Chapter 12-3: Falling Apart

When he told the doctors he was no longer sleeping because the pain was so severe, no one paid attention. Over the next two weeks, experiencing pain levels he had never felt before, his sleep patterns destroyed, we went in desperation to his GP; we did not know where else to turn. Our GP intimated with his hands where Bob’s pain level was and lowered his other hand to indicate just how much they were under treating his pain with the switch to methadone. He advised us to look into an alternative clinic and said we might have to go out of state to get his pain treated.

Walking Stick Cholla

On  January 25th, we walked into the Emergency Room in Socorro and to Bob’s relief he was given a muscle relaxant, a dose of morphine, and a prescription for a sleep aid which helped throughout the rest of the day. However, the moment he woke up the next morning the pain began instantly with the same severity. I called the Lovelace Pain Clinic to let them know we had visited the ER as per the contract he had signed with Lovelace and was told sharply by the nurse that Bob needed to be at the clinic at 7:30am that Friday. The nurse then added that Bob would not be getting any further prescriptions. And, if they thought, he was an addict was this any way to treat him?

One of the first things we had ever read about coping with severe pain is that it is essential for the patient to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation is still used as a modern means of mental torture. All the research shows that lack of sleep, even moderate amounts, degrades every mental faculty necessary to obtain valid information, this includes the loss of accurate memory recall, emotional instability that prevents logical thought, and even basic verbal comprehension. Sleep is a basic necessity for good health.1

  1. Walker, Matthew, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and dreams, Scribner, New York, 2017