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      Sorry you do not trust doctors. They get paid the same whether they prescribe medication, therapy or alternatives.
      I wouldn't say that I don't trust them entirely, certainly with time I might. But I don't trust blindly. I like to think I just have my eyes open. There are situations where doctors get kickbacks or other benefits for prescribing certain medications. And you see this sometimes, when you enter a doctor's office (especially the dermatologist, in my experience!). They push certain products over others, and definitely over nothing - there are reasons they do this. Here's an interesting excerpt from an article I found:

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      I hope you don't take this the wrong way. Honestly, I hope I am wrong. But - I will have my eyes open, and think independently as much as I can. I think it's very important to question, to think for ourselves, and to not trust blindly in a system or a person. You know what I mean?
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      Tara, our horse was loose early this morning. The sun was just coming up. She came running out of our woods and stopped right in front of me. I swear she is parting with the deer.
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      Being very proactive with my dad (and myself) about preventing Alzheimer's.. and so far he is letting me (). He's been very patient and letting me make him green tea and lion's mane tea everyday this week. Now, I'm afraid to ask him, but I'd like to get him taking choline, omega-3, and vitamin B supplements. I think I'd be pushing my luck. I can't believe he's letting me do as much as I have, but I am very grateful. Normally he is very stubborn.

      The crappy thing is his DNA test says he has the APOEe4 gene. Considering my uncle (early onset) had it and possibly my grandmother (Edit: she had dementia but not necessarily Alzheimer's), it's not a surprise. I went ahead and ordered a DNA test as well, so I can know my risk. Better to start preventing it earlier rather than later. *Shrug*

      Quote: “Those who inherit one copy of APOE-e4 from their mother or father have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's. Those who inherit two copies from their mother and father have an even higher risk, but not a certainty. An estimated 20-30% of individuals in the U.S. have one or two copies of APOE-e4; approximately 2% of the U.S. population has two copies of APOE-e4.” He has the double recessive.

      Some good news.. apparently ketogenic diets are good for preventing it. And I'm sure lucid dream practices have to be good too (too bad I can't get my dad into that...).
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      Had a really great day today. Played strategy board games with my group (kicked their butts ), then went over to my brother's new place for a family dinner. Jammed as usual. We had a great time.
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      I was zipping up my friend's dress and Moxie our Goffin Cockatoo looked around for his zipper like to say, "Where's my zipper?" Then I asked him if he wanted me to zip his feathers up and he answered with, "No thank you!" I was dumbfounded because he knew what I meant. Silly Bird. I think he was afraid that his feathers would get caught in the zipper or something.
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      Went to a doctor's appointment, they drew blood and I fainted. Slid out of the chairs I was in.


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      Yikes, that is scary.


      I went to the dentist the other day. As usual, most of my teeth are great. I don't have any cavities or anything. But the xray of my front left tooth, the dentist said something is very wrong with it. "Internal resorption". He said I must have hit or bumped it, it's the result of a trauma. But it doesn't hurt, and looks completely normal. He said it has to be extracted. Oh my god. My front tooth. And an implant put in. Not even a root canal can be done. All I remember is that a few months ago I was undressing and my moldavite necklace hit me on the tooth very briefly. It hurt for all of 1 minute. I dismissed it. But it was that tooth.

      I'm really upset about it, but I'm coming to grips. I'm so worried I will look funny. And you know? Just last year when I went to the dentist, he said I have some of the most beautiful teeth he had ever seen. I take a lot of pride and take care of them. I am so sad.

      I think I will not do anything right now, because it's not bothering me at all. And it doesn't look any different. Although I go to see the endodontist in a couple weeks, and see what he says.
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      Quote Originally Posted by HumbleDreamer View Post
      Went to a doctor's appointment, they drew blood and I fainted. Slid out of the chairs I was in.
      Hopefully you are feeling better now; has that ever happened to you before?

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      I'm really upset about it, but I'm coming to grips. I'm so worried I will look funny. And you know? Just last year when I went to the dentist, he said I have some of the most beautiful teeth he had ever seen. I take a lot of pride and take care of them. I am so sad.

      I think I will not do anything right now, because it's not bothering me at all. And it doesn't look any different. Although I go to see the endodontist in a couple weeks, and see what he says.
      There's some twisted irony with these things... Just a few days ago my partner had a tooth crack/chip off, and it's one with a filling which the dentists have previously flagged as having "a strange black spot" a while back, but they did nothing further and suggested nothing either.

      My partner takes good care of their teeth too just like you and certainly a lot better at it than I am. It makes me a bit upset on some level that basically accidents still happen to the most careful people. I think I feel this way because it feels unfair, to me. I think that's why I've stopped caring about some things quite so much over the last few years. I am still careful about lots of things, but for other things, I've realised the extra effort just isn't worth it. It really depends on what it is, but I guess I feel like I've wasted a lot of worry and time over the years about miniscule things but I guess that's why people say "live and learn".

      Anyway, I hope it doesn't come to having an implant but maybe try and be prepared for it if you can. I'm sure it would look fine honestly, they're pretty good with that these days I think. It'd be the cost I would worry about, personally.
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      Quote Originally Posted by MoonageDaydream View Post
      Yikes, that is scary.


      I went to the dentist the other day. As usual, most of my teeth are great. I don't have any cavities or anything. But the xray of my front left tooth, the dentist said something is very wrong with it. "Internal resorption". He said I must have hit or bumped it, it's the result of a trauma. But it doesn't hurt, and looks completely normal. He said it has to be extracted. Oh my god. My front tooth. And an implant put in. Not even a root canal can be done. All I remember is that a few months ago I was undressing and my moldavite necklace hit me on the tooth very briefly. It hurt for all of 1 minute. I dismissed it. But it was that tooth.

      I'm really upset about it, but I'm coming to grips. I'm so worried I will look funny. And you know? Just last year when I went to the dentist, he said I have some of the most beautiful teeth he had ever seen. I take a lot of pride and take care of them. I am so sad.

      I think I will not do anything right now, because it's not bothering me at all. And it doesn't look any different. Although I go to see the endodontist in a couple weeks, and see what he says.
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      Quote Originally Posted by MoonageDaydream View Post
      Yikes, that is scary.


      I went to the dentist the other day. As usual, most of my teeth are great. I don't have any cavities or anything. But the xray of my front left tooth, the dentist said something is very wrong with it. "Internal resorption". He said I must have hit or bumped it, it's the result of a trauma. But it doesn't hurt, and looks completely normal. He said it has to be extracted. Oh my god. My front tooth. And an implant put in. Not even a root canal can be done. All I remember is that a few months ago I was undressing and my moldavite necklace hit me on the tooth very briefly. It hurt for all of 1 minute. I dismissed it. But it was that tooth.

      I'm really upset about it, but I'm coming to grips. I'm so worried I will look funny. And you know? Just last year when I went to the dentist, he said I have some of the most beautiful teeth he had ever seen. I take a lot of pride and take care of them. I am so sad.

      I think I will not do anything right now, because it's not bothering me at all. And it doesn't look any different. Although I go to see the endodontist in a couple weeks, and see what he says.
      Sorry to hear that, Moonage.

      Modern dentistry is so advanced I doubt anyone will be able to discern the implant from a real tooth. I don't think it'll have any practical affect on your life. Still, I can of course understand your anxiety and frustration about the incident. It does sound very unfortunate.
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      Having issues with my computer. ERRRRR!! At least it is a flip pad laptop. Extremely busy....

      Yeah, I'm okay. I'm usually good with needles and blood or broken bones. Not the first time I fainted. I fainted last year in my house. Around the middle of February. I didn't feel that well, I walked upstairs to my room then went to open the door and blacked out. Woke up with something imprinted on my forehead. It was there for days.

      ANOTHER time, I was at my cousin's wedding rehearsal after sucking helium balloons and fainted in the middle of the rehearsal. My mom reminded me of this the other day. I was so embarrassed.
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      "Little" rant about something I haven't really been able to vent about for a while. It's just been on my mind on and off.

      The other day, I was listening to the radio while helping my partner and a news came on about how doctors that are suffering from what is known as "long Covid" were feeling ignored by their professional peers taking care of them. They felt dismissed, ignored and entitled to treatment. They were also feeling like they were being called liars or fakers and whatnot.

      This is probably the one of the most mean-spirited things I've felt or said in recent years, but I remarked to my partner about how now they could understand my frustrations and also the frustrations of many people in general with disabilities, especially so-called invisible illnesses and disabilities.

      Though I wouldn't feel this way about any particular individual in the group if I knew them personally, as a collective group suffering from this issue I did feel a bit of "serves you right", a bit of "why should you get more attention than us". It does suck that they are having those issues because the symptoms they have to put up with very simply suck, as if getting Covid in the first place hadn't been bad enough for them. If they were someone I knew personally I'd probably try to support them with my own experiences as a basis, especially since they're also probably still dealing with their own stages of denial, which is a difficult part of any long-term illness, I feel. When I was first going through stages of denial, I didn't even recognise that I was or how my behaviour was altered by those stages.

      In a way this rekindled part of my own past denial issues, and I suppose my upset with it all came from the fact that they felt entitled to being treated with respect and importance by their doctors; as if me and others hadn't been feeling this way for years... Everything they felt were things I'd already felt years ago. And hearing about this, it feels like you're in an endless queue, not by choice, and someone demands to skip ahead of the queue even though you've been there for longer, waiting, probably for years. I don't get any subsidised or governmental help, despite trying. I've never had special treatment from my therapists; some of the professional care I've received over the years simply hasn't been that helpful and I've accepted that there's not a lot more that can be done sometimes.

      On the other hand, I hope there will be some net positive for everyone, hopefully some of them will reach out to communities of people with other invisible illnesses and disabilities and be able to promote awareness collectively.
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      It's been a weird couple nights. My allergies have been horrible, and the night before last I had another allergy attack (it's been almost every night now). I was laying in bed awake when I felt, like, a wave, the same feeling I get when about to pass out (like Humble, I also have had fainting spells - due to low blood pressure / orthostatic hypotension). Well. It was weird because I was already lying down. After that, I get this pain on the right side of my head, in my brain. In the back and behind my right eyeball. It was awful. Found out later it was a migraine. It lasted all day yesterday, and then last night it was still there. What the heck?? But my mom says it can be like that? This morning it was still hurting, and my eyeball felt like puffy and watery.

      I'm wondering what caused this, and how to prevent it from happening again. My doctor last week said my blood pressure was too low. He wanted me to drink coffee. But I don't want to. I know guys aren't doctors, but you don't that could cause this, right? Or maybe it's the allergies?
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      I just turned 50 yesterday! That is a rant and a rave.
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      Quote Originally Posted by sivason View Post
      I just turned 50 yesterday! That is a rant and a rave.
      You have the same birthday as me, cool! (I turned 30 yesterday). Anyway, happy birthday
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      Quote Originally Posted by MoonageDaydream View Post
      I'm wondering what caused this, and how to prevent it from happening again. My doctor last week said my blood pressure was too low. He wanted me to drink coffee. But I don't want to. I know guys aren't doctors, but you don't that could cause this, right? Or maybe it's the allergies?
      It does sound like a migraine though puffy eye is odd but could be allergies as you say. Really severe allergies can be really difficult to deal with. My thinking is that he wanted you to drink coffee to check whether your blood pressure being raised a little would prevent the issue or not. Could be that coffee is possibly safer not to mention easier/cheaper to try, versus taking some medication that would raise blood pressure.

      Is there any specific reason you'd rather not be having coffee, even for a short time? I imagine he'd just like you to try it so as to help diagnose if the issue is caused by blood pressure being too low or not.
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      Quote Originally Posted by MoonageDaydream View Post
      My doctor last week said my blood pressure was too low. He wanted me to drink coffee. But I don't want to. I know guys aren't doctors, but you don't that could cause this, right? Or maybe it's the allergies?
      Headaches can have many causes. I, for example, will get a headache during the night, if the bedroom is too warm. And that kind of headache is not lessened by paracetamol or other such over-the-counter medications.

      I also get headaches if I have not had caffeine for two days. So I guess I'm an addict.

      By the way, headaches can be caused both by constriction of blood vessels, and widening of the same.
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      Quote Originally Posted by DarkestDarkness View Post
      It does sound like a migraine though puffy eye is odd but could be allergies as you say. Really severe allergies can be really difficult to deal with. My thinking is that he wanted you to drink coffee to check whether your blood pressure being raised a little would prevent the issue or not. Could be that coffee is possibly safer not to mention easier/cheaper to try, versus taking some medication that would raise blood pressure.

      Is there any specific reason you'd rather not be having coffee, even for a short time? I imagine he'd just like you to try it so as to help diagnose if the issue is caused by blood pressure being too low or not.
      Don't judge me, but the reason I stopped drinking coffee is because my dream guides recommended it. Mostly because they said it's got a lot of toxins in it, and if I was interested in reducing my lead exposure, to stop drinking so much coffee (btw, I use k-cups, so it's already pre-ground up).

      My "mother" guide said "tea helps". I started drinking green tea, sencha imported from Japan - the good stuff, after reading the wonderful health benefits. A week ago I did have a cup of coffee, I figured, what the heck? I do love the taste and my doctor recommended it. That night my dream guides AGAIN told me to stop drinking it.

      I usually follow what they say, especially my old woman guide. She's spot on. ...Like I said, don't judge me, I know it's a little weird and unconventional.. but, I'd rather have an unconventional life than a boring one?

      Edit: I got a haircut today. First one in a year? Over a year? At least, that wasn't done by my mom. It's a lot shorter now.
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      Quote Originally Posted by MoonageDaydream View Post
      Don't judge me, but the reason I stopped drinking coffee is because my dream guides recommended it. Mostly because they said it's got a lot of toxins in it, and if I was interested in reducing my lead exposure, to stop drinking so much coffee (btw, I use k-cups, so it's already pre-ground up).

      My "mother" guide said "tea helps". I started drinking green tea, sencha imported from Japan - the good stuff, after reading the wonderful health benefits. A week ago I did have a cup of coffee, I figured, what the heck? I do love the taste and my doctor recommended it. That night my dream guides AGAIN told me to stop drinking it.

      I usually follow what they say, especially my old woman guide. She's spot on. ...Like I said, don't judge me, I know it's a little weird and unconventional.. but, I'd rather have an unconventional life than a boring one?

      Edit: I got a haircut today. First one in a year? Over a year? At least, that wasn't done by my mom. It's a lot shorter now.
      Well, it's up to you after all and don't worry, I won't judge you for it.

      I'll just suggest that there are other substitutes for a caffeine intake you could try such as; drinking black blends of tea, such as Assam or Earl/Lady Grey, they come to mind quickest for me; Cola of some kind, though I'm not sure how much caffeine actually is in it; and Guarana-based drinks (or fruits) too.

      But whether these are convenient for you to try or not is another thing, of course. Guarana in particular is likely to depend on where you live in the world I'd guess. Lastly, I wouldn't recommend trying a caffeine supplement unless it was with guidance by a doctor. You can overdose (lethally) on caffeine, but it's highly unlikely when it's coming from food and drinks as you'd need to be having several dozen drinks a day, while by comparison in supplement form it's easy to take too much by accident.

      I feel like I always come with a warning label attached. And in all seriousness, just do what you feel is right, since you know your body best.
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      I just turned 50 yesterday! That is a rant and a rave.
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      Headaches can have many causes. I, for example, will get a headache during the night, if the bedroom is too warm. And that kind of headache is not lessened by paracetamol or other such over-the-counter medications.

      I also get headaches if I have not had caffeine for two days. So I guess I'm an addict.

      By the way, headaches can be caused both by constriction of blood vessels, and widening of the same.
      Didn't know that. Thanks for sharing. It was just very weird and unpleasant for me because I never ever get headaches. But I'm glad it's over. I somehow suspect it's connected to the allergy attacks.

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      Well, it's up to you after all and don't worry, I won't judge you for it.

      I'll just suggest that there are other substitutes for a caffeine intake you could try such as; drinking black blends of tea, such as Assam or Earl/Lady Grey, they come to mind quickest for me; Cola of some kind, though I'm not sure how much caffeine actually is in it; and Guarana-based drinks (or fruits) too.

      But whether these are convenient for you to try or not is another thing, of course. Guarana in particular is likely to depend on where you live in the world I'd guess. Lastly, I wouldn't recommend trying a caffeine supplement unless it was with guidance by a doctor. You can overdose (lethally) on caffeine, but it's highly unlikely when it's coming from food and drinks as you'd need to be having several dozen drinks a day, while by comparison in supplement form it's easy to take too much by accident.

      I feel like I always come with a warning label attached. And in all seriousness, just do what you feel is right, since you know your body best.
      Lol. I noticed - You are a very polite and conscientious person. Thank you for the suggestions.
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      RANT: So, Today, Fell asleep on a flat board that was laying on something. Had a dream about being in an elementary school. Then I was jolted awake, rolled to my right, and all almost fell off it. kind of scratched up my arm. I fell asleep despite the loud noises of the nail gun, air compressor, and our neighbor's dog that was barking. AHHH! the sounds of spring At least, it was nice out.

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      Had another code red today. I was assisting with testing, so I was with a group of kids I didn't know in a different room. I heard it all break down on the radio before they announced. Wow, it was freaking scary. People shouting "Get in the room, RIGHT NOW." on the radio and stuff. Then, they called it a moment later, I had already gotten my kids in this little side room. It was pitch black. We had to sit there for close to an hour. At one point, in the room next door (empty), the emergency lights flickered on and off a few times. The kids got real quiet. I could feel adrenaline flooding my body when that happened. But we are ok. Apparently, another shooting (with a rifle) in the next door trailer park. Last time we had one, it was a double shooting in the same trailer park.
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