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Schismogenesis. It’s a term that you’re not likely to have heard very often, unless you’re studying esoteric words for a spelling bee that you’re planning to enter,

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  • January 20, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I have a question about your May post,From “Most Optimistic” to Suicidal and Back!, about a woman named Jen,

    To refresh your memory, here is part of your post by Linda Bloom and Charie Bloom

    “Just as I approached the middle of the intersection a car came speeding through the red light without even slowing down. It was coming right at me and I had no time to get out of the way. In the next instant the car hit me and threw me up on the hood and I found myself facing the driver and staring directly into her eyes who for some reason wasn’t stopping. She didn’t even apply her brakes. I remember thinking: “Oh my God! She isn’t going to stop!’ and simultaneously I found myself sliding off of the hood. I was terrified that I would fall under the wheels of the car and get run over. There was nothing for me to grab on to to keep from falling off and as I slipped off, my foot went under the front passenger side wheel as I was thrown to the ground.

    I never lost consciousness, but I wish that I had. I’ve always been a very active athlete and I’m not unused to pain. But the pain that I felt lying there in the street was worse than anything that I’ve ever experienced, worse that anything that I can describe. The paramedics arrived within a couple of minutes and put me on a stretcher to take me to the emergency room. I told them not to touch my pelvis, which had been badly injured by the impact of the accident. I don’t know how I even managed to get the words out. The pain was so excruciating that all I could do was wail and shriek.

    They couldn’t treat me at the first hospital they brought me to so they took me to another hospital that was better equipped to deal with my condition. As luck would have it one of the world’s best orthopedic surgeons was there and he offered to care for me. I was told that in all likelihood I would almost certainly require surgery but not necessarily right away. I was put in a full back brace for over four months and told that I would have to have pins put in my spine. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to walk again, never mind run another marathon.

    having to contend with the pain that began at the time of the accident. I needed to take several different types of meds in order to keep the pain to a manageable level, but it was never enough. My doctor kept upping the dosage, which of course increased the ghastly side effects and my tolerance to the drugs kept increasing with the elevated dosage. I was taking massive amounts of pain-killers including dilaudid, oxycontin, percosset, valium, and others, but the pain continued to be intolerable.


    had her medication adjusted to control her pain without life-threatening side effects. Within two weeks Jen’s level of pain became manageable, but the dreaded side-effects of the medication relentlessly continued.

    “Once the pain was more under control I just wanted to get off of the meds.

    But HOW did she get her pain under control? Especially since it was still intolerable while on narcotics? I have chronic pain and would like to know!


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