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March 19

Asthma Cat needs a new online pharmacy

Flovent inhalers are outrageously expensive in the U.S. for cats who neglected to sign up for health insurance. I used to order mine from a Canadian company without issue for years... then they moved to Vanuata. Nothing against the beautiful islands, but it raised a bit of red flag. I'm seeking a reputable online pharmacy to order Flovent/Flixotide inhalers - Sirius Black has a prescription. Previous questions related to this topic are pretty old, so seeking more current information.
posted by soleilMia at 10:50 AM - 9 answers

From eight-minute miles to eight-minute city blocks :-/

Seeking experiences with osteochondral defect (hole in cartilage, basically) surgery for the knee. Was the recovery rough? Did you make a full one? NYC on crutches? Dealing mentally with activity limitations? Other tips for this or knee surgery generally? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 7:16 AM - 3 answers

March 18

Freckles from old sunburn & skin cancer?

Hi MeFi! Someone I know recently mentioned that they were performing laser removal of some sun damaged skin to "prevent it from becoming cancerous". I didn't know this was even a thing, and as a bit of a hypochondriac it caused me to worry a little. About 15 years ago, I went on a trip to Mexico and got some horrible sunburns on my shoulders, causing them to become very permanently freckled and (I think) making the skin on my back quite a bit more sensitive. I never really worried about it, but my acquaintance's comments made me think that maybe I should examine the area more closely. I know you are not my doctor, but is there anything to worry about if it's been 15 years with no real issues, or is there still an increased risk of skin cancer even all those years later? Also, I've never heard of laser removal for this sort of issue, and I couldn't find much on Google about it. Is this actually a common procedure for sun damaged skin, or is my acquaintance just being overly cautious? Thank you!
posted by archagon at 4:00 PM - 6 answers

Please help me make my milk kefir taste nice

Please help me make my milk kefir taste nice. [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 9:12 AM - 10 answers

March 17

Day spa in West Los Angeles?

I offered my 70-something-year-old aunt a day's visit to a spa. Optimum outcome costs no more than a reasonable amount where she will get a break from dealing with her son's terminal cancer diagnosis. But I have no idea what a reasonable amount is - $100? $300? - or what a day spa actually includes. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 9:57 PM - 11 answers

Somalia Support

I employ a large number of people from Somalia and I'm looking to support a group doing work around the devastating famine currently in the region. Suggestions?
posted by Homeskillet Freshy Fresh at 7:35 AM - 3 answers

March 16

Experiences w Structural Integration/Rolfing/related bodywork modalities

I'm considering Rolfing for some issues of posture, joint pain, chronic muscle tension and back and neck discomfort. Have you been Rolfed? What did it do for you? [more inside]
posted by zeri at 9:40 PM - 4 answers

What is going on with my brain?

In the past few months, I've been experiencing a dramatic worsening of my mental functioning and my tendency toward health anxiety isn't helping me assess the situation. [more inside]
posted by altopower at 8:28 AM - 15 answers

March 15

How much protein and carbs do I need right after a workout?

I just recently started working out for the first time in my life. I'm also 100 lbs overweight, and having a hard time figuring out what and how much I should be eating post-workout, for muscle recovery. [more inside]
posted by the sockening at 4:42 PM - 15 answers

Ovarian cyst pain

Anyone ever felt pain from ovarian cyst popping? I got diagnosed three weeks ago with an ovarian cyst on the left side. I have been doing some house work that involved lots of bending over and today it started hurting. I have this full pain. How long after it pops does it hurt? I take it that it is from that since it is left side pain and not right which could also be the appendix. My ovarian cyst is a simple one that is 58 mm
posted by barexamfreak at 2:47 PM - 14 answers

I have high cognitive dietary restraint, and it sucks

Cognitive dietary restraint is the "perceived ongoing effort to limit dietary intake to manage body weight"... and that's me. I'm never on a diet, but I'm also always trying to not get fat. I know I'm not fat, but I'm several pounds above my baseline weight, and I constantly feel potentially lumpy/awkward/ugly/like I am taking up too much space unless I am physically hungry and my clothes aren't too tight. I don't know how to get rid of this feeling and eat/enjoy food like a normal person. [more inside]
posted by fernweh at 11:54 AM - 7 answers

Could I have a vision problem that requires glasses?

I've only ever the GP eye exam where you read the chart, and they say 20/20 and move on. I have noticed as of a month ago that trying to read anything about a foot to a few feet in front of me strains my eyes and looks a bit fuzzy (I can read, but it hurts). Long distance is no problem. Could I have a vision problem that requires glasses? No eye problems in the family, so no one believe's that I could have one and they blame me using a computer. [more inside]
posted by ProblematicParker at 7:23 AM - 22 answers

March 14

How to mitigate the Adderall crash (or "is this normal?")

I was recently diagnosed with ADD (inattentive type), and have been taking 10mg of Adderall XR once a day (or twice, as needed, on the instructions of my prescribing psychiatrist) for about a month. The ebullient 'kick' of focus and wellbeing I'd felt in the initial week-or-so has dimmed, and by now Adderall's most noticeable effect is the all-consuming, irrational frustration, irritability, and anxiety of the comedown, which lasts for several hours. Is this something that'll wear off eventually, or that I can mitigate through dietary changes or (etc, etc). Or is Adderall just not the right drug for me? What have your strategies been, both with ADD medication in general and for mitigating the Adderall crash in particular? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:51 PM - 12 answers

How likely are we have to bio-kids?

Five years ago I started hormone therapy as part of my transition to living as a woman. My loving parents were nice enough to pay for me to bank sperm before I started HRT, because I knew I wanted kids. Five years later, and I am panicking that there is no way in hell that any kid we have will have my DNA. How do I go about figuring this out? [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare at 5:44 PM - 12 answers

Licensed Therapist in the DMV - Level: Mandarin or Vietnamese speaker

Looking for a licensed therapist in the NoVa or DC region who speaks Vietnamese/Mandarin or even Cantonese for someone who makes a low wage. [more inside]
posted by driedmango at 10:00 AM - 1 answers

March 13

Hack my convict conditioning

What bodyweight exercises can I do on top of jogging ~5K, on average 2/week, to maximize my non-existent exercise time? [more inside]
posted by Ender's Friend at 6:59 PM - 8 answers

Speech therapy for 8 year old?

My 8 year old has trouble articulating the "r" sound. Do I have unrealistic expectations about speech therapy? [more inside]
posted by Mallenroh at 3:59 PM - 16 answers

Online DBT Classes for Self Help

I cannot find a DBT course for my location, nor a specialized therapist trained in it due to my lack of income. Can anyone recommend useful sites that present DBT in a clear fashion for an attention-deficit person? [more inside]
posted by chicaboom at 12:56 PM - 5 answers

Trans male friendly health in London

Since his transition, my trans man partner has been reluctant to go for a cervical smear test because of potentially negative responses from health professionals. Does anyone have any recommendations for trans male friendly gynaecology clinics/gynaecology health professionals in London? Bonus for NHS clinics rather than private care. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:47 AM - 5 answers

March 12

How to deal with and understand issues with perception

Lately I've been trying to understand a weird issue with my perception. I've had episodes of it throughout my life, mostly when I've been going through stress or emotional change. Usually I feel as though I'm not really connected to my surroundings and I zone out when I try to focus on them. It's like there's some sort of invisible barrier keeping me from grasping the reality of the things I see and how they relate to myself, rather than just seeing them like pictures. [more inside]
posted by Lurch at 5:49 PM - 8 answers

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