Thursday Tidbits

Posted on January 11, 2018 under Thursday Tidbits with 3 comments

The Missouri River

( Peter MacDonald photo )

 

“ Naboline, naboline,

Nastiest drug that I’ve ever seen”

(Sung to the music of “Abilene”)

Pain.

Chronic pain.

Show of hands. How many of you suffer from chronic pain? Thought so. Lots of us. It goes with the turf when you’re north of 65. We’re all looking for something magical to minimize pain. This could be through aquasize, chiropractic medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, cortisone injections heating pads, extra strength Tylenol and when things gets really serious, Captain Morgan dark rum.

Oops. Forgot one. Medical marijuana. Having run out of options, I spoke with my doctor about medical marijuana. When the discussion ended, I had in my possession, a prescription for Nabilone which is a synthetic drug having some of the characteristics of marijuana… minus the high.

A few days ago, I took my first pill.

You’ve all seen the ads in the U.S. when they’re touting a new “wonder drug.” Yes, it’s wonderful for the pharmaceutical companies but the side effects are what get me. The list is gobsmacking and runs from benign to lethal. I read the sheet that accompanied my prescription to see what I might expect… besides relief from pain.

I will not bore you with all the sordid details of the next 18 hours other than to say that I now know what it might be like in the Sahara Desert; such was the dryness in my mouth. Throw in confusion (more than normal!) and mind racing all night and I concluded that the remedy was worse than the pain. The next day, I trotted back to the pharmacy to return the 59 unused pills.

I think I’ll just wait until pot is legalized, go to NSLC and grab a few joints ( ones that don’t creak and ache! ) and then listen to George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord.”

I sing in the Antigonish Chorale Ensemble (ACE). It is an excellent choir. The musical arrangements are quite challenging for someone who doesn’t read music very well. Having talented people on either side of me who can read and sing very well it an enormous help. But I am trainable and after several practices, I can follow along. The choir had its first practice of the New Year a few evenings ago with a whole new batch of songs to learn before our spring concert.

“Oh, Shenando, I long to see you and hear your rolling river…”

Shenandoah is an American folk song classic. At least it was until I started to sing it. I was drifting along, like the Missouri River when all of a sudden; I got caught in the current. I kept looking at the page and what I was reading was NOT what was being sung. I wondered if I was suffering a delayed reaction to the Nabilone! I then did what I do best. I started faking it. It was something between a mumble and a stutter. I turned to Michael on my right. “Where in the hell are we?” I queried. He pointed to page 5. I looked at my music. Page 5 was missing… as were pages 6, 7 and 8.

I opened my music folder and sitting there amongst the other half dozen pieces that we would be working on, were the missing pages.

“Growing old graciously…. Priceless!”

Have a great weekend.

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3 Responses to Thursday Tidbits

  1. Carmen says:

    Can you stand the pain until 1st July, Len? If not, I’d ‘ask around’. . . 🙂

  2. Ken MacIntosh says:

    Len, I read with interest y our comments or should I say your experience with Nabilone. As you know I have MS but also suffer from Spinal Stenosis. Between the year 2003 and 2005 I developed ever increasing pain in my legs which by 2004 resulted in my having to use a cane to walk and if I was going to be on my feet for any amount of time such as grocery shopping, going to the Mall etc. I would havre to use a wheel chair. In early 2004 I was referred by my Neurologist to the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre where I went through a battery of drugs in an attempt to find one that would provide medium to long term relief. After a year of experimentation with various and sundry pain medications it was determined none of the more conventional medications would provide long term relief. A few days, a few weeks, a couple of months and the pain was back. Eventually my physician at the Rehab Centre asked if I would try Nabilone or its equivalent Cesamet. She explained that the drug was primarily used to relieve chemotherapy patients of nausea associated with these treatments. However they learned in the process that these patients also received relief from pain while on the medication and so it was now being used more extensively for other forms of pain treatment.
    DR. Christine Short told me at the time that I may well experience some side effects during the first few weeks of use but that these would subside over time. I was also forwarded THAT IT COULD TAKE UP TO 6 WEEKS AFTER INITIATING TREATMENT BEFORE PAIN WOUD BE ERADICATED. As I said I did have dry mouth, confusion and fatigue during the first several weeks of use but these did disappear over time. After 6 weeks I was pain free, the cane was stored in the garage and the rented wheelchair was returned to Lawton’s. 13 years later I still have no pain (knock on wooid), I walk 6 kilometers a day, ski when there is snow and at 70 (Tuesday coming) generally live a very active pain free life to large exrtent because of Nabilone. I have also recommended to many other people that they discuss Nabilone with their family physician if they are living with ongoing pain. Those taking it generally had the same experience I have and only one person I am aware of stopped taking the medication because of then side effects,

  3. Mary Cecilia MacPherson says:

    In no way do I wish to sound insensitive to your pain, Leonard, as I felt pain myself while I was reading this. It was mostly in my shoulders and stomach. Once I stopped laughing, I was ok. You remain the best!

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