Recommended Reading for October 22, 2009

In the blogs:

Chronic pain management is not addiction

For me, addiction is an issue because it does run in my family, I do have mental health issues which can lead to substance abuse/addiction, and I find I actually do have the “addictive personality” in some ways. I also need regular, and somewhat large, doses of narcotic meds just to be able to function at the low levels I am able to – and frankly, to stay alive because the pain I would be in without the help would absolutely lead me to suicide.

This does not make me an addict. It makes me physically dependent on a medication for survival due to a medical problem. You know who else that description fits? Some people with diabetes who need insulin to stay alive, some people with heart disease who need medication to stay alive, some people who have had organ transplants who need medication for their organs to keep functioning, and the list goes on forever. These people are not considered to be addicts. And neither am I.

What’s the Deal With Disability? is a new forum for people with disabilities to discuss their interactions with the public.


It turns out that among the other endless list of depressive, mentally draining, physically exhausting, unable to think clearly, scatterbrained SHIT going on in my body–I also have SAD, or seasonal affective disorder.

I’ve been thinking for years about getting that magic light that everybody in the North talks about getting right when winter starts–but–just never got around to it. This year I’ve felt a lot better though, I’ve been getting various types of treatment for various bullshitty horrible things (depression, hypothyroidism, ADD, blah blah blah. UGH!) and I made it through the summer feeling relatively normal. So when early Fall hit…then September…then October started with it’s bullshitty cloudy days that last for weeks at a time…I really felt it hard.

In the news:

Via Unusual Music: Woman suffering from seizure arrested for assault:

Imagine calling 911 for medical assistance and winding up in jail. That’s what happened to a South Side grad student who says, instead of providing treatment, paramedics had her arrested. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

Kourtney Wilson, 23, was charged with assaulting three paramedics. But Kourtney says that’s impossible because she was in the midst of a seizure. And she says, what she deserved was treatment, not a trip to jail

7 thoughts on “Recommended Reading for October 22, 2009

  1. RE: Kourtney Wilson. Someone just try to tell me that her race had nothing to do with that bullshit. C’mon, just try. It’s sad, too, because she probably will be afraid to call for help again, and who knows, the next time she could very well die. FSM I quit the world.

  2. Speaking of fail, I know this isn’t The Deal With Disability’s fault, but it is the fault of the service, Ning, on which the forum is hosted… but still…

    They’re using ReCAPTCHA and have hidden the link to the audio CAPTCHA. Y’know, the one that is quite literally built into the system they’re using.

    The lack of an accessible option was at least excusable when they had rolled their own CAPTCHA, but it’s just a flat-out case of They Just Didn’t Care now.

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