It might even be more painful for people watching others experience pain. At least that’s what’s going on for me. With my dad having in explicable pain, I myself feel pain.
It’s awful, it’s almost unbearable, and the worst part, there is no painkiller for this type of pain.
Or is there?
Actually, its not so much my dad’s pain that inspired this post, but rather, an episode of one of my favorite shows, “Nurse Jackie”. The plus side to being at my dad’s house is that I get Showtime on demand. Sweet!
I fell in love with “Nurse Jackie” last year when I ordered the first season on Netflix. It was like a shorter version of house (half and hour vs an hour). Perfect, because I have a rather short attention span. Anyhow, I caught up on the second season these past couple of days and have been even more interested in the show since I’ve been to the ER three times in the past month (lets hope we keep it that way). “Nurse Jackie” takes place at the emergency departement (which around hospitals is know as the “ED”….hmmm go figure 😉 ).
Anyhow, in the last episode I saw, Jackie suggests to a patient that comes in for nausea and pain from chem treatments try smoking pot. The guys is a “nerd” and had no clue where to get some, so Jackie hooks him up and makes a bong out of an apple. Its all very Woodstock or college of her. She’s craft that nurse.
Funny how she pushes for a “natural” pain killers when Jackie herself is addicted to pain killers (hmm…kind of like Dr. House, maybe TV writers need new “quirks” for their characters).
Ok, I went off topic a little. My point is, people have all sorts of “pain” and all sorts of “painkillers”. Right now, the pain killers my dad is getting aren’t doing squat. And I’m trying to find out what sort of pain killer I need. Don’t worry, I’m not one to turn to booze, prescription meds, or other drugs. Believe me, I’ve tried yoga and I just can’t get into it. And food, is not much of a painkiller. Lack of food is not one either….you anorexics out there!
Anyhow, I thoughts I’d write out my list of “pain killers” that make at least a little dent in my “pain”:
-Family Guy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, and Joel McHale…basically, good quality TV laughter. (I think the shark in the family guy clip below has so eating issues to work on…)
-pancakes. I’m a weirdo in that I make homemade pancakes and like to eat them as my midnight snack. I know I’m breaking that whole “dont eat before bedtime” rule, but they can suck it! More on “night eating” in a future post, by the way….
-Some blogs. I like a handful of blogs, but there are a few that are always positive and bring a smile to my face. Some don’t know it, but they really do “kill the pain” a little.
-NPR and especially shows like Fresh Air with Teri Gross and This American Life with Ira Glass. Even “Marketplace” (which is a show about money and the economy, something that I used to think of as gibberish) somehow makes me a little stimulated. Plus, I think its raises my IQ a little (which after my dose of reality TV, I’m sure drops a bit….)
-People. Nice, kind, funny people that love you. Sometimes, the best pain kills come in the form of humans. Some friendly human interaction is always good and soothing. Love is definitely something I’d actually agree to OD on.
What are your “painkillers”? Have you ever taken prescription ones? (I have when I had shoulder surgery four years ago, it wasn’t anything other than super strong advil).
I got some salty caramel popcorn so I thought I’d try to make my own batch today! I totally forgot to take the pictures while whipping it up, but I wrote it out as best I can.
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar or your sweetener of choice
1/3 cup light-brown sugar
2 tsp. kosher salt
2 Tbsp. water
10 to 12 cups freshly popped popcorn (a 3.5-oz. microwave popcorn bag, or 1/3 cup kernels)
Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a full, rolling boil. Meanwhile, place popcorn in a large bowl; drizzle hot syrup over popcorn and toss to coat. Spread popcorn into a large rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment; bake at 350˚ for 15 minutes, or until crisp. Let cool completely in pan.