Monday, March 30, 2009

Spectacular photos of Earth Hour around the globe, from boston.com

I turned my lights out, but it wasn't nearly as impressive as the landmarks from around the world are that are pictured in the boston.com story:

The Big Picture, News Stories in Photographs: Earth Hour 2009.

Interesting video on email titled "Why Email Starts Fights"

Is email the least effective mode of communication?

If it is then I'm usually very ineffective at communicating, because I depend on email a lot. I frequently don't feel like talking to people so I use email to insure that I don't lose touch entirely. This video from BNET has given me serious food for thought.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month


Please sign The Petition to Create Endometriosis Awareness and Understanding.

I have Endometriosis. Thankfully, I believe I've made it to menopause with most of my female organs intact. I lost my left ovary to an endometrioma in 2001 and the resulting side effects from referred pain caused by Fibromyalgia started my saga of being unable to work full time and permanently.

Hysterectomy is not always (or even very often) the answer for Endo. I'm really glad I realized this way back when I was diagnosed, in 1989. Plenty of docs would have given all or part of my anatomy the heave-ho, in spite of the fact that back then the statistics were that hysterectomy only actually helped with endometriosis about 50% of the time. There's still the possibility that the Endo will grow back. And if you do have to have a "hissy" (as the nurse who attended to me when I had my diagnostic laparoscopy called it) then you're stuck with all the side effects of living the rest of your life without those rather important (imho) parts of your anatomy. Like your other insides start to shift and DROOP as you age, causing all sorts of other unsavory problems. And your hormones get all screwed up. I'm not even going to try to go there.

See the Newsweek article, Female Trouble for the latest stats on hysterectomy.

Check out Jeanne's Endo Blog, for tons of great info on Endo and lots of other stuff, and this Endometriosis Awareness Month Toolkit from healthywomen.org.

Off topic, in case you missed it there was a great article in the February issue of More magazine about work and chronic illness: Ill in a Day's Work.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Update, and Earth Hour

Hello to all of my regular blog readers (all six of you ;-), and my apologies for not having posted in over a month!!! Too much travel over the holidays and another problem tooth (my dentist: "I used three different pain shots, across three different spectrums, with one directly into the nerve and it STILL wasn't deadened.") have been too much for me. Now I've wrenched my neck (cervical degenerative disc disease, ankolosying spondilitis, bulging discs) and am having a lot of problems with that. Doc wants to do another MRI before saying much about it.

Soooo, I just wanted to check in and say I'm going to try to get back to regular posting. I can use my Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software when my neck/shoulder/arm/hand hurt too much to type. But I have to tell you that I've discovered Dragon has a major flaw: If you do a Windows System Restore to a previous point in time, you WILL LOSE ALL OF THE DATA IN YOUR DRAGON USER FILES! I did a System Restore, which by the way didn't even solve the problem I was having. So now I have to start over with training the Dragon to my voice. You can do back ups of the aforementioned user files. Who knew? Not me, obviously.

As you may or may not know, I believe that problems with our environment have something to do with the deluge of chronic illnesses we're dealing with. Hence my interest in environmental issues, and in this event in particular:

So I'm sharing Earth Hour with you. On March 28, 2009, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., millions of people around the globe will be turning off the lights for one hour -- Earth Hour -- to make a bold statement about climate change. The cool video below tells more about it, and if you're inspired to do so you can take action here.


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