I feel like a little kid waiting for Santa to come with my presents. The suspense is killing me but I will make it through. I'm feeling pretty crappy but I have had stuff to do today to keep me busy so I am not focused on the time. I have had three hot baths went for four walks had lunch with my family even though I really couldn't eat but all in all not so bad because I know the light at the end of the tunnel is almost in my grasp. Ok yesterday on here some one said ( I'm not who I want to to be, I'm not who I'm going to be, but thank god I'm not who I used to be) wow what wisdom I really love that saying I have repeated it several time today and it has keep me going. Thank you Billy and pattishan and Vincent and all the rest on here who have cared to take the time to write me and keep me going you all have no idea how much it has meant to me I wish I could put a face with each one of you and who knows maybe someday. I can't wait to check in tomorrow with all of you to tell you I made it and how good it feels. I still got a ways to go and tonight is going to be hard to sleep but ( this to shall pass) I love that one to. Please if you all will comment or write me to keep me going it will truly mean alot to me thanks bunches. Uppy1977
Your positive attitude is half the battle. Keep it up. We are definitely cheering you on. Just think in just a few short weeks you will be over this chapter of your life and moving on to bigger and better horizons. It really is exciting, huh?
Well, like I like to say Keep on, keepin on and keep us posted,
Gosh my friend, I have thought of you all day. I am going to try and remember all the little things that I can that happened or are caveats to starting subs. #1 Make a list of any questions you might have and just hand it to the doctor #2 bring someone with you to the doctors visit, not only for company, but because you may be too tired to even write your name, much less fill out any more forms.#3 If the doctor will let you start at 1 tablet, do so. Many will make you start with 2 tablets, but if he/she will let you, start at one tablet. #4 You WILL feel better between 20 and 45 minutes after your first tablet, you will feel really good at 1 hour after and fabulous 2 hours after your first dose. #5 if for some reason you can't dissolve the tablet quickly, ask for some water and take a sip, but don't swallow the pill.
You may need the water to help you, you may not enough saliva at first #6 make sure you don't take any subs after 3pm, it might keep you up at night #7 you may have trouble eating foods that are really warm or really cold and you might not want heavy foods, try something light, like fruit, yogurt or even pop tarts if you find that you aren't that hungry after you start your subs #8 you might get ... constipated on subs, drink more water, eat pulpy fruit and walk to keep your bowels moving, you can use a stool softener and you can use laxatives or suppositories, Hopefully being warned ahead of time this won't happen to you #9 keep a small book of notes of how you feel and respond to subs and keep a copy of the COWS sheet tucked into this notebook, sometimes people mistake little aches or pains or other minor symptoms as withdrawal, if you are on the correct amount of subs, you are NOT going to go back into withdrawal unless you suddenly stop taking it, and it will take a few days before that would kick in. If you have any symptoms, side effects, or questions, put it in that notebook and bring that notebook with you when you go back #10 DO NOT wait until you are down to your last dose to call for an appointment to refill your prescription, the doctor may be on vacation #11 protect your prescription by hiding it, or making sure it is under lock and key, if you put some in another bottle, make sure you have the paper from the pharmacy that has the directions, side effects and that kind of thing on it, as this proves you have a legal rx for it. Make sure you check your pockets to make sure they don't get washed or anything, just protect those pills like they are tiny helpless babies and don't hire a sitter for them ( that was a joke, but subs do get stolen, alot) #12 don't lend your subs out, you will find that if people know you have them, they will try to beg borrow or steal them and #13 DO the required counseling, it is going to make the difference in you staying clean and if you can't find any other form of counseling that you can afford, go to AA #14 you can take most over the counter meds, just watch meds that sedate you and don't drink on your subs, some say it doesn't affect them, 1 beer or drink knocked me out when I was on subs ( I am not a big drinker anyway #15 if you are craving, call someone or come on this site, so we can support you and talk you out of doing something stupid, you will waste any opiate you do try to take, so don't even try it. #16 there is a 2 week adjustment period for some new subs patients, I was a bit scared to drive and wouldn't drive on the interstate at first, I am a pretty anxious person and was given too much subs at first. Most people have no trouble driving, and I didn't either, I guess the guilt from all the opiate use may have made me reluctant to drive in traffic. At the end of that 2 weeks, I was fine #17 if you have any side effects that you are unsure of, call your doctor, ask a pharmacist or one of us, Your doctor should know anything that bothers you I am certainly not trying to worry you or anything with my list, I just thought it would give you something else to do while you are waiting, and ease your mind a bit. You really are going to be fine, I hope I can get on the PC at work to check on you, but you will be fine my friend. I hope someone tells you you look cute tonight. My boyfriend told me I looked cute while I was in withdrawal, I did NOT feel cute. He normally doesn't tell me stuff like that! I am going to try and pq you. Pattishan
Good for you my friend. I am very blessed to know you. It is great to hear happy words from you. This is just great and you will be ok. I hear the strength in each word you write. This makes me feel so good to hear good things for a change. I am so happy we are friends and God bless you always. Please write to me again so I know how everything is going. I am very proud of you. Take care and stay strong always my friend.
Hey- I'm new to internet support groups and I almost felt like I had intruded but I couldn't help myself. What a beautiful interaction.Uppy your "lucky" and most blessed. Pattishan et al, you make a very nice friend- well - it's way more than that and too rare in this world Honestly,including the great fact that this is great- I guess-literary expression. I am touched to my toes from my ears straight to my heart- I'm really glad to find out about this-- I knew they were there but never have "looked in". well- this is not what the group is for- Just " way to go" and God bless
boy do i know what you are going through i went into inpatient rehab for three weeks first week was hell week, second week was pergatory, third week was inbetween. but hang in there the first week i wanted to walk out so many times it was scary i was a b--ch and just wouldn't do with the flow, but after the meds got out of me it was like waking from a bad dream. i had no idea who i was what i was going to do what this new feeling was it was very scary but good at the same time. by the time i left there i was so optomistic it was great my husband says i am the old wife he married and is glad to have me back i didn't even no she still exisited i think and so does my husband i am an even better me. so stay tuff strong and most of all patient. it takes time a lot of it, but if you can hang in there it is well well worth it. let us know how it is going im routing for you i know you'll make it. and if not this time there is always next time. but go for it all the way it will change your life. your friend always amber.
Good Morning Uppy, 4-21-2011 7 a.m.
just wanted to write this morning and let you know I am going to take Mom out for awhile but should be back around 12:30PM, Mom is 93 I may not have told you but she worked up until 5 years ago, time flies, Mom's knee's went from arthritis to bone on bone, I moved back home after Dad died, I did the routine things at home in order to keep her going and enjoying what she was doing, once this happened I have worked at this to make her as independant and yet be by her side to help in any way I can, Today I am so happy for you, I had you in my prayers throughout the night, Just wanted you to be the best you could be a come through this, I read Patti's note last night after I wrote to you, great person with suggestions that are typically so considerate of her, You follow through today we all have faith in you!! I will be so interested to talk with you once I am back home, Patti talked like as the day goes on things are going to be better, It's sunshine out this morning, I hope you day no matter what the weather begins allowing you to feel the sense of just knowing that you are starting back on the right track, remember You are continually in my thoughts, I'm going to check on you if you are out then I am going to be here later and you write as little or as much as you feel up to it, Please know that I understand!!!
Hey My friend, it seems you did NOT see my priv.ques. to you, I hope you check it. Today is the day and you are going to be fine really soon. I hope you feel ok, I know you are probably tired, Just wait, you are fixing to be fine. We say fixing to in the South when something is going to happen soon. I just woke up and am not seeing well yet. Hang in there. Pattishan
I am so proud of you for using the advice that was suggested to you. I am still very happy for you too. You are doing great! Just keep up the good work and the best is yet to come. Im' glad you appreciate the wisdom that's been shared. If you want more of that you will find it in NA and AA meetings. You are and inspiration. You are a live demonstration of what can be accomplished by reaching out, trusting in the wisdom and experience from others, and taking action. You're a great example! You should be very proud of yourself and I know your family must be elated! Good job!
4-21-2011 3:45 P.M,
have had Mom out today am back in just now, had to take a prescription and get it filled for her, We are about to be dealing with rain here before long so her knee's are giving her a big problem. Now I am wondering How are you doing? I so hope that things are better, hope that you have been so see the doctor and hope things are starting to settle down for you. I am going to be on and off here checking on you I want you to know that I really do care, as soon as you're up to it no matter how little you write it makes no difference I just want to hear that things are better for you! going to be checking back between the storms, if its lightning I tend to lay low until things slow down and then I get back on. Just know that you remain in my thoughts and prayers, anxiously waiting much better news!! I want only the best for you my friend
Hello once again Uppy. Good thoughts and may good things come your way today, and all the days to come. Its a special day for a special person. You are one proud person and your family must be thinking the world of you. Ha! No fears today. And no fears for tomorrow. Best of wishes, all are good and yes, wishes do come true.
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