Medication verses Meditation
My roommate Torie, recently fell and shattered her right arm.
After two hours in the E.R., two Percocets that seemed to have be ineffective in controlling the pain, the doctor ordered I.V. Injections of Dilaudid. Following each dose while the pain level went from a “12” to “4” . Her emotions became erratic, she was claustrophobic, shouting at the nursing staff, hallucinating, trying to undress, ignoring orders to stay in bed. She was out of control so to speak. The nurses and orderlies threatened to put restraints on her unless someone spend the night in her room. And so I did while she came down from the worst drug high I have ever seen.
The next day, during surgery, they gave Tori Morphine. She came out of the induced sleep in yet another bad drug trip.
And so when Tori was released to come home, I requested they prescribe Tramadol rather than Norco in order to avoid another drug induced episode at home.
While reading after care instructions, I found a single sheet of paper with instructions for non- medicated pain relief.