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Pain Meds and Other Frustrations

November 28, 2018

Pain Meds and Other Frustrations

I try to stay positive as much as possible but there are (obviously) some things about this that are just terrible and difficult to deal with. The reason that I was in the hospital for so long was because we were dealing with pain management and trying to get my pain under control. This took weeks and there was more to it than just a battle between me and the cancer that burrowed into my body.

I have talked about some of the amazing nurses and hospital staff that have supported me during my time at the hospital. But, my experiences with the staff here has not been all positive. When it comes to discussing my pain management, I have been made to feel helpless and to doubt myself and my ability to control my own body and what it needs.

This process has been difficult and frustrating and, at time, heartbreaking. I am thankful to be home now surrounded by people that I choose and that are invested in me as a person and not just a patient. And I cannot say enough times how thankful I am for my family.

2 Responses

Lesley Dossett
Lesley Dossett

December 21, 2018

Karla, you continue to be a fighter , which can only help you as you battle not only this cancer but also the “system “
That you both “stand up and speak out” reflects your personal strength.
I agree that our medical system expects family to assume a huge role in both the mental and physical care of patients. Without family a hospital stay is both lonely and isolating.
I hope that you have returned home to the comfort of your family and animals.
I think of you often and hope you will quickly move on to your chemo and the road to recovery.
Lesley and McGoo

Laurel Walker
Laurel Walker

December 10, 2018

Dear Karla…keep speaking your mind and being just who you are because I and many others listen and really hear you. You are an important voice 🙏Sending love ❤️

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