Waking up is hard to do

Hydrocodone is a much more effective sleep-aid than my usual poison, diphenhydramine citrate. It wears off faster, so that when morning rolls around I can greet it with clear-headedness.

I’m not taking Lortab (hydrocodone + acetaminophen) for help sleeping, though. I’m taking it to manage pain. Waking up clear-headed has its drawbacks — first and foremost, EVERYTHING HURTS. My shoulder hurts, by back and neck are sore, and my stomach feels like I was barfing all day yesterday. Since one of the side-effects of Lortab is nausea, I expect it’s doing something unpleasant to my gut, and when I wake up my poor belly is hung over.

So… right now I’m on zero drugs. I am very, very aware of my shoulder. I am aware of my shoulder in the same way that you would be aware of an 800-lb silverback mountain gorilla sitting in front of your refrigerator with a salad fork, the last of the Cherry Garcia, and your copy of Harry Potter and The Spoiler Which Must Not Be Named, should you be so unlucky as to have a gorilla wander into your home and adopt that position.

I’m afraid I need to take another Lortab. How else am I going to get past the gorilla?


6 thoughts on “Waking up is hard to do”

  1. I am rather glad my prescription for hydrocodone ran out, since I had fractured my rib a few weeks ago. Even without any pain, I wanted the stuff…thank goodness for my laziness and the effort it would take to get illegally.

    …the stuff is addicting. >.<

  2. better living through chemistry

    Pain the price we pay for our youthful follies. Type A personality, never would have guessed. …………A Randall through and through.

    Yep too many degrees of separation, I should be able to quite chuckling, separated shoulders are serious pain, but I can’t. I still have a picture of the dive for the ball, a totally meaningless point in a totally meaningless game, by a type A personality.

    Of course this is from another Type A personality who danced for three hours on concrete, with knees that are going to go titanium in a couple of years. Pass the chemistry.

  3. Try halving the dose and seeing how that works for you — cut a pill in half. Taking them with a small amount of food might also help, though this may increase the time it takes for them to kick in.

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