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Thought-provoking, at least to my fat self:

Consider this: from the perspective of a profit-maximising medical and pharmaceutical industry, the ideal disease would be one that never killed those who suffered from it, that could not be treated effectively, and that doctors and their patients would nevertheless insist on treating anyway. Luckily for it, the American health care industry has discovered (or rather invented) just such a disease. It is called "obesity".

I had an interesting conversation about this topic with [livejournal.com profile] boojum when she visited last weekend --- how being obese/overweight is correlated with a lot of other things that affect overall health at least as much as body weight/body fat, and in particular it's a "disease" of poverty. It's not polite to say "ewww, poor people" but it is considerably more acceptable to say "ewww, fat people". And no self-respecting United States Surgeon General would dare address "the poverty epidemic" as a public health crisis.... oops, that's my cynicism showing again.

Anyway, I'm really just reading Arts and Letters Daily to stall on cleaning out my office and working on my Sundance application, so I'll shut up now.

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Okay, so the title really says it all. And the 4 stitches and the big bandage do make me feel better about getting light-headed and even a little queasy from the pain of cutting my hand at work today. In fact, I'm a stupendous badass/complete idiot for working 5+ hours with what turns out is a pretty serious injury. )

Long story short, I got home after my shift and then Peter and I went to Urgent Care, and just as I was thinking "Gee, it's stopped bleeding, and it hurts but it doesn't look so bad anymore, maybe I should just bandage it up and go home," it turned out they wanted to stitch me up. So, um, yeah. I've bragged enough about my 4 stitches now, so I'm going to go to sleep before the local anaesthetic wears off and the pain maybe keeps me awake. (I got some Vicodin, but I'd rather not use it, because I'm a big macho dumb-ass. But if you didn't know that about me already, then this story probably proves it.)

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I burned myself at work on Sunday --- not too badly, I thought, just barely on the sucky side of second-degree, but unfortunately I broke the skin and turned it into an oozy/scabby mess instead of a blistery thing --- and I've been improvising bandages and stuff for it on and off all week, mostly by using lots of Band-Aids since that's what we've got in the house. But this is lame, and it's brought to my attention the fact that it'd be good to have more comprehensive first aid supplies at home.

So. What should I get for my home first aid kit? The obvious stuff (stuff I would've liked to have this week) includes gauze pads and tape, as well as something of the bactine/iodine/peroxide persuasion for cleaning up scrapes and stuff. But that's just the stuff that's glaringly missing right now because it's what I wish I had for this stupid burn (which is itchy and occasionally the skin around it gets all swollen and red and makes me worry that it's infected, although I'm not yet worried enough to go to urgent care or anything like that). Which reminds me: antibiotic ointment of some sort should probably be on my list. We've got aspirin and ibuprofen and acetaminophen for painkillers, and of course lots of duct tape. But for the rest I'm striking out and feeling stupid, so yeah. Advise me, kids. What else might I want or need?

My other random medical question is the old "advise me on how to find a doctor" thing. Really, what I want is a health clinic like Planned Parenthood, where I can walk in and ask a doctor or nurse or EMT or whatever (I'm not fixated on having to per se see an M.D., or even the same practitioner person every time) "is this broken?" or "is this infected?" without having to do all the urgent care type paperwork. Really what I want is access to a team of pharmacists with EMT training who can prescribe drugs if I need them. (Also I want a pony.) But so far the best I've got is my health insurance company's list of area providers taking on new patients, and I really don't relish the thought of making appointments and waiting weeks and most of all shelling out fees just to interview doctors and decide which one I want. Hmm. Maybe I'll email the doctor I went to in my hometown and ask her if she knows anybody in the Eugene area. Bleh. Responsibility sucks.

And on that note, I'm going to go relax and drink tea until I have to be at work at noon. Woo!

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So yesterday, because I am insane, I got up at 6 AM to wake up [livejournal.com profile] theshytiger so we could drive [livejournal.com profile] pants_of_doom to the Portland airport, then drove back home, got changed, and rode my bike to work for about 9 hours. In my professional opinion, the nooner shift (from anywhere between 11 AM and 12 PM until far too late) can suck it. The 2 PM till far too late is okay, though, which is weird, but whatever. It probably would've been less sucky if I hadn't been so damn tired, but still. Being tired makes me a danger to myself and others, but mostly myself. If you don't want to read about my various and sundry work-related injuries and in particular if you hate reading about blood, skip this section. )

By the time I got home, mere moments after [livejournal.com profile] nedthealpaca and [livejournal.com profile] stereotype441 arrived to crash on our floor en route to the Humboldt Juggling Festival, which is this weekend, I was only barely human. So I washed my filthy exhausted body and went to bed.

Today I am resting and being nice to myself and pondering the chocolate cheesecake recipe in The Vegetarian Epicure, Book Two, which Penny insisted I buy when we were at Smith Family earlier in the week (I also got The Vegetarian Epicure and The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley). I'll probably do laundry at some point, since my sock and underwear drawers are both pretty empty, BUT most importantly of all, I'm going to fill out an application to cook for Sundance Natural Foods! I'm so excited! )

But first I think I will have some lunch.

Oh dear.

Oct. 4th, 2003 04:12 pm
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I just sent email to National Novel Writing Month headquarters volunteering to be the Municipal Liaison for Eugene this year. My plan was to write the email and then postpone sending it and look at it again and decide whether it was still a good idea, but force of habit took over and I sent it. Mostly I think this is a good thing --- it will force me to be more committed to NaNoWriMo, probably get me to meet new people, and be as much work as I'm willing to make it, so as long as I don't go insane with responsibility everything will be fine. But still... eep.

Anyways, now that I've done that, I feel like it's time for another poll, this one to determine what I can do to reduce what I perceive as being my fairly obnoxious NaNoWriMo obsession. Here goes:

[Poll #187877]

Based on the results of this poll, I'll either start hiding all my NaNoWriMo stuff behind cuts (this would be easiest for me, since I could mix NaNo stuff in with other entries) or create appropriate filters for people interested in reading my NaNoWriMo adventures, or interested in avoiding them, as the case may be, and write separate entries when necessary.

In other news, I think my cold or whatever it is that was bothering me on Wednesday has decided to settle in my sinuses and give me yucky post-nasal drip. Tonight I will attempt to combat this with hot and sour soup, so there.

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Today I worked the 11 AM shift instead of the 7 AM. I found out about the change in scheduling at kind of the last minute (10 PM last night), but it looks like the switch is semi-permanent, at least according to the guy I traded shifts with (i.e. who used to be Thursday's 11 o'clocker). The net effect is I work fewer hours, but do less prep and more actual cooking on Thursdays, which is way okay by me. I even got to run the whole line by myself for about half an hour today, which is to say I was the only cook in the kitchen, running the show. Of course, this was at around 3:30 PM, so it was really slow: I made two sandwiches and a burger and then there were no more orders until I went home at around 4, but whatever! I got to run the line! Go me!

Today I also found out that pretty much everyone I work with has wrist problems. While this doesn't do much to get me psyched about the long-term health effects of cooking as a career, it is kind of reassuring to know that the problems are endemic among cooks, and not the result of me doing something horribly, freakishly wrong with my hands.

Tonight: hot and sour soup for dinner. Yum. I'm home alone at the moment (Kelly left on a bike ride just as I got home from work, and Peter just headed over to a friend's house to continue yesterday's bike maintenance and repair adventures) but I've just realized I'm hungry enough that I might go ahead and start on food now, or at least soon. In any case I'm going to make myself some soymilk chai, I think, since I hardly had any caffeine at work today and that's just silly of me, really.

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