Does medical marijuana help Endometriosis?

Does medical marijuana help Endometriosis?

What the heck is Endometriosis? How do you get it? Is it contagious? How do you treat it? Great questions.

So before we answer this popular question ” does medical marijuana help Endometriosis” Let’s delve into these questions.

The medical definition of Endometriosis according to Mayo Clinic is described as follows –

” Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus-the endometrium -grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, Fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs ”

Endometriosis presents some very ugly symptoms.

Endometriosis aka PAINFUL. Over 175 million women worldwide suffer from this ailment.

Let’s talk about them symptoms Yikes

Naturally if your in pain it can cause problems with sleep, which makes one fatigued and can cause depression.

And who can eat if pain is not controlled, never mind feeling like going to work, socializing or feeling romantic huh?

Back to the symptoms –

Painful sex – during or after the event

Painful urination or bowel movements, usually worse during your period

Painful periods and may extend for several days, pain to abdomen and lower back

Excessive bleeding

Infertility – often diagnosed in women who are seeking treatment for infertility

Who is at risk you wonder?

Here we go with risk factors –

Uterine abnormalities

One or more relatives with endometriosis

Alcohol consumption

Abnormal levels of estrogen

Low body mass index

Menstrual cycles lasting less than 27 days

Hitting menopause at an older age

Never giving birth

Starting your period at an early age

Now that we know risk factors lets look at potential complications shall we?

Ovarian Cancer and Infertility

So how is the painful disorder diagnosed?

Your Doctor will want to know the location of pain, AND type of pain such as, is it sharp, dull, burn, knife-like sensation, frequency, duration, and pattern.

We encourage you to journal all of your symptoms.

The better the historian you are the better your Doctor will be able to provide better treatment.

Tools to diagnose –

Pelvic exam

MRI

Ultrasound

MRI

Laparoscopy

Conventional treatment

Hormone therapy

Surgery

Aromatase inhibitors

Pain medications

Fertility treatment

Home remedies

Regular exercise

Hot bath and heating pad can assist in relaxing pelvic muscles, hence reducing cramping and pain.

So drum roll please! Does medical marijuana help Endometriosis? Yes a resounding Yes. Thank goodness.

We have had many patients report they were able to stop narcotics for their pain because the CBD oil controlled their pain and they were able to ” get their life back .”

CBD is a well established option for controlling pain. Many of our patients prefer CBD over narcotics, stating they prefer natural and non-addictive way to control their pain.

We encourage you to discuss at length with your MD re options. Many physicians have learned a lot from the patients and they too are taking advantage of the benefits for CBD for themselves or their loved one.

Be informed, what you don’t know may hurt you.

We encourage you to check out our website!

We are looking forward to hearing about your success,

Sincerely,

Elaine and Scarlett

Life’s Daily Inspiration A Mans friends!

“Life’s daily inspiration” A Man’s Friends!
“Life’s daily inspiration” A Man’s Friends!

Life’s Daily Inspiration A Man’s friends!

I Life’s daily inspiration In Man’s Friends!

Life’s Daily Inspiration in a man who showed himself friendly

               We as humans want to define what a person has accomplished in life by what they have or own.

But, it’s not right. You can be poor as a church mouse and be very

wealthy indeed.

Last week I lost a dear friend to stage 4 lung cancer with metastasis to bone, liver and multiple other places.

His name was Mr. Fred and he was eighty years young.

He didn’t know what slow down and pace yourself meant. He lived every day as if it was his last. A real “life’s daily inspiration.” Mr. Fred lived life to the fullest.

Mr. Fred went to the ER on Christmas Eve. He was still walking on but he was in a lot of pain. He had been cutting brush out at his farm the week before and ended up with a total of nine ribs fractured. Supposedly from cutting brush.

The hospital doctor gave him pain meds and sent him home He was to make a Doctors appointment with his regular Doctor the following week.

His regular doctor wasn’t convinced of the ER doctors diagnosis. The X-rays didn’t look just like broken ribs.

The next appointment was with an oncologist. His family Doctor got him an appointment ASAP for 3 days later.

The oncologist scheduled several tests before his appointment.

Again Mr. Fred walked into his appointment with his son Luke with him. The news was bad . He had stage 4 lung cancer with Mets to the bone, liver, pancreas and multiple other places.

The Oncologist sent him home with Hospice.

That’s how I got involved. We had been friends for a few years. The family knew I had retired but after explaining he likely had days only his son asked If I would care for him at home.

This sweet little teddy bear of a gentleman every holiday for the last two years brought me either a slab of smoked ribs or smoked pork butt. ( the whole thing) or a whole smoked Turkey.

Why did you say? To show me how much he appreciated my care of his wife Elaine.

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That was not necessary and I had told him so repeatedly. But, he said it was something he could do.Before each holiday he would call me up and say, he was on his way with my barbecue. He always told he would never forget how good I was to his whole family.

I tried to tell him I treated everyone the same. But, truthfully some are easier to love. Mr. Fred was one of those.

I came to care for Mr. Fred around 4:30 on Tuesday evening on the eighth of January. Which believe it or not was the anniversary of his wife’s death two years before on the eighth.

They say it’s a small world and I believe it.

Mr. Fred had been hanging out in his recliner for the last week. If he wasn’t at the the doctor’s office, he was sitting in the recliner day and night. Those ribs made it impossible to lie down and then get up to go to the bathroom.

I met his son Luke and his Daughter June at 4:30 like I’d said. A hospice admissions nurse came 20 minutes later to admit him to hospice.

He slept in the recliner that night. We would get the new meds from the hospice pharmacy the next morning. The next morning Mr. Fred was in a lot of pain until we got the meds from the hospice pharmacy. A short time later Mr. Fred was in no pain for the first time in a week and a half. I was able to clean him up and put him in bed for the first time in a week in a half. He had a lot of company that 2 days. 54 friends and relatives came to see their friend and loved one. He had a good night was very comfortable.No pain with new pain meds.

The 3rd day found Mr. Fred unable to get up. Awake off and on part of the morning. But, unable to speak. By early afternoon he was unresponsive to all.

He had over 38 people come by that afternoon and morning.

6:30 am the next morning I called the family. The son came ASAP the daughter started up from Atlanta Ga. His sister Susan came who lived in town. Mr. Fred died around 11:15 am , a half hour after his daughter arrived. Friends and family continued to arrive until around 4 pm.

This man’s legacy wasn’t in his earthly processions but rather his legacy was in his friends left behind. He always had time for a friend. He was a natural encourager and an inspiration to those that new him.

Proverbs 18:24

A man that hath friends must be found friendly. And there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Thanks for reading with Elaine and I please let us know how you’ve liked our story.

Blessings,

Scarlett and Elaine

What makes a life’s daily inspirational moment?

What makes a ”life daily inspiration” moment? For me may be a different life daily inspiration for another wouldn’t you say?

“Life’s daily inspiration” presents itself in many ways and sometimes you must look deep within to find it.

Scarlett and I have been the in the medical field for many years. Or should I say decades to be correct?

We specialize in end of life care. Hospice is our passion. We are often asked how do we do this type of care, and doesn’t it make you sad all the time?

These are valid questions and concerns.

When I ( Elaine) started my Hospice journey I will admit it was overwhelming. A lot to be honest.

I wasn’t certain if I could do this.

Oh I understood and felt confident I could appropriately make my assessment, implement the plan of care, educate the patient and family and discuss with the medical team when needed and as changes occurred.

That I could do.

But how could I emotionally support the patient if I had never walked in their shoes?

I could however relate to the child that was losing a parent, aunt, uncle, friend or co- worker.

That I had experienced.

Through trial and error, I suppose in reality it was the patient that showed me. Taught me .

Yes of course Scarlett and I were provided training in learning ” how to ”

We were taught extensively in the importance of being present, listening to what was and was not being said by the patient. Verbal vs none verbal comments. Body language etc.

We have also been trained in how to care for the patients and families regarding their culture.

Respect is vital. There are many, many, different religions, none religion, and cultures that mandate what needs to be done.

One family we cared for we were told we could only speak to the husband but do not look at him in the eye.

Another family said their loved one must be buried within 24 hours of passing.

One family said all mirrors in the house had to be covered with towels.

Another had a sign on their front door, no shoes allowed.

Scarlett and I often had to assign only male certified nursing assistant to the male patient and vice versa for the women.

Some families would not let us come to their home on certain days of the week or after dark.

Some patients wanted their hospital bed to face the sun and some wanted the opposite.

It’s all about respect and Scarlett and I have often said we recognize we are on holy ground.

This is powerful.

So getting back to how do we do this?

To be honest, our patients teach us, every day we are given pearls of wisdom.

We have learned sometimes it’s OK if we just hold their hand and say nothing while knowing we are saying plenty.

We have learned sometimes when the patient or family ask a question that we and the team do not have an answer.

It’s OK to say we just don’t know.

Our patients, well, no one wants to be lied to or patronized. Yes honestly is best.

Our patients have taught us what is important, significance over strife, priority, the meaning of acceptance and forgiveness.

Scarlett and I are better people because of our Hospice journey.

We have been so blessed to walk this journey with our patients.

We have gone into so many homes, different homes, from rich, to middle class to the poor.

To the large family, small family and no family.

Some homes we find that the family wants to help and be involved to others wanting to hire people to care for their loved one, to sadly no one wanting to help.

Fortunately we have a team of social workers that help families navigate their chosen path, to the nursing assistant providing personal care, the chaplains for spiritual care or to just listen and some of the chaplains have been asked to come sing and agree to perform the funeral.

To the nurses, nurse practitioner to the MD.

We are a team. Our priority is our patient and their family.

Interestingly often times the family they have chosen are not blood-related.

We at hospice follow their lead, it is after all their journey. We are blessed to be part of their journey and we support their chosen family.

I will tell you I have relied on our chaplains many a time to help me with my emotions as well.

How can we not be touched by our patients and families ?

Please know hospice does not mean everything is sad, just the opposite.

When our patients are comfortable and able to be home and/or with their loved ones there are often times of laughter, stories are shared and many times relationships repaired.

So how do we do this ?
With pleasure!

Scarlett and I hope you enjoyed this and maybe it took you to an inspirational moment or a special time in your life.

Would you mind sharing it with us ?