greygirlbeast (greygirlbeast) wrote,

"A red light came pouring; an early fall descended."

A blustery day out there, one of the last spates of Bradbury Weather this year, I expect. Winter is pressing in close, preparing to sweep away the dregs of October. "Here in November, in this house of leaves we pray." Currently, it's overcast and only 62˚F. The wind is 12mph from the west.

On Wednesday, I decided it was time to get off gabapentin, which I've been taking since April 25th, 2011. I'll explain all the whys farther along. For now, I'll just say it was necessary. But I did it the way I tend to do things: all at once. I'd been advised to taper. I didn't. And I'm pretty ill, but getting better. Weak, aching, sweating, too tired to sit up for long stretches at a time, unhappy innards, shaking hands, and so forth. If I'd tapered, I might have missed a lot of the withdrawal symptoms. But not definitely, and this way it's done. I'm off the drug.

I have some photographs Spooky took yesterday, late Autumn on the West Side of Providence:

All photographs Copyright © 2015 by Kathryn A. Pollnac

Later Taters,
Aunt Beast
Tags: 2011, autumn, house of leaves, november, october, pills for ills, providence, withdrawal

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