worth sharing, for sure. This past week I was learning all about how to taper off of my Oxycodone. I did not have any guidance from my physicians or PT. I researched the CDC after watching the tv series about Oxy called Dopesick. Here are my notes from Week 4.
DAY 22: My side effects from the Oxy have been itchy skin underneath the skin, which makes it hard to sleep. I break out into sweats unrelated to menopause, I get hot and cold flip flopping all day long, I am restless during the day and night. Plus the medicine barely takes the edge off. I am spacing the medication out for longer times to see if this will help.
DAY 23: I am resting better at night and dreaming more and more, which is important for me to heal. I have had a few friends visit, which has made me a bit distracted from the constant pain and burning...
DAY 24: I put my name on the yoga schedule for November. Since my mobility is so good, perhaps the hot yoga room and staying busy will distract me more. I think the hot room will be good for circulation in my legs. I will teach 1 class a day at first, and then ramp up teaching as I feel more comfortable.
DAY 25: My birthday is tomorrow and I will have my first outing! My son is coming into town and it will be a senior night volleyball game for my daughter. Then we will have a family dinner out. It seems to be that as I age, the small and simple birthday celebrations have the deeper meanings and connections.
DAY 26: Happy birthday to all of my Scorpio family out there (and me)! Slept in and iced my leg all day to gear up for volleyball watching. It was more than a 2 hour event and I had space to do my leg exercises in the bleachers. We had a delicious dinner at a creole style restaurant! My appetite was better today as well, due to the spacing out of the Oxy.
DAY 27: My first outpatient PT appointment. My friend Johnnie took me. I am at 150 degrees of flexibility! The staff said that for 3 and a half week out of surgery they had never seen this type of mobility in their careers! I can touch my own butt with my right heel. That doesn't mean it doesn't hurt like hell though. My back hurts something fierce as well. I have my surgeon follow up this week so I will see what the doctor thinks about all of these pain levels being opposite to my flexibility.
DAY 28: I am spreading out the Oxy 12 to 15 hours apart. I am still on the Ibuprofin, aspirin, and Tylenol as well as a separate anti-inflammatory and 4 types of laxatives. My surgeon suggested today to switch Oxy for Hydrcodone. It seems to make me itch less. He also said the pain levels will be different for each patient. So, I must be patient. I am eager to start teaching again. I have put myself on the yoga studio schedule for next week. Pray for me, friemds!
If you have any questions about my journey in healing from this surgery, please ask me. If you want to share your experiences as well, in any health challenge, I am here for you. I am open to hear, read, listen, and support you.
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