When the nurse was here yesterday, she asked me if I was still taking painkillers. I told her, proudly, that I wasn't.
I explained that I had been taking paracetamols and ibuprofens after breakfast, lunch and tea every day since March. When we'd been in Ireland, though, we weren't having meals at set times (other than breakfast) and some days I'd realise I hadn't had my lunchtime or teatime tablets and hadn't really missed them. So, when we came home, I stopped taking them altogether.
The nurse looked at me and said "Are you in pain?". I said "Only slightly" to which she replied "If you're in pain, why aren't you taking painkillers?".
I said I thought I could manage without them and was happy that I wasn't filling my body with more chemicals. She just looked at me and said "That's not worth worrying about. If you're in pain, you need to take painkillers. Believe me, you get no prizes for not taking them and you'll feel so much better if you do."
She suggested that I didn't need to take both types again and, if Ibuprofen doesn't upset my stomach, I'd be better taking those.
So, yesterday, after lunch, I took some Ibuprofen. I kid you not, within 20 minutes, my right wrist, which had been aching for days, was "all better". And other bits that I didn't realise were aching - weren't. Talk about a d'uh moment!
Well, believe me, I won't be stopping taking them again any time soon!