My reconstructive surgeon Dr. Elliott is wonderful. He restored my trust in the medical field with his kindness and understanding. He also kept me doped to the gills for the first month I was recovering after bilateral lat flap breast reconstruction.
He gave me a prescription for Oxycodone and a really great muscle relaxer while the pain was at its worst. I don’t really remember more than snippets about that first month. I have left all my April of 2009 entries exactly the way they were when I posted them complete with typos to show just how dopey I was.
The misspellings are only part of the fun that was Oxy. I became obsessed with HGTV’s interior decorating shows. Every day I would park myself in front of the TV and watch as a parade of designers transformed rooms, yards or whole houses.
It wasn’t long before I started talking about getting certified in home staging. The only program I found turned out to be a scam. So I looked into a degree in Interior Design. I even went so far as to ask to schools for information.
Later I had to explain that I was high and I wouldn’t be applying to their school. It was embarrassing.
Oxy Lesson # 1: Don’t consider a career change while you’re stoned out of your tree.
As I said, I don’t remember much beyond little snippets of that first month. Carrying on a discussion was a bit of a challenge to say the least. Talking to friends on Facebook didn’t last long either because I could barely raise my arms even WITH the major drugs.
Oxy Lesson # 2: Don’t try to have meaningful conversations while you’re whacked out of your gourd.
Alex, my oldest, says the funniest thing he remembers is that I wobbled around the house. I’m guessing it’s a combination of being stoned and/or in pain.
The not-so-funny part was when Dr. Elliott wisely refused to renew my Oxy prescription and replaced it with Percocet. I got PISSED! I mean I was SO ticked I threatening law suit (not to him, just to hubby). And that’s when I realized that I was starting to have a dependency problem with the stuff.
Oxy Lesson # 3: Don’t stay on it any longer than you have to.
The big thing I remember is that with Oxy, it was like being wrapped in a big, cottony, warm cloud. Nothing could hurt me in the Oxy cloud and all I had to do was just sit and stare.
Hell, on Oxy, all I COULD do was sit and stare.
Oxy Lesson # 4: It serves it’s purpose but it is SO easy to get hooked on. If you HAVE to do it, only take it for a very short time and then get off of it. Withdrawls, even onto another narcotic made me a kind of nasty for a few days. So be aware of what you’re getting into.