Say "No" to Drugs (Sometimes)

Feb 7, 2010 | Healing | 4 comments

Miracles of modern times. I’m sitting here in my chair, with my 6 day old happy hips and sending my words out across the globe. Trishna and Krishna, twins conjoined at the back of their brains, are separated and live to tell about it. Faces are transplanted. Eight children are born in one labour.
This is only possible through advances in medical technology, surgery and drugs. I bow down to the kind of medical brilliance that let’s me be up and walking with simple elbow crutches 6 days after a double hip replacement.
I’ve any potential pain managed by Paracetamol and, earlier in the week, Endone. When I discovered the morphine based Endone had bad side effects for me, I stopped it. I’ve cut back on the Panadol too as I’ve experienced no pain thus far.
Tonight the nurses at the Rehab Centre I’ve now checked in for a week were making the rounds passing out a slow release Oxycontin which is prescribed for the heavy physio sessions we’ll have for a couple of hours. I knocked back my drugs after a lengthy discussion with the nurses.
Pray I don’t have to eat my track suit tomorrow!


  1. Good for you Eve. There is no drug without sideeffect and sometimes the side effects are worst than the symptoms they aleviate.
    Pain is supposed to be a sign to do or not do something. I keep my fingers crossed you do and not do all the best things to support you healing in just the perfect pace for your body.

  2. Darling Eve, i was wanting update on you without wanting to intrude and then i remembered your blog! that you have enough energy to do your blog makes my heart sing! remember you are supported in getting well by many many people who love you.
    And i have a different take on pain killers – sometimes our body is trying toooooo hard to cope which sometimes includes keeping you from tensing up. So sometimes pain killers are the very best thing you can do for yourself – to relax you so that your body can deal with other things! And i honour your decision in the moment last night. But a new decision can be made each time for that new moment (this is the lecture on “don’t be a hero” ).
    sending lots and lots of love – see you in just 3 weeks Shirley

  3. Yes, sometimes the drugs are the best option. Particularly to get over the initial acute pain. Otherwise it may become chronic, or something in this manner. I read it somewhere sometimes. And as Shirley says, you can make decisions according to your needs,and decide from moment to moment, ‘to drug’ or ‘not to drug’. And if anything else has failed, then it is welcomed relief. Enough of lecturing. Our love to you, you are a brave woman.
    (I have started to take painkillers sometimes, when breath does not work any more)

  4. Ups did not look where I was stepping I suppose decades of developing new drugs has had an affect. However as you say drugs have their time and place in healing. The trick is to use them wisely.


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