My kids are going to a day camp for the first time this summer. They're scheduled to swim twice a day, but my son has been refusing to go into the pool and panicking when the counselors try to encourage him into the water. How can we convince him the pool is fun, safe and comfortable? [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jul 11, 2014 -
After having to leave a meeting due to someone elses perfume, I would love to know what chemical it is in scented products that I am sensitive to. Can we narrow it down some? Details of reaction inside. [more inside]
posted by Iteki
on Apr 2, 2014 -
I feel sick every time I get on to nyc subway trains. The N train is constantly stinky like urine and mcdonalds and feet, that triggered my multiple chemical sensitivity badly.
I noticed 7 train usually have very fresh air which does not trigger my symptoms, as well as #6 train. R train is much better than N train, and E train is much better than F train.
I want to know what caused these nasty stinky trains? Are all odor caused by mold?
Btw: I can't tolerate PATH smell as well.
I'm so confused people in these trains seem do not feel anything.
Any information or comment are welcome.
posted by pack2themoon
on Dec 19, 2013 -
Over the last few months I have developed a food sensitivity (I believe
the culprit is rice). It is merely annoying at the moment, but I was wondering what happens when you remove an item to which you are sensitive from your diet? Generally speaking, does your sensitivity get worse? [more inside]
posted by baniak
on Dec 18, 2013 -
Violent or humiliating scenes in films, TV shows, books, news and just things I see and hear day-to-day really upset me, to the point where I can't even cope with seeing them without feeling traumatised. It feels like this is a problem in my life - but I've always been this way and can't seem to desensitise myself. How do I stop being so over-sensitive? [Much, much, much more inside - sorry x] [more inside]
posted by winterhill
on Nov 19, 2013 -
My upper left front tooth had a filling back in late March. The dentist was perplexed as to why I'd have a cavity there-- she said it's a very accessible place (brush 3 times, floss twice a day. Never miss). After the filling the tooth was a tad sensitive for a day and then all was fine.
In the last month or so, I some times get a "cold sensation" in the area of that tooth but couldn't pin it down but I think it came from the filled tooth. It just feels like a cold feeling from the inside. Then this morning I got a stronger "cold feeling" in that tooth after taking a sip of warm coffee.
Should I go back to the dentist? I am very worried. I don't want this to turn into something worse. In the mean time, just seeing the dentist cost a lot of money. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree
on Jul 18, 2013 -
My job involves many roles, one of which is IT support, at a medium-sized business. Even though this part of my work only takes up about 33% of my working hours, the negativity surrounding it is making my job a living hell. [more inside]
posted by daisies
on May 20, 2013 -
I have a friend who gets extremely sensitive and anxious outside her comfort zone. Sometimes it gets to be too much for me. How to deal? [more inside]
posted by Sock of Silliness
on Jan 28, 2013 -
I'd appreciate your advice on dealing with what seems to me racist joking/bantering at work -- particularly when it's directed at me. This is my first white-collar job since moving to North America, and I think this kind of "joking around" is unacceptable but this office's culture seems to tolerate it. [more inside]
posted by papafrita
on Jan 27, 2013 -
Random thought/Someone must have made this question: Anyone know of an online site that allows you to map out areas on a (3D or 2D) human model as "hot" or "cold"?
I'm thinking of something that would allow people to map out their erogenous zones as they know them or discover them. [more inside]
posted by Decimask
on Nov 28, 2012 -
Anyone else with hyperacusis
? Yesterday, I described something I though was just lack-of-sleep induced ear sensitivity and learned I was instead suffering from hyperacusia. (previously
) [more inside]
posted by Baud
on Nov 10, 2012 -
Why does (dark) chicken meat sometimes (but not always) make me feel ill? Slightly TMI descriptions inside. [more inside]
posted by wholebroad
on Jul 19, 2012 -
dentist filter: I have a tooth (upper right molar, second to the last one) that occasionally have a dull pain when I bite on it. It usually happens when I am tired, i.e. when I am sleep deprived. I had a dental cleaning/checkup on Jan. 13, and the dentist didn't say anything. I am out of the country now and have no access to any dentist, and I am really worried. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree
on Feb 6, 2012 -
I work closely with another girl who is very kind, helpful, and talented at her job. She is also highly sensitive and neurotic to the point where I become annoyed and exhausted after working with her for fifteen minutes. Help me make the best of this work relationship. [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove
on Jul 16, 2011 -
I have trouble ingesting small amounts of alcohol (a few shots), what can I do to make my stomach cooperate so that I can drink the odd time when I go out with friends? [more inside]
posted by Dmac_rocker
on Apr 5, 2011 -
What is "color sensitivity", in the context of it being a symptom of hypothyroidism? It appears on this list of symptoms
, but I can't find anything else that will tell me how someone with hypothyroidism might experience color sensitivity. [more inside]
posted by amethysts
on Mar 26, 2011 -
Going gluten free: how long to really tell a difference, if gluten intolerance is really a problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 25, 2011 -
I usually cry the first time I have sex with someone. Does anyone have explanations for/experience with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 11, 2010 -
Should I ask my dentist to replace my composite (white) filling with something stronger, so my chewing sensitivity is eliminated? [more inside]
posted by blake137
on May 28, 2010 -
I have overly intense emotional reactions to literature, films, & TV shows. Please help me enjoy art like a normal person again. [more inside]
posted by granted
on Apr 26, 2010 -
Since childhood I've been a rather sensitive and justice-obsessed person, but also pretty interested in / attentive to the well-being and inner lives of other people. But I feel increasingly drained. In my field of work there is a lot of getting-ahead through nepotism/ingratiation rather than ability/ passion/effort, and it bothers me. In my life I have people whom I generally like and have opened up to, but who, at critical junctures, exhibit such self-absorption that I'm left feeling not only outraged but injured. I want to change the intensity and duration of my reaction to these things, as it's a huge waste of time, and sometimes upsets my own self-esteem. Please help me stop thinking about other people without becoming alienated and alienating.
posted by taramosalata
on Nov 18, 2009 -
I'd like to be less sensitive to rejection, as well as situations that aren't actually rejection but that I take as such. I've had social anxiety for as long as I can remember (I'm nineteen), and I have only come out of my shell in the last few months. Because of this, I'm incredibly sensitive to what others may think of me, since I've never really had friends and don't want people to dislike me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 26, 2009 -
I'm embarrassed by the way my husband dresses. He says he wants to dress better, but that he "physically can't". [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 8, 2009 -
Is the expression "Too many chiefs, not enough indians" culturally insensitive? If so, help me think of a clever way of expressing the same idea using the same "too many x, not enough y" format.
posted by pasici
on Apr 18, 2007 -
how can i advise a youth-mentorship organization to be sensitive to the cultural and religious needs of its young participants and their parents? this Q applies to a very diverse group of kids. the issues i've noticed so far have specifically affected the muslim kids. [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme
on Jan 14, 2007 -
How can I switch my mouse sensitivity between two settings with the touch of one (or two) keyboard buttons? [more inside]
posted by allthewhile
on Oct 29, 2006 -
Cooking Challenge 2006: Someone once said that anyone can make great food if they can use any ingredients, but the real challenge is coming up with something with a very limited selection of ingredients. So, make/find/modify me recipes using *only* the ingredients on the (somewhat short) list inside, or conversely, that don't include any of the ingredients on the (very long) list provided inside. (Elimination diet) [more inside]
posted by sdis
on Jul 5, 2006 -
I have always been an a emotionally sensitive guy, and I guess being this way has its pros and cons. In my current and past relationships, my emotions really seem to get the best of me. When I am single, I usually have a firm grasp over my emotions, but when I am in a relationship, my emotions become heightened. I am usually very sensitive to the moods of my significant others, to the point that if they are in a bad mood, I also get in a bad mood. And a lot of times, I think I wrongfully attribute the reason for their bad moods to myself, and therefore get somewhat insecure. I don't think this is very healthy. My current girlfriend thinks its great that I am sensitive some of the time, but not great at other times. It drives me crazy when she says "I am too sensitive" when she may tease me about a topic that I am sensitive about, but she feels is funny or harmless. I don't like feeling like a wimp, but I also don't like feeling like my sensitivities are unwarranted. I guess I want to figure out how to be more disciplined with my emotions while at the same time not becoming a heartless boyfriend. Help me become emotionally mature and intelligent.
posted by jasondigitized
on Jun 28, 2006 -
Does it make sense that unknown exposure -- allergies or sensitivities -- is making me wildly moody? [more inside]
posted by yesster
on May 16, 2006 -
Asking for the girlfriend (if that wasn't clear): My significant other is plagued by oral contraceptive -induced sunlight sensitivity. [more inside]
posted by glibhamdreck
on May 12, 2006 -
How can I fix or adjust the keypad of my new Dell laptop to prevent the cursor from jumping to other spaces, other lines, highlighted blocks of text, even calling up random functions.
In the user's guide installed on the HD there are instructions for adjusting the touch pad, but not the keyboard.
Over at Dell Hell I find nothing. I'm on the road, limited Internet access, could use some personal experience.
posted by NorthCoastCafe
on Feb 20, 2006 -