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logical_nonsens [userpic]

My teacher today said she thinks that I show signs of low blood sugar. I've never thought about it before but I looked up the symptoms today and they seem to match with me. It also works because I hardly eat(I think eating is a burden and I don't like very many sweets).

-difficulty paying attention, or confusion

Whenever I can get to a doctor, I will. That may be a long time from now. I'm starting college soon so if I do have this problems(and it is obviously affecting my school if my teacher keeps bringing it up), I don't want it to get in the way. Any tips? Maybe even motivations for eating more? Vitamins? Just something!

Persephone, Falling [userpic]

What does it mean when you have a lower fever than usual?

My husband usually has a pretty consistent body temperature of around 97, and he gets a high fever exceedingly rarely, even when he's sick.

Right now, he's feeling, in his words, "weird." He can't pinpoint what it is exactly, but he feels off--and his body temperature is around 95.

Do any of you guys have any idea what could cause such a low body temp? Should I be concerned?

destroyer of clocks [userpic]

I am currently suffering from a horrendous cold. My sinuses are super-congested, and I feel more or less like a high-functioning zombie.

I prefer not to take over-the-counter decongestants because they dry up not only my sinuses but all other mucous membranes, and I dislike that. I've heard really good things about neti pots, so I bought one and tried it out last night.

I did as the instructions suggested: I stood over the sink, with my head tilted slightly forward; I put the spout of the pot in my right nostril, tilted my head to the left, and tipped the pot up to pour the solution in. As I understand it, this is supposed to result in the saline solution in the pot pouring through my nasal cavity and out my left nostril.

Instead, it poured through my nasal cavity (or so I assume) and down the back of my throat, and I ended up swallowing a lot of it. While I don't think it's going to hurt me any, I'd rather not drink a pint of saline if I don't have to, so I figured I would see if you all have any helpful suggestions for avoiding this problem.

Thank you in advance! I hope you're all enjoying a cold-free end of the year. :)

Goat Friends [userpic]

So. I've been doing this thing where I track my food/calorie intake online. My goal isn't to lose weight but to see where my nutrients are coming from and then to be able to be better to myself. Starting just under two months ago, I went from a diet that was high in fat and low in protein (surprise to me! I'd always thought I'd done well on this count) to a diet that now gets plenty of protein but actually does not generally get enough fat, which is not so great.

I'd like to increase the amount of fat in my diet a little bit, but I want to do it without going back to where I was before. Since I don't want to just randomly add fat calories to my diet by, say, eating spoonfuls of butter, I'm looking for ideas as to what foods might contain "good fats" so I can work them into my meals.

I'm not veg*n, though I prefer not to eat beef, pork, or cheese, or at least to eat them only every once in awhile rather than as more staple foods in my diet. I'm also not much of a cook, so items that can be purchased in near ready-to-eat condition are a plus.


Thank you!

Cross posted from womenhealth.

Jen [userpic]

Last night I went to see a screening of The Business of Being Born. As you can see on the link, it's a documentary, by Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake (yes, that Ricki Lake) about birth -- the past, present, and problems with birth in the US.

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La vida de llorona [userpic]

Sometimes I get sores in my nose, and they hurt for about a week. Well, right now, I have a huge bump in my right nostril. I've tried swabbing it with a q-tip, but I'm afraid to put anything in my nose. To make matters worse, a couple days ago, I came down with a cold and have been fighting it ever since.  So, when I blow my nose, it's extremely painful. 

I went to WebMD and it said it might be an abscess, which means I'd have to get a doctor to drain it. 

Have you ever heard of bumps inside the nose? Do you know what it might be or how to treat it? 

This might get x-posted to ask_a_nurse

Jen [userpic]

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