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  • Support hose

    Technically support hose is less than 20 mm, aka millimeters of mercury, which is the method of measuring how much they compress the legs. My compression hose is 20mm-30mm. But I still laughed at this, and thought some other folks would like it.

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  • Changing A Few Things

    I’ve been struggling to do more than 10 minutes on the treadmill for months. I’ve also been concerned that my pulse was anaerobically high when I’d finish on the treadmill. I’d been toying with going to shorter times and just doing more of them, and then the new endocrinologist suggested the same. I’ve started doing…

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  • New Doctor

    New doctors tend to result in me being anxious. In this case, it was a new endocrinologist. Reasons include: new insurance doesn’t support the prior endocrinologist and the prior endocrinologist is a sole proprietor leading to delays for anything. New endocrinologist was selected from the group practice at the hospital system where I have everything…

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  • I suppose I should be glad…

    I look at clothes and think of how they’re like other clothes that I already have. Do I need more clothes? Or do I need to do laundry more often? Sadly, “just wash clothes more frequently” is the easiest option…

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  • Importance of Comfort

    If you’ve played The Sims, you know each Sim has various needs: Energy, Bladder, Hunger, Social. The one that surprised me was Comfort. Sims want to be physically comfortable, and get grouchy if they’re not. More expensive beds filled the Energy and Comfort needs faster than cheaper ones. Are you comfortable where you are? Comfort…

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  • Year In Review…Kinda

    We don’t quite have one “lockdown now” date. Hubs went to the Seattle Sounders Opening Day game on March 1, 2020, and the next home game on March 7, 2020. The programmer (along with Microsoft, Amazon, and other tech employees in the area) started working from home March 4th, 2020. Our last eating out day…

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  • Happy Saturday

    In no particular order: My household continues to abide without strife, hooray. I appear to have hit on a balance for strength training and stretching that keeps my knees happy and doesn’t disappoint my back or hips or anything. else.  Yay. My state, Washington, has decided to start vaccinating more non-frontline workers who are under…

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  • Cold Cold Cold

    It’s cold for the Seattle area, which is to say, below freezing for days at a time. Fortunately we don’t have to go out much – so far there’s been a few forays to the freezer in the detached garage, but that’s it.  We have power and hot water. And yet I’m dressing differently. It’s colder…

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  • And Now She’s Gone

    Just want to drop a recommendation for the book And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall. It’s a gripping thriller that made me laugh as I tried to solve the mystery within. Grayson, our protagonist, is trying to move from writing reports for investigators to solving her first case. It starts as a simple…

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  • Hi there, February

    January both took forever and was a blur. Insurrection. Impeachment. Inauguration. On the personal side, I had used all 18 months of COBRA by the end of December 2020, so I started new insurance in January. Thanks to Washington state expanding Medicaid via the ACA and me earning … basically a pittance in interest and…

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  • When the days flow together

    You can add definition. I “retired” (maybe permanently, maybe until my health is better) in late June 2019. Husband ended his contract test job around Thanksgiving 2019. Housemate began working from home to avoid COVID-19 in the first week of March 2020. Each of these transitions came with its own changes and flow. Initially I…

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  • Who thought knees were a good idea?

    You may remember that I can’t take NSAIDs anymore. I’ve also written about knee issues, and that recently I wasn’t having them. Apparently I tempted the fates or something, because last weekend I managed to do something to my left knee. The good thing is that I have been able to treat it with using…

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  • A post

    I have installed Habitica again, and setup a system of things to do daily, things that repeat frequently, and occasional to-dos. One is to “Write a blog post”. So. This is a blog post. :)

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  • Life Without Ibuprofen

    I became aware of ibuprofen in high school, as a reliever for period pain. I used it with happy abandon for assorted cramps and pulled muscles. When my knees started hurting, I used ibuprofen. Headaches weren’t much helped by ibuprofen, but that’s what acetaminophen is for. Eventually I had knee issues that ibuprofen didn’t handle,…

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  • Fat Bias In Treatment

    Researchers are looking at data on N1H1 flu to see how COVID-19 might go. For example, reviewing how fat people fare. Results: We identified 22 articles enrolling 25,189 laboratory confirmed patients. The pooled estimates indicated obesity significantly increased the risk of fatal and critical complications of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 infection (for fatal, OR = 1.81, 95%…

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  • Yoga revisited

    I never really stopped stretching, but now I’m starting to do a few yoga poses again.  I stand in a “warrior” pose and marvel at how my mat holds my feet still, and I remember being able to have my feet further apart without any of the balance wobbling I’m doing. I remind myself I…

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  • Review: The Relentless Moon

    The newest Lady Astronaut book from Mary Robinette Kowal is fun. It features a 50ish woman, Nicole Wargin, who finds and defeats bad guys in an alternate world where the space race started in the 1950s; by the early 60s, there’s a moon base and a mission to Mars. Nicole is an ex-WASP who admits…

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