Thank-you Lyn for your kind words. We (my son and I) moved my Dad, yesterday, to a nursing home, 15 miles away. I feel a bit better today, but am completely out of strength by 2 PM. I generally get up fairly early, I have some pain meds but they always run out a couple days early, before the next refill. I know better but sometimes after I take the recommended dose, and still hurt after 2 hours, I'll take a third pill. I told my doc and he didn't seem to be too concerned because it's a mild narcotic, and I try to make up by skipping my nighttime dose, but it becomes a vicious cycle, then I wake up in even more pain. Soooo, take meds as directed. There is a rationale for why they are prescribed as they are. Sometimes we think we're smarter, but we aren't. No med is going to take away 100% of the pain. It just takes the sharp edges off.
My Dad is settling into the new place. I may go this evening or tomorrow for sure. I am back to bed now till I stop hurting.
I musta said a bad word or sometjing. Howlyncat, I just wrote a too wordy reply to your suggestion of getting my Doc to wake up re. stronger meds. Anyway, you're absolutely right, but here for whatever reason, they only give the really effective stuff to cancer patients. That leaves us "Trying to function despite constant, debilitating pain"with watered down Percocet, a pat on the back and a "don't let the door hit you on the way out. I am going to inquire about a patch. I think constant release methods takes the guess work out of how to stay ahead of the pain. Once it sets in, it takes extra medicine over a longer time frame to get an effective management going. We digress,
I went to the nursing home to see Dad tonight. He seemed quite happy. He loves chatting people up, but can get a little irritating to some as he can seem overbearing. He definitely seemed to be having a good time. They had his bracelet on him that buzzes in nursing station if he gets near an open door. Otherwise he has free range, and he ranges freely. The nurses can't keep up. When they call to ask if there's anything in particular he likes to do, because he's such a livewire, I will tell them, give him a spade and send him out to the fenced in recreation area, he'll have the soil all turned for a garden, come spring. So, I feel more comfortable now that I see he is adjusting well. I'm going to hang back on the visits for a bit b/c he seems to be adjusting just fine, but being as he's my Dad, when he sees me he thinks "responsibility". Like he's got to figure out how to take care of me. I guess you never stop being a parent, if you are a parent. I have my youngest son here right now. He was in the city, working really hard, and developed a hernia. I don't think he took enough time off from work and his boss was driving him. He quit. He has been very helpful re.: driving mearound, running errands and such. It's a family effort.
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 2/5/2009 10:41:45 AM (GMT-7)