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13 November 2013 @ 09:17 pm
Hello. Hi. How Are You?  
Every day I swear I’m going to be productive and then I am not productive. I didn’t even write last week. But I caught up on comments this week and today I arted for an hour, so maybe tomorrow I’ll actually tackle the 20 tabs I have open. On the upside, I am feeing better than I was. Still tired and low on energy, but less hot flashes/vertigo/shakes, though my stomach is still weirdly out of sorts. My brother convinced me to try yogurt, says it has helped both him and The Nephew with their stomach issues. I fucking hate yogurt though. I choked down about half of one and it was gross. I don’t like the texture - it’s weird!

My sister got me a UV Lamp and I got the okay from the eye doc to use it, though I have to wear sunglasses while I do - (if you are thinking about getting one but have had eye problems, it is recommended that you get approval first). I tried it on low for ten minutes - which is the recommended trial run. I got this funky taste in my mouth (weird) and I felt like I had downed an entire root beer, in a bad way. I had to go lay down, but after about 30 minutes I felt better, except I spent an hour with the worst headache ever. (UV Lamps are also not recommended for people with bipolar/mania issues, because of that sugar-rush feeling). I may keep trying the UV Lamp, just going to drop down to like 2 minutes or something and see how that goes. Idk about the yogurt - it was really gross! My primary care-doctor is sending me for labwork of my thyroid and cholesterol. I just wish my energy levels would go back up. I used to do All The Things and I miss it.

And Big Buddy had to go to the vet because he was peeing everywhere and it stinks in my room, even though my sister has cleaned the floors thoroughly many times since. When the heat kicks in, I can smell it so bad. My sister wants to clean my floor 100% with the anti-cat stink stuff, which is going to give me a killer headache, so it better fucking work! Anybody got any other suggestions for how to get the smell out? Anyways, Buddy & Roo had health panels run and they both are in pretty good shape for a couple of 14 year old boys - (Roo’s lost weight but that just means he’s finally down to a normal cat size). Buddy got a shot for the UTI and they found a sore in his mouth - (probably why he drools on everything) - so we had that removed. I was really nervous, since they had to put him under and he is so old, but he came home and seems to be doing well. It did really strike me though, how old they both are.

In happier news, I forgot to share with you all about The Nephew’s Halloween costume. He was Return Of The Jedi Luke Skywalker, in the all black, and he even called here to ask us which hand to put the glove on because he wanted to be 100% accurate. And he insisted that his baby sister be Leia. I said, “She’d make a good Yoda, cuz she is so tiny,” and he said, “Yeah, but Yoda and Luke aren’t siblings. Like we are. And like Luke and Leia are.” Valid argument. His Halloween kind of sucked though because they don’t really live in a neighborhood-area and it was raining and his friend got hurt - (she fell down and her vampire fangs went up through her lip). Next year Halloween is on a Friday and we are hoping to do steam-punk vampires, so we told his dad they should just come in and trick-or-treat in our neighborhood and then leave The Nephew here to help us pass out candy and spend the night!

Anyways, this is me checking in. How are all of you?
Shireboundshirebound on November 14th, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
I thought I was the only human who didn't like yogurt. Yucky stuff.

What's the UV lamp supposed to do for you? That sounds interesting.
dodger_sister: fooddodger_sister on November 16th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
I thought I was the only human who didn't like yogurt. Yucky stuff.

Right? Thank you! I thought there must be something wrong with me that I don't like it because every time I tell someone that I don't like yogurt, they act like I'm insane. The BFF went and picked me up some different brands to try, hoping that I could maybe find a texture that I like better than the kind my sister eats. We'll see but I'm not holding my breath!

What's the UV lamp supposed to do for you? That sounds interesting.

It's to help with the lack of sunlight in the winter. Here in Michigan, from October until the end of March, it is basically night out when people leave for work (dark until around 7:30 or 8am) and night when they get out of work (dark at around 5 or 5:30 pm). Less sunlight, less Vitamin D, less energy, more depression. It's not recommended for serious depression or actual fatigue syndromes, but for people who find they have the 'winter blues' - well that's what that winter blues are actually, lack of sunlight. So they've had these prescription grade UV lamps for years, but now they are available in smaller forms over the counter. (People in Alaska have been using them for years during the weeks where they get no sunlight at all - they actually have kinds there that you can wear on your head on a visor to simulate sunlight during daytime hours to help Alaskans keep their sleep cycles).

This one we got is from Amazon, but my friend C got hers at a CVS. You can get them at any pharmacy basically and the less fancy ones run about $40 and are a little smaller than a coffee-maker and it can sit right on your desk. My sister is going to take hers to work and use it for ten minutes in the afternoon, right around that time when she starts to lose her wind. If you notice that you feel like you have so much more energy during the summer than you do during the winter...This'll help that. Here's the Mayo Clinic entry on UV Lamps. As with all things, if you are thinking of getting one, read the Risks section. The risks are mild but if you've had prior eye problems, are prone to mania, or are high risk for skin cancer, you should check with your doctor before spending the money.

Let me know if you get one - I'm curious as to how they work for different people!
Shirebound: Autumn - Annwyn55shirebound on November 16th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! That's all new info for me.
dodger_sister: fooddodger_sister on November 17th, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
No problem! You know, I'd heard of UV Lamps before (they actually featured the visor-kind on an ep of Northern Exposure years and years ago) but I didn't know you get could them over-the-counter for mild winter blues. I thought they were strictly for people with serious Seasonal Affective Disroder. I was surprised my sister could just go buy one online but then when I started telling people I had gotten one, I was surprised by how many poeple here in Michigan were like, "I just got one too." Apparently it's a big thing this year around these dark dreary parts.
Kate: Jane thoughts consume meceitfianna on November 14th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
I'm doing okay, having a bit of a rough moment after a full film festival and trying to find my feet with job and library volunteering. I miss you and J and all the cats. Be well and I hope you can sort out how to make the UV lamp help.
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on November 17th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
I saw your post about the film festival. It sounded pretty cool but hectic and I imagine getting back on schedule after that is a bit throwing. It also sucks that the Lego League fell through (every time I see the words 'Lego League' I think of the Justice League and then I imagine a group of 12 year old boys dressed up in the Lego Space-Man outfits running around fighting crime - lol). It also sounds like maybe you've passed that point of needing to relax and recharge and are now starting to get anxious to move into the next stage of your life? I'm hoping you find a job soon!

I know J thought the UV Lamp was going to be a miracle cure, but as my doctor said when she heard I had that the stomach virus last month, "Time is the factor."

I miss you too, babe! J always asks after you and wants updates on how you are doing and I know Pippin misses you and your special bag! We actually were just talking about you yesterday and how sad we are that you won't be here for Thanksgiving this year. We are doing the same thing as last year, Thanksgiving at Mom's with just us girls (D is doing his inlaws) and we were sad you wouldn't be coming with us again. Even my mom was asking if I wanted to bring anyone and saying how she was going to miss you this year. Plus, J just got the special edition of The Hobbit and we have nine hours of bonus footage to watch over Thanksgiving weekend! <3s
lindahoylandlindahoyland on November 14th, 2013 04:22 am (UTC)
Hope you soon feel better.
dodger_sister: sickdodger_sister on November 17th, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am feeling better than I was so that's something. It's just the up and down swings are hard to manage, but I feel better having just seen a doctor about it and knowing that apparently, even though I didn't realize it, my liver doctor has been keeping track of my sugar levels. (of all the things people suggested might be going on with me, early on-set diabetes seemed to fit the bill the most). I knew they watched my white blood cell counts and my liver levels every month, but apparently they also check my sugar and red blood cell levels and those are all normal, so no anemia and no diabetes! That made me feel better just knowing that.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on November 14th, 2013 07:03 am (UTC)
I am sorry to hear that you are feeling so badly. You do have the worst luck. I hope it all gets better soon!

dodger_sister: sickdodger_sister on November 17th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
I am feeling better, I know I am. I just lose patience when I don't recover from things quick enough! lol (you'd think I'd be used to it by now). But I am getting looked at by a doctor now and the standing thought from her is that I just need time to recover fully from that stomach virus, but we are doing major blood panels later this week, just to be sure.

I do have the worst luck though, yes. I suppose that comes with getting arthritis at the age of one. So I keep reminding myself, most people didn't think I'd live to be 35 and if I did, they figured I;d be bed-bound by then, so even when everything seems like it's sucking health-wise for me, I'm still standing, right?

<3s, bb!