Originally posted by glascow
...The other morning I was giving report on a pt that had been in an accident 3 yrs prior resulting in chronic pain. He was on Oxycontin qday and Xanax bid (home meds). He was also getting Demerol 100mg IV q 4 hrs for his post-op pain.
When I told the oncoming nurse this, his response was "loser,
nothing but a druggie."...
I am still staying out of the debate
I have had 5 back surgeries, I am scheduled to have the first of 2 poss 3 more back surgeries in March. It will take 1, maybe 2 to decompress my spinal cord and clean out the debris from 2 failed fusions, the last will be either another allograft fusion with pins & plates or Herrington rods, it all depends on how much or how little stability I have after the decomps. Part of the delay is waiting on the referrals and stuff to be in place for the pain management clinic affiliated with my neurosurgeons hospital to be able to take over medication management.
The prospect of spending the next year having major surgeries does not scare me, encountering attitudes like glascow's co-worker does. I am extremely narcotic tolerant. On an equianalgesic chart Demerol 100mg IV converts to about 10% of my of my daily oral med load. This "loser" got hurt on the job 10 years ago. Due (in part) to the miracles of modern pharmacology and changng my career focus (several times) I was able to keep returning to work and was working full time until this past mid-August.