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    Gardening, cooking, knitting, craftiness, animals, reading, perfume, crosswords, random haiku.

    One of my lifetime goals is to visit every U.S. National Park before I die.

    Completed goals: Getting my BA, climbing Mt. Fuji.

    Ongoing projects: Finding simpler ways to manage my husband being a dedicated carnivore and me a lifelong vegetarian, teaching myself Fair Isle knitting, getting back to my healthy weight after years of pharmaceuticals and depression, being adventurous, looking on the bright side.

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  1. This is untrue. The fair labor standards act does NOT require US employers to provide meal OR rest breaks. Some states do requirr these things though, so it is important to check your state and local laws. In fact, less than half the states have meal break laws on the books.
  2. How about not suggesting people commit fraud by faking a suicide attempt to obtain ssdi? It worked out for you, as you did obtain it, but it could have spiraled into a huge disaster pretty easily. I won't even go into the whole issue of there's so few mh beds available that that's just beyond the pale to me. OP, I wrote out this long thing and then realized the original post is from months ago, so I'll just say I hope you were able to talk to your provider about what's your reality vs her optimism and that she ended up supporting your application.
  3. Really, aside from her being spot on perfect and professional at first, how do you know she was actually a surgeon there? Sounds so bizarre to me that I don't think I'd take anything said at face value unless I had something independent like a hospital credential to back it up. Still not a bad idea to report it to security.
  4. I have used emsam for about 6 years now. I started on oral selegiline before I switched to the patch, but I was taking the equivalent of the 6mg patch and when I switched to the patch about 6 months in I switched to the 6mg. I noticed a change after about 2 weeks. I maintained on the 6mg patch until about 4 months ago, now I'm using the 9mg. It works very well for me, I had run through just about everything else and had ect (which helped, very much) and I wanted to give an Maoi a try before having it again. It's been a lifesaver for me. Don't forget to rotate where you place the patch or your skin might start to get very irritated. I hope it helps you as much as it did me.
  5. I'm vegetarian, I always have been. There's been a lot of motivators over the years to stay vegetarian but basically it helps me feel like I'm doing my part reducing my overall carbon footprint and keeping to my somewhat tenuous spiritual beliefs. Depending on where I'm living I try my best to grow some of my own food. My husband is not a vegetarian. Never has been, never will be. Neither of us judge the other, and we both make an effort to accommodate the other - I cook him meat occasionally (as locally sourced as possible) and he eats meatless more often than not now. It's whatever works for you, along with a big dose of respect. Totally agree with the Michael Pollan recommendation, he's great. And fake meat is really odd to me, I've never quite understood the point of it!
  6. I literally read this as I was sitting at the doctor in a procedure room waiting for the nurses to draw up my injections that without which I'd likely be dead. At which point I turned off my phone and concentrated on knitting and thought of all the reasons why I was there, instead of thinking about some asshole on the Internet couching hate in a hypothetical. Now I'm home, and I have to say my life may not be valuable in your hypothetical universe where you apologize for being insensitive and then follow it up by saying crap like this, but it is to me. It's taken me years, decades to get to that point where I wouldn't just agree and have my inner dialogue say yeah damn they're right I probably should be dead, I'm weak, I'm relying on a 'crutch' I shouldn't take my meds and throw them out. Different isn't weak or worthless, people who fall ill don't deserve to be treated as a disposable by-product of creating a super race. It's disheartening that isn't just a given.
  7. Thank you, gearhead. You covered a lot of the why behind my anger that I wasn't comfortable talking about. Thank you. Also - I don't believe this is a public shaming. I'm not trying to humiliate anyone. I'm trying to stop even one person stumbling across the anti-vax propaganda posted and latching on to it because it fits whatever trope of big pharma bad, drugs bad, medicine bad, doctors bad, this "broke" me, this is why my kid is "broken", and assorted paranoia that might be going on in their brain box. Because I've also been there. It's the Internet, I could probably find someone to tell me I can grow a unicorn in my bathtub that poops kittens if I tried hard enough. Which is all well and good, until it becomes things that hurt other people. This does. I'd have a way easier time letting it go if 1. The culture here wasn't explicitly pro-med and pro-facts to begin with and 2. I wasn't deathly afraid that this attitude is going to become the norm. Call me unkind if you need to, but I learned quite well this year that not calling out ridiculous misinformation when people continue to perpetuate it and calling it agreeing to disagree does nothing good for anyone.
  8. At least snopes.com provides links to resources to educate yourself to support its rejection or acceptance of claims. They're not claiming to know everything, they're attempting to check facts. Unlike this YouTube garbage. Please cite your sources for your claims about measles. Here is some actual data about the attempt to eradicate measles from an article in the journal of infectious diseases, a peer-reviewed medical journal. The full article is available here: http://m.jid.oxfordjournals.org/content/189/Supplement_1/S1.long Of note: "Two major causes of this epidemic were vaccine failure among a small percentage of school-aged children who had received 1 dose of measles vaccine and low measles vaccine coverage among preschool-aged children" - speaking to the 1989-91 measles resurgence in the USA "Measles is the greatest vaccine-preventable killer of children in the world today and the eighth leading cause of death among persons of all ages worldwide" "In the absence of measles vaccination, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 4.5 million children would die annually as a result of measles and its complications. As recently as 1998, WHO estimated that 888,000 measles deaths occurred [16]. Global eradication of measles could prevent these deaths" ------ Measles has never been "nearly eliminated" before vaccinations, and the people who get it currently are by and large unvaccinated. "In 2015, 188 people from 24 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles. In 2014, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD); this is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000. The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated. Measles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the U.S. Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated." From: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html It wasn't even until 2000 in the US that it was declared no longer endemic/eliminated - which is now being jeopardized by misinformation and complacency about vaccines. And there's a great big world beyond the US where it's still an everyday killer. I guess that's just more evidence of my liberal bias though, that I give a fuck about anything not in my backyard.
  9. Sorry, I have no interest in getting into a war with someone who chooses to be ill-informed, but I can't let this stand on a searchable forum unchallenged. Regarding the manufacturer's manual lie: http://www.snopes.com/autism-is-now-disclosed-as-dtap-side-effect/ Please stop spreading nonsense and bullshit. As you've clearly stated you won't be reading any links this is not for you, but for anyone who stumbles across this thread and questions the value of vaccinations. No one is making it look like you want to harm a baby. You said clearly above that immunizations are against your morals, that it's better for people to get germs into their systems to make them stronger, that people who vaccinate are raising their children in a bubble. Tell that to the people who die every day from measles, a completely preventable disease. 15 people died from it every hour in 2015, according to the most recent WHO data. So perhaps you aren't intending harm, but that doesn't mean you're not harming people. For good measure: http://www.who.int/features/qa/84/en/
  10. Lol? Nice. Herd immunity gained through immunizations is giving you the luxury of being a flippant, ill-informed, potential disease vector. You're welcome. Stay the hell away from that kid, and anyone who is immune compromised and can't receive the life saving vaccines that you reject with pseudo-science. An aside: I rarely post anymore, but this place helped me a lot a few times, and you never know when things are going to get squirrely so I stick around, mostly silently. I'm shocked to see this here, but happy to see the other responses. Thanks, members and admins, for making this a place where logic tries to prevail.
  11. Pain and depression, and psychosis resulting or worsened from depression, walk hand in hand for me. I know you said the er doc was cursing your neuro but in my experience he's not completely wrong - the more you use rescue pain relieving medications the more you're worsening the situation. It can cause rebound headaches and get you into a situation where you have chronic daily headache on top of migraines and end up living in a world of pain. It's incredibly difficult, but for me, using even excedrin or coffee/caffeine as little as possible, combined with preventative medication that I take daily and a regimen of Botox and nerve blocks has changed my migraines from completely disabling to something I can usually manage to live my life around. Usually. That's not to say that I don't use rescue meds at all, I have fioricet and cafergot and migranal with me pretty much at all times, but I have had to develop my own pro/con scale in my head that I run through every time before using them. Is the temporary relief they will bring in this moment worth the potential downside. I understand where you're coming from, the desperation that the pain will never stop, the dread in your belly that you cannot possibly live like that. It's a long, imperfect road, but along the way you find ways to make it more manageable. For what it's worth I also did the keppra infusions - it did eventually break my status migraine but it wasn't until #3 or #4. It came back, it wasn't a cure - but it bought time to look for other ways of approaching the problem. I would tell your neurologist immediately that you did go the er and received meds - they could impact the usefulness of the keppra treatment. In my experience, if you can work with a neurologist and a pdoc that aren't opposed to communicating with eachother regarding treatment things can be a lot easier. I hope you find relief.
  12. I don't want to be insensitive, I get that you're trying to look for a solution to your problem - but I feel like this should be moved, maybe to law/employment? I don't know, but I feel it has no place in this sub forum as you are openly saying you are not what this sub forum is about. Maybe I'm wrong, but it just feels icky to me. And I have to echo that in addition to being deeply offensive it's likely to backfire on you. It's fraud.
  13. I think, if I'm reading things correctly, that where you're going to run into a problem is not in asking for accommodation - but in asking for accommodation in order to stay under the earnings limit. If you're able to work more hours if they cut your pay so you stay under the limit that's not exactly the same as here's documentation that my condition requires I work no more than xxx hours.
  14. Fanapt is not off the market, at least not in the US. Please remember that med experiences are individual - it may not be for you, but for me it was life changing, with few aide effects. Painting a med as all good or all bad is counter productive. I hope you found something that helps.
  15. I would definitely not bring up the break up. The reasons why you are unwell are not really something you need to delve into beyond the required documentation from your doctors. I'd also seriously consider going to part time. Relying on hypomania to get you through a school term is counter productive to the long term management of your illness.
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