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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 35,240

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

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Crossing my fingers that this works -

I've been fighting a flare in recent weeks that just keeps getting worse and worse. I even asked the Rheumy about trying a course of prednisone to break it down. He didn't think the symptoms were bad enough to warrant the prednisone since it is only a temporary fix for me. Then - today - his staff called to tell me to talk with my GP - some blood work is off and indications are I should stop another prescription. As it happens, the side effects match up one for one with problems I thought were from my autoimmune disease. I feel better all ready just thinking there might be a light at the end of this tunnel!

The Spending Bill undercuts pensions!?!?!?


How is your Christmas tree decorated?

This is when the Right will get upset about the torture report:

There are torture victims waiting for trial before a military tribunal. If the Defense proves torture, then the court is unable to add any further penalty.

The Patriots who approved torture were the same people who

blew Valerie Plame's cover.

edit to add:

and while we're at it, isn't the CIA at least partially responsible for the rise of Al Quada and the Taliban?

Obama and prosecution of the Bush administration for war crimes:

A little history:

Republicans are convinced that JFK stole the election. As a result, they feel justified in using every dirty trick from gerrymandering districts to going to the Supreme Court.

Republicans are convinced that the pending impeachment of Nixon that forced him to resign was all about politics As a result, they felt justified in impeaching Clinton over nonsense.

Some Republicans are already talking about impeaching Obama and charging him in criminal court. If Obama prosecuted anyone from the Bush Administration for war crimes, Republicans would go after every living Democratic President as soon as a Republican President took office. In the meantime, for the next 2 years, we'd go through shut-down after shut-down as the Republicans make the last 6 years look like hearts and roses.

Prosecuting a former President for crimes in office is unprecedented. Vice President Agnew was allowed to resign instead of being prosecuted for taking bribes as VP. I think that if/when the American people overwhelmingly demand it, then the war crime trials will begin.

I am ambivalent about the World Court taking this on. On the one hand, none of these men would ever be able to leave the country ever again. On the other hand, jingoism and distrust of the World Court might have the side effect of immunizing the criminals from prosecution here.

Is it fatigue or laziness?

Everyone recommends exercise as a way of handling autoimmune fatigue. But some days, it's hard to move and I tend to feel guilty in this exercise/fitness conscious society . One thing I've noticed is that when I'm in trouble, I have difficulty doing normal tasks and really feel it when I do push myself. On the other hand, once a flare recedes, I find myself surprised at how strong I seem to be and how easy it is to do things. So I've reached to stage where I tell myself to slow down when I need to, and not feel guilty about it.

New Weather Alert Ratings:

Watch: Conditions exist for a developing situation

Warning: Conditions exist for a weather event

Jim Cantore come to your town to broadcast the weather: you're in real trouble!

Public Service announcement: "This drug may impair the ability to drive or operate machinery. "

This isn't only about that warning, but about driving while you are tired. For most people, that means after a late night the day before. For me, that means trying to get too much at once despite my autoimmune fatigue.

About a year ago, i was running around doing last minute Christmas preparations. I was bone tired, it was the end of the day, but I drove out to a local nursery to get my poinsettias. I thought I was alert - I wasn't yawning or blinking my eyes. I finished my shopping and headed home, making a left turn at an intersection I've used for 30 years.

I know there was a school bus where it didn't belong. I will never know exactly what I did, because I was unconscious for at least 15 minutes after my car was totaled by a machine twice its size. I think what happened is that the driver who hit me was reacting to the school bus and never saw me until he swung into my lane and hit me. What I know is that if I'd been fully alert, I would never have entered the intersection; and wouldn't have been there to hit.

So - the public service announcement - you may think you're awake enough to drive or operate that snow blower or whatever, and you'll be OK as long as nothing out of the ordinary happens. But you can't guarantee that nothing unusual will happen, that someone won't back out of a driveway in front of you, that that food processor doesn't jam, that someone's Christmas tree doesn't come flying off their car roof straight at you. If you are at all tired, your reactions and ability to think through what you should do next may be impaired enough to put you in a world of hurt.

Arrrrggggg! So, I have an autoimmune disease, as do three of my daughters.

I have secondary mild fibromyalgia, and one daughter has more severe primary fibromyalgia. I can really understand that she has days where she really hurts, and that her energy is limited. I've seen this kid really work to overcome her obstacles, to get on a workable medical regimen and to build up her strength. Yet I still have to deal with family members, including one with medical training, who seem to believe that she is making all of this up and really needs to be given some tough love so she will stop being lazy.

I've been coming out of a flare the last week or so, and was feeling kind of punk and dragged out. I looked really pale, and considered for a minute whether I should use some blusher. Then it occurred to me; this is about the only time I've looked as washed out as I felt. I left the make-up off, letting my body signal to others that all is not well with me.
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