Morphine Musings

The nurse is saying I look exactly like Lucy from I Love Lucy. I don’t know anything about the show but the title so I had to ask if she’s at least a good character. The nurse said she is and asked if I wanted to be visited by clergy. I’m currently hopped up on morphine, so I’m not sure if I gave the right answer.

As you probably gathered, I’m at the ER. I had one of those nausea + chest pain episodes, and this time it was so bad I had to go to the ER. Of course, the moment they heard the words “chest tightness, age 41,” they grabbed me, pumped me full of morphine, and started sticking me into CT scans, chest x-rays, etc. I hate being such an invalid and am now wondering if I’ve been too alarmist. I have tons of morphine back home, so maybe I should have just taken it and stayed home.

At least, I hope somebody finally finds out what causes this because it’s very debilitating and I hate it. But I’ve got to tell you, folks. Morphine is good. I’m feeling very friendly towards the world right now. It’s creepy.


22 thoughts on “Morphine Musings”

  1. First, I hope they figure out what’s going on and that it’s easy to fix.

    Second, I Love Lucy was a hugely popular early tv show in the 1950s (and shown in syndication ever since). It pioneered a lot of techniques still used in making weekly tv shows.
    The show was about the kooky red-headed wife of a Cuban bandleader (played by the actress’s husband at the time) and her constant unsuccessful attempts to break into show business (or get rich quick).
    For me (and probably most viewers) the heart of the show and what made it a classic wasn’t so much the leading couple but Lucy’s relationship with her best friend/landlady Ethel. They had great comic chemistry together.


    1. Turned out it was gallbladder this entire time. And Google tells me that eating lots of cabbage is bad for it. This is so confusing. Is there anything at all I can eat? If even cabbage is out.

      Do I look like Lucy, though? The hair, maybe.


      1. First time I hear about cabbage being bad for gallbladder stones – my mom had this too, and she’d eat tons of cabbage with nothing bad happening. And the google searches that do say cabbage and malfunctioning gallbladders don’t mix tend to be of the “get our 30-day gallbladder eating plan” sort, so I’m guessing they’re incentivized to add random stuff to the list of what a gallbladder sufferer is not supposed to eat 😉

        Anyway, you should ask your doctor about this, too, but in the mean time, I doubt you need to worry about not being allowed to eat cabbage any longer.

        Also, I’m glad you’re ok, and that the chest tightness wasn’t a symptom of something worse.


  2. Gallbladder! Well, at least you have answer. Are you going to have to have surgery? I hope everything goes well and that you’re better soon!


  3. Only just saw this, I do hope you’re feeling much better.

    I’m no expert on gallbladders, but you couldn’t pry me away from my coffee or my cabbage or any green vegetable, I love them, red cabbage too!

    You did say you have lots of morphine at home? Really? Is this an American thing? No home in the U.K. would have ‘tons’ of morphine, the vast majority would never, ever have it at home. The only family member who’s ever had it was my son when he was in hospital after surgery for a broken neck. He’s ok, but has never wanted to have morphine again, it made him totally disoriented and very scared. The stuff is an opioid, a very strong painkiller, highly addictive and potentially lethal. Sorry, I’m not trying to lecture you, just a bit worried, please, please keep it locked away from Klara. x


    1. I know, I hate opioids. But doctors kept giving it to me in huge batches without even asking if I needed it. Obviously, I didn’t take it, so it’s accumulated. And yes, it’s an American thing. Opioids are prescribed and given out like candy, so now half the country suffers from an opioid addiction. It’s a national tragedy


      1. That’s crazy! Yet my government (well not really mine, I wouldn’t vote tory even after hell froze over) want to sell off our NHS and go over to a fully private medical system, where doctors have to be in the pockets of the pharmacy industry, like in the US.
        Can’t you refuse to take the damn stuff home with you? Tell them you are happier without it, you know it’s dangerous and you have a toddler at home. They ought to then regard you as a responsible parent…


        1. “you have a toddler at home. They ought to then regard you as a responsible parent…”

          American doctors now would likely assume that she’s fishing for a prescription for Flinstones Kiddie Morpheene! And oblige!


          1. Considering how many non-toddlers are eating Tide Pods now…

            Clarissa’s probably already baby proofed the cleaning supplies, medicine cabinet and electric sockets (ahem).

            I’m a little shocked they gave Clarissa opoids to take home. When my parents had surgeries recently, they only administered morphine or painkillers at the hospital or gave a script. They were not allowed to take painkillers from the hospital home. Since they were not able to physically go pick them up, I went to fill the prescriptions. They scan your driver’s license.


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