The effects of drugs on the human body are a mixed blessing. The pain relief drug Katy had been on was so wonderful during the worst pain she has ever known. Now it is playing with her mind like the pestiest mosquito on a summer night. We are staying busy tonight by researching things on the internet and carrying on conversations about our day. All of it is a distraction from the buzzing mosquito! This afternoon we stopped using Ativan so Katy could think clearly and stay awake. Now she is taking Tylenol and doing fairly well. The shaking is intermittent now; a sign that things are settling down from what they were during the night. If Tylenol alone will keep her comfortable that is a giant step in the right direction. In a few days the pain patch will be eliminated, and hopefully things will go as well as the first “step down.”
The healing forces in Katy’s body continue to soldier on. She is eating food and enjoying it. The pain during the night is much better and after the past 4 nights of sleeping sitting up, she is lying down again. The second dose of Nexium before bed has helped tremendously. We have been in touch with NIH and it appears we may be going to Bethesda the third week in October.
Katy’s shopping trip last night (via the internet) yielded a new camera. She has been saving for it and felt like it was time to make the investment. She is anticipating taking MANY pictures at NIH and of course there is the arrival of her baby niece or nephew in November. The “tough” really do go shopping!