Items of interest, October 9, 2021

I have just been diagnosed with Palindromic rheumatism, which at this point is mostly a fancy name for “exactly the weird symptoms I’ve had for twenty years, which I put up with until they started appearing more frequently, for longer and more severely”. For now, this diagnosis doesn’t change much for me; I don’t have …

Some quick food/budgeting notes

This week’s groceries expenses were €35 – they’ll be €37 when I get the peanut butter, which I forgot. Most of my groceries were bought at the farmer’s market, and because I brought a list and stuck to it, I did not splurge on expensive cheeses and sun-dried tomatoes. Last week’s groceries expenses were €27; …

Running, exercise and joint pains

Since my last physical peak in October, I’ve kept up with running but let other forms of exercise fall by the wayside a bit. I’ve not been to the gym since back then. As a result, I’ve lost a bit of muscle strength and gained a bit of belly fat. This is not the end …

While we’re on the subject of Flixotide…

While looking for places to link to for my post on weaning myself off Flixotide/Flovent, I came across a patients’ forum in which many people posted a number of behaviour-altering/psychoactive side effects for the drug, which I hadn’t come across in any of the official documentation for it. Reported side effects, mostly in young children …

Weaning myself off flixotide

For the past 10 years or so, I have used the synthetic corticosteroid Flixotide (sold in the US as Flovent) for long-term asthma control. It does a pretty good job at preventing asthma symptoms, but I’ve been wary for some time about depending on any particular drug for too long. Last summer, while staying in …

What I do to stave off depression

A lot of my friends suffer from moderate to severe depression. Myself, I tend towards depressiveness and have a personality evaluation to prove it – I’m pretty normal except for tendencies towards anxiety and depression. The avalanche of bad economic news has been triggering both tendencies hard. So here, as a mental note to myself …