Pain to Avoid Pain
Today, amongst all my other choices, appointments and allocated for today, I decided to restock on some pills.
Panamax, OK, if you don’t know it, it’s similar to Panadol. I like to imagine that’s worldwide. Sure, Panamax is in the Opiate family, But, for crying out loud.
The effort today, I went to get 3 packets (300 tablets) for a cost I can afford, you would think I looked like someone who was going to go home and chow down on all 300, in as little time as possible.
Allow me to do some dumb maths.
I can get a script from my GP, one packet (100) $6.30
I can get a different script from my GP, 3 packets (300) $6.30
Then there’s a bulk chemist that’s low on bling and high on affordability.
Today, I hit a shop in the city where I had hoped to get all 3 packets and I was surprised they were only $0.99. But, I was only allocated 1 packet (100).
I explained Panamax is not my medication for serious pain relief. I joked it’s in the Heroin family and we all laughed.
Ok, it’s higher up in the food chain in the family of opiates.
I use Oxynorm.
5 mg’s works in about thirty minutes, lasts about three hours.
I’m not going to get much help at all from Panamax. No matter how many I imagine I would need to take. Not suggesting I’m going to try. Not issuing a challenge to anybody else. But, I often meet people who are medicated for short treatment with something like Endone.
Endone, the basic facts.
Takes a little while to kick in. For Helen level pain, it’s barely going to take the edge off for thirty minutes.
So, those who get head spin from Endone? Amateur. Anyway, general education about opiates over.
After a few brief stops in the city, I catch a tram half way home. It’s not a flatbed tram (not disability friendly) I manage by pulling myself up with my good arm.
Half way home, I get off the tram to venture to another Chemist, this time, Panamax one packet (100) $2.00.
Still one packet short for the target for the day, I really don’t want to go through this again for a while.
Ah! Quick calculation, I go through in a week, so I get back on another tram, up two steps and catch the tram almost there and hit a third chemist.
Third Chemist another $2.00.
Get back on tram, about five or 6 tram stops then walk home about twenty minutes.
I can feel my left foot and it’s not happy.
My pedometer tells me I’ve done 5,370 steps today. That’s when I’m wearing my bag since my clothes don’t have pockets.
Let’s hope my brain remains pain free as it would be counter-productive to need more opiates.
Isn’t it funny that we suffer some to avoid other suffering later? It’s a calculated risk.