Kimberly (kimberly_a) wrote,
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Fear of the lack of pain meds

One Tylenol #4 tablet left. If necessary, I'll phone my PCP office's emergency doc tomorrow to get more. Once upon a time, I wouldn't have been willing to do this, because I would have refused to define my headache as an "emergency," but these headaches are severe enough that I think they definitely qualify.

It's comforting to have a plan. If necessary, I'll call the emergency doc & insist on a refill of my pain meds. I am not helpless.

On the other hand, I'm starting to get increasingly nervous about Wednesday's surgery. I'm not anxious about the surgery itself—I'm not afraid of pain or complications or anything—but rather just that I'll forget something important or have a terrible headache that morning & not be able to take pain meds. (I'm not supposed to eat or drink anything that morning, but I'm going to ask the pre-op nurse—who is supposed to phone me 24-48 hours before the surgery to discuss details—about the pain meds in case of headache.)

On the other hand, I have high hopes that the headaches will improve after the surgeries. I know I've written that before, but it's very much on my mind.
Tags: asking for stuff, assertiveness, central nervous system, considering myself important, doctors, headaches, medication, meds-codeine, meds-tylenol, pain, trusting my own judgment
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