The Growing Popularity of State ‘Death with Dignity’ Laws

http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/growing-popularity-of-state-death-with-dignity-laws.html

Byock pointed out that contrary to common belief, the majority of those who ended their lives under Oregon’s law did not point to pain as the main reason. Instead, they cited loss of autonomy, decreasing ability to participate in activities that made life enjoyable and loss of dignity…

Ah, dignity… I should get me some of that. 🙂

Voices of pain patients.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Opposition-to-Kentucky-HB-1-Reform-HB-217-aka-Pill-Mill-Bill/595049517218134

Mindi Houston (March 4 at 3:13pm):  I have MS. I have many friends with it, also. Yesterday, an MS friend of mine had been without her pain pills for 4 weeks, so it was NOT wirhdrawal, and she was in so much pain she was threatening suicide. She has been on a pain management doctor’s waiting list for 2 months because her neuro can no longer, or refuses to, prescribe pain medicine…

Brainy quotes on Nicknames

http://thegadabouttown.com/2015/03/10/a-nickname-less-life/#more-5956

“Astronauts cannot pick their nicknames and can only get their nicknames from other astronauts. Any astronaut who tries to give himself a cool nickname will regret it by getting just the opposite from his astronaut friends.”  Michael J. Massimino

“I don’t have any nicknames.”  Sally Ride

“I don’t need any nicknames.”  Victor Cruz

“Indian names were either characteristic nicknames given in a playful spirit, deed names, birth names, or such as have a religious and symbolic meaning.”  Charles Eastman

“After all these years I had the privilege of naming my private part, cause we have nicknames. So I named my private part pride… it’s not much but at least I have my pride.”  Jay London

What The Pentagon Hopes To Learn From Chimp Attack Victim

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/10/charla-nash-chimp-attack-military-research_n_6837368.html

The U.S. military paid for Nash’s full face transplant in 2011 and is underwriting her follow-up treatment at a combined cost estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, in the hope that some of the things it learns can help young, seriously disfigured soldiers returning from war…

Her life today is a stark contrast to her younger years, when she was a barrel racer on the rodeo circuit from the 1970s through the mid-1990s…

Lawmakers take aim at brightly colored laundry pods

http://www.today.com/money/lawmakers-take-aim-brightly-colored-laundry-pods-2D80537962

Poison control centers across the country received more than 17,000 calls about children who were exposed to detergent packets between 2012 and 2013, according to the National Poison Data System. During this two-year period, 769 children had to be hospitalized for treatment of seizures, vomiting blood, fluid in the lungs, respiratory problems, gastric burns, even comas. One child, a seven-month old boy, died…

The Florida Lawyer Who Convinced a Jury His Client Needs Weed to Function

http://www.vice.com/read/we-talked-to-the-florida-lawyer-who-convinced-a-jury-his-client-needs-weed-to-function-309

What happens when he doesn’t have his medicine?  Over the years, he’d been without cannabis on numerous different occasions and suffered. He even ended up in the hospital, where they were unable to find a diagnosis (for his symptoms), or do anything for him. We had the medical records for one stint—between 2004 and 2005. He had to take a drug test to get clearance to do marine mechanic work, so he stopped using for a month. During that time, he lost 20 pounds. He went in the hospital and lost 15 more pounds. They discharged him with no diagnosis…

Did your client ever tried any other medications?  He’s tried over 16 medications. Nothing worked for him. One caused loss of motor control in his arms. That won’t work. This is a man that wakes up nauseous every morning and won’t eat. Cannabis is the only thing that’s worked for him… The state said Teplicki hadn’t been to enough doctors and he hadn’t tried everything before choosing cannabis…

The jury recognized it was a disease he’s had since he was a young child, and they had compassion for the fact that he’s been suffering his whole life. Who are we to say he hasn’t?