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Where House is NEVER safe...
Quick thought on House 5.05 "Lucky Thirteen" 
22nd-Oct-2008 12:12 pm
[climbing on soapbox] 

It caused me physical pain last night, hearing Wilson call his beloved friend a drug addict.  And put us back to square one; I'd been so pleased, the week before, when Wilson hadn't argued with House's 'Vicodin as leash' theory.  I'd believed that Wilson finally, finally was undergoing a change in his perspective of the pills.  And last night, of course it didn't help when House referred to himself as a "doctor with a drug habit." I know--how they, and we, view the Vicodin pretty much depends on who's writing the episode.  So much for continuity in such an important aspect of the character, and the show.
22nd-Oct-2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
back a hundred years ago when i was in grad school, i actually experimented with pot for pain control. it decreased the spasticity of the leg muscles, but actually increased the pain--or, at least, it increased my perception of the pain. another odd thing--tried it three times, never got high. went back to the opioids, which, at least, were legal. hee.

however, i certainly don't think that house would object to giving it a try! :)
22nd-Oct-2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Not surprising...lots of drugs do this. Meperadine given to kidney stone patients, for example. Shoots the pain off the scale. Give them Toredol, they're much better. Given that most of the meds we give for pain don't actually get RID of the pain...rather they alter our perception of it, I'm not surprised that cannibus increased your pain perception. ..does make me wonder if anyone's ever bothered to study it in conjunction with the use of other anti-spasmotics, though. Umm.

22nd-Oct-2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
oh my--you said the bad word--anti-spasmodics. the things that mess with [what's left of] my brain. so, i live with the spasticity instead--and consider it a fair trade-off.

they never discuss house actually having spasms in the leg, but it's an educated assumption i make, based on the known state of the quad, and that there's got to have been further atrophy over the years, and walking with a cane and off-kilter.... anyway, i need him to have leg spasms; they're a mainstay in oh-so-many of my plots! :)

btw--hope you're feeling better.
22nd-Oct-2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
I have friends who are HIV positive and were generous enough to let me have some of their extra med pot (they actually had far more of it than they could smoke themselves) and it's one of the very few things that got rid of my far-worse-than-average menstrual cramps. (and House would probably be easier to get along with after a joint or two)
22nd-Oct-2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
got rid of my far-worse-than-average menstrual cramps

and that too demonstrates its anti-spasmodic action, at least for the two of us! [and btw, not to diagnose or anything, but you've been checked for endometriosis, yes?]
22nd-Oct-2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
I've been checked for everything. I currently take progesterone for period problems (unusually heavy bleeding, overlong duration, etc.) It helps with those, but med pot and other things work better for the cramps.
22nd-Oct-2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
oh, my sympathies! i lived with endometriosis for 14 years. and it was hell. glad you've found things that give you a bit of relief!
22nd-Oct-2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
14 years?! holy crap