You can tell THAT one to your Mormon bishop
Wednesday October 12th 2011, 10:42 pm
Filed under: Friends,Lupus

No. Four-hundred-forty-three-tiny-stitch rows would not do: I cast on for a hat, added a second circular needle, joined the ends, knitted halfway across from there: Venn diagram established. Okay, *now* I was ready to go to my lupus group meeting. Mindless ribbing at the brim, bigger stitches I don’t have to look at. Go.

Five middle-aged women–three old-timers, a first-timer needing to find someone else who knew about this disease, and me–and… He tends to go on at great length but he’s totally cool with the knit thing, so hey, speak your piece!

I’ve seen him one other time. He was a strong proponent of medical marijuana, and so he was today, though he says he’s off it now–with a faraway look of a tale he didn’t want to go on about at any length whatsoever. Okay, then.

But when he found out I had GI involvement! It is SO made for that, it’s helped him SO much for that! And he pushed me to try it. And pushed. And pushed.

I tried deflecting him, first with the thought that there’s no way to monitor the dosage. Then I tried the smoke vs protecting the lungs tactic. (The new person was totally with me on that one.) Then I tried, “I’m not going to take up smoking at this point in my life.” One woman who knew me was biting her lip, trying not to crack up…

…I beat her to it when he just had to try one more time. I lost it, laughing: “Not sure what a good little Mormon girl would do with that stuff!”

He still just didn’t get it. Bless his heart. He really did want to help.

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I’m just breathing it for a friend? Nope, doesn’t work for me, either!

Comment by Lynn 10.13.11 @ 4:34 am

Wow. I’m kinda’ at a loss for words. I used to know a guy with asthma who claimed the same illegal drug HELPED him. Really?!

Comment by Channon 10.13.11 @ 5:59 am

All the claims, from all the folks, who probably have the problems from all the pot they smoked all those years ago.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 10.13.11 @ 7:00 am

I just had a good hard laugh at that one!

Comment by Jody 10.13.11 @ 7:01 am

Do you think the marijuana affected his hearing? You have hearing issues, but you can still catch the word “no” on the second or third try.

On the other hand, I think we both agree on the medicinal properties of really good chocolate . . .

Comment by LauraN 10.13.11 @ 8:24 am

if it really worked one would think that big pharma would have found a way to make money on it — right now we have a group of folks here in Colorado that want to make it legal for everyone but tax it and “control” it — like that works so well with other things — alcohol for instance — I think they’re nuts!

Comment by Bev 10.13.11 @ 8:26 am

I agree with LauraN. A good piece of dark chocolate won’t affect your lungs.

A phrase I remember from long ago: There are people who do good, and there are do-gooders. Avoid the latter.

Comment by Don Meyer 10.13.11 @ 8:45 am

I found out in college what marijuana does to me , I didn’t smoke it, my roommate had her boyfriend in our dorm room smoking and I came in after a late night class, looked at her and my throat started to close up, tears running my face, massive headache(probably due to lack of oxygen)I ran to the shower and when I got back she had the window open and a fan running, I could never figure out why she did this, after all she was a Criminal Justice Major. We parted ways as roommates, after all I was a party pooper.We have discovered that my son has the same allergy. Chocolate on the other hand is a good vice.

Comment by kristy phipps 10.13.11 @ 9:27 am

well… I do think it can be really, really helpful for a lot of things, BUT. Ya gotta know when to stop. 😉

Comment by Lene 10.13.11 @ 3:27 pm

May his choice to cease using this “drug” medicinally came a tad too late? My young friend (25) was diagnosed with Lupus recently…huge learning curve going on for him right now…

Comment by Ruth 10.13.11 @ 10:16 pm

Well, if you can get the same type of plant, I am given to understand that you can bake it or turn it into spaghetti sauce and that helps standardize the dosage. Also baking avoids the whole lung thing. But yeah, it’s not exactly on the menu for Mormons. *headdesk*

Comment by Carol 10.16.11 @ 9:07 am

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