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Supporting someone returning to work after depression

How can I best support a staff member returning to work after a period off with depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2008 - 8 answers

Abusive and Ill?

I know that survivors of abuse often develop mental disorders. But what disorders/illnesses are associated with being abusive? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Dec 24, 2008 - 20 answers

Tips for parenting with chronic illness

What are your tips for parenting small kids when you have a chronic illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2008 - 10 answers

Will I end up spending $$$ and still end up with a dead cat?

[cat filter] Can anyone give me a story in which their cat started sneezing blood but stayed healthy? [more inside]
posted by parilous on Nov 18, 2008 - 20 answers

sick, stress, stress, sick...

I am a college student with a chronic disease. I need your advice on how to tactfully deal with professors frustrated over my many absences. [more inside]
posted by roygbv on Nov 12, 2008 - 27 answers

Have I poisoned myself?

Have I poisoned myself? [more inside]
posted by jessicapierce on Nov 10, 2008 - 19 answers

How do I keep from getting dehydrated when I'm constantly vomiting and diarrhea-ing?

I've had diarrhea and constant vomiting since last night. I can't even keep down water. What should I do to keep from getting dehydrated? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Nov 5, 2008 - 41 answers

Pet vet on the 'net yet?

For minor pet health questions: suggest websites that are comprehensive & user-friendly? I'd like to avoid unnecessary vet visits. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Oct 30, 2008 - 10 answers

Billy Birdflu & Sally Sepulcher

I'm writing a story in which death and illness is a major theme, and I'd like to name my characters accordingly. [more inside]
posted by jschu on Oct 18, 2008 - 19 answers

How can I get my grandma into a new hospital?

My terminally-ill grandma is in a hospital that is dirty, poorly staffed, and crowded. My family wants to move her to another facility. She has 2-8 weeks to live. Hospital staff has been unreceptive to our requests. How can we get grandma transferred to another facility? [more inside]
posted by Ostara on Oct 14, 2008 - 6 answers

What superpowers can I look forward to?

What can I expect in terms of side effects for radiation treatment of brain cancer? [more inside]
posted by Atom12 on Sep 29, 2008 - 16 answers

I really AM sick on a Monday, Boss...

Ugh. I actually *am* sick - sick since I woke up this [Monday] morning. But calling into work has me cringing under the duvet. Please help me out of this quandry... [more inside]
posted by ticktockdoc on Sep 1, 2008 - 18 answers

Real diagnosis in general practice

US doctor question: do general practitioners practice real diagnosis anymore? Every doctor my wife and I have gone to in the past ten years has turned out to be incompetent or disinterested in doing more than the bare minimum. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Aug 11, 2008 - 28 answers

Help me get this book out of my office and onto shelves.

I need a new name!!! I've written a book for friends and non-primary caregiver family (NOT for primary caregivers) regarding illness and death. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Aug 8, 2008 - 16 answers

Old Fart Wants to get Buff Again

Former competitive weightlifter (female, 55 yrs old) here, got super fit to elite status at 50 yrs old by professional trainer, diagnosed with incurable blood cancer and told to stop the really hard training, as it puts too much strain on the immune system. Want to start another program but ..... [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on Jul 31, 2008 - 5 answers

Re-interviewing for a job I turned down 6 months ago. How much do I need to explain?

Re-interviewing for a job. How much do I need to explain about why I turned them down 6 months ago? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar on Jun 25, 2008 - 6 answers

What's the name of this mental illness?

A couple of months ago, I read an article about a very rare illness primarily affecting men which caused them, among other things, to hurt themselves - sometimes quite seriously. Does anyone know the name of this disorder? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Jun 5, 2008 - 17 answers

Damn snot nosed kids, get off my lawn!

My daughter started day care almost two months ago. My husband and I have been intermittently sick ever since she got started. Is it common for adults to be debilitated by day care plagues, and if so, when will this misery end?!?! [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on May 27, 2008 - 18 answers

How can I set up a college fund for my possibly terminally ill friend's children?

I have a friend with a possibly terminal illness. I'm trying to figure out a way to set up a college fund, to which any of her friends/family could contribute, for her two young children. So far I've looked into ESAs (might not work due to the $2k annual limit) and 529s, but I've had trouble finding information specific to this type of situation -- which I have to imagine is not all that uncommon. What options should I be investigating? Should I talk to a financial advisor?
posted by mingshan on Mar 13, 2008 - 16 answers

What's a "mass" doing on my dad's brain?

What's a "mass" doing on my dad's brain? Does anyone have any idea how I start researching this or what I can expect to see from all this? [more inside]
posted by bash on Feb 23, 2008 - 12 answers

What can I do to help my mom in her new role as the full-time caretaker for my ailing step-dad?

What can I do to help my mom in her new role as the full-time caretaker for my ailing step-dad? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Feb 17, 2008 - 11 answers

How can I trust doctors after so many misdiagnoses?

I have bad luck with doctors and/or diseases. How do I regain trust in the medical profession? To what extent should I do so? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Feb 5, 2008 - 21 answers

Why do I get sick now after even a few drinks (but not every time)?

Over the last year (I am 36) I have experienced some disturbing effects related to my drinking even a small amount of alcohol (two drinks or so). The odd thing is, I am only adversely effected some of the time... [more inside]
posted by pazoozoo on Jan 26, 2008 - 20 answers

deciding to be a parent with chronic illness

Having kids or not when you have chronic health issues: how did you decide and come to terms with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2008 - 12 answers

Is there anything I(we) can do for a terminally-ill co-worker?

A co-worker has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Treatments have stopped and Hospice is now involved. He is 61 years old and has been working at the company for 40 years. We are an engineering firm and most of the employees are kind of... well... not the type to try (self-start) and do something for our co-worker of his family. I was wondering if there was anything I could do and/or have the office do to help, comfort, etc Obviously sending 'get well' cards is out of the question. ... I just don't know what it is appropriate. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by KogeLiz on Jan 21, 2008 - 20 answers

Too much of a good thing

I've made an unfortunate nutritional mistake; am I in for a world of hurt, and is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Jan 17, 2008 - 17 answers

Sleeping/exercising/getting teh sick

Can a minor change in sleep schedule (as opposed to a reduction in sleep hours) make you sick? Or is her body just reacting badly to an increase in exercise? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Jan 15, 2008 - 10 answers

Who Whacked Cheeseburger Brown?

Appropriate steps to take in light of a credible death threat? [more inside]
posted by CheeseburgerBrown on Jan 9, 2008 - 25 answers

Victorian illness

What is the 19th Century illness that disfigures Esther Summerson of Dicken's Bleak House? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Jan 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Shouldn't I be all better now?

I puked my guts out on New Year's on my way back to my car. I had nothing alcoholic to drink. I ate at Wendy's before the party. All day yesterday and this morning I still feel like I've got a lead brick in my stomach. How should I treat this at home? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Jan 2, 2008 - 23 answers

Did people really use ice packs?

In older films, ill people are sometimes shown with an ice pack on their head. Presumably to bring down a fever? Did people really do this back then, or is the ice pack merely a comedic signifier?
posted by R. Mutt on Dec 18, 2007 - 18 answers

Where to go in getting help with non-epileptic seizures.

Looking for resources on non-epileptic seizures. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2007 - 11 answers

They see dead people...

I recently read on a website somewhere, one person's account of an elderly relative dying. [more inside]
posted by Rabulah on Dec 11, 2007 - 3 answers

Why would a germ want to make me sick?

Why do bacteria and viruses make us sick? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Nov 10, 2007 - 30 answers

How can I help a friend who will be undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment for the next few months?

My friend's wife is recovering from breast cancer. They removed the tumor a couple weeks ago, and they found no sign that the cancer had spread to the lymph system. She's expected to make a full recovery. But in order to kill any remaining cancer cells, for the next 2 months she'll be undergoing chemotherapy, and then 1 month of radiation therapy afterwards. What can I do to make life easier and/or lift the spirits of her and her husband? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Oct 25, 2007 - 28 answers

I Want Him to be Sedated

Still crazy after all these years filter - what can be done about my dad? (long post following) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2007 - 14 answers

Sick in a foreign country

My stepfather is currently hospitalized in France, where he had a series of transient ischemic attacks this weekend while on vacation with my mother and sister. They were scheduled to fly home next week, though chances are high that will get postponed at least a few days on doctor's orders. I'm trying to be as much help as I can from an ocean away. What practical aspects of being hospitalized in a foreign country should I be thinking of / helping with? [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Oct 14, 2007 - 15 answers

Why is my son's teammate bald?

[Nosyfilter] What illness/condition would cause a little boy to lose his hair? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Oct 13, 2007 - 20 answers

My cat is too freaked out to eat. What do I do?

My adopted cat is freaked out about her new home, and getting more freaked out with each passing day. Now I'm afraid she's so freaked out she's not even emerging to eat or drink. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Aug 15, 2007 - 20 answers

Can an air filter weaken your immune system?

Can an air filter weaken your immune system? [more inside]
posted by mwang1028 on Jul 29, 2007 - 7 answers

Keeping patients in the dark in Japan?

I'd like more information about the practice of not informing patients of the extent of their illness in Japan. [more inside]
posted by Espy Gillespie on Jul 13, 2007 - 18 answers

What to do when the doctors shrug their shoulders?

Diagnosis Filter: Looking for opinions of what might be wrong with my mom. (more inside - long) [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams on Jul 12, 2007 - 12 answers

Diagnose a lifelong illness

Want to help diagnose my lifelong illness? [more inside]
posted by deeper red on Jul 3, 2007 - 13 answers

Should I submit by psychiatrist bills to my employer?

It's time to submit my out-of-pocket medical expenses to my employer for reimbursement under the pre-tax medical account program. All my receipts are for psychotherapy, psychotropic medication, and other indicia of mental illness. Is it professionally "safe" for my employer to have this stuff? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2007 - 15 answers

Experience with canine distemper?

Sadfilter: Does anyone have experience with canine distemper? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Jun 24, 2007 - 10 answers

Who to see and how to explain a strange turn in health?

In recent months, I think I have experienced a significant decline in my health and I am not sure what to do. I have been exhausted hardly able to stand up straight, my tremors have become excessive, my legs even shake now and sometimes I worry about falling over, more and more I forget the simplest of words (e.g., "shirt"), and I feel befuddled and slow. I have seen a neurologist . . . [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2007 - 14 answers

Can we avert disaster? (mental-illness-legal-issues filter)

My adult brother with various mental health issues (living at home with my parents in the Chicago area – near north suburbs) keeps going off and doing self-destructive...and illegal stuff. It’s getting worse, and it can’t go on. We’re clueless and scared. Help us, HiveMind! So much [more inside]
posted by shelbaroo on May 26, 2007 - 16 answers

IBS help, PLEASE!

What's the best way to deal with a terrible disease called IBS? ( Irritable bowel syndrome) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2007 - 31 answers

Help me be a supportive friend when I don't feel the love in return

I have a friend who's husband is going in for heart surgery tomorrow. He is a young guy, about 30 years old, He is an extremely athletic outdoorsy type of person, (helicopter skiing, mountain biking, workouts at least 3x a week) He is also one of those guys that don't want any one to visit or call and hates medication, hospitals, doctors. So this is not going to be fun for him, or for his wife. I wanted to know in the hives opinion what I can do to support, say, give during all of this. [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla on Apr 30, 2007 - 12 answers

Too many meds? Or something worse?

Traveling health filter: I'm asking this for a friend who is working way...way...wayyyyyy out in the mountain regions of Pakistan with no access to proper health care at the moment. Definitely not for the squeamish... [more inside]
posted by lil' ears on Apr 23, 2007 - 6 answers

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