I've been using a knee walker for the last couple of weeks.
For the first time, I took public transportation by myself
to attend Papers We Love tonight.
I rolled myself from 1st Ave S & Washington up to the Pioneer Square station,
took the Light Rail one stop north to the University Street station at 3rd & Seneca,
then rolled down the hill to 2nd & Spring.
It's a trip I wouldn't have thought about twice if I were walking normally—and I probably would have walked the entire way
rather than take the Light Rail only one short stop.
It's a different matter on a knee scooter.
I had a mole excised from my lower calf three weeks ago,
after a biopsy found that it was “abnormal”.
The biopsy on the excised remainder came back clean.
I went back to the surgeon's office during the week to have the stitches removed.
It turns out that the stitches were dissolvable,
but I hadn't peeled back the wrapping to take a look.
I was given the all-clear to resume exercising
and for the rest of the week, I cycled to the office.
Today was my first run:
a 3-mile course to the Seward Park Caffè Vita.
The scar didn't bother me, but I had to stop and walk a …continue.
I had a mole excised today.
I have a few moles on my body, mostly on my legs.
My doctor has disliked the look of some of my moles for years.
After my most recent annual physical,
I went to see a dermatologist a month ago.
There was only one mole that she wanted to treat,
low on my left calf.
She took a biopsy,
using a tiny little saw to peel the top layer off
after the area had been numbed with a local anesthetic.
The results came back a week later.
The mole was “abnormal” but not cancerous.
It was recommended that the rest be removed.
The skin is tight …continue.
In an interview with MSNBC Friday,
2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said
that Ronald and Nancy Reagan helped start a national conversation about HIV/AIDS.
This is not exactly a bald-faced lie,
but it is a gross misunderstanding of history
and a misrepresentation of the true governmental neglect
during the AIDS epidemic that killed millions worldwide.
—Mathew Rodriguez, mic.com
As I wrote on Facebook earlier today:
I'm really surprised by this.
I expected Hillary Clinton to know better.
It's one thing not to speak ill of the dead at their funeral.
It's quite another to make such a profoundly wrong assertion.
The Reagan White House's negligence and homophobia
was directly responsible for the growth …continue.
I came across Spoon Theory today:
The basic idea is that [the chronically ill] have a limited number of spoons
available for the day and each action will cost a given number of them
– the more demanding the task, the more spoons would be required.
The phrase "running low on spoons" can be a useful way
of communicating the need for rest
I see this sometime with Emma:
her various illnesses and sensitivities catch up with her
and she has little capacity to get things done for a few days.
At other times, such as today,
she has quite a reasonable amount of energy or “spoons”.
I enjoy good …continue.
Reading Why the Eyewear Industry Is An Incredible Rip-Off
reminds me that I need to get some new glasses.
I had my eyes tested last month and there is a small change in the prescription.
I've had my current glasses for about six years.
From ages 12 to 44, I needed only distance lenses for my myopia,
but then in the space of just a few months,
I developed the classic problem of middle age:
it became hard for me to read.
I got a pair of glasses with progressive lenses.
I was used to having fairly clear peripheral vision
and I had to learn to turn my head rather …continue.
also known as "acute vesiculobullous hand eczema,"
"cheiropompholyx," "dyshidrotic eczema," "pompholyx," and "podopompholyx")
is a skin condition that is characterized by small blisters on the hands or feet.
I've occasionally had little blisters
appear on my fingers and palms in hot weather in the past.
These vesicles are filled with clear liquid, annoying and a little bit sore,
and they sting when my hands are soaked in water.
In August, they came back and they were larger and more swollen than ever before.
My doctor diagnosed a case of dyshidrotic eczema
and prescribed clobetasol propionate ointment.
The eczema promptly cleared up, but …continue.
In Football, dogfighting, and brain damage,
Malcolm Gladwell writes of the rather startling findings
concerning brain damage that American footballers sustain over their careers.
The constant butting of heads leads to an
enormously high rate of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.),
which has symptoms like Alzheimer's.
It's not just the concussions that cause it,
but all the subconcussive contact.
It's almost as dangerous to one's long-term health as boxing.
I grew up hating rugby and transferred that hatred to American football.
I have no time for the game, which I find violent and repellent,
nor for the jock culture that surrounds it.
Regardless of my feelings about football,
Gladwell's article (as so many New …continue.
Today, I did something that I've never done before.
I visited my US Senators' offices, with a handful of others,
to help stiffen their spines on healthcare reform.
It started by accident last night when Mira mentioned on Facebook
that she was going to visit Rep. Jim McDermott, Sen. Maria Cantwell,
and Sen. Patty Murray's Seattle offices today
to talk to them about the “public option”.
McDermott and Murray were already supporters of the public health insurance option.
Cantwell's position was murkier and she came out in favor of
some kind of lame “co-op” compromise earlier this week.
Mira and her friends had no difficulty in setting up meetings with …continue.
Paging through the New York Times a couple of weeks ago,
I spotted the obituary for Tsai-Fan Yu,
the physician who developed effective treatments for gout,
including allopurinol and colchicine.
I take allopurinol every day, topping up with colchicine
when I feel gouty, so I owe her a great debt of gratitude.
I blogged before about my gout.
(Indeed, this is why I put up the mega repost yesterday
of my old EraBlog posts, to make my gout post available
before writing this one.)
Nothing has changed, for better or for worse, regarding my gout.
I take allopurinol every day and expect to do so for the rest of my life,