Coming off of a difficult day, but feeling much better, I was ready to push myself to the next level Thurday. Physical therapy came by in the early afternoon and my plan was to start walking with my crutches. And Lindsey, my new therapist, was on board. Before starting, I of course took some morphine pills just to ease some of the pain. After several trips back and forth to the bathroom the previous day, standing was no longer an issue. From there, it was just a matter of getting used to the crutches now that I have a different center of mass. This came fairly easy so I made my way out to the hallway and cruised around a bit. Ready for the ultimate test of balance, I lifted my crutches and balanced on my one leg, but Lindsey wasn’t ready to give me that much freedom and quickly held my hips to eliminate any possibility of falling. After a short stroll I returned to the room for the day.
Later on, Marcia from Palliative Care returned to follow up on my new pain management plan that I started yesterday using morphine. The plan used a slow release morphine pill as a base taken a few times a day, and an instant release morphine pill that could be taken hourly as needed for break through pain. Initially, the plan seemed to be working great, but after only one day I felt as though I needed the breakthrough pill too frequently and was still had trouble keeping up with my pain. That’s when Marcia strongly recommended switching to Methadone. Knowing very little about any of the drugs, I took her recommendation and started a new plan consisting of methadone three times each day and instant release morphine available hourly until the methadone is in my system.
Today was a great day walking on the crutches; I’m feeling real strong and quickly adjusting to all of the new feelings associated with being on one leg. Grandma, like I promised you during our visit, I’m going to be okay!