Viewing photos on my blog

When you click on a specific post, the featured image for that post gets distorted. To see the photo without this distortion, you can click on a specific day on my calendar widget, or you can click on the specific category, like “Art and Awe Therapy.”  Also, if you have the title of a post, you can use the search widget to find it, and that will bring it up without the distortion too.

If you are viewing this post through the WordPress Reader, the featured image should be fine. If you’re getting this post by email, I am assuming that the photo is also not distorted.

So, if you want to see what this meme says, you’ll have to choose one of the options above.

Yes, it might be easier if I could find and choose another theme for my blog that doesn’t include this little bug, but the idea of trying to do that just makes my head hurt.  Sorry.

Hi! My Name Is Ted! Nice To Meet You!

“I’m obsessed with insects, particularly insect flight. I think the evolution of insect flight is perhaps one of the most important events in the history of life. Without insects, there’d be no flowering plants. Without flowering plants, there would be no clever, fruit-eating primates giving TED Talks.”  Michael Dickinson

(Photo taken 6/20/2015.)

Bug Week

For the next 7 days, I am going to torture you with photos I’ve taken of bugs and insects.  Yes, most people hate bugs (including me), but we should learn to get over our fears, and exposure is one way to do that.  Bugs aren’t as cute as squirrels or chickens, but if we don’t fear squirrels or chickens, then why must we fear bugs?  After all, they’re a lot smaller and easier to kill. 🙂

Bug Week is brought to you by Borax, which I have placed around my apartment and it appears to be keeping the bugs away.  Thanks, Kat!

(Photo taken 7/9/2015.)

Buprenorphine For Chronic Pain?

I found this in my Search Terms:  “2015 more doctors using buprenorphine for chronic pain”

Yes, it’s true, bupe (and Suboxone) are being used to treat chronic pain, although it’s mostly with the transdermal system, not in pill form.  There are different side effects with this type of delivery system, as explained by patients here:

It’s difficult to gauge the effectiveness of a pain medication when used in a placebo-controlled trial, even though that’s one of the only ways to obtain proof through “scientific evidence.” Seems almost cruel to make pain patients go without any type of pain medication throughout a research study.  This is one of the many reasons there isn’t any long-term studies on treating chronic pain with opioid therapy.

(2004) Transdermal buprenorphine in the treatment of chronic pain

Patients’ assessments of pain intensity and pain relief suggested better analgesia with buprenorphine TES than with placebo, although the differences did not reach statistical significance…

(2002) Analgesic efficacy and tolerability of transdermal buprenorphine in patients with inadequately controlled chronic pain related to cancer and other disorders

A total of 43.5% of patients treated with buprenorphine TDS reported good or complete pain relief compared with 32.4% in the placebo group…

Sat, 09/13/2008 – 7:38am #1
Anonymous (not verified)

Suboxone for Pain Mgmt
Anyone else taking Suboxone for pain?

My Pain Mgmt Dr. just started me on Suboxone on Monday afternoon for pain relief from DDD, Stenosis and sciatic flareup.

Is anyone else currently prescribed Suboxone for their pain? I was curious as to the level of pain relief you are having and also what if any side effects are troublesome?

At first I had some dizziness and general feeling of being “Out of it”. Hard to focus. That is getting better each day. However, I still have a feeling of being high. Pain relief is very good….better than Vicodin.

Richard J.

Sun, 09/28/2008 – 11:07pm #6

Oh there are most definately withdrawals from it they are just more subtle than with straight opiates. A lot of people at my rehab had trouble with getting off suboxone with no opiates being taken for months. For me yes it did help a bit with pain but I was going through hellish opiate withdrawals which is what its made to combat. Honestly though yes im sure it helps with pain maybe on the level of tramadol

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Orange Burst

“Getting older is a struggle. I always feel that just under the surface of acceptance and enjoyment of the ageing process is a terrible hysteria just waiting to burst out.”  Michael Sheen

“Although I had arrived in total darkness the light of truth at once burst upon my mind and I perceived most clearly that the republicans had overreached themselves.”  Francis Bond Head

“Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight.”  Harvey Milk

“From a little spark may burst a flame.”  Dante Alighieri

(Photo taken 7/7/2015.)

Florida Cop Punches Teen Over Suspicion of Marijuana, No Weed Is Found

Reports indicate the teens had traveled into Orlando on Sunday evening to catch a mewithoutYou concert at The Social. After the show, Marlo Manzi, Jazmin Ahmed and Ryan Diaz—all 19 years old—sought refuge from the rain inside a residential parking garage to wait for their Uber driver to arrive. However, it wasn’t long before a city bicycle cop showed up to shakedown the teens because a resident reported that she could “smell marijuana” wafting into the building.

The officer, who has since been identified as Michael Napolitano, attempted to establish some semblance of probable cause by claiming that he, too, detected the odor of marijuana. Based on this declaration, Napolitano then told the teens that they were being detained for a search.

This is when the group of concert-goers began to suspect that their civil rights were at risk of being violated, leading Manzi to pull out his cell phone to record the incident, which struck a nerve with the officer.

Although officer Napolitano attempted several times to confiscate the phone, the three teens employed the strategies of a mean game of Monkey-in-the-Middle to maintain control of their property. Still, the officer persisted in stopping the recording.

“You are being detained right now ’cause you smell like marijuana!” Napolitano said, attempting to nab the cell phone that had been handed to Diaz.

It is apparent at this point in the video that the officer is angry and preparing to unleash a despicable wrath against the teens. Manzi obviously senses the situation is beginning to spiral out of control, and in hopes of bringing the encounter down to some level of civility, he empathizes with the officer.

“We’re being detained because it smells like marijuana, we understand,” Manzi said.

However, Officer Napolitano, still hell bent on shutting down the camera, doesn’t pay any attention to the peace offering, and tries, once again, to snatch the phone out of Diaz’s hands.

Manzi explained to Napolitano that he is not allowed to grab his camera, which is true in the state of Florida as long as the recording device does not prevent the officer from doing his or her job.

“Yes I can sir!” Napolitano shouted. “You do not understand how this works. You are detained. You do not run the show.”

Then, just as Diaz passes the camera back over to Manzi, Napolitano tackles Diaz to the ground and begins punching him repeatedly in the face. Even though a second officer emerges onto the scene to assist Napolitano in restraining the young man, Napolitano continues to hit him a couple more times.

In the end, police arrested all three teens and charged them with a variety of offenses from trespassing to battery on a law enforcement officer. But, and this is the kicker, no marijuana or paraphernalia was found during a search—the kids were clean the entire time…