Eudaemonia (Grade Twelve Edition)

jenniferlreimerPoetry, Prose, Personal

A Rationalization                                                                 Scars.  February 2002. Yes, I am dealing with all of this, I’m just not dealing with it in a normal way. But why is my way any more convoluted than yours? Is it not life’s purpose to formulate one’s own methods based on one’s personal experience, and one’s individual desires, rather than those of society?  Is it not … Read More

jenniferlreimerEudaemonia (Grade Twelve Edition)

How To Live Forever (Dedicated to Mr. Dan Kooner)

jenniferlreimerEast Van, Feminism and Madness, Laughter = Survival, Mad Society, Transcend

I have told lots of different stories about life and society before, and I have used many different storytelling media, from essays to letters, and advertisements to artwork.  However, I am quite sure that I have never written a fable.  Has it taken me twenty-seven and one half years, and too many scars for me to keep count of, to … Read More

jenniferlreimerHow To Live Forever (Dedicated to Mr. Dan Kooner)

Post-Surgical Opiate Withdrawal Diaries: The Sociology of Shakes, Sweats, and…

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", East Van, Laughter = Survival, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Sociology of Medicine, The Psych Ward

…”number twos”. Last Wednesday afternoon, as I sat in the waiting room at the methadone clinic – I had once before accidentally walked into thinking it was an ordinary walk-in medical clinic –  after being sent there by my GP who told me that it was now my only option aside from inpatient detox (an option I was not interested … Read More

jenniferlreimerPost-Surgical Opiate Withdrawal Diaries: The Sociology of Shakes, Sweats, and…

“Coming Clean”: My tri-provincial painkiller acquisition scheme and “severe opiate addiction”. Wait…my what?!?

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Feminism and Madness, Laughter = Survival, Psychiatrists

Dedicated to my father, Daddy “I’m sorry, scars, I cannot treat you anymore.  Your new psychiatrist called and told me about how you are getting painkillers prescribed by doctors in three provinces, and about your severe addiction problem.” I’m flabbergasted to the point where I respond with the most inappropriate emotional expression imaginable – giggles, “My what?!?” (I have visited … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Coming Clean”: My tri-provincial painkiller acquisition scheme and “severe opiate addiction”. Wait…my what?!?

Treated like a Criminal for Being in Pain? Got Mental Illness, too?: Psychiatry’s Fetish With “Dual Diagnosis”

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Ads and Commercials, Bipolar, Feminism and Madness, Mad Society, Sociology of Medicine

I’ve been bleeding for eleven days now. I am sick and tired.  My endometriosis is getting worse just as it did last winter.  Each period is more painful, and I’m driven a little batty this time, by my family’s reaction to the fact that I control the pain with hydromorphone (Dilaudid).  She’s bipolar and she’s taking potentially addictive medication. Though … Read More

jenniferlreimerTreated like a Criminal for Being in Pain? Got Mental Illness, too?: Psychiatry’s Fetish With “Dual Diagnosis”

24 Hour Shopper’s Drug Mart Vancouver, 885 West Broadway, Vancouver: A Review of Customer Service, Prices

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Mad Society, Meds, Meds, Meds!

Tonight, upon standing up without being in motion: pelvic pain (in the shower – my pain tends to let up while walking briskly; as that’s the way I groove, going to fetch groceries for dinner I felt alright) just as bad as I experienced before my surgery for endometriosis hit me, and did not go away.  At times, the pain … Read More

jenniferlreimer24 Hour Shopper’s Drug Mart Vancouver, 885 West Broadway, Vancouver: A Review of Customer Service, Prices

Blue Lotus Tea for Insomnia and Pain Versus Pharma

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Meds, Meds, Meds!, The Garden, Transcend

Featured Post, March 1, 2011 (by reader vote) Over the past week, I have officially decided – blue lotus tea kicks both clonazepam and codeine’s asses. This is the beautiful flower (which I hope will sprout in the magick garden soon!) – was considered sacred in ancient Egypt, and contains nuciferene and a few other “active” ingredients, that give it … Read More

jenniferlreimerBlue Lotus Tea for Insomnia and Pain Versus Pharma

Bad days call for bad poetry?

jenniferlreimerPoetry, Prose, Personal

The last two days have crushed me.  Psych assessment gets my head spinning about why I carry so much guilt.  In an attempt to resolve this, I end up breaking down and acting like a child.  Then I got an e-mail from my stepmother, who I will write about in a post soon to come.  She hates me – she … Read More

jenniferlreimerBad days call for bad poetry?

Ugh….is it all in my head?

jenniferlreimerPoetry, Prose, Personal

The next month is going to be a tough one.  3 6000 word length papers to write, 2 major presentations, 3 smaller papers, 48 hours of research assistant work that is waaaay overdue…oh, and major surgery!  I will continue to blog as much as possible, and I will post most of that work here when it is finished, as, of … Read More

jenniferlreimerUgh….is it all in my head?

“Letters of Complaint: The Art of Getting What You Deserve as a Human Being” – Letter #2

jenniferlreimerScars' Letters of Complaint

February 6, 2010 Mr. Dan Kooner c/o Shopper’s Drug Mart/D. Kooner Pharmacy 1755 Broadway E. Vancouver, BC V5N1W2 Dear Mr. Kooner, First of all, I would like to thank you and your pharmacy staff for accommodating my medical needs, beginning last July.  Yet my reason for writing this letter is a very unfortunate, and, to be frank, quite disturbing one.  … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Letters of Complaint: The Art of Getting What You Deserve as a Human Being” – Letter #2

A desperate letter from the Amazon Jungle…indeed, I am home early, and can hardly believe I made it…this correspondence sent to a friend sums it up to some degree…

jenniferlreimerPoetry, Prose, Personal

Dearest ____ , oh my fucking god…or i guess i should say “jésus cristo” after leaving Lima things started to turn bad…we took a bus to a “desert oasis”…i assumed this would entail sand and a beach of some sort? but no…it was a strange touristy place, very overpriced…we had to haul our huge suitcases (I AM NEVER TAKING A … Read More

jenniferlreimerA desperate letter from the Amazon Jungle…indeed, I am home early, and can hardly believe I made it…this correspondence sent to a friend sums it up to some degree…

Warning: No Tears Allowed

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Meds, Meds, Meds!

I have to pick up my psychiatric medications on a daily basis, because when I was feeling extremely depressed “for no reason”, on my 25th birthday (not yet knowing that I was pregnant, and the number 25 has always showed up in strange places in my life – maybe you have such a number) I took an “overdose” of clonazepam, … Read More

jenniferlreimerWarning: No Tears Allowed