I wouldn’t say I’m great today. I woke up feeling like I was hit by a freight train. Sleeping is key in this shoulder recovery deal. And sleeping is accomplished by pain management.
I started cutting way back on the pain medication a couple days ago. I’m not sure why, probably because they are playing havoc on my insides, but also because I’m not that big on taking pills in general. I started riding indoors and it seems counter productive exercising while eating pain pills.
Anyway, I thought everything was going great. I’ve mainly been taking two pain medicines, Oxycontin and Oxycodone. Oxycontin is a long term, time release version of Oxycodone. I’d cut down to one Oxycontin a day and then 4-6 Oxycodone. I think it caught up to me last night.
It didn’t matter how many Oxycodone I took in the middle of the night, the pain was pretty unrelenting. I ran out of Oxycontin and told the doctor I didn’t want to refill the prescription. Man, was that an error.
So, this morning, I woke up feeling like I’ve taken 5 steps backwards. I have a PT appointment in a hour or so in Vail. These appointments keep the days rolling along pretty quickly, but tend to get in the way of needed rest. I could sleep all day today under the right circumstances.
Maybe after I get moving around a bit more, I’ll feel better. It’s been 6 days now, so I would assume that it would have to be close to a time when I could be completely off the pain medication. I haven’t experienced anything like this before, especially since it seems that a lot of the emphasis from the medical side is the management of pain. I’ve always thought that improving and healing was the goal. I guess that takes care of itself with time, so just getting there is the goal. It is a strange world we live in now.