Pain Mgmt 101 to PhD in one Day

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Today was very typical for day 1 after 8 hours in surgery.   Last night Judy was transferred to the Neurosciences Acute Care Unit and received great care with 1 on 2 nurse coverage.    Well monitored and many drips through IV lines allowed for administration of drugs as required – for anti seizure, for anti imflamatory, for antibiotics and for pain.    Who knew Judy would be going to a Rave!

The pain was the toughest one to manage.   They didn’t want to give too much medication for fear of it masking the serious symptoms of the trauma, but were happy to give just enough to take the edge off.    Try explaining that to a patient who wants more medication 2 hours before it’s due – try explaining that to Judy!!!

Groggy and ‘nodded-off’ was the common frame of mind for the day, but the plan for the day was to stay quiet and rest / sleep  so I think the plan was accomplished.

Some heavy duty and interesting drug concoctions for the pain for sure.    Katamine, Hydromorphine, Tramadol interspersed with Tylenol 3s – no wonder I’m looking at the outside of her eyelids and she’s looking at the inside.

Tomorrow’s plan is to become more active – well that’s the plan of the medical team – I’m not convinced they will have a willing participant given the present state of mind.   But tomorrow is another day, and Judy has surprised a few people before – my bet is ‘up and at ’em’.


  • Joanne
    July 11, 2017

    My Prayers and continued thoughts are with the whole family. We all know Judy is a Strong, Positive Woman. You are both so lucky to have an amazing and supportive family and group of friends. Give Judy our Love, and Get Well wishes. Thanks for sharing these difficult times. ❤❤

  • Kim (LeVon) Squires
    July 11, 2017

    Ken, we are all so grateful that Judy has you in her corner. You really are a super special man. Just what Judy deserves! Thinking of you and Judy!!!! Xo xo

  • Anna
    July 11, 2017

    Thinking of you all.
    Knowing Judy, I too believe that tomorrow will be ‘up and at ’em!’

  • Jo-Anne Alzner
    July 11, 2017

    So happy to hear things are “typical”. Tomorrow is another day and hopefully pain will be a little more manageable with the current regime.

  • SandraZanetti
    July 11, 2017

    Great news!!
    Good luck tomorrow

  • Micheline
    July 12, 2017

    As Bruce (BJ) said: “Rest your weary heart and soul, tomorrow is another day”. Hugs too both.

  • Jean laflamme
    July 12, 2017

    A very difficult day for Judy for sure. I’m positive she will ace it tomorrow.
    She will be a super heroine. Looking forwards to the next update, thanks for letting us know Ken. Very grand of you. You are a great coach. You are lucky or have each other.

  • Anna Muolo
    July 12, 2017

    Judy has an Angel looking over her and that Angel is you Ken. You are strong and still find ways to humor us with the news. Judy will grow stronger with your love and support and all of our prayers she will be active real soon????

  • Kathy and Gerry
    July 12, 2017

    Great to hear that all is going according to plan. Very difficult times but be assured that there are much better days ahead. So much to be thankful for!!!

    Cheers…Gerry and Kathy

  • Frankie
    July 13, 2017

    Ken, day one and already a positive silver lining. I envision you both sitting together on a porch together in years to come looking back at your many blessings including good health. These blogs will be a part of your history together when you look back and say ……..remember when . Celebrate one day at a time my friend ……..thinking of you both so often with positive thoughts.
    Xoxo Frankie

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