Tapering and other odd events.

The weather is still nice here in Cobh. Decided to have at least one lazy day a week, I guess this is it. Work is going well and I feel good at the moment.

About 4 weeks ago the tapering process came up a cropper. I woke on a Monday morning and suddenly felt massive irrational irritation and my voices went utterly ballistic. Things which I find to uncomfortable to blog about but which I relate to CSA as a kid resurfaced, this was upsetting but manageable. It was a challenge to say the least so I booked two days off work. I think one week in work I came up with weird and odd ways of dealing with voices every day.

I also decided given my precarious position to let work know my meds were being adjusted and not to panic it would sort itself out in few weeks. Also mentioned I had noticed some side effects and was unsure what people had noticed. They seemed ok about it.

To describe it, imagine on a scale of 1 – 10, with 1 being not really annoyed to 10 flipping out, my knee jerk reaction to just about everything was 7 or 8. It made the week interesting but I kept my cool if anyone noticed anything I don’t think it was Major.

Also noticed feeling almost high and low quite a few times in the space of about 5 minutes. Again I did my best to notice these feelings and let them pass on by. Also intensely aware of intense emotions which I seemed to associate to my voices , which they claimed they were using to attack me, but I couldn’t help but feel this is how they felt at the time. I did my best not to get swept away in the emotions and simply smile and let the emotions alone and some space without getting absorbed in to them.

It’s been a hell of a few weeks but last 2 week or so this has all slowly eased off. I have decided to go back to interacting with voices after 10 in the day. I try not to interact with them to much at work at moment as they are more pissed than usual. That said I have had a very quite few days recently.

I have had dizzy spells again this week and felt nauseous. At times I found it difficult to walk in a straight line. Depending who you ask all this would be a sign of tapering or the odd label I have been given or my odd head being my odd head.

I am happy and will argue to leave my current dosage of meds alone and see were I am at in 3 months.

The meditation continues to be of benefit which allows me to sleep well even when my mind is extremely busy. Noticed I was writing stories in my head a bit so might write these in another blog just to get them out of my head there mostly mad stuff but when I write them down there is usually something interesting about my life experience in them. Probably do light run in the morning. Doing little strength training at the moment with little yoga but nothing spectacular.

Still going strong as a vegetarian , have also cut out cream and nearly all cheese.😎

Hope this post finds you well

Keep up the good fight ✊🏾✊🏻

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TRE & Yoga

It’s raining heavy here, I don’t mind it I sort of like the sound and watching the rain. 

I have been to 3 Yoga classes there grand but I am about as flexible as a brick. It’s mostly woman in the class which suits me as just trying to get used to being around woman more. It’s harder than you would think, I was happy to get through the class the last time. Plan to go every Wednesday see how I get on. It’s nice having it in middle of the week it breaks up the week. It’s about 5 minutes up the road from work which is handy.

Last weekend did embodied wisdom workshop for the day. It involved TRE and inner dance type stuff. The TRE was interesting you just do some excercise stuff until your body shakes. I believe it is meant to realise trauma from the body, with practise it is meant to help past trauma which would be useful. Got email summary of what to do with it a day or so ago plan to practise it during week. It was an interesting day I thing one of the woman might of been half interested in me but not sure she might have been just friendly. She was nice to talk to did not act stuiped around her she had very relaxing energy. I had enough of being around people by the end of the day and just took off but meet some very interesting people on workshop.

Have booked some sort of thi chi workshop for next weekend hopefully be interesting. Something to look forward to. 😀

I have continued to mostly not engage with the voices but turn on some sounds at night and try engage with them for half hour or so. They usually express anger during this time frame but it has been mostly quite during the day. To be honest it can be a bit boring not engaging with the voices.

Still practising different types of meditation. It can be hard sometimes to quite the mind but it works a charm from time to time. I believe the autogenics practise is helping personal issues I am having.

I used to think my eyes just watered a bit during meditation but not sure now I think I let loose a tear or two in some types of meditation not sure what to make of it but I don’t see any harm in it. I have not really seen many images when I meditate for a week or so it’s grand not sure if it will stay that way or if I want it to.

Hope your week goes well😉

Keep up the good fight✊🏾

Osho meditation.

Hi hope your well. Tried osho meditation today all I can say is WTF. 

We had to pretend we where 5 and play like kids I just could not engage and just tried to avoid people. Being a kid basically stank for me I could not relate.

We then pretended your an angry dog barking at other dogs. By other dogs I mean people on the course. I was bit freaked out but tried by barking a little but mostly just kept away from people. It really was not going well. 

Then we had to try be a sensual cat and rub our bodies of other people. All I can say is holy fucking shit. There was no fucking way I was going to rub of other people in a sensual way given the sever issues I have about people being in my boundaries. I literally sat there sweating frozen in place keeping to myself with odd person rubbing off me meowing. I was completely fucking frozen. 

We then had to act like we where laughing for another 5 mins or so. At this stage I was totally fucking depressed and felt like the difference between me and other people was so glaring obvious in the last 15mins it was honestly painful. The course instructor’s tried to get me to engage but I just could not. They even asked me was I ok which of course I responded to by saying oh ya I’m fine (while screaming in my head please just get the fuck away from me.)

We then had to pretend we where crying this was about the only excercise I could relate to. I felt myself tear up and did not want to cry in front of everyone so I do what I do best and shut everything down and just sat there feeling empty.

We then had to meditate with a blank mind I decided I would leave at first opportunity and just call it quits. Unfortunately a tear or two escaped and my noise was runny I just sat there silently in meditation planning my escape. The voices where quite through this but Mary agreed it was going terrible.

We then sat in a circle to talk about the experiences. It must of been really obvious I stuck out, one woman said she once had a social phobia and would not have been able to do these excercise once but had done a lot of work to be able to do them now and if someone was unable to do these excercise that it was just fine. I was speaking to her briefly about it just after this and one of the instructors came up and asked me if I was alright if I had some emotional stuff that came up in the meditation. I said I had boundary issues and it was also some emotional stuff. He seemed fine about it and said just engage as much as you are comfortable with. I would like to be a little proud of myself at this point by saying I did have an issue and I just did not run screaming from the building which I guess would have looked a bit odd.

We took 5. Min break and started into another type of meditation I did what I could it went well and felt good by lunch so decided to give the afternoon a go.

The afternoon went much better I did the best I could and really enjoyed the humming meditation also the dance one I probably looked odd standing in the corner swaying to myself but I felt great.

I felt the usual buzzing sensations in my legs, head and espically in my arms. At one point an instructor stepped over my hand and I felt the sensation of his leg moving over my arm without him touching it. Meant to ask about sensations but I just wanted to retreat home to where I felt safe. I can feel tinkling in my palms as I write this it’s not unpleasant I just don’t know what it is. I realise a physiatrist would call it tactile hallucinations but I think that’s a label for something they just don’t understand other than to medicate it out of existence. I feel it helps me to tune into my body and at times it’s super relaxing sensation which is useful when under pressure at work.

When I was dancing swaying my hands around my body. I could feel in my hands different sensations from different parts of my body still pretty clueless as to why this is , I guess I might just be mad but I can’t help but feel there is more to it.

So in summary I am very glad I went  it is good to do thinks out of your comfort zone but I may have over reached a bit today. 

I hope to get some of the music they had to practise 1 or 2 of the meditations I picked up there.

The voices where mostly quite today saw little imagery when I closed my eyes to meditate but not much. I was visualiseing nature and I saw a samurai in grass approaching me he raised his head and it was panda out of Kung fu panda it then sprouted wings turned into an angel with a sword in its hand the voices got freaked out and started interfering with imagery at this stage said they don’t want to see angel stuff. I have a weird head I have to ask does anyone else see imagery like this.

It’s was a tough day but feeling good I think I would use the label happy and calm right now feeling bit tired so I’m of to bed.

Meant to say also people in the group were super friendly it made my day so much easier.

Keep up the good fight✊🏾

There is hope 😉