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July 23

Help me buy & ride a bicycle
I live in Seattle, land of hills and bicycling. I'm moving from a very hilly area to a flatter (but no place in Seattle is "flat") area, and would like to start cycling more. I hate cycling on hills. They are the bane of my existence. However, having only cycled up hills on single-speed cycles, I suspect this aversion could be overcome with the right cycle. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl at 12:24 PM - 11 answers
Healthcare for visitors in Toronto?
My cousin is visiting from the US and her joints are hurting a lot. Since she is a visitor she has no OHIP or health insurance here. For someone who is medically uninsured, I need more information on (1) x-ray centers and (2) medical labs (for blood work) in the Toronto-Mississauga area. Also, I would appreciate your advice on any (3) good, inexpensive health insurance plans you know about. If you can help me with any of these it would be a great help.
posted by cyrusw8 at 11:41 AM - 10 answers

Allergic conjunctivitis won't go away
Have you or anyone you know ever experienced allergic conjunctivitis that just won't quit? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 9:21 AM - 7 answers

Is Shakeology a scam?
Are Shakeology/all of those sports/meal replacement shake things worth it? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika at 6:25 AM - 7 answers

July 22

Gluten-Free, Slow-Carb, and Vegan
Greetings All: I have been reading up on transitioning to a vegan diet and there are so many things to think about. One of the best comments I received from someone on a previous post is that eating vegan does not equal being healthy necessarily. So I have been reading some books about eating a healthy vegan diet. I would also like to avoid gluten and somehow work on making this a slow-carb diet if at all possible. [more inside]
posted by nidora at 3:12 PM - 8 answers

Holistic Gastroenterology
I'm looking for an awesome gastro doc (preferrably female) in the South Jersey/philadelphia area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:40 PM - 4 answers

No-drug regimen for depression/mild anxiety relief
I'm sick to death of the prescription drug med-go-'round for MDD and mild anxiety. I'm ready to stop. [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert at 2:19 PM - 23 answers

Talk Me Down From Terror Over a Routine Surgery, Please
Thanks to marinating myself in others’ bad outcomes, I’m terrified of my gallbladder removal this Monday, a surgery that happens 700,000 times a year. I could use a ton of positive-outcome, no-problem, no-side-effect stories, and/or any good sensible cognitive talk on not letting people’s health forum posts terrify you. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 12:27 PM - 46 answers

I'm not sure whether or not to quit AA...
In summary: my sponsor, and her sponsor, advised me not to take a medication that is helpful to me and which I was not abusing. This makes me feel uncomfortable. More details below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM - 38 answers

July 21

100% anonymous no login required mental health forums?
Hi, I'm looking for some kind of mental health forum or Q&A site that's completely anonymous, no logins needed, etc. I could probably post my question here, but I think I know what all y'all's answers would be already. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:13 PM - 6 answers

Refusing to validate client part of trauma therapy?
Is it common and recommended practice for a therapist to refuse to validate and affirm a trauma client? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 3:57 PM - 31 answers

No medical insurance in NYC
I haven't been to a doctor in a few years, and I don't have insurance now and won't have it for 8 months or longer. I was wondering how much would it cost to go to a doctor with no insurance and what choices do I have in the NYC area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:19 PM - 8 answers

How Urgently Do We Need Urgent Care?
Posting on behalf of my partner, whose bad tooth has worsened: the crown's gone. They're experiencing a throbbing headache towards the back of their head, "behind the eyes." While the pain has been off-and-on for a while, the last two days have been tough to get through. As of today, they also have a combination of pain/stiffness in the back of their neck. [more inside]
posted by Ashen at 3:16 PM - 15 answers

Help our 5-year-old to stop dancing the funky chicken
Our daughter flaps her arms frantically whenever she’s excited. We have a tentative diagnosis of non-autistic motor stereotypy, but haven’t found a treatment that works. The flapping doesn’t bother her, but she’s starting to get strange looks, and we’d like to “fix” it. We’re looking for resources and recommendations (especially in the Midwest) and any other personal accounts or advice. [more inside]
posted by Yo Soy La Morsa at 10:27 AM - 15 answers

Broken foot - what's better than crutches?
I have a fracture in my 5th metatarsal - no surgery, no cast, no splint, but strict orders to stay entirely off it (no toe-touch for balance, no resting weight on my heel even though it's fairly painless). I'm on standard crutches. Getting around is annoying, doing my job also awkward. What other mobility assistance might be useful - knee scooter? hands-free crutch? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander at 9:34 AM - 11 answers

Looking for elder care LA/BOS/NYC?
My 87 year old mom is currently at the Psych ward in Fall River, RI. Her mental health has been deteriorating recently and we are looking into places that she might be comfortable at if and when she is no longer able to be at home in Wellfleet, Cape Cod with 24 hour care. [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 8:26 AM - 6 answers

Needed: One Pair Of Big Girl Pants ASAP
I am one of those adults who had to emotionally take care of myself throughout my life due to mediocre parenting. Mom and Dad weren't hugely abusive, but they didn't seem to give a fuck about my brother and I. I'm coming out of a month where I went off my meds and I think I had a hypomanic episode followed by a giant crash. While I am now back on my meds and working with my therapist and pdoc, I am craving someone in my life who would take care of me emotionally. Someone who would understand where I was coming from and why I feel the way I do. The thing is, I do live in reality and know that's not possible for the immediate foreseeable future, if ever. What can I do to self-soothe and give myself that pampered feeling? How do I find someone who gets me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 AM - 13 answers

Have you ever managed to break a long-term cycle of self-sabotage?
or repeated mistakes? If you have any insight or personal experience please give it. I'm starting to suspect that I may never make any progress because it keeps happening again and again and the consequences are only getting worse. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by hejrat at 3:43 AM - 17 answers

Ouchfilter: broke a bone in my hand near my wrist
Scientifically I'm not sure what is going on but the doctor said I most likely broke a bone in my hand and I have am MRI in a couple days. (The x ray was inconclusive but he is 90 percent sure)I've got pain meds and am trudging along. I'm tring to adjust to my new one hand lifestyle as it is in a cast. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky at 12:39 AM - 8 answers

July 20

What was long-term recovery like for superficial peroneal nerve release?
About three and a half weeks ago I had surgery on my lower right leg to release my superficial peroneal nerve from the clutches of entrapment in a herniated muscle and hopefully restore my foot to fully operational status. My surgeon was very optimistic, but I'm less so. [more inside]
posted by cellphone at 7:03 PM - 2 answers

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