*Press it* Some days you burn it with fire and some days…

...it burns you with fire instead! If it isn't one spoonie nearly burning down her office, it's the heat from a heating pad causing a rare heat-related burn rash for another spoonie. Life is complicated enough with electric appliances + brain fog. Now there's another concern (Erythema Ab Igne) about the use of heating pads … Continue reading *Press it* Some days you burn it with fire and some days…

Bombogenetics with a Side of Pie

Cross one random thing off my life's bucket list. For Pi Day this year, we were gifted with a snowstorm that shut down the city for 36 hours (including leading to the cancelation of an Improv show I would otherwise have been in, boo!). The whole city - at least those in it who had … Continue reading Bombogenetics with a Side of Pie

POTSies Against Nazis

I have a colorful new diagnosis. (I also have gastritis, probably as a result of being allergic to everything.) I'm not inflammatory (IBD), but I'm pretty salty. Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a type of dysautonomia officially characterized by a heart rate increase of at least thirty bpm upon standing. This tachycardia is often associated with a … Continue reading POTSies Against Nazis

Subway Sociology #1: Showing Ini-$h*!-ive: Business Meetings with IBS and ADHD

I just came back from a business meeting in another state. A small group of us went. We stayed at different hotels, and we agreed to meet up half an hour before the meeting to make sure no one was late. The meeting was in a city with good mass transit, so my boss encouraged … Continue reading Subway Sociology #1: Showing Ini-$h*!-ive: Business Meetings with IBS and ADHD

CBT and the Statistician

Catastrophizing is an interesting phenomenon when you are a statistician. It's ingrained in me to work out the odds, even for the things I fear the most. I am the girl who corrects her therapist that, "No, I don't actually think X, Y or Z is going to happen. I objectively assign only about a … Continue reading CBT and the Statistician

Trying to Knock Out Stigma and Getting My Ass Kicked Instead…

People have been following my blog! That's awesome! My readers rock. Seriously, I have some impressive readers. Biologist painters, medical doctors with a gift for photography, C-suite women who raise beautiful kids, and readers who know how to describe psychological phenomena more vividly than I have learned in years of therapy. What would my therapist say … Continue reading Trying to Knock Out Stigma and Getting My Ass Kicked Instead…

So that’s how much pain I’ve apparently been in…

I have an unhealthy tendency to discount my own pain. I've had migraines for most of my life, but I still have trouble feeling I deserve to take care of myself during them. I still feel guilty anytime I don't just "power through" the pain, and I still feel guilty calling myself a spoonie when I … Continue reading So that’s how much pain I’ve apparently been in…

Trust and Mental Health Treatment (Part 2): Dropping the F(ibro) Bomb

I may or may not have fibromyalgia. Or maybe I should say that I have fibromyalgia if I accept the diagnosis? That will maybe make more sense - well, maybe make some sense - after I explain, hopefully? Honestly, if it ends up making sense to you, readers, please let me know. I'm still confused! … Continue reading Trust and Mental Health Treatment (Part 2): Dropping the F(ibro) Bomb