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Week 7

I appear to have little luck with mp3 or media players. Four months to the day of the acquisition of my Zen Vision, the hard disk has seized up and despite all my efforts to reboot, reset, reformat, remains stubbornly unrecoverable. And I had only just finished transferring my entire music library to it last weekend!

Yesterday, some X-rays were taken of my shoulder, and I can ring for the results halfway through next week. I don't expect them to show up anything to change my GP's view that all it needs is time to heal, though. After some discussion of certain morphine lite-based painkillers that might do the trick, it was decided not to prescribe me any as the risk of possible dependency was too great -- the same argument that condemned my stepmother to go down to her grave in agony eight years ago. Diagnosed with terminal cancer of the liver in November, she died in March; but we could only persuade the doctors to give her some morphine when she was already in extremis, so that her last two hours here on earth were comfortable. Before then, all she had to combat the pain was paracetamol.

Spring must be in the air, as I've started on a bout of cleaning and decluttering of epic proportions. I've done the floors and the windows, and have given three bin liners full of unwanted clothes and footwear and another filled with bedclothes and table linens to charity shops, yet still my wardrobe and linen cupboard seem too full to me; and I've mucked out the kitchen cabinets and thrown out two bin liners full of dried herbs and spices and packets of instant puddings/custards/sauces and the like. The best before dates on some of these read 1997!

Unfortunately now, I feel like I may be coming down with a cold either today or tomorrow.

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curiouswombat
Feb. 16th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
I have nothing more productive to say than:

Hey! Your icon picture was taken about a mile from my house!
gamiila
Feb. 16th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
Fancy that!
suze2000
Feb. 16th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Diagnosed with terminal cancer of the liver in November, she died in March; but we could only persuade the doctors to give her some morphine when she was already in extremis, so that her last two hours here on earth were comfortable. Before then, all she had to combat the pain was paracetamol.

*boggles* That's just WRONG. Who cares if you're addicted to morphine if you are going to die anyway??!

And I had morphine when I had my ankle op. Mostly because the "lesser" morphine-related drugs (ie Pethidine) seem to make me throw up. Obviously here, doctors are a little more user-friendly. But mindful of the risk of addiction, I only asked for three doses of it in the first two days. After that they sent me home with masses of codeine, which I find made me less lucid than morphine for the same pain dulling effect. But still, I found the stomach pain I got after a week of taking it was more than enough to make me give it up. I don't consider the risk of dependence that great, but then I had an injury that was going to resolve. They still aren't sure about yours, are they? :(
gamiila
Feb. 16th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
That's just WRONG.

But all too common practice here in The Netherlands. As easy as it is to get soft and hard drugs on the streets (or so I'm led to believe), doctor's and hospital medicine cabinets usually remain firmly locked.

And I had morphine when I had my ankle op

Whereas, after the anaesthetic wore off, I was given a choice between paracetamol and a piece of wood to bite down on. (Slight exaggeration: the choice was actually between paracetamol and nothing. I chose nothing). I wish I could have had some morphine or codeine, especially in the first few days.

They still aren't sure about yours, are they?

Well, I appear to be having something called a piano key -- the clavicle has separated from the shoulder to a certain extent, hence the bump Rutger noticed in his examination. According to the GP, this type of injury tends to settle over time by itself, but is likely to be painful until it does.
suze2000
Feb. 17th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Have you considered marijuana? It's supposed to be an excellent pain reliever. ;)

I don't understand such a puritanical attitude to pain relief. It's ironic, as you point out. Here you can buy codiene in lots of formulations over the counter at your local pharmacy. Seriously there should be more available than just paracetamol!!

Piano key at least sounds like an interesting injury! It's less fun than it sounds though. :(
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
Marijuana? Not while I'm in gainful employment! I don't think my boss will be very impressed if I turn up at work stoned! Actually, I think there's a HP rule that says you can't, or you'll risk immediate dismissal.

No, there's nothing for it but to just grin and bear it, and hope it won't last for too much longer.

And I don't know why they're so over-cautious re: pain relief here. We may hold the record for the lowest percentage of pain killer addiction in the western world, but that's hardly surprising seeing as how they won't prescribe them in the first place!
ter369
Feb. 16th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Your clean-out sounds like mine today, particularly the kitchen shelves. I'm in pain, too, but moving carefully through decluttering activities in short bursts of time feels like I win over the Ow.

After some discussion of certain morphine lite-based painkillers that might do the trick, it was decided not to prescribe me any as the risk of possible dependency was too great.....

If you find any alternatives that work for you (acupuncture, things I can't guess) I will be interested to learn more about it, for your comfort while healing and for my education.
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2008 08:50 am (UTC)
Honestly, I don't think I will bother looking for alternatives to pain relief; the doctor's told me the injury should become less painful over time and I do believe that, so...will just carry on until it does. And will stop moaning about it, too!
ter369
Feb. 17th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
.....the doctor's told me the injury should become less painful over time and I do believe that, so...will just carry on until it does.

You know your body's healing patterns, too, it's just tough to be patient over the long haul. I usually feel that I want to know where the pain is and what my body is doing. If I mask that, I could miss new developments or how I should take care.

Please don't feel like you're moaning about it! I get suggestions from Flist members that I wouldn't know without their input. Half the time, they're having bigger problems and I feel I can suck it up and move on, because mine is not so bad in comparison.
enigmaticblues
Feb. 17th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
*hugs* Too bad about the mp3 player. I hope it's still under warranty.
gamiila
Feb. 17th, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
It is, so I'm off to see if I can get it repaired of exchanged later today. But it's such a chore to have to go through sorting out the music again, creating playlists and cleaning up the file names and deciding what goes where...I just finished uploading 7,000 songs, and now I can do it all again!
caegey
Feb. 18th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Okay, I knew you and I had a lot in common, but this is getting scary!
For the last two months I have been obsessed with Top Gear and have a wicked crush on Richard Hammond. What is going on here?
gamiila
Feb. 19th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Although I couldn't care less about cars or break horse power and have no clue what understeer means, Top Gear has been one of my favourite shows for years. It's the boyish exuberance and the banter between the three presenters that makes it into must watch television for me. I don't know that I have a favourite, but I will admit that there's something very endearing about Hammond, which goes beyond his puppy dog eyes.
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