Life-changing revelations occurred after my accident. For nearly three months while my facial reconstruction surgeries healed, I couldn’t take food and meds orally except sipping liquids through a straw. My first solid food was mashed potatoes, and I broke down and cried. I was 22 at the time and married only seven months. You can’t imagine the joy I felt to kiss my husband on the lips again! Did we ever get carried away after that? A story for another time.
Anyway, more to the subject: the drugs they give you, I learned can be sipped through a straw, poked into various places with needles, or with a finger up my behind. It was the beginning of a friendly relationship with suppositories.
The first week I was home from the hospital and had a visiting nurse, I was having stomach upsets and nausea. “Darlin, this needs to go in your butt,” she joked. I was in so much pain that my husband had to help turn me on my side for my home introduction to Phenergan suppositories. Angie used a surgical glove to give the medication, and she held her finger inside me for what seem like forever to get the med to begin melting. Did you ever have a nurse teach your newlywed husband, the finer points of inserting a suppository? Talk about life-changing revelations! Thank God for fingercots, and he became really good at it!!
And who knew, I didn’t, that Tylenol (AKA acetaminophen ) for aches and headache pain and a fever I suddenly spiked, came in a little box of 12 suppositories? What a godsend during that time, and through the years I’ve kept a little box in the fridge. it works wonders for me if I’ve got a stress headache.