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CBD for Caregivers book available now

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I’m excited to share my latest book, CBD for Caregivers. This brief but informative e-book will shed light on what is one of the top health trends of 2019: CBD (cannabidiol.) Hemp-derived CBD is being soil in oil-based tinctures, edibles, topicals and infused into tea and coffee. How can this potentially beneficial supplement help caregivers?

I look beyond the hype and take you on the journey of an average middle-aged woman with no marijuana experience who explores CBD with an open mind and a healthy dose of skepticism. What I found is that CBD holds promise as a healthier way to deal with stress and pain. There are no miracle drugs and some of the more fantastical claims are indeed bunk. But I would also challenge those who argue that positive CBD claims are all just a giant placebo effect.

In addition to an overview of what CBD is and how it may help caregivers, the e-book contains a roundup of my CBD product reviews that are a popular feature on my website, CBDforCaregivers.com.

For my loyal blog followers, you can download CBD for Caregivers for free for a limited time. I would kindly ask that you leave a review at your favorite digital retailer if you grab a free copy. The book is available at the following digital book retailers.  There was a hiccup with Amazon but hopefully it will be available via Kindle soon as well.

I look forward to hearing your feedback on the book and CBD in general. If you’ve tried it, I’d love to hear your opinion.

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Pundits tackle pain and painfully fail

There has been some buzz over what to me was a benign ad during the Super Bowl for a medication that treats opioid-induced constipation.

As any of you who have been a caregiver probably know, constipation is one of the most common side effects of long-term opioid use. My mother suffered from severe constipation during her last year. It drastically reduced her quality of life.

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To me, this issue is not a joke.

To millions of Americans who live with chronic pain, it is not funny.

After the ad aired during the Super Bowl, Bill Maher cracked the following joke on Twitter.

Maher took flak for his tweet from those who suffer from chronic pain. Maher, who was fined recently for allegedly smoking a joint on television, strongly supports the legalization of marijuana, so he’s not anti-drug by any means, he just prefers weed to pills. Good for him, but for those with chronic pain who work real jobs and face drug tests, marijuana can be risky, even in states where it is legal.

The White House Chief of Staff also sounded off on the commercial.

The White House Press Secretary agreed.

These allegations, while perhaps well-meaning, are woefully misguided.

It’s true that the amount of people abusing opioids has increased dramatically since the 1990s. Pain management clinics popped up everywhere, serving as pill mills, with the doc essentially being a legal drug dealer. The pharmaceutical companies underplayed the dependency risks of their highly profitable products.

The government, under pressure to do something, placed stiff restrictions on opioids. But if you’ve ever known an addict, you know the war on any kind of drug is likely to fail. Addicts only kick the habit when they are ready to do so, and will readily switch to another drug to maintain a high. Many pain pill addicts are switching over to heroin, which is now cheaper and more readily available in many parts of the country.

The only people who are being truly affected by the government crackdown on opioids are those who suffer with chronic pain and who require these medications to function like a normal human being.

My mother relied on pain medications over the last few years of her life. After her cancer surgery, Mom was placed on a low dose of hydrocodone and her doctor kept her on it without question until the new Medicare regulations started to be phased in near the end of 2014. Suddenly, my mother was required to come in to the doctor’s office much more frequently to get her prescription refilled. It was difficult for her to get to the doctor’s office due to transportation issues and because she was in so much pain. It was devastating to know my mom was suffering and there was nothing I could do about it.

Terminal patients suffering excruciating pain should not be denied or delayed pain relief. Those with chronic pain should not face draconian laws to get the medications which help them hold down jobs and raise families. Yes, pharmaceutical companies need to be closely regulated and rehab needs to be readily available for those seeking help, but pain is no laughing matter and neither are the side effects of pain-relieving medications.

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Moan from the past

So Mom is back in the hospital and the small town hospital she is in has been eerily quiet. We were told there were only two patients that were inpatient last night, including my mom. Today, that number swelled to five. There was one patient in particular that made himself known, because he was in so much obvious pain.

He would moan, starting low and working his way up to a pitiful, alarming wail. It was very disturbing and continued for hours. I heard the nurse say they were giving him his pain medication, but the poor man didn’t seem to be able to find relief.

The moans reminded me of my dad, when he would have nightmares at home. I’ve written many times before about the vivid nightmares my father would have, and the moans he would make, the desperate calls for help that would escape his mouth sounded so much like the patient in the hospital.

So we went from eerily quiet to an eerie reminder of Dad in distress at the hospital today.

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