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Category Archive: health

Apr 18 2014

Adventures in Mental Health Care

You may have noticed from the fact I’ve flaked recently, but Wellbutrin stopped working in a big way. It did a great job removing depression at first – which unmasked an underlying anxiety that increased and increased and increased. Then it stopped working on the depression. Sigh. My day job has spent the past several …

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Apr 03 2014

To The People Who Love to Opinionate on Not Medicating a Mental Illness

Fuck you. Fuck you and your sanctimonious crap about how you believe psychiatric drugs aren’t good for us, and we shouldn’t take them, because we’ll be oh-so-much-better. Bullshit. You know, I really wish more people cheered for the medicine, and fewer acted like it was a personal failure and a potential death sentence to take …

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Mar 24 2014

I Wish I’d Had These Words

Back when my best friend and I had our final falling-out over his utter lack of concern about the lives of young women, I wish I’d had this post to send him. It might have gotten through. He might have understood why I was raging. When you express opposition to abortion on demand, your words …

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Mar 11 2014

What Secular Anti-Choicers Are Really Saying

Giliell,  professional cynic, -Ilk-, has decoded the language of those secular people who think women (or trans men) who had the temerity to have sex (or get raped) should carry the resulting pregnancy to term: Secular arguments against abortion I’ve heard are usually: -She had sex, so she should bear the consequences* -Bäbeeeeez! -She had …

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Jan 22 2014

A (Metaphorically) Magical Review of Dr. Offit’s Magnum Opus on Woo

Cover of Do You Believe in Magic. It has got all sorts of herbs emerging from a top hat. Very cute and clever.

Do You Believe in Magic? The and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine by Dr. Paul Offit. I have friends who drive me mad with alt med crapola. People who shun vaccines, people who chug mega-doses of Emergen-C (and catch colds regularly anyway – but still swear it worked!), who go on and on about natural this …

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Nov 16 2013

The Saga of the Salivary Gland

Gray kitten in scrubs walking toward right, caption says, "Dr. Tinycat to the OR, STAT!"

Look, it’s not a tumor. Not that you’d know that from the reaction. You know how they tell you to see your doctor if your sore throat doesn’t go away or worsens? Well, going in to week three of this wretched illness, everything was improving except my throat, which was busily getting worse. My regular …

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Mar 30 2013

Adventures with Cumulative Trauma Disorders

I loves me nice, comforting ACE bandages, but they're no longer enough.

I finally gave in and saw a doctor about my horrible wrists. The verdict: thumb tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and possible arthritis in the finger joints. Whee! This means the doctor pulled me off of typing duty until I’ve seen a neurosurgeon, and I get to navigate the byzantine byways of our company’s medical leave …

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Mar 17 2013

Sunday Song: Out of the Dark

Now that I’ve gone and gotten treatment, I’ll tell you the story of the Dark. I’ve always been subject to black moods. Getting raped at 18 didn’t help, I’m sure. But those moods were always transient, usually correlated to known issues like severe stress, and predictable. They didn’t affect my day-to-day functioning all that much, …

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Aug 12 2012

I Just Gave Away My Emergency Pack of Cigarettes

For those breathlessly following my quitting saga, and who might have missed the update yesterday: the deed is done. I’ve not had a single puff since last Saturday night. Haven’t even stood downwind of smokers inhaling deeply. In fact, I walked past the smoking area at work Thursday and quit breathing because it smelled bad. …

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Jul 30 2012

Info Request for GRE, Quitting Update, and Kitteh Rescue

A few items on the agenda, here. Firstly, I’ve got a G+ friend named Craig DaGeek who is investigating the possibility of getting into grad school for geology. He could use some insight from those in the know: what’s the new GRE like? Do you know of any good study resources for it? Any info …

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