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Dept. of Good Things, Friday edition

Gratitude Redux 

1. I'm grateful that today is Friday - it's always good to know I have a two day vacation coming up!
2. I'm grateful that the weather predicts a partly sunny day, and that I have a lovely sweater to wear in the March chill. 
3. I'm grateful that today is the day I'm paid, which will cover our mortgage this month. 
4. I' m grateful that an experiment I tried this week, going without my daily painkiller for three days, worked out with only a little extra pain in my foot and in my thumbs. I'm going to go back to taking my daily level, because I do need my thumbs for my work, and also because there's no reason for me to deal with extra pain, or pain at all - it's not a mark of moral strength, no matter what Puritan detritus taints our American cultural attitudes - but it reminded me that, no, I'm not either physically or psychically dependent on the painkiller. 
5. I'm grateful that tonight I will mix myself a big-ass-martini and enjoy time with BB.
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Mar. 18th, 2016 03:53 pm (UTC)
Such brilliant things. And I agree about pain. What most people (even doctors) do not realize, is that when one is coping with pain, it leaves very little room for anything else. It is physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. Even when we think we don't feel it, we are - and it taxes us to do so. There is no reason to tolerate it. But it also helps to know that we don't use the reliever of pain as a crutch to get through life.

This was an excellent post and made me smile - thank you!

Mar. 18th, 2016 05:14 pm (UTC)
One of the reasons I was so angry yesterday was that the Centers For Disease Control just came out with "recommendations" to primary care physicians to basically stop giving opioids to ... well ... anyone. They actually suggested that instead of things like codeine for people with chronic pain, they try ibuprofen and exercise. Ibuprofen, which can rip your stomach apart, which almost killed BB a decade ago ... and exercise. Yes, I know that there are parts of the country where illegal use of prescription drugs has created tragedy and crime - taking painkillers away from people who legitimately need them won't solve that. Perhaps decriminalizing the use of painkillers might help? Perhaps, do you think?

Argh. There, I've ranted about what made me mad. I think BB and I will be safe from these "recommendations," since our painkillers are prescribed by specialists, not primary care physicians, but I think you can understand why this gets my blood pressure up.

Hmmmm.... puppies and kittens, puppies and kittens, must think about adorable puppies and kittens, especially kittens....
Mar. 18th, 2016 05:20 pm (UTC)
Trust me, I totally understand!! I'm a doctor's daughter and to me, finding better ways to minimize pain without stigmatizing the people and the medications we have NOW is the way to go. The whole war on drugs is stupid and pointless anyhow. It just creates more death, injuries and ruined lives on so many levels. Waging war against people in pain is even MORE stupid - and this is a rant I've had for a while myself.

Kitten, puppies, fluffy pillows, sunshine, lovely books, coffee and lazy days. There. All better, lol!

Mar. 19th, 2016 11:40 pm (UTC)
Testify, sister!
Mar. 18th, 2016 04:56 pm (UTC)
It's Friday and the sun is shining. : )

Interesting experiment with the pain meds. When my tendonitis flares up, I need something stronger than Tylenol. My doctor prescribed Celebrex, and I don't hesitate to use it when I need it. I try to lay off OTC stuff because it irritates my stomach, and some pain meds make me feel loopy, but when I need them, I take them. No need to feel apologetic, or that you aren't "strong" enough. Sheesh! A_phoenixdragon is absolutely right that when you're in pain, you have no energy for anything else (and in my case, because it was wrist pain, it was impossible for me to do anything--work, swim, cook, write, and at its worst, I could barely dress myself). Why society is determined to criminalize anyone who is in pain and needs medication for it is beyond me.

Of course, the big-ass martini is the best "medication" of all. ; ) The paycheck also doesn't hurt.

Edited at 2016-03-18 04:57 pm (UTC)
Mar. 18th, 2016 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'm on a daily low dose of codeine for my RA and Scleroderma. I've used codeine all my life - its an OTC drug in Canada, where I grew up - and it is the one thing that helps with what I have. I found I could go without it, but, as I said, with an increase in hand and foot pain. I had an entire rant about a recent CDC "recommendation" on painkillers (See what I wrote to a_phoenixdragon above), and that had made me angry. That was one of the things I tried to forget via my Thursday gratefulness post.
Mar. 18th, 2016 06:27 pm (UTC)
You're lucky you can get the codeine. Ragdoll, one of my flisters, has a devil of a time getting it--she uses it for severe menstrual cramps, and she just can't seem to get her doctors to understand that 800 mg. of Advil just isn't doing it--they say things like "this should take care of it." I hate that word, "should." Well, it doesn't. Not for everyone.

And when you can't get what you need through legitimate avenues, what do you do? Start looking for it illegally. :::headdesk:::

In MA, initial prescriptions of opioid painkillers can now only be given for like 7 days... which I'm pretty sure means you'd have to go back to a doctor for another scrip **every week**--which I imagine would be the very devil if you're on the meds because of recent surgery or an accident. Not everyone can get out of the house easily; not everyone has someone who can drive them to the doctor; not everyone has an understanding workplace that lets you take time off so you can go to your doctor once a week for the pain medication that keeps you functioning.

I'm LOL'ing at the very notion of taking Advil and exercising as a way to deal with pain. Try telling that to someone who has been in a car wreck and has multiple broken bones. > : - {

I'm all for exercising in general, obviously, but people who have undergone surgery or experienced some kind of severe physical trauma have all they can do to move their bodies, let alone get exercise.

I just hope I never am in a situation where I have to take strong painkillers for an extended period of time.

I think a lot of these laws are only going to be punishing the wrong people and driving them to obtain the medications they need illegally.
Mar. 18th, 2016 09:52 pm (UTC)
I hate that word, "should." Well, it doesn't. Not for everyone ... And when you can't get what you need through legitimate avenues, what do you do? Start looking for it illegally.

Exactly. And that desire to criminalize prescription drugs doesn't solve the problem of prescription drug overuse or wrong use. It merely makes more people criminals, and puts them out on the street, dealing with drugs without a doctor's care.

It all seems to come down to a puritan attitude that equates pain with "judgement from God" and the need for pain relief with "sinful, moral laxity." No joke; that attitude is so core to the problem, so engrained in our culture, particularly American culture, that I despair of it quickly changing.
Mar. 22nd, 2016 02:20 pm (UTC)
It all seems to come down to a puritan attitude that equates pain with "judgement from God" and the need for pain relief with "sinful, moral laxity." No joke; that attitude is so core to the problem, so engrained in our culture, particularly American culture, that I despair of it quickly changing.

So true! And the thing is, I think a lot of people don't even realize this is part of the root of the problem. Tied to this is the "up by your bootstraps" mentality that if you can't "deal with" pain, you're somehow weak or a failure. No wonder our culture is so messed up. : (

Edited at 2016-03-22 02:21 pm (UTC)
Mar. 22nd, 2016 07:11 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of people don't even realize this is part of the root of the problem.

Yes. It's a bit like privilege. If you're a beneficiary of privilege, you're like a fish that doesn't realize it's swimming in water. In this culture, the puritan/by-your-bootstraps paradigm is so engrained in the culture that we don't notice what it does to our attitudes towards pain, towards medication, towards mental illness, or illnesses that aren't readily viewable. It's just "natural" to assume that people who need pain medication are slackers; it's just "natural" to assume that if your illness isn't as noticeable as a missing limb, it must be "all in your head" - and not in a good way.

tl;dr - I agree.
Mar. 23rd, 2016 01:31 pm (UTC)
LOL. Don't worry about ranting. I rant about stuff like this all the time.

Try talking to other people about stuff like this, and they look at you like you're crazy. Until they suddenly develop a problem. If they can't get help for it, the world is out to get them. : /
Mar. 19th, 2016 11:08 pm (UTC)
I suspect a lot of us arrived at Friday grateful that that evening we could curl up at home with our nearest and dearest and a large drink. I certainly did :-) (the arriving, the curling up and the drinking!)
Mar. 19th, 2016 11:39 pm (UTC)
It was a lovely martini, and we watched quite a lot of anime, and the world got considerably more relaxed. Today was a bit busier, but the sun still shone, and I was with BB, which makes a lot of things ever so much better. And I'm glad you had what seems like a similar evening. Hope your Saturday was good as well!
Mar. 20th, 2016 12:27 am (UTC)
Friday, sun, a bit of money, no pain and a good drink. Classic things to be grateful for indeed!
Mar. 20th, 2016 03:56 pm (UTC)
It's true; the simplest pleasures are sometimes the deepest. And after winter darkness, spring sun becomes particularly wonderful.
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