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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. yes, i regularly feel this way (not recognizing the physical manifestation of self in the mirror/experiencing it as alien or a mask etc). it's unnerving. i used to feel like if we could just pry out an eyeball, we could all crawl out and be the separate people we are instead of jumbled inside one skin. (OK so sometimes i do still feel that way). learning to sit with that highly uncomfortable feeling set is a skill and takes time; it's an act of balance: acknowledging the feeling/emotion and what can realistically happen. grounding, in my opinion, happens when we hold those two things together. 

    i hope that's helpful and not too out there. but no, you're definitely not alone in how you feel/felt.

  11. I went to the eye doctor today for a visual field test to complete the full eye exam that began in March but was interrupted by COVID/lockdowns and my own illness and family issues. I've never done well on this particular test and it's not because my eyesight is that crappy (although there is some peripheral loss/distortion due to having had papilledema). There is something else going on, especially having done visual field tests for the past 5 or 6 years, sometimes twice a year. 

    Here's what I'm wondering: if the very unhelpful results this test consistently produces is due to my disability(-ies). In addition to DID and PTSD, I've been tested for learning disabilities and qualified for having my textbooks read to me along with other accommodations. I got through college by relying heavily on memorization. With the visual field test, there is no memorization, just overwhelming flashing lights and an attempt to click in acknowledgment of each one. 

    I'm not sure to what even do with this; I feel like my healthcare is being impacted by my disability in a negative way. When I pointed out this possibility to the eye doctor, he took it in but dismissed it as inconsequential. Perhaps it is; still I feel so...unsettled.

  12. There was a lockdown? Oh, right: folks in my county ignored it (mostly) except for ~5 days at the beginning. Otherwise, the traffic outside the house hasn't decreased (main state road). Had to go to pharmacy today (drive-thru pick-up) and drove past a church that was packed with folks not wearing masks. I feel sorry for folks needing more socialization than we do but at the expense of possibly becoming very ill/dying/acting as virus vector? There isn't enough Lysol to make us feel safe(r); the whole car, inside and out, needs to be decontaminated.

    We are in Phase 1 reopening, though; still new cases every day. I'm not sure this is going to work well.

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