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i'm briny-fresh!
Feb 5th, 2007 by wrekehavoc

since the list of antibiotics i can use without having an allergic reaction is getting smaller and smaller, i am learning to cope without antibiotics (unless, of course, i am deathly. and one day, some stupid little minor bug might kill me. but let’s not dwell on that unpleasantness right now and instead place our faith in the gods at Merck and other pharmaceutically-inclined places.)

i’ve got a nasty sinus infection. the nurse practitioner at my hematologist’s gave me a sample of neilmed’s sinus rinse. not to be confused with cream rinse. basically, it’s a saline solution you mix at home and then squirt through a nostril until it runs right out the other and/or your throat! see what kind of fun you can have when you try homeopathy, boys and girls? so i gave it a whirl. or a squirt, to be more exact. i wasn’t sure it could penetrate my nose, which is in awful shape at the moment. but magically, salty water came out the other nostril (note: stand OVER the sink when you try this at home, friends.)

i don’t know if it will work, but i learned a little bit about anatomy today. how things are connected. that sort of thing ;-)

prepping for my second opinion
Feb 5th, 2007 by wrekehavoc

i am off to meet my brother’s immunologist in philly tomorrow. i’m sure i’ll freeze what remaining platelets i have off ;-) seriously, my platelets were good today (194, down from two months ago but still extremely good), and i have a little elevated granularity and white cells, which is actually good because i have an awful sinus infection/upper respiratory yuck, which means my immune system is having a go at whatever nastiness i have in me :) i have lots of exciting papers to take with me about my blood, too, including my bone marrow test, which i haven’t the foggiest idea what it means ;-)

here are the numbers i have to beat (from september):

IGA – 23 (81-463)
IGG – 352 (694-1618)
IGM (normal) – 141 (48-271)

Globulin – 1.9L (2.2-4.2)
A/G ratio – 2.2 H (0.8-2.0)

here’s hoping i am just a humdrum low IGA kind of girl…

how do SAHMs vote?
Feb 5th, 2007 by wrekehavoc

as someone who has a masters in political science/public policy (you know, back before i traded in my brain for motherhood ;-), i wonder whether linda hirshman is being a bit narrow in her interpretation. frankly, the majority of americans have no earthly clue about politics, how they’re represented, or frankly most issues facing us. it really isn’t just us SAHMs. she’s right about the real simple business, i’m sure; but substitute maxim or some other magazine for men, and i’d say men and women are on par here. frankly, most presidential elections since i can remember (and that would be the 1970s for me) have been won or lost more on character traits of the candidates than actual issues. for example, while some say carter lost because of iran, what really mowed him down IMHO was the charisma (and i say that between gritted teeth; i am not a fan of the gipper’s) of reagan. and don’t get me started on the character (ha!) traits that helped Dubya win. at least once ;-)

the other night, i was trying desperately to fall asleep, and i turned on the TV in a vain hope to bore myself. i ended up watching “one versus 100,” a new game show on at p.m. one question asked involved the name of the president of iran. besides his name, the other potential answers were “albondigas” (a type of food) and “azerbijan” (you know, a former soviet republic.) when the host asked one woman why she chose azerbijan, she said that “it sounded like something she had heard once on the news.” but she had no earthly idea what it was. that pretty much sums up for me the political awareness of the majority of american voters. for whatever reason — too many other commitments in life, lack of education, complete non-interest — most americans have no clue about our political world nor do they care to spend much time understanding the nuances. (or maybe it has become too complex; i don’t know.)

sure, here in DC, you obviously get more of the interested folks. but even so, we are still part of the country, and not everyone has the time or inclination to study the issues when there are diapers to change or carpools to run — or even clocks to punch at jobs. i guess what i’m trying to say is that i think it isn’t really valuable for her to look anecdotally at SAHMs in this way; i suspect plenty of WOHMs, SAHDs, or WOHDs — frankly, people in general in the US, working or not, parents or not, are not engaged in the political process or in issues overall. in short, i bet she would get similar responses from a random sample of people, period. the argument seems flawed to me.


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