I came home from the hospital yesterday at about noon. Tempest was waiting for me while I walked in the door, and as soon as Patrick heard my voice, he came walking up to see me as well. Lucy and Perdi came to see me soon afterwards. All four cats were really excited to see mommy!
Lucy and Patrick spent time on my lap both apart and together. I spent a lot of time just sitting with them, petting them quietly. It’s nice to be in a quiet environment without a lot of people. I had a lot of sensory overwhelm in the hospital and felt drained a lot of the time due to being around so many people constantly. Because of this, I’m happy to be home alone with the cats today.
But, I ran into trouble last night. For some reason, the hospital doctor took Seroquel off of my medication list and replaced it with 10 mgs of melatonin. This change did not help me sleep, though, because I’ve been taking Seroquel on and off for about 6 months. Instead, I ended up getting about 4 hours of sleep according to my Fitbit, and woke up this morning with major stomach upset due to withdrawals and a migraine due to lack of sleep/rest. So, I’ve been fighting these two things and fatigue all day.
I am starting to feel better though as I de-stress throughout the day. I’ve been using breathing techniques to help me relax and fight the headache, including just breathing out air repeatedly for a few minutes (sighing sort of), which helps me to relax. I’ve also been doing laundry ever since I came home from the hospital (I washed all my clothes that I wore there and was also behind anyways). I also worked on a page from an adult coloring book and started working on an anger workbook for women. So, I’ve actually been busy today despite the fact that I don’t feel well. I have a couple other things still planned, too, including restorative yoga.
Patrick got into big trouble last night though because he wouldn’t let mommy sleep. He wanted so much attention from me and was batting and biting at me to let me know it. I had to put him in his own room so that I could sleep.
Otherwise, things are going okay. I talked to my psychiatric nurse and I am going back on Seroquel tonight and then will talk to her tomorrow about what to do regarding that medication. Despite not sleeping much, I am still really glad to be home!
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