Mar 17, 2008
These are in no particular order. Feel free to contribute!
1. Endorphins. Walk walk run run ride the bike swim WHATEVER just keep moving. I was tapering down to 30 mgs of Oxy a day before quitting cold turkey but withdrawal has still sucked a**. The exercise helps considerably - especially if you can do it outside.
2. Love. Wherever you can, get it and eat it up. I don't care if it's your friends/family, Jesus, your pets, or Buddha, or Mother Nature, baby - suck it up like a love vampire. You're gonna need it and that's what it is there for. Someday it will be your turn to pay it forward. In a way, you're already doing it by putting on your big girl/ boy panties and dealing with the problem that has had a negative impact to the lives of those around you. *WHEW*
3. Hot Tub: I'm a giant prune. I know melons don't turn into prunes, but... I've spent so much time in there I am all waterlogged. It's been a huge help and I am so fortunate to have my own. I got a SofTub a few years back for my RA and it has kept me sane.
4. Juice packets/ Capri-Sun: You GOTTA stay hydrated and then some, baby. The more you pee, well... the faster it gets outta there. I'm lazy AND clutzy, so these work perfect for me. Can't really knock 'em over - all I can really do is sit on them and that only happened outside. Honest! I go through about a box and half a day.
5. Get through the day, and then some: After you're able to get exercising, you're going to have a little energy. Make a small "you" goal to accomplish every day to treat yourself kindly. This can be anything from totally cosmetic (I'm painting my toenails today - badly) or just a simple moment to appreciate something positive in your life.
6. Make the grateful list: For several years, I had written a list of the things I was grateful to the women in my family on a nightly basis over email and they did this as well. Over the last year, everyone's life has changed dramatically and we kind of fell out of the habit. That changed since my niece was born, and we're back at it again. It's been a lifesaver during my darkest hours.
7. Eat! The first few days, I didn't feel much like eating at all. I threw up rice (RICE!!!!!) but managed to keep liquids down, including a protein shake a day. I'm eating a little more now and strive to start eating more protein. It's tough because my stomach is pissed! My whole body is, really - giving me the finger and everything. But, I digress...
8. Massage: Get one if you can. I had some savings (notice, I say "HAD') that I am blowing today on a 2-hour massage and seaweed detox wrap. Hell, in one hour I am on m way via taxi to hang out at the spa until my treatment at 6 PM. Workout room, steam room, sauna, cold pool, they've got it all and I can live there ALL DAY. They even have nap couches!! The way I see it, it's a lot cheaper than my co-pay for inpatient care... and the hospital wouldn't have a hot man to massage me. Woot!
9. Take your vitamins: A lot of us are vitamin-depleted. I had already been taking the following for several months when I flushed the Oxys:
Broad Spectrum Multi-Vitamin
B6 - Theraputic Dosage
Oxy 20 1X then 10 1 X daily
At the approval of my rheumatologist, I ceased the Humira treatments until I'm 30 days clean. Here's how it stands now...
Broad Spectrum Multi-Vitamin
B6 - Theraputic Dosage (Doubled dose)
Magnesium Malate (tripled dose)
Zoloft (now take additional 50 mg at night)
Clonezepam - .5 mg - the doc said 2X per day and I don't do it until night if that. If gives me serious taffy-head (yuck), and I really don't need any additional help feeling slow these days, you know what I'm sayin'?
I'm also seeing a naturopath (sp?) tomorrow and will fine-tune this some more.
10. Share: Get online, get information, connect, get facts. Sympathize. Thank goodness for the internet. I would've been screwed without it.
Lastly, DO NOT FORGET TO BREATHE!!!!