I'm a bit of a procrastinator, which is why it's taken a year for me to thank you for your response. I won't bother you much with my current tale of woe, which resulted from an accident (no one seriously hurt, as far as I know). I had no alcohol in my system and took only a very small amount of legally prescribed medication some six to seven hours earlier. I guess it was the trauma, but it appears my main offense was failure to urinate on command. After having had two docs "fire" me for having negative tests, I wasn't concerned in the slightest that the test would be positive. Alas, I was unable to provide the sample. Now I'll have to pay thousands to an attorney to get out of this mess, whatever it is. Perhaps I misjudged the speed of an oncoming car, but I was completely sober. Which brings me to the point: You said at one point something like What the hell, I'll have a drink. That kind of thinking can get you into a much worse jam than I'm in. Mixing booze and meds can kill you and perhaps others. Since Jan 4 it's been 28 years since I've had a drink. So it can be done. If I had a choice between booze and battery acid I'd take the latter. I'm not going to preach to you. If you have an alcohol problem you know where to go. It's free. And somehow it actually works. Best of luck to you. Peace too, as Neil Young would say, "back in the day." Incidentally, Neil recently kicked booze and pot out of his life. Now he drinks cranberry and soda. My choice was cranberry and Perrier. Did that for about the first 15 years. And, believe it or not, there were times I felt I was drinking sparkling red wine and everything was just fine.
We have much in common. I used to run and I can't run. I used to have a pain doctor or about 10 years. I got fired. But the irony is he's the one who showed me how to get fired. I told him that I was concerned about drug interaction. So he gave me an instant release medication. The idea was that I could get off of the pain medication if I needed to take another type of medication. I followed his directions and he fired me; he would not talk to me after. I have only seen him once since. He was the anesthesiologist for my wife's shoulder operation. He just gave me a stupid grin. And my wife said he was rude to her.
I am very sorry it took so long to get back to you. The positive tone of your letter cheered me up. I'll never play guitar again but I might take up the ukulele. You should check out Julia Nunes, also known as Jaaaaa, on YouTube. I guess there's always hope.
Not that I really had to, but I dictated most of this letter using the dictation function on my iPad. I'm pretty busy right now. But I might get back to you, though I have to say though I can be lazy sometimes. Best of luck.
I know what you're talking about. A manager at another pain clinic told me the feds made the rules stricter the very month this MD let me go. I think he could have talked to me about it though. I mean, he probably forgot, but he prescribed an instant release med precisely so that I could get it out of my bloodstream in case I had to take another med (I didn't think I could handle both). And that's what happened. I got an email New Year's Eve saying I probably wouldn't have a job in the spring. I needed to take stress medication and I didn't want to take it with the pain med. Seems reasonable to me, but the MD in question will probably never know.View Thread
I have a ruptured disk in my back and sciatic pain that has now reached up and surrounded my spine. For about a decade I had a pain mgt specialist and I was able to manage my pain w/strong meds and no serious side effects. To most, 90 mg of time-release morphine a day sounds like a big deal but it's really not. Anyway, I never had a urine test the whole time. Then one week when I faced a job layoff I took a sedative but stayed off the pain meds, concerned about interaction. Wouldn't you know? First urine test. Negative for pain meds, lose doctor. After a year I finally get another doc and the first test is ok and so is the second, but on the second the doc has some concern about the degree of metabolization of the pain med, so I lose another doctor. Has anybody else been through this kind of insanity? It seems the docs are way more concerned about their licenses than the welfare of their patients. One more item: I just developed arthritis in the joint at the extremity of my index finger. After 47 years of guitar playing (some pretty good) I had to quit. Does anybody know if surgery plus meds could get me back into finger-picking, blues boxes, not to mention Puff the Magic Dragon with my kids? What was a joy has become torture. Has anybody licked this (pun intended)? Any innovative docs out there want to keep an old guitarist going? Could "Keef's" doc be tuned in? Seriously, though, I'd be interested to the reaction to all this. Getting old is bad enough, but do seniors have to be treated like criminals just for wanting a decent quality of life?View Thread