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Pain Pill Dangers

Pain, doctors, pills, side effects, often addiction, worse yet overdose, death.

We live in such a time of pain pill addictions.

It’s so very sad, that something that was made to help a person with true aches and pains, has turned into a major epidemic where people are pill addicts and overdose victims.

From a personal standpoint, I can tell you they are very dangerous.

In some cases, when taken for a very short period of time, per doctors orders; they can leave you with side effects, sometimes serious.

Side effects that you may be forced to live with from now on.

I tell you that from actual personal experience, I was prescribed Dilaudid three times a day, for seven days after jaw surgery.

I could not function, all I did was sleep except when hubby woke me up for a boost to drink and more medicine.

When I finally finished it, and I finally could stay awake, slowly got my brain out of a weeklong fog, got the limbs working again, I thought to myself ok, ” I survived the surgery and the hardest part of recovery.”

But would you like to know a secret?

My problems were just beginning!

My entire body woke up, except for my stomach and digestive system.

The Dilaudid had paralyzed my digestive system.

It took a few years, several doctors, test after test, trial medications, and finally several trips to the Mayo Clinic in Florida, and even more tests, bunches of them, till I finally got a definitive answer and diagnosis.

What was the diagnosis? 

Severe gastroparesis due to the Dilaudid prescription that was prescribed in 2012, some four years earlier. 

Prognosis, basically my body could not process food as my digestive system should.  Plan of care,  boost and ensure and such drinks, at least six per day, lots of water, Benefiber and peppermint herbal tea, no food.

For how long you wonder?  The rest of my life; all because of a week of strong pain pills.

I have finally started getting used to it, I stick to my medical plan of care, eat some real food on Saturdays only, and then suffer in ways you can’t imagine til Wednesday when I medically treat it.

Week in, week out, this month, next month, next year, for the rest of my life.

But it’s hard, everywhere you look there is food.   Restaurants, billboards, magazines, television, movies, family get-togethers, Holidays, cookouts, Church socials, even grocery shopping. 

All of it is a never-ending reminder of the agony of pain pills effects on my system. 

I try so hard to act like it doesn’t bother me when everybody else is eating, and I’m drinking a protein drink. 

But it does, oh how it does.

I am 53 years old, I was in my mid 40’s when all this started, ensure and boost is for seriously sick Seniors, not a woman in her fifties.

Truthfully the whole situation just stinks, all because of pain pills.

People, please listen to me. 

Pain pills are ever so dangerous, the side effects, the fact that your body gets immune to them, and the pain gets worse, so you go back for higher doses again and again.

I don’t want anybody to ever go through what I do, and it can be avoided by just staying away from pain pills.

Most all of us have aches and pains, but use a muscle rub, ice, heat, massage, icy hot, aspercreme, bio freeze, the lists are endless, anything but pain pills.

Folks, please don’t become another statistic, don’t get so hooked on them that you become an opioid addict.

You’re worth more than that!  Your loved ones, family and friends care and love you dearly!

I’ve known so many people that have gotten seriously ill and some actually died from opioids. 

Some I think were by accident, simply took too many, but some were planned and deliberate. 

Don’t do that to your family and friends, not today, not tomorrow, not ever.

I’ve seen loved ones hooked on pills, stressing because they need their next ‘fix”.   Going to great lengths and stupid stunts to get it.

You can not start to imagine how much your addiction hurts your family and friends who love you! 

LISTEN TO ME, if you’re sitting there thinking, “Oh you’re wrong, my family and or my friends do it with me, it’s cool, it’s what everybody does.” 

Listen and please listen good.  They are NOT your friends. 

True friends want the best for you, and pain pills are anything but the best for you.

They destroy your body, you can become addicted, and keep wanting more and more, till one day you possibly overdose, and maybe, just maybe, somebody will find you in time, to get you medical help, maybe. 

To visit you in a hospital is one thing, but to have to visit you in a cemetery is the worst thing ever.

You’re precious, you’re wanted and you’re loved by so many! 

Don’t destroy your life and the life of your friends and loved ones because of stupid pain pills!

Don’t cause your loved ones to have to visit you in the cemetery with so many unanswered questions, the biggest one. 


“Why did you do this?”

“Why didn’t you leave the pills alone?” 

“Why didn’t you care enough to stop what you were doing to yourself?”

“Why didn’t you come to us for help?”

“Why didn’t you love us enough to stop?”

“What do I tell our children when they ask why you had to die?”

“Why were you so selfish, that you didn’t care enough to leave the stupid pills alone?”

“Why did you leave me?”

“I love you, I need you, I so want you back here with me.”



Sticks and Stones


Do ya’ll remember the quote about sticks and stones?

It was usually said when school kids started calling each other names.

The old quote says:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!”

Truthfully I have no idea who came up with such a quote.

But, well, to be honest, he was an idiot, an absolute complete idiot.

Yes, the sticks and stones can hurt or maybe even break a bone here and there.

In time the bruises heal, the bones mend.

That part is true.

But where on earth did they decide words will never hurt me???????


That is a big old lie if ever there was one.

Words have the power to lift you up,

Help you feel great about yourself,

Encourage you, make you feel special,

Know that somebody cares about you,

Values you,

Loves you.

Yet on the other hand, mean words, cruel words and ugly name calling does hurt,

Sometimes they hurt deeply; sometimes cutting clear to the bone.

Just ask anybody in school that has been called names because of their looks, or they wear glasses or have braces, or maybe they aren’t as smart as others, or not as athletic as some.

Kids can be really cruel pint-size human beings!!!!

Growing up back in the day, I heard coaches and teachers undermine students, literally crushing their spirits.

When they should have been lifting them up with patience and encouragement.

Shame on each and every adult in any profession, but especially working with children and teens.


Then there are parents, they have bad days at work, come home and yell at each other, yell at the kids, even yells at the dog.

What about sibling rivalry, we may love our brothers and sisters, but sometimes, things get heated and words fly.

Maybe your boss or coworker that chooses to gripe and fuss and berate you simply because you made a mistake.

No matter what walk of life you are from, what country, what family, what school, what profession.

Words are always used, in many different languages, but no matter what language you speak,

Remember words have the ability to sometimes lift you up, yet other times tear you down.

We all should be careful and keep our tongue in check,

Because folks….. Words Really Do Hurt!!!

Sometimes much longer than a stick or stone.

Next time your upset or angry.

Take a slow deep relaxing breath ever so slowly.

Then silently ask yourself, “Would I want to be called names and yelled at?”

I can promise you, that if you’re honest with yourself, the answer would be NO!




And once they leave your mouth, you can’t take them back,

and “I’m sorry” doesn’t fix it.

Imagine if you will, a tree…

if you drive a nail into that tree, symbolizing the ugly words you hurl at others.

Then feel bad about putting that nail there and remove it, symbolizing the I’m sorry.

What is left when you look at that tree?

A hole in its bark, a scar……

the same thing that people leave with others when they lash out, or bully, or yell, or put down or name call.

The lesson of this blog…..









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