Sarah's Mother's Treatment

Pain right after surgery

Deciding to start chemo

Familiar things worked

Early treatments stopped working

Pills and patches

She was not groggy

Considered a nerve block

A tape of sad love songs

She was not groggy

She was not groggy much at all. She was on enough pain medication to kill you or I, and yet, when her pain was managed, you could tell as soon as her pain was managed because she would come downstairs start rearranging the kitchen, which was what she liked to do, she did not like that I had rearranged her kitchen. She had on three fentanyl patches, the highest dose available. In addition, she was taking 24 full-strength MS-Contin per day, six per four hour interval. She was also taking MSIR, which I believe was 30 milligrams. She would take two of those at a time, generally eight to ten a day. The fact she took all three of these medications combined which is proof that you can take as much pain medication as it takes to get the pain under control and still be up and walking around.

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