Is it wrong to laugh?

Don’t Worry About All Those Attacks By Hat-Stealing Oregon Owl

Sallinger said in an email his organization “periodically” gets “reports of owls bopping people in urban parks,” but that those incidents are “quite infrequent” compared to the how many owls live in city parks.

No one has been seriously injured by the owl in Bush’s Pasture Park, though the bird did fly off with two joggers’ hats.

Sallinger said the owls “are trying to chase you out of the area because they are protecting their nesting territory.”

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Brainy quotes on Blame

“If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.”  Khalil Gibran

Blame is just a lazy person’s way of making sense of chaos.”  Douglas Coupland

“I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?”  Yogi Berra

“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.”  Robert Anthony

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”  John Burroughs

“My life motto is ‘Do my best, so that I can’t blame myself for anything.'”  Magdalena Neuner

“I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“And nothing will change that part of my opinion.”

This is not the first time that my attempts to explain certain parts of the drug war have failed. And I understand the need to place blame elsewhere for the war against pain patients, like this gentleman (who named himself “KingBrian”) did below.  Believing that a group of people does not deserve your sympathy, believing you are better than them because you made better choices — that you shouldn’t have to suffer because, well, just because “others” are suffering. After all, they’re just drug addicts…  I know some pain patients believe these tall tales.

You know, I’ve looked for an advocacy group that really works for pain patients for a very long time. I’ve visited website after website, looking for help, digging further and looking for conflicts of interest (especially hidden ones).  Now, I’m not a joiner — but I don’t enjoy trying to fight this war on my own, so I keep searching and searching for a group that is open, honest, inclusive, and not discriminatory in any way.

And so this is an example of the biases I have found in the pain patient community:

KingBrian commented on Rumor on the street 01/05/2015 -updated.

I have said the same thing to many, I’m not addicted to the drug, I’m addicted to the pain relief!! And don’t get me wrong, I too have sympathy for some who are “street” drug addicted, I’ve known many. But I also know they had a choice, as it were, to never start doing those drugs in the first place.

Okay, I’m only guessing here, but… Republican?  “Street” drug addicted, that’s such an awkward phrase…  Listen, if you’re a pain patient and you don’t understand why some chemicals are “legal” and some are not, you need to stop reading this drivel right now and go do more research on the drug war.

I’m not a college graduate or anything fancy like that, so I’m not good at explaining how the brain works.  It’s not like I understand everything I read, but I’m pretty sure that our “choices” have a lot more to do with our DNA, along with our environment, than how each of us actually arrives at each and every decision we make.  And we don’t always have “control” over our environment, let alone our DNA.  The brain is as mysterious to experts as it is to us pain patients, so it’s rather egotistical to pretend that any of us really know how the brain actually works.

I, on the other hand, had NO choice when I destroyed my back at work in 1996.

Some people hurt their back or their knees, and some people have injuries that aren’t as easily visible — like in their brain.  I understand why pain patients feel they have to continually prove that their pain is “objective,” not “subjective” — to defend the fact that their pain is real.  After all, a lot of mental illness is considered subjective.  But that just means the medical industry hasn’t figured it out yet.  I think if KingBrian were to run into people who suffer from bipolar or PTSD, they would not be happy to hear that while he thinks his pain and suffering are real, theirs is not.

And maybe I shouldn’t have “compared” me to them as if I’m better than them, it was all in context to the &$%%#@ who was saying we’re all just loser drug addicts who post here because we don’t want them to take our drugs. But in my humble opinion there IS a difference between the straight up street drug user(who never had pain, just a need to escape reality), and us, I would have never taken one pain pill. and didn’t, before I got hurt.

Let’s see if I can explain this:  With opioid therapy, you are trying to “escape” your “reality” of constant pain.  What makes your hurt and your pain more real than anyone else’s?

But after 6 surgeries, and over 40 hours on the operating table, I feel there’s no reason why A)I shouldn’t be able to get whatever my very competent pain Dr prescribes, and B) I should have to be subject to everything we’re talking about here.

I can’t help but feel that KingBrian is standing on a very tall pedestal, looking down on all us average folks who didn’t choose to have six freaking surgeries.  Weren’t we just talking about “choices”?  I was desperate enough to have one surgery, but I learned enough about pain to know that additional surgeries would just make everything worse.

And I know exactly what you mean about your desperation to relieve your pain, I just disagree that “pain is pain”, their pain, for the MOST part, is from the choices they’ve made, I had NO choice in mine.

Yes, KingBrian, you did.  You chose the surgery route, and now you’re gonna have to pay the piper.  Remember, you chose to have surgery six times — not once, not twice, but six freaking times. I don’t know too many people who could afford to do that, but that was your choice (six freaking times), and now you have to live with the consequences (including being part of the drug war).  (Sorry, I dislike hypocrites.)

I appreciate your opinion, and I revile your pain, and I hope that with what we’re trying to do you’ll never have to go through anything more than a trip to the DR to help your pain, and mine.

A trip to the doctor to help my pain… that’s hilarious.  That’s what I did for 25 years — why would I want to continue pouring money down a black hole?  Even if the war against pain patients ended tomorrow, I have no desire to re-enter a co-dependent relationship with yet another medical “professional.”  I want to make my own decisions.

I’m not advocating for all pain patients to turn their backs on the medical industry; that would be foolish.  There are still some treatment options available for those who haven’t already tried everything (yet).

But, unfortunately, the “street” drug users are a BIG reason why we’re here in this position in the first place, if so many people weren’t weak willed and stayed away from granny’s medicine cabinet we wouldn’t BE in this position, and nothing will change that part of my opinion. Peace to you, and to hell with your pain!!(and mine, and the rest of ours!!)

Okay, that would be Republican, male, and white, correct?  It’s funny how white, middle-class pain patients blame drug addicts, while their counterparts who have lost loved ones in the drug war blame the drugs and fight for restrictions — hurting their white, middle-class neighbors, who just happen to be pain patients.  It reminds me of the endless cycle of pain, and how very few pain patients are able to break it.

I guess racism and other forms of discrimination work in the same type of endless cycle.  Pity… just think of what we could accomplish if everyone was treated the same…

Equality — it’s the drug of the future. 🙂

Police Stop You While You’re Carrying A Bunch Of Cash.

What Happens To Your Money?

If you’re on opioid therapy, I hope you know how unwise and dangerous it is to drive around with your prescription bottles.  Police will automatically assume you’re a drug dealer, especially if you’re a pain patient.  If you have to carry your pills with you, make sure they’re labeled, and for good measure, carry your pharmacy receipts with you.  (And if you get stopped by law enforcement, be prepared for a pill count.)