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“Coming Out” For Medical Marijuana

  First let me say this; I have never been a dope smoker. Like many, I gave it a try when I was young but it just wasn’t my thing. My wife Kim was the same. Seeing the latest push for legalization across the country in the news didn’t really grab my attention. I’m no activitist, especially for something I cared little about. 

  I’m a Live and Let Live kind of person. You want to smoke pot? I don’t care. I guess you could say I’m a Libertarian about such issues. In the meantime, something happened that did have a direct effect on my life. Kim was diagnosed with a rare pain disorder that modern medicine seemed unable to relieve. The narcotics prescribed came with many nasty side effects. She developed severe nausea. She lost a lot of weight she couldn’t afford to lose. 

  Eventually she was prescribed a synthetic marijuana in pill form called Marinol. It gave a small amount of relief, but didn’t really do the trick. I thought maybe the real thing would work better. To make a long story short, marijuana in it’s natural form worked wonders for Kim’s condition. Not only did her pain decrease, but the nausea lessened and her appetite returned. Over a course of time, she was able to wean herself off all the prescription meds and begin to heal. 

  There is absolutely no doubt that smoking pot was the one of best things for her on her road to recovery. I saw it with my own two eyes. I know there are tens of thousands of others out there with a similar story, but I felt the need to add my two cents as a recent convert to the legalization effort. As a successful writer I have somewhat of a platform. Here’s to doing my part to spread the word. 

 

  My upcoming book is titled The Untold Story of Kim. 

 

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Bestselling non-fiction author Ed Robinson brings you a powerful true story of one woman’s triumph over pain. It will lead you to hate doctors, lawyers, and insurance companies. By the time you finish, you’ll have fallen in love with Kim.

  This deeply inspiring tale is destined to become the most important book ever written about chronic pain and pain management in today’s healthcare environment.

 

There were other factors involved in Kim’s eventual recovery, I just wanted to let you know that marijuana was a critical one. Look for the book around April 1 at Amazon.com.

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The Untold Story of Kim, Part 2

  Recently the need to write the story of my lovely wife Kim has consumed me. See part 1 for the background story. https://quityourjobandliveonaboat.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/the-untold-story-of-the-lovely-miss-kim/

  I sat down to start writing and something very odd happened. I slammed out 5000 words in one sitting. I spent an entire day just typing away like a madman. Now this has never been my style. I’d write maybe 500 words at a time. Take a few days to think. Wait for inspiration. Only when I had a clear vision in my mind about what I wanted to say next, would I sit down and actually write.

  The very next day I poured out another 5000 words. The entire story was all coming to me at once. I couldn’t stop. On day three I had to tend to the business of being an author. My inboxes were all full. I had several requests for review copies of my last book. I had tons of Facebook messages on my author page: https://www.facebook.com/quityourjobandliveonaboat

 I had to make a trip to the post office and manage some household chores. When I finally sat down to write again, another 5000 words came out. Telling this story has taken over my life. I can’t wait to get it all down. Kim has been reading along, and it’s brought her to tears several times. She started to relive some times she’d purposely forgotten. Don’t worry though, it has a happy ending. For anyone who read Leap of Faith / Quit Your Job And Live On A Boat, this is the back story. Leap of Faith was all about finding happiness. It did not disclose what Kim was going through the entire time. The Untold Story of Kim lays it all out there. It’s an honest account, telling her true story of pain. It will make you hate our current health care system. It will make you hate big insurance companies. It will make you hate lawyers. 

  It will however, cause you to fall in love with Kim. If you are a sufferer from chronic pain, it will give you hope. It’s also a love story! I can’t write it without trying to convey how much we cared for each other and how it got us through extremely difficult times. 

  Now I’m going to cut this post short . . . so I can get back to writing The Untold Story of Kim.

In this book I allude to the healing properties of the ocean and the beach. Here’s a shot of Kim on a deserted island beach. She weighed about 110 pounds in this photo. She’s 5′ 11″ tall. I have a shot of her down to 102, but she wouldn’t let me post it. She says it’s ugly. 

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The Untold Story Of The Lovely Miss Kim

  Before our Job Quitting Boat Living journey began, our lives were changed forever by a simple accident. My lovely wife Kim suffered a minor injury while on the job. She was in some pain, but there was nothing that would make anyone think the long term consequences would be bad. 

  Time passed and the pain got worse. Doctors scratched their heads. More tests! More doctors, X-rays, MRIs, EMGs, etc. The pain grew steadily worse. Eventually, it was discovered that Kim was suffering from RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy). The key to curing RSD is to diagnose and treat it very early. We missed out on that window. The long term prognosis for late stage treatment is not good. Essentially, the nerves are still passing along a pain signal to the brain, even though the original injury has healed. The pathway of pain is stuck in the ON position. 

  We were introduced to the world of pain management. Narcotics, among other drugs, were prescribed heavily. Kim’s quality of life plummeted. Her pain multipied many times over. She exhibited all the so called classic symptoms of RSD.

  • Continuous burning or throbbing pain, usually in your arm, leg, hand or foot
  • Sensitivity to touch or cold
  • Swelling of the painful area
  • Changes in skin temperature — at times your skin may be sweaty; at other times it may be cold
  • Changes in skin color, which can range from white and mottled to red or blue
  • Changes in skin texture, which may become tender, thin or shiny in the affected area
  • Changes in hair and nail growth
  • Joint stiffness, swelling and damage
  • Muscle spasms, weakness and loss (atrophy)
  • Decreased ability to move the affected body part

 

  My lovely wife was now a helpless crippled shell of her former self. To shorten this tale tremendously, She’s doing better now. After 5 years of unbearable pain, some near death experiences and scores of doctors, tests, treatments, drugs, spinal injections, epidurals . . .  She has finally started to lead a normal life. Guess what? The doctors didn’t fix her. Nope, they didn’t do anything to make her well. 

It became a case of not what they were doing for her, but rather what they were doing to her. I’ve decided to write a book, in honor of the lovely MIss Kim and all those who’ve suffered with RSD or similar chronic pain syndromes. I want to show how modern medicine was killing my wife. 

 

  How did we get off the drug merry-go-round and start down the path to actual healing? I’m saving that for the book., but you may be surprised as to how Kim cured herself with NO doctor’s input. I can’t wait to start putting her story into words. As her caregiver for those difficult years, I’m the only one who knows exactly the depth of her pain, her fears and frustrations. I’m also the only one who knows just how brave and determined she really is. 

  I love my wife. After you read her story, you’ll love her too. 

 

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