My horoscope is always a day behind. It's eerie and of no help. I does me no good for it to confirm what I already know went on today.
Yesterday’s horoscope, which describes my night pretty well: Aquarius, you’re likely to want to retreat into your bedroom and slam the door today. You won’t feel like talking or socializing with anyone, not even those closest to you. Too much work could have you in a state of near exhaustion and almost total burnout, which means that getting some rest is probably the best thing you could do right now. Relax now, and get yourself going again tomorrow
Someone I know suffers from chronic pain. She’s had several substantial injuries and has a disease that cause this pain. She recently underwent knee surgery, to help with her knee pain which was caused by a car accident when she was about my age where both her knees smashed into the dash. She also has neck and back pain from a work injury that she even won a settlement for that included palliative care for life. She also has Raynaud’s disease which causes her a lot of pain in her arms/hands.
Due to these issues, she has to take painkillers quite consistently or else lose a substantial range of her ability to function. Despite all this, she has been harassed and mistreated by doctors for the last year. She has been deemed a drug addict for a mere, provable, miscommunication between her knee surgeon and now ex-primary care physician. She has had substantial difficulties in finding a new doctor and is continually harassed and denied care by her doctors, all apparently over a misunderstanding.
I have recently become aware of the federal crackdown on painkillers. I think this is the source of the wrongful harassment, mistreatment, and abandonment she has experienced from her doctors. I’ve had a suspicion for a while that the doctors were almost out to get her and get rid of her as a patient just because she has chronic pain. There is now no doubt in my mind that it was not just a suspicion, but true and caused by this “crackdown.”
I understand the intentions of this “crackdown,” but unfortunately the results have included substantial suffering for her and her family. This is not how you fix people’s addictions to legal narcotics. This person has expressed that she has considered switching to heroin because you don’t have to go through hell to get it and be free of pain. Those truly addicted to it probably already have.
Individuals aren’t the only ones to suffer harassment. On the front page of the Wall Street Journal today was a story about the feds raiding six Walgreen’s pharmacies and a distribution center. I don’t know if they found anything, but this just seems ridiculous to me. Walgreen’s is a reputable corporation and doesn’t deserve to be treated as a drug dealer. I see these things as horrible injustices and the result of improper regulation in the first place.
The federal government has no right to turn around and say that there are too many people on painkillers now, denying palliative care to Americans who genuinely need it, and possibly driving them to the black market in search of relief. Where are the checks and balances to ensure doctors aren’t dropping patients just to lower the amount of painkillers they’re prescribing rather than ensuring they’re dropping patients for legitimate reasons? This person I know has been abandoned by her doctor over an error in communication between her doctor and her surgeon. That’s not right.