Mental toolkit for overwhelming times

As I’ve said before, much of brain-retraining has to do with speaking to the primitive parts of the brain in ways it can’t ignore. Being overwhelmed is very common these days. So, this tool is helpful for far more than just  my fellow painiacs. I originally laid this out for … Continue reading

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Related: health care coverage, economic policy, and racism

The same thinking that underlies racism, sexism, and classism underlies the thinking that says, “Hey, let’s get rid of health care coverage for those who aren’t federal politicians, well-employed, or wealthy.” The bottom line is treating people as things, and money as the thing of most value. All humans have … Continue reading

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On treatments and at-home management strategies for CRPS

Quick brain dump here. There have been a lot of questions lately about treatment options. THIS LIST IS NOT EXHAUSTIVE. It’s barely an overview. It’s just a note I worote in answer to someone who asked about prolotherapy, where a sugar or basic solution is injected into a painful area … Continue reading

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The Red Pen Technique (dramatic music, please)

This is probably the simplest, most powerful tool for getting your complex care back into the realm of sanity. It’s easier said than done, but it’s worth it. More valuable than words can say. It’s a fairly simple 3-step process:  Get copies of your medical records.  Prepare: understand the records, get … Continue reading

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It’s a different world in here

TRIGGER WARNING: Body image. With a twist. I feel like I’ve been inflated. If I get any larger, I may collapse in on myself and form a neutron star — possibly even a black hole. My pain psychologist isn’t worried. She thinks there’s nothing wrong with “a little comfort weight”, … Continue reading

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"Plan" is a 4-letter word

Last night, in an effort to give my autonomic nervous system a chance to calm down, I turned off my lovely hostess’s wifi while I slept. Eventually, I did sleep, after several hours of meditation. Why the insomnia? People change with time. My sweetie is discovering that in the harshest … Continue reading

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Jace The Wind

Shame on me. I didn’t get proper permission, so I’ve hidden this until I do. Even changing details doesn’t provide enough protection for people, so let me sort out the proprieties and protections and we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming…

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Balance

I recently had a sequence of conversations that showed me where I really stand. In one, I answered a series of health questions in a linear, rational, consensus-reality style: this did that, the other happened, and this twisted disease all makes sense to the crowd outside Wendy’s. In another, I … Continue reading

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