The Autoimmune Professor

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Oct 2
  • Being sick in Elementary: Yay home from school chicken noodle soup and movies
  • Being sick in high school: OH MY GOSH I'M GOING TO MISS A MATH NOTE AND THEN GET BEHIND IN ENGLISH AND THEN I'LL HAVE LATE MARKS OFF MY PRESENTATION AND I HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL BECAUSE I'M GOING TO FAIL EVERYTHING AND DIE ALONE UNEDUCATED AND OLD AND NOT KNOWING HOW TO GRAPH A PARABOLA
  • College: did I have class today
Oct 2
I just got a copy of the original book, along with “Howl’s Moving Castle.”. I cannot wait to read these to my daughter.  She loves the Harry Potter books and all the voices, it will be even more fun to introduce her to these stories and let her see how they outshine the already excellent films.

I just got a copy of the original book, along with “Howl’s Moving Castle.”. I cannot wait to read these to my daughter. She loves the Harry Potter books and all the voices, it will be even more fun to introduce her to these stories and let her see how they outshine the already excellent films.

Oct 2

Why did I invite stress

My wife and I built a house a couple of years back in a new development. This year there were enough houses to warrant putting together the homeowners association board and I was dumb enough to attend up for election. I got voted in. Really all I wanted was to make sure people had a modicum of respect for each other and the neighborhood. We don’t as a board patrol around and measure grass or anything, but when you do things consistently that are against the rules we all signed up for there is a polite letter sent. When you keep doing it we have to fine you, that is the by-laws… And frankly most of the violations are actually violations of township laws also.

So far the board has been called racist (which is funny since we are the embodiment of Jesse’s Rainbow Coalition), Nazis, and colluding with INS to send violation letters to the government and get people deported (holy hell, I now I don’t have that power). I’ve had one irate couple stalk me at my daughter’s bus stop to voice their concerns and tape manifestos to my door.

The sad part is in doing this to make the neighborhood nicer and these few wing nuts are only coming after us to try and wear is down. Some of my colleagues on the board are scared of what these people will do, but I’m just more depressed that this is where some people choose to spend their lives and energy.

What subject do you teach

Biology, chemistry, and microbiology

The quest for a new doctor

My internist of fifteen years is moving to a new practice and I’m trying to decide if I want to stay with her. She has a lot of good qualities, notably being very inquisitive and checking for things most doctors would probably ignore. I think this stems from her having a sense of guilt over missing my Hashimoto’s disease for years before testing it on a hunch (my TSH came back as a 75 then), since “guys don’t typically have this, especially not at your age (lucky me). On the downside, the new location isn’t as convenient and I would have to deal with more doctors because it is a bigger practice.

Currently I have an internist, rheumatologist (who sees me the most), dermatologist (another one in flux), endocrinologist, and pulmonologist. I could find a new internist but that leads to the inevitable division of possibles. I have Hashimoto’s disease (autoimmune hypothyroidism), controlled Type 2 diabetes, and a rare autoimmune muscle/skin disease called dermatomyositis. One group of doctors like to write off my complaints as being in my head, while another group simply likes to have me as a patient so they can have that really rare patient with the disease no one else has (DM). My current GP has actually rode a pretty good line between the two and been honest when she knew she was out of her depth, sending me to a rheumatologist for the DM.

girahans:

ultrafacts:

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this is actually hilarious to me
i had to play a slow majestic piece in band called “nimrod” once and when they handed the piece out we were all like “what”


Now someone needs to figure out how “Dorcas” got it’s bad connotation.  Our old school president had a wife named “Dorcas” and I thought it was unusual till I found out it was a biblical name.

girahans:

ultrafacts:

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this is actually hilarious to me

i had to play a slow majestic piece in band called “nimrod” once and when they handed the piece out we were all like “what”

Now someone needs to figure out how “Dorcas” got it’s bad connotation. Our old school president had a wife named “Dorcas” and I thought it was unusual till I found out it was a biblical name.

New phone/camera.
I’m a little bit of a camera junkie.  I own way too many and pass down my old ones to my daughter to feed the nasty habit in her.  The other day I got my newest toy, a Nokia Lumia 1020.  Personally I love the Windows Phone OS, and this is my third phone with it, but I really got this one for the camera.

The Lumia 1020 has a 41Mpx camera and a sensor significantly larger than most phones (leading to a noticeable hump on the back).  It shots DNG files and pixel bins the 41Mpx files into 5Mpx output for immediate use.  You can reframe the high res files or export them to Lightroom for processing.

My cat, Stanley (after Stanley Tucci), was kind enough to sit for the shot, so I could compare the abilities of the 1020 to my other cameras.  Right off it beats my point and shoots because it can shoot in RAW format.  The quality isn’t up to my DSLR (Nikon), but is at least comparable to my premium compact (Nikon P7700).  In fact I have to give the edge to the Nokia in this one for better color balance, sharpness, and connectivity.

To top it off, the Nokia has an optional camera grip case with better shutter button and extended battery and I can get a wireless charging case.  This may become my go to on the go camera. New phone/camera.
I’m a little bit of a camera junkie. I own way too many and pass down my old ones to my daughter to feed the nasty habit in her. The other day I got my newest toy, a Nokia Lumia 1020. Personally I love the Windows Phone OS, and this is my third phone with it, but I really got this one for the camera.

The Lumia 1020 has a 41Mpx camera and a sensor significantly larger than most phones (leading to a noticeable hump on the back). It shots DNG files and pixel bins the 41Mpx files into 5Mpx output for immediate use. You can reframe the high res files or export them to Lightroom for processing.

My cat, Stanley (after Stanley Tucci), was kind enough to sit for the shot, so I could compare the abilities of the 1020 to my other cameras. Right off it beats my point and shoots because it can shoot in RAW format. The quality isn’t up to my DSLR (Nikon), but is at least comparable to my premium compact (Nikon P7700). In fact I have to give the edge to the Nokia in this one for better color balance, sharpness, and connectivity.

To top it off, the Nokia has an optional camera grip case with better shutter button and extended battery and I can get a wireless charging case. This may become my go to on the go camera.

purpleviolin91:

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👌👌 #chronicillness #sick #spoonie

Exactly, I never wish a chronic condition on anyone, but it is amazing how much you do learn walking a mile in those shoes.

purpleviolin91:

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👌👌 #chronicillness #sick #spoonie

Exactly, I never wish a chronic condition on anyone, but it is amazing how much you do learn walking a mile in those shoes.

okay seriously      

purpleviolin91:

princess—catherine:

Fuck doctors.

Fuck the FDAs crazy restrictions on narcotics.

I have a condition that essentially makes my reproductive organs rot

There is no cure

There’s really no treatment (that works)

There are times when it literally hurts to breathe. I swell, I bleed, I vomit repeatedly from pain, I…

i know im 23 ive had chronic pain since 13! like sorry im not 40, not my fault

I am 40, but as a six and a half foot tall male built pretty solidly it is hard for people to grasp why I can’t help them do physical things. I’m sure a ton of them think I am kidding or lying when I try to explain myositis, the weakness and the pain, but it never seems to work. People give me weird looks when I slowly plus up the stairs at work, holding onto the rail the whole way and stopping each flight.

Colds, flares and annoying neighbors

This has been one whiz bang weekend. Zach, Jane and Amy are fighting to see who can give me the first cold of the season. Each of them has a mild bug, but since I am on Methotrexate, even a mild bug is going to suck horribly.

My dean said I wasn’t “pastoral” enough when I kicked a student, who hasn’t attended any classes or labs till the first exam, out. I politely told my dean to go fuck himself (in much more socially acceptable terms) and that I care as much about every student’s success as they care about it.

My DM is flaring like all get out this weekend. I’m not sure why, we haven’t seen the sun in a week or so (one of my major triggers). I am guessing it is from stress, poor sleep, colds from my family, and any number of other little things.

Finally, I’m a member of our neighborhood association board and apparently a couple of disgruntled neighbors who don’t like us actually enforcing the neighborhood and township rules/laws have been stopping by board members houses threatening us before the next meeting. They have not made it to my house, probably because at 6’5” and over 250 pounds I don’t look like I take much shit and I told these miscreants the last time they tried to take over a board meeting that they were petty little busy bodies that would get my foot up their ass if they came to my house and harassed my family or myself.