Prednisone is my new best friend, y'all! I am still hurting pretty badly, but was immensely gratified by the reduction in my pain level at work thanks to 60 mg of Prednisone first thing in the morning. It took it down from a constant 7-8 on the infamous 1-10 scale to a nagging 4, and that? Is a beautiful thing. As an added bonus, apparently high-dose steroids are the first-line treatment of choice in people who can't take NSAIDs and have a burgeoning bunion (no, I didn't bring Paul up at Urgent Care yesterday--he still hurts a bit now and then but is far from my biggest problem and can wait until my appointment with my GP on the 11th to be looked at), so I may be killing two birds with one stone. By the end of my shift the pain was back up to about a 6, but I took a Flexeril and some Hydrocodone when I got home and am parked on the heating pad, so I hope to feel much better shortly.
I am so, so, SO grateful to have the medical insurance and pocket money that allowed me to go and get checked out and obtain some effective pain relief yesterday, y'all. If this had happened while I was uninsured it would have been SO AWFUL! I would almost go so far as to say that going without the things that we did for a while there was a positive thing in the end because of how much I appreciate little things like being able to treat illnesses and injuries promptly as they come along, plan to have Hotter's eyes fixed as soon as he has the measurements and pre-screening re-done, fill my gas tank so that I don't have to worry about getting to and from work, and provide my children with fresh, organic fruit as a healthy snack option. I can even surprise the ones I love with little treats like good coffee from a local small-batch roastery and beanery or pastries from the Starbucks owned by my employer (where I get a discount! HOLLA!), or, in the case of the dogs, a pack of soup bones if Kroger has them, just because. It's such a good feeling to have a job that allows us to buy not just the necessities, but also the minor luxuries (store-bought paraben-free shampoo! Brand-name paper towels! PRISTIQ!) that brighten our days.
To complete my happiness, I got permission at work today to begin cross-training in another department where I have previous work-experience, that is very lucrative and will make me a more valuable employee as well as allow me to pick up extra shifts if I need to. Life is good!
And how are all of YOU? I really do want to know.