seticat: (fun - wtf-over - mine)
I just took this: Asperger test

Okay, I know it's just an online 'quiz' and doesn't take the place of a good clinical evaluation. But it was *very* easy to answer the questions - there was minimal to no doubt as to my responses.

The website says this:
This test is designed for fun. It is not meant to test you for any disorder (real or imagined). You can't glean anything meaningful from this test without consulting with a mental health professional. It is not intended to make light of those who are suffering from autism or Aspergers syndrome. If you are worried about your mental health, see a professional.

It also says this in regards to scores:: 32 - 50 - Scores over 32 are generally taken to indicate Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism, with more than 34 an "extreme" score.

I nailed a 34.

That explains a lot about the years of my life. This is something I'm going to bring up with my VA clinicians for further evaluation. Not sure what difference it will make, but it's something I'd really like to know about.
seticat: (gen - moon-purple - moonchulde)
Those out there who 'know me' know I've been in one for or other of health care practically my entire life. More than just my adult life - both my folks were registered pharmacists so I grew up with a copy of ''Gray's Anatomy' in one hand and a mortar and pestle in the other. Literally. A long, sad story why medical school and I didn't make the connection, but 'stuff happens' and on your move.

It's simply safe to say that I know 'way too much about a bit of everything and a fair amount about the cardio-pulmonary system, which was my specialty.

Suffice it to say that when I found myself with a truly epic 'heartburn' that wouldn't go away and numbness and tingling in my arms and jaw ... well... after 24 hours of this, I began to freak out a bit. I'd tried everything at home I usually do the first evening it started in: double up on my heartburn meds, several swigs Maalox, a round of baby aspirin and a sub lingual nitro [not for cardiac chest pain, it really and truly is for something else - after all a smooth muscle is a smooth muscle] and some dairy products [they usually help - Yeah, plain vanilla ice cream!] and after a few hours it's settled out. However, it started up the next evening so it was rinse and repeat, this time with no changes. So after making sure everything was settled at home [bills paid, cats fed, etc], I hie myself off to the local ER about four blocks away. And yes, I drove myself. I just couldn't bring myself to call the nice guys in the pretty bus with the lights on top. Dumb - I know.

Hey - at least I didn't try to drive myself to the ER at Boise VA - a good 25-30 minute haul away.

Anyway... after 5 hours of labs and chest x-rays and EKGs and O2 and 'another' round of aspirin and nitro and a waffling fairly young ER doc who wanted to do a bunch more tests but couldn't talk one of the in-house cardio guys into coming in, I got my 'bus ride' after all. All the way to VA Boise. In defense of the local cardio guy, I wasn't acute, just 'quirky' and I was all for discharge and test as an out-patient my own self.

Anyway - after a midnight freeway trip, it took the kindly and well experience VA ER doc all of 30" to have another set of labs run and be comfortable with the diagnosis of 1: atypical heartburn probably secondary to the fact I've been on the same acid blocker for 10 years and most likely I'd gotten used to it. and 2: the tingling was, most likely, secondary to some muscular nerve entrapment and pinching because I started doing upper body workouts at the why about a week ago. My cardiac labs were primo, my chest film shows some mild degenerative disc disease but otherwise clear and my EKG is a piece of art.

So I was basically a 'treat and street' at 0130 with the recommendation not to change any of my meds and see my primary doc at my regular scheduled appointment on the 18th of this month. [We won't touch on the fact that my car was back in Caldwell and I was in Boise - thank Buddha my Mom-in-Law was more then willing to get up and come up and get me]. The ER Doc *did* suggest I get a cardiac workup/stress test simply to have a base line even though we both agreed that my usual YMCA workout [35-45" on the treadmill at a 3% incline and 3.0-3.2 mph with a max heart rate of 108 at least 5 times a week with the occ. line dance class or yoga session thrown in] was a stress test all in itself. Also, I should get an upper endoscopy to rule out any gastric changes, a small hiatal hernia [nothing was displaced in the chest film], etc. And... [I knew there's be an 'and' ] since my last routine colonoscopy was 10-some years ago, I should get a repeat. Her comment was to get both on the same day to 'make a day of it'.

Ha ha... I'm not laughing, but I *do* understand. Same clinic does both.

We'll see what my doc here says on the 18th.

And on to a much nicer topic.

I haven't really mentioned here that I've been conducting a total body overhaul the last few months. December I got on the scales and freaked. 200-'way too much and I was creeping into a pair of size 18 pants. Also my doc want to double the does of my cholesterol med because my values were still doing 'Bad Things' [tm]. I bartered with her to give me a chance to make some 'significant life changes' and she, grudgingly, agreed. So I got myself a YMCA membership for my birthday present to myself, started on a 1300 calorie, low fat diet and started a food and weight log.

Today, when the clinic nurse checked in with me to make sure I was still doing okay since discharge, we talked about the labs the ER in Boise drew.



All the bad lipids have gone down, the good lipid went up and my cholesterol went from 236 down to 163: a drop of over 70 points! Also, when I weighed in dry today [first thing in the morning sans food, drink or clothing] I was 186# and I'm comfortably wearing a size 14. Woo Hoo!!!

I'm not planning on staying at 1300 calories [actually I tend to fudge in the 1300-1430 range] and will most likely fudge up to 1500 and a scosh on occasion. But I haven't worn a size 14 in 'way too many years. My b/p has gone from 132/96 down to 96/66 which is normal for me. I tend to compensate with a slightly faster heart rate - the low 80's. My overall goal was to make 155# by 1 Jan 2012 so needless to day I'm way ahead of my goal. But that's okay. 150-155# is just fine. I have no desire to try for lower. Heck I was 145# coming out of basic training.

I've had my 'Year of Mourning' and letting my life run itself. I will never forget Jeff and I will always miss him, he was 20+ years of my life, both good and bad at times. But I also know he would kick my butt all the way back to Washington if I let myself get sicker and sicker because I didn't want to face life and what it could offer.

I've got no idea what tomorrow will bring, but I'm planning on handing around to see.
seticat: (cat - bad-day - beadattitude)
3 shelf particle board bookcase =/= step ladder.

Finial count: books shelf = KIA, gravity = 1, carbon based humanoid unit = big fat 0.

The mantra for tonight is "Well, *that's* gonna leave a bruise." Upper right arm, right kneecap and right big toe. Simple bruising to the first two but I'm holding off any chance of a break to the toe until tomorrow. Basically, I was an idiot and went to adjust a curtain rod by kneeling all my weight on the bookcase with my right knee. The top pancaked down to the floor taking all the shelves with it. I hit one upright side with my upper arm, I landed smack on my patella and I have a feeling that the toe tried to bend backward, but as I said, I'm going to hold out a final judgment on more than a sprain. Everything moves in the directions it's supposed to & there's no new & interesting ways things are moving. I've loosely compression wrapped the big toe with Coban and then 'buddy splinted' it to the next next to it and am icing it on and off.

I just can't believe I was that *dumb*!


UPDATE: . No swelling this am, a tiny-tiny bruise and really no pain, not even point tenderness. I'm going to keep it buddy taped for another day or so, but I think I lucked out on this one.

That's what happens when you open a 6-pack of Dumb-Ass...
seticat: (cat - 2lumps-woe - anon)
I forgot just how painful a fibromyalgia flare can be. I'm one of those really lucky folks who have very few severe problems with it. In fact, a VA doc found it when I was a test subject for a project they were doing a lot of years ago. [Discovery = long story and not necessary here.] But over the last 10 years since I've actually had the diagnosis, I've had very few times I've felt miserable from it. It usually shows itself as back and neck pain and I just tough through it with OTC anti-inflammatories. But today, I've got a pair of knees that hurt from the middle of my thighs to midway down to the middle of my shins and my back and neck are cranky achy, so I'm guessing it's a flare.

Which would actually be okay. Better that than some form of nasty that it could be. So I'll deal and see what happens. If it doesn't start to clear in a day or so, I'll contact my VA doc and we'll see what we can do because right now it feels as if my knees are on fire.

But this just puts the SUX! on my walking/biking get-in-shape program. Right now there's no way I'm going to go to a local track and try to walk steady for 15".

Addenda: Just got back from the Wall-of-Marts and they had a combo bottle of glucosamine/chondrotin/SMS compound with 2000 iu Vit D in it - 132 tabs for $17 [take 2 x day]. The Wally Worker there said is was missmarked in price [supposed to be $23.00], but since it was on the shelf for that, that's what she charged me.

Wal-Mart and my knees for the win! Wish I had more cash flow until the end of the month to have picked up the other bottle on the shelf, but it's $15 left in the bank until the 1st.
seticat: (cat - doctor-is-in - mine)
I first saw this on CNN today and decided it can't be spread and shared enough.



The CNN video article is Here.

The AOL article is Here.

Go viral. Support the effort in any way you chose. Don't let this disease stay in the shadows along with so many others out there.

Click HERE to help fund free mammograms.

And remember: breast cancer is not just a disease of women. Guys, pay attention, learn the signs and talk to you doc about *any* concerns.
seticat: (gen - fall-apart-to-fall-into-place - de)
At the request of [info]icarusancalion I am passing this along. She and I share a fandom and an area of fanfic, but we don't know each other personally.

But when a person wants to try and make amends and does so with an open and contrite heart, it is right and just to aid them in the action and in the work. Living with what has happened in the shadows of your past life is never easy when seen in the clear light of day. But it is the first step toward healing.


http://icarusancalion.livejournal.com/894371.html
seticat: (cat - doctor-is-in - mine)
No, not the time to stock up on fresh candy because the Halloween sales are so cheap. I didn't think I needed to remind anyone of that little fact. Besides, it's cheaper the day after anyway. No, it's the start of this year's flu season and I'm here to remind you to go out and get your influenza shot. For those of you who don't want to or can't for a specific reason, no problems. But if you're in the majority of folks out there, this is your reminder.

Yeah, I know 'they say' that there are no side effects of the vaccine. But let's face it, some folks get an achy arm and a low grade case of 'just don't feel right' for a day or so. It may be the power of suggestion or real. Makes no never mind. You believe it's happening and I respect that. Heck, I'm in the group myself. But I can say that a day or so of the 'just ain't rights' beats the hell out of 7 to 10 days of the 'I want to die and know I won't so this REALLY sucks''.

Pretty much everywhere in the US you can get the shot from any major pharmacy: Walgreens, Rite-Aide, the one's in Safeways, etc. The cost isn't much [no, I'm not going to guess about the numbers, I don't know] and it's got to be cheaper than several days off work after the Typhoid Marty or Mary at work shares theirs with you.

Also, VA puts them out there for free for veterans registered with the system. That's where I get mine.

You can check here: Flu clinic locater and here: State by state flu clinic locater list for locations close to you.

Come on - a quick shot beats the heck out of days of bathroom camping and Gator-Aide as your 'drink of choice'.


That is all...
seticat: (I has the sicks)
I have no clue really. It hit Friday night and just keeps hanging on. Thought it might be a

Can't seem to get warm or keep warm. I'm *so* tired of my feet freezing and the hot water heater and bath tub are getting a work out the last couple of days. Body temp running subnormal if I can trust my thermometer [97.3 F] but that's not too un-normal for me. General low grade joint and muscle aches and a ongoing headache with occasional sinus like pressure spikes. Couldn't sleep more than a couple of hours at a stretch last night even with my 'can't sleep' night meds. No real interest in food, which is a direct change from Friday and early Saturday when nothing in the cabinets or fridge was safe. No cough, no crud in my sinuses, GI tract is behaving.

I've blown off the 'Y' the last couple of days because the idea of dealing with the noise, the crowds and such are fairly repellent. I'm not going to climb on the treadmill or do the weight workout if I'm not up to par and if my immune system is screwed up, I don't want folks to share either their own bugs or their kids's bugs.

Just generally feel low-level crappy. Any suggestions? This is really harshing my world right now.

(.................... ick ......................)
seticat: (rain on parade by ladyerin)
Proceed at your own risk.

~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~

Okay, I've had a case of the cranks building for the last couple of days. Today I feel like crud and my brain feels two sizes too big. I've had the munchies all day and can't find A single thing that tastes good except a bag of Peanut M&Ms I've squirreled away for another reason.

O.M.G.! I thought I left this whole thing behind me when I slammed face first into menopause a couple of years ago.

So help me God, if I get a visit from 'Aunt Ruby', I don't know if I'm gonna cheer or scream. Cheer because the hormones may be making one last run for their money. Scream because I *don't* want to go through the whole menopause thing again.

[sigh]

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

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