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Is "yes, but..." okay?

What are the rules of social engagement for people with unpredictable health issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 - 21 answers

Suddenly Charged with Caring for Parents in an Accident who Probably Are Driving Me Insane.

I'm suddenly caregiver for my mid-70's parents after a serious car accident, and I'm completely lost, and while I'm sympathetic, I want them the heck out of my house as soon as possible. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jun 7, 2012 - 22 answers

How do I get through the day with two autoimmune diseases?

Within the last month, I've been diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders. I'm tired, everything hurts, and my life is pure insanity right now. What are your hacks for getting what you need when life simply isn't giving them to you? What about from the ones you love? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jun 1, 2012 - 27 answers

A diet of Sudafed and Emergen-C?

I really, really can't get sick right now. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on May 29, 2012 - 25 answers

Worried about my little sisters

I'm worried that my little sisters may be in an abusive situation, but don't know what's really going on or where I should go from here. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Apr 26, 2012 - 18 answers

Numerous questions about Huntington's Disease

Multiple questions about Huntington's Disease... I'm researching a story that has a pregnant woman with Huntington's Disease. I've watched a bunch of videos on Youtube and read various sites but have not found answers to specific questions I have. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Apr 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Help with a health question for an India traveler

India Travel Filter: Does my favorite girl have a mild case of Meningitis? Shes in northern India and has a mild rash, headaches, and some dizziness. [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Apr 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Thou Shalt Lay Off

I need to word a kind and compassionate email (or phone call) to my mother. Can you help me do this? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Apr 13, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I help myself when I don't deserve help?

How do I help myself when I feel like I don't deserve it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 - 17 answers

What is it like to have/witness the decline of/lose a dearly loved grandparent?

What is it like to have/witness the decline of/lose a dearly loved grandparent? [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo on Apr 10, 2012 - 19 answers

Research recommondations for syphilis and prostitution in 19th-century Vienna

Research-filter: Looking for reading recommendations on two topics: 1) syphilis in the 19th (and very early 20th) century, particularly tabes dorsalis, and 2) prostitution in Vienna during the same time period. (More broadly: the experience of serious and/or terminal illness during the same period; bonus points for information about women, particularly the emotional trauma of chronic pain, losing one’s beauty/youth/sexuality, etc.) [more inside]
posted by scody on Apr 9, 2012 - 17 answers

Tupac cares, if don't nobody else care

Staying positive when it seems like everything has gone wrong - snowflakes within [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Apr 4, 2012 - 15 answers

How to support my partner in a time of fear?

[family support question] my partner's mom is sick. multiple autoimmune conditions, potentially cancer now. how can i best support my partner (on multiple levels)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2012 - 6 answers

cruelty

Is there anything illegal about being verbally abusive in a triggering way to someone with mental illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Oh boundaries boundaries boundaries

Relationship filter: New guy. His former flame. Her very bad medical condition. Wondering how to control my anxieties. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 - 17 answers

Good WFH jobs for someone with CFS-like health condition?

Good WFH jobs for someone with a health condition similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by mungopark on Mar 5, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I best support my in-laws given very different communication styles?

Looking for some advice as to how to handle an impending death in the family I married into and with whom I am very close. While I come from a family that talks about everything, my husband comes from a family that talks about most things, but not at all about health issues and death. I would like to be able to support them in the days and weeks ahead but I have no idea how to navigate within their framework. [more inside]
posted by mireille on Mar 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Five-year-old on third day of vomiting and belly pain -- stomach virus?

Five-year-old on his third day of vomiting with stomach flu? [more inside]
posted by palliser on Feb 22, 2012 - 30 answers

Celebrity culture and tragedy.

In the wake of Whitney Houston's death, I find myself thinking about the grotesque confluence of celebrity, addiction, mental illness and (frequently but not necessarily) death. I'd like to understand it better. Who has explored this thoughtfully, whether in essay, book, film, television, whatever?
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Feb 12, 2012 - 17 answers

How do I relearn how to focus? How do I relearn how to learn?

How do I get back into the swing of programming and coding regularly when I can't concentrate and can't find the motivation? Long, continuing illness has made me out of practice and lacking in energy and concentration. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jan 28, 2012 - 13 answers

Argh help me deflect questions about my health at work

I used my health as an excuse for something being late. This was a mistake. The door has opened to a question about the status of my health from someone who is my superior, but *not* my manager. How can I deflect their question? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 - 11 answers

How to help/contact a long distance friend with mental illness?

I have a dear old friend who lives on the other side of the country. He has a history of moderate paranoia/schizophrenia, and he was incarcerated for about a year as the result of an episode of illness. He's disconnected his phone, and I'm trying to figure out how to get in contact with him. [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 on Jan 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Before I go under the knife, maybe I could go under the salt water gargles?

What did you do without removing your tonsils that helped reduce the frequency of your bouts of tonsillitis? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Jan 3, 2012 - 16 answers

help me eat while I'm sick

Sick with an ongoing fatigue/pain issue and I can't cook for myself anymore. I need some help eating healthy still. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Dec 31, 2011 - 28 answers

Can you help me index and annotate my brain for my daughter.

I have a health condition that may end my life prematurely. I am an "older" parent of an only child who is currently 8 years old. It's important to me that I leave a record of who I was. Can you help me with strategies to help me "index and annotate" myself for her, so that when she is older she could have an idea of her father as an adult beyond just the Daddy that I am to her now? [more inside]
posted by nickjadlowe on Dec 13, 2011 - 42 answers

Taking on the responsibility of starting a career while dealing with severe mental health problems

I'm a lousy student about to graduate university, and I am interested in career opportunities which would allow me to help immigrants settle into their new lives (in Canada). My degree is in no way related to this, and I feel that mental health issues have severely diminished my mental abilities. Nonetheless, any help anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by costanza on Dec 5, 2011 - 19 answers

How to give a hug from far away.

How can I help my long distance boyfriend get through his grandmother's serious illness? [more inside]
posted by Emms on Nov 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me find writing online about people's experiences with mental illness

I'm hoping people can give me recommendations for compelling personal accounts of mental illness online - do you know of any? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Nov 13, 2011 - 19 answers

What condition was my condition in?

What medical problem did I experience I few years ago? It baffled the doctors at the time - can you diagnose it now? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Nov 3, 2011 - 13 answers

What are an employee's rights around a disabling health condition in Canada?

What are an employee's rights around a disabling health condition in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Oct 25, 2011 - 2 answers

Attack of the cold feet

I feel a bit stupid asking this, but this has been bugging me for a while: is there some illness that can affect women if they get cold feet? This sounds like an old wives tale, however my wife and mother-in-law get very animated about this, particularly with regard to our 8 year old daughter. Unfortunately I have never managed to get much more detail other than a vague mention of kidneys. My google-fu fails me with regard to even the mention of this as a myth, however I am willing to accept that there is some sort of feminine genitourinary complaint that men are not widely aware of. I would just be happier if I knew exactly what it was. [more inside]
posted by teselecta on Oct 11, 2011 - 19 answers

How do cohabiters deal with sharing of illness?

A new part of being in a relationship: sharing illnesses. Having some mental (as well as practical) difficulties with this. Special snowflake details below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 - 29 answers

Tea and sympathy?

Help me be more empathetic/sympathetic. [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Sep 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Not quite le gripe?

Potential medical emergency filter - I need help translating the symptoms for dyssentery into French ASAP. (gross Medical TMI warning) [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Sep 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Should I tell my friend to get checked for a congenital disease?

Should I tell my friend to get checked for a congenital disease? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2011 - 20 answers

fear of the unknown

I'm 21, I might have MS, and the fear is making me go crazy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 - 24 answers

Is SMMU a SCAM?

Is SMMU a SCAM? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on Aug 30, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I stop being jealous of my sick friend?

My friend is sick. Really, truly ill. How can I support her while constantly dealing with my broken-brained issues regarding body image? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm on Aug 23, 2011 - 21 answers

Should I see a doctor?

Antibiotics filter: A few months ago, I took Clindomycin for a tooth infection. One of the potential side effects is Clostridium difficil, a type of colitis. Now I am sick and worried that it might be connected to the Clindomycin. Should I be worried and go to the doctor? Gross symptoms inside. [more inside]
posted by Equiprimordial on Aug 22, 2011 - 13 answers

"Life Alert" medical alarm necklace that doesn't call 911 without explicit permission??

Is there a "Life Alert" type medical alarm that doesn't call 911 without permission? My sick relative is terrified of being taken to the hospital against his will. [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Jul 10, 2011 - 18 answers

Dating someone who has an illness

Dating someone who has an illness [more inside]
posted by dt2010 on Jun 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Dating with an invisible chronic illness

I divorced a couple of years ago. One of the contributing factors was that I came down with fibromyalgia.I've come to terms with it and live a pretty good life now within my limitatons. I'd like to be in a relationship and so I've put my profile online. [more inside]
posted by Jandoe on Jun 18, 2011 - 32 answers

Amazing dystopian animation needed. Thanks !

Dystopian short scifi animation film seen in the last year, about a man who is the last living member of dirty, trashy spaceship / plane that seems to have been abandonned a long time ago, and finds out that he is infected by the virus that killed his entire team. Then.. [more inside]
posted by Jireel on May 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Is it Oops I Crapped My Pants in here, or is that just me?

Is there such a thing as heat-induced diarrhea, is it a cause for alarm, and is there anything I can do to thwart it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Supporting a friend who may lose a pet

How to support and comfort a friend through the illness/loss of their pets? What helped you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2011 - 19 answers

ankylosing spondylitis information?

YANHD, but a male friend of a friend has just been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. She's done some research, but hasn't been able to find an answer to whether or not the disease will progress and get worse no matter what. Any stories, suggestions, links?
posted by needlegrrl on May 4, 2011 - 8 answers

BDSM and chronic pain

Pain you choose + pain you don't choose. Who is writing (either on the web or in print) about intersections of BDSM and chronic pain/illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2011 - 6 answers

My boyfriend just started chemo and I'm more than slightly terrified.

My boyfriend just started chemo and I'm more than slightly terrified. How do I deal with my fear and support him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2011 - 14 answers

What is wrong with my cat's whiz factory?

Cat filter: My cat has idiopathic cystitis and I would love some advice on how to help her feel better. [more inside]
posted by apricot on Mar 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Poorly misinformed character

Name book and character, where character associates being ill with being interesting. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Feb 25, 2011 - 24 answers

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