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My spouse has a terminal diagnosis. What do I need to do?

My spouse has a terminal diagnosis. What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2015 - 38 answers

Deadly allergies by population

I'm wondering if there's any info on severe allergies and their frequency in different populations. [more inside]
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah on Jan 21, 2015 - 8 answers

How can I be less sensitive?

There is no question about it – I am an extremely sensitive person. What I want to know is how can I be less sensitive, or, maybe, if I should be less sensitive? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jan 20, 2015 - 16 answers

Can you have two health insurance companies & plans?

Hi MeFi, So a bit of a weird situation here. I was laid off in 2013 and at the end of that year I applied for Obamacare. It took FOREVER to get the application going since the website was awful so long story short, it's early 2014 and I get a job with full benefits. I completely forget about the application for Obamacare and it's now January 2015 and I received a letter from CeltiCare Health saying 'hi, here's your coverage card. you are now insured with celticare...' So now, technically, I have two coverages? One from my employer and through Celticare? How does this work? Should I call Celticare and let them know I already have insurance? What benefits are there to having two? Legal or not? Thanks for your help!
posted by bostonhill on Jan 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Best farm-to-table, healthy eating, and food news blogs like The Salt?

What are your favorite blogs about farm-to-table, food system, and healthful food news? (NOT looking for recipes) [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jan 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Is there real science behind fire cider?

Fire cider (basically apple cider vinegar, onion, garlic and hot pepper) is suddenly all the rage as a homeopathic panacea. Are there any actual science-based studies that validate any of its claims?
posted by mkultra on Jan 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Partner's health problems are really tough on our relationship

Trying to deal with my partner's chronic health problems is tough, especially during times of stress. I already have some doubts about our relationship and this is only making it worse. Narcoleptics & narcoleptic lovers, give me your advice! Commiseration is welcome with your advice too. (More below the cut.) [more inside]
posted by vreify on Jan 13, 2015 - 30 answers

How worried should I be about asbestos under linoleum floor?

I have a ceramic tile which was placed over a linoleum floor which I assume was placed over something with asbestos. The tile is in fine condition. The only possible exposure is at the edge. This floor used to abut a carpeted hallway. A few years ago, I pulled up the carpet in the hallway. The edges of all the current and historical floors and sub-floors in the kitchen have been exposed since then. How seriously do I need to take this? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Jan 12, 2015 - 14 answers

Is it dragonpox, doctor?

I've been getting these blotchy raised patches around my mouth for about 6 years. I've shown photos of them to allergists, dermatologists, and specialists, and nobody can tell me what they are, though I've been treated for a host of things that don't quite seem to get rid of the blotches entirely. Today another one showed up and I got a clear photo of it. What is it? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jan 11, 2015 - 30 answers

Can I buy health insurance for someone without their cooperation?

I have a sister in law who has no health insurance. She is fiercely independent. I can easily afford to pay for health insurance for her. She is refusing to let me. My concern is, if she had a serious health issue, we would be on the hook for paying for her treatment. Not legally, but she is family and we just would pay for her to get good treatment. I want to insure myself against this potentially huge expense even if she doesn't want to. Is there any way to do this?
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2015 - 16 answers

Generic Drugs -- prescription for a specific manufacturer?

I am currently taking five drugs for which the prescription is "dispense as written." [more inside]
posted by michellew on Jan 8, 2015 - 10 answers

How to get healthcare in NYC?

I am in New York City, only for a month. How do I go about seeing a doctor for a non-emergency issue that nonetheless has a high impact on quality of life? Also, do you have any thoughts on the medical issue at hand: very frequent bowel movements, possibly linked to an infection? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2015 - 12 answers

best practices for long-term eye health?

I'm a new to eyeglasses as an adult (got my first pair two years ago at age 35). Aside from mild nearsightedness I have healthy eyes so far, but I have a family history of bad eye issues such as retinal detachments. What should I be doing now to maximize my eye health going forward? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jan 4, 2015 - 16 answers

What kind of therapy should someone like me go for?

I feel a terrible darkness looming over me that I find scary enough to seek help for. I've never been to a shrink before. Please help me know more about this stuff. I've heard of CBT, TALK, behavioral... I don't know which is good for this. [more inside]
posted by rancher on Jan 3, 2015 - 15 answers

What conditions cause stiffness between shoulder blades after meals?

I get stiffness and pain between my shoulder blades. This frequently occurs after meals, but it doesn't happen all of the time. I wonder if I might have some food sensitivity or other condition. What might cause this and what is it? Rheumatic and autoimmune diseases run in my family. Could that be related?
posted by mintchip on Jan 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Factoring Race into Health/Beauty/Hygiene

People of color - what common health/beauty/hygiene axioms have you found not to work for you? Conversely, are there any regimes that you follow that aren't commonly seen as advice online? [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Dec 29, 2014 - 15 answers

Free 35+ minute online workout videos?

I was told that to get the (mental) health benefits of exercise, I need to get my heart rate up for at least 35 minutes. Where can I find free online workout videos that are 35 minutes or more? [more inside]
posted by toby_ann on Dec 29, 2014 - 6 answers

How to recover mentally from a major workplace accident?

Recently I was in a major workplace accident. Even though I am healing physically, I don't know if or when I will be ready mentally to return to work? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Dec 27, 2014 - 16 answers

Best way to organize bringing lots of food to an office?

So as part of my (New) New Year's Resolution, I'm going to be doing the Men's Fitness 7% Body Fat Nutrition Plan. It's a more involved nutrition plan than I've done before, and it involves six meals a day, four of which I'll have to bring with me to the office. I'll be doing a ton of advance prep, of course, but how do my fellow office drones/fitness geeks on mefi organize and prep and store their food when they're going to the office every day and have to deal with four or five meals before going home? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Dec 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me reorder my after-hours life?

I recently had knee replacement surgery and it went fabulously! I have not been active in years and years due to the knee pain, and the set up of my home and habits reflect this. [more inside]
posted by harrietthespy on Dec 22, 2014 - 12 answers

how to deal with the un-deal-with-able

This is sort of a meta-question about how to deal with the un-deal-with-able, because I know there's no real answer here. My doctor believes that I have an immune disorder. It's not a sure thing, but that's their suspicion based on some health problems I've been having. I just don't know what to do with myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2014 - 16 answers

Inspire a lapsed foodie to eat healthier

Ever since daylight saving time hit this year, I have gone from "eager and willing home chef who loves her grains, fresh veggies, lean protein, and fun but complicated recipes!" to a lazy, uninspired glutton of convenience foods. HELP. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 20, 2014 - 27 answers

What would be a good martial art for me?

I've recently been thinking that I would like to take up a martial art of some kind. My goal is not so much to learn to fight as to improve my physical fitness and self-confidence, and develop discipline, confidence, and mental clarity. The physical and mental goals are equally important; what should I be looking at? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Dec 15, 2014 - 21 answers

Is there any benefit to being medically diagnosed as lactose intolerant?

My child recently (in the last three weeks or so) has been complaining of stomach aches and I think they are correlated with dairy. I am more than fine trying an elimination diet by avoiding dairy for a time and reintroducing it. But, I was wondering if there is any reason I am not thinking about to see a doctor. Is there any benefit to having a lactose intolerant diagnosis? Is there anything I should be considering for my daughter? I know of some of the tests you can take but should we bother? [more inside]
posted by turtlefu on Dec 8, 2014 - 19 answers

Sundays are not for sleeping.

I work late one night a week. What's best - getting up the next morning at the time I usually get up, or sleeping for 8 hours? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Dec 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me check my health insurance math!

After being recommended multiple therapists and not a single one accepting insurance, I've determined that the only financially advantageous avenue to pay for therapy is to switch to a high deductible insurance plan with a HSA in order to lower my premiums and maximize my tax situation. Is there anything I'm missing or not taking into consideration? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Ideas for support and how to find an answer

My health keeps getting worse and I feel stuck. Looking for next steps and support ideas to get myself through this after all the tests keep coming back “negative.” I'm out of ideas and at the end of my rope and I'd like to know how to approach doctors and therapists. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2014 - 15 answers

Asbestos in Attic

Previous owner worked on duct work. Left asbestos in attic [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Dec 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Best pro-tips for managing a five day drink-a-thon

I'm home for the holidays and seeing many friends after years apart. I have five days, each consisting of brunch, lunch and dinner with others, and am looking forward to unimaginable quantities of free alcohol. I am a seasoned (pickled?) drinker that does not normally get hangovers but never have I been on such a social whirlwind with so many opportunities to celebrate. Does anyone have advice for overcoming the potential weaknesses of the flesh to rise to this challenge? Or, how to pace myself when offered so much free deliciousness? Details below [more inside]
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose on Nov 24, 2014 - 24 answers

Satisfying late evening cravings for something tasty

Of late I have a hunger for something tasty and perhaps sweet an hour or 2 after dinner and nearing the time I all go to bed. Tell me some of your favorite ways to satisfy that in a healthy way please. I can't eat chocolate.
posted by dougiedd on Nov 22, 2014 - 40 answers

Who might learn from my parents’ medial insurance woes?

I’m wondering if there’s any academic or research value in the papers my mom kept, documenting her struggles to get a long-term care insurance provider to honour their contract. [more inside]
posted by Banknote of the year on Nov 21, 2014 - 8 answers

How much help will we need with C-section recovery?

Mrs. Awesome is having a baby very soon! Yay! At this point it's likely to be a C-section - not our first choice, but we'll roll with it if we have to. I understand the recovery can be a bit rough; I'll be around for a month or so after the birth, but will we need more help than just me? [more inside]
posted by captainawesome on Nov 20, 2014 - 33 answers

Am I broken?

I used to like people, but now I don't. I fear I'm creating an irreversibly solitary life for myself. I think the problem must be me, but I'm not sure what the cure is. Looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2014 - 73 answers

See a doctor? Or overreacting?

See a doctor? Or overreacting? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Nov 12, 2014 - 16 answers

Feeding a sick elderly dog

What to do for an elderly, sick, underweight dog who won't eat his prescription food? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Nov 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Help mom live longer.

My mom just turned 50, and I want her to live to see 100. What kind of things should she be doing to keep up health-wise? What kind of things should I be reminding her about? [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Nov 8, 2014 - 25 answers

To fu, or not tofu?

I'm working on making a few changes to the way I cook to emphasize vegetables and grains, and minimize the animal products which I totally love but need to cut back on. However, non-dairy substitutes are not always automatically healthier than the dairy option. I need your help playing a fabulous game: whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiich ingredient is healthier? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Nov 5, 2014 - 32 answers

tips for a full-contact kickboxer competing in sports karate

I'm a full contact kickboxer/MMA student looking for training tips for competing in karate point sparring in January. (Light/moderate contact, continuous and stop/start, NASKA rules.) Would love input both from other full contact fighters who've done point fighting, and from pure point fighters. [more inside]
posted by whydub on Nov 5, 2014 - 2 answers

C'mon, get happy

I am in a pretty emotionally difficult time in my life. (I'm in the midst of a season of high stakes interviews, and my finances right now are rather limited.) I've got access to professional help, so I'm all covered there, but I think it would be helpful to have a list that I can turn to on a regular basis of easy to do things that are 1) free or very low cost, 2) outside my apartment, and 3) schedule-independent* to help me keep my spirits up during this difficult time. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Nov 4, 2014 - 25 answers

Symptoms for an obese person going without food? (fictional)

Imagine a 50-year-old, 5'4", 300-pound woman with no diabetes or other medical condition. She suddenly has no access to food, but plenty of water. What symptoms might she have after one day, two days, a week, etc.? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Nov 2, 2014 - 24 answers

How to start exercise when I'm so old/fat?

I'm 47, female and very overweight. I've got lower back issues and almost zero cardio strength. How to start exercise from basically zero? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2014 - 24 answers

Continuing education requirements for PTA in Virginia

A family member is a physical therapist assistant in Virginia. They just completed a one or two-year massage therapy course at a local college (I forget the details). They want to know if the course meets their continuing education requirements. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Oct 30, 2014 - 0 answers

Why do I have to get semi-naked to see a doctor?

So I finally got health insurance in the US and made a 'new patient' appointment for a physical. After talking the nurse through my (very limited) medical history, I was asked to undress and put on a medical gown. I then met my new doctor, talked about my medical history again, asked for a referral to a chiropractor (I have scoliosis and associated back pain, and wanted to re-establish treatment). She took my blood pressure, did the stethoscope thing on my back, and did a bit of abdomen pressing. The rest was talking. So why did I need to undress and wear a medical gown? [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita on Oct 27, 2014 - 40 answers

Help me find a mulitivitamin that I am not allergic to

So far, the only multivitamin that I have not had a bad reaction to has been Apex Performance Multivitamin, which I last used 5 years ago. It appears to have been discontinued. [more inside]
posted by myselfasme on Oct 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Asking for a friend...Got fired, need health insurance, now what?

I just got fired. I was miserable and stressed and planned to have a talk with the CEO on Monday. Instead, he fired me today. I'm in California. What rights, if any, do I have? [more inside]
posted by Ruthless Bunny on Oct 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Optional but useful vaccinations?

I live in the UK. I've had all the normal vaccinations everyone gets as a kid, etc. I know there are all sorts of interesting vaccinations I can get if I'm travelling. What I'm wondering is - are there any useful "optional" vaccinations that are beneficial for the average UK dweller who isn't going on holiday, that the govt doesn't pay for and push?
posted by curious_yellow on Oct 22, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I divide a capsule of medicine in half?

I want to take half of my 60-mg capsule now and half tomorrow (long story which is not relevant. Please don't ask about doctor's advice etc. - this question is purely technical). [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Oct 19, 2014 - 9 answers

a health insurance gap. a cobra loophole.

I am going to have a health insurance gap between October 31 and December 23rd. That is a time period less than 60 days, and I hear there is a COBRA loophole, and I would like advice about it. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Oct 17, 2014 - 15 answers

And what do YOU think?

Looking for best practices for getting a second opinion/shopping around for specialty clinics. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Oct 15, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I explain my most recent job dismissal on job application?

I live in the US. I am applying for a city job and the application asks if I've ever been involuntarily dismissed; if I answer yes, I am required to explain. Unfortunately, I have to answer yes (there is no way around it), and I don't know how much to reveal or how to word this explanation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2014 - 7 answers

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