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How did you manage to knit such a huge item during the summer? I'd have thought a person would faint from the heat of having that much wool in the lap. I am thrilled you were able to have seizure at last where it could be monitored. My daughter also finally had a seizure in front of her neurologist, though it was totally not provoked, just law of averages finally catching up. I hope your scans bring about some reliable treatment. At least there's the confirmation on the hazards of sugar already, as if you didn't know that one.
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2010 on Why I've Been So Quiet Lately at One Sick Mother
I don't know. I'm kind of with Joe on this one. Even when the normies aren't awful, they are ignorant in ways that make our lives unnecessarily complicated. I mean, what sort of teacher looks at Joe's friend and doesn't see Joe? Doesn't see that Danny already has friends and doesn't need caretakers? I don't blame the girls. They are only doing what they are being taught. But this Mrs. P. needs some enlightening or she is going to be inculcating ablism into who knows how many decades of kids.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2010 on "Our Race" at One Sick Mother
Voltaren gel works on tendon pain? I wonder if it would work on tendon pain in the thigh. I suppose that might be too much to hope for. I'm surprised your kids think it is gross to reduce joints at the table. That's generally when I find I most need help. Forks, plates, glasses, pans full of hot things--it's amazing the number of times I find that I both need someone to remove what I am holding and to coax my hand back into shape.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2010 on Et tu, Tendons? at One Sick Mother
It's a good point about Dr. Murray. He was being paid, not to keep Jackson healthy, but to keep him performing. And a good point about whether you can get your own doctor to act on advice given by other doctors. Goodness knows they like to make up their minds without reference to anyone outside of their own noggins, including the patient.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2010 on Doctortutes Part II at One Sick Mother
That picture of "Mystic Meg" is scary! Very interesting result you had! I might try it myself at sometime since you had a pretty fair response. I like that concept that the doctor has to try to satisfy the customer with the answer, to give something other than a rote answer. I can see where some doctors might like doing this kind of work even more as an intellectual challenge than for the money. If they get to pick the question, it may be in part because it is an issue they've been studying up on and are feeling a bit excited about but may not have any patients who need that exact bit of knowledge. Well, I'd like to think some of them feel that way about it. I thought you had been to a seizure specialist. Huh. How strange that no one has referred you to one when your seizures are such a significant problem.
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2010 on Doctortutes at One Sick Mother
I hadn't been too concerned with your whereabouts, what with the holidays and you having the kids home from school for a bit. But, oh dear, here something has happened, plus you are ill. Thanks for taking the time to pop your head up. I will keep an eye out for you to share the rest of the story.
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2010 on Still Spinning... at One Sick Mother
I loved the cat story. My favorite cat ever was an oversized, bad tempered, man eating domestic. Well, not exactly man eating. But it hated my ex-husband with a passion and was always sure to take a chunk of him if the opportunity presented itself. I didn't even know there was surgery for ganglion cysts! I don't have one, but if I ever do, it will be thanks to you that I do the right thing instead of hitting it with a book.
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2009 on My Ganglion Cyst Story at One Sick Mother
Hand-eeze. They are spandex fingerless gloves that compress the hand, providing some support and relief. You find them at sewing/craft stores. If you could find the fabric, you could make your own for a lot less than the $14 or so that each one costs, but they are so much easier to use and re-use than elastic bandage you should buy them even though you know you are being ripped off. Also, regular carpal tunnel-type braces to direct the pressure of carrying something off the hand and onto the arm. I generally go through phases where one part of my body just keeps being contrary until it finally settles back into an approximation of how that bone is supposed to sit. And then the next joint takes its turn. Is that how it is with you, too? Heh. Walmart. Everything about Walmart screams "Don't engage anyone else for any reason. Just get the hell out."
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2009 on Random Yelping at One Sick Mother
If I go to a book or music site, I assume that what is being reviewed was sent gratis by the distributor or artist. Are they going to have to put up disclaimers now for what ought to be common knowledge? How bizarre. On the other hand, it might be useful for reviews that are found on sites that aren't primarily review sites. I think we all have been contacted to review something or the other. I know some bloggers reveal that they were given the product, and others don't, probably because they didn't even think about it. When there are suddenly a lot of independent reviews about something, it should be obvious that there was a marketing campaign to generate buzz, but not everyone masters the fine art of distinguishing the obvious. I do hope that the changes will make the big sites, especially medical ones, behave with more responsibility regarding their advertisements. Sort of peculiar, though, that newspapers won't be held to the same standards. Lots of people assume that newspapers won't run fraudulent ads, and papers like the NYT are hardly just local and ought to be subject to interstate federal law.
Um. Why didn't you tell him to start with that you were going to show him how the batteries can be taken out and put back in? I mean, if I, say, was talking to my dad about how my car is a lot of stress, and he went over to it and started removing the perfectly good tires without telling me why, I would be freaked out. I wouldn't hit him over the head, but I'd probably start hollering at him. And wouldn't be all that impressed if his answer at long last was that he was going to show me how to change a tire. I wonder if it would help if he had a rule that he is to call as soon as he needs to be picked up, and not to turn off the phone until he is picked up? What kind of phone-use rule have you already suggested to him?
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2009 on Responsibility at One Sick Mother
I know exactly what you mean! People get so skittish just because I ask them to help reduce a shoulder! Really, what's so hard about holding an arm still while I wiggle around a bit until I feel the right place to let it go?
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2009 on The Trouble With Elbows at One Sick Mother
Narnia? I would never have thought it intense. Goes to show how different people are, doesn't it? You were clever to have figured out that was the problem. And smart thinking on the shirt! I wish I had thought of that back when my daughter was a child.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2009 on Smell at One Sick Mother
Good thing, keeping that bitch, Hope, at bay. There's always the details, the nasty little details, to be on the alert for. Still, for whoever does qualify for this study, how nice that it doesn't require participants to pay for the privilege of being guinea pigs.
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2009 on And Waiting... at One Sick Mother
I am with you on the testing. I am sick to death of having money extracted from me in the name of testing, with no tangible benefit in my daily life. If it is CFS, what will this doctor do to treat you? And why can't he just do that now? Is the treatment dangerous? Or is there no treatment he will try, but he feels a publication coming on and needs test results?
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2009 on I'm Still Waiting at One Sick Mother
I have gotten those, too. But I moderate all my comments and freely refuse to post ones that contain irrelevant or fraudulent links, as well as ones that are the work of some troll or the other. Don't feel bad. After all, do you think that person is really going to receive the money they are promised for doing that work? They are the main one being scammed, and perhaps your email will help motivate them to quit before they lose too much more time to a fraud.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2009 on Scammer Spammer Targets OSM! at One Sick Mother
Well! I have heard tell of doctors who actually do some research and have some curiosity and want to help their most difficult patients. Maybe you have found one of these rarities. Be sure to get a picture. We'll post it on one of those websites that feature Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. (Doing what I can to keep hope from getting uppity)
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2009 on Another Day, Another Doctor at One Sick Mother
You are completely right about this. It is simply none of my business what her body is like. She's female. She says so. That's good enough for me.
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2009 on I Shouldn't Know.. at One Sick Mother
OSM, I don't think you are the only one to care so much about medical frauds. Orac at Respectful Insolence, for instance, devotes a large part of his blog to fighting quacks and frauds. Now, do you care more than me? Well, I'm not doing the research and blogging on the issue that you are, so you must. But we all can't care about the same thing to the same degree all the time. The good part is that you are doing this research, and as people read what you have come up with, some will come up with ideas for taking action that even more people can assist with. So, please, don't let frustration stop your important research.
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2009 on Why I Care at One Sick Mother
Tunnelling behind the cereal boxes! That's the kind of thing you know will be funny. Later. Years later. But right now, someone is in biiiiig trouble.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2009 on Those Little Things We Say.... at One Sick Mother
Fat is unimportant. If your health is overall better, it doesn't matter how much you weigh. Besides, if you are feeling better, you will move around more, and develop better muscle tone. And muscle weighs more than fat, so maybe you haven't gained as much fat as you fear you have.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2009 on Fat and Happy? at One Sick Mother
Bah to a "healthy" diet. I used to eat "healthy." And I used to constantly break out in rashes, have asthma attacks, and extremely socially awkward intestinal disturbances. Then I found out I was allergic to all that "healthy" stuff. I hate to think of all the damage I was doing to myself by continuing to eat "healthy" instead of listening to my body. And liver? Love it. Eat it at least once a week now, smothered in cream and onions.
I'm not so sure that you missed this teachable moment. Joe has learned (probably) that closer investigation demands that he make use of all his tools, which include both other people who (quite literally this time) may see things differently and mechanical instruments that allow him greater precision. I think walking away without saying things was the right thing to do, even if it stung. Maybe especially. He is a smart boy. He will figure out the lesson for himself.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2009 on Teaching Moment: Missed at One Sick Mother
Happy birthday to Joe! May all his practical birthday wishes come true, and a couple of the impractical ones, too.
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2009 on Eleven. at One Sick Mother
My daughter and I were in a theme restaurant yesterday. On the wall was one of those signs reproducing an advertisement from yestercentury. The ad copy was boosting witch hazel's amazing curative powers. Curiously, witch hazel and these "-ical" supplements seem to do the same thing: everything! Except, witch hazel also cures cholera. Yeah, I know! I was surprised, too! Anyways, witch hazel is a lot cheaper, and, what with also curing cholera, is obviously the better bargain for the conscientious snake oil consumer.
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2009 on Solutions by Nature: Scam at One Sick Mother
Yeah, I do admire that Steampunk one. I think most of the USB drives are build-em-yourself. At least, I'm pretty sure I've seen the Lego ones on the Instructables site. The fondue pot is trouble waiting to happen. As it is, I knock over my peripherals on a regular basis. I'm not sure my keyboard would come back from a baptism by cheese.