I am still new at the whole stand up paddleboard thing, but from the first moment, I knew I wanted to have a camera on these trips. My SLR was certainly not a candidate. It has not learned to swim yet.
A few pictures around the neighborhood were underwhelming so I was anxious to try it underwater.
Today was my first day out with my new toy; the Nikon CoolPix AW100. I had the auto setting set to ‘underwater’ the whole time. This to avoid spending time or risk falling every time I wanted to take a picture. I added a little float strap in case I dropped it. While trying a new turn, I learned how to fly. Even with a splash landing there was no worry for the camera.
The water was not as clear as I had hoped and being surrounded by trees made the lighting a little sketchy. The angle is super weird because I took this kneeling on the board, still moving, still steering, and trying not to fall. Overall, I am very happy with it. Some practice maybe needed to adjust my SLR thinking. It will certainly be easier to take the underwater pictures when I am not a part of a tour group. One and a half thumbs up.
Look closer, hidden in the green:
We don’t seem to understand it. We are not that good at controlling it. We are becoming better at addressing it. We have a long way to go.
There was a post on My Lymphoma Journey addressing this issue and it really got me thinking.
We are just leaving the declared decade of pain control and research. So, where are we? Pain is now the fifth vital sign. Hospitals, doctors, and drug companies are now more attentive to the issue and attempt to relieve their patients’ agony. There are still areas for awareness improvement. For example: Medicare reimbursement, at some levels, is dependent on functional improvement. Sleep and pain are not considered functional. Therefore, a person can have 9/10 pain while trying to get dressed (after a sleepless night) but as long as they can get dressed independently they do not need treatment.
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There are some great new medicines on the market to help with pain control. There are some to help neurogenic pain, such as Neurontin and Lyrica. (Hard to miss all the Lyrica commercials). These are not opiate based. Rather they seem to have their roots in seizure control medicines. They do have their own side effects but can be very helpful.
Drugs, such as oxycodone, are being used to treat everything from acute (new) pain to chronic (long term) pain. It is very powerful and has a pretty high street value. Due to the abuse and over prescribing by many individuals, states are beginning to crack down on its use. This includes more paperwork for doctors. While making sure medicines are used ethically and as intended is very important, especially with narcotics, the increased paperwork and investigations have meant a new barrier to access. Some doctors stopped prescribing it in order to avoid the whole issue. Some pharmacists try to avoid it for the same reason. Who wants to go to jail or lose their license because they did not research their patients’ lives enough. I witnessed a doctor in the hospital accusing a patient of being a wimp and a “clock watcher”. Only to discover later, he just did not like all the paperwork that he had to do every time he prescribed pain medicine.
An issue of particular importance for chronic pain patients is opioid-induced hyperalgesia.
Exploring the great outdoors is a wonderful way to relax and workout. With extensive research and years of experience, I have learned how to differentiate between a deadly bear and a bear statue. I have also learned the difference between gators and gator tail stew. Snakes are a bit more challenging. Top photo credit: reptilechannel.com
This young man has some good info on the topic with a unique delivery style.
Yogi From: http://journalstar.com
Mad Momma from: http://modernsurvivalonline.com