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My Mind Is A Hot Mess, That Means It's Time For Grad School!

Bipolar, doing better, wanting to get an MBA... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Stop the Madness: Winter Illness Edition

How can my partner and I keep from getting each other sick over and over again? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 5, 2011 - 14 answers

What to expect when diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and not getting treatment

My wife's grandmother has pancreatic cancer and is not getting treated. What can she (the grandmother) expect? [more inside]
posted by meta_eli on Jan 1, 2011 - 15 answers

Is outing panic disorder academic suicide?

Is outing panic disorder academic suicide? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2010 - 27 answers

Reign of blows.

Help me alleviate a noxious family dynamic. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Dec 11, 2010 - 31 answers

Quit my job, no new one, bad circumstances

I just quit my (bad) job and have no new job to go to. I know I need to be proactively seeking work but I'm suffering from confidence problems and bad personal circumstances and finding it difficult. Any tips or similar stories? [more inside]
posted by Franny26 on Dec 8, 2010 - 14 answers

Activities for a sick toddler needed

I need ideas for helping a toddler through four to six months of chemotherapy. [more inside]
posted by Rumple on Nov 22, 2010 - 41 answers

My father has just suffered a minor stroke, help me to confort him

My father has just suffered a minor stroke (a cerebrovascular accident) which caused him partial blindness on one eye. This is the first significant health related incident he ever had. His self-image was one of being a healthy person, so this event is causing him a lot of stress, in fact I believe he is in shock. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Is this an omen?

Wedding filter: An acquaintance and her husband recently sampled their anniversary cake (the one that spends the year after the wedding in the freezer). The groom got violently ill from the cake. Is there any mythology surrounding this tradition that will allow this possible omen to be interpreted correctly?
posted by Galen on Nov 8, 2010 - 30 answers

How do I cheer up my MIL? And how do I prepare my son for the worst?

My mother-in-law's lung and lymph cancer is spreading. Outlook is not good. I would love some ideas to cheer her up or show solidarity. I would also like resources for when the inevitable comes and I have to explain to my three-year-old why he won't ever see his grandmother again. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Nov 4, 2010 - 10 answers

My dog just died and I need some answers (lengthy).

My dog just died and I need some answers. She was a 6 month old female stray. About 5 days ago, she became listless and weak - wanting to sleep whenever she could. In addition she felt quite feverish and she suffered from labored breathing - making a wheezing sound with each breath. [more inside]
posted by oxidizer on Oct 19, 2010 - 18 answers

Don't need no medicines

I thought I could get health insurance through my school. I can't. They don't offer it because they assume everyone has it through work or their parents. I can't afford COBRA. How do I shop for the best insurance for myself? What kind of insurance can I expect? How do I know which plans are useless? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2010 - 9 answers

How to help dementia and paranoia

My mother is suffering from dementia and interaction with her is becoming very difficult. Suggestions or advice please? [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind on Oct 3, 2010 - 17 answers

So many options . . .

I live and work in midtown Manhattan and was walking home from work today when I was stopped by a woman. I'd guess she was somewhere between 50 and 70 - yes, I'm terrible at estimating age. She was dressed well and conservatively. She told me I reminded her of someone she used to know, that she lived nearby, and wondered if I'd like to get lunch or dinner with her sometime later during the week. [more inside]
posted by slide on Sep 17, 2010 - 42 answers

Do health odds favor adoption?

My partner and I would like to raise a child. We both have hereditary illnesses in our families (diabetes, cancer, heart disease), and this is one reason we lean towards adoption. But it recently occurred to me (duh) adopted kids can have hereditary illnesses too. So is adoption really better odds in the disease gene pool? Ignoring other factors for a moment, if our only consideration for deciding to adopt or not was the likelihood of our child having (or less significantly, carrying genes for) hereditary illnesses, how bad would our genes need to be before adoption is clearly the better option? Are there specific types of adoption (e.g. international vs. American) that greatly improve the odds?
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2010 - 21 answers

What is wrong with my husband?

Is my husband mentally ill, or just an asshole? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2010 - 38 answers

How can you support yourself when you can't work full-time?

How do you make money and support yourself with a debilitating illness? [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA on Aug 16, 2010 - 5 answers

My sinuses are broken.

Sinus congestion is making me very unhappy. What works for you? [more inside]
posted by littleflowers on Aug 13, 2010 - 25 answers

No more hospital bed

How to get a sex life back after illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2010 - 12 answers

How can I figure out if my uncle is really sick?

My uncle has cancer...allegedly, and our family members are rallying together to help him. How can I give without feeling like a sucker? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Jul 19, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me support my friend.

Searching for support groups in New York City, for young-ish adults who are coping with a sick parent. [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Jul 14, 2010 - 1 answer

Dogs came home sick from kennel; now what?

Our dogs came home from the kennel with gastric issues - that's a deal-breaker, right? [more inside]
posted by SashaPT on Jul 11, 2010 - 19 answers

Sick or just and old fart?

Is my cat sick or just old? [more inside]
posted by MasterShake on Jul 5, 2010 - 16 answers

Learning how to trust your immune system

How do you cure a hypochondriac? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2010 - 14 answers

Getting back to normal

How can I get myself back to feeling normal after having bronchitis? [more inside]
posted by Anthro girl on May 18, 2010 - 2 answers

How do I build an emotional life boat with 6 months provisions, yesterday?

Help me cope with multiple major life stressors in a situation where I can't seem to see many choices, at least in the short term. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Mystery Disease

What Is WRONG with me, for God's sake? Last Wednesday night I was struck with a stiff neck, and really swollen knee joints. By end of work Thursday (driving 300 miles) I was wholly incapacitated with a low grade fever, upper back pain and lumpy knees. Now, much of this is not new, as I already have blood cancer and fibromyalgia, but this is way beyond the scope of these diseases. (I am immunologically compromised) [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on May 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Should we adopt this pair of kittens to keep our rambunctious terminally ill cat company?

We currently have one highly social special needs cat, Tux, and we absolutely need to adopt a kitten to keep him company. Due to his medical condition, Tux may or may not be with us for much longer. The problem is, the kitten we're in love with is part of a set. Is adopting 2 kittens a good idea, or should we split the pair? [more inside]
posted by RMQ on Apr 28, 2010 - 22 answers

In what medical circumstances might someone with a terminal cancer diagnosis not appear obviously sick?

In what medical circumstances might someone with a terminal cancer diagnosis not appear obviously sick? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Apr 18, 2010 - 21 answers

Or I can put potassium bromide in my own tea?

How to cope with sexual desire in a long term relationship with a partner who is unable to participate due to chronic illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2010 - 23 answers

How can I stop this recurring cold?

I get a cold every 3-4 months. Runny then stuffy nose, dry throat, maybe a little coughing, low energy, mild headache. Just a run-of-the-mill cold, but it keeps recurring, and it's driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Mar 11, 2010 - 21 answers

How to help a crazy person?

Parent with mental issues (in Maryland) at end of her rope... how do I help without enabling or having to provide long-term financial support? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2010 - 8 answers

should I stay or should I go?

My girlfriend has serious bipolar disorder. I love her, but living with her is very, very difficult. She breaks down all the time. I don't know if I should commit to a life with her, and deal with this into perpetuity, or if I should move on and try to find someone better adjusted, leaving love for peace and stability. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2009 - 26 answers

How to say "you're crazy"?

How do you tell someone that they're "crazy"? I need to help a best friend who is losing his sanity. It's a long story... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2009 - 22 answers

Have you taken back your mentally ill partner and wish you hadn't? Or wish you had?

Do you do this? How do I escape the pattern of going back to, because I can't resist helping, my (I think) mentally ill (or unstable/intense) husband. See, he's not all bad... Do you regret going back? Do you wish you had? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot on Nov 25, 2009 - 42 answers

Should I mention I'm mentally ill on a graduate school statement of intent

Should I mention my mental illness on my graduate school statement of intent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 24 answers

One fever is more than enough fevers for us

Indian health concerns: typhoid fever and dengue fever. Yes, you are not my doc. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Nov 13, 2009 - 6 answers

There's something I should tell you... I have cancer...

I lied about having cancer to my boss. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2009 - 56 answers

Can a cold cause confusion?

Can allergies or a cold cause confusion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2009 - 11 answers

How can I kill a cough that lingers for a month?

Why do I always have a cough that lingers for about a month after I've had a cold, and how can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Oct 30, 2009 - 25 answers

Strange malady - please help me identify this

Please help me identify this illness I have. WebMD and other medical web sites don't quite address the symptoms that I have. Please help. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on Oct 30, 2009 - 18 answers

Should I attempt a long bike ride even though I'm sick?

I had plans to ride my bike from Chicago to Milwaukee tomorrow with my husband and two friends (about 100 miles). Now I've come down with a pretty bad cold. Should I cancel or try to power through? Have you ever done a lot of physical activity while recovering from a cold, and how did you fare? [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Oct 23, 2009 - 20 answers

Most comforting things in the world

What are the best ways to comfort someone with a bad cold/flu? [more inside]
posted by mthomps00 on Oct 20, 2009 - 21 answers

Your Most Stunning Photographs of Disease, Please.

I'm compiling a set of 30-40 photographs related to any and all aspects of disease for a high school visual literacy project. The students are high school juniors who are struggling with literacy and writing. I'd love your suggestions for compelling, diverse, and striking images and sites that have collections of same. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Oct 20, 2009 - 3 answers

Whence nosemeat?

I don't think this is, strictly speaking, supposed to happen: meat often comes out of my head when I'm sick. Why? What does it portend? [Warning: so gross.] [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Oct 18, 2009 - 18 answers

Help me deal with my mentally ill father, who I still need to talk to.

How should I go about handling my (very) mentally ill father who goes through (primarily) emotionally/psychologically abusive phases with anyone he holds a relationship with? Completely cutting off contact is probably not a solution for a few reasons. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2009 - 23 answers

Get in mah belly, belly

Safe to eat raw refrozen meats that've been defrosted several times? [more inside]
posted by chalbe on Sep 28, 2009 - 5 answers

I don't want to spiral downward

Please tell me about your experience with mood stabilizers such as Lamictal and Depakote. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy on Sep 18, 2009 - 20 answers

Anosmia - is it forever?

Getting over a lousy cold/flu, can breathe again but can't smell anything. Is this permanent? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Sep 17, 2009 - 13 answers

Why does a four-mile walk across the moor in the damp require two months' bed rest to recover?

NinteenthCenturyLiteratureFilter: Why do upper-class types in classic novels always seem so incredibly frail? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on Aug 26, 2009 - 17 answers

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