2021 – My Thoughts About It

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. Neil Gaiman


I am not going to write much about this past year, but, I can truly say that this has been a year of growth.

Over the days when I couldn’t write I found myself thinking about this blog. About how to give it some more zip, how to re-tool it. I found myself thinking about being more disciplined with writing.

Maybe, I could give each day a theme, maybe like, “Manic Monday” or “Terrible Tuesday”. I am still letting this one brew in my mind. I truly admire those bloggers who have that type of discipline, that when you follow long enough, you begin to know what to expect on certain days.

I honestly do not have many goals in mind for everything hinges on the hip surgery. I keep hoping the phone will ring saying that I am schedule for such and such day.

I do want to keep writing about my series and maybe adding some more. I have enjoyed doing some research about the different subjects. I am handicapped when it comes to papers that write in a clinical style. So, I look for sites that write about the issues that I can understand. I have one post on the subject of abuse that I am hesitant in pushing the publish button.

The one goal overall is that I make new blogger friends in this big world of WordPress. I enjoy the interaction via the comment section. I sometimes think if there was a way to build in a chat client within WordPress. Then I think, that may be the wrong thing to add because there are still bugs in WordPress itself.

So dear reader these are some thoughts about 2021, hoping it will be such much brighter than 2020!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!

Pain and Mental Health

“Those of us with chronic pain have something unique to offer, not in spite of our pain, but because of it. It’s okay to grieve the losses of chronic illness. It’s okay to be broken; everyone is in some way. Just because we’re unfixable doesn’t mean we’re worthless.”
― Allison Alexander, Super Sick: Making Peace with Chronic Illness


In the past several weeks I have not been writing with any consistency. It has been hit and miss. It is not because I have nothing to write about, my desktop is full of shortcuts linking to writing ideas. Series that I have started, like the “Myths” about mental illness and also suicide.

For example, last night I wasn’t able to get an unbroken sleep. Each time I moved I would wake up because of pain. This pain also keeps me from sitting for any amount of time that would allow me to write.

Depression on it’s own can rob a person of sleep, it is the same with pain. Put the two together and you have a walking disaster.

When in treatment the advice for when you couldn’t sleep, was to get up and do something that was calming. That advice works well when only you are dealing with depression. It doesn’t work that way because just getting your feet on the floor can be an ordeal.

So dear reader if you are experiencing chronic pain that is affecting your mental health my sympathies are with you!

***sorry if this seems disjointed, my brain has gone blank***

Family?

“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones that would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”

Source: Shutterfly

What Is Family?

Merriam Webster Dictionary –

1b also; any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family

What Does Family Mean to You

One Answer Given From: Be Strong Families:

“I feel family goes beyond bloodlines, last names or obligations. To me, the word ‘family’ includes all the people in our lives who commit to love and support us unconditionally. It is not a passive birthright but a choice, a discipline of kindness that helps us thrive both as individuals and as a society.” – Fernando Barcelona, President / Creative Director, Barcelona and Friends


I am writing this post on Boxing Day 2020.

Some Background: I first came to the western province of Canada around 1981 because the Pastor I was working for was asked to Shepherd a congregation in Regina, SK. I stayed for a couple of years, becoming married in April 1983. Later on in the late part of 1985 we moved back to my home area to help my home church. Things started to fall apart with my wife taking the baby and herself back to the west. It wasn’t long that the divorce became final. I found myself once again moving back to the west hoping I could bring the family back together. My efforts were not successful.

In the late eighties I moved out of the capital city of Regina and moved to the city where I now have been living here going on twenty-five plus years. After moving here I became acquainted with the person I now call my best friend. One day I had a knock on the door of the apartment I was living in. The apartment was the only thing I could afford because of the limit on my support. My friend asked if I would be interested in buying a trailer on a rent to own basis. I went with him to meet the guy who owned the trailer to take a walk through. I like it the place even though it needed some critical upgrades.

Our friendship grew and we began to share some things that we both liked. We had our differences, but, no relationship is completely void of differences. Some time later I was introduced to his mother. We hit it off almost from the beginning. Then one Christmas I had her and my best friend over for a New Year’s Eve dinner. I bought some simple Christmas presents for her. This friendship also grew to where she would tell people, even her own family, that I was her son from another mother. Up to the last time we saw each other I called her mom.

By the way, my best friend is seventy-six years old. The friendship grew and I thought of him as an older brother, one thing I never had.

Christmas Day 2020 we shared a simple Christmas meal together. It was very peaceful. As we were eating I began to think about this friendship. It really feels like family.

I have lots of family in the east, but only one who I keep in touch with. My family here in the west consists of my daughter and three grandchildren. The is the extent of blood relatives.

Today families have a different face than what would be considered family back in the fifties unto the early part of the twenty-first century. There is what is called a “blended” family. Such as the Mayor of New York Bill DeBlasio.

I may find myself in trouble with this next few statements. I find I believe that a family is more than the red liquid that runs through our veins. We have heterosexual, gay, blended, and mixed. All those are families which love, support, comfort, share, and nurture each other.

This Christmas forced everyone to change how people celebrated these holidays. Restrictions that were put in place to try and stop the surge of covid-19 was different from the east all the way to the west.

So dear reader I spent Christmas with a family member, a member whose blood line was far removed from me. I hope you will see that the meaning of family is how you define it!

Hard Candy Christmas

This picture brings back great memories when I was a kid. Most rural stores, like general stores, all carried these, hard candies. The cost was usually a penny.

Back in the eighties Dolly Parton along with Burt Reynolds were in a musical movie, “Best Little Whorehouse In Texas”. (It is risque in parts) The movie is centered around a brothel in a rural area of Texas. The madam, “Mona” was played by Dolly. There was a sheriff, played by Burt. The two were having an affair on the side keeping it from the eyes of the people. Things start taking a turn when a “televangelist” gets word about the house and begins to telecast about it. Well the pressure becomes severe and the sheriff orders it to close.

Their is a closing song where Mona and her girls are daydreaming what they may want to do after leaving the “Chicken House”.

Here is the refrain of the song sung by Dolly Parton, “Hard Candy Christmas”:

Fine and dandy
Lord, it’s like a hard candy Christmas
I’m barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won’t let
Sorrow bring me way down

I’ll be fine and dandy
Lord, it’s like a hard candy Christmas
I’m barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won’t let
Sorrow bring me way down

Source: Musixmatch

I realize that many this year are looking at the holidays as a Hard Candy Christmas. For many life has been turned upside down. Restrictions are king in most parts of North America, Britain, and the rest of the World.

I heard stories from grandparents and other seniors about the hard times during the wars and the great depression. For Christmas gifts children would probably receive home knitted socks, a piece of hard candy, and if available, an orange.

I am writing this post to offer my message of hope for everyone this holiday season. Hope has finally arrived in small vials containing Covid-19 vaccine. It is the hope that we are in the dark tunnel, but, we have be offered a flashlight to shine ahead to see the end of the tunnel.

For those who have suffered a lost, I send you my condolences. If you are separated from family the hope is by next year you will be able to celebrate the holidays together.

No matter how you celebrate the Holy Days it is my wishes that they be peaceful and full of hope in the New Year!

The Toughest Holiday Yet!

My mother passed away in February 2000. That year was tough for me. I remember when my birthday came along and without thinking I went to my mailbox. You see, my mother had always sent a card for me, this time was different, no card. It finally hit me, oh yeah she’s gone. I sat in my chair, and I am not ashamed to admit, I cried, for what seemed, hours.

Next came along Christmas. It has always been rough because I lived two provinces away from my mother. Going home was not an option, so, the next best thing was a phone call. Usually it is difficult to get through because of the load of calls that are happening that day. Christmas 2000 was another very rough day for I could no longer pick up the phone and wish her a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

For millions this year around the world will be very difficult for many. At each table there will be an empty plate, that familiar voice will be missing, Covid-19 has robbed that from those this year. Missing will be, a father, a mother, a son, a brother, a sister and many more.

My heart goes out especially to all those children whose mother or father has been taken from them. Many too young to have an embedded memory to hold onto of their missing parent. Others who are old enough to remember them, but, not old enough to provide for themselves.

In many countries this year, Christmas 2020, has been cancelled. Restrictions have been put in place, the number of who can gather in one household. Canadian provinces are also feeling the pain of Christmas cancelled. Many will have to be alone for travel is not an option for them.

So dear reader, for this holiday season, know this, you are not alone in this stressful holiday season. Many others will be facing similar situations around the world this year. If you know someone who will be hurting, maybe spending this Christmas day alone, pick up the phone and let them know you are thinking of them.

Let me wish everyone a peaceful holiday!

Battered Men and Abused

Trigger Warning: This post contains subjects and issues that may be upsetting to some.

This is another issue that is included in the group “Mental Health”. It has been my feeling that this has been kept in a dark closet. We always hear about the abuse of woman and children, but I thought this needed to be explored.


Help For Men Who Are Being Abused

Help Guide Org., states that men being abused happens more often than you would expect.

They go on to say that domestic abuse may not be physical. It could also be verbal and emotional.

  • Domestic abuse may not be physical
  • Could also be verbally and emotional
  • Partners whether they be heterosexual or same sex, become possessive, act jealous or harass with accusations of being unfaithful
  • Verbal abuse by belittling or humiliate in front of friends, colleagues, family, or on social media
  • Threaten to leave you and prevent you from seeing your kids if you report the abuse.

The Mayo Clinic defines domestic violence against men as such:

“Domestic violence — also known as intimate partner violence — occurs between people who are or have been in a close relationship. Domestic violence can take many forms, including emotional, sexual and physical abuse, stalking and threats of abuse. It can happen in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.

Abusive relationships always involve an imbalance of power and control. An abuser uses intimidating, hurtful words and behaviors to control his or her partner.”


WebMD reports more than 830,000 men fall victim to domestic violence every year.

Jan Brown the executive director and founder of the Domestic Abuse Helpline for men says,

Domestic violence is not about size, gender, or strength. It’s about abuse, control, and power, and getting out of dangerous situations and getting help, whether you are a woman being abused, or a man.

She also goes on to say in the article, “There are more than 4,000 domestic violence programs in the U.S., but very few actually offer the same services to men as they do women.”

So dear reader, the issue is hard to read, but recognizing abuse happens to both men, women, and the hardest issue, child abuse.

Ten Percent Challenge?

 “I believe the term “blog” means more than an online journal. I believe a blog is a conversation. People go to blogs to read AND write, not just consume.” (Michael Arrington)


I have been observing other blogs, their likes and the comment section. The one thing that puzzles me is very seldom do I see in either place a number that is equal or greater than ten percent.

I Googled the term about, “what is a good percentage of likes” for a blog post. I came across a conversation on the forum section in WordPress. Here it is:

What is a Good Percentage

Question: I am pretty new to wordpress and blogging full stop, I am wondering what people think healthy daily/weekly stats are say if you are posting a couple of times a week.

And what do people find the best free way to up stats.

The blog I need help with is glutenfreeadventuresandme.co.uk.

Response, Staff Member:

This one’s tough to answer. I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half now and post three times a week. I have three hundred followers (most of whom only followed me so I would follow them – I didn’t) and get about 30-40 views a day. Other people have been blogging for a month and post once a week and get thousands of views per day. It all depends on what you’re blogging about (your niche), who your target audience is, how good your content is, etc.

The best way to attract others to your site is to leave meaningful comments on theirs and to link to their posts when appropriate. At the same time, make sure your content stands out so people will visit your site and will want to share your articles. Set your reading settings to only show a summary in feeds so people have to actually visit your blog to read posts – if you don’t they can read the entire thing in their feed reader and you’ll never get the page view. And of course promote your blog on social media.


I realize that there may be some bloggers around that do reach the ten percent challenge. Their thoughts on the matter would probably go over my head.

Then there are those who have a better understanding than this writer of “Search Engine Optimization(SEO)”.

Maybe, I wonder if having a paid site is the secret ingredient for reaching this ten percent challenge.

I have experimented with different styles of writing and content. Things such as, Guest Post, Re-blog, Mixture of personal and Research, Personal stand alone, Research alone, writing in a style that draws the reader in, causing the reader to interact via the comment section. But that nasty little voice echoes throughout the chambers of my mind, constantly wondering what can be done to see the achievement of reaching that ten percent challenge.

So dear reader, maybe I am chasing a pot of gold over the rainbow, the elusive ten percent challenge!

Helplines See Spikes in Calls – Covid-19 Lockdowns

Trigger Warning: This post contains subjects and issues that may be upsetting to some.

Editor Note: I saw a news report some time ago and it has been on my mind. I thought it is an issue that needs to be addressed. This issue falls under Mental Health, which is sometimes shoved to the back burner.


Over the past several weeks I have been hearing that helplines are seeing a spike in calls over abuse.

A former officer once told me that the worse times for calls concerning abuse was during the holidays.

According to a CTV News article “Calls to Canadian domestic violence helplines jump during pandemic”  that certain helplines are seeing a spike in incoming calls.

The executive director of Battered Women’s Support Services based in Vancouver said that “the urgency and severity intensified”.

Relating what the calls are saying is, the situation of being in lockdown has created a pressure cooker environment, one that has no release valve.

The United Nations has said that the abuse that is happening would be considered a shadow pandemic.

One form of abuse is that women who have tested positive with Covid-19 being kicked out.

The calls from women are heart wrenching. Wondering if they go to a shelter will their abuser take them back.

This is a familiar story that I have heard for most of my life. Women are afraid to leave their abusive partner. They have been told they cannot make it on their own.  Others stay in the abusive relationship because of the children. They are afraid to go through the court system fearing that they may lose their children. For any mother those fears are real.

Also, in the CTV News article, they state that in British Columbia at the time of this report, the Battered Women’s Crisis line received more than 1,800 calls. That is double the number from the same month last year.

Women abuse is something that goes on silently. It is due to fear of finances, accommodations, custody of children.

In every city there are halfway homes for battered women. The homes are never listed, they are in neighborhoods with no sign giving away their secret.

Other Reports:

A crisis mental-health hotline has seen an 891% spike in calls in year over year. CNN- Amanda Jackson – April 10, 2020

“Floods of calls and texts to crisis Hotlines reflects Americans’ rising anxiety”NPR – Yuki Noguchi – May 4, 2020

Laura Meyer, director of PRS CrisisLink in Oakton, VA., which also takes calls for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline told the NPR reporter this:

“It’s a difficult decision because we do know that by sending them into an overburdened health care system, they may or may not get the treatment they need.  The resources may or may not be there, and we’re exposing them to the illness”


So dear reader those are some factors in the issue of battered women and the spike in calls to helplines across North America and around most western countries.


If you or someone you know is suffering abuse please seek professional help, call a crisis hotline!


The Progression of a Blogger

“You are your biggest obstacle, but you are also the change that you seek.”
― Freequill


It is coming around to that time of the year where media will be doing their “year in review” newscast. They will be broadcasting them till ad nauseam.

That brings around this post and my thoughts of my progression of this blog. I remember my first post, now deleted, was something totally stupid like, “it is spring out”. I really did not know how to start, I had an idea, but, no idea how to go about it. I did not give any thought about a format and for the longest time I would change the template of the blog. My subject matter also changed about two years ago to the present topic of “Mental Health”.

Things went slower than a slug. My writing wasn’t consistent for there were long stretches of idle time. When I did write I did not know about the two powerful tools contain with “Category” and “Tags”. I learned just over two years ago.

I can remember how excited I would become just receiving a like or a follow. For each I would click on them to see who they were. I made it a habit to read their “About” page, something I still continue to do to this day. For those who are new I would invite you to read “My Code of Honor“.

I have begun to filter my Categories and Tags. I was shocked how many times I would put everything under their own Category. I have learned that one Category can cover a multitude of many thoughts, such as, “Mental Health”.

I am still not sure what the maximum number of tags a blog should have. I just try to use the ones that are totally relevant in the post.

My writing has grown over the years, it has taken time, but I find it comes with greater ease and fluidity.

So dear reader I will close with a quote!

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.”Brian Clark

Myths About Mental Health #3

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” Glenn Close

Myth #3: Mental illnesses are just an excuse for poor behaviour.

According to The Canadian Mental Health Association[CAMH] believe that people’s behaviour’s do seem strange when suffering with a mental illness.

I did not choose to suffer with mental illness and sometimes my behaviour may seem weird to others at different times. There have been times while having someone visiting that I totally blank out and have to ask the person what we were talking about. So, I just chalk it up to mental illness.

I have a relative who suffered with schizophrenia and there were many times that the person would do something strange that was not part of the current situation. There were times that a statement would be made with no connection to the current conversation. It wasn’t their fault it was the illness. When they would stick to their medication regiment they would show nothing strange. Also housework and hygiene would change without the medications.

I now can see the importance that was stressed while in treatment about taking a shower or a bath. Getting dressed each day, keeping your clothes cleaned. All these things to help you maintain a regimen in your daily life.

So dear reader, mental illness is not an excuse for poor behaviour!

© d. m. bourne

Twitter: @BipolarRts

Commentary – Can You Feel It?

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
― Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life


This post is not meant to look down on other’s feelings, beliefs, or values.

This week has been one of sincere pain, physically and emotionally. It started with a comment in an email I received that said, “I don’t really believe in all the crap Or garbage that everyone is talking about as far as Covid 19 goes.” It took all that was in me not to reply in anger, not to respond and attack the feelings. So, I have left well enough alone, but, have chosen to speak to it here in this post.

Next was feeling the hurt of my best friend who received a call that his brother, eighty-nine yrs. old, had passed away. I understood the hurt for I have had that type of call. I did what I felt was necessary, I sat and let him unload his heart and his feelings. I just sat quietly while tears flowed down his face with grief. I felt his pain!

My thoughts about the “Covid” remark is this. I wonder how those two hundred eighty thousand plus friends, family, partners, brothers, sister, mother, and father feel about it. I have a feeling that this Covid virus is not “crap” or “garbage”.

I sometimes scratch my head when I hear comments that seem to lack any empathy or sympathy for others. It seems like the only problems that concerns those set of persons is there own, that how others are feeling because of what they are facing does not matter.

I have been there when parents are facing the death of their teenage child. I have seen and watch their hearts break into thousands of pieces while standing looking at the child in their coffin. I have never had that experience, but, I sure am human enough to recognize pain of a loved one. My mother told me once that losing a child is the worst thing a parent can go through.

I just cannot comprehend how anyone cannot find it within themselves to show some empathy or sympathy. Is their heart made of stone? Have they no regard for the feelings of others? Can it be that they are so hardened, that they cannot feel other’s pains?

It is extremely hard to listen to news stories showing the very long lines of cars waiting to have someone put some boxes of food in their trunk. I can feel the pain of not having enough food in the house. Not enough money to go and buy groceries.

So dear reader, I ask you can you feel the pain of others? Has someone been there to place a hand on your shoulder in your moment of great pain? Are we becoming a society that no longer feels or cares about others, the pain they feel or the trouble they are facing and going through.

Mental Health and Mental Exercise

There will always be obstacles and challenges that stand in your way. Building mental strength will help you develop resilience to those potential hazards so you can continue on your journey to success.

Amy Morin


Mental acuity is sharpness of the mind. Things considered in determining a person’s mental acuity are memory, focus, concentration, and understanding. An elderly person with Alzheimer’s has decreasing mental acuity. He is less likely to remember exactly how or when something happened than he was in his youth.


Growing up and singing at church was a highlight each and every time. My grandfather played the guitar and he would have his grandchildren learn Gospel songs. He wasn’t in favor of taking printed words up with us to sing, we had to memorize them. To this very day I can recall many of those songs without much trouble.

There were a couple of years that my family spent at least a week at a Bible camp. There was always a place for children to go so that the adults could enjoy the evening services. It was at those places for the children that we were taught how to quote the Books of the Bible. By the end of the week I had learned all sixty-six books. I still can quote them, maybe not as fast, but still can manage reciting them.

Memorization I feel is one way to strengthen our minds, end result being a sound mind.

“All things seek for comfort and no one wants discomfort. A sound mind does not just improve speed; it increases efficiency and joy, and bond the body and the soul perfectly as well!”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

The Canadian Mental Health Association gives some things that can be done to strengthen our mental health.

  1. Exercise
  2. Eat well
  3. Watch what you eat
  4. Watch what you drink

They have much more things to do to build and strengthen mental health!

Ever have trouble remembering the name of someone. I learned a little insight on how to improve the memory of people’s names. Try to use the person’s name within ninety seconds after hearing it. You can also try association to remember a name. Maybe, if the name brings to mind a certain food, like cheese, use that association to remember the name.

So dear reader my physical body is in need of repair, I can still work with exercises to strengthen my mental health.

Mental Health and Physical Fitness

Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted. Denis Waitley

In researching this I found that all the major institutes that focus on mental health agree that mental health and physical activity go hand in hand. The World Health Organization in their constitution defines “health” as such:

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Growing up I was always active, I would walk everywhere, I worked part time starting in grade seven. In the summer I would work in the tomato fields picking them. It was quite the distance to walk there and back, but I never gave it a second thought.

I can see now how that physical activity correlate with great mental health. This year has been stressful for me in that regards. In the beginning of my hip problem I was still able to get out of the house to do my shopping. Still able to take care of household chores, or to walk across to go visit at my best friend’s house.

Now I do not have the ability to do my own shopping, to do the little things around my house. It really has been a struggle to keep my mental health from deteriorating into a black hole.

The Mental Health Organization United Kingdom writes this:

Physical activity in any form is a great way to keep you physically healthy as well as improving your mental wellbeing. Research shows that doing exercise influences the release and uptake of feel-good chemicals called endorphins in the brain. Even a short burst of 10 minutes brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. Read the Let’s Get Physical report for more on the positive health benefits of physical activity.

Physical activity means any movement of your body that uses your muscles and expends energy. From tending your garden to running a marathon, even gentle forms of exercise can significantly improve your quality of life. For more tips on the ways in which you can build physical activity into your routine, download our Let’s get physical booklet.

So dear reader, please accept my advice, do not take your ability to do physical activity, even just walking a dog, is a great tool in keeping your great mental health intact!

My Journey To Having Hip Replacement

Yesterday morning started my long journey to having a hip replaced. I saw the surgeon and he started the exam by explaining what he saw in an MRI. He said I really didn’t have any hip left. It was obvious that I needed a hip replaced.

The he lead me to an exam room where I was asked to take my jeans off and climb up onto the exam table. He began to move my leg around when he moved it to a certain position I let out a scream. I am sure those sitting out in the waiting area heard me.

Then he sent me back to the hospital to have a up to date x-ray of my hip. After that I was back in his office where he proceeded to explain things that will happen just before the surgery. I will have a meeting with an anesthesiologist and one more person connected with the surgery.

Next came all the scenarios of what could go wrong. I have a history of blood clots and will have to stop the blood thinner, Warfarin at least three days beforehand. He was blunt that it could be possible that my heart may stop. There was much more, which I cannot recall at the moment, then the big question was “do I want to have the surgery”? My reply was simple, “of course I do”.

I had prepared years ago a Living Will(Advance Care Directive) in Saskatchewan. This was written after my first blood clot battle. So I will make a copy to be given to the hospital to be on record for my surgery and recovery.

I wrote my aunt yesterday about my meeting with the surgeon and told her ‘that I don’t feel anxious’. Whatever comes of it I am prepared to meet it head on.

So dear reader, I thought I would journal/post about this journey I am taking to having my hip replaced.

Drug Resistance

Drug resistance is the reduction in effectiveness of a medication such as an antimicrobial or an antineoplastic in treating a disease or condition.[1] The term is used in the context of resistance that pathogens or cancers have “acquired”, that is, resistance has evolved. Antimicrobial resistance and antineoplastic resistance challenge clinical care and drive research. When an organism is resistant to more than one drug, it is said to be multidrug-resistant. {Source: Wikipedia}


According to Health Line:

IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT TOLERANCE

  • ToleranceTrusted Source is still not well understood. Researchers are still looking at why, when, and how it develops in some people and not others.
  • It can happen with any drug, including prescription and unregulated drugs, like cocaine.
  • Your condition might worsen because the medication isn’t working as well.
  • Cross-tolerance could occur. This is tolerance to other drugs in the same class.
  • With certain classes of drugs, like opioids, tolerance can increase the risk of dependence, addiction, and overdose.
  • When your body develops tolerance, using higher doses increases the risk of overdose.
  • A benefit of tolerance might be fewer side effects as your body gets used to the medication.

I learned about drug resistance with my severe back pain. Over time I was given Oxycodone, when that stopped working, Fentanyl. I had to change doctors because my doctor was retiring. My new physician told me that pain killers after a length of time will start causing pain the opposite of why they are given.

I think I need to go back in time here. I was experiencing greater pain and without realizing the problem when I had control of my Oxycodone I started double dosing, innocently and not on purpose.

A Horse of Another Color

“Antibiotic resistance happens when germs like bacteria and fungi develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them. That means the germs are not killed and continue to grow.

Infections caused by antibiotic-resistant germs are difficult, and sometimes impossible, to treat. In most cases, antibiotic-resistant infections require extended hospital stays, additional follow-up doctor visits, and costly and toxic alternatives.

Antibiotic resistance does not mean the body is becoming resistant to antibiotics; it is that bacteria have become resistant to the antibiotics designed to kill them.” {Source: CDC}

I learned about this when hospitalized in July. They now test for a Superbug:

Superbug: : An informal term for a bacterium that has become resistant to antibiotics that usually are used to treat it, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or any multidrug-resistant bacterium.

Part of this test looks like the same thing as the Covid-19 test. The long swab for the nasal cavity, the other part of the test involves swabs of the groin and the anus. It sounds horrible, but, there is no pain, maybe some embarrassment.

So dear reader if you are experiencing issues with medications that seem to have lost their zip always speak to a Physician. They will develop a plan for you to help you reach an intended goal.