If I thought detoxing sucks, that's nothing compared to this weaning process. Ugh. I have absolutely no doubts now that this medication is causing all my issues, so being half-on, half-off it is only making things a million times worse. The days I do take it, I feel blah and end up napping. The days I don't take it, I don't nap and in theory have more energy and have the desire to work, but because it's the "first" day of not taking the meds, I don't feel super great. Like I said, UGH!
I didn't take my meds Friday night, as I'm officially starting the every-other-day schedule. Here's how that's going...
Saturday (5/21/22) -- Slept through the night, though I do vaguely remember sweating at some point. Woke up with a dull headache that stuck around most of the day. Not sure if this is medication related or if I'm catching the head cold that both my girls (and now my husband) have. At this point, I'm really hoping it's the meds, because I do not want to get sick. I did work out though, and even cleaned out my closet in preparation for a yard sale me and the girls are having in a couple of weeks. All in all, not a bad day.
Sunday (5/22/22) -- Took my medication last night, even though I really didn't want to, but my husband is on my case to make sure I wean off safely and according to the doctor's orders. I had a touch of insomnia, too, and didn't fall asleep until almost 2 a.m. Once I did drift off, I managed to sleep without interruption. Despite the not-so-great night, I'm doing good today. Worked out, cleaned the house, ran some errands, now I'm sitting down to write and edit. No meds tonight, so we'll see how this works out tonight / tomorrow.
Monday (5/23/22) -- Slept well last night and woke up feeling pretty great! I worked out this morning and have been steadily working through my to-do list. I don't have any pain or fatigue or the headache that's been lingering the past few days. I'm even de-cluttering in preparation for an upcoming yard sale my daughters and I are having. I'm supposed to take my medication tonight, and I know my husband will ensure I do, but when I say I really really don't want to, I mean I really, really don't want to. I absolutely hate the way I feel when I'm on it. In fact, I've spent quite a bit of time debating if the side effects of taking the meds to properly wean off are going to be better or worse than just fully stopping now and dealing with whatever few days of detox symptoms...
Tuesday (5/24/22) -- I didn't take my meds last night. My stomach had been off most of yesterday, and I really just didn't want to make it any worse, so I skipped it. Woke up around 2:30 a.m. and didn't fall back asleep until close to 5 a.m. Alarm went off around 7:30 a.m. (had to be up and functioning by 8 a.m. because I needed to call the vet's office as soon as they opened). My neck and shoulders hurt (probably slept wrong), my chest feels a tad heavy and I'm coughing slightly. Didn't work out this morning because I don't know if I'm feeling icky because (1) Fibro meds, (2) impending period, or (3) I'm getting sick with the cold that everyone else in my house has had. I truly think I'm getting sick, which sucks! So, today I'll be taking Crowley to the vet, and then working from the comfort of my couch. Oh, and doping up on cold and cough meds. Ugh.
Went upstairs around noon to take a nap. Slept until a little after 3 pm. Got up, ate some dinner, washed dishes, put away a load of laundry. Fell back asleep on the couch around 5 pm, slept until 7 pm. Was back in bed a little after 8 pm and slept straight through the night.
Wednesday (5/25/22) -- Well, I'm not tired today. LOL. But my head hurts, and I'm a little dizzy (probably from sleeping so much yesterday and not drinking enough water). I didn't work out this morning, but I am much more clear-headed than I was yesterday, so I'm hoping to get through my to-do list today. Let's see how this goes...
Crossed off 10 out of 11 items on my list, so that's progress! Much better than yesterday, that's for sure.
Slept like total crap, though, probably because I'd slept so much the day before.
Thursday (5/26/22) -- Woke up feeling a little drained and tired from not sleeping well, but I'm functioning and getting things done today. I didn't work out though because I'm just kinda blah and I don't want to over do it and end up in bed again for a full day. I made it through the day without a nap or otherwise crashing, and I accomplished quite a bit on my to-do list, too. Overall, not a terrible day.
Friday (5/27/22) -- Once again, I didn't sleep super well last night. Woke up around 1 a.m. and was awake until about 2:30-3 am. But I got up easily enough around 8 when Crowley needed to go outside. Went grocery shopping, ran some other errands, and now I'm working through my to-do list while I binge watch Stranger Things Season 4 with my daughter :-D I'm feeling pretty good, and I'm looking forward to the long weekend; I have some fun stuff planned.
Weaning off my meds, along with having started my period, and fighting off whatever head cold has been making its way through my house has made this week not super great, but I'm ending on a good note. I feel good, and I'm optimistic that things will only continue to improve.
I've decided to shift this blog series to just once a month now, unless something drastically changes with my health, then I'll update as needed.