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.
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