Thank you so much for attempting to understand where I'm coming from. I also, did not have the intent of coming across as someone who wants sympathy because of my condition as I know that many other individuals (painful condition or not) have it a lot worse than me and I am grateful for that. Maybe I just took the above commenters post so personal because I feel our disease (SC) can be overlooked by so many and seen for everything it isn't. It is understandably a very touchy issue for me however I didn't mean to step on anyone's toes, as I am just starting out and am certain I cannot foresee all the frustrations you'd experience being an ER nurse, but in some ways I look forward to those frustrating days. I sit in the bed of my local ER department as I type this, and it just hurts me personally to know that so many of my caretakers see me as a seeker until they actually speak to me (if they care to at all). All in all, I agree that prescription drug abuse is by far one of the GREATEST issues we have as a nation and there should be more light shed on the reality of the issue. Thank you so much for your well wishes, it gets extremely hard (for me as it does for others), but as stated in my bio I use my pain and my ability to see the perspective of the patient to try and help mold me into a more understanding caregiver. I look up to all of you, from a nurse to be, but more importantly from a young woman whose experience a patient has showed me the impact nurses truly make on the world. I hope none of you ever forget how important you are.