Disease Progression Sucks (ME/CFS)

This was originally posted on Reddit on July 9, 2017, so add five years to all of the date references. I’m copying it here for ease of reference for my application for disability benefits. 10 years ago, I was an exhausted mother of a toddler who had no idea why I had so much trouble […]

Neuropsychology Appointment a Bit of a Letdown

So I’d been waiting essentially a whole year to see a neuropsychologist. The one my primary doc originally referred me to last November had actually just left her job to work in the private sector. It took several months before the office got back to me with the neuropsychologist who thought could best help me. […]

My Receipts for #TicketmasterDiscriminates

I’ve been using Twitter to recount my experiences with Ticketmaster since buying tickets to see Lindsey Stirling at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, known better as SPAC. I wasn’t looking for concert tickets since we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, but my kid wanted to do something special for their 16th birthday, and […]

The Big Fat Medical Update

It’s been brought to my attention that I have a lot of old health-related posts that I never followed up on, and commenters have been looking for information I haven’t been able to provide for them because they ended up being things that didn’t go anywhere. I only published one post in 2020, and because […]

On Autistic Pride Day, I Propose Actually Autistic Day

June 18 is Autistic Pride Day, a confusing moniker during Pride Month for a day apparently not created for autistic people who are LGBTQ+ but for autistic people in general to celebrate pride in their neurodivergence. As both an autistic woman and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I was surprised to learn about the […]

Ruminations and Memory

It’s been just over a year since I switched from Effexor XR to Cymbalta for my anxiety and depression. To my memory, I had been taking Effexor for nine years at the time of the switch, which went smoothly because both prescription medications are from the same class of drugs, SNRIs. The decision was made […]

My Complex Medical Problems Too Big for smAlbany

I had my followup appointment with my new primary care doctor on Wednesday, and we went over all of my assorted test results. The usual tests were all fine, which was weird. Some of the specialized tests I requested were abnormal, and Dr. Bennett confessed that she doesn’t know how to interpret them. Her recommendation […]

Essential Oils for Anxiety from a Former Skeptic

When it comes to mental illness, I carry a diagnosis of major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and PTSD. I have a Master’s degree in psychology, and I believe strongly in talk therapy and medication, as appropriate, for mental health treatment. A year ago, could I have imagined a time when I’d be recommending essential […]

Winning the Primary Care Lottery

I spent over two hours at my new primary care doctor’s office today, and I couldn’t be happier! Well, maybe a little, but that wasn’t their fault. My previous primary care doctor retired in June. I’d thought I had my replacement set up, but it didn’t work out. The insurance company’s website lied when it […]

Murphy’s Law Ruled the Day

TJ had his first ride in the back of a police car tonight. It was my second. And that’s only part of the story. Picture this: It’s time to drive TJ to his grandma’s house, which is about 2 miles away. I decide that I don’t need to change out of my ugliest pair of […]

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