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Old 02-01-2019, 06:08 PM
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How's February shorting you? ~ 28 days of mini-rants

I live in Beijing. I hate, despise, and loathe cold weather. I have an especial dislike of snow. So I'm on vacation in Busan. It snowed the day before I arrived in town. Snow is a rarity in Busan, unlike in Seoul. The idea of coming here was to get away from such weather.
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Old 02-01-2019, 06:32 PM
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oh that sucks.....y ou could take a trip to aus instead …... https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...vrQ?li=BBnb7Kz
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Old 02-01-2019, 08:02 PM
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I'm alone for most of this month. Mr.Wrekker is off on a fishing trip to Mexico. I have to admit I'm kinda looking forward to it. Of course I wish he were home. He gets so antsy with nothing to occupy his hands and head. It's like watching a caged Lion, pacing and looking, pacing and watching. He is just one of those people. I, otoh, can sit for hours and just daydream. To each his own.
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Old 02-02-2019, 12:23 AM
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Daughter was just in the hospital for 5 days. She is home now, and we will watch and see if the treatment helped. She has had persistent problems since 2 concussions last year.

On the way home from the hospital tonight, husband called and said dogs had fought and little dog was bleeding a lot. I was driving home in the rain, at night, in Bay Area rush traffic, which was already not fun. I had an anxiety attack the rest of the way home. Little dog is fine. It looks like he was chasing a cat and got scratched. 'Beamer confirms this is what happened.

That'll do for now. The list goes on.
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Old 02-02-2019, 12:36 AM
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A complete self-pitting:

Step 1. Buy little 3 oz bottle of contact cement.
Step 2. Begin using it inside apartment.
Step 3. Start worrying about the LEL of the VOCs in the bottle halfway through.
Step 4. Start calculating worst possible outcome assuming the bottle was only full of the solvent with the lowest LEL present and possible concentrations depending on how dispersed the vapor is assuming various fractions of an approximately 300 square meter apartment with, on average, about 3 meter high ceilings. Think you're okay by a factor of better than 300 with your assumptions, but start worrying about validity of said assumptions.
Step 5. Turn off thermostat, open the damn window, and turn the ceiling fan on like you should have to begin with you idiot. Yes, you should be safe but why did you even let it come to that in the first place?
Step 6. Call yourself an idiot for not taking your stuff outside to work on to begin with and avoiding the whole thing.
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Old 02-02-2019, 10:44 AM
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What's that in Murrican? I don't speak LEL and VOC and metric. Public schools, sorry.
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Old 02-02-2019, 11:28 AM
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Old 02-02-2019, 11:39 AM
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What's that in Murrican? I don't speak LEL and VOC and metric. Public schools, sorry.
LEL = Lower Explosive Limit
VOC = Volatile Organic Compound
300 m2 is almost 4000 ft2, so I'm guessing he meant 30.
3 m is a bit close to 10 feet

I didn't know the gasses from contact cement were explosive. I thought the most you had to worry about was possibly poisoning yourself.
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Old 02-02-2019, 12:33 PM
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LEL = Lower Explosive Limit
VOC = Volatile Organic Compound
300 m2 is almost 4000 ft2, so I'm guessing he meant 30.
3 m is a bit close to 10 feet

I didn't know the gasses from contact cement were explosive. I thought the most you had to worry about was possibly poisoning yourself.
Combination of a typo and applying the conversion wrong. I meant 30 in the last post, which would be too small. Plus not normally thinking in metric for area, so the error wasn't immediately obvious. Try 90 square meters for the apartment, give or take.

Anyway, I knew it was probably a stupid thing to worry about, but I still felt stupid about doing something in such a way that I would even start worrying. I know better than to do that after all these years working with chemicals. So definitely angry at myself.

And yes, potentially explosive. Recalculating, with the worst-case assumption of basically 90 g of toluene as a proxy, with the resulting 25 L of gas (assuming complete mixing) spread throughout 270,000 L of air, for a concentration of basically 0.01%, well under the 1.1% LEL. But, of course, that diffusion would take time and until fully diffused the gradient could be dangerous with localized concentration.

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Old 02-02-2019, 12:38 PM
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But WHAT WERE YOU GLUING TOGETHER?
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Old 02-02-2019, 12:41 PM
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But WHAT WERE YOU GLUING TOGETHER?
Foam for a miniatures case. Frankly, that seemed like the least important part of the story. The manufacturer suggested white glue would also work, so I'll use that on the next tray.
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Old 02-02-2019, 01:16 PM
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Well, last night a hit-and-run driver clipped my mother's car and then went on to destroy mine before vanishing into the darkness, I hope to suffer a more catastrophic collision in which he burned to death horribly.
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I have a cousin whose son managed to break a compact florescent bulb on himself, prompting many calls to poison control and a lot of hand-wringing over how such a horrible thing could be sold.
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Old 02-03-2019, 01:25 AM
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Foam for a miniatures case. Frankly, that seemed like the least important part of the story. The manufacturer suggested white glue would also work, so I'll use that on the next tray.
I always try white glue first, so long as it's not for something that will be hit a lot. We think of it as "weak" because it's used by children, but it's actually quite good.




Back when I worked in a factory that had white glue among its products, it was one of the things of which people would "use the drops". People would bring to the factory whatever they wanted to glue and we'd use stuff that would otherwise have been discarded, such as partial leftovers from a lab sample.
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Old 02-03-2019, 01:27 AM
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I'm starting yet another project. The hotel I'd picked was before having the exact address and ok, turns out that because of the local traffic patterns it was kind of far. But the one recommended by the boss is of the variety which limits internet access. Yes, I can Dope. But I want my games! I'm an adult, I ought'a be able to play games if I wanna! I can stream but I can't game, seriously?
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Old 02-03-2019, 01:54 AM
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Seriously lame, mini-rant: suddenly, and with no reason I can tell, all my fingernails are breaking or tearing. I'm cranky because they were looking so nice and now they don't.
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Old 02-03-2019, 02:36 AM
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Seriously lame, mini-rant: suddenly, and with no reason I can tell, all my fingernails are breaking or tearing. I'm cranky because they were looking so nice and now they don't.
Do you possibly have a vitamin deficiency? Occasionally I take prenatal vitamins if my hair and nails start looking ratty. And hard-as-nails nail polish is good stuff.

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Old 02-03-2019, 08:49 AM
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Seriously lame, mini-rant: suddenly, and with no reason I can tell, all my fingernails are breaking or tearing. I'm cranky because they were looking so nice and now they don't.
I always have this problem in winter, and no, it's not a lame rant. I think it's due to the lack of humidity in the house. This Nutra Nail 5 to 7 day product works great. You just paint it on your nails and rub it in, even over polish. (Well, it does if you actually use it a couple times a day. I keep forgetting until my nails get really bad.) I've used this product for many years and they sort of keep changing the additive to be trendy; used to be "with green tea" and now it seems to be "with calcium" and "with acai". All of them basically work the same IMO.
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Old 02-03-2019, 10:42 AM
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Thank you morgyn and asterion. Now I have something new to worry about when I'm gluing stuff together. Usually I only worry about sticking my fingers together. Now I know I could explode!
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Been on a new medication for just under a week, and doing the "ramp up" phase, where the dosage gets increased gradually through the first month.

I didn't eat much this weekend (thought I might go to a SB party, so wanted to save room), but ended up not going, so I can't tell if my headache and queasiness are due to the side-effects of the pills, or if it is because I don't have much in my stomach right now.
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Old 02-04-2019, 12:33 PM
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Beckdawrek, I think you nailed it (pun intended ) I haven't been taking my regular vitamins lately, just keep forgetting. It's a hair, skin and nails formula and duh! I don't know why I didn't realize it would affect my nails. Hasn't seemed to make a difference with my skin or hair.

kayT, I will check out the Nutra Nail! sounds like something that would work for me.

Thanks to both of you!
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Maybe this is a bit to workplace for this thread but I don't care right now. Mostly because it is also a rant about my physical fitness.

I had to check the top of some tanks in our tank farm at work. The ladder is inexplicably close to the wall and faces in such a way that you have to wedge yourself between the wall and the ladder to get access to the top of the tanks. Every time I have to do this, I always knock my knees because there's basically no space to put my legs anywhere. Why is this like this? As an Engineer, I know we all make mistakes and end up with plants full of the quirks but I think this one really could have been fixed.

Also, I am out of shape and climbing ladders is hard and makes me winded. So, instead of my normal curses when I hit my knees, I could only huff out of breath, cursing on the inside.
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I missed the Super Bowl yesterday due to being curled up in a dark room with a 101.5 fever and what I think is probably norovirus, or something close enough that it doesn't matter. Today I have spent the entire day in bed. At least I'm blowing it out only one end now. I thought about dragging myself into work tomorrow but I haven't eaten real food in 36+ hours, would be in the bathroom all the time, and am probably still contagious and no one would thank me for exposing them. So I guess I will just fall further behind. I haven't had one of these viruses in about 10 years and I'd forgotten how miserable they are.
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I had to check the top of some tanks in our tank farm at work.
I know that's not the kind of tanks you meant, but thank you for that image of the military kind of tanks having baby tanks My brain is always weird, but sleep-deprived and with a toothache courtesy of that stupidity tooth that keeps trying to decide if it wants to be in or out... that gets really, really weird.
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:06 AM
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LEL = Lower Explosive Limit
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300 m2 is almost 4000 ft2, so I'm guessing he meant 30.
3 m is a bit close to 10 feet

I didn't know the gasses from contact cement were explosive.
When working with chemicals I generally assume everything might be explosive or flammable unless I definitely know better.
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I've been on Adderall XR for a while now and I've noticed that it doesn't seem to work very long for me. For instance, if I take it at 8:30 (right before I leave for work), it tends to wear off sometime between 3:30 and 4:30. That may not be a big deal for some people, but I work in a veterinary clinic until 6:00 (or later) and those late hours are when we are discharging surgery patients and hospitalized patients. I NEED to be fully functional for my whole shift. So I toyed around with taking a dose at 6:30 when I first wake up and a second sometime around 2:30. That was amazing! I was on the ball all day long and still had focus when I got home, which is a huge issue. So I sent a message to my doctor about it. I wasn't asking for a double script because I only work 4 days a week but just to have enough to cover me for two pills a day.

NOPE. He wants to change my dose from 10 mg to 20mg. I'm not a doctor, but I'm pretty sure that giving me MORE of the drug to metabolize isn't going to help it work LONGER. I mean, it's possible but the 10mg dose already elevates my heart rate and gives me dry mouth. I can't wait to see what more does.

(Yes, I'm aware that it may sound like drug seeking behavior but I just want to be able to work a full shift without losing my concentration in the middle of a sentence at the end of the day. Plus my oldest son is the same way. He has to take a booster dose in the afternoon due to his metabolism. My middle son needs a higher dose but his works longer so he only takes one a day.)
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Old 02-05-2019, 08:21 AM
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NOPE. He wants to change my dose from 10 mg to 20mg. I'm not a doctor, but I'm pretty sure that giving me MORE of the drug to metabolize isn't going to help it work LONGER. I mean, it's possible but the 10mg dose already elevates my heart rate and gives me dry mouth. I can't wait to see what more does.
IANAD but I would say ask your doctor if you can get the 20 mg and then cut the pills in half. It's what I had to do for the Norco given to me last night: I took a full tablet and then threw it up an hour later. Enough was absorbed that I didn't need another (half) dose until 5 hours later. My prescription is for 1-2 tablets every 4 hours as needed.
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Old 02-05-2019, 09:43 AM
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Have a tall, strong coffee noon or one-ish.
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So I sent a message to my doctor about it. I wasn't asking for a double script because I only work 4 days a week but just to have enough to cover me for two pills a day.
Is your doctor a specialist in this, or a GP? If the latter, I strongly suggest you look for someone who specializes in adult ADHD treatment (if you can find one). Good luck!
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Is your doctor a specialist in this, or a GP? If the latter, I strongly suggest you look for someone who specializes in adult ADHD treatment (if you can find one). Good luck!
Mine's a specialist that's technically a psychiatrist. My primary doc recommended him, and he's considered "alternative treatment" so there's a copay for each visit.

Though it only took three visits to figure out that the "equivalent to caffeine" was working better than the Adderalls or anything in the Meth family.
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Switched recently from a GP to a psychiatrist for maintaining the prescription. At the first meeting he said that for many people the XR doesn't cover the whole day and they need a non-XR pill at the beginning of the day, to get going, or in the late afternoon, to keep going, or both. We experimented and it looks like I'm best off adding a small boost in the morning. If I re-boost during the day, it can be hard to get to sleep.

Also, for me the XR comes in a capsule and can't be divided. The non-XR pill can be split. So I'm taking a capsule and half a pill every morning.

I can't speak to whether a larger XR dose is likely to make it last longer. I suspect it might, at least somewhat, but that you might not need the larger dose that goes with it.
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Last night I was just about to sit down to my nice hot dinner, and I look over to my thermostat to check the house temperature and what do I see?

Nothing, that's what. It's completely unpowered. Note that nothing else on this floor is lacking power. So I start out to the garage to see if a circuit breaker got thrown, and what happens? My foot slides off the step, I land on my side sorta and bang my face (luckily not too hard) on the car bumper, wrench my knee a lot and twist my neck some and get some road rash on the heel of my hand. My nose hurts. The supraorbital ridge over my right eye hurts. My shoulders and upper arms hurt.

And the circuit breakers are just fine.

I called my HVAC folks immediately, and they tell me to try to change the battery. The panel is wired into the house power. There is no battery. There are no hinges, when I removed it from the wall there was no battery compartment, and the soonest they can get someone here is sometime tomorrow (now today). It's rather chilly here this morning, and since I have to take my car into the shop, I'm not (currently) running the gas fireplace.

By the time all this was done, my dinner was cold, which was just one. more. straw.

These last two weeks have already been incredibly stressful for other reasons. My dad went into the emergency room and ICU for a respiratory infection, and has been discharged into hospice. I've got contractors working to finally finish the refinishing of my bookcases, because the people I hired to do that didn't finish the job, and it's going to be expensive(r). I downloaded the wrong damn 1099-INT form from the IRS set (seriously? they have the 2019 forms on the site already?) and have to redo it. My car is flashing all sorts of warning lights at me. And now this.

I do not need this. I want this sort of thing to STOP.

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That's a lot at once, Morgyn. I'd throw a toddler level tantrum just after all the falling and cold-dinner-eating alone, and that's before I got to any of the really sucky stuff you mentioned at the end.
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:09 AM
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That's a lot at once, Morgyn. I'd throw a toddler level tantrum just after all the falling and cold-dinner-eating alone, and that's before I got to any of the really sucky stuff you mentioned at the end.
Thanks.

And you know something? My time memory sucks. All of this is since last Tuesday, so it's one week, not two. The contractors started last Tuesday, and that's also the day Dad went into the hospital. The car started throwing warning lights Thursday. I found out about the stupid IRS form Sunday. And last night was the thermostat and the fall.
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ARGH. The HVAC tech won't be able to come today. His first call this morning turned out to be an emergency.

He won't be here until TOMORROW.

I realize that in the great scheme of things I'm still better off than a large part of the planet, but it's just one more thing and I'm about to cry.
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On Monday I got a text from my husband saying he was short of breath, lightheaded and almost passed out at work and did I think he should go to the ER? I got another text seconds later saying someone had called an ambulance. I met him at the hospital and, four hours later, he was diagnosed with a pretty massive anxiety attack and, oh, by the way, did you know your husband is pre-diabetic? Okay, this is workable - diet is relatively simple (not easy; simple) and with respect to the anxiety, we've been going to therapy for a while together and largely been discussing my husband's challenges with dealing with anxiety and how it's transferred frequently to our son. Who was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder about a month ago. Oh, look! A pattern!

So we get home, my husband promptly eats a couple of plates of pasta with garlic bread. Okay, I'm thinking he could probably get a good GP and a referral to a nutritionist, but the guy's been in the hospital all day, so no biggie - I'll make sure we have healthier leftovers to choose from. Next day, I ask my husband whether he thinks he should maybe talk to our therapist by himself or wants me to continue going with him and he said that he's confident he can deal with both the prediabetes and anxiety through diet and exercise.

Okay, I get that the man is an adult and if I continue to treat him like a man-baby this isn't going to get better. And perhaps I'm pushing too hard too soon since I'm sure landing himself in the ER for anxiety is a lot to stomach; the prediabetes diagnosis is probably just the icing on the cake and then laying out a play the very next day might be too much to expect. But dammit, man, please at least plan to plan if nothing else.

On a more selfish note, my mom has surgery today three hours away from me. My sister is there to help her through, but my "shift" for taking care of my mom is next week. All next week. And my daughter has burst into tears and begged me not to go at least twice. My husband keeps talking about how shitty it will be that I'm not here. I'm worried about my husband's health. I'm concerned over my son's mental wellbeing and I don't think I can be everyone's conscience, emotional dumping ground, therapist and mother without breaking into pieces myself, which helps no one.

But there are several upsides to all this:
1. My son is handling this way better than the rest of us. So maybe he's using some of the coping strategies he's learning, which would be magnificent. (The option I choose not to think about is that he's just shutting down, but he seems more engaged than I've seen him in years.)
2. If my husband does what he's supposed to, selfishly it'll be a shitload easier for me to eat healthfully as well - most of our "garbage food" requests are from my husband, so I'm hopeful that this will benefit all of us.
3. Also, if he learns to manage his anxiety even if he's never truly content he may at least be less unhappy and more like the person I married than the complain-y, exacting grandpa he's become. (Anxiety seemed to really kick in starting when we had kids.)
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ARGH. The HVAC tech won't be able to come today. His first call this morning turned out to be an emergency.

He won't be here until TOMORROW.

I realize that in the great scheme of things I'm still better off than a large part of the planet, but it's just one more thing and I'm about to cry.
Update: The HVAC thinks they can be out here this afternoon, after all. Of course, this may interfere with me getting my car back this afternoon. Maybe I can get the dealership to come get me tomorrow morning instead.
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Day three at home on the couch after this stomach virus. I had every intention of going to work today but then I woke up dizzy and with a headache and my heart going about 120 and realized that getting through a whole day of work when I have not eaten anything at all since Sunday afternoon except 2 pieces of matza, is not gonna happen. So I'm guzzling down Gatorade and trying to work up an appetite for real food.

The thought of how behind I'm going to be when I get back is not helping.
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Man, I was going to kvetch about my hand surgery, and trying to fix my stranded car one-handed, but that's nothin' compared to what y'all are goin through!

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Unexpected freak snowstorm on Sunday night ended up cancelling school for two days. Of course, it was the first two days of my husband's business trip to warmer climes. I shoveled the drive and made the kids shovel the sidewalk (so we can tut disapprovingly at the 75% of our neighbors who haven't done this), but the kids have been driving me bananas. Yesterday my son's whining that we were out of Pop Tarts led me to risk driving to the grocery store to get more. I then got stuck on the hill going to our neighborhood and couldn't get home. I ended up having to park at the bottom of the hill and walk the groceries home. (I was able to get the car up the hill in the late afternoon when it was warmer, but I'm worried about getting home from my noon appointment today.) Once I did get home? "I guess I should have told you this before, Mom, but we're out of tortillas."

They are in school today and I am blessedly alone. I have nothing to do because my part-time job hasn't given me any work since before Christmas, but at least I have the house to myself.

Another big storm is expected this weekend and Monday.
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... he was diagnosed with a pretty massive anxiety attack and, oh, by the way, did you know your husband is pre-diabetic?
Not to dispute the diagnosis, but the anxiety could be driving the diabetes. I've had several instances where I've gone to a doctor under severe emotional stress and shown pre-diabetic blood sugar levels, but then they go back to normal as soon as my mood stabilizes. I would keep an eye on the blood sugar, but prioritize the anxiety problems:
- having less anxiety will have a larger and more immediate effect on his (and your) happiness
- high anxiety will be an enormous impediment to eating less junk/comfort food
- a less-stressed body may bring blood sugars down without further intervention

Of course, continue to consult with your medical professionals, and don't let the blood sugars get worse!
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Not to dispute the diagnosis, but the anxiety could be driving the diabetes. I've had several instances where I've gone to a doctor under severe emotional stress and shown pre-diabetic blood sugar levels, but then they go back to normal as soon as my mood stabilizes. I would keep an eye on the blood sugar, but prioritize the anxiety problems:
- having less anxiety will have a larger and more immediate effect on his (and your) happiness
- high anxiety will be an enormous impediment to eating less junk/comfort food
- a less-stressed body may bring blood sugars down without further intervention

Of course, continue to consult with your medical professionals, and don't let the blood sugars get worse!
I've heard that before, too, that anxiety can make your blood chemistry worse. I brought that up to my husband as well and he knows he admitted he's avoiding dealing with those emotional issues. But at least while we were chatting he called a GP and got an appointment. We have a meeting with the therapist Saturday and he asked if I was going to bring Monday up; I said he could do so or I would, but I think we need to.
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Not to dispute the diagnosis, but the anxiety could be driving the diabetes. I've had several instances where I've gone to a doctor under severe emotional stress and shown pre-diabetic blood sugar levels, but then they go back to normal as soon as my mood stabilizes. I would keep an eye on the blood sugar, but prioritize the anxiety problems:
- having less anxiety will have a larger and more immediate effect on his (and your) happiness
- high anxiety will be an enormous impediment to eating less junk/comfort food
- a less-stressed body may bring blood sugars down without further intervention

Of course, continue to consult with your medical professionals, and don't let the blood sugars get worse!
My mother's hyperglucemia has disappeared since 1) her diverticulitis finally got excised and 2) she was put on a minuscule dose of anxiety medication. She's not self-medicating either the tummyaches or the anxiety with tons of simple carbs any more.

OTOH for Dad and me it's cholesterol that shoots up when we're anxious. I'm sure one of the problems with the Culture of Fear we live in is that it's driving a lot of people to overeating and to eating the wrong things, and in turn this ends up meaning obesity, hyperglucemia, hypercholesterolemia...

And no, pills aren't the best response, nor do they work for everybody. The one time my doctor insisted in having me try that same anxiolithic, I just got sick; tallied another med in the list of "mood altering stuff I shouldn't even look at".
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My arm is swollen. I have 16 tiny holes from my foster cats claws and the death grip he put on me. (It was a incident in which he got loose in the car). I may have a temp. I feel kinda crappy. God, I'll probably have to go to the doctor. Isn't there a real Cat-scratch fever?
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My arm is swollen. I have 16 tiny holes from my foster cats claws and the death grip he put on me. (It was a incident in which he got loose in the car). I may have a temp. I feel kinda crappy. God, I'll probably have to go to the doctor. Isn't there a real Cat-scratch fever?
Don't know about real Cat-scratch fever, but it sounds like your arm is infected. Get thee to a doctor.

My friend's Lucifer cat (yes, that's her name and for good reason) bit her father's hand. Four deep bite marks by his thumb. Infected and on antibiotics. Most cats don't mean to kill you. Lucifer would like to.
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Don't know about real Cat-scratch fever, but it sounds like your arm is infected. Get thee to a doctor.
Absolutely - remember what the cat is scratching at with those claws in the litter box. Got bit/scratched by our cat once (my fault) and by the time I was convinced to go to the doctor, he suggested another day might have led to amputating the finger (and it was only two days after the bite at the latest).

They aren't always dangerous, but at the first sign of infection, get it looked at.
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I finally started passing my kidney blockage! A lot of sand and a little bit of gravel. I have a strainer so I can keep tabs on when I can stop taking the vasodilator. One of the pieces of gravel was a triangle about 1 1/2 mm on each side. I think it was the culprit for starting the blockage.

The relief is immense but I also managed to strain my left top thigh muscle (probably twisted wrong while writhing in my sleep). The leg works to squat or bend but lifting is a no go. Slathering on icy gel and using a heating pad gives a bit of relief so hopefully it heals quickly.
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I got through the government shut down with no pain and only minor inconvenience, and I know was lucky and am grateful.

But. I have my annual check ups with all my various med-type people in early January, and the bills have started to come in. Generally I get those 'Dr. X can bill you for $Y' statements from Medicare fairly fast, but I expect they are churned out via 'non essential' personnel, so who knows this time?

Do I go ahead and pay what the Dr,'s office bills, and hope they've gotten it right this time? (I had several discrepancies just the past year.) Do I make them wait until the official word comes? (That hardly seems fair.) Yeah, they'd probably reimburse me for any overpayment (or put it on account or something) but I'm really anal about keeping my finances straight.

Damn Trump.

I read he's supposed to go in for his annual physical shortly. I hope they discover a whole handful of really annoying, painful and embarrassing problems and the records leak.
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Don't know about real Cat-scratch fever, but it sounds like your arm is infected. Get thee to a doctor.
And a quick follow-up cat-scratch story:
My brother, back when he was a kid, got scratched by one of our cats - which was a regular occurrence. No big deal. A few days later he was sitting in science class and blah, blah, blah; "blood poisoning can sometimes be detected by the appearance of a red line coming from the infected site".
"Like this?", he says.
Aaaaaand, off to the school nurse. Calls my mom. Whips him off to the doctor who carves a large chunk out of his hand and gives him several very painful antibiotic injections. (we, my brother and I, were not very fond of this doctor)

Back to school the next day with a good story and a large bandage.

Don't mess with infected bits people.
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