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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby LioninVa » Mon May 22, 2017 11:52 am

That's a valid point, _dad! You could get into the LPGA tournament for $30 and watch some great golf. It isn't as hard and long hitting as some of the PGA players, but they are very sound technically and great to copy or emulate.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Carl Spackler » Tue May 23, 2017 12:44 pm

I can get into any tournament, even the Masters, for free.......Smiles all around. The LPGA is improving, the hired a former supt. friend to consult on their upcoming sites for consistency and conditioning. That is a step in the right direction for them. In the old days the LPGA wans't as friendly as some might assume.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby LioninVa » Thu May 25, 2017 9:45 am

I have to say, Kingsmill looked great this past weekend/

Now, on to something a little different, and I apologize if this is long...

I took my son (the same one mentioned above) to his dermatology appointment on Monday. The cream and soap he has been using have done a great job on his face, but with the heat and humidity kicking up his chest was breaking out much more than before. His doctor gave him a sample of Solodyn (Minocycline Hydrochloride) tablets that would do a little more work on his chest and told him to take one each night before bed. He then went through the possible side effects, saying maybe 1 in 30 experience them and to discontinue use and call if you do. My son took one as directed at 8:00 or so before going to bed. He was tired from the LPGA weekend followed by a Good Charlotte concert Sunday evening. I get up Tuesday dark and early like every other day and go about my routine. The wife got up as normal and got showered to be out of the way before the boy invades the bathroom. You know where this is going, don't you? I am out checking my garden veggies with the dog when my wife calls me inside. The boy is in tears on the couch complaining of extreme joint pain all over. Now, this is a kid who handles pain like an old school man, so I know it is bad. We immediately look up side effects and what to do. Joint pain is in there, but not one that requires emergency attention. His pain was so bad that he looked like a 90 year old man tring to stand up so we decided to call his dermatologist to find out if we can treat it with advil or alleve, figuring there isn't much to do but wait for his body to detox the medicine. We are going through the routine of informing work the we may be late and all of that while he is doing his morning business. I hear the toilet flush and the door open and my son says, "I don't feel too hot" or something. Then I hear him hit the floor! He was out for maybe 10 seconds, but it felt much longer. He laid on the floor for a few minutes while we prepared to head to the ER. They nurse at the navy hospital lookd at the fact sheet for Solodyn and said to stop taking it (like we didn't know already). The resident doc had a hard time believing one dose would cause this sever of a reaction and ordered blood work to check protein an enzymes or something. The supervising doctor came in a little later and checked the EKG and said he was getting an ultra sound machine, to which my son stated that he wasn't pregnant. The doc looked at his heart and decided it was 100% fine so the passing out had to be due to the body reacting to all the pain and not getting enough blood and oxygen to the brain. All the tests were normal so they presumed that the pain was a reaction to the medication; go home, rest and treat with pain killers and keep hydrated. His pain level persisted into Tuesday night and reduced when he woke up yesterday. I stayed home with him and watched some stupid movie in the morning. By 10:00, he was hungry and ate then showered around 11. The pain was going away much more so he worked on a paper that is due next week. This morning all he had was achiness in his feet, which concerned him as he drives a manual transmission now.

I have seen a lot of Emerret in my life, but this was one of my scarier mornings...
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Blue&White » Thu May 25, 2017 9:52 am

That's very scary, but glad he seems to be ok. Hopefully all the symptoms are gone quickly.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Carl Spackler » Thu May 25, 2017 4:11 pm

He may be hypersensitive to the drug? I know the some people hypersensitive to products most of us are fine with. The disclaimer/warning lists you receive with a drug at times seems like novels written by back side by lawyers of pharma companies.

Yes, like you would force him to continue to use the product. (my m.i.l. might do that and my f.i.l. would since the doctor said so) The first thing anyone with any sense would do is stop using the product and call the doctor for further consult as you wisely did.

I had a difficult doc appt earlier this week as a test came back with a disturbing result that the doc obviously did not like. The doc immediately increased my analgesic dose and set up several more tests. I never saw a doctor have this look in their eye before and it was a bit disturbing. Words like deteriorating and regressing, showing a major negative change since the last test date are not pleasant given I don't feel as if these changes made me feel all that much worse than usual. Sorry to get personal here but the story of Lion's son tripped my mind to personal situations. My wife was with me and she also looked disturbed as the doctor spoke. Making suggestions that I don't like hearing, things that remove your personal pride and dignity.

Obviously you are going to watch you son closely for any relapse from the drug. Probably it will be an isolated incident but you never know. Intractable, constant pain is a all consuming condition and those dealing with it have no life beyond what doc's are allowed a prescribe. Pain meds are already under attack so I pray your son doesn't reach the level that he needs them on a maintenance level. May this be a short term issue that disappears shortly. Long term significant pain is a curse and is derogatorily treated in society as if anyone would desire the need for powerful pain meds. Enough, may your son be well and whole. God bless him. His symptoms hit close to home thus my editorializing.



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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby LioninVa » Fri May 26, 2017 6:28 am

I have no problem with you editorializing, Carl, and appreciate the well wishes. My son is much better but his toes still ache. We are sure it was an issue between him and the drug, but there is no way to know if you are allergic or sensitive to it until you try. Like you with my son, I wish you the best!
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Carl Spackler » Fri May 26, 2017 3:46 pm

I appreciate your support Lion. Constant pain is not only a pain but a grief, a curse and a companion. It robs you of your life, you work, your concentration, you peace and your dignity. Then to be told you are a addict when your only "crime" is dependence on a prescription that is now labeled damned by the govt. and good ole John Kasich- the dog catcher of Ohio. If only good ole John had a dose of intractable pain for several months or had to watch a grandchild go through it and then make them jump through hoops to get a script to make live not painless but a bit more tolerable and provide the ability to do something vs nothing I bet he would play a new tune on his pie hole.

I find the experts that decry the meds honest people require to live a semi normal life never seem to have the affliction that requires these meds. Should they suffer they may whistle a different tune yet the blithely go by assassinating the afflicted by their self motivated stupidity making laws the suffering honest people have to obey while the street traffic of illegal drugs they decry go unchanged and unabated by their new laws as the data of the overdoses continues to rise, then new laws of equally no effect are enacted, insanity reigns. It all caused me pain, more pain than normal as I hear the MSM decry prescriptions and ignore the illegal drug epidemic that caused most of the overdoses and deaths. Let's concentrate on this tiny spec in your eye while we ignore the logs protruding from their eyes? Sounds about right for what I see and hear daily from our talking heads and legislators. Nothing like big govt. to miss the problem in plain sight to attack a minuscule at best issue.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Nat@PSU » Sat May 27, 2017 2:45 pm

Yes, heroin is the leading cause of drug deaths. But the opiod crisis is called the opiod crisis instead of the heroin crisis because the genesis of most addictions lies in prescribed drugs.

Does that mean the drugs are the only thing to blame? No, of course not. But healthcare definitely has its fingerprints on it. It's easier to prescribe an opiod for pain than other pain management and rehab options. There is a reason that the opiod epidemic has taken root in our poorest communities.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Carl Spackler » Sun May 28, 2017 8:44 pm

I deal with the issue daily. Visited my specialist last week and saw a room full of patients suffering. They all have to jump through more and more hoops installed by the do gooder govt. reps. who have no idea what their laws are doing to the honest, suffering public. I don't want pills on the street any more than anyone else BUT people will buy them to get high vs reduce pain. Pain sufferers typically get no high from ingesting the drugs, they get a bit of relief. Those who use them recreation-ally do get a high from what I hear and that is why they use them.

Let's face it, we will never make a law that will stop the illegal use or sale of any substance known to man. If that substance gives an illegal pleasure to some they will seek it out and purchase it for their pleasure. Pain patients and fun users all face a withdrawl phase should they stop using the products. This is a deterrent to stopping. I know as I've had to make a required stop to change products in the past roughly three times. It's not fun but its not the death defying feat some describe. You decide to stop and you deal with the issues stopping brings. It can be done, I know, I've done it. So, requiring rehab centers, while nice for those with weak wills to stop are required, the "epidemic" is fueled by profits of street drug dealers, big pharma to a point, a few unethical, money driven doctors and patients who want the illegal use.

How is it reduced? By making legal use very difficult for suffering patients? That seems to be the current theme I see in the office. While there may be a temporary reduction in the prescription drug abuse situation it will only transfer to the illegal drug abuse theme as formerly legal sources dry up. Let's face it, people wanting to use drugs that make them feel good will do so at nearly any cost, yes even their lives sometimes. Alcoholics have been doing it for hundreds of years. We can't stop it and more laws for legal use hamper real medicine. Shut down fake medicine, money medicine, remove that facet but leave the real practitioners with patients having long term, chronic conditions continue to practice "good practice" medicine and treat their suffering patients WITHOUT the DEA standing over their shoulders at each step. Hampering good practice only harms the many who through no fault of their own are being harmed by the legal juggernaut of new hurdles placed in front of them state by state.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby gmay10 » Mon May 29, 2017 12:15 pm

So Tiger Woods continues to fall from grace. I find this to be a sad situation. I don't feel bad for the guy at all, but it is still tough to see any human being ruining their life, especially a guy who was the face of a generation of golfers. Speaking of the opioid crisis, it makes you wonder how many opioids Woods has taken over the the last 4 years
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