Sunday, February 27, 2011
Day 6 Duragesic
I have a picture of the duragesic patch. It is tiny. I have some tegaderm patches I am putting over it to help hold it on, as the first one wanted to pop off (I think because it is so small). I tried also securing the tegaderm ends with some paper tape that is supposed to be hypoallergenic but I had to take it off as I started breaking out everywhere it touched.
It is amazing that this little bitty drug delivery system is helping me so much. It doesn't appear that it could hold enough medication to make a difference. Another benefit for me is this drug bypasses my defective digestive system entirely. I can't throw it up, or have it pass on through without digesting.
I have slept the night through the last couple of nights. I haven't been able to just lay down and sleep since I don't know when. Hoping I can get caught up on my sleep deprivation reservoir and be able to have some stamina again.
The Headache just seems to be ignoring the duragesic medication. It is still marching on with it's worse every three or four days pattern BUT the medication is not making it more severe than it generally is. WooHoo!
The Belly seems to like the pain relief very much. My shortness of breath has stopped, as has my rapid heartbeat. My blood pressure has dropped, not back to it's normal 110/70 but at least out of the stratosphere where strokes happen. My hives are a little better because I am not constantly aggravating them with pain medication they didn't like. The itchiness is there but is much less than it was with dilaudid. So far, the duragesic patch has been a winner.
I still have significant pain (probably why my blood pressure is still not normal) but I have stopped the kind of hurt I could not fight against. I did not have the willpower or strength left to push myself time and time again into the lavapit of pain that physical activity has become.
I am hoping that this relief will continue, and maybe this year I can actually put out flowers and a garden and maybe go swimming a few times. Last year I had dropped even these few pleasurable activities I had left because of pain issues. I hope I can increase hours at work, and dare I say it, travel again?? I had to give up going to church several years ago, and before that I had to give up the nursing home ministry I participated in. I would love to get some of that passion back in my daily life also.
A grey Missouri winter day, not too cold, and not too warm. A good day for trying to do some house work...I hope I will be able to sweep and mop the floors and dust the furniture. Not too much to ask of my body.
Hope you all have a great Sunday and a fantastic next week!