the fog is lifting

November 5, 2013Karen Courcy

Woman Looking Through Pane of GlassI am moving into day 6 in taking my new meds and coming off the pain meds and I have to say I am really beginning to notice a huge change not only physically, but emotionally.

I feel like the emotional and physical fog I was living in for almost a year is finally lifting and I am beginning to feel more and more like myself again; maybe even better!

I don’t know how to explain how I feel, but things are making sense to me, and my ability to feel is something I have not been able to do this whole year. I spent most of my time this year covering my ability to feel.

When we cover our ability to feel, we also cover the good feelings as well, and this week I have been feeling it all! I have been feeling the hard, the good, the sad and the happy. I have even felt moments of joy when I am not dealing with the side effects of this new medicine.

When I was numb I didn’t see clearly at all, I only saw what I chose to see, and sometimes you don’t see the things you have been numb to until you really get on the outside looking in.

For a year I pretty much was seeing with my own peripheral vision that I chose, and I lost sight of a lot of things that I loved.

People, friends and support have noticed just in 6 days how different I am coming off these horrible pain meds and how much this new medicine I am taking is helping me to see clear.

I have been getting up at 6am every morning with no DOOM. I wake up and feel good. I do dread taking the medicine because it makes me extremely groggy and sedated for a couple of hours, but like with anything that will take time for my body to get used to.

I have done so much research on the treatment plan I am on to move away from the pain medicine and some of the things I learned and realized was just how much narcotic pain relievers damage your system and brain.

When I was on pain medicine in the past I didn’t realize how much damage it was doing to my brain by altering it, and knowing this makes me so grateful that I am on this treatment plan so that I don’t ever have to worry about this again.

I think a part of feeling different right now is my brain and chemicals in my body going back into place and the difference is amazing and I realize how I ever functioned before. It makes me sad to be honest.

One of those things was about how much you alienate yourself from the world and others. For me that has been a huge source of problem this year. I have pushed people and things away that I loved and I chose to be alone.

I will say that being on this treatment plan I am on right now to rid my body the pain meds is hard! it does come without its challenges. It’s no fun to be tired and out of it 4-5 hours out of the day while my body is getting used to it, but each day I know I am getting better and this was a good choice.

My therapist reminds me of how good this is and how he already notices a huge shift in my mind-set in healing. I am feeling more and talking about things more than I did this whole year.

I have a great support system and I couldn’t do it without all those who have been supporting me.

My husband and kids have been amazing! My friends and family!

My therapist has been such an amazing support for me inside of therapy sessions and outside of therapy by calling and texting checking in to see how I am doing.

In session today I had just gone to the DR for my medicine and I Went to session feeling lethargic and tired and my therapist just sat with me until I was ready to talk – he was very supportive and didn’t expect anything out of me expect to just support and be there for me. THAT is nice and it’s very needed right now while my body gets used to this new routine and medicine.

My hope is that the next couple of days get better and each day I am less tired. My hope is that by the weekend I will be feeling totally back to myself again, or better yet, a new me, a more refreshed me with a whole new mind-set on life.

it’s amazing what my days have been like now that the emotional fog has lifted! It’s quite amazing the things I can see that I haven’t seen in over a year! I can’t wait to see what I “see” next.



  • RisingSong

    November 6, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    I’m so glad that you’re progressing. Hang in there…the colors seem to be getting brighter 🙂

    1. KarenBeth

      November 6, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      thank you … I needed that today 🙂

  • ziggy40

    November 6, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Dear Karen,
    I’m so pleased it getting easier. I can relate to ‘the fog lifting’, I hope that as you progress, the world becomes clearly. Sending sunshine , and clear blue skies in your day. Sending support, you are showing great courage, thanks for
    love Ziggy

    1. KarenBeth

      November 6, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Ziggy and you already made me smile.. thank you! today I went down 5mg on the dose so lets hope I am less tired today 🙂 … thank you for your support

  • kerrichronicles

    November 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Awesome! So glad to hear that things are looking up for you, KarenBeth.

  • Gel

    November 6, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Fantastic!! So good to hear that things are going well….difficult but not too difficult. And you are already reaping rewards.
    It would make sense that your therapy-healing work will go much much deeper now too.

    It sounds like you are a researcher too. I’m proud of you that you are taking things into your hands by researching what the damage may have been to your brain and nervous system. (the researcher in me would like to hear about that, even though I haven’t used narcotics.) By the way have you been to the site called “Beyond Meds”? it might be a good resource for those healing issues after getting off narcotics. This site isn’t against using medications, but for people who want to live without meds, and the issues of transition off meds, it is a good resource. There are also a lot of intriguing articles on mental health the include spiritual health as well.

    Sending good wishes on your next day of recovery. Rest well dear lady.

    1. KarenBeth

      November 7, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      thank you Gel and your blog really helped me tonight! LOVE IT LOVE IT! looking at the steps going forward instead of looking at what made you go backward! I am still reeling on that one!

  • Cat

    November 9, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    You are on such a rollercoaster, Karen; it is so inspirational to read such a positive attitude. I can relate to covering our ability to feel. You have such a beautiful way of expressing yourself.

    1. KarenBeth

      November 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Hi Cat! I agree.. it has been a roller coaster .. but one thing about rollercoasters, sometimes it’s a long way up, but the ride down at times is worth the wait 🙂 ….

      thank you for your nice comment this morning … I love the connection I have with others

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