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[#] Tue Jun 19 2012 03:12:02 EDT from triLcat

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Someone call an ambulance. I'm so sick that I turned down a trip to IKEA (This has never happened before, no matter how bad I feel or where else I'm supposed to be.)


[#] Tue Jun 19 2012 13:40:47 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Feel better, Tril

[#] Sun Mar 03 2013 17:08:57 EST from triLcat

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In case anyone is wondering about my health and wellness:

[#] Sun Mar 03 2013 21:41:13 EST from zooer

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hmmmmmm. I am wondering about this because I have told my two doctors over the past few years that I have these
periods of constant pain. I will have to read up on your blog.

[#] Mon Mar 04 2013 03:30:28 EST from triLcat

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Fibro and CFS are likely culprits. 

First line on fibro is anti-depressants, which do help quite a bit.

[#] Sat Jun 22 2013 21:05:14 EDT from fleeb

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If you'd like to take a close look at the interior of a brain (in this case, a woman who lived to her 70s, I think), give this a try:

[#] Mon Jun 24 2013 16:50:16 EDT from Ladyhawke

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That was really neat, fleeb!

They also have a number of fascinating videos on disorders like PTSD and how various genes and brain wiring issues affect people's ability to respond.

[#] Tue Jun 25 2013 02:53:53 EDT from the_mgt

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For those interested in the brain:

There was a free version of the program for educational uses.

[#] Mon Jul 15 2013 09:15:52 EDT from fleeb

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Melvin had kidney stones some time ago, for which the doctors ran a c-scan to ensure it wasn't anything more serious.

The fly-by-night insurance company that my previous company had opted not to pay for it. But sat on everything until after the bill was due, such that now Melvin has to pay for the damned thing immediately or risk having the bill make it to collections.

United Healthcare is a shitty health insurance company for making all of this as unclear and ridiculous as possible.

[#] Mon Jul 15 2013 13:52:14 EDT from wizard of aahz

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And their appeals process is also completely stupid.

[#] Mon Jul 15 2013 16:51:30 EDT from fleeb

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I think, should a company claim to be insured by United, I may elect to pass on their employment opportunity, citing the lack of an insurance company as a reason.

[#] Tue Jul 16 2013 10:15:16 EDT from Ladyhawke

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United Healthcare definitely does suck.

That said, if I recall correctly, medical costs that go to Collections are annoying (because they're in Collections) - but they cannot hit your credit score.

[#] Wed Jul 17 2013 22:06:42 EDT from fleeb

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Today is one of those days where I kinda feel like I should crawl into a teacup and disappear into the still waters.

Or, to put it more directly, I'm feeling depressed. I just have that annoying feeling that I'm probably best at my occasional witticisms, but otherwise not terribly useful for anything. Which shouldn't really be true, but it's just how I feel right now.

I can think of several television shows that should contradict this feeling (Judge Judy, Jerry Springer, etc), but I guess I hold myself to a higher standard.

[#] Thu Jul 18 2013 11:21:07 EDT from triLcat

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This will pass, Fleeb... We have faith in you!


[#] Thu Jul 18 2013 11:53:15 EDT from fleeb

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Well, a small pick-me-up... HeroEngine will conduct a technical interview with me on Monday. This is where they decide whether or not my technical skills are up to muster.

So, here's crossing fingers.

[#] Thu Jul 18 2013 13:02:39 EDT from fleeb

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The depression thing is, of course, irritating. I don't think anyone can really see it but me or possibly Melvin, thankfully, although it doesn't mean it isn't there.

Although, in a weird way, it makes me want to cut up a little more, just to prove to myself that my humor isn't tied to whether or not I'm in a good mood.

[#] Thu Jul 18 2013 16:33:50 EDT from vince-q

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Fleeb -- going solely on the mail> exchanges we've been having, I think there's a quite creditable future for you as a music critic!


[#] Thu Jul 18 2013 18:37:24 EDT from triLcat

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Depression is an evil monster. However, since you seem to not be depressed all the time, I'm going to guess that you will be able to pull yourself out of it. 

If you can't, you can write to me for a review of pretty much every anti-depressant known to man...

(which will make you more depressed...)

Or you could, like, see a doctor.


[#] Thu Jul 18 2013 19:28:14 EDT from fleeb

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Heh... I used to be a journalist, long, long ago, and only for a short time.
I never lost the writing skills, though, thanks to places like Uncensored.

So, applying what I know about music from four years of study, combined with the journalism background, and I can probably write credibly well concerning any piece of music (even the silly stuff). But my passion is more in computers than that.

Although, if I could get into script writing, perhaps making skits and such, I might do quite well. I have a way of seeing things non-verbally, which can work well in script writing, although people often can't see what you're getting at until its performed. I dunno.

As for the depression, I'm sure I'll pull out of it. I was badly depressed for a long time as a kid and some of my early adult life, but pulled myself out of it. It's one of those things that is too familiar to me, so it's easy to fall into the old patterns.

So, I just need to get out of the condo, into other places, and generally get around other people (but not in a Schleprock-like fashion where you drag them down).

[#] Fri Jul 19 2013 10:13:18 EDT from Ladyhawke

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In Judaism, we say that it is expected to sometimes feel depressed; the work is to avoid despair.  Which, as TriL has pointed out, can be insidious.  But, you clearly know what works for you to re-emerge, so you already know that (as TriL also said!) this too shall pass.  In the meantime, if you feel the urge to exercise your wit here at UCG, you certainly know that quite a few of us will benefit happily.  :-)

As for career, one of the neat things about you, fleeb, is that you are one of those rare Renaissance-type individuals who really does tend to have a some skill in lots of different areas.

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