The War on Pain Management

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Private response to a Danielle Stella tweet:

There needs to be a congressional investigation into the tactics being used to prosecute — or rather PERSECUTE — specialists who prescribe pain medications.  The DOJ is having doctors testify in court who have ZERO experience treating the conditions for which these drugs are being prescribed, with many of them being hired to work as full-time consultants STRAIGHT OUT OF MED SCHOOL.‬

I have been fortunate that my neurologist is still willing to treat my pain, as his practice has otherwise ceased prescribing opioid medications.  Yet he cut my dosage IN HALF after two of his colleagues were sentenced to federal prison DESPITE ADHERING TO CDC GUIDELINES.

(He told me he had three daughters, two in college, and that he couldn’t afford to go to prison.)

The DOJ simply had their pets testify that certain patients COULD have been treated with lower doses than were prescribed, and in at least one case they claimed not enough alternative forms of pain management had been explored ‪before resorting to opioids.‬

The government is FLAGRANTLY interfering in our medical care in response to a media-manufactured crisis that politicians from BOTH sides of the aisle have eagerly exploited for the PR points.

Because who wouldn’t want to help addicts who so obviously became addicted ThRoUgH nO fAuLt Of ThEiR oWn?

The reality is that in almost every case of overdose, at least one other substance was involved, or the user had otherwise failed to take as directed — if they were even using these meds under a doctor’s’ supervision. And many of them weren’t.

it’s scary enough to face the prospect of socialized medicine, and what would happen to me if my cancer should return.  I underwent a series of unconventional surgeries that would certainly NOT have been covered under any government plan.

But I at least had opioids to manage my pain — which was so intense that they had to dose me even as I slept.  The recovery was brutal. Withdrawal from the intravenous dilaudid to get back on to tramadal truly sucked — every time.

The aftermath hasn’t been easy. Since my pain medication was cut in half, I went from being able to perform activities that most people take for granted — shopping, driving, keeping up with friends — to being housebound.

But what truly terrifies me is the prospect of the cancer returning, the government dictating my course of treatment and the extent to which I am deemed worthy of pain management.

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Health = Bigotry

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I weighed only 79 lbs when I was 20 years old.  My BMI was 13.4.  I’d stopped menstruating, my hair was coming out in clumps, and my own father said I looked like a Holocaust victim.

But I realize now that the people who’d labeled me anorexic and said I was a compulsive over-exerciser were actually oppressing me.  I only wish I’d had the courage to #resist treatment, call them all Nazis, and throw milkshakes in their faces.

Fuck the cis white patriarchy!

Not a Good Month For Friendship

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NOTE: Update to follow (eventually, I swear), because there’s a Part II to the genderqueef shit, and it’s seriously one of the craziest things I have ever seen from the Regressive Left.  Which is saying quite a damned bit.



October has not been a month for friendship.  My friends are dropping like flies — and it’s largely the fault of Lindsey Graham.  He has released from within me an utter abhorrence for unethical shams.

About a dozen people have unfriended me on Facebook since the Christine Ford farce, and I’m pretty sure the majority of those who didn’t are no longer following me.

For the most part, I have been silently unfriended.  By whom, it’s hard to tell, which suggests no major loss.  But here are two cases in which I played an active role in the dissolution of a friendship — for better or for worse.

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Elastigirl

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My kid’s taken to calling me “Elastigirl” because: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

In regard to my stretchy skin:

“Look on the bright side: People can play with you.  I don’t mean play with you like you’re a person.  I mean play with you like you’re a thing.”

My kid says the damnedest things. 😐

I ❤️ Lindsey Graham

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I have a confession to make: I have fallen madly in love with Senator Lindsey Graham.

And I am willing to offer the good senator sexual favors in exchange for him going full Spartacus on behalf of doctors who prescribe pain medications — you know, the guys who are being thrown in federal prison for treating pain?

All right, let’s be honest — I’d probably offer it up anyway.

Letter to Lindsey Graham

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Dear Senator Graham:

I am neither a Republican nor a Conservative, and I disagree with you on a number of issues, including abortion.  But damn, do we need more guys like you in politics!  In truth, I would sooner see you in the White House than the Senate.

I was never particularly thrilled with Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, though I realized that we as a nation could do far worse.  Nevertheless, I and many others who felt the same have stood by him throughout these vicious, Neo-Stalinist attacks, and this point, I fear that failing to confirm Brett would present a crushing blow to the very framework of our society and the classical liberal values upon which it is based.  The Constitution is more than a piece of paper, and if it burns, so do we.

Brett Kavanaugh has become a symbol to all of us who are sick to death of being oppressed (yes, oppressed) by the Regressive Left and the Marxist-Feminists indoctrinating them on college campuses.  We are tired of their racism, their sexism, their caste system, and all the other forms of bigotry they have weaponized against us in their bid to seize power and convert America into the next soviet socialist republic.

That they scream the loudest, and that their screams are repackaged as “mainstream” by the left-wing media does not mean they speak for the majority of Americans.  Most of us are simply too intimidated to stand up to them for fear of losing our friends, our jobs, and our reputations.

Which is why it is imperative we find someone like you to represent us.

The only way to fight their evil ideas is to confront them with better ones.  Every inch you give in the name of “sensitivity” or “political correctness” is two more that they will take.  I was involved with radical feminism in my late teens, so I have seen firsthand where their agenda lies.  For a glimpse, you need look no further than Georgetown University’s Christine Fair.

Please keep fighting for Brett Kavanaugh, and please do not disregard my warnings about the Regressive Left.

Sincerely,

[me]

(a pro-choice atheist and disabled single mother who supports gay marriage)

I would just like to point out that supporting a Lindsey Graham presidential run would not be inconsistent with supporting abortion rights and gay marriage, as the President has zero Constitutional authority to overturn either.

Which is not to say that I would vote for Lindsey Graham while he remains complicit in the systematic persecution of doctors who treat pain.  Throw the abusers in prison for all I care (no, not really), but stay the fuck away from my healthcare.