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Scout
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I'm guessing she is wandering around Asia as is her wont this time of year. Hey Yap, if you are in some cyber cafe and see this, give out a shout and let us know that you are still kicking.

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I was just thinking the same thing, Scout. I've not "seen" her in weeks.

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I've been wondering about that myself. The electronic cuff I put on all the staffers to keep track of them seems to have malfunctioned.

I do recall her saying that she and Mr. Yap had a big trip coming up, probably to some festering, swampy hellhole with mosquitoes the size of golden  retrievers and an average daily temperature of a million.

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Spiders.  I'm guessin' spiders and caves.

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Steerpike said:

I've been wondering about that myself. The electronic cuff I put on all the staffers to keep track of them seems to have malfunctioned.


So, I should probably not mention that we've since learned to jam that signal?

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If you choose to believe that, Toger, you may. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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[Image Can Not Be Found]  Thanks for wondering, guys. I lurk but mostly have nothing on topic to say. [Image Can Not Be Found]

TMI:

Sept.–>present: diagnostics, tx for a mutt-dog who is deteriorating (dying before our eyes) have passed $2700. No more will I wonder what I'd do in RL when faced with a losing situation such as this.

Nov.: husband collapsed at work, wouldn't revive, ambulanced to ICU for a week. Subsequent tests show nothing wrong so for now he's on no meds, nothing more than a salt-restricted diet. That week, dog @ vet 3x while I'm driving an hour each way to visit husband (who works 1 hr from our house, thus hospital not nearby either).

So it goes. Played mmo Alganon for two months, last week resubbed WoW. Pick up & play nature of online suits at the moment. DA:O and Divinity II are installed & I really, really want to get beyond both tutorials, but mental focus & climbing learning curves is currently beyond me.

March 16th I leave for Vietnam. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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On topic??? Is this really Yapette?

Hmmmm. Sorry stuff is going sideways for you. It's hard to lose a pet that way.

Sorry to hear about your husband's collapse. That is some scary stuff.

Hang in there.

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Well don't I feel like an 8-legged idiot.  We will now cease wondering about you, and start thinking of you.  I wish you all well, Yapette. 

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Damn, Yap-girl. I guess you're allowed to lay low after all that crap. I hope the mysterious "they" figures out what's causing your hubs to pass out. That's always scary.

On the other hand, what's with this "on topic" stuff? It's a rule here that you cannot be on topic! [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Not to worry, Spike.  Speaking of spiders.... In addition to the dog's day-to-day suffering, somehow (probably due to her stomach shaved for a scan in Oct. that has yet to grow back a single hair) she was bitten by (so guesses the vet) a brown recluse spider which led to antibiotics & a 24/7 neck brace so she wouldn't lick the festering wound. [Image Can Not Be Found]

Yeah, Scout, you caught that. Typing, I realized how ironic coming from the Queen of Tangentistan. Suffice to say, it was better to type nothing at all than to type what I'd like to have vented. [Image Can Not Be Found]

I *do* have a comment on Mass Effect. When I installed a couple of months ago, I couldn't (even) get past creating my face! Now honestly, how much could I expect to contribute to you-all's M.E. thread in Bollocks? [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Thanks, Toger, you caught it too. [Image Can Not Be Found]

Welp, as for diagnosing husband….the rest of the story goes back months prior to Nov. During which time he was treated by a (quack…where is the strike out key, both Spike & I miss it) dermatologist for scratches that failed to heal. Scratches caused by clearing perimeter fences of brush so we could walk the edges every Friday upon arrival looking for holes dug since the previous week by armadillos/rabbits/who-knows-what that the sickly dog manages to find in minutes upon arrival and escapes the yard to run happily up/down the streets without a car sense in the world (while we spend $100s/wk on her care).

Those scratches that became deep sores & were treated by a shit load of meds, some for side effects of other ones….restrictive diets, steroids that caused my husband to become a manic crazy person who slept 2 hrs a night & spent the rest of the time (when not working) buying multiples of things he'll never use & acting like a person possessed.

The collapse most likely was the result of all those meds/diets for a person who has never taken any medication. While visiting a doctor weekly, he ended up in ICU with malnutrition, dehydration & pneumonia. Now he has a new doctor, takes nothing, & is well.

See what woulda happened if I'd typed while any of this was happening? Better that I kept my mouth shut. Now I can understand why caregivers crack. up. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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I know what you mean about Mass Effect. It is a pug-ugly game. I was laughing as I made my character and somehow I inadvertently made a Robert Forster look-alike.

Now whenever I have a "Bioware Decision" to make, I just think, "What would Robert Forster do?" It makes the game much more fun. So my advice is to make your player character look like an obscure actor from the early seventies.

I know what you mean about caretakers. I spent two weeks with my aging mom over X-mas, the sole caretaker giving all the other 4 people a break. That was a mistake to isolate myself like that. I love my mom but damn, I was having some dark moods.

Also, what were the steriods? I have a friend who is taking them after having H1N1 flu for a month. For incessant coughing and she is not sleeping, is manic and seemingly possessed.

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On a lighter note, who wants to come with me to the Third World?

I'm currently wondering how many electrical devices are absolute necessities in terms of how many cables, converters, plugs & chargers are too many.  So far the DSi is battling it out with the netbook while a sansa clip & an ipod nano watch from the sidelines. Thankfully, there's no wireless phone to consider as the crap t-mobile prepaid isn't worth carrying further than the lake house.

What would you have to take if you were coming with me? [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Scout: Prednisone. Plus steroid topical cream. Google prednisone. And manic behavior.

Despite being a (former) mental health professional, it took weeks to put the symptoms together as they gradually ramped up. Then – bam! – it hit me, he was behaving like a person with mania. Especially insidious were behaviors such as denial (that anything was out of the ordinary), belligerance (when confronted that something was amiss, ie, excessive shopping) coupled with (for him) the beginnings of reckless behavior (lack of sleep, abrupt decisions with disregard for consequences).

After I read a man who described his wife's behavior as exactly what I was seeing, I knew this couldn't continue. My husband knew that he wasn't himself (as I've never confronted him like I did then), finally insisted to the doctor that he taper off the meds (but it took weeks).

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Prednisone. That is what my friend is taking. Predisone inhaler and now pills. No shopping yet though.

I will check it out though. 

I would take a netbook and a jail broke cell phone.

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Prednisone is evil incarnate. My kid was on it for a while treating a chronic illness. It didn't make him crazy but it made his face puff up like a balloon and he didn't sleep very well. He hated it. He was so glad to get off it.

I'm with Scout - netbook and cell phone... and DSi. What I couldn't do/play on netbook or phone, the DSi would cover. Oh, and I'd have to take soft toilet paper 'cause I'm that kind of idiot American. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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The cliche is really true:  doctors are so very often just practicing without knowing f***-all about what is really wrong, and what is needed to fix whatever is wrong.  It's always best to not let them have too free a hand in trying to fix us.

I try to avoid TV commercials most of the time, but occasionally one gets through while I'm up and moving around.  I am fascinated by stuff like: "Talk to your doctor about Cluxium for your mild depression.  (Small print or sotto voice)  Side effects are usually mild and include headaches, skin rashes, bloating, hallucinations, depression and suicidal thoughts."  What the...!!!  Well, yeah, I guess committing suicide WOULD cure my mild depression.

I used to watch House (M.D.) pretty regularly but have given it up because I got tired of them tossing possibilities on the table and treating the patients often near unto death based on their guesses - over and over until the end of the show when they got it right.  (Well, that and the fact that House has become an even more annoying character than in the beginning.)  Trial  AND Error, indeed.

Many of us here empathize, Yap.  Maybe y'all could go see a traditional medicine paractitioner in Vietnam.  Couldn't be worse than what Mr. Yap has gone through because of oh-so advanced western medicine.  [Image Can Not Be Found]

P.S.      How nice that we can be so off-topic and yet somehow manage to also be on-topic.

P.P.S.   Yes, bring back the strikeout!

"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Thanks to Spike, I can go off on another related tangent about traditional medicine.

During our time in That Country of Sand, in order to qualify as nonresidents we had to to exit for 6 weeks every year. Second marriage, empty bank account, we spent that time traveling in cheaper backs of beyond. On the first day of a 6 week journey from Singapore by train up through Malaysia and meandering around Thailand, I woke up with a very sore throat & that something-is-about-to-hit wooziness. Uh-oh, I did not have the time (or place) for strep throat.

Singapore = Chinese medicine so off I went to a hole in the wall emporium lined with drawers & bottles to describe my symptoms using sign language. A packet of "things" was assembled & wrapped in paper. Put in boiling water, drink 2x daily. I had an immersion heater for instant coffee so what the hell, I drank it. Bitter, nasty & [Image Can Not Be Found] does not begin to describe the taste. With floating pieces of leaves'n'things.

Woke up next day feeling almost well and continued our journey as though nothing had happened. (yes, finished my "meds.")

Moral? Never dismiss millennia of open beta.

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Prednisone. My Mom is on prednisone (rheumatoid arthritis). That stuff is scary to me. I didn't know about the mania possibilities, but the other side effects are horrifying enough. I'm glad you were able to get him cleared of chemicals before an accident or something. What a relief!

Vietnam: portable air conditioner, portable air conditioner, and DSi. And bug spray.

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