Patient Lion

Notice I didn’t say impatient Lion. He’s been very well-behaved. He asks politely when he needs help, and he’s only repeated a request urgently when he’s really in pain.

The nerve block is done so there’s more pain, although the nerve block insertion spot was giving him some pain itself. Not to mention the fact that he had a nifty little fanny pack to carry around, which got in the way more often than not. So now Lion is on oxycodone alone.

Both drugs had relatively the same effect. He’s tired. He loses time. He’s not quite sure what’s going on around him. All very understandable. He says he can’t imagine why people take oxy recreationally. Also understandable. He doesn’t have an addictive personality so he may not understand that most people on oxy are addicted versus wanting a high. I understand that some people use it recreationally, but I hope it affects them differently than it affects Lion or there are a lot of spaced out, snoozing people out there.

Last night, Lion managed to escape from his sling twice. He woke me up to help get him back in. Since he’s not supposed to be out of the sling at all until tomorrow at the doctor, this was a little concerning. I assume he did no damage or he’d be in a lot more pain.

My other concern is how to get an unstable Lion into the car and to his appointment. Then, of course, I need to get him home. I’m hoping he’ll be a little more aware of his surroundings in the next twenty-four hours.

I guess it’s a good thing he’s sleeping a lot. He may be a little more difficult to deal with if he’s in pain and awake. I know he’s been working hard not to be difficult. He may not be able to help it if he’s in a lot of pain.

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Stoned Lion

Lion has a nerve block for his shoulder. It continuously delivers pain meds, but he also has a “panic button” he can push for extra help. In addition, he has oral pain meds. He was taking only one pill at a time throughout yesterday and last night.

This morning, he took two pills. Woohoo! He was floating. Two pills lasted a lot longer than one pill. I’m not sure it’s supposed to work that way. Lion just wanted to see how two worked versus one. Eventually the nerve block will end and he’ll be on his own with just the pills.

The best news about two pills is that they made Lion sleepier. By bedtime last night, I was way overtired. One pill allowed him to sleep for a few hours at a time. Ergo, I was able to sleep for a few hours at a time. We’re still pretty wiped out. Lion more so than me, of course. He’s sleeping between trips to the bathroom.

One nice thing about helping Lion is that I get to hang onto him while he’s walking unsteadily. This translates to some impromptu butt rubs and kisse on his back and shoulder. Of course, we hold hands when we’re in bed, but I’m taking any opportunity to stay close.

I don’t think we’ll really know how well Lion will do with the pain until the nerve block wears off. That may not be till tomorrow or Sunday. For now, it’s good that he’s sleeping. That’s the best medicine. Monday’s first physical therapy appointment will come soon enough and I’m sure there will be some pain associated with it. He needs to stockpile some healing between now and then.

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