I never really thought about addiction. If I did I usually thought the addict could have avoided it somehow. I now know how wrong I was. During my hip replacement journey I was put on a narcotic. I have not really had a lot of experience with meds due to a weak stomach. I usually stick with Tylenol 3 for the extreme situations. I throw up on most all others. So here’s my story:
Due to a withdrawal from an opiod I was in a sad state from Friday to the present day. Still taking an anxiety med and a restless leg med. The worst day was Sunday when I finally ended up in the ER. Hopefully now I am on the path to returning to my real self, and not this Hot Mess that creates fears from all kinds of simple things. This note is a warning for any of you that are taking pain meds for a chronic condition, or like me, to get me to and through surgery for the hip. Tramadol was the med I was on. Had I known it could cause addiction I would have refused it. Now I know.
4 months on narcotics is not where I ever want to be again. A big shout out to Hubster, my sister, and Jeep Girl, who were present for my craziness. And love to Diva Girl, my Mom, and 3 prayer warriors, for the prayers that covered me during my crisis. And kudos to Dr Lauren Veazey in my home town for prescribing the anti anxiety med and Gabapentin for the restless legs. BEST STUFF EVER!
Over the course of the event at the ER I had 2 – 5MG shots of Valium, 2 tablets of Clonidine, 1 shot of Haldol, and 1 shot of Toradol. After being home I am on 2 – 50MG of Hydroxyzine and 2 – 300MG of Gabapentin. I cannot stress how wonderful the Gabapentin is!!! I was so stressed that my legs would not stop moving, AT ALL! It would get so bad I was almost bouncing off the table. But finally, the anxiety has been lessened, but not yet completely gone, so prayers are still needed. And boy do I want to get back to norman!!! This blog is going to die at this rate.
In knitting, I finally picked up the knitting this afternoon after nothing doing since last week. Two bunny hats are almost done and ready to post to Pittsburgh. And then I have to get on to baby things!!! 2 have already appeared and need warm snugglies to keep them warm.
OK, I am working towards a better me, prayers for a full recovery are thankfully wanted and needed. You guys all rock!!
Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.