This is why I find the idea of worrying that I’ll get ‘dependent’ almost laughable - of course I’ll be constantly dependent, I’m constantly in pain.
I wish doctors understood this.
I’m more physically dependent on my seizure meds than people on opiates are to those meds, and nobody calls it an addiction, even though unlike most people’s response to opiate withdrawal, seizure med withdrawal CAN KILL YOU.
Physical dependence and addiction are two different things. Get it straight. The fear of everyone getting addicted to opiates if they take them for pain relief is completely unfounded by science. It happens but not frequently compared to people who don’t get addicted. And most of this is based in fear and hatred of addicts, and the drug war, rather than concern for anyone’s safety.
If you were concerned for people’s safety you’d give them opiates. They are the safest of the long-term painkillers — anticonvulsants, NSAIDS, and steroids all have much more dangerous side-effects. And untreated pain is not just severely uncomfortable, it’s also dangerous to the body’s ability to heal from just about anything medically, and puts the body under such strain that you become sicker and in more danger of being sick than you would if your pain is treated. So even if treating the sensations of pain was some kind of frivolous thing — which it isn’t — treating the effects of pain on the body, is nowhere near frivolous.
Not to mention, if safety were the actual concern, they would stop formulating opiates with acetominophen for no medical reason in a deliberate attempt to harm and eventually kill addicts. This policy also ends up injuring many “legitimate” users even when we strictly adhere to prescribed dosages, but I will never blame addicts for the government and healthcare institutions deciding that the best way to handle addiction is to murder the people who suffer from it.
I find it weird that every time people personify the Seven Deadly Sins, they’ll make six of them portray the doer (someone who IS angry, someone who IS slothful, etc), but then they go to Lust and portray them as object being acted upon (someone OTHER PEOPLE would lust after).
Like honestly it would be more accurate to make them some scruffy white dude with a fedora than a sexy girl with curves.
psa: if someone is
- a woman, or someone who’s generally perceived as female and treated accordingly
- a person with disabilities that they spent a significant part of their lives, especially in childhood and adolescence, getting treatment/therapy for
just assume that they have been effectively brainwashed into believing that it’s bad or wrong or selfish for them to contradict others, assert boundaries, or say no
if they do make some firm statement of preference, do not press and pry and pick away at it ‘cause you think they’ll be able to stick to it if they’re really really sincere and not just playing games
understand that this is not an equal power dynamic
If airlines are going to force wider passengers to pay an upgrade fee because of safety or passenger comfort or whatever, why aren’t we asking excessively tall people to do the same thing?
On my flight home last week, the guy sitting next to me was thin and very, very tall. He had no respect for my personal space or the safety of the passengers. He didn’t stop moving around the whole ride, crossing the line between our seats and at one point even leaning his back against my arm and I had to say something. He was also sticking his bare feet into the aisle.
Setting aside this guy was a total jerk, can we talk about the fact that he was probably legit uncomfortable and the space was too small for him? He was impacting the safety and comfort of other passengers by leaning on me and invading the narrow aisle space with his legs.
He was also related to the man who was sitting behind me, a man who was also too tall, and kept sticking his legs all the way through the bottom of my seat and kicking me.
And no one thinks about that or asks tall people to pay for extra space? But we do it to wide people?
Thin privilege is being too big for the airplane seat but not being asked to pay an upgrade fee because you’re too big in the acceptable way.