Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by fascination, May 10, 2009.
I had scarlet fever as a little girl
saturday; wake, not enough sleep, teach two different classes, home to food and nap, drive to job #2 and see clients, one of whom has to walk down the aisle without her dad, so I have to wear the dual counseling hat for that one...drive to a local studio and sell 2 gowns....yay...and, win the raffle to boot...home to dh, cuddle....
Well into the screaming stage of prednisone (it is NOT a fun drug, it's really not) plus eating oneself sick (which at least buffers the pain from the drug.) Only another two days of tapering at least. Job fair for the casino--and actually now kind of wanting to train for table gaming. Would be a lot of fun to work for these people and the bennies would be nice. Stocked up at Tractor Supply again so the birds can keep eating me out of house and home but with the snow of course they're hungry.
I've only ever done topical prednisone, and weaning myself off that was not fun. My heart goes out to you. *sigh*
Talk to me about prednisone. My husband is on it too (second or third course of it!), and I have never been prescribed it myself. What do you mean by "screaming stage"?
Withdrawal is a witch.
The only problem is the kids who die from getting a preventable disease arguably because they were not vaccinated.
And, OTOH, the problem is the kids who die or [much bigger problem] contract developmental delays arguably because of vaccinations.
It's complicated, no matter which angle you're coming from. *shrug*
The withdrawal isn't the problem if you're on high doses as much as the side effects of just being on it. I'm not on REMOTELY as high a dose for as long a time as I have been before (which included infusions and IM shots and long-term 200mg doses)--now it's just severe stomach pain (like heartburn), uncontrolled appetite, mood swings, muscle pain, nausea, predisposition to infections (because it's an imunosuppressant) and general malaise. On higher doses the mood swings were violent, my skin was gray, and I really had no energy at all. My one supervisor on an internship then had MS and we used to talk about binge foods because you get REALLY hungry, and again, on the up side having food on the stomach does mostly kill any stomach pain. This one I've only had a week, starting with two days of 60mgs, two of 50, two of 40, two of 30, this is the first day of 20, and I'll be pretty much done. (I do crack up reading the "call the doctor" side effects because they're all just"what you feel like when you're on Prednisone." Yes, you can stroke out but that's not REALLY likely. I'm more prone to the psychotic snapping--the only time I've ever really screamed at a service worker was on high dose stuff.)
Really, they don't give you this one unless you REALLY need it. When I was getting LOTS of it, I was so severely anaemic and lacking platelets I was bleeding to death, so shutting down my immune system was much more important than worrying about nasty side effects. However for allergies you can't stay on it forever, so they try to transition you to something like Claratin. You feel awful, but they generally prescribe it because whatever it's stopping is worse.
Hmm. The folks I know who've done Prednisone long term all ended up gaining a large amount of weight, as well.
When I did Prednisone drops for uvitis, I took it to stop unexplained eye swelling (an autoimmune something or the other that no one can explain.) The danger, then, was finding a ramp-down rate where you could tell if the swelling was recurring or not. It was terrible.
Has anybody here ever done the Susan G Komen 3 day walk or does anybody have strong opinions about it?
maybe a new thread for that? with a caveat about the political issues
Not enough meat for a thread, IMO. I'm thinking about signing up for the one that will be here in November. Done and done. I see it as apolitical, but if anybody has strong, potentially controversial opinions about it, feel free to PM me.
My sister did it several years ago, back when they were the Avon 3-day walks. Her particular event had some weather challenges, but I know she is glad she did it. She had a friend who had had breast cancer already, in her 20s. I think it felt good to do something, and the friend appreciated it. That friend eventually did have a recurrence and died.
That said, I personally *do* have a problem with the way Susan G. Komen treated Planned Parenthood last year. (I am a PP supporter. I don't give a huge amount of $, but I do give.)
I also have some questions about one of their advocacy positions, namely that early testing saves lives. I really think this is something every person needs to think about on her own, though, so I'm not going to give you a big pitch for my point of view.
I will, however, highly recommend Gayle Sulik's Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women's Health. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010. There are other good books on this topic too, but that's a good starting place for an alternative view of Pinktober.
I've heard of that. Funny thing is, I don't recall anyone having to do that in my day... all the kids I knew had had all of the diseases by the age of 10 or so.
Ow! I've heard that chicken pox is an awful experience. I was only 2 when I had it and I only vaguely remember. My mom tells me that I was miserable and that she didn't sleep for several days because she was so worried.
By the way, gal, I see your member number is 213.
I have done the 3-day walk, back in 2001. I had a wonderful time, but raising the required $ to register was difficult and I read a report afterwards that claimed not enough of the money went to the actual charity. I was able to walk the entire 60 miles but my training buddy couldn't; blisters were her enemy. Let me know if you'd like more info.
Yes. I have read/heard about a lot of different views on Susan G Komen. I also am a PP supporter, for a lot of reasons, including the fact that, back when I was a poor struggling student, I was a PP user. I still give cash, with company matching funds. Not a fan of the way the Komen Foundation handled PP either, to be honest.
But raising money for breast cancer research is, net net, a good thing, IMV. *shrug*
I will read the book.
Which means we joined at almost the same time. You must've been a master lurker, back in the day.
I'll definitely look into what's required, and I may take you up on your offer of info.
Yesterday. Entire extended family here for promotion. Up literally at the crack of dawn to finish food prep for party. Devein and deseed jalapenos for Afterburner appetizers, finish brie tartlets, etc. Head to Air Force Academy ballroom and begin party set-up. DJ arrives, food arrives, guests arrive. Family is wonderful help, even youngest daughter, who is in the "I'm 15 and can't be bothered" stage. Terrific time with dinner and dancing afterwards. Guests leave, clean-up begins, assisted by several Academy cadets who want to use the ballroom for their own dance party and need this 2-star general to leave in a hurry. Drive home, where I was so very tired that I wasn't sure I'd make the 20 minute trip. Home. Eat, because I didn't eat a bite during the dinner party. Bed.
Oh, yes, you can put on quite a bit, because you're always hungry. Though it's better than the other side effects.
Today was boring unproductive day, other than the great backyard bird count. I keep trying to figure out what I can do tomorrow given it's a holiday, though at least the stores should be open.
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