spiralngphoenix: (Morgan)
Endgame season is fast approaching, and I've been doing some thinking regarding what to do about the OOG fact that my knee is likely as good as it's ever going to be again, and the IG fact that Morgan is a front-line fighting thug. I thought about doing the "Wait a while longer and see what happens at fight practices before doing anything", but then realized that, as much as I'd like to deny it, I just can't predict when I'm going to have a bad day and be gimping around with the cane, and events are going to aggravate it. I need to suck it up and adjust things appropriately.

According to boy, my best option is to look into a medical respec, which will entail finding out a.) who, precisely, I discuss that with, b.) what that process is, and c.) oh dear gods, this sort of alters my timeline for the season, at least. Also, I should probably do this before the first Temple event (Canada is already a caster, and besides, I still need to build her in the first place)... *sigh*



*whines* But I didn't wanna be a caster!! *pout*
spiralngphoenix: (healing hands)
Dear Parents,

I'm writing to you today on behalf of your children about something that I don't think a lot of people think about. WHY it is important to "worry" your children and make sure they know their family's medical history. All of it. Early.

As some of you know and others don't, I went to the ER last week with a Surprise!kidney stone. When I got there, the doctors asked me if I had any family history of them, and I realized that I had no idea. I mean, I think my mother used to get them, but I'm not 100% on that and she's been gone for almost 21 years now. This is important, as if she did, and this had been made clear to me I could have, oh, done something to lower my own risk. After being released a few hours later, heavily medicated, I realized that aside from the odd bits here and there I have no idea about my genetic inheritance.

This is not a good thing. As I have to go to see a urologist this week and then set up an appointment with a nutritionist to set me on a new diet plan to try and minimize more of the spiky little buggers, I needed to know more about what I've got lurking in the DNA closet so that can be taken into account for the New Life Plan. So, I emailed my father.

Turns out, in addition to the scattered bits I do know about, there is also a MASSIVE history of vascular issues in his family (multiple heart attacks, atherosclerosis, stroke, cerebral hemorrhages, angina, one pacemaker, and a bypass so far). Funny thing about a lot of these things? If you know that there is a higher risk factor in your family, you can start making the appropriate lifestyle choices EARLY in life. Instead, I'm finding out at 34, when much of the damage has potentially been done, and now I'm going to be scrambling to play Catch-Up and hope that I'm able to do something about it in time.

I know a lot of people don't like to talk about it. I've heard a number of excuses from various fronts for why they don't tell their kids. The most common one I've heard was "I didn't want to worry you."

Please. For their sake's, worry them. Don't let them find out when they have an avoidable condition because you "didn't want to worry them", or for any other excuse. You can save them more pain and suffering by letting them know what they are at risk for than by keeping silent. If they choose not to make the changes, that's their choice. Give them the choice, though, and tell them before it's too late.

*steps off soap-box*
spiralngphoenix: (hearth and home)
Dear Body,

Can we please not develop some new and interesting health issues that require me to entirely relearn how to cook roughly every decade or so? That would rock. Kthanx. ~M


On the upside, at least my body seems to keep insisting that I need to eat healthier and healthier every time.

On the downside, my family food history is Irish, English, and Polish. All vegetables are to be boiled within an inch of their lives, then seasoned with a bit of butter, salt, and pepper. (Those that didn't come out of a can.) I have ZERO clue what else to do with them.

*sigh*

Anyone got good recipes for Things To Do With Vegetables? (Doesn't have to be vegetarian, meat is fine, I just need to cut back on the amount.)

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