Over the last week and a half, I have had to decrease the time interval between doses of oxycodone from 8 to 4 hours. Otherwise, I was in pain.
So I asked Judy, my hospice nurse, what my next step ought to be. A higher dose of oxycodone, or try another drug?
She consulted with their pharmacist and came up with a plan. It's something for me to try, to see how it works.
Basically, I would switch to morphine, and have extended release pill every 12 hours, with the availability of immediate release pills as needed in between.
She ran the plan by me, and after I agreed, she sent the paperwork to Dr R, because he's the one writing prescriptions.
I made the switch yesterday. I was virtually pain free. That was awesome.
Plus, I didn't have to even think about pain for 12 hours. (With the other drug, every 4 hours the pain crept back up on me, so it was always in my face.)
But I was really sleepy. I slept for most of the day.
Part of that sleepiness might have been needing to rest after the excitement of Tinalynne's visit --- but part of it had to be the new painkillers.
Judy warned me that it might take a couple of days to adjust.
Today I am just a little sleepy. But mostly what I feel is a little wobbly on my feet. Not enough to feel as though I might fall, though. Do not want to fall!
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