Time Out

I find myself both mentally and physically drained. I feel the main culprit is the hip surgery because of the stress I was under and in some ways still there. It has been a long road from finding what the cause of severe pain, to the actual diagnosis that my hip needed replacing.

Another factor that is adding to the above factors is that I am weaning off opioid painkillers. For the past week I have my circadian rhythm thrown off. I am not having deep sleep and the sleep I do get is minimum, so I am exhausted during the day and barely functioning.

This leads to the reason of this post. I am going to take a time out from blogging over the summer, but will check in from time to time to catch up on some reading. During this time I will be gathering my notes and relevant posts to start work on a book that I have wanted to write since leaving active ministry.

Also, I am going to recharge by taking in some necessary reading of three new books I have. One is ” Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Understanding the DSM-5 by Ashley L Peterson. Another is a book that was reviewed by Ashley L. Peterson on her blog www.Mentalhealth@home.org, “Blackness Interrupted: Black Psychology Matters” by Nicól Osborne and Tamera Gittens. Then last on the list is a new book written by CNN Prime Time Host, Don Lemon, “This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism “.

So dear reader, this exhausted and drained blogger will be back near the end of August. I hope you will be there when I return!

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  1. Angie

    They sound like great reads! Enjoy your summer Dwain! I look forward to your return when the summer is done 🙂 Stay well, my friend.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thanks Angie! Much appreciated!

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  2. Halbarbera

    A quick recovery please…experiencing knee pain but didn’t want to get knee surgery so I did research on the muscles that could be causing the pain. Did find the possible exercises and the pain has gone away. I always look for a
    Possible cause and lifestyle solution. Doctor’s only seem to treat the symptoms with drugs and surgery.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      It maybe true about drugs and surgery, but for this guy surgery was a must. I had no hip bone left. Without replacement I may have lost the ability to walk.
      I understand about the muscles and for the most part they can be repaired with some hard work.

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  3. Sara


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  4. ashleyleia

    I hope the break is helpful. The opioid weaning sounds absolutely horrid, but hopefully the end result will be well worth it.

    That’s very exciting that you plan to write a book!

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      coming off the opioids is never easy. This is the second time I have had to do this.
      I am bringing out all my notes and stuff to start a process of rough draft of an outline. I need to dedicate myself into sitting and doing the work.

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  5. Asmin


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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you so much Asmin!
      Sorry for the late reply, just been busy working on summer projects.


  6. Tangie

    I hope your recovery speeds up so your pain decreases soon. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you Tangie! I am doing quite well and have no pain. I am off all opioids for pain. God bless your ministry!

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      1. Tangie

        Awesome news. Thank you

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