Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Pain Management and Other Matters

Neighbor nurse Mary has been working with Venita on a pain management schedule for the bone pain. There has been some tweaking; at present the schedule is (a) 2 Ibuprofen and 1 Dilaudid followed (b) 3 hours later by 2 Tylenol and 1 Dilaudid followed (c) 3 hours later by 2 Ibuprofen and 1 Dilaudid, and so forth. Venita ends up in bed alot on this schedule. She will keep this schedule up through tonight, except she will not take Dilaudid if she has to drive within 4 hours.

V has been in bed so much that she is now having trouble being there. The clock seems to take four hours to go from 12:21 am to 12:28 am, all the time V is dozing.

Christine, a professional hairdresser and daughter of a friend, buzzed V's head on Sunday morning. V says her head now always feels wet, like she just got out of the shower.

Venita skipped her physical therapy on Monday because of the pain and pain meds, but plans to go today. We are naming the therapist P. T. Bruiser! Thanks Charlie, V's former husband, for the name.

V got drained 50ccs on Monday (a week's accumulation) so Dr. Boob doesn't want to see her for 2 1/2 weeks (for check-up and maybe saline infusion) unless V experiences continued fluid buildup.

V did get a little gardening in yesterday--planted 2 flats of impatiens. One flat of everbearing strawberries and 2 periennials in this morning. Hopefully the rest of V's nursery buying spree--one flat of impatiens and a broom bush--will go in yet today.

2 months today--no cigarettes. V wants one to "celebrate."

V is delevoping lists of OTC supplies and of soft foods for chemo. The lists are here. She also added a link from the "permanent" list on the right side of the page.


Alice said...

So sorry you are in such pain. Just sending loving thoughts your way. You will get through this.

Love Alice

Alice said...


Congrats on the no cigs for 2 weeks. And don't rip any stitches out when you

Love Alice

Martha and Alley Cat said...

2 months is Huge! You go girl, and never look back! Soon, it will be a bad memory and you won't be able to believe that you ever smoked!
I'm thrilled for your success.

julie said...

I am so proud of you for not smoking..and so sorry you had to do it under these conditions..hope you are feeling better ny friend..lots of love...Julie

Alice said...

Sorry,congrats on your 2 months of no smoking. That is fantastic V.

Love Alice

cindy said...

Hi Venita - I wonder if pasta cooked beyond al dente , or maybe some potato gnocci, with butter or olive oil and parmasan cheese. Do you have a Trader Joe's nearby? They have amazing prepared foods, including some excellent soups.

Annie said...


Thinling of you all the time. We are praying fro your comfort.

Annie, Doug, Rudy, Ashley, & tiger