Abilify Update!

I promised to do an update on how the Abilify is working out for me, so without further ado, let’s dive right in.

I am feeling Fucking A-Okay!
Is that a shark behind me?

I’m almost…normal.

(Ouch. I just pulled my own ear for typing that!)

Seriously, though. It’s been just over a month now since I started the combination of Effexor and Abilify. I really didn’t allow myself to believe that I’d have a positive reaction to it, figuring that the last time I took an anti-psychotic I ended up swallowing a bunch of Vicodin.

But I am extremely impressed. I wish that I could call my mom and tell her the good news. She was an RN and always the first person that I’d talk with after any doctor appointment. She’d take out her medication guide and look up every new pill that I was prescribed, even if it wasn’t a psych med.

Anyway, within a week of taking it (at night now because it does make me tired) I started to notice that the constant anxious chatter in my head seemed to die down quite a bit. It’s almost like the dial in my brain has been turned down to a low vibe background noise.

I feel like I can tackle almost anything that life can throw at me without having a total eclipse of my sanity. I just deal with it instead of obsessing about all that could go wrong. This includes a couple of home repairs that I’ve had to accomplish.

I had to find people who do such things. Then hire, communicate effectively with them and pay.

(Bye bye, stimulus check, hello fixed roof and no longer leaky shower drain.)

I’m extra self-aware. I procrastinate less. I feel like socializing more. There’s a sense of calm that I didn’t have before.

I mean, it’s not perfect. But what is?

So when I talked to my psych doctor for the last time (she’s retiring) she was super pleased that I was feeling better. She set me up for a follow-up appointment with a nurse practitioner in early July.

The greatest thing about the Abilify/Effexor is that they don’t make me numb. I really hate when medications pull that bullshit.

In other news, I recently received my first Covid shot. My second dose is on April 15th. I had to travel far but it’s worth it!

My current Facebook photo, slightly modified.

The pretty girl I’m with in this photo is my daughter…you know, the one that I write so often about. She was using some sort of app to make us look like that. I wasn’t wearing a lick of makeup that day nor was I rocking two pairs of corrective lenses.

Until next time, stay safe!

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