May 5th, 2006
|10:22 pm - Evidence of Improvement|
On Wednesday, my improvements seemed understated and if anything, my health continued to deteriorate. I will leave the specifics out, but one of my systems was failing in an alarming manner. Particularly alarming, because a common consequence of the percocet drug that I was still on (six times a day, dare not miss it!) is the opposite result. When I finally mustered the will to call the nurse, she and my surgeon were also concerned and told me to stop it (the percocet) immediately.
When I expressed some reluctance, as I was still in a great deal of pain even on decent doses of one of the stronger prescription opiates, they threw in a prescription to Tylenol with Codeine. Not quite as good, but a great deal less complicated.
I'm doing better. The pain is worse, but it is now localized and manageable. When it comes to straight pain, I have a pretty high tolerance. The problem had been that I was in a fog -- standing up, lying down, all of these things made me woosy, wince, and poop my pants. I find it a little unfortunate that we won't know how much of my early recovery difficulties were related to a bad reaction to the drugs. But there certainly was a bad reaction, and I'm doing better.
I'm doing so much better, in fact, that this evening: I left the house.
Left the house to go with Tessa to buy her ring. It took a double shot of codeine, but we got through it pretty well. She has what I am told is a very special, lovely, beautifully cut ring. For the diamond folks: 1.02 carot in a oval brilliant cut, six prong platinum setting on a yellow gold band. It was expensive, but not entirely out of the range I had imagined, and whatever: she's worth it. I still believe so. I struggled with the purchase -- conflict diamond, illiquid commodity -- but cultured clear diamonds are not yet available. I almost had her convinced. I'll write more about this later, because I think it is an important topic.
And she'll try to post pictures. We'll talk more details about the wedding and receptions and such, soon.
Hey there, glad to hear you are doing better. Congrats on the engagement!
Bad drug reactions are the kind of thing that, in a perfect world, could be prevented by genetic testing before prescribing the drugs... glad you're doing better now.
|Date:||May 7th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)|| |
I feel like I should give you some amount of crap about this-- because yah, it's a diamond with all that entails-- but when it comes down to it, if V really wanted a diamond I'd probably get her one too.