Thursday, July 5, 2012

Lou is Always Right

My current painkiller regimen is that I take an extended release (ER) pill every 12 hours, no matter what my pain level is. If there is any additional pain, then I can take an immediate release (IR) pill every 4 hours.

The ER pill works slowly, and the IR pill works quickly.

Last night, about an hour before I was due for my ER pill, I was pretty miserable. Lou suggested I take an IR pill, but I refused.

I can't explain why I refused. In retrospect, it makes no sense. Lou is a saint for having to deal with me.

So the pain got worse...

I took the ER pill as scheduled. Of course, it didn't help much because it's slow acting.

Lou again suggested that I take an IR pill, and I again refused.

This time, I refused because I could not remember being told how soon after ER can I have IR.

The pain got worse, and I went to bed. I said I would take the IR after an hour. An hour seemed reasonable. You have to wait to go swimming an hour after eating...

Exactly one hour later, Lou brought me an IR and I capitulated. Soon after that, things improved greatly.

This morning I called Nurse Judy and found out that it is perfectly okay to take the ER and IR simultaneously if I need to.

So Lou was right! Again!

I just wish in the moment I could remember that, and just do what he suggests.

Lou has never liked the idea of a tattoo, but maybe he would like "Do whatever Lou wants" on my forearm where I can read it.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone


Anonymous said...

In a way that is soooo not funny but
in another way it is flipping hilarious!! I can totally understand your resistance though
and you know why.

I am glad it worked when you caved in!!

Lou won in persistence, he doesn't want to see you uncomfortable either I am sure. Just say, ok dear...

I love that you can have such a wonderful sense of humor :~)


Carol Quast said...

Tell Lou that I always knew he was always right. And be sure to put the emphasis on the "I". Glad you listened to him. The thing that I most want is for you to be as painfree as possible. And I am sure I am not alone! Love, Carol

Drake said...

A tatoo sounds too painful. How about a sharpie...just write it on your arm! They have lots of pretty colors these days!! :)

Anonymous said...

Lou has always been right...:) however, you still like to do things your way and I love this aspect...:) TTFN Love, Mrs. S. xxoo

Anonymous said...

Hey Karen

Just wanted to say hello and let you know we are all thinking about you. I can agree with you about Lou always being right because after all, he did pick you to be his beautiful wife and I know that is the best decision he has ever made.

Lots of hugs and kisses coming your way from all of us.

Talk to you soon,

Kimmy, Steve and Fischer

Tinalynne said...

Go Lou!

Anonymous said...

Woody requests an additional line if there's room. "Tell Meredyth to listen to Woody." But really, where's the sport in that??

Hope you're happier with this pain regimen. Sleep comfy.


Anonymous said...

Hi Karen, I think getting a tatoo would be a fabulous idea!! As for the pain medicine, take it!! That is what it is for!! Love you lots and lots, Debbie P.

Anonymous said...

The first time I met Lou I knew he was "smarter than the average bear". I can understand your resistance to the advice but pain is not your friend. I'm glad you're feeling better now. Lou is a love and I know, your immediate love.

I don't think a tatoo is a good idea right now but try a permanent marker instead - less painful.

Keep up your good sense of humor. I love reading your blog.

Luv ya!


Anonymous said...

Lou *was* wrong once! Happened in 1991! I read it on the internet so it has to be true!

And that suggestion on the tat' makes twice....

Very glad the pain thing worked out!

-- Wayne from the Vineyard, where we have electricity, no fires, and moderate temperatures right now.

Anonymous said...

Oh, wait, Lou *doesn't* like the idea of a tattoo. OK, one back on his side of the ledger. Thought I'd read it a different way but I was.....wrong.

-- Wayne