Well, it has finally happened! My book, So Young, is finally out on all the major e-formats, as well as in softcover! Thank you to everyone who waited so patiently, I know you won’t be disappointed! Thanks again!
Frabjous day! My book is finally released! Until early December, my book is on sale for the Amazon Kindle for a special price for those who want to check it out! The softcover edition will be available soon, and So Young will be available in the rest of the e-book store (iBooks, Nook, etc.) in a few weeks as well! Please, spread the word, and let me know if you have any questions or comments!
This past week, my mom was reviewing the final draft of my book. I asked her to look for any typos or other obvious issues, and she has done a fine job of it. Hopefully I will be able to make all the changes this week and get the book into production. During this review process, however, something happened to my mother that surprised me but shouldn’t have: reading the book affected her so much that one evening I found her in tears.
My colleague Leslie who writes The R.A. Academe on CreakyJoints, recently spoke about the NFL going pink for breast cancer, asking why someone can’t go blue for arthritis. I had the same exact conversation with my fiancée when I saw the pink penalty flags and towels in the NFL. I wondered why arthritis is doomed to the same old fundraisers again and again, with the number one dud, the infamous walk.
With all the craziness going on these days with my pain pills and the like, I have been hearing more and more about arthritis every day, and not surprisingly, most of it is false. I figured this time around I would lighten the fare a bit, and talk about some of the craziest things that people have said to me about my disease. I’m sure that many of you will be able to relate to at least one of these statements, as crazy as they are. Really, though, it’s not their fault, it’s ours – we need to get the word out about autoimmune disease!
Last time, I wrote a piece on the nightmare that getting pain medicine has become for those of us who take heavy narcotics. Due to the degenerative nature of autoimmune diseases, pain and discomfort are at the very heart of these illnesses. As you may have seen in the feedback from the previous post, it is not just me that is having an issue, and it is not just a problem here in New York.
I have to admit that I did not expect such a large response when the column went live. I knew that many of us who suffer from autoimmune disease take pain medication, but I didn’t think so many were having problems, and in so many different areas of the United States, too! California, Maryland, Ohio, South Carolina, and Florida, were just several of the states that people contacted me from. Despite the vast distances between these locales, the stories were nearly identical.
Walgreens’ one-page checklist must be used by its pharmacy staff each time a customer presents a prescription for a powerful narcotic. Oxycodone, Methadone, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Morphine, Fentanyl and Opana are included on the list of Walgreens’ “target drugs” because they are all highly-addictive controlled substances that government regulators have placed in a high-risk category for prescription drug abuse.
According to the GFD checklist: a pharmacist is required to complete four mandatory steps before filling a prescription for one of the GFD Policy target drugs:
Last week, my esteemed colleague Sandi of Sandi’s Ow! posted an article about her growing anger with those who abuse pain medicine. These people are making it harder for legitimate narcotic users to get medicine, such as Sandi and myself. Well, I had planned to write about my own horrible pain pill adventures before I even knew Sandi was penning her column about a similar subject. Unlike her, though, I blame the government more than the addicts.