(Day 3) Is she back? // 15th November 2020

Slept a bit more but the nights are still the worse bit. The day was definitely better though.

Bad bad nights

I’ve started cutting down on codeine last evening and by Sunday afternoon I started to take only paracetamol every 4 hours.

By mid-afternoon I felt more cheerful, alive and was even able to start making jokes about Tim’s cooking (the so very patient best-friend who has been looking after me).

I was able to check my email, went about my “hygiene routine” on my own and then even did a bit of cleaning (or tried).

I’ve been really suffering from tummy aches (yes…opioids make you constipated) but I was also really struggling with back and shoulders pain. I’m a very active person, and usually get out of the house at least once a day to go for a walk, I’m a regular at the gym, jogging outdoors etc… so…. as soon as it got to Sunday and I felt a bit better I did start (even if just for 5 min) to do some mobility exercises.

My appointment at the hospital is in 2 days time and I’m petrified of getting on my crutches or letting anyone touch my feet. =/


  • The knee pads have been a life saviour during these first 3 days. I’m now using a chair with wheels a bit more but to stretch and “walk around”, nothing has really beaten the knee pads
  • Do try to move around a bit and stretch if you can, even if just for 2 min. It will do you a world of good.
  • The levels of pain might increase as you slowly get off the opioids, but you body will slowly adjust to the difference.
  • Patience. Just take it slowly and give yourself some time.

Published by Mariana Vieira da Rocha

"I think it's perfectly acceptable and rather admirable to be moderately delusional"

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