Opioids, To Take Or Not To Take

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I  am slowly typing one-handed, Three weeks today,  I  had an unexpected hard fall on a concrete floor resulting in a broken arm. I finally had surgery five days later after agony with every move. To give you  the intensity of the pain, the first step  of surgery is blocking the nerve before anesthesia. After surgery, I  was given more opioids , 50 to be exact after the 15 I took waiting for surgery.

Now here is the dilemma. . . . . . the pain was excruciating, I wanted relief from that  but I didn’t want to get addicted. And I felt terrible fuzzy headed and nauseous taking them, and the pain was only dulled!

A dear friend sent me a nonaddictive pain relief shared by a pharmacist who said 80 per cent of the world has no access to opioids.

DISCLAIMER;   I am not a doctor or a pharmacists. I  have and am  using these  over the counter products. I  am not using alcohol  and have liver disease.  Always check with your physician, The pain is tolerable and my head is clearer. I am resolved that healing and pain  are  slow. I thank God for His mercy to me  as I  continue to heal.

Here are the directions;

2  200 mg  Aleve  every 12 hours

2 extra strength Tylenol in between after 6 hours

Love from the lady with a broken wing  held together with a plate and 7 screws!

Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences.


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My First Architectural Book

Amazing shop in a city of the masters. . .Corb and Kahn



First’s are always overrated. But not in this case. This entry in not about contents of the book per se, which was the initial intent of this piece, but experience of buying the book itself. Its entry into my life, is a bit theatric. I would like to talk about the first non-photo-copied book in my bookshelf : Louis Kahn’s Essential Texts (I am excluding Banister Fletcher here intentionally, because like everyone else, i did not have much inclination to to pre-modernism history as a student, which i regret now). And also may be, talking about Banister Fletcher, is not an animated idea for a blog. And I realised just now, for this book how we use the authors name always as replacement for the books title ‘History of Architecture’. Like xerox or dalda.

Kahn is simply everyone should seek, if one is underwhelmed by architecture. Both experientially and intellectuallly. Kahn had famously opened a…

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Heaven on Earth Adirondacks

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Spanning more than six million acres with over 100 welcoming communities, the Adirondack Region is home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48. Like a patchwork quilt, the Adirondacks are made up of twelve distinct regional destinations. (from New York State)


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HIROSHIMA by John Hersey


On August 6, 1945 , Hiroshima, Japan was destroyed by the first direct hit of an atomic bomb on a city.  Hersey tells what happened that day.

“Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document, has become a classic that stirs the conscience of humanity.” ( The New York Times)

This manuscript was written to be published in four consecutive publication of THE NEW YORKER  but there was such overwhelming interest  that the magazine published it all in one issue.  It is hard for people today  to realize  how slow and cumbersome the news was during this period of history with our ongoing 24/7 news available  on cable news.

In light of North Korea and the Hawaiian false alarm, this book is sadly topical today. I think that teens would benefit from reading his book of only 150 pages. It is written in  the style of narrative non-fiction which reads like fiction and story but based on facts of nonfiction.

I remember learning in school that though terrible, the bombs dropped ended the war ans saved lives in the long run.  It seems that this is another part of history told  favorably  by  the victors.

War, though sometimes necessary ,  should be used only as a last resort, I think.  Through all the wars  in history, the average people are the ones who suffer the most and they seem to have the least to say about getting into the conflict or not.

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Wake Up, You Lazy Pig

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It is time to play!   Watch and chuckle at this very persistent Husky persistently trying to awaken the pig from a deep sleep.


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Music Monday “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran


Ed Sheeran and his fiancee, Cherry Seaborn became engaged just before the New Year.

Ed is an Englishman born and bred who writes and performs his own songs with the voice of an angel.

He says  that Cherry inspired this song Perfect  which is just about perfect, isn’t it?   This song  is for all of you have have found your perfect love and for you who are still waiting!  May it be. . . .  . .


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The Greatest Showman, A Film

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Who doesn’t love Hugh Jackman?  He plays the character of P T Barnum who once said,

” There is a sucker born every minute. ”

That quirky side of Barnum is not really addressed in his making people happy by unimaginable sights. The themes  included are  following your dreams, hard work,imagination, love, and family.

The music and dancing are toe tapping and infectious.

A current theme of accepting others no matter how different they are was very clear in the circus family. One character announced that even her mother had not  accepted her the way she  was loved by her new community.

The setting is New York City during the Victorian era and times were tough for many of the working class. The Circus was a good diversion for visitors or people in the street.

I took my grandchildren who are 12 and almost 8 and a good time was  had by all. The rating is PG and suitable for children in my opinion.

One story attributed to Barnum  was  how  he found a former slave who was 160 years old.  She entertained the crowds  with stories of George Washington and other historical figures.  Some of the audience believed her , suspending reality.  Others didn’t . Seems that most of us could use more laughter and happiness in our lives. Don’t you ?

The last scene in the film is a magical moment of P T Barnum, finally !

I would give this film a 3.5 * out of 5*.

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