Monday, 11 June 2012

Still Deaf

I HAVE been forced to go to the methadone chemists yet again while feeling like crap. I took 10mg about 7am. Got up at 9, when the methadone should have been working . On a bad day, methadone takes two and a half hours to work. Yet another reason why I think it is CRAP. The clinic still insist that on the days I pick up methadone ~ Monday-Wednesday-Friday that I should drink that day's dose under supervision, like a big baby or a criminal, even though I'm taking the next day's dose home. This means I have to split the unsupervised doses in half, so I'm not running with disgusting sweat when I have to make the ridiculously long trek to the obscure pharmacy this backward clinic insist I go to.

Today it was raining and I felt like crap. The methadone just doesn't feel like it's holding me properly and I don't see that the recent 25mg to 20mg reduction "should" have anything to do with this. When I was on heroin alone I could easily cut the daily dose in half with no ill effects. Why should methadone be any different? O yeah , I know: because methadone is CRAP.

I'm still deaf. My ear is no better. If there was any improvement yesterday, it was marginal, and it seems to have got worse since. If it's no better by tomorrow I'll have to make another doctor's appointment pre-emtively for the end of the week. As much to get a second opinion as anything else.

Being deaf isn't all bad. In fact I was thinking of plugging my good ear just to even it out. I don't miss anything that seems important in not catching what people are saying. Most of what most people say most of the time is mostly crap, anyhow.

Well I'm off now to wallow in more misery. I read the quetiapine (Seroquel) side-effects leaflet again last night: not only does it warn it can make suicidal ideation WORSE in the short-term (quetiapine is a treatment for bipolar depression, mania and schizophrenia) but that i t may interact with what they call "medicines for an infection (like erythromycin or clarithromycin). So whether or how it interracts with the neomycin in my ear spray, i do not know.

I had terrible problems from using a simple miconazole athelete's foot spray. Azole fungicides are another class of contraindicated medication. Miconazole on top of quetiapine made me so ill I stopped taking the quetiapine altogether.

 If you're wondering why I feel the need of an antipsychotic when I'm not psychotic it's because I do still get the symptoms at a low grade, and because it's supposed to prevent further episodes and because it's the only antidepressant I know that I can tolerate. Normal antidepressants like Prozac and Remeron/Zispin (mirtazapine) if they don't make me severely agitated, send me sky high into mania, which is not what antidepressants are supposed to do.

As for this ear, I don't expect it ever to get better. I'm starting to hate ears and everything about them. And that's that.

Illustrated: normal ear and middle-ear infection compared. My problem is with the outer ear, as far as I know, because it's on the outer side of the eardrum...


Bev said...

The ear trouble sounds awful.I hope it gets betterI know your going throuh bad times.Things will get better.

Akelamalu said...

Ear infections can be horrendous - I sympathise. x

bugerlugs63 said...

I wonder . . . If the ear infection is making you feel this crap or the methadone reduction?
20ml is very low, maybe not reduce so fast on this last bit. It would be awful if, after all this reducing, you lapsed from reducing the last bit too fast . . . it might be better to take a while longer over the final 25ml to be sure it is successful.
I really want to see this work for you Gledwood.
Maybe other anti-biotics for the ear?
It makes me cross that they can be so petty over letting you take your dose home; they really do set folk up to fail.
I hope you feel better tomorrow, with love x

Syd said...

Gleds,I hope that the ear gets better. I've not had an ear infection since I was a kid, thankfully.

Summer said...

Hey Gledwood... just wanted to say thanks for putting yourself out there. My son is a heroin addict and reading blogs like yours gives me a better understanding of what he is going through.

Thoughts and prayers for your recovery.


Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hope you soon feel better in all ways, Gleds. Love from Simi and me.

Gledwood said...

BEV: Thanks; I wish they would get better more quickly though!!

AKELAMALU: I know it is really doing my head in. Far more for example than any of the drug-injecting abscesses I ever had or anything like that. Ukh..!!!

BUGERLUGS: you're right about the methadone detox, it is too fast. I met someone on the way out who asked me for a fag so we got talking and she put it right about the shithole of a methadone clinic I'm forced to attend ... they're really BACKWARD, that's what they are. My workers all look surprised when I tell them the meth doesn't hold me a full 24 hours, because that doesn't match the pre-conceived ideas they get from the courses they're put on doubtless at great expense. Basically if they won't give me my juice to take when I want at the end I'm discharging myself and using methadone bought on the street to finish off with. I honestly see no other option...

I'm seeing another dr on Friday and hopefully will get something else for the ear; I have a feeling that even if the infection vanished overnight it would still take me days to get proper hearing back :-(

SYD: I had really blocked up middle ears in my late teens, swimmer's ear in my early 20s (which was horrible, really loud tinnitus)... and now this. Which I was convinced was just ear wax to start with and now look what's happened!

SUMMER: I'm glad it means something to someone... many thanks :-)


Anonymous said...

C'mon!! Mark R

Anonymous said...


Gledwood said...

Come on what I can't meet up I can't. I'm sweating like a swine on less methadone I can't do anything!!!

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