-2015 02:20 pm (UTC)
Yep! Like I said, I'd never attended a con this close to my weight threshold, so I was unprepared...
22nd-Jan-2015 04:16 pm (UTC)
Would it be a bad thing to add checking your weight to your pre-con routine? Maybe it is a triggery thing. But maybe it is something that will help you healthwise. I don't know.
24th-Jan-2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, I check it regularly; I've de-triggered that process. I just didn't think I could lose weight so quickly, and I thought I'd have more food available! Many of the GF offerings were soy-based. :(
25th-Jan-2015 01:36 am (UTC)
Can you change the dose to accomodate weight changes?
25th-Jan-2015 01:40 am (UTC)
I wish! I'm on the lowest possible dose (already cutting a pill in half). I could try a different beta blocker, but it might give me side effects this one doesn't. And ablation is too risky with vEDS.
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