Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Palliative Care For Dummies

Have you ever encountered a perfectly healthy person who’s on palliative care? “To palliate” is to make a condition (usually a disease lesser). However, if one takes a broad view of illness then it’s existence itself that’s up for grabs. Sometimes opioids or morphine are prescribed for discomfort but there's a fine line between the pain of pain and the pain of life. That’s where addiction sometimes begins. You’ve met people who live on Benzodiazeprines like Xanax and Klonapin. But there are those who are receive this kind of palliative care for the primal scream. Timothy Leary's imprecation to "turn on, tune in and drop out" could be regarded as a form of palliative care. One might respond, so what? The answer is that depression and anxiety both carry a message. They’re the product of evolution.The “congenital insensitivity to pain” can result in the kind of damage that occurs when you no longer know you’re being hurt.

read  "The Right to Life (Last Chapter)" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "Hurt So Bad" (1965) by Little Anthony and the Imperials

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