Sunday, January 13, 2008

day 840

The increased dose of the Methadone seems to be doing the trick. I've cut way, way back on the acetaminophen consumption and am not in anywhere near the pain I was in a week ago. I know part of it was anxiety but part of it, I'm sure, is due to the medication being closer to a reasonable dose.

Instead of being at a 6-7 sitting, I'm down to a level 5 most of the time unless I overdo and don't take care of myself. If I know I'm going to be busy I take the acetaminophen to kinda help counteract it so at least it helps a bit.

It looks like I might be heading in the right direction.

Friday, January 11, 2008


Abby went with me on Tuesday to meet the new pain doctor.

We hit it off almost immediately. She's a wonderful person, full of energy and life and very caring and kind.

We ended up increasing the Methadone from 5 mg 4 times a day to 7.5 mg 3 times a day and if that works, we may increase it to 12.5 mg twice a day when I see her in a month.

I am so glad she's nice. Dr. P and I just didn't hit it off at all. He may be a nice enough person, but he's just not the doc for me. I didn't like him and I'm pretty sure he wasn't very fond of me, either.

The increased dose of Methadone is already making a difference. I'm sleeping better, not quite so photosensitive unless I get tired, and I don't seem to need the acetaminophen any more unless the day is going weird like yesterday.

She also has an office about 1/2 hour from here so instead of driving to the city to see her, I can go to her other office and we can do what needs to be done there. That also makes me very happy because while I'm quite competent at city driving, I detest it. Her other office is in a little town and it's right at the edge of town across the street from the hospital Norbert had his appendix out at and I won't have to go to Mapquest to get the directions.

Things are looking up.