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February 17

Tracking med doses for Android

I have pain meds that I'm forgetting to take every day or struggle to remember when it has been 4-6 hours later for my next dose or remembering even if it feels like I don't need that second dose I should check in at least to see if it is getting worse. I've tried a variety of apps from the Google Play store but can't find a pill reminder that fits my weird needs. [more inside]
posted by kanata at 4:22 PM - 7 answers

Stopping labetalol cold turkey

I was prescribed labetalol (100mg 2x/day) starting at 9 days postpartum due postpartum hypertension (~145/90). It is now 5.5 weeks postpartum. I've missed the last two doses on accident but my blood pressure looks fine (115/75). I'm coming onto when I should take it again... but I'm considering just not. Can I stop labetalol cold turkey? If so, how?
posted by ethidda at 9:12 AM - 7 answers

Is genetic testing for psych med management legit?

Are genetic testing and neurotransmitter level testing legitimately useful for medication management or just medical novelty? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 8:23 AM - 7 answers

February 16

Technology for forgetfulness

I'm having some problems focusing and concentrating at work, and I know all they want is the job done. [more inside]
posted by Prairie at 4:48 PM - 9 answers

BPD help

A few teaspoons of hope would be very much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Lucy_32 at 2:57 PM - 11 answers

Should my daughter be evaluated for ADHD?

My daughter is six years old. She's in grade 1. Over the past month or so, I've started to wonder if I should consider having her screened for ADHD. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 12:19 PM - 22 answers

Prepare for pollen season

In Atlanta, the trees vomit pollen all spring. How do I avoid severe allergic reactions? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 7:16 AM - 17 answers

February 15

Allergies - Help!

Since last year I have allergies, probably to some sort of tree or pollen because they play up in spring and autumn. I've had a number of blood tests that have ruled out several allergens but haven't yet zeroed in on the one(s) causing the problem. [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya at 12:39 PM - 14 answers

MCDK - What's life like with one kidney?

Do you have a child with a unilateral multicystic dysplastic kidney? Or do you have one working kidney? How has it affected your life? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 10:26 AM - 16 answers

I can't go on. I'll go on.

I have had a completely crap year/two years/five years. Everyone in my family of origin has died (separately, 1-2 years apart, unexpectedly each time). I developed a chronic illness. And now, of course, there's the election and the current administration wreaking havoc with my emotions/sanity. How do I recognize whether my emotional problems have become acute, and if so, what the heck do I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:52 AM - 10 answers

February 14

Fitness Tracker for a Not Very Athletic Person

I've broken my second Fitbit Charge HR, and I've had it. What I need to track: steps and exercise time for non-step activities (swimming, yoga). It's okay if I need to enter non-step activities manually on the phone. Other features I'd like: pair with phone for call alerts; provide a vibrate alarm to wake me in the morning. Compatibility with iPhone 5s required, Windows 10 PC nice-to-have. Around $100, more or less. I prefer something that goes on my wrist to a clip-on. [more inside]
posted by tuesdayschild at 5:11 PM - 6 answers

How can I best prepare for an appointment with my sports medicine doc?

I’m a former runner who has been in and out of PT for over a year, and it turns out the issue is with my hips, especially the piriformis. My issues aren't resolving (or at least it seems that way). Given the time I've been dealing with this, I'm a little at a loss as to how best to prepare for my upcoming appointment. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 10:11 AM - 5 answers

How do I transition to a new therapist when I don't want to change?

My therapist of a year plus is taking over a new program with the organization and will no longer be doing individual therapy. At some point this spring, I will change over to another therapist. [more inside]
posted by Archipelago at 8:11 AM - 9 answers

Tricks to eating prenatal vitamins

I can't seems to swallow my prenatal vitamins, despite being able to normally take pills like a normal person. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by inevitability at 7:13 AM - 29 answers

How do I measure pollution levels in a particular place?

We're excited about an amazing elementary school for our daughter...but it's right near a freeway. Is there any clever way to measure the level of air pollution on the playground? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 AM - 9 answers

February 13

Newish runner starting up again after 6 months--where to begin?

Back in May I started doing Couch to 5K, and did it consistently over 3 and a half months, getting to week 8 (of 9.) Then for various reasons I didn't run for 6 months. I was going to start up again by jogging slowly for 20 minutes--but now I think maybe I should start Couch to 5K over again, since it's been so long. Thoughts/opinions? I'm very new to all this, still. Thank you!
posted by Automocar at 10:00 AM - 16 answers

I am sick. Do I cancel these gigs (freelancer/self-employed person)

I am a self-employed person, I am sick (Wuth what i think is some sort of cold or flu). I have some work in the next couple days I'd rather not cancel. But am I being crazy to do this? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 8:00 AM - 23 answers

February 12

Should I go into dentistry/orthodontist?

I recently graduated college with a degree humanities degree, but I am considering going into dentistry. I’ve read online people’s experience in dental school and as a dentist, but I would like to hear what dentist on this forum have to say about what the job entails and what the classes are like. Basically, I am relatively good at making things with my hands, such as building 3D puzzles (from kits), doing arts and crafts, assembling furniture, etc. In addition, I’m very detail-oriented and care about doing a good job, especially if it affects others. I enjoy listening to people to help solve their problems. I would greatly enjoy a job that involves working with my hands and helping others. However, I’m not so great at science and math classes, but I am willing to work hard in those classes if it means becoming a dentist. Also, I don’t have really have a passion in maintaining or fixing people’s teeth, but I know that being a dentist allows one to have a stable job and flexible work hours. These factors are very important to me. Should I even go into dentistry? How difficult are the classes? Is it worth it to go through those classes and exams in order to get a job that involves working with your hands and helping others? [more inside]
posted by jeenmal112 at 11:28 PM - 10 answers

This might be what actually killed Captain Hook

I've apparently become infected with some kind of treatment-resistant jock itch. Anti-fungal creams work great temporarily, but the infection comes roaring back as soon as I stop applying the ointment. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 at 9:47 AM - 25 answers

How to get a Dr to help me?

Short explaination, with more to follow. Had elbow surgery in November, Surgeon W. who has completely ignored my concerns about pain and the fact I'm much worse than before surgery (7/10 pain now, 3/10 before). I'm tried going to a Dr S. who I had previously seen for said elbow pain, and but from the surgically notes and post ops he has no idea what the surgeon did. Because of this quite complicated surgery he does not feel comfortable or seem willing to take it from here. Basic question, how do I at least get my arm to be manageable and get some Dr help me recover? [more inside]
posted by bigbadbehr at 12:21 AM - 4 answers

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