This past week I discovered what was making me so sleepy the week prior. Long story short, it turns out I have Bronchitis. Nine days since it smacked me down and I am finally feeling like I am improving. No where near “normal”, but there is definite improvement. I would like to thank you all for your kind wishes for healing and for being patient as I was MIA from social media.
This past week was a reminder of why I choose to treat my chronic conditions and pain with marijuana. Unfortunately I was not able to control my cough with natural or over the counter methods or medications. Because I was in so much pain my doctor prescribed a cough medicine with codeine. Holy Moly!!! I hope I never need to take this stuff again!!!! While it did a fantastic job at suppressing my cough and relieving the pain throughout my rib cage, the games it played with my brain were terrifying. I want to be clear in that I do not mix marijuana with any other substance. I refuse to drink alcohol or take anything besides Tylenol or an allergy pill when I medicate with marijuana. So the minute I heard that my cough syrup contained Codeine, I knew that I wouldn’t be medicating with marijuana until I finished the prescription. At first I worried about being able to fall asleep. Of course being as sick as I was and having such a strong cough syrup, lack of sleep was not one of my issues. In fact that is about all I did. Two days in and I found myself wishing that falling asleep was an issue. You see the dreams that my cough syrup caused were so freaking scary that I began to fear falling into a deep sleep. There were several instances where I woke up screaming. Another side effect of the codeine was an over whelming feeling of sadness. I found myself crying over things that I wouldn’t normally shed a tear for. Although I am just beginning to improve, I am thankful that the cough syrup is gone!! I will get through the rest of my recovery some other way. I need my marijuana dreams and happy thoughts back.
For now I am just thrilled to be on the mend. If it takes several more weeks until I am back to “normal”, so be it. In the meantime, I will do what I can, when I can, and the rest can wait.
Wishing you a day filled with gentle hugs!!!
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