First official run with the dilaudid

George arrived yesterday. The pain ramped up badly by 7pm.

Last night was the 15-year anniversary of a local goth club. I waffled and hemmed and hawed for hours, and despite the pain, at the last minute, decided I would go. I popped 1mg of Dilaudid (I have the generic, which is Hydromorphone, but Dilaudid is much shorter to say and spell) and off we went, just after 9pm.

I felt no pain until around midnight, when my lower back started really hurting from sitting and standing, so I popped another milligram.
I never did dance – all I could do was try to focus on being upright. I was chatty and able to hold conversation for the most part. The bright flashing lights of the club hurt my eyes, and I felt off balance whenever I tried to walk or stand up. My eyes had nystagmus pretty bad, which didn’t help. But in all, I am glad I went, because I got to see my friend who had such a rough patch in New Mexico months ago. I and several of our friends wired him money and sent abundant emotional support, and this helped him to stay alive and push on, and get back to the Bay Area. He’s home in our neck of the woods, now, and he’s doing so much better.

When I got home, I was starving, so I nuked an Amy’s brand gluten-free enchilada meal. Sadly, I got quite nauseous after eating. Blah. I went to bed.

Woke up this morning after about 5-6 hours of sleep in excruciating pain. I was also very whiney and cranky and demanding. I remember this emotional outburstiness right after surgery, when I’d also been on either Dilaudid or straight morphine. So I know it’s a side effect.
I wanted none of that “Try an Ibuprofen first and then the Dilaudid” crap. I went right for the Dilaudid and was just short of screaming in pain. My man had to go to work so he couldn’t tend to me, and he felt really bad. I told him I took the Dilaudid and would be okay, and I was.

I had nearly six hours pain free, with only sporadic moments of sharp, jarring pain. I took a nap, and when I woke up around 3:30pm, the pain returned. I didn’t have the whiney demanding crankiness this time, though.

I decided to do the Ibuprofen600 first this time, so I nuked an Amy’s brand Indian dish of Palak Paneer to first coat my stomach against the drug, and after eating, I took the Ibu.

I’m waiting for the pain to subside. It takes twice to three times as long for the Ibuprofen to kick in as it does for the Dilaudid. But I don’t want to simply cover the pain because I know there’s inflammation going on with Endometriosis, and Ibuprofen is good for that, and a good diuretic to boot.
But if I don’t have a good level of pain relief in the next half hour, I’m taking the Dilaudid, too. The pharmacist said it’s okay to combine the two.

Regarding my body temperature – want to update you on that for a minute – my core temperature remains 97.4 to 97.9 even when I’m on my period. The internal inflammation doesn’t elevate my temperature. Strange.

Haven’t taken any vitamins today – I’ll go do that now.

I have not left the bed today except for food and bodily functions.

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