Friday, June 5, 2009
Love Is All That Matters After All
I just returned home from an ungodly early pain management appointment, which Pat accompanied me to :-) It's so wonderful and humbling to always have the support of my loved ones. After discussion about my disdain for morphine and the extreme agitation it caused an otherwise pleasant girl, he decided to put me on/start me off at a low dose of the fentanyl patch. This way, my chances for side effects not worth the pain relief will be lowered...not that the opana relieved my pain at all. Substituting the opana for the patch still leaves me with my norco to take, but the goal is to eventually only use the norco for "breakthrough pain." I have no idea what breakthrough pain feels like because I am always in a steady stream of uncontrollable pain, so it will an incredible day when I just have breakthrough pain to contend with.
Still waiting on Project Enbrel.
One of the many characteristics I love about my pain management facility is that they are near obsessed with insisting psychological help should be a large part of a pain management regime based upon the high rates of reactive depression, anxiety, etc... We always seem to chit chat about this fact since they know I am in graduate school studying to become a mental health professional to help those cope with chronic pain and illness. Too bad they don't hire therapists in the facility itself. That would be key... one stop shopping.
Today, I am spending some time with Pat and the baby, and tomorrow, I am heading up to the city to visit my best girlfriend since high school and go to Pure Food and Wine to eat lunch! I can't wait!!!! Yay raw vegan restaurants!
I am having an awesome snack of freshly cut, organic watermelon and organic coconut milk to drink.