New Chase email scam

Re:  New Massage from Chase (SM)

Ha, that’s funny, Chase is sending me a massage. 🙂

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Guess what, you scumbag scammer?  I’m not a Chase customer, you freaking idiot.  Now, which of my responses to scammers should I use?  Maybe all of them?  🙂

The Sisterhood of the World Award

If you follow my blog, you know I’m not into awards.  It reminds me of when I got medals in gymnastics:  Gee, after working out 4 hours a day, every day, even holidays; all the struggle, pain, blood, sweat, and tears; and performing 8 different routines to the best of my ability — thanks for this cheap medal which doesn’t really mean very much.  (Perhaps I’m exaggerating.)

But I know awards have meaning for many bloggers, including Lisa at “Life of an El Paso Woman.”  However, don’t expect me to follow the rules — that’s asking way too much of me. 🙂

Ten questions for my nominees (Please answer the same questions)

Tea or Coffee?  Neither.

Where do you source your inspiration from whether it be in life or writing?  I would guess that suffering from chronic pain is my inspiration for just about everything, as it pretty much rules my life.

What is your favorite color and how does it inspire you?  I love all colors, but my favorite is probably blue.  Or maybe hot pink.  I dunno, might also be black.  But then, I’m very fond of purple and peach, too.  As far as inspiration goes, I think I’m more inspired by people than colors. Of course, people come in a variety of colors…  Sorry, I digress.

What is the last book you read and how did it make you feel?  I used to read books a lot, but as the pain has increased, my ability to focus on a book has decreased.  If I remember correctly, the last book I read was “11/22/63” by Stephen King.

Where were you born?  Pennsylvania, but I grew up in Texas.

Can you play an instrument?  Is a vibrator an instrument? Just kidding. 🙂  I played the flute when I was young and always wanted to play the piano or guitar, but I can’t seem to figure out how to read music.  Actually, I have no talent for other languages…  There I go, digressing again.

What one thing is guaranteed to make you cry?  I try very hard not to cry, as it just makes my facial pain worse.  But anything sad can make me cry.  I’ve also been known to shed a few happy tears, like after finding out that #LoveWins!

What would you say is your favorite restaurant?  Right now, it’s Pelicans, home of the best ranch dressing in Albuquerque.  But I rarely eat at restaurants.

What is the word/phrase that you use way too much?  Dude. 🙂

There, now you know more about me than my pet pig (which I don’t have).  And now that I’ve bored ya’ll to tears, feel free to copy and paste these questions into your own post and join the fun. 😀

Visualization Of Fibro Brain

PIC FROM Kerryn Parkinson/ NORFANZ founding parties/ CATERS – The unfortunately named blobfish – So you think you’ve had a bad day?…  spare a thought for the worlds most miserable-looking fish who is now in danger of being wiped out.

The unfortunately named blobfish has already acquired a reputation for looking sad thanks to its miserable mush. The bloated bottom dweller, which can grow up to 12 inches, lives at depths of up to 900m making it rarely seen by humans. But thanks to increasing fishing of the seas Down Under the fish is being dragged up with other catches.

Despite being unedible itself, the blobfish unluckily lives at the same depths as other more appetising ocean organisms, including crab and lobster.


“Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”  Mark Twain

“If a huge number of people call for change, the government will have to react. If you want to avoid uprisings, or demonstrations, you need to respond to the people’s desperate need for change.”  Mohamed ElBaradei

“I read that book ‘Fat is a Feminist Issue’, got a bit desperate halfway through and ate it.”  Jo Brand

Photo taken 6/22/2015.

Tapering Long-term Opioid Therapy in Chronic Noncancer Pain

Increasing concern about the risks and limited evidence supporting the therapeutic benefit of long-term opioid therapy for chronic noncancer pain are leading prescribers to consider discontinuing the use of opioids. In addition to overt addiction or diversion, the presence of adverse effects, diminishing analgesia, reduced function and quality of life, or the absence of progress toward functional goals can justify an attempt at weaning patients from long-term opioid therapy. However, discontinuing opioid therapy is often hindered by patients’ psychiatric comorbidities and poor coping skills, as well as the lack of formal guidelines for the prescribers…

Gee, are those the only reasons discontinuing opioid therapy is problematic?  Could it be that doctors have nothing to replace it with?

Doctors to pain patients:  We’re going to taper you off this medication that helps you function every day and reduces your pain, but we’re not going to replace it with anything.  In other words, just suffer.  After all, suffering is better than the possibility of addiction or diversion, don’t you think?  Sure, unmanaged pain will shorten your life span, make you miserable, and may produce suicidal ideation, but so what.  We’re doctors and we know what’s best.

And the reason there’s “limited evidence” for long-term opioid therapy is because the research hasn’t been done yet.  Hey, I have an idea:  Why not do the freaking research?

You know what else hasn’t been proven to work on a long-term basis?  Antidepressants.  Go ahead, doctors, start tapering those medications too.  Pretty soon, we won’t even need doctors any more.

Shoulders for Sisters : Suicide Prevention

Suicide and Endometriosis has been a topic heavy on my heart for the past seven months (you can read Suicide & Endometriosis here).  Am I suicidal?  No.  However, last year there were several EndoSisters who committed suicide.  And this year a few more have.  Too many.  But can easily understand their hopelessness: pain; no cure; the potential for multiple surgeries; regrowth; Western medicine, alternative medicine, natural supplements, snake oils, relief, recurrence, and the cycle starts all over again.  Not to mention a sense of being completely alone, misunderstood, misdiagnosed, mistreated by physicians, mislabeled as drug-seekers, fakers, and crazies.

I’ve been trying to think of ways that I can help. In a small way.  Or a big way.  And I’ve fallen short on ideas… But today I’ve learned of a group where Sisters with suicidal thoughts can go for help.  An old-fashioned phone-line group.  Yes, that’s right.  You can email, PM, or call someone if you need to talk.  Talk with someone who is in your shoes.  Who knows what you’re going through…because they’re going through it, too.  Understand that you are not alone, and understand that people want to listen. And help.

Shoulders for Sisters was created in June 2015 by two EndoSisters, Amanda and Brandi, after hearing about three confirmed suicides of EndoSisters within one week.  THREE…IN ONE WEEK. A fourth Sister also passed away that week, but the details of her death are unknown. Amanda and Brandi, like many of us, felt like something needed to be done. So they created Shoulders for Sisters, a Facebook group where EndoSisters in need of help can turn to. It is currently run by four Admins and is a closed group on Facebook, and will remain closed for the comfort and security of it’s members. If you would like to join, either because you need someone to talk to, or you would like to help, please click here…

Most Children Are Assault Victims by Their Teen Years

Over one-third of all children had an experience with some form of threat or intimidation sometime in the last year, with one in ten incidents leading to actual injury, according to the latest results of a national, telephone-based survey on children’s exposure to violence.

David Finkelhor, PhD, of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., and colleagues found that 37.3% of all youth ages 0-17 experienced physical assault, and 9.3% reported an assault with injury in the past year.

By the time children were teens ages 14-17, nearly two-thirds (63.5%) reported experiencing any physical assault and nearly a quarter (22.4%) had an assault with injury over their lifetimes, the authors wrote in JAMA Pediatrics…

Teen girls also reported a larger percentage of sexual assault in their lifetime (14.3% versus 6.0%), including exposure to attempted/completed rape (12.9% versus 5.1%). The biggest discrepancy among girls and boys came from reported sexual harassment (20.5% versus 3.4% lifetime)…

“Mental health disorders are the most common diseases of childhood with nearly half of youth experiencing a diagnosable mental health condition before they are 18, and the majority of youth with anxiety and depressive disorders do not receive treatment,” she told MedPage Today via e-mail. “Youth who have experienced bullying, assault or who have been witness to violence are at particularly high risk for developing mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, and PTSD...

Pain Reliever Might Slow Healing from a Bone Fracture

We know it seems puzzling that the very medicine you are taking for pain could impair bone healing. Nevertheless, there is substantial animal research to suggest that NSAIDs like ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac or indomethacin can slow the healing of certain fractures (Acta Orthopaedica, April, 2015; Current Opinion in Rheumatology, July, 2013).

It appears that inflammation plays an important role in recruiting stem cells to help heal fractures. Suppressing inflammation with an NSAID could be counterproductive…

Could a Man and Some Mushrooms Bring an End to Monsanto?

In 2006, a patent was granted to a man named Paul Stamets. Though Paul is the world’s leading mycologist, his patent has received very little attention and exposure. Why is that? Stated by executives in the pesticide industry, this patent represents “the most disruptive technology we have ever witnessed.” And when the executives say disruptive, they are referring to it being disruptive to the chemical pesticides industry.

What has Paul discovered? The mycologist has figured out how to use mother nature’s own creations to keep insects from destroying crops. It’s what is being called SMART pesticides. These pesticides provide safe & nearly permanent solution for controlling over 200,000 species of insects – and all thanks to the ‘magic’ of mushrooms.

Paul does this by taking entomopathogenic Fungi (fungi that destroys insects) and morphs it so it does not produce spores. In turn, this actually attracts the insects who then eat and turn into fungi from the inside out!