Hi! It seems the palliative care team has identified a pain regimen that works. I now take 40 mg of OxyContin (aka oxycodone) each morning and each evening to lay down a baseline of around-the-clock pain relief. If I feel like I need immediate relief of aches and pains that somehow break through the baseline dosages, I can take 2 - 8 mg of dilaudid (aka hydromorphone) as needed. I have followed this plan for pain management since last Thursday, and I'm glad to report that things are better indeed. I had several visitors in the house this past weekend and, thanks to the medication, was able to visit with all them.
Not much to report otherwise. I hope you're enjoying the waning days of summer. Autumn will be here before we know it.