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Bertha Venation

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Gender: Female
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Current location: Charles County, MD
Member since: Wed Oct 15, 2003, 09:30 PM
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Have you ever had a concussion?

Mrs. V. had a rather gruesome boating accident last month, and it included a concussion. She's unable to work (and is on LWOP, which is not good as she's our sole breadwinner). Her job is 100% brain work, and docs have told her she must rest her brain.

I know that everyone is different, that there is probably a different period of healing for each concussed person.

Still, I'm curious: if you have had a concussion, will you please tell me what it was like, and how long it was until you were back to normal?

Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Sep 27, 2015, 07:55 AM (23 replies)

Would welcome any fibromyalgia references you have. (cross-post)

Cross-posted from Health, where I might get a response next month.

Thanks, all.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Sep 20, 2015, 12:21 PM (21 replies)

Would welcome any fibromyalgia references you have.

Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Sep 20, 2015, 11:17 AM (5 replies)

A question about THC.

I'm going camping. For five nights I will be sitting around a campfire with a lot of people, a few of whom will be smoking pot.

I'm applying for jobs! If I inhale cannabis smoke, can I test positive for THC?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Aug 10, 2015, 08:36 PM (17 replies)

Does anyone know how

to shrink a jpeg so it can be used as an avatar?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Aug 10, 2015, 05:51 PM (3 replies)

Lounge might be the wrong place but I need to unload

and the Lounge is filled with friendlies.

For many years I've been in denial about the state of my health. To the point where, if asked on a doctor's form to gauge the state of my health, I mark "good."

I had a come-to-jesus meeting with myself last night and this morning. I forced myself to face the fact that my health is not good. I have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a couple of significant psych diagnoses. I take a handful of pills twice a day. And FFS, I'm 130 pounds overweight.

Good health, indeed.

I've made few serious attempts to lose weight since diabetes diagnosis ten years ago, but when I have truly tried, I've done well for a few weeks, then failed. What worked the best was counting carbs. Writing down everything I eat and counting up the carbs. Doc says three meals and three snacks per day. Meals 30-45 carbs, snacks 15-20 carbs.

I have to write it, with ink on paper. I can't do it online. If I do, I make the entries and they're gone; I don't look back at them. I need to look daily at what I've written - at what I've eaten. If it's written in a notebook I keep at hand, it will be better.

I'll take advice if you have any.

I'm 52 years old, and I want to see my wife, 11 years older, through old age. I want to grow old with her. I want to have many, many years together. I won't have that if I continue to ruin my health.

Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Aug 2, 2015, 12:56 PM (40 replies)

question for those who know about the hiring process

At what point in the hiring process is a background check done?

Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Jul 26, 2015, 02:34 PM (17 replies)

I think my meds have fried my brain. Your experience?

I can't sustain a thought for more than a couple of seconds, can't concentrate on anything. My short-term memory is crap. Just crap. And just now I'm doing my budget and I have to go over every number several times to try to convince myself that it's right, and I'm still not convinced. And I'm using a spreadsheet.

I have taken four psych drugs for about six years.* They work fantastically well. There's been one slight change in all that time that didn't throw me off balance. We've made four other attempts through the years that proved disastrous. Although my psychiatrist and I talk about it on every visit, and she wants very badly to get me off of at least one of these, I don't see a future in getting off any of them.

I can't help but think it is the meds that have fried my brain. Of course I could be wrong - but how to tell? I'm all beshit and forty miles from water.

What's been your experience with meds/brain function?

* I've taken meds for depression for about 30 years
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Jul 26, 2015, 12:31 PM (16 replies)

What do you listen to? Looking for Music. Esp. Pandora users.

I am trying to expand my mind (yes, I already have some acid rock) and heart and listening library. Maybe you can help!

Pandora users: will you please tell me what channels you listen to, and what genres they play?

Others: will you please tell me what you listen to?

Also, I'd be interested in podcasts, if you have any you'd care to mention.

Posted by Bertha Venation | Tue Jul 21, 2015, 10:30 PM (7 replies)

The thing about how someone on welfare can have nice things

I need to find this for a discussion I'm in on FB.

It's written in the first person. About how her cell phone is an annual xmas gift from her father, her kids' toys are gifts, etc.

If you know what I'm talking about, do you know where to find it?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Fri Jul 10, 2015, 10:42 PM (1 replies)
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