So what they discovered last year when I had surgery is that it wasn’t endo, it’s not a hernia (although I do I have small one which they cannot repair, the type that probably happens during development when the whatever never seals all the way), but it’s my oversized uterus becoming even more oversized during my period and then crushing the nerve that goes down into my left leg that destroys me each month.
So with this crushed nerve you have to treat the nerve with things that effect nerves, which ibuprofen and acetaminophen do not. What they give you for this type of pain management is something called gabapentin which is mostly used as an anti-seizure and sometimes as an anti-anxiety drug when used with other meds.
While it does help with the pain, it also has the nice side effect of increasing my concentration skills. Nothing too intense, just able to stay on task much easier than I can the rest of the month. It’s pleasant.
I’m also supposed to take northriptyline for the pain at bedtime to deal with waking up in the middle of the night pain which also happens around this time of the month so I can get a good night sleep, but I don’t think it works so I don’t take it since it’s an anti-depressant and no need to mess with your brain if you don’t think it’s doing anything.
There’s also the percocet to deal with the break through pain, which I usually only need for a day or two. That’s good for the “well I’m still in pain but I no longer care” treatment. Also means I have a nice couple of days of concentration AND a peaceful state.
Which is good because even with the 8-12 Lysteda I take a day as not to bleed myself into anemia, it’s nice not to care about tenth maxipad of the day and churn out a bunch of work.
Anyway, this was just a long walk to say that we’re poorly designed and in a thousand years I hope women are able to just get a new uterus each month because by then body parts will be modular.
Interesting how the American media and those who were aware of the India gang rape realized that the victims were the ones to empathize with and who needed support and solidarity, whereas the opposite is happening with the Steubenville rape. Even media outlets I usually agree with are focusing on…
Is it wrong that I keep hoping Google will change their mind on this? I mean, I held out the same hope for the GReader ShareBros and that didn’t work out, but how could they be so shortsighted about this one?
What would make for a satisfying second-screen experience? That’s something I’ve thought a lot about during the past month, especially in regard to the network-branded second-screen apps, which could be offering much more value than they are now.
When Lost was on the air, I used to listen to every podcast and watch every video-blog that the show’s producers released. If that had all been packaged into an app that I could’ve fiddled with while watching the show, I would’ve suffered through all the commercials to get it.
But this is crucial: I would not have wanted any such Lost app to be functional for only one hour a week. The kind of ephemera in [a] second-screen app is great for a second viewing; it’d be way too distracting to keep up with while watching the movie the first time. So it goes with TV: Using a second-screen app to carry on conversations, take polls, and consume trivia while watching a new episode hardly seems like what the actual creators of the show had in mind.
Noel Murray at Grantland sort of backs into a revelation about the future of TV: when you have an app that augments a television show, you have to start thinking about the user experience of that television show, just as you would the UX of an app. And he raises an important question: who should be the person in charge of a TV show’s UX? The creator of the show or a network marketing guy? I imagine some showrunners will take control of this auxiliary means of storytelling, and some won’t give a shit.
One thing Noel Murray is 100% right about: second screen apps would be absolutely amazing for any story that is built upon lore. There are just some shows that make you want to fall down a rabbit hole.