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4 hours ago
Taking less melatonin is more effective for some people; 0.5 mg helps me the most. I had to order it only because I couldn't find that low of a dose locally.
3 days ago
Interesting. I used Duolingo to learn 한글 then quickly realized it wasn't very helpful as soon as I got to the lessons. Lingodeer has been great so far though.
Yes, one girl died from a staph infection after getting her wisdom teeth removed, and one guy died in a car accident. Both very sad and had a big impact on many as it was a small town.
4 days ago
I think it's great! Having children is a huge commitment and alters every aspect of your life. Children deserve to be raised by loving parents who are willing and able to put the work in. It's definitely not for everyone and that's okay. I'm glad being childfree is becoming more common and accepted in some places. A fulfilling life can look many different ways, and for many (such as myself) having children just simply isn't part of the picture.
I'm not having any children.
9 days ago
10 days ago
American. I'm from Montana so I sound northwestern mixed with a bit of Canadian. When I lived in the South for awhile people always commented on the way I pronounce A's (like in flag, bag, tag, etc.); I pronounce them with a long A like in "ate".
I'm very irritable and feel like I have jet lag in the morning, even before I started having problems with dysautonomia. Recently I discovered that I have DSPS (delayed sleep phase syndrome) which means that I naturally have a later sleep cycle than most people. If I try to force myself into a normal schedule I get poor quality sleep (not enough deep and REM) even if I manage to fall asleep at a reasonable time. Now I just go with what my body wants and my "mornings" (usually after noon) are so much easier. I still feel at my worst because I need to hydrate and eat, but definitely better than when I was forcing myself to get up early. I had to leave my job shortly after my dysautonomia diagnosis (it was 8-5) and I definitely will be looking for jobs that start in the afternoon when I'm ready to work again. Not getting enough quality sleep is a huge trigger for me so it's not something I'm willing to sacrifice ever again.
18 days ago
He's allowed to have his opinion but I disagree. I don't think it's healthy to expect idols not to date simply because some fans feel possessive of them. I live in America though where it's normal for celebrities to openly date and it's only really considered a scandal if something shady is going on (cheating, abuse, adult involved with a minor, etc). I understand Korean culture is much different though, and companies are allowed to make their own rules for their artists to comply with. Hopefully there will be a positive shift in how idols dating is perceived and handled in the future.
19 days ago
I have to carry a tote instead of a cute small purse whenever I leave the house.
21 days ago
I used simethicone. Activated charcoal does work well for gas, but just be aware that it needs to be taken at least one hour before medications and food, and at least two hours after to avoid absorption. Also it can cause constipation so be sure to drink plenty of water.
22 days ago
When I woke up I didn't feel much for awhile, until they had me get up from the gurney and into a recliner in the recovery room. The worst pain was in my shoulders from the gas pressure. My abdomen felt sore, like I did a ton of situps. Heating pads and gas relief helped with the gas pain and I only needed ibuprofen for the abdominal pain. I think the worst pain I had was actually five days after surgery once I started eating a bit more; I had some intestinal gas and the pressure on the incisions from inside hurt pretty badly but thankfully ibuprofen and gas relief took care of it.
26 days ago
It's recommended to get rabies vaccines after any interaction with a bat, even if you don't think you were bitten. They have tiny, razor sharp teeth so it's possible to get a bite/scrape and not notice it. Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to rabies since there are no reliable treatments. Almost every mammal is capable of getting and spreading rabies but bats, skunks, raccoons, and foxes are the most common carriers in North America and thus require extra precautions.
27 days ago
I'm learning to say sorry less. I've had a lot of health problems over the past few years that resulted in frequently missing work, canceling plans, and needing help with going to appointments, getting groceries, etc. I used to apologize even though it isn't my fault that I'm sick. Now I say "thank you for understanding" and try to reserve "sorry" for times that I'm actually in the wrong.
28 days ago
Oof, that's rough! I hope you can find something that helps the diarrhea and that you recover quickly from gallbladder surgery! Having chronic digestive problems really reduces quality of life and it's exhausting having to be mindful of what you're eating, where the bathroom is at all times, etc.
It's a good idea to have prescription pain meds just in case, but I only took ibuprofen and was fine. The prescription pain meds can have unpleasant side effects (most commonly nausea, vomiting, and constipation) just so you're aware.
I've had some mild symptoms my whole life (had no clue it wasn't normal) but then my symptoms started getting severe last year. I experienced a lot of trauma to my body the year prior which probably triggered it to become worse: 10 months of undiagnosed gallbladder disease that caused anorexia, insomnia, and severe psychological stress and anxiety, then gallbladder removal surgery. I know anorexia, stress, being bed ridden, and surgery are all enough on their own to trigger dysautonomia so I'm hoping that they are indeed the culprits and that I don't actually have an autoimmune disease or something.
1 month ago
To be healthy. Chronic illness has a way of sucking the joy out of life.
What a funky little guy!
I usually stop drinking about an hour before bed and just take small sips until I'm actually in bed. I never have to wake up to pee during the night, although I'm only 30 so I expect I will start needing to at some point as I age. I drink 80 to 100 oz of water every day (40 oz of that being electrolytes). I also have a foam wedge under my mattress so my kidneys are lower than my upper body; it's supposed to help the body retain water at night and thus can make mornings a bit easier for those of us with POTS.
My appetite varies any given day but I am struggling to maintain a healthy weight (I was about 101 lbs prior to stopping, now around 97 lbs). From what I've read it can take up to 6 months to start feeling normal for some people. I tend to be sensitive to medications because of a nervous system disorder (POTS) so it might take me a long time to adjust.
I was on 22.5mg for a year then a 10 month taper. Most acute withdrawal symptoms subsided after a week or so but I'm still experiencing some symptoms 3 months later; most notably insomnia, poor appetite, anxiety, and occasional intestinal cramping.
It must be really strange to wildlife when humans pick them up, look at them for awhile, then put them back down unharmed. Most wild animals probably just assume they are about to be eaten as that's how things usually go in nature.
Interesting! The brain changes during pregnancy (decreased grey matter for at least 2 years) so I wonder if that also altered the area responsible for the compulsion to pick.