Mathew visited the ER yesterday to refill his Tylenol 3 prescription. It was New Brunswick Day (statutory holiday) so the family doctor’s office was closed. Our after hours clinics’ won’t prescribe narcotics (which Tylenol 3 with codeine is) leaving us no choice but the ER. Mathew wasn’t able to comfortably get out of bed until the afternoon due to the weekend activity attending Harbour ConFusion. His leg and back hurt him and his pills wouldn’t last through the day and night.
We timed it right and waited just a short time before seeing the attentive emergency room doctor. He reviewed Mathew’s charts and history between the two hospitals before deciding to change his medication to morphine. Morphine has a slow-release tablet that provides pain relief over a 12 hour period of time versus 4 hours. The first 12 hour dose has to be closely monitored for side effects so his first dose will be shortly. He had the quick release, 4 hour relief tablets through the night. They worked better than the Tylenol 3s and he was finally pain free for a while.

These are Mathew’s medications right now to manage the pain and inflammation from the spinal tumour:

Naproxen: 1000 mg daily
Lyrica: 150 mg daily
Morphine: 60 mg daily

Now for a couple of photos taken with my new camera; a Nikon D3100. It is an entry level DSLR which I’ve never had before. I’ve wanted one for a very long time and a sale came up at just the right time. These are photos of our little flower garden this year… if you can call hanging baskets a garden! It is the perfect amount of gardening for us this year; doesn’t require a lot of maintenance while showing up vibrant colour.

Our house Aug 2013

Our house Aug 2013


Another view of the house with Bosco on the grass

Another view of the house with Bosco on the grass


Cheerful flowers in the sun

Cheerful flowers in the sun


This is my favourite flower basket

This is my favourite flower basket


The clematis LOVES this spot in our garden!

The clematis LOVES this spot in our garden!


The back deck showing the settee and the gazebo with table and chairs.

The back deck showing the settee and the gazebo with table and chairs.

Today will be all about monitoring the morphine and keeping our anxiety in check about tomorrow…

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