My husband has been on morphine (180 mgs) per day. This is the lower dose as he was taking 800 Mgs per day. He has been on the 180 mgs for 4 yrs. He had a bad operation on the C2-4 20 years ago and has never been the same. Of course he now has stenosous in that area and the pain is never gone, but morphine apparently makes the pain a little manageable. He now is listless and seems more paranoid as well as of ;course constipation. The Docs are working with him, but it looks as though it I simply palliative care for the pain. His thought processes don’t seem logical.
The Royal Society report also recommended, among other things, that a network of LTERM sites be established across Canada; that consideration be given to representativeness, and both spatial and temporal scale; that LTERM sites be located in both wilderness and managed landscapes; and that LTERM data be accessible to a variety of users and decision makers, all elements implying some co-ordination among sites. Today, we recognize that there are already many informally established, and invaluable, LTERM sites and researchers across the country, existing outside of the co-ordinated network imagined by the Royal Society. The absence of such a network reduces the productivity and societal impacts of Canada’s long-term studies. We suggest that many of the aims of the Royal Society panel could be achieved through harnessing these existing LTERM programs, by providing support to improve co-ordination among programs, encouraging collective opportunities, and formalizing the network of researchers and sites. The formation of such an interdisciplinary, investigator-led network is also consistent with recommendations arising from Canada’s recent science review 3 . As such, we propose to establish a formal network of Long-Term Ecological Research and Monitoring in Canada.