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May 5th, 2006

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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.

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Date:May 6th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
Hey there, glad to hear you are doing better. Congrats on the engagement!
Date:May 6th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
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.

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