Did you know?—Actinic keratoses, skin cancer, and photodynamic light

Did you know?

I have been fighting actinic keratoses and skin cancer on my face and scalp for several years now. Nothing serious, just ugly and itchy.

Last month my new dermatologist recommended a procedure called PDT (Photodynamic Light). Wow. What a procedure. I can highly recommend it, though.

More interestingly for me is that I got 16 opioid pills to alleviate pain. I can’t say that they specifically alleviated any pain but they did let me sleep up to six hours.

I have been a “polyphasic sleeper” all my life, so sleeping up to six hours was quite interesting, especially since I had dreams for the first time in my life. I always died in the dreams, which is when I woke up.

Now that I’m out of opioids, I’m back to sleeping “normally” for me, up to 2½ hours at a time. No dreams.

All of that makes me wonder just what effects opioids have on all those people who are addicted to them.

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10 thoughts on “Did you know?—Actinic keratoses, skin cancer, and photodynamic light

  1. Indira

    It’s disheartening to know that. I have a chronic allergy which causes inside-outside severe itching and no cure. Feel addicted to anti-allergy and sleeping pills and horrible dreams. 2-3 hours of sleep without a dream is wonderful, in my opinion.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          You can make them not come if you don’t sleep. More seriously, though, it is well known that one doesn’t dream until one enters REM sleep. The first time I read that I think I was listening to an REM album. In this case, though, it stands for “rapid eye movement.” I have never read why it’s called rapid eye movement, but without REM sleep, one won’t dream, and it usually takes several hours to enter REM sleep, so me never sleeping more than 2½ hours just doesn’t get me there.

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            1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

              Yep. Everyone dreams. We just have to define “everyone.” I don’t know the percentage of people who are catnappers, but I have seen estimates of 1 to 5 percent. So if we define “everyone” as a super super super super majority of 95%, then, yes, everyone dreams. Or do we define “everyone” using a definition before sleep research became a profession? Rapid Eye Movement was discovered in 1953. Sleep research took off in the 1980s.

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  2. Darlene Jones

    Too many damn things that can and do go wrong with our bodies. And so many drugs. I hiked the Medicine Train in Belize and always wonder how many natural cures are out there that we don’t have access to because of big Pharma.

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