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06-25-2018, 04:31 AM - 3 Likes   #91
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So here I am, coming up on my 15th year of disability, dependent on various pharmaceuticals, including the "evil" opioid molecule. Opiates provide the only means I have of being a participant in my own life, as a husband, father, son and homeowner, etc. Unfortunately, I have had to withdraw more and more from participating in that life, because of the epidemic of folks killing themselves, attempting to get "high" on those same opiates, the ones which allow me to have a life.
I got by for 20 years using OxyContin for chronic neck and back pain, the result of several injuries over the years.

But after all those years without any issues with side effects constipation crept in. My doctor offered an other prescription to counteract that and I decided it was time to move on.

Two years ago next Christmas is when I quit. A combination of exercise and better diet, coupled with ditching about 60 pounds of excess weight have gone a long ways toward making life and work more enjoyable.

Sure, I still have pain, but a change in attitude has helped me ignore it.

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Awesome! Do you boulder as well?
I'm hoping to be in Paris next June (2019). I'd love to spend an afternoon at Font with someone who knows their way around!
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Good thing the forum does not have a bunch of hypersensitive millennials that would be triggered by the use of gender pronouns.
Wow, that phrase just put my Google "to understand mode" into overdrive...
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but at least I can usually remember which side of the road to drive on
I travel a bit too and I always find that the first roundabout, sorts the men from the boys...
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I travel a bit too and I always find that the first roundabout, sorts the men from the boys...
Yep. Driving from Florence to Rome last year was a baptism of fire!

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Driving from Florence to Rome
That's a daunting experience, even for a frenchman!


Conversely, I was calmly driving around the very narrow, walled-in roads of Burren, Co. Clare this past spring. Arriving head-on, at substantial speed, was an irishwoman in a BIG 4WD. I slammed on the brakes and kissed the lichen to my left. She was kind enough to stop and tell my wife through the window that the roads were narrow there, and we had to drive slowly if we wanted to have a safe visit. Very considerate people, the Irish are.
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Awesome! Do you boulder as well?
I'm hoping to be in Paris next June (2019). I'd love to spend an afternoon at Font with someone who knows their way around!
Let's face it i boulder 80% of the year, using rope only during the heat of summer, when the competition season is over for the young and they're eager of cliff.

I can definitely bring you to Fontainebleau and show you... pieces of the places. I go over there for like 10 years and i've still not try all the crags ! A life there won't be enough to try everything !

It would be a great pleasure to share my passion with you ! And i could share gear if you need
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It would be a great pleasure to share my passion with you !
Ooh, keen! No need for gear - I'll pack shoes and a chalk bag. I'll have to start training now so I can keep up with you though - my best climbing days were thirty years ago
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I've met a few of them. You're in good company
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Ooh, keen! No need for gear - I'll pack shoes and a chalk bag. I'll have to start training now so I can keep up with you though - my best climbing days were thirty years ago
Some pull ups, some hanging, little bit of running and your good to go
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