Saturday, August 27, 2022

A Journey With Pain, Sincerely Yours


Colorado 2022

   Take a Stand © by Celeste Cooper


   Swirling ideas, each significant to plan.

   Upholding brave principles and taking a stand.

   Provisions of nature and all living things

   Gives fortitude, fulfillment of what life brings.


   Taste the climb; take pause, ageless, forever;

   Ours for the taking–precious gift of endeavor.

   Inherited by forefathers, a guide for our path,

   Achievement secured when we learn from the past.


   So stand up we shall, securing our position.

   When acted on, they are more than conditions.

   Comrades, principles, nature, history, at hand

   Are the tools that endure when taking a stand.


"Adversity is only an obstacle if we fail to see opportunity."




I have worked as a real estate salesperson, office manager, switchboard operator, bookkeeper, income tax preparer, and more. As a single mother of two small children, I accomplish my dream of becoming a registered nurse. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), and a Legal Nurse Consultant degree in Paralegal Studies with a plethora of experiences related to emergency nursing, staff development, nursing administration, and education.


Because of chronic illness and painful disorders, I have learned the importance of sharing information from the perspective of a fellow patient, and I have enjoyed writing and blogging from that point of view.  


My life experiences have had a huge influence on my writing as an author and blogger. My experience as a freelance contributor to Sharecare, Health Central, ProHealth, and journals, has helped me grow as a writer.


I have had the pleasure and the opportunity to collaborate with robust advocates from ALL aspects of care in an effort to change the way chronic pain has been perceived, judged, and treated.




As we work through the process from denial to acceptance, we must not underestimate our abilities to live a meaningful life despite the obstacles we might encounter.


As I experience new chapters in my life, I accept change; a great deal of change has been for the better.  In addition, I strongly feel that we are our own best advocates and we should not forget to use our voice on matters that are important to us.


I am grateful to have had the opportunity to write on issues that affect all of us who live in this special community. I will still pop in now and then.


   Sincerely yours,

 The Pained Ink Slayer

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

What We Learn From Living With Pain

Living with daily pain begs the question, “What is the lesson here? Does having pain make me somehow grow as a person? After nearly three decades of reading, writing, and pro/con contemplating, I realize asking that question of myself has prepared me for the physical and emotional changes that take place with advancing age. Unlike many fellow 70ish people, I already have tools that help me balance  body, mind, and spirit. I am grateful for that.


Ten Lessons from Pain (from Balancing the See-Saw of Chronic Pain, Spring Devotions)

(1)  Acceptance of what is.

(2) Compassion for the less fortunate.

(3)  Change is not a bad word.

(4)  Humility is a virtue.

(5)  Strength in not surrendering to stressors.

(6)  Commitment to self and others.

(7)  Flexibility to roll with the flow.

(8) Appreciation for things we would otherwise take for granted.

(9)  Empathy, we are on a level playing field.

(10) Patience, our inbox is not supposed to be empty.

[Excerpt, Day Seventy-five]


Each day in the Broken Body, Wounded Spirit series provokes a question and the Spring Edition is no exception.

In healing
Think adversity?-See opportunity!

The Pained Ink Slayer

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Could Cannabinoids Found in Hemp Treat or Prevent infections by Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2)?

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The Answer

With cautious optimism, it appears two specific cannabinoids could treat and possibly prevent COVID-19, AKA SARS-CoV-2.  

According to the study "Cannabinoids Block Cellular Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the EmergingVariants" published in the peer-reviewed journal The Journal of Natural Products, "Orally bioavailable and with a long history of safe human use, these cannabinoids, isolated or in hemp extracts, have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection by SARS-CoV-2 and its variants.  

Specific Cannabinoids

An article published in The Oregonian says, Richard van Breemen, who led the study at Oregon State University, with the help of Fikadu Tafesse from Oregon Health and Science University, was able to test CBGA and CBDA (two specific cannabinoids of many) on live virus, including the original strain of SARS-CoV-2 and two early variants.

Van Breeman also says third-party lab testing can show which products actually contain CBDA and CBGA. We need to see follow-up studies with the same results. If this happens, we hope it does, I suspect those who make edible products and concentrates will provide lab reports with a full breakdown of cannabinoids. 

CBD is considered safe, but it can have side effects, so start low and go slow. From what I read, 1 tsp of hemp flower to 8 oz of water makes a nice tea. There are a plethora of resources for making your own edibles on the internet. 

You can find the lab reports on hemp leaf at Happy Flower Company. Look specifically for CBDA and CBGA.

*If you are on medications please discuss hemp (cannabinoids) with your doctor or pharmacist. Like medications, including those we buy over the counter, it is biochemical.   


Additional Reading:

Happy With Hemp: Fibromyalgia And Chronic Pain

In healing

Think adversity?-See opportunity!

The Pained Ink Slayer

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