You can imagine my distress. If I couldn't find the last Fentanyl patch, I was going to be without any pain management for 12 hours starting at 8 PM last night! The lidocaine patches stay on for only 12 hours, and I prefer to use them during the day, so that I have maximum pain management when I am out and about or at least up and not in bed.
Rik had the very creative idea to cut one of the 50 mcg patches into quarters, thus giving me about 12 mcg of drug. For some reason I simply couldn't follow this while I was distraught. We went to a shiva minyan for our friend who just lost her youngest brother quite unexpectedly, and I removed the two 24 mcg patches while at her house around 8 PM.
I began to feel a little twitchy -- every time I though I got a pain signal, I twitched just a bit. After we came home, and I'd changed into my pajamas and settled myself on the couch to watch some TV, I finally realized what a good idea Rik had had. I asked him to cut up a 50 mcg patch, and he did so pretty accurately. I began to fell some pain relief about 20 minutes after putting the patch ion my arm.
On the good side, I took 0.5 mg Ativan at bedtime and slept well for most of the night. Between the dog and some pain signals, I awoke at 5 AM, and then at 6 AM, finally getting out of bed just before 8 AM. I took 600 mg of Gabapentin immrdiately, and as soon as I take a shower, I'll put a new lidocaine patch on my hip and back.
It makes me wonder how I will tolerate losing all the Fentanyl in three more days. I will report everything to Dr G on Monday, and get his take on whether I might be healed enough from the shingles to go to 0 mcg Fentanyl, or if I should stay on my home-trimmed patches.