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.

Jelly Bean Amendment

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I can’t be alone in wanting a Constitutional amendment restricting the sale of jelly beans to persons under the age of twenty-one.

This would allow for the creation of a new regulatory agency — one that would work closely with local law enforcement once the individual states have passed the necessary possession laws.

There’d be, like, grocery-store cops.  And no more late-night candy binges.

Who’s my congresswomanmanperson again?

Classic Attachment Parenting Threads

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Those pesky pediatricians…

Picture of crying baby makes me cry…

HELP!  Hubby wants to teach the kids personal responsibility!

Let’s boycott Amazon until they ban the books we don’t like.

We don’t actually believe in doctors, but…

Should I be concerned about LO being a hambeast?

There’s also a thread in which OP is encouraged to lie about the father being an unfit parent in order to gain custody of a baby, but it is rather long, so I’ll post it another time.

But here’s a sneak peek:

FACEBOOK: Connecticut Shooting

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I don’t care to dissect Adam Lanza’s motive for the elementary school shooting, but I will say this: If “society” bears any fault here, it’s that we’re too willing to excuse evil where we find it.

People love turning villains into victims by shifting responsibility away from the perpetrator and on to forces beyond their control.  Music, video games, guns, and bullies have been blamed time and again for the evil that men do. Is it any wonder the past few decades have seen so many of these mass-murder/suicide scenarios, when notoriety comes tempered with understanding and a certain degree of vindication?

Everything I Need to Know About Management I Learned From Muffin and Molly

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(1) If it’s not broken, break it so you can fix it.

(2) If it’s already broken, make sure everyone understands that it wasn’t your fault.

(3) Sometimes it can be advantageous to throw yourself under the bus, only make certain that your guilt is so readily apparent, people are forced to conclude you are nothing more than a scapegoat.

(4) If they’re on to you, break something and then throw yourself under the bus.  This will make you appear to be both a responsible individual and a victim.  And everyone loves a victim.

(5) It is never enough to “right” a wrong.  Always make sure to take the credit, even if you didn’t actually have a hand in fixing things, and even if you were the sole instigator of the problem.

(6) If there is a problem, throw a body at it.  This gives the impression that you are aware of the problem and that you are working diligently to fix it, when in fact all you are doing is passing the buck on to someone else.

(7) There is no telling how far you will rise when you continually remind people that you are part of a protected minority group.

(8) Get close to your Human Resources Manager.  People will be reluctant to cross you if they think you are her friend.  It makes no difference whether she wants to be your friend or not – confidentiality policies restrain her from commenting on whether any such personal relationship exists.

(9) The surest way to make yourself look good is to make everyone else around you look worse in comparison.

(10) If you can’t have the last word, at least make sure to get in the loudest.