*insert joke here*
Is this thing on?
If you would have asked me 7 months ago how my recovery from these mastectomies would have gone, I would have told you that my physical issues would take a long time to heal. But I never considered longer term phychological issues. Oh sure, I realized that there may be issues with losing my natural breasts and the scarring. But the long term issues I never considered.
Today I am off the antidepressant. It's too early to know what my new normal is again. I will say that going off the meds and having PMS at the same time probably isn't recommended. I'm tired all the time, expect at bedtime. I'm way over emotional. And I still have no motivation.
But I worry. I worry that my previous normal will never be the same again. I worry that taking the meds, even for a short time, screwed up my brain chemistry already. I'm worried that I should have been on the meds long ago and life wouldn't have been so hard. I'm worried.
I talk to Pete a lot more now about my feelings and emotions and we connect much better on a deeper level. I will always have the surgery to thank for that. He is supportive and a good listener. Even if his goal is to "fix" it all, he realizes that it's not always my goal and that it's ok just to talk about it. But I sense some frustration that he can't fix it for me. I'm so very sorry for that. My heart hurts that he has to ensure that feeling of helplessness because of me.
I am done with physical therapy and therapy and, and it's just me. And when I say that in my head and see that on this screen, I wonder again if the meds aren't what I really need. I try to look at myself objectively as I can. I see in my head all the conversations I've had with clients about taking their meds. They all want to stop them because they're "fixed", but mental health is sometimes never "fixed" by a short course of medications. I think about all the times that I directed them back to their doctors to get back on the meds that they self tapered off of. I think about how I tell them that if they were diabetic they'd take the meds so they need to take the mental health meds. And I wonder, is that what I should be telling myself?