|There I am. See me?|
Over the six years that have passed since my Warranty Expired, if Prednisone became the controlling, hatefully-loving, less-than-sane Mistress I Never Wanted, then Hydrocodone was my new BFF. Through almost a dozen adventures together, my chemical buddy and I had some memorable times. He taught me to sleep again when pain tried to stop me. He made me chatty and nice. He even got me to start working out again.
But mostly what we did... is fly.
I know that the effects of narcotic painkillers can vary widely from patient to patient, so I was relieved that I wasn't one of those people who simply cannot stomach them. I'm also glad that the experience for me wasn't so perfect as to lead me straight into addiction - not that I've ever taken them long enough for that to be a problem, but still - yay! In fact, I remember learning early on that Hydrocodone does not numb my intense pains; it mostly just makes me stop caring and fly away.
Taking my first flight with Hydrocodone was a lot like taking off in a real airplane for the first time. My guts all lurched downward for a moment, as if they had failed to receive the memo. Then, the nose of the plane went up and the world fell away in an instant. There was a strong temptation to panic. "DON'T PANIC" bounced through my brain, and I'm glad it did, because the next urge was the one that felt like WHEEEEEE...
The second time was just as good. Later, when my lung was out to get me, I was introduced to a cough syrup with my pal Hydrocodone in it, and the effect was somehow even better. A couple of years later, a pair of root canals reunited me and The Stuff. A sprained knee brought another prescription, and a big dose. By then, I had my Hydrocodone Frequent Flyer card, and I really knew what I was doing. The urge to panic, or to go all "wheeeeeee" all over the place, was replaced by calm, confident climbs into the sky.
We're going to have a little chat about that.
This was written in response to yet another writing prompt from my friends at STUDIO 30 PLUS. This one was "Frequent Flyer."