Thread: Georgia woman battling flesh-eating bacteria refuses morphine before skin graft

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    The good thing about opiates is if you did hallucinate you wouldn't give a shit. I don't know what she's whining about.
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    Stop resisting!
    Quote Originally Posted by Candy_Raver View Post
    Updated, it seems like she changed her mind after this.

    Her ideals were perhaps compatible with chronic pain management, but not fucking surgery!
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    Aimee Copeland Breaks And Pleads For Painkillers Following Skin Graft Surgery 
    I came to this board yesterday and read about how Aimee Copeland was refusing painkillers for her skin graft, and I thought this was enough of an interesting turn of events to warrant a thread. Who would've thought she would change her mind?

    Flesh-eating bacteria victim Aimee Copeland is pleading for painkillers after skin graft surgery has left her feeling like a “patchwork quilt,” according to her father, Andy Copeland.

    The Georgia student, 24, originally refused pain medications due in part to her personal convictions and graduate-school background in holistic pain management techniques. Her preferred method of dealing with the pain was meditation, but that has done little to assuage the sting of skin grafts and muscle flaps that were necessary to close a gaping wound on her abdomen and groin.

    According to Dr. J. Blair Summitt, assistant professor of plastic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., a skin graft transplant is a fairly straightforward procedure, but a painful one that often necessitates narcotic painkillers like morphine and Fentanyl for patients, ABC News reports.

    “Aimee is now taking pain medication in as liberal a dose as can be prescribed. If she even dared to refuse taking it, which she wouldn’t, then the doctors would most certinaly administer it in an IV drip,” her father wrote in a blog post.

    “Even so, the allowable doses of Morphine, Fentanyl and Lyrica are often inadequate to deal with the pain that Aimee is now experiencing,” he continued, adding that his daughter is now requesting medication ahead of schedule.

    It was nearly seven weeks ago that Copeland sustained a cut on her calf during a fall from a homemade zip line over a west Georgia river. She was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, an infection from a rare flesh-eating bacteria. Doctors were forced to amputate her left leg, right foot and hands.
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    My hopes are blighted, my heart is broken, my life a burden, everything around me is sad and mournful; earth has become distasteful to me, and human voices distract me. It is mercy to let me die, for if I live I shall lose my reason and become mad.
    I knew this would happen.
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    I think I would rather die that have to live with horrible thing eating me or deal with the possible outcome of beating it.
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    "Darkness cannot be dissipated with more darkness. More darkness will make darkness thicker. Only light can dissipate darkness. Violence and hatred cannot be removed with violence and hatred." - Thich Nhat Hanh
    ^ That is much easier to say when you are just imagining it.
    The will to live would likely overcome your feelings of fear that lead you to say that.
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    "Aimee Copeland Breaks And Pleads For Painkillers Following Skin Graft Surgery"

    i don't like that title. looks too much like they're saying "ha we told you so, she gave in hahaaaa"

    she's in a shit load of pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Network View Post
    The good thing about opiates is if you did hallucinate you wouldn't give a shit. I don't know what she's whining about.
    opiates have different effects in different contexts. pain relievers won't do anything for a medication related schizophrenic episode.

    she has to confront death, and understandably has a lot of conflicted feelings. "whining"? given the pain she is in and the fear she faces, that fear manifesting itself into visual (and most likely other) form(s), i don't think she is whining at all...
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