Well hello there everyone!
I so regret not being able to blog regularly about living through my quit (189 days and counting.) I can’t say something about it every day or once a week like others do. It would have given me a record for the future to look back on my journey (highs and lows) as well as simply creating a permanent journal of what was going on in my life at certain points. It makes me sad having lost an opportunity. But then most things make me sad. I also stopped writing/journaling 2 years ago – gave it a new try when I originally quit this year, but journaled twice and not again.
Blogging here also gives me a safe place to vent, cry, cheer, celebrate, have mood swings and discuss this depression that’s simply not shifting. And I know this is a safe place. And the best place. And I know all of you have my back and you’re the last people who will ever judge – I’ve only ever had positive support from everyone. So I don’t understand what makes me so reticent about sharing my experiences and thoughts. I’m on here every day twice to see what’s happening so I know I’m not the only one with depression or other MUCH more serious physical problems. I’m blessed with a strong quit, no cravings, my health (‘s far’s I know) and life should be a bowl of cherries.
But I’m spiralling day after day. I haven’t left the house except to the doctor for an ear infection and I still go to weigh day on Tuesday afternoons (don’t know why – I’m not following the programme or losing anything!) – and doing those few things only happen with serious anxiety and panic and dizziness. So I can’t drive alone which used to be one of my favourite things to do. Since being retrenched and selling our 2nd car, I really miss the daily commute to and from work and yet I now get irrational at the thought of having to go for a hair appointment or anything else. My throat closes up, I hyperventilate, shake, get the chills and obviously go light headed.
My lack of feeling any kind of joy or anticipation or pleasure also makes going out quite unnecessary in my eyes. There’s nothing out there to cheer me up so why bother? I’ve lost interest in most everything. Even the novelty of quitting is waaay behind me. It’s done. I’m a non-smoker intending to stay that way for my grandbaby so there’s nothing to say about quitting. I stopped 27 February, I didn’t waver or pay heed to any smoky thoughts; I despised the world week 1 and 2. Those weeks passed and I still don’t know what a craving feels like.
None of this is new or unfamiliar. No reason to feel sorry for me – I’ve had depression/anxiety/panic/anhedonia for 32 years. I have all the “tools”, medication, breathing, distraction, getting busy (washing dishes and changing bed linen calms me right down), but that moment I have to go through the front door to the car, is just terrifying. Mostly I cancel appointments 2-3 times before I actually get myself to go. When I have NO choice, I force myself but cry all the way to wherever we’re going. Coming home afterwards calms me right down and I laugh at myself and the idiotic reactions I had when we left the house. I can happily handle Derek making 5 stops before we reach home – we’re heading HOME, not AWAY anymore, so I feel safer and safer the closer we get.
I won’t sit outside on the patio or go anywhere in the garden anymore. I’ve stopped walking for exercise because I have to go out the front door. I am becoming more and more sedentary and I can feel my bionic knees wobbling a bit and not being as strong as they were. My exercises indoors are not enough to keep them “oiled” and working well. Yes, I’ve even tried dancing. I mostly make sure there’s always music playing. Music is a huge help when I get lonely. That’s all fine and dandy as long as I remain safely in the house. Outside is simply unsafe and whatever it is I imagine will happen to me will only happen outside not inside. So inside is where I remain. I’ve lost contact with every friend I’ve ever had – not just through my own ridiculous condition – South Africans tend to flee the country every time Zuma does something stupid – most of my friends are in Perth, Adelaide, UK, Vancouver, Switzerland, America…and no matter how hard people try to stay in touch, new lives blossom wherever they find themselves and they slowly lose touch with previous friends in South Africa (it’s not only me they stop contacting but other friends as well – I’m really not being paranoid about it).
There’s the brilliant news that I’m to become a Glamma in March and I’m itching to crochet and knit. I’ve downloaded & printed dozens of patterns but…..baby wool is at the shop. So I’m in the process of psyching myself up for an afternoon including a haircut at my SIL’s salon, a visit to Kat and a stop at the wool shop on the way home. SIL is furthest away then closer to home is Kat and closest is wool shop. I think I have it sorted out so except for the first stop, I keep making my way home not away. The only “away” is Salon. But Renate already knows I may not turn up for my hair cut – thank goodness for angelic sisters in law – but you never know I may surprise us all.
This is why I don’t blog. I go down side roads and get caught up in chattering.
So, ending on a positive note – today I heard a cat crying and I HAD to check if it was any of mine. I checked outside and all my cats were sleeping in or under favourite trees so no harm there….and realised.... I’m outside! I hovered a bit aiming to go back in then the thought of maybe telling you all something good, made me walk around the house and garden twice. I ended on the patio at the side and sat looking at what needs doing, planting, moving. It was wonderful. No uneven heart beats or chests closing up, no dizzy head or ringing in my ears. Just a normal person sitting on her patio contemplating a possible trip to the nursery this weekend – BUT NO PROMISES!
This one REALLY was too long! Thanks for reading. Thanks for being there, always. Thanks for understanding I’m not crazy, just deeply dippy.
Enjoy Labour Day!
Ps. I KNOW I should be blogging about not smoking. But I've quit and lived through it and it's over so I have no insights to share! REALLY not Best of Ex material!!