To my dear friends may peace and joy of the Christmas season be upon you.
I never dreamed I would live out my last twenty years (If I am lucky) chasing pain away. Pain is relentless and unyielding. Pain goes forth to conquer and enslave us all.
I wish my parents and grandparents would have sat me down and told me the truth of what it really would be like to age and live in pain. My father and grandfather both suffered from degenerative disc disease just as I do now. I guess I was not smart enough to see the writing on the wall. When I was younger I went to work and then went out on dates or out with friends till the early hours of the morning. I literally did burn the candle at both ends.
My job was physical and I pushed myself way to hard. I thought that extra sixteen hours of overtime each week would put me in the same circles as Donald Trump!!! In reality all it did was age me even faster.
I also thought the medical community would make sure I had the meds necessary to keep me relatively comfortable. I never envisioned the opiate crisis. I just wish the CDC and the media would honestly report what is going on. I wish the CDC HAD TO list the street drugs which are responsible for overdoses instead of pinning it all on chronic pain patients. I am totally disillusioned with the way pain patients are being treated.
I am very thankful my drs for the most part are kind and compassionate. I have a twenty year relationship with most of them. They know I need my meds and never question me or ask me to take less. That day may be coming though.
Now when I am in line at the pharmacy or grocery store and I see a young person I tell them to enjoy their life now while they can. I also tell them to take care and not harm their bodies. Lastly I offer the advice to enjoy life, never putting off family reunions or holiday get togethers because time is so precious. I often close with the reality of what living in pain is like. Young people are just as I was-- not understanding that chronic pain will seriously alter their lives and not for the better.
I believe many here will see the truth of this message and identify similar circumstances in their own lives. I feel it is best to pass on the wisdom of the aging process to the young if possible. I only hope they have the wisdom to listen.