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I haz a sick, and a pallet of flooring to be delivered to the farm tomorrow, so I iz off to the farm today.

Like I said, haz sick, but I iz making the best of it. The accompanying nightmares (I always get nightmares when I'm sick - a combination of not being able to breathe and being too hot, I guess) are not much fun, but on the plus side, since I am tapering off the Lyrica, for the first time in months, I feel happy, not drugged, and not hungry. It's really sad that I feel better off it than I did on, and sadder still that it took me so long to realize how crappy it made me feel (IIRC, the same thing happened with the Ultram and the Neurontin).  I had hoped so much for it (especially since it seemed to work at first, then stopped) (see:  Paxil, Soma, Flexeril, Ultram, Neurontin, Orphenadrine, OTC pain-relievers, and steroid injections, to mention a few), and had my hopes dashed (again).

At this point, I think I've actually gone through all the reasonable options (and don't feel like taking more dangerous options when I already have something that kinda works, even if it doesn't work as well as I'd like - mind you, it still works better than anything else I've tried), and can honestly say that the opiates are the least awful and the most effective (though such is the nature of drug hysteria in this country that none of my doctors believe me until I rattle off all the other drugs I've tried).

(And the ones that made me far more euphoric and had just as awful withdrawal symptoms were blithely prescribed, but I have to jump through hoops for the one that works.)

People talk about how awful opiates are, but for me, they've been far less awful (though they still have side effects) than anything else I've tried. Oh well.

But I will make a nice trip of today's drive (I am doing it separately from Bob, who cannot take the time off), and I will visit some nice antique stores on my trip down.

Finally, by way ofcleolinda(buy her books!), here is something even cuter than a koala in a tub bath:

Not suitable for home security

See y'all on Tuesday - For the Americans, Happy Prez Day (Monday)!

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thornbury
Feb. 12th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
... for the first time in months, I feel happy, not drugged, and not hungry.

Very cool. Here's hoping you feel right as rain soon.
fabricdragon
Feb. 12th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
sorry you are sick.. hugs.
the photo shop pomster is so CUTE....
lifeofglamour
Feb. 12th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
People talk about how awful opiates are, but for me, they've been far less awful (though they still have side effects) than anything else I've tried.

That's what drives me crazy about the drug hysteria in this country - for somebody who doesn't NEED them, yes they are an awful idea. But for somebody who DOES need them...well, that's what they are for, and there should be no reluctance to prescribe them when needed!
I hope you get the pain relief that you need.
welamom
Feb. 12th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
You're finding that the Lyrica makes things worse? Hmmm. It seems to be working for me so far...I tried to get off of it last year, but that didn't work so well. Bad Duchy, no biscuit.

I know what you mean about the opiates: Scary as they are, they do take care of the worst of the pain, don't they? I've had to jump thru barrels, not just hoops, to convince my doctor that three pain pills a day doth not an addict make!
drmrsgal
Feb. 12th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Mild muscle relaxant?
My best friend has just been told by her exercise trainer (that also has fibromyalgia) that after a car accident she was given a very mild muscle relaxant (for injuries sustained in said accident)one at bedtime. It's only strong enough to work through the first 4 hours of sleep but is enough to get her mind to shut up so she can get into REM sleep. Her muscle pain is also very alleviated. I don't know it's name, but I'll call her to see if you'd like and email you tomorrow.
attack_laurel
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
Re: Mild muscle relaxant?
I don't have muscle pain, but nerve pain. But thanks. :)
chindora
Feb. 13th, 2009 10:03 am (UTC)
I feel for you. I take three neurontin three times a day, and my doc just prescribed morphine for the break through pain. He has had to order the morphine, so until it gets here he has me on hydrocodone. The pain just wears me down so much that I cannot really function effectively. My housework sits undone, embroideries never get finished and my research languishes. I agree that it is a matter of quality of life. Good luck with finding what works best for you and being able to get it.
damej
Feb. 13th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
I agree with everything you said about opiates and drug hysteria in this country. My father has been on methadone for years to manage the pain from his degenerative spinal disease. He is fortunate that our area university hospital has a pain clinic, and that he found a good doctor. He has tried neurontin and all kinds of muscle relaxants. He also typically takes less methadone than he really needs in an effort to lessen the side-effects and avoid addiction. He did eventually become addicted, though (as he learned when he tried to quit cold turkey a couple years ago, just to see if he could). For all its drawbacks, methadone enables him to keep walking with just a cane. A decade ago, his doctor predicted he would be in a wheelchair by now.
dream_wind
Feb. 14th, 2009 09:53 am (UTC)
I can think of a reason not to get a Pomster... it looks just like Tilly the Cat's favourite chew toy.

Besides, it's not a cat.
cleokoneko
Feb. 17th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Extreme Costuming Website Question
Hi! I have a question about your reproduction of a coif. I was wondering how you sewed the top seam? I can see the blanket stitch along each edge, but how did you join the two topsides together so invisibly?

Thanks in advance!

x Zoe x
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