I've been meaning to post another update as a follow-up to my last journal for awhile. Sorry it's taken so long.
After weeks of giving our guinea pig Abby lots of medicine, and a couple more x-rays, we were able to confirm that she had successfully passed the stone. We're still working on paying her vet bills from all of this, but we're extremely relieved that she didn't wind up needing surgery. She's been doing good since passing the stone and hasn't had any more issues.
That's the good news.
The bad news is that my own health issues have not improved, and have only gotten worse. The new medicine I tried for my mental health problems caused a very bad, dangerous reaction, so I had to stop after 3 days. After stopping, I had bad withdrawals that I wound up going to the ER for. The withdrawals lasted a week or so. After that ordeal, and other previous bad reactions to mental health meds, I'm currently not on anything for it (other than Xanax for panic attacks/anxiety as needed). I can't find a female psychiatrist in my city anywhere, apparently they just don't exist here, and for personal/PTSD reasons I won't see a male psychiatrist. I also don't trust my NP anymore (who was administering my mental health meds previously), so I'm in the process of finding a new one. I won't go into the details on just how bad my depression and other issues have gotten, because I already hate being vulnerable like this, but there's been some days that have been hard to keep going.
In terms of physical health, my back pain has been so bad the past few days that I've been tossing and turning most of the night, not getting enough sleep because the pain is waking me up and preventing me from going back to sleep. I was supposed to do physical therapy for it again, but I just started therapy for my wrist pain/issues and I've had so many doctor appointments lately, I just can't keep up with affording all of the co-pays. I've been trying to do my PT exercises and stretches for my back at home, and take prescription painkillers and muscle relaxers, as well as using a heating pad regularly, but it's just not helping. Because of the pain problems, it's made it difficult for me to work on art. I am still working on things when I can though (and probably sometimes when I shouldn't be). I feel awful making people wait, but I'm doing the best I can right now to make progress despite all of this.
So yeah, TLDR: things are very bad right now but I'm doing my best to keep going.
Joined 6 November 2012