Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Men­tal Health Aware­ness Month. The month is about real­iz­ing how com­mon men­tal health issues are, sup­port­ing each oth­er through them, and remov­ing the stig­ma about them. A few sta­tis­tics: 21% of U.S. adults expe­ri­enced men­tal ill­ness in 2020 (52.9 mil­lion peo­ple). This rep­re­sents 1 in 5 adults. 5.6% of U.S. adults expe­ri­enced seri­ous mental […]

Big Update

Well, I owe you all an apol­o­gy. This blog has been aban­doned for four years, and a lot has hap­pened in that time. Katie is mar­ried, about to fin­ish col­lege, and expect­ing her first child! I went back to work in 2013! I work from home, but I work full time doing tech­ni­cal sup­port for Apple, Inc. as […]

Being an Active Part of Your Own Health Care Team, Part I

Peo­ple who have chron­ic or com­plex health issues need to take an active role in their own health care. That does­n’t come nat­u­ral­ly to every­one, and in fact, it runs counter to the tra­di­tion­al way of inter­act­ing with “Doc­tor God” that I, for one, learned from my own par­ents. In this series, we’ll talk about […]

Jumpiness and Nerves

Back to the NaBloPo­Mo prompts: What do you do to cope when you’re ner­vous? I have a whole mess of diag­noses, includ­ing post-trau­­mat­ic stress dis­or­der and social anx­i­ety dis­or­der, so I feel jumpy and ner­vous fair­ly often. I’m on med­ica­tion that helps, and I have Ati­van that I can take if I must for panic […]

Fall Cleaning

It has to be fall clean­ing because it’s Sep­tem­ber, right? I haven’t done spring clean­ing at any time since we’ve lived in this house, hon­est­ly. I haven’t been able to do it. But between a new pain spe­cial­ist who isn’t all the way on the oth­er side of metro Atlanta (who actu­al­ly lis­tens to me […]

It Is the Flu

And now I have it, too. Damn it. I had tried to get back to blog­ging dai­ly, but good inten­tions just did­n’t hold a can­dle against the entire house­hold com­ing down with the flu.  For some rea­son, I thought Tam­i­flu was a one or two-pill affair, but I sup­pose I had it con­fused with one of […]

I’m alive! How about you?

It’s been an insane­ly long time since I gave this site its due. I sup­pose the real prob­lem with blog­ging about health prob­lems is that the peo­ple who know them best, by def­i­n­i­tion, have health prob­lems. I’d love to find some­one with whom to co-write this thing, so we could cov­er for each oth­er! Any­way, I […]

Between Naps

I gave in to my body and stayed in bed all day yes­ter­day. It helped. If I’m not try­ing to do any­thing else, I can take my break­through pain meds and mus­cle relax­ants. They make me too flop­py to walk around safe­ly or use dan­ger­ous tools like but­ter knives. I’m doing pret­ty much the same […]

Yay! and Boo!

The good news: we’re final­ly done with the water boil­ing! It’s a good thing, too. The stores are all out of bot­tled water. The bad news: the girl has a nasty migraine :-( She was sup­posed to leave Fri­day after­noon for the week­end, and it looks like that may not hap­pen. I hope she does­n’t have […]

Happy Friday!

The girl is gone this week­end. I’m start­ing to feel like the house is just a place where she keeps her stuff and does her laun­dry! I sup­pose that’s nor­mal for any par­ent of an old­er teen and good prac­tice for when she goes off to col­lege. It does­n’t mean that I have to like […]

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