brynndragon: (more cowbell)
I just started a Z-pak for unilateral ENT issues (doesn't look/feel like strep, but we can't rule it out without a more expensive test than I want to pay for - the unilateral nature plus other symptoms were sufficient to strongly suspect bacterial rather than viral infection) and thus won't be non-contagious by tonight. So no Rockin' Thursday this week, but next week we should be on as per usual - hopefully by then I will have even ported the Rock Band 2 stuff to Rock Band 3 :).
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
Apparently shoveling out the stairs, walkway, sidewalk, and my car was more than my back was expecting to do yesterday, as it is now informing me (although it's being very polite about it - vague soreness with the occasional twinge that didn't interfere with my clinical shift this evening). I think I'll heat up the lavender hotpad thingie and sit against it for a while. Anyone have favorite home remedies for suchness they'd like to share? (I can't use my pain-relief-fu on my own back, sad to say ;P)
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
Apparently shoveling out the stairs, walkway, sidewalk, and my car was more than my back was expecting to do yesterday, as it is now informing me (although it's being very polite about it - vague soreness with the occasional twinge that didn't interfere with my clinical shift this evening). I think I'll heat up the lavender hotpad thingie and sit against it for a while. Anyone have favorite home remedies for suchness they'd like to share? (I can't use my pain-relief-fu on my own back, sad to say ;P)
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I've noticed that at the very beginning of a cold (the sore throat stage, before lymph glands get tender/swollen and joints get achy) I feel an increased sense of well-being overall. It doesn't last, but it's happened repeatedly now at that stage. I'm wondering if anyone else has anything similar that happens to them? Like you feel almost better/stronger except for this one clear symptom when a cold begins?

(ETA: this actually makes sense to me from a Chinese Medicine perspective - if you're curious I might even try to explain, but my brain is starting to get a bit foggy so no promises of comprehensibility ;P)
brynndragon: (Default)
I've noticed that at the very beginning of a cold (the sore throat stage, before lymph glands get tender/swollen and joints get achy) I feel an increased sense of well-being overall. It doesn't last, but it's happened repeatedly now at that stage. I'm wondering if anyone else has anything similar that happens to them? Like you feel almost better/stronger except for this one clear symptom when a cold begins?

(ETA: this actually makes sense to me from a Chinese Medicine perspective - if you're curious I might even try to explain, but my brain is starting to get a bit foggy so no promises of comprehensibility ;P)
brynndragon: (death is sad)
My companion has some form of flu, which might or might not be the dreaded Hamthrax. With most people I'd say he doesn't seem exhausted enough, but we're talking about the man who worked while he had mono so it's hard to judge ;P. I actually hope it's the seasonal flu because I've gotten that vaccine already - I'm washing my hands like mad but I'm still concerned I'll miss something somewhere and there goes my clinic shifts >.<

The upshot of this is I'm canceling Rocking Wednesday this week. He's still feverish, which means still contagious, and the CDC is telling people to stay home until 24 hours after the fever breaks so keeping people out of said home until then makes sense to me (meaning even if he's fine tomorrow I don't want people coming over just yet).
brynndragon: (death is sad)
My companion has some form of flu, which might or might not be the dreaded Hamthrax. With most people I'd say he doesn't seem exhausted enough, but we're talking about the man who worked while he had mono so it's hard to judge ;P. I actually hope it's the seasonal flu because I've gotten that vaccine already - I'm washing my hands like mad but I'm still concerned I'll miss something somewhere and there goes my clinic shifts >.<

The upshot of this is I'm canceling Rocking Wednesday this week. He's still feverish, which means still contagious, and the CDC is telling people to stay home until 24 hours after the fever breaks so keeping people out of said home until then makes sense to me (meaning even if he's fine tomorrow I don't want people coming over just yet).
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
It seems like a decent portion of the folks I know have been having nasal issues today. Here's hoping you're surviving the seasonal change without too much turmoil!
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
It seems like a decent portion of the folks I know have been having nasal issues today. Here's hoping you're surviving the seasonal change without too much turmoil!
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Via [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina, a discussion of the Minnesota Starvation Study, the most comprehensive study on the psychological and physiological effects of semistarvation we have ever done. Semistarvation in this case is defined as getting 1600 calories per day; MyPyramid.gov indicates that a 25 year old male who is active 30-60 minutes/day should get 2800 calories/day. To give you an idea how harsh that sort of restriction is, this study could not be repeated today because it would be deemed "cruel and possibly life-threatening".

I want to note one of the psychological effects these men experienced while doing what we would consider pretty standard (even generously proportioned) dieting: "self-critical with distorted body images and even feeling overweight". Now, these men were not overweight when the study began, much less so while they were losing 2.5lb/week. Yet somehow dieting caused them to perceive themselves as overweight. Hmm. . .

(I'd put The Biology of Human Starvation (Keys two-volume book that seems to be the published paper of the study and its results) on my wish list if I could actually find a copy)
brynndragon: (Default)
Via [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina, a discussion of the Minnesota Starvation Study, the most comprehensive study on the psychological and physiological effects of semistarvation we have ever done. Semistarvation in this case is defined as getting 1600 calories per day; MyPyramid.gov indicates that a 25 year old male who is active 30-60 minutes/day should get 2800 calories/day. To give you an idea how harsh that sort of restriction is, this study could not be repeated today because it would be deemed "cruel and possibly life-threatening".

I want to note one of the psychological effects these men experienced while doing what we would consider pretty standard (even generously proportioned) dieting: "self-critical with distorted body images and even feeling overweight". Now, these men were not overweight when the study began, much less so while they were losing 2.5lb/week. Yet somehow dieting caused them to perceive themselves as overweight. Hmm. . .

(I'd put The Biology of Human Starvation (Keys two-volume book that seems to be the published paper of the study and its results) on my wish list if I could actually find a copy)
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it landed right on my face!

Yes, I too have the head cold of doom. Halls mentho-lyptus(tm) drops and various cold meds are keeping me on my feet sufficiently to get the day's experiments done while pen-sized spritz-on hand sanitizer is hopefully cutting down on the disease-vector end of things (no substitute for frequent hand-washing, but it's a nice supplement to suchness). Note to self for future reference: phenylephedrine works better than pseudoephedrine (apparently I lucked out on that one), Claritin doesn't work as well as either of those. Also, am I weird for preferring Lipton's soup-in-a-packet to Campbell's soup-in-a-can when I'm sick and lazy? I'd make up a vat of real soup, but I did that last week and I'm not sure I can handle another week's worth of it. Maybe I'll look into making a different kind of soup or something.
brynndragon: (Default)
it landed right on my face!

Yes, I too have the head cold of doom. Halls mentho-lyptus(tm) drops and various cold meds are keeping me on my feet sufficiently to get the day's experiments done while pen-sized spritz-on hand sanitizer is hopefully cutting down on the disease-vector end of things (no substitute for frequent hand-washing, but it's a nice supplement to suchness). Note to self for future reference: phenylephedrine works better than pseudoephedrine (apparently I lucked out on that one), Claritin doesn't work as well as either of those. Also, am I weird for preferring Lipton's soup-in-a-packet to Campbell's soup-in-a-can when I'm sick and lazy? I'd make up a vat of real soup, but I did that last week and I'm not sure I can handle another week's worth of it. Maybe I'll look into making a different kind of soup or something.
brynndragon: (Star Wars Izzard style)
I drank a gallon of Arizona green tea with honey and ginseng in 6 hours.

I don't know if I should be proud or frightened.
brynndragon: (Star Wars Izzard style)
I drank a gallon of Arizona green tea with honey and ginseng in 6 hours.

I don't know if I should be proud or frightened.

Ow

Aug. 23rd, 2006 12:40 pm
brynndragon: (Default)
I have gotten a migraine, and for some reason I couldn't sleep through it, which sucked like ZOMG. It's chilled out a bit (I tried this thing I heard once a long time ago, take a cold shower, then a hot shower, then a cold shower and stay in until you shiver, and it actually seemed to help), but it still hurts like hell.

So I'm not going much of anywhere tonight, for which I apologize. I have to feed my friend's cats (since they're on vacation and I said I would) and I also have to do an hour or two worth of work because it needs doing but other than that I'm not doing a goddamn thing. I think I'm going to go back to praying for unconsciousness.

Ow

Aug. 23rd, 2006 12:40 pm
brynndragon: (Default)
I have gotten a migraine, and for some reason I couldn't sleep through it, which sucked like ZOMG. It's chilled out a bit (I tried this thing I heard once a long time ago, take a cold shower, then a hot shower, then a cold shower and stay in until you shiver, and it actually seemed to help), but it still hurts like hell.

So I'm not going much of anywhere tonight, for which I apologize. I have to feed my friend's cats (since they're on vacation and I said I would) and I also have to do an hour or two worth of work because it needs doing but other than that I'm not doing a goddamn thing. I think I'm going to go back to praying for unconsciousness.
brynndragon: (Star Wars Izzard style)
This icon is perfect, for the only thing that is allowing me to get through my day is Arizona green tea with ginseng and honey. I'm pretty sure it's the honey, otherwise the sensation of having the inside of my throat brushed with a feather every time I breathe would drive me up a frickin' wall. Feeling miserable is one thing, but interfering with my sleep and, well, just about everything else is dirty pool.
brynndragon: (Star Wars Izzard style)
This icon is perfect, for the only thing that is allowing me to get through my day is Arizona green tea with ginseng and honey. I'm pretty sure it's the honey, otherwise the sensation of having the inside of my throat brushed with a feather every time I breathe would drive me up a frickin' wall. Feeling miserable is one thing, but interfering with my sleep and, well, just about everything else is dirty pool.

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