Life can be better with the use of chemicals. Every year, I embark on chemical warfare in my rose garden. The bugs try to eat all of the first blooms and I try to kill all the bugs with chemicals. Most of the time, I win the war and have a bounty of colors and perfumes gracing my garden. This year, I learned that these poisonous potions can have some major consequences. After spraying, one of my prized plants immediately turned brown and sickly. Worst of all, the targeted pest is still in my garden.
Chemicals do not always live up to their promises. The same can be said of opioid pain medications like morphine, methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone. Sometimes these chemicals have some serious consequences and can still leave a person in pain. Are these chemicals really worth it in the long run? Was the loss of one rose bush worth the blooms of the others? I am not sure, but I am definitely having second thoughts about using chemicals in my garden knowing the consequences.
Caring for a child with a chronic illness places many demands on
a parent. While the practical challenges may be the most exhausting
physically, they may not be the hardest part of the experience. In
fact, the practical challenges can often be shared with others who
want to lend a helping hand which then lightens the burden for the
However, the more demanding challenge may be the emotional side
of the situation. When we embark on the journey toward parenthood
we tend not to focus on the scary possibilities of what might go
wrong during pregnancy, birth, or childhood. If we did, we might
decide not to have children at all. As parents, we also quickly
discover that we have an intense need to protect our children from
harm and shield them from unhappiness as much as possible. As I
have learned from a woman whose child has severe acid reflux and a
host of complicated food allergies, chronic illnesses in children
often alter the day to day experience of the child so severely that
About two months ago, I injured myself during kickboxing. I think I was doing a squat and turned my knee inward.
My knee hurt afterward, but I figured that maybe once I had my next dose of Humira, it would feel better. This was kind of nonsensical because while I’ve had knee pain with my arthritis, it hasn’t been one of the more significant areas of my body impacted by my arthritis.
So I let it go. My Humira dose came and went, and my knee still hurt.
I wasn’t really paying that much attention to the knee pain, but the kicker (no pun intended) was when, in another episode of kickboxing, I did a side plank (if you don’t know what that is, see: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/core-strength/SM00047&slide=12 ), putting all of my weight on my knee, and it completely collapsed.
After a week of the pain getting worse, I went to the doctor, and was told that I had misaligned my kneecap. I was sent to p...
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