always a challenge

November 11, 2013Karen Courcy

bump-in-the-roadI am a little frustrated this morning and I am hoping that today I find some peace of mind so that I can continue moving in the good direction I am moving towards.

Being on this new medication to come off the pain meds causes a little more “heart palpitation” than I normally get.

I normally deal with heart palpitations at least a couple of times a month, I am a heart patient, but this weekend I experienced one that was so bad that I got light headed and had to hold onto something, but then I was fine.

I read some information on the med I am on, and it says that anyone who is a heart patient really should have an EKG done after being on the new med for a week to ensure that its not causing a thing called “QT Prolongation”.

There are a lot of meds that cause QT Prolongation, and this one I am on is one of them. Usually this only effects people who are on very HIGH doses of methadone of over 100mg, I am only on 20mg, but just to make sure I have to go to the heart DR’s today to get checked out.

I am a little frustrated. I was doing great on this except for the extreme tiredness, and we plan to go down 5mg every 2-3 days until I am off it.

My hope is that the EKG doesn’t show QT Prolongation and that the episode I had last night was just a light-headedness that comes with this medicine as a normal side effect.

I think a part of me is frustrated this morning because no matter what I do to better myself, it always comes with it’s bumps in the roads. I can never have a clear path to walk.

Whenever I am concerned about something like this it causes me to go into anxiety, and then that anxiety makes the space I am in feel “doomed” or “tainted”, and I really hate that feeling.

I am frustrated this morning because it seems like no matter what I do, there is always a “BUT” after it, it can never just be a GOOD thing I am doing, and what I am doing IS good which is why it makes it even more frustrating.

My fear is that the EKG will show QT Prolongation and I will end up having to come off the methadone which would cause me to go into withdrawals because I am supposed to taper down. If It doesn’t show QT Prolongation than I will be happy to continue the progress I am on.

I am on 20mg right now, and plan to go down to 15mg tomorrow for 2 days and so on. We are hoping to have me off this medicine by the beginning of next week.

Why is it that whenever we try so hard to do something to better ourselves, that we are faced with challenges that try and derail us? I know sometimes God gives us obstacles for reasons, and I do pay attention to that very closely, but I have been through enough this year and just want to find peace and serenity out of this new road I am on.

So I am going to get big! I am heading to therapy right now and I will talk to him about my frustrations.. he will help me connect to myself and everyone around me as I move into this appointment today with my heart DR. My appt with the DR is at 2:45pm.

My hope is that I let my anxiety get the best of me and everything is okay and I continue to move forward on getting better. I hate going to the DR’s to begin with, so when I feel there may be a problem, it make my anxiety worse!

I guess I have to look at this as the harder the challenge the more I will appreciate the outcome when I move through it. Some days its harder to see things that way, but today I will try and focus on that.

Like my husband said, it is probably all okay, I am on a very low dose and they did say this was a problem with people on very high doses, but its better to be safe for peace of mind and maybe this will help me move forward with even higher hope than I had before.

I guess this is a lesson today that some roads have bumps and they mean something whether its for peace of mind, or to guide me in a new direction. Either way I am one step closer than I was yesterday – bumps and all.


  • Gel

    November 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Hi Dear Karen,
    Bumps in the road….boy do I know that one. It does seem disappointing when you make a big BIG difficult change (like stopping the pills), and things aren’t totally smooth following that big courageous step.

    It almost seems like we ‘deserve’ smoothness when we have taken a difficult step. I have learned that usually it’s a mix. Some things get better but then there are new challenges too.

    I hope your heart check up reveals that the methadone is not a problem. I know it is really helping you make this transition. You are smart for researching on your own about possible side effects.

    You are reaching out for help with your Therapist and that is good action to take. You are getting your heart checked and you are writing about your feelings here….all such good self-care.

    Yes I can empathize with your frustration. I’m glad you wrote about it.
    Blessings on your day!

    1. KarenBeth

      November 11, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      thank you GEL.. that means so much to me. They upped my appointment to 1:00 … so I am on my way soon. Andy and I prayed in session, it was really nice! I am hoping that all turns out good because I feel great today and hope I can continue this.

      Thank you for your support

  • ziggy40

    November 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Dear Karen, thanks for your honesty, I hope that, this is a good outcome, that maybe it’s a one off thing. Try to hold on to that good feeling. As you have shared many times, unfortunately healing from most things especially in regards to medication, is not always ‘smooth sailing’, your body also needs to repair. Personally changing behavior for the positive has meant ‘waiting for my body’ to catch up. Please continue to be GENTLE to yourself. It’s wonderful that you are taking care of yourself. When I personally was coming of pain pills, I ended up needing time in hospital, I hope this does not apply to you, I also have fears around Dr’s and hospitals.Sending support, soothing , healing thoughts and positive energy…
    love Ziggy

    1. KarenBeth

      November 11, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      thank you ziggy … I appreciate your words of wisdom and soothing … everything is okay and I keep going the way I am going.

  • KarenBeth

    November 11, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    **UPDATE** Everything went good… my QT waves are NORMAL and my blood pressure was normal. She said this is hard on the body and I could be experiencing reactions from the med itself. She does however want me to come off caffeine all together .. no more caffeine if I can help it.

    So I continue .. tomorrow I drop down to 15mg for 2 days, then I drop to 10 for 2 days, then to 5 for 2 days and then we start trying to get it to single mg’s if we can.. if not I would stop at 5 and maybe I would have small little bits of withdrawals but not too bad.

    Thank you everyone for your support …

    1. Cat

      November 11, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      That’s wonderful news, Karen. You are doing really well

    2. ziggy40

      November 12, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      Happy smiles, that’s great news. Moving forward in your healing work…lol
      Love Ziggy

    3. Gel

      November 12, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Yippy Yeah!!!! I’m so glad to hear that your heart is OK and all that. OOO – going off caffeine. That can be a big deal…has been for me.

      I’m so glad you came back so quickly after your heart check and let us know how it went. Thanks!

  • RisingSong

    November 11, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Carry on, champion!

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