Washington State passed a law to curtail the rampant overuse of opioid drugs to control chronic pain. Good in theory, not so good in execution. The theory, was to control the doctors that are overprescribing such drugs as Morphine and OxyContin. Doctors were writing prescriptions left and right for these drugs to people that were on workers compensation for injuries. And this is the right thing to do…. but then there are the people that have a disability that causes pain, chronic pain. And to function, they need something to allieveate that pain. Me, I would rather take the minimum amount of pain medication that I can, and still remain functional. I do take a bit more than the minimum… I do not over-medicate, but I also don’t ‘grin and bear it’. I medicate so that I my pain is managed to a great extent. Say 80-95% of it… If I don’t do anything unusual, I can function very well, and do not feel any pain at all, as long as I take pain medication on a schedule of every 12 hours.
However, my doctor has thrown me a curve ball, he wants me to start walking. I STOPPED walking because of two specific things. It hurt, and it cost me a lot of energy. Imagine yourself (if you’re a non-PWD), walking on a tightrope stretched between two buildings. I use up THAT much energy when I walk the same distance. So if I were to talk a block, it would be like someone not disabled walking a block on a tightrope stretched between two buildings. Once I use that analogy, most people look at me and say that they totally understand why I use a wheelchair. I’d be in bed all the time otherwise, and exhausted. I wanted a life, so I stopped walking 27 years ago, except for my wedding, 20 years ago.