The Hospice Austin team officially took over BR's care on Wednesday. We met with his nurse and care coordinator that afternoon, and immediately replaced his Percocet with liquid Morphine for break-through pain. This brought about a small amount of pain relief, but not nearly enough to be called success.
Next, we met with the hospice doctor on Thursday, who decided to switch BR from Fentanyl patches to Methodone for sustained pain relief. We made the switch Friday, and again pain was knocked down another notch. So on average, BR is still in a great deal of pain, but feels better than before.
The Methodone has brought with it a bit more drowsiness, but not to the point where BR can't wake up and enjoy the day. It will be interesting to see what happens as the dosage is increased.
My niece, Jordan, has rejoined us as of Sunday to help out once again with the daily caregiving duties. It wasn't a moment too soon, as I had somehow thrown out my lower back while making groceries Saturday evening. Luckily, BR was already in bed, so the next transfer wasn't going to be until Sunday for the morning routine. Maybe I would feel better in the morning.
No such luck. When I woke up, my back was just as bad, if not worse than it was when I went to bed. So I convinced BR to delay the morning routine until Jordan arrived. And like an angel, arrive she did. She immediately took care of BR, then joined us as we watched the Saints advance to the Super Bowl. What a great evening!