Buffalo at the Pueblo

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Across from the Sandia Casino is the Sandia Pueblo and the Bien Mur Indian Market Center.

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At:  www.sandiapueblo.nsn.us/bien-mur-indian-market

A special attraction is the 107-acre Buffalo preserve established by the Pueblo of Sandia to promote the resurgence of the American Bison. They were all but exterminated during the mass slaughter of the eighteen hundreds. Thanks to efforts such as this Buffalo preserve, the buffalo are now thriving in herds across the West…

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When I visited the donkeys and horses, they were very friendly. The buffalo? Not so much.

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They don’t seem to recognize humans at all, not once acknowledging our presence. (I wasn’t the only one taking photos.)

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And they don’t seem to mind eating while surrounded by their waste. (Yuck.)

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They didn’t make any noise or have any interest in anything but the sparse grass they were munching on.

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What a life, right? 🙂

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(Photos taken 2/27/2016.)

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Internet down

I’m at a public WiFi right now, trying to find out why my internet connection isn’t working. Getting help from Century Link is not something you want to do when you’re in a lot of pain — or even if you’re not. Dolores from Century Link says there’s an outage that could last for 24 hours (probably more), and when I asked for more information, she disconnected me. So, I don’t know when I’ll be back… Fuck, fuck, fuck.

#makedonalddrumpf again

Donald Trump’s ancestral name is…

wait for it…

Drumpf. 😀

I know this is a serious subject, because I can’t even imagine what it would be like to have Mr. Drumpf as our president. But, even though it hurts, I have to thank John Oliver for making me laugh… and laugh… and laugh. And thanks to the U.K. for producing such a special and talented person.

The opioid war causes kidney damage

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/painmeds_analgesics

Heavy or long-term use of some of these medicines, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and higher dose aspirin, can cause chronic kidney disease known as chronic interstitial nephritis. The warning labels on over-the-counter analgesics tell you not to use these medicines for more than 10 days for pain and more than three days for fever. If you have pain and/or fever for a longer time, you should see your doctor. The doctor can check for possible medical problems and advise you about what medications you should take…

As I’ve mentioned before, I take a lot of aspirin (although I’m not sure it helps). My generic bottle of aspirin says:  1 or 2 tablets every 4 hours, or 3 tablets every 6 hours, not to exceed 12 tablets in 24 hours.

No, I don’t exceed the recommended dosage, but the label doesn’t say anything about not taking it for more than 10 days. But, since I’ve been taking aspirin just about every day for the last 4 years (after stopping prescription drugs), I’m wondering if my back pain is a sign of kidney problems.

However, if I were to see a doctor, what would be his or her advice to manage my pain? Certainly not any kind of prescription painkiller, right?

I can predict that the opioid war is going to cause a lot of kidney damage, because as far as I know, opioids don’t cause kidney damage. The only warning appears to be for those suffering from renal failure:

http://www.palliativedrugs.com/download/08_06_Prescribing%

20Opioids%20in%20Renal%20Patients[1][1].pdf

Great care is required when prescribing opioids to patients with impaired renal function. Many opioids (and/or their active/toxic metabolites) are renally excreted e.g. morphine. Accumulation occurs in renal failure potentially leading to extreme opioid sensitivity…

Which is worse, the potential for addiction with opioids or the higher potential for kidney damage with over-the-counter drugs? I sure hope the medical industry is ready for a butt-load of patients with kidney damage.

Hey, doctors, how the fuck am I supposed to manage my constant pain without doing even more damage? Oh, I see, ya’ll don’t care, right? Because drug war. (Doctors suck.)