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August 5

"Don't be angry. Everyone gets one here."

How normal or abnormal is it to be able to see or otherwise sense one's own body moving as a result of one's heart beating, while at rest? Surely there is a term for this? [more inside]
posted by glonous keming at 4:25 PM - 7 answers

Yet Another Delta Covid "What-do-I-do?"

My wife may have been exposed to Covid two days ago. But it's unclear, and she's quarantining, no symptoms. We have a concert tonight, Japanese Breakfast. We're both fully vaxxed (Pfizer), no symptoms. Do I skip the concert? [more inside]
posted by glaucon at 12:04 PM - 19 answers

Need creative ideas for getting through extreme needle phobia

Does anyone have any slightly outside the box ideas for getting through overwhelming needle aversion, in order to get the COVID vaccine? I’m familiar with the standard tricks, but I need to pull out all the stops on this one. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 AM - 32 answers

August 4

Proper etiquette for switching doctors within a practice

My wife is not happy with her orthopedist (we're in the US). It's nothing horrible – he just isn't very attentive or helpful, and she doesn't want to go back to him. Her doctor is part of a medical practice with five other orthopedists in the group. Can we reasonably ask the receptionist for an appointment with one of the other doctors in the practice? [more inside]
posted by alex1965 at 7:47 AM - 14 answers

Postpartum yoga online

Looking for recommendations for excellent postpartum yoga classes that are available to stream on-demand online (not looking for virtual “live” classes), are plentiful (don’t want to repeat the same three classes over and over again), are affordable (free is even better, but I’m willing to pay a reasonable fee for a great product), and (here is where I can’t find what I’m looking for) are actually physically challenging while remaining attentive to postpartum-specific needs (I really would like a moderate or tougher workout, not just sitting on the mat and doing deep breathing for an hour). [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 12:28 AM - 6 answers

August 3

What happens if a vaccinated person inhales some Delta coronavirus?

Suppose a person who is vaccinated, inhales "some" coronavirus-laden droplets. Surely that must happen -- it has probably even happened to me. (Perhaps it happens all the time?) How can one tell? Is it possible to distinguish between "living a pure life far from anyone who has even heard of the virus and definitely not inhaling any of it" and "partying at all the bars in Covid Central but miraculously never getting sick"? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 9:03 PM - 12 answers

Child's rotting teeth!

My 9 year old daughter has just been to the dentist for emergency dental work. Woke up with bad tooth ache and the dentist managed to fit us in same day. X-rays were taken and three teeth were found to be badly decayed. One required immediate removal to alleviate the pain. I know YANMD [more inside]
posted by dance at 2:36 PM - 34 answers

Recumbent exercise bike vs elliptical exerciser for bad knees

My knees are toast but not bad enough for surgery. I need to add mild exercise to get some relief and have a couple options I need help with [more inside]
posted by RichardHenryYarbo at 2:30 PM - 9 answers

What’s your dosage?

You are an adult successfully medicating your adhd. What dosage of what are you on? [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 9:12 AM - 40 answers

Managing gastritis possibly exacerbated by anxiety

tldr is I have gastritis caused by taking a magnesium supplement. I've stopped the magnesium, felt better, but now the pain is back again. Seeing my GI specialist or GP is difficult as we're in the middle of a bad third wave and I'm only partially vaccinated. (I'm in South Africa). Also, the appointment is extremely expensive. So I need a reality check (hopefully from others who've had similar problems) Is this just a bump on the road to recovery? Or serious enough to make an appointment? Also appreciate any tips for managing gastritis. Would prefer no alternative diagnosis though - please don't tell me about the auto immune condition I might have. [more inside]
posted by Zumbador at 6:08 AM - 15 answers

August 2

Eyeglass woes; options?

I have been wearing glasses for 50 years. I never had trouble with a new pair until now. What next? [more inside]
posted by NotLost at 12:59 PM - 14 answers

Tiny masks for tiny faces

Help me find what has to be the least fun 2nd birthday present ever. 😷 My tiny twins are quickly approaching age 2 and it seems like we should start (ok, we probably already should have started) practicing wearing masks. This a weird rite of passage. My twins are quite tiny - they are 22 months old, in the 2-5 percentile for height and weight. They just now moved into 12-18 month clothing, which is baggy. Anyone have experience with toddler size masks? Small ones? [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 12:30 PM - 9 answers

Back to school mask?

I need to stock up on masks for my elementary-aged kids who will be back in school in the fall for the first time since March 2020 (that is to say, they have not regularly worn maks all day yet in a social setting). Parents of kids who have optimized the tradeoff between cost/comfort/safety for your kids, what have you found works best? I'm looking for both styles and specific places to buy. [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle at 9:51 AM - 14 answers

Multifocal lens replacement surgery question

After a lifetime of wearing glasses, I'm thinking about getting lens replacement surgery, and I have a few questions... [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 9:22 AM - 6 answers

August 1

One Piercing Infected - Let Both Close Up?

Last night I realized both of my newish piercings (earlobes) are slightly infected. I took the earring out of my left ear since it was the most irritated and today the hole is healed over enough that I don't want to push it. Should I take my other earring out, too? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger at 2:11 PM - 10 answers

Covid shot so my vaccination card matches my ID documents?

Are there any health issues if I get another vaccination? I want my card to match my ID [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:12 PM - 5 answers

July 31

I need this to stop

Twice in the last ten days I have been woken up in the middle of the night with violent calf cramps in BOTH legs. I don't want this to keep happening. Help. [more inside]
posted by nayantara at 5:08 PM - 36 answers

A different approach to FODMAPs

My doctor wants me to try a FODMAPs diet, but not the usual routine. The usual approach is to spend a month or more eating no foods with FODMAPs and then introduce challenges. But my doctor wants me to try to eliminate one group per week while continuing to eat foods from the other three groups. Week one, eliminate oligosaccharides but continue to eat things from the other three groups. Weeks two through four, eliminate di-, then monosaccharides, then polyols while still eating from the other three groups. [more inside]
posted by sevenstars at 1:22 PM - 5 answers

July 30

Best pillows, furniture, life hacks for herniated disc healing

So I just found out the back pain that's been plaguing me and keeping me up all night for the past TWO YEARS is a herniated disc (L5-S1, so very low back not neck). I'm seeing a doctor and a physical therapist over the next couple weeks but I need to figure out what I should be doing at home to help, or at least not make it worse. [more inside]
posted by 100kb at 4:09 PM - 17 answers

Is it possible to get a smaller penis?

At 39, could I successfully get a smaller penis that works as well as the one I have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:07 PM - 7 answers

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