I keep having the same, utterly futile, conversations with my nurses.
Conversation No. 1 – Staff Nurse: “You must agree to compression or your ulcer won’t heal.”
My reply: Assuming I accept that as a given,” (I don’t believe it is – no-one even thinks beyond compression**), “what can you do about the pain, and the fact that it doesn’t work for me?”
**They don’t think outside the box because they don’t even know they’re in a box.
Consider the inconvenient facts:-
Am I good to you or what?
The recent crisis, I’m happy to report, is over, though I’m deeply aggrieved that I should be pushed to the brink of suicide by excruciating, unremitting, pain, before my bastard GPs will listen to me.
Initially, I was given Zomorph, sustained-release morphine 10 to 20mg, twice a day. That did nothing so a few days later a different GP added Gabapentin, 900mg twice a day. That dose proved too high and caused problems, including an almost catastrophic blackout. I came to just in time to get a hand down, dislocating a finger, otherwise I’d have hit a concrete floor face first. I popped the finger back before it swelled and locked up and, while it’s still sore, I’m otherwise OK.
When they were almost gone, I Continue reading
(With apologies to Stephen King)
Pray – pray very hard – to whatever gods there might be that you never lose the ability to sleep. It’s a horrendous experience and can undermine your emotional and mental stability, and after the better part of 2 months with no useful sleep (2-3 hours, if I’m lucky), I was coming seriously unravelled.
A major part of my problem is that I can’t lie down – if I do, I can’t breathe, my herat doesn’t work properly, and the pain in my chest is unbearable, so since the end of January I’ve Continue reading
Another gem from my search engine heap “Can co-codamol 30/500 f*** u up? (My asterisks – the only person allowed to swear here is me!) It’s also an excellent example of how NOT to put a question to Google. The correct form of words is quite simple Continue reading