Thank you to everyone for your encouragement, your thoughts, your kind words and your input. I value absolutely all of it. As I near two weeks of taking these new medications, I think my general pain has subsided... at the very least, I'm taking less Tylenol, and for that my stomach is grateful.
I wasn't prepared for the sleepiness - which should start subsiding any time now - or the general malaise that set over me. It seems that an antidepressant, when prescribed for pain rather than depression, shouldn't cause these low feelings. I've always been sensitive to the side effects of medications so really, at this age, nothing should surprise me anymore.
Today, I absolutely made myself do something small and creative after I tackled the housework. I used some zippers to make this rosy necklace for Loopy... even though I saw the idea in San Francisco almost three years ago and now they're everywhere (including Claire's) I still had it rolling around in my mind and wanted to give it a go. It was as simple as it looks but if you try it yourself, use the sharpest needle you can find. Also, I backed it with a bit of black felt so the stitches on the backside wouldn't be rough against her skin. The heavy black chain actually is from Claire's, I snipped it apart and repurposed it for this.
Friends, how long does it take for you to get creative again after a setback of some sort? Like I said, I think I'm just really at the point where I'm going to have to make myself do things. Will you hold me to it?