As predicted, the pace of last week with hospice was much more relaxed. One of the benefits is weekly massotherapy which targets Jeff’s shoulders and back to help relieve some of the pain.
The nurses also suggested tweaking the meds a little. The doctor increased the dose of the steroids, adding another pill mid-afternoon. Their hope was that the extra medication would help reduce inflammation thus reducing Jeff’s headaches. And by taking the second pill mid-afternoon instead of at bedtime, it would not interfere so much with his sleeping. He also resumed taking one of the long-acting pain pills before bed.
Those changes have helped a great deal in managing the pain, especially first thing in the morning. Unfortunately, the increased steroid seems to be causing some sleep interruptions. Perhaps there needs to be a bit more tweaking of the afternoon dose.
Though he continues to feel weak, Jeff is in good spirits and enjoyed going to lunch with a friend on Monday. And we all went out for ice cream on Tuesday after the boys got their back-to-school haircuts.
Thanks for all your encouraging messages. I appreciate you!