elbales: (BAAL SMASH)
If I were a creature of impulse, my CPAP unit would be lying on the concrete beneath my balcony.

Before the weather warmed up, the CPAP was condensing ridiculous amounts of water in the hose, even if I'd used it only briefly and even though I have the hose insulated with a fleece sleeve. I would have to hang it up over the shower doors, and when the hose dropped down, I could hear drops of water spattering into the bathtub. If I ever forgot to hang the thing up in the morning, it would dribble quantities of cold water all over my face when I put it on at night.

Then I started having problems with the mask on my skin. I would put the mask on, and within minutes my face would start itching. I decided maybe the silicon interface was harboring too much skin oil and bacteria, so I replaced it. Yeah, not so much with the solution.

The mask is frequently leaky, a problem not apparently solved by my replacing the interface, and it's started hurting the bridge of my nose and my eye sockets. If I try to wear it, I start getting that rubber-band-around-my-head feeling you get with a tension headache; if I leave it on, it just gets worse. I've tried to adjust the headgear straps and it hasn't helped. To top it off, the hose drags on the mask and exacerbates the problems with fit and leakage.

CPAP therapy is supposed to help with the oxy deprivation that is supposedly causing my nightmares, but that's a pile of horseshit, because even with the fucking thing running I still have nightmares and I still scream loud enough to wake Hardi in the next room, even with a mask over my face.

So tell me again how this piece of crap is going to make my life better? Because so far it's a waste of time, money, and precious space on my nightstand. Trying to use it just makes me angry and miserable. Because that's restful.
elbales: (Grumpy Zoe - Sluggy Freelance)
Dear American packaged food industry:

Fuck you sideways with a rusty chainsaw that every goddamn thing you make is somehow unhealthy. Fuck you for dumping sugar and HFCS and GM soy and wheat products into every. Fucking. Thing. Fuck you for helping make healthful eating into a laborious, inconvenient slog in which people can walk into a grocery store and literally be unable to eat ANYTHING IN THE STORE except for the pathetically tiny selection of organic produce. Fuck you for quite literally sitting in meeting rooms for the past 40 or 50 years and purposefully plotting HOW TO MAKE PEOPLE FAT so that your execs and stockholders can make ungodly amounts of money (and helping your buddies in Big Pharma make ungodly amounts of money on medications for the illnesses brought on by YOUR FUCKING PRODUCTS).

Die in a fucking FIRE.

With piss, vinegar, and bile,
Not your friend,
elbales: (Not good!Turlough)
So there's this thing you have to remember when you use a neti pot to help with allergies or sinusitus. It's a super important thing that you must never ever forget, lest Bad Things come to you. Here it comes.


Don't forget the salt.


ow my sinuses
elbales: (nap time)
Okay, so. I'm putting this here to solidify my intent, or whatever.

Ongoing Classes at the Feldenkrais Center

Tuesdays - This class is great for people in pain or with physical challenges and anyone who wants to explore the basics
TIME: 12 noon to 1:00 pm

That would be me, yes.
elbales: (WTF cat and tortoise)
So for the last few days, half of everything I eat tastes wrong. Sometimes subtly, sometimes OH DEAR GOD WHAT IS THAT, IT LOOKS CORRECT BUT CLEARLY SOMEONE HAS PUT BIZARRO WORLD SUSHI ON MY PLATE. No changes to meds, either. I have no clue, people, but it is seriously harshing my squee.

(p.s. Non-DW LJ peeps, I have made this a public entry. Could you try commenting here with OpenID? Thankee.)
elbales: (Not good!Turlough)
My visit to the doctor established that I have neither bronchitis nor pneumonia, not that I really thought I had pneumonia. Last night I started seeing intermittent signs of a sinus infection, so I have some antibiotics, but otherwise it's just a series of annoying colds. Suckage. Major suckage.

Cold #2

Dec. 1st, 2010 05:51 pm
elbales: (nap time)
Hack hack, etc.

Yeah. Not much more to say about that.

And my arms still suck. There's a reason I haven't updated in forever. But I still love you guys, and I read LJ pretty much every day.
elbales: (nap time)
And if so, could I get it over with please?

Uggggghhhhgg *thud*

ETA: Okay, you know? This is a cold. Oh goody.
elbales: (WUT)
On Monday, I needed to go to Rainbow Grocery in SF, where I go to buy my bulk goods. I needed to check the correct freeway exit because I usually don't make a special trip: I usually go only if I'm already in the City, most often after my chiro appointments downtown, so it had been a while since I'd taken the freeway straight there. So I whipped out my iPhone and did a map search. Now, mind you, if you do a map search on "Rainbow Grocery SF" on your computer, you will get perfectly correct and comprehensible directions. That... is not what happened on Monday.

To understand the problem, you have to know that in SF, Highway 101 is elevated above 13th Street. Rainbow Grocery is at the corner of 13th and Folsom, with the entrance to its parking garage on 13th. Because of the many one-way streets in SF because the city planners were smoking too much opium way back when, and because 13th is a divided street, one has to circle the block in order to make the right turn into the grocery store parking garage. Did Google Maps point me at 13th? No, no it did not. Instead, I got this:

(Blah blah blah Steps 1 through whatever all about Highway 101 North from Palo Alto blah blah.)

Take exit 434A to merge onto US-101 N toward Golden Gate Bridge
[Huh, says I. I don't remember using that offramp the last time I went to Rainbow from parts south. That's weird. What's next?]

Turn right at Plum St
[... WTF, says I. I have never been on Plum St in my life, I don't think. Um? *Next arrow*]

Take the 1st right onto S Van Ness Ave
[.... *stabbity Next arrow because WTFH, this is seriously NOT CORRECT*]

Slight right to merge onto US-101 S (destination will be on the right)
[WHAT. *next arrow because this is where we get the HAHAHA JUST KIDDING step because of MAKING RIGHT TURN OFF ELEVATED FREEWAY, Y/Y?*]

Arrive at 1745 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA





(In other news: I had a dentist appointment today! Where I was supposed to get an old filling fixed! Except when they shot me up with Lidocaine which included epinephrine I had a full-fledged panic attack and I thought I was going to have to ride in the ambulance because my heart was going to fail because it is not supposed to go that fast, NO REALLY. *double facepalm* Damn my jaw is sore where they stuck me, too. On the upside: MILKSHAKE FOR DINNER.)
elbales: (Pwned!Rose)
New Rule: Not Everything in America Has to Make a Profit

Bill Maher
Fri Jul 24, 10:30 am ET

How about this for a New Rule: Not everything in America has to make a
profit. It used to be that there were some services and institutions so
vital to our nation that they were exempt from market pressures. Some
things we just didn't do for money. The United States always defined
capitalism, but it didn't used to define us. But now it's becoming all that
we are.

Did you know, for example, that there was a time when being called a "war
profiteer" was a bad thing? But now our war zones are dominated by private
contractors and mercenaries who work for corporations. There are more
private contractors in Iraq than American troops, and we pay them generous
salaries to do jobs the troops used to do for themselves -- like laundry.
War is not supposed to turn a profit, but our wars have become boondoggles
for weapons manufacturers and connected civilian contractors.

Prisons used to be a non-profit business, too. And for good reason -- who
the hell wants to own a prison? By definition you're going to have trouble
with the tenants.

More follows, but I'm not going to cut and paste the entire thing. Hilarious, biting, and so, so right. You go, Bill. The rest of you, go read it.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] allronix1 for the link.
elbales: (nap time)
Fucking rhinovirus. *hack* *sulks*

Also the post nasal drip is getting together with the acid reflux to make my life uncomfortable. JOY.

Plus I'm depressed. Can't-seem-to-care-about-doing-stuff kind of depressed. And school starts next Wednesday. At least it didn't start today. That would have been fun.


And then you could send over the housecleaners kthxbai.


Dec. 6th, 2006 03:02 pm
elbales: (Lion tongue-eew)
God my throat hurts. And people keep calling me. Ngg.

ETA: Sinus infection? Not sure... keeping a watch... At least I've got a scrip for antibiotics already. Unless I tossed it.

*goes back to bed*
elbales: (Hacked off!Nine)
(Warning: long post)

Hey, poor people apparently don't get sick! 'Cause they must not need health insurance, according to Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) and a majority of the members of our illustrious Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

One! more! reason! to hate, detest, and loathe Republicans )

They're organizing a national call-in day tomorrow, May 3rd. Please please please take a minute tomorrow to call your Senators, toll free--1-800-828-0498--and tell them to vote NO on the Enzi bill.


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