Day 11: Hung over.

After the first couple of days, the pain of surgery starts to go away. This is mostly due to the heavy dosages of pain killers, but I pay close attention to my pain levels before and after taking  a pill to know if the dose can be reduced. I do not like to take these painkillers so I try to get off them as quickly as possible.

Immediately after surgery, I was taking the following:

  • 5mg Oxycodone HCL every 3 hours = 8 pills a day
  • 500mg Cephalexin (Antibiotic) every 6 hours = 4 pills a day
  • 10mg Oxycodone HCL ER every 12 hours = 2 pills a day

After almost one week, I started to reduce as follows:

  • May 2 – reduce 5mg Oxycodone to 6 pills a day
  • May 4 – reduce 5mg Oxycodone to 4 pills a day
  • May 7 – reduce 5mg Oxycodone to 2 pills a day

The antibiotics run out today (you take 40 pills until they are gone), so by tonight I will be taking:

  • 5mg Oxycodone HCL every 12 hours = 2 pills a day
  • 10mg Oxycodone HCL ER every 12 hours = 2 pills a day

So, in about 5 day’s time, I went from 12 pills a day to 4, and this has effects on my body. It feels exactly like being hung over: headache, light sensitivity, slightly irritable, nausea. Because of that, getting off the painkillers is the second worst hurdle to overcome in recovery (the first is making it past day 2).

It’s a hurdle not just because of the hangover, but also because since you’re off the meds you aren’t sleeping as much, so you are immobile and awake, which leads to boredom, backaches, frustration, desperation, etc. I would say this is the time when most people question whether it was the right thing to do. Despite feeling miserable, I say this with certainty: yes, this surgery was the absolute right thing to do.

I will stick to 4 painkillers a day until Monday (May 9), and then go down to 2 until Wednesday (May 11). My goal is to be completely off the painkillers by late Wednesday/early Thursday.

Wish me luck as I push through this uncomfortable phase! Once I’m on the other side, it should be smooth sailing. ⛵️

 

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Author: Day

On the road to Ironman..starting with learning to walk again.

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