Featured Pain Art: “Harold’s Infusion”

Featured Pain Art: “Harold’s Infusion”

"Harold's Infusion" mixed media on paper 12 inches long x 16 inches wide

“Harold’s Infusion”
mixed media on paper
12 inches long x 16 inches wide

This is a portrait of my partner Harold.

For many years before his death Harold would have to take infusions every few hours. A large bag of medication would be pumped into a tube, go through a hole in his chest and directly to his heart.

Despite the agony of his disease and the elaborate means of keeping it under control, Harold was very active. Every day he would wake up and begin to paint. He joined a theater group and performed around the eastern United States, including at the White House and on Broadway.

In between scenes, Harold would do his infusions. Being active kept his mind away from the pain.

This art a courtesy of PainExhibit.org, an online educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain who use art to express some facet of the pain experience.

The Pain Exhibit’s mission is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer in silence.

Pain Exhibit recently launched its new Spanish language website at PainExhibit.org/es.

Authored by: Gregory Maskwa

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Great story on this person who carried on despite it all but could that person have lived with less pain? So misunderstood by those who are supposed to know it best.Yet even when they do, they (Doctors) for the most part judge and under prescribe patients leaving them helpless. Not because the person wants it that way but due t the pure ignorance of how Doctors and the Government who has put rules in place to deny us of the dignity of controlling our pain and trying to sell us a line that they are stopping a drug epidemic. What they have done is sentenced many to death. When they speak of death from drugs like the media darling oxy, they do not mention 15-25% were suicide related because chronic pain people could not tolerate the pain? There are so many drugs that make oxy look like Bambi. Make sense government? How about a National Chronic Pain Registry where those who qualify do not have to fight for life and the right to proper medication to lead a semi-normal life? Government…I think your stats are a big pile.