Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pen Drawing, Waiting Room Plant with Shiny Black Pot

Plant with Pot, pen on watercolor paper, 3" x 5"

My past two weeks have been a nightmare of living with insufficient pain management. I had one week without any medication, in which I wasn't capable of writing my name intelligibly, then the previous drawing was during the brief time I didn't realize the fill-in prescription from my primary care clinic was for half my standard dose. That left me with less than half function, plus I had to skip a couple of shifts entirely to catch up and still have two pills left to be medicated for my pain clinic appointment.

It's over. My new doctor at the pain clinic is good and I may even get some real improvements in my health over time. I won't go into boring detail about it but the sources of my chronic pain are multiple and a couple of those conditions may be more treatable now than the last time I talked to a doctor about them. It still grates on me that some treatments that could help me a lot are illegal in this state, particularly medical marijuana and its derivatives.

So please, support medical marijuana and marijuana legalization. Prohibition 2.0 has not succeeded any more than the alcohol version did, if anything it's raised the stakes and caused far more violence, crime, public expense and deaths than the first version did. It's ridiculous that even taking dangerous drugs gets worse penalties than murder, rape, robbery and other real crimes. 

Countries that legalized drugs and treat addiction as a medical issue, like Portugal, have seen real, positive results from their policies. Wish my country would come to its senses and follow that good example.

Anyway, I'm back on my meds and the weather's lightening up. I may be able to paint or draw today, cross your fingers on that. It's still better if I do it earlier in the day before nap time and the weather's cooperating. New post if I do get in an artwork. Hopefully will post sooner than last time.


  1. Sorry they screwed up your meds and left you in so much pain. Glad it is straightened out. Hopefully the medical marijuana will be approved. They allow almost everything else, so why not something that apparently works?

    1. Yeah! At the VERY least they need to reschedule it downwards, it's got so many important medical uses and so much potential for more. I have hopes it will wind up legalized at the federal level, a majority of Americans want it legal including many conservatives.

  2. Rob
    Have you tried hemp oil? Many people with Peripheral Neuropathy use it. check out this article: http://blogs.naturalnews.com/how-hemp-oil-is-changing-the-chronic-pain-management/

    1. I haven't really gotten into supplements and things because so many are homeopathic and they are all out of pocket instead of covered. I don't even know if hemp oil's available in this state, but if it's lost the cannabinoids I don't know that it'd be that effective.

      It's also not Peripheral Neuropathy. I've got a long list of problems but that's not one of them.

    2. Hi Rob

      I didn't mean to infer that you have PN, sorry for that. What I meant was PN is pretty painful and pain is pain whatever causes it.

      My son is a paraplegic and he has PN as well as other pain problems. He can't take it as he is on Opioids for his pain and although hemp oil has a very low THC count it might show up in his regular drug testing.

      Hemp oil has helped alleviate the pain for many PN sufferers. One person I know was on Lyrica 300 mg, Oxycontin 80 mg and Oxycodone 75 mg daily. He's now off them all.

      The FDA of the United States considers hemp oil (and its derivative CBD) to be a dietary supplement (not a medication), since they are made from industrial hemp plants. If you live in the US, this means you don't need a prescription and can legally purchase and consume Cannabidiol in any state.


      I just thought that it might be of interest to you.

    3. Oh, thanks. Didn't realize there was any active ingredient in it. Will have to ask about that. Hope it's not expensive as no supplements are covered.