Posts Tagged ‘health’

I’ve been reading

February 4, 2010

Jezebel: Guys Who Grope

In Canada: Time to End Pelvic Exams Without Consent (*& Performed on unconscious patients) I can’t believe this was ever allowed.

A Study on Fibromyalgia & Trauma/Victimization


Material For a Resolution, Perhaps?

December 29, 2009

While googling my way through tips and treatments I found this article which includes most of the components I’ve seen so far.  I’ve cut out bits and pieces for this blog, but the full text is available at the title link.

Fibromyalgia: Lifestyle Changes

Many studies have shown that exercise is the most effective component in managing fibromyalgia, and patients must expect to take part in a long-term exercise program. Physical activity prevents muscle wasting, increases well-being, and, over time, reduces fatigue and pain. Many studies have also demonstrated that exercise can improve physical and emotional function, as well as reduce symptoms, including pain.

The basic approach used for fibromyalgia is called graded exercise. Graded exercise means you slowly increase the amount of your physical activity.

Sleep is essential, particularly because sleep disruptions worsen pain. Many patients with fibromyalgia have trouble getting a restful and healing night’s sleep …

Fibromyalgia patients should maintain a healthy diet low in animal fat and high in fiber, with plenty of whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Although everyone should be careful about calories from fats, some are healthy.

Relaxation and stress-reduction techniques are proving to be helpful in managing chronic pain. Evidence shows that people with fibromyalgia have a more stressful response to daily conflicts and encounters than those without the disorder. Several relaxation and stress-reduction techniques may be helpful in managing chronic pain…

Get Healthy?

November 12, 2009

Healthy EatingLately I’ve been thinking a lot about wanting to live a healthier lifestyle.   Part of this stems from my health concerns of late and all the doctors visits and the prognosis that probably I will always be kind of achy and tired but that I can fight it with diet and exercise, as well as medicine.  (I’m not a big fan of a lot of medicine, but I’m willing to try it. Still, it scares me to start having daily doses of this and that when I’m fairly young.  I’ll withhold judgment on said meds until I’ve actually tried them.)  In the meantime I do want to try to be healthier, but after playing with a meal planner while trying to write this blog I realized I’m not much of a meal planner.  I cook on impulse.  I  think about things I want to make at the grocery store, but don’t know what order I’ll eat them in.  I guess I just need to do some healthy shopping and take the time to cook meals regularly.  My weight and BMI are healthy so this is no weight loss/gain thing, just an “I want to stop feeling horrible” thing. Tips and recipes for tasty, healthy things to introduce to my cooking repertoire would be good though.


November 3, 2009

So I have secured a Rheumatologist appointment in a week or so and am arranging for my files to be sent over.  I’m also attempting to get a prescription of my latest sample medication and hoping that will help me.  The good news is that this is the quickest appointment turn around I have gotten in a while.  Thank goodness I’m still piggybacking off the family insurance thanks to my student-status or I would be very out of luck.  A lot of my friends have been losing their health insurance and it seems a really sticky spot to be in- too old to depend on your parents but too young to have a job with a good insurance policy if you are still in school.  And while most schools require/offer some medical coverage, it is not ideal and generally keeps them from going to a doctor unless “absolutely necessary.”  And dental? vision? ha, right.

I feel like this college age group gets forgotten a lot.  There is no real economic help coming for student loans while banks get giant bail outs.  The job market is a tough one, especially if you can’t afford a degree. OR you might have a degree and a job, but maybe it doesn’t pay enough to cover your monthly loan repayments.

Right now I am an unemployed student, not for lack of trying. This is the first time I’ve been jobless since about halfway through high school and I hate it.  No one here seems to be hiring and my BA feels laughable at the moment. I am overqualified to run a cash register or shelve things, and have experience in those areas…

All the jobs I did have, though? I paid taxes.  I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect more from a government that I have no choice but to invest in.

In the meantime it’s a lot of pennypinching:

-Keeping the lights off in the apartment (common electricity sense)

-Not running the heat or the AC ( So far I’ve done pretty well with this, but it’s starting to get colder out.  My apartment has old baseboard heating that I know will be ridiculous, but I’m not sure if a space heater is the way to go. I’ve added two blankets to the bed this week.)

-Eating what I have in the pantry and avoiding the grocery store until I can’t anymore

-Using online texts instead of buying books

-No “extras.” I don’t subscribe to cable, internet, or phone at home.





Prepping for November & Etc…

October 15, 2009


October is about halfway through now and I have to  admit that I still don’t have much planned for my November Novel.  That doesn’t mean I won’t be trying.  It just means nothing interesting has popped into my head yet, and maybe I ought to work on it a little bit harder.    I also want to encourage anyone with the slightest bit of interest to give it a go, mostly out of my selfish desire not to be alone.

In other news, I had an induction ceremony for my Teacher Education program this week.  I’ve got a snazzy pin to wear now.  My mom is probably going to be sour that she didn’t attend, but the ceremony wasn’t overly fancy, except that there was food afterward, which ratchets up any event in my book.

We’re only a few short days away from Fall Break now, and I only have two major projects and one midterm to complete.  I’m hoping to do the brunt of the work between classes tomorrow, but I’m becoming more in more lax in my motivation to get things done quickly.  Hopefully after a “good night’s sleep” this will be easier to pursue, but I can’t remember the last time I woke up feeling well rested.  This afternoon, though, I took a nap for the second time this week.  I’m not sure if it’s good for me or not, but I enjoyed it.  Here’s hoping the good doctor will help me out next week and I can get closer to feeling good again.