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  1. thanks @echolocation everyone does need comfy things to hide in; including your skin (you could make up fantastic stories for folks involving sharks and taming lions)
  2. Hey Ladies: Get Funky

    1. yarnandcats


      All the ladies in the house

      The ladies, The ladies

  3. it depends on Who Is Fronting (such a fun, fun game): so there are certain skirts (cargo type with pockets and a hammer loop), overalls (aka coveralls), flannel shirts, a collection of t-shirts that have a certain "hand" to them (ring-spun cotton, i believe), knee socks, Chaco sandals (for half the year) and rain/garden shoes (for the other half of the year). i mean, there are really specific things clothing must pass to even make to the house, so technically any piece in the closet or dresser is comfort clothing to Someone Inside. goodness, that's complicated.
  4. Oooh, about to turn 4,000 on content count; is there a sticker? (better yet a cookie?)

    1. Cerberus


      There are complimentary Crazy Cookies in the community room, but they’re made with irony, so they have a bitter aftertaste, and the batter stirring involves OCD, so they end up like rubber. I don’t recommend them. If you’re still game, the ones with the green sprinkles are laced with antidepressants.

      On the one hand - thank you for being one of us and making such a contribution to the community here. 😃

      On the other, I’m sorry you’ve had 4,000 things to say about life with MI. I guess that makes you a veteran - and the wisdom you share all the more valuable.

  5. hang in there @jarn we're all here if you need to share more, should that help
  6. just wanted to say sending support your way @jarn no real words of wisdom; i get what you're dealing with, though.
  7. i was on victoza (the lower dose sister of saxenda) for type 2 and weight control (along with metformin, funnily enough). it will bring your a1c into a more normal range, for sure. the only way, to my knowledge, to be properly assessed for type 2 is to stop any meds that will interfere with whatever testing is being done (a1c and/or glucose tolerance) beforehand. i also know that some AAPs can cause metabolic syndrome and high lipids are one sign of that but that those can be partly mitigated via diet/lifestyle (if i'm remembering right). if any of this is incorrect, just ignore; this is what my doc's have told me.
  8. so this is for anyone with any sort of dissociative whatever...and for whomever would like to answer in the broader sense (for any mental health issue), as well: when do you disclose (if ever) your dissociative issues/diagnosis to your physical health care providers? and how? i have need to do so because of relevance to current physical health diagnosis and also because of new med (for physical issue) that has psych side effects. just wondering what other folk's experience and/or advice would be.
  9. Got diagnosed with my second rare disease this week; must be a two-for-one special. 

    1. coraline


      Hopefully it's something you can recover from

  10. if i blast my ears with music through these headphones will the ringing stop?

  11. i think we're not sure what's going on with the update...it does look nice to the eyes, though. some interesting requirements to post blogs. maybe it's just the lack of sleep and nutrition, because putting socks on is confusing right now.
  12. @echolocation, for the cold, could you use a heating pad? sometimes i find that helpful during the day when i'm chilly, even though bundled up. for some reason, the Body has decided to be Very Hungry: stomach growling, even. why? you had food!
  13. Hey, @dancesintherain, I recently had a kidney ultrasound too, and as @Will said, it's a minimally invasive procedure (on the invasive scale). The tech had me roll my shirt up around my bra and tuck a towel around the edges and then roll my pants waist down to just above where my pubes began, tucking another towel in my waistband. The gel is cool to the touch. The thing I found most difficult to deal with was the amount of pushing to get a decent set of images: the more..."you" there is, the more the ultrasound signal has to travel through, and there can be a bit of pushing the probe in your gut, side, and on top of your bladder area (to try to get a picture of urine falling into the bladder). You may be asked to take deep breaths and hold them while the tech moves the probe and snaps images, but not for an unreasonable amount of time. It's uncomfortable but not something that I found I couldn't get through. I had some bruising (for a few days lingering) and soreness (about a week lingering) afterwards, but that may be due more to my pre-existing conditions than anything else. I asked the tech a ton of questions and spent about 15 or 20 minutes for the ultrasound itself; the rest of the time was wait time and drive time. Hope this helps.
  14. actually, that was/is funny; we laughed. don't look up the origin of the word antelope though and expect help: it's not helpful. ("mythical beast with serrated horns living on the banks of the Euphrates") i believe eloping may also refer to some of the traveling that folks with dissociation do too. at least we've read papers and seen it used in that context.
  15. this happened to me for...quite a bit. i just assumed it was due to a crazyboards upgrade or whatever techy thing had happened. then the emails returned. the second time it happened it was fixed after another update or something. i never said anything though and i thought i remember hearing hotmail users were affected? gah. that's stretching the memory a bit.
  16. Wearing the koala hat and wanting to eat all the chocolate. No, all the chocolate, like ever.
  17. I took depakote for 6 weeks, for seizures. I didn't have any major side-effects other than some drowsiness and a bit of nausea. Discontinued it because it wasn't controlling the seizures well enough and was switched to another med. I know 6 weeks isn't that long, but there it is.
  18. oh no! you got the double contrast media: the x-ray dye is different from the MRI contrast, for sure! I'd say you're doing well and a real trooper!
  19. oooh, @chem we almost have an entire bionic leg between us: woot! sending strength, @jarn! that contrast (was it gadolinium?) makes us feel weird (well more so than usual) too for a couple of days.
  20. I hope you get a decent evaluation with a definite yea or nay to a tear. I know that the surgery (if that's the route to go) most likely will be arthroscopic and that's less invasive and easier to heal from (I've had 3 arthroscopic knee surgeries and one full open knee surgery). I wonder if there's any physical therapy that would be helpful meanwhile? Have any NSAIDs helped with pain/inflammation? Anything to give some relief while you wait, you know? Also: do you find the Saxenda helpful with weight control? I'm on it too and finding it to be helpful.
  21. I use google and read the reviews...also I go on the specific health group site they work for and read about them (need to see a picture and check their education). Female is first priority; I also prefer a DO to an MD (personal quirk). For specialists, a bit more leeway depending on how intimate we'll be getting.
  22. Hoops keeps turning off the touch desk lamp with his paw pads: light on, light off, light on, light off, light on, light off, ad infinitum.

    1. echolocation


      i just wanted to say that Hoops is an adorable name for a cat. at least i'm assuming he's a cat. good name for any animal, really.

    2. Gearhead


      Do you remember The Clapper?


      My dog Henna realized she could turn the lamp on and off by barking just the right way. I have no idea how she made that connection.

      I had to unplug the Clapper.

    3. yarnandcats


      His proper name is Hooper (he's a grey tuxedo cat). It can be pronounced two different ways: hoop-er OR hupp-er. The second way is mainly indigenous to a small area in the Southern Mountains where a large clan of folks sur-named Hooper reside. (Re: The Clapper: that made me laugh really hard).

  23. Thank you, all. I do drink coffee, but only light roast and not even an entire cup; but that's mostly because it sets off acid reflux. I'm trying to get more fiber of both kinds, as my diet needs an increase in both. I do have some metamucil and will be incorporating it into my routine. The constipation isn't a new issue. It's also one caused by several meds I'm on, including one med that hits three different issues at once, so I'm loathe to change anything. It did take ever-so-long to find the sweet spot combination.
  24. Ye gods: this is awful, especially during the Feeding Season (aka The Holidays). Does anyone have anyone have advice on how to combat med-induced constipation? I'm in the process of switching over from one US state to another, so my ALL of my doctors are gone for the moment. What I am doing: drinking lots of water (trying to get 2 gallons/day of just water, not including all the other liquids (like tea, coffee, cola, from food)); walking for exercise when not in pain (sometimes that's only 10 or 15 minutes/day and sometimes it's 45 minutes/day); eating prunes (love them!); increasing fiber in diet and reducing fried/processed foods as much as possible (rather difficult in present situation but I'm maximizing what I can where I can). So what else can I do, folksies?
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