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January 21

Are these fridge magnets dangerous to have in the house with an infant?

We use these as fridge magnets: I've been reading about the dangers of rare earth magnets, but I can't figure out if these (relatively larger and weaker) magnets are also too dangerous to risk having around our small baby. Thanks for any help!
posted by boots at 7:28 AM - 5 answers

January 20

Screen and streaming video/headphones setup for rowing machine?

I will soon be the proud renter of a water-rower machine. I would like to have a large-ish video screen nearby to watch while exercising. Because it is also very close to our bedroom, I also want to have the system set up for headphones, so that the noise won't bother my wife. Looking for advice on how to put all the pieces together to make this happen. [more inside]
posted by seasparrow at 1:21 PM - 15 answers

Women's Preventative Health Charity

A group wants to donate to a breast cancer charity. I would feel personally better about sending funds to a charitable group that focuses on forming good preventative health habits/increasing health care access/improving health practices for women. [more inside]
posted by chuke at 10:10 AM - 5 answers

Why is my uterus trying to kill me?

Apologies in advance for TMI. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 10:03 AM - 10 answers

How do I Convince Landlord to Remove Mothballs ... ?

How do I Convince the Landlord to Remove the Mothballs he Put in the Basement/Garage to Get Rid of The Mice I Complained About? [more inside]
posted by pjsky at 8:51 AM - 5 answers

How to trial medical cannabis

I’m considering trying marijana to help with pain management from a chronic illness, specifically Ankylosing Spondylitis. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:32 AM - 16 answers

Using Xanax to deal with anxiety and replace drinking?

More details within, but my drinking got out of control due to anxiety and joblessness. My good friend noticed and suggested that I take Xanax. Great, I no longer drink, or if I do it is simply a beer. I take a very low dosage a day (.25mg or .5mg if I'm very stressed), and I do not get a "high" or anything from it. It makes me feel normal and I've been functioning great. I mentioned to my doctor about as to get my own prescription and he went into full on panic mode, further stating that he would not prescribe it to me and suggested I go to rehab. I am not abusing this, going to another doctor feels like doctor shopping, should I simply mention I have anxiety and would like to try some medications? I do not like lying to doctors, but I feel as if I actually figured this out on my own. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:32 AM - 29 answers

Professional Conference While Very Pregnant?

There's a professional conference I attended most years, but wasn't planning on going to this summer because I'll be 35, almost 36 weeks pregnant at the time. Now there's a chance for me to present at the conference, which would be great professionally, and I just want to be sure I'm thinking this through before turning it down. This is my first pregnancy so I don't have anything to compare it to. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:32 AM - 29 answers

January 19

Electric toothbrush and receding gum - Correlation?

I'm a new user of an electric toothbrush and starting experience a localized spot of gum tenderness/sensitivity. As of two days ago, I have been informed that I have a receding gumline and exposed root on one tooth. This hasn't been a problem before. Could my use of an electric toothbrush be to blame? [more inside]
posted by Thirty7Degrees at 11:51 PM - 9 answers

January 16

Diagnosed with heart failure on 12/14/16. What can I expect now?

I am a 36 yo female. Was diagnosed with atypical severe congestive heart failure one month ago. My question is: what now? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 1:25 PM - 16 answers

How can I be a better, more productive advocate for my mom?

My mother is 74 years old, and last June she unexpectedly needed open-heart, single-bypass surgery after a routine heart catheterization found a significant blockage. See inside for more details, but basically more than seven months later she is in continual debilitating pain and we are getting nowhere with doctors in terms of finding out why and doing anything to address or resolve it. I need advice on how to proceed, because I am at my wits end. [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 6:24 AM - 11 answers

Please help me not be sick all the time

I have a clusterfuck of ENT/asthma-type issues and I'm wondering if getting my tonsils removed would help. Please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:22 AM - 15 answers

January 15

Prevent a Burn From Scarring

Long story short, I set my hand on a metal fire ring, and got a pretty nasty burn. I think it's past the point of infection, but I'd love to not have another scar on my hand (I am kind of a serial klutz). Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Wanderwhale at 8:38 PM - 17 answers

Please recommend a long handled hand held percussion massager.

This is for sore and tight muscles which I often have. I had never heard of this but my friend lent me hers for a sore neck and the next day I felt so much better. I want to buy one and am looking for feedback on a good product. Thanks in advance
posted by Tziv at 4:03 PM - 4 answers

Help me avoid illness for 6+ months

In my first month of my new job I've already been majorly sick twice and have taken 7 of my 12 allotted sick days. I really can't get sick again this year or at least in the next 6 months. [more inside]
posted by Stonkle at 12:22 PM - 34 answers

Trans women & fertility

Does anyone have any non-anecdotal information on how long a woman has to be on HRT for, before it becomes vanishingly unlikely that she can get someone pregnant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:07 AM - 9 answers

January 13

Has this one weird menstrual thing happened to you?

I recently had a massage that caused my menstrual flow to massively increase for the duration of the massage. Is this a thing? [more inside]
posted by spindrifter at 7:18 PM - 7 answers

January 12

Was my life as a bespectabled person a lie?

I have worn glasses since I was 7 years old (I'm 32). I went for a checkup yesterday, and turns out my eyesight is 20/15 (better than normal)...what happened? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 12:56 PM - 26 answers

Physical therapy + personal trainer = ??

I'm going to see a physical therapist for a minor injury. I'm also interested in hiring a personal trainer to help me avoid future injury. What's the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 9:17 AM - 13 answers

January 11

chronic fatigue syndrome and outside space design

I've been asked to redesign/change a large garden for a client with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME (or at least something that looks a lot like it - diagnosis is pending) - the garden was designed as a high-maintenance perennial space - my aim is to retain as much as possible while lowering maintenance but there must be more that I could do so my client can continue to enjoy the space. [more inside]
posted by unearthed at 1:02 PM - 11 answers

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