I Surrender

Dear Readers:

Most of my readers and followers are not chronic pain patients. And of the two chronic pain blogs that I read without fail, one blogger hardly ever visits my home on the internet, and the other has a habit of posting articles that I’ve posted, only days or weeks later. It’s obvious to me that very few people are interested in what I have to say about chronic pain.

I’ve come to believe that pain patients have already lost our drug war, so I have to wonder what I’m fighting for. (Hey, that rhymes.) From this point forward, my blog will be less about chronic pain and the drug war, and more about… well, I haven’t figured that out yet. Let’s just wait and see, shall we?

Please feel free to give me ideas or preferences of what ya’ll would like to see on my blog. If not, well, I’ll just assume you agree with me.

Enjoy your weekend. πŸ™‚

25 thoughts on “I Surrender

  1. I hate to know your voice is being lost because the battle looks bleak. Keep in mind the change in attitudes that have occurred regarding drugs between the 80’s and now. There has been a slight pendulum swing back the other way, as often happens, but the backlashes are never as mighty as the progress.

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    • My voice isn’t being lost — there’s plenty of information already here on my blog, for anyone who’s interested. I don’t know what it would take to make progress in the war against pain patients, but I’ve experienced enough in 30 years to know that it will take decades to begin reversing the enormous size of the current backlash.

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  2. I think your photography is incredible and the captions that go with them – put more poetry up with the photos too, I’ve really enjoyed those when you’ve done them. Although I’m a chronic pain patient I never click on any of the links and and a lot of what you post is related to medical marijuana which isn’t going to happen here in the UK, there’s absolutely no mention of it so it’s rare I read about it. I hope you’ve managed to find a bud connection…x

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    • Being artistic doesn’t come easily to me, and since I haven’t had a reliable connection in awhile, rhyming words is next to impossible. And it looks like it’s going to be quite awhile before I find another connection. But I am looking forward to Balloon Week. Thanks for the compliments, dude. πŸ™‚

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        • I don’t expect anyone to read all of my posts, but I mentioned Balloon Week in a recent post, Balloon Chasers. Dude, I think you just proved my point. πŸ™‚


        • Absolutely no point proved whatsoever because not everyone blogs every day & as I’ve said in one of my previous posts, I shut myself away from the outside world by not going online sometimes for weeks. I fear I’m explaining myself over something very petty. Enjoy your Balloon Chasers…

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  3. I’ll pop in and out regardless of the topic. Anything catches my attention, but not everything shows up in my reader! (I follow enough people to know that a 10-hour period with crickets is attributable to technical error, not lack of reading material.)

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  4. I don’t think you should stop blogging about what you feel is important. I know you like blogging about the drug war and chronic pain. I think you should keep doing it. Your photos are good too. I think you should maybe include more things that are going on in Albuquerque because that’s a part of your life. Whatever you decide to do, I’ll continue to follow along πŸ™‚

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  5. I would hate to see you stop talking about chronic pain and the drug war. I am sure there are some good chronic pain blogs out there but the only two that I read regularly are yours and Zyp’s. I like the critical thinking you bring to the issues, exposing the absurdities of the system we are governed by in a way that is logical, sensitive and often humorous. Satire is a powerful tool in contesting absurdity. I also like that you talk about life in general and again, there’s the sensitivity you show towards subjects as mundane as bugs.

    The fact is there never was a drug war for people in pain. The war was over before the first shot was fired and we were robbed of our right to treat our own pain without a whisper from anyone in pain. We are living in the drug tyranny that followed the non-war. Back in 1914 with the Harrison Narcotics Act the discussion was all doctors, pharmacists and drug companies haggling with corrupt bureaucrats over who would profit most from our misery,

    We now have the internet as a means of collective awareness and organization and the potential of this as a means of fighting for our rights has not yet been exploited. I wouldn’t give up on people moving from the bitching and griping phase to the action phase just yet. Now more than ever we need to hear from people like you and Zyp, especially those of us without pain who don’t yet realize what a living hell this system is for those of us who do.

    That being said pain is a hard topic to cover and it is easy to get burned out and demoralized especially when it seems like nothing ever changes. If you need to step back and take a break from it you should. I will still read this blog. But don’t box yourself into a corner by saying your blog will be about this or that. Just take it as it comes and write about whatever you like. It’s your blog.

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    • Thanks for the compliment, Mr. Hertz. Sometimes I also feel like I’m expending all my energy on a futile cause because, as you say, the drug war has been “lost”.

      But lately, I feel we patients are starting to reach a critical mass that’s starting to be heard. It’s just a whisper, but I think I’m seeing some cracks in the drug war defenses as their position becomes more extreme and ridiculous.

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  6. I have chronic pain and occasionally read some of the articles, but I am not on narcotics or interested in marijuana really so I don’t read all of them. I do enjoy your pictures though.

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  7. I’m sorry you feel this way. I enjoy reading your blog although I don’t always comment. I think you provide a lot of valuable information for chronic pain sufferers.
    Unfortunately, because I’m not American sometimes there are things you write about, like the drug war or the war on chronic pain patients, that don’t apply to me even though I’m a chronic pain patient.
    I hope you find the thing that inspires you as much as writing about chronic pain.

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  8. Whatever you decide to blog about I hope it brings you joy and hope. I love reading your blog and I know whatever subject you write about or photograph will continue to amuse and distract me on days when I want to be distracted, and educate on those far fewer days when I’m in a serious frame of mind.

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  9. I don’t always read all your drug wars posts and their links, because they are all US based and rather too much for me to manage. Nevertheless, if I ‘like’ it, I have read it. BUT, I admire that you put them together, AND I read you because, despite your pain, you retain an interest in other aspects of life and can be amusing and informative about them. You must write about whatever moves you, including your pain.

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  10. Don’t stop pointing out the ludicrous maneuvers of the drug war, even though it feels futile sometimes. It’s a damn depressing topic, especially for those of us immersed in pushing back, and it often feels like no one is listening. But we need to shout out and be counted, so no one can say “I didn’t know how much pain patients suffer”.

    We bloggers cannot know what little changes we might be triggering with our writing, but cumulatively, it could be a whole lot.

    If anyone does web research to see what opinions/feelings are out there on the Internet, we will be counted. If no one spoke up and complained, I believe things would be even worse for us – which is hard to imagine these days 😦

    Not many can afford to speak up about opioids because they could suffer consequences at work or socially, but those of us that can must add our voices to the protest. After all, that’s how change eventually happens.

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