One of the best things about online/blogging friends is they are always so great about offering words of support or encouragement. It is not me who needs encouragement this time though, it’s Brad. The withdrawal from the pain killers was really hard on him this weekend, he hasn’t been able to sleep much, and that wears him down even more. He is concerned about how long he will have to deal with the side effects. I know that he can make it through this but it’s taking a toll on him emotionally as much as it is physically. Trying to keep him in a positive frame of mind is getting difficult. I know some of you out there have been through similar ordeals. I would be so grateful if any of you could share any helpful advice or words of encouragement, and I will make sure he sees them.