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August 23

How do I find a therapist?
I think I want to try therapy again, but I'm not sure even what I should be looking for. Looking for general advice and specific recommendations in the DC area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:41 AM - 7 answers

August 22

Question about missed birth control
Pretty straightforward. I took my combined oral contraceptive erratically for a little over a week - how long should I wait before I resume unprotected sex? [more inside]
posted by celtalitha at 5:36 PM - 8 answers

Help me get in shape for my travel adventure holiday
Because I wanted to make my fortieth something special, I asked about adventure holidays here before settling on slickrock's adventure island. But now I need to get in shape for this adventure. Since I'll mainly be snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking, I was wondering if there is a particular training plan for those activities. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 3:48 PM - 5 answers

Cooking food in advance for an immunosuppressed person
I am organizing (and cooking) meals for my boss and his wife. He was just diagnosed with cancer and has started chemo. I need ideas for the kind of meals I and others can prepare for a person with a compromised immune system. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 2:32 PM - 9 answers

Sit-Stand Desk
I'd like to get a sit-stand desk for my work and I need some advice and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by chirico at 12:50 PM - 16 answers

What allergen is it?
I used to live on the East Coast (CT), and now live on the West Coast (WA). Both places, I get allergy symptoms in late August - what could it be? [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 10:39 AM - 5 answers

Third hand smoke. How big of a deal is it?
We are expecting our first child in just over a month. My in-laws want to visit ASAP, but FIL is a heavy smoker. How concerned should I be? [more inside]
posted by tealcake at 9:59 AM - 38 answers

Low platelet count
Is anyone running a low plt count? How low? Mine is 130 and think to see a hematologist soon. My count was always kinda low but this is the lowest. Two other times it was 127 and 135 and the rest was above 150. Do you have experience with this? Did you see a doc? What did they find?
posted by barexamfreak at 7:15 AM - 5 answers

August 21

Protein on the go
I'm looking for vegetarian high protein / paleo foods that are easy to carry while on the go. Snowflakes inside... [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 4:38 PM - 12 answers

Looking for a Dianetics therapist
Hello, I'm looking for a therapist who does Dianetics, and who's NOT affiliated with the Church of Scientology. If anyone knows of such a person or persons and could somehow help connect between us, I would be very grateful to them. [more inside]
posted by rodent at 3:37 AM - 14 answers

August 20

minor weight loss for someone with history of ED
I want to lose ten to fifteen pounds. I was bulimic for five years. How do I accomplish the former without revisiting the latter? [more inside]
posted by apophenia at 5:58 PM - 18 answers

7 minute workout, gym edition
This widely-shared 7-minute workout from the NYT is designed to be done anywhere, without any gym equipment. How could it be improved when you do have access to a fully-equipped gym? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist at 3:17 PM - 6 answers

Behavioral Optometry?
Daughter's optometrist is pushing behavioral optometry testing and treatment. It sounded legit when she was discussing it with me, but the handout is setting off alarm bells, and Googling it isn't any more reassuring. Does anybody have any experience with/knowledge of this type of testing and treatment? Is the optometrist pushing alternative medicine at me? [more inside]
posted by moira at 11:25 AM - 14 answers

Recs for a Dallas psychiatrist and a G.P. who take Cigna insurance?
Depressive here. If you know of a Dallas psychiatrist that you have heard good things about who takes Cigna, I sure would appreciate their name. I could also use the name of a good general practitioner that takes Cigna, but this is secondary to my main concern of finding the psychiatrist. Thanks for any suggestions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 AM - 2 answers

Advice on getting a Benefit Exception from our healthcare insurer?
Husband needs open heart surgery. Our preferred surgeon is not on our healthcare plan. We're going to request a benefit exception. We are in Washington state. We are on an individual plan, not with an employer. I called the insurer and requested a case worker. Any suggestions on my approach? Feeling overwhelmed already. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:02 AM - 1 answers

Painful knee joint: what is going on?
I have had a knee problem for two/three years now. If I sit with my right knee bent for a long period of time the joint starts to hurt, not much at first, but the pain can become quite uncomfortable after a while. If I fully extend my leg my knee joint clicks, just like when you crack your knuckles, and the pain goes away. What is up with my knee? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 4:20 AM - 6 answers

August 19

What's the deal with the ASQSE?
My 21 month old's daughter just sent home with her a questionnaire called the ASQSE, which from what I gather is intended to help diagnose ASD. Her answers on the questionnaire would indicate that she doesn't have a problem. BUT. They sent this thing home with me for a reason, right? [more inside]
posted by Night_owl at 5:10 PM - 13 answers

CannaCare Boston?
YANMD. I have an appointment at CannaCare in South Boston to be evaluated for medical marijuana. What to expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 AM - 12 answers

August 18

Can I prevent my cold from turning into an ear infection?
My sweetie brought home a summer cold, I caught it, and I think it is turning into an ear infection. Is there anything I can do to head that off at the pass? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 7:21 PM - 14 answers

I am fully aware you are not my doctor.
I have an 8 year old boy and a new prescription for Concerta (for him, not for me). After more than a year of testing and discussion, I've accepted the 'script because - as our doctor was very clear - we can always decide not to fill it. I'm asking you to help us decide if we should try this. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 1:25 PM - 28 answers

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