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18 January 2012 @ 10:24 pm
My Real LJ Idol entry is scraping the bottom of the votes thus far. That's never good. *bites nails*

Last week's visit to the doctor re: the too-low thyroid went about as expected. He phone-conferenced in an endrocrinologist, who likes the lower dose because of the lab numbers (new thinking in the last year or so). I spent fifteen minutes trying to get two professionals to understand that I was complaining about a cluster of five different low-thyroid symptoms occurring after the last dosage change, and that my other habits were constant. They kept chasing individual symptoms and discrediting them, which was maddening—ten or more years of these habits, and the result suddenly changes, and you can't process the correlation? Argh.

I see now that my G.P. is under huge pressure to satisfy the other doctor and the HMO watchdogs. He asked me to try his treatment (antihistamines and more of the lotion I was already using) for the hives, because he couldn't tie the hives to low thyroid. I can: sensitive skin that becomes epically dry is not going to be happy. I realized tonight that the hives may be a side-effect instead of how I'm treating the dry skin caused by the low thyroid. I.e., my skin may not be enjoying all the lotion I'm slathering on. Whee. I gave his treatment a week (so, a solid month now of the itchiness and hives), and he said the actual thyroid dose would be at my discretion (i.e., don't tell him). So, I'm going back to the prior dose. Unfortunately, it'll take another 2-3 weeks for that to go into effect, so more hives+itching until then. Ugh.

Meanwhile, I've gained a few pounds in 2012 instead of losing them before my sister's wedding (two weeks away). Lauren's Nutella is killing me. I swore I'd never have that in the house, and now our ridiculously picky eater is surrounding me with trigger foods. :(

Books: I'm reading The Borrower, which is about a librarian who finds herself hiding a runaway boy. The boy's parents are trying to "ungay" him (the kid is only ten!), and generally squelch his personality. I love the kid in this story, and the librarian's dry wit, and touches like the Choose Your Own Fiasco chapter.

Other potentials in my vast backlog: the first two No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels, a Stephanie Plum mystery (but I'm missing the one before it), The Bards of Bone Plain, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, Oreo, a novel set in Antarctica, The Other Wes Moore, and Little Bee.

Something I didn't expect from Real LJ Idol is that I'd spend so much time either writing entries or reading OTHER people's entries (for voting). I'm not getting much fanfic written these days, or reading much. If only I could cram more of the above booklist into lightweight paperbacks to read at the gym... I really envy Christopher—yesterday was a teacher work day, and he burned through two books and started two more. Why haven't I won the lottery, so I can spend all day reading? *grumble*

Maz (or foxxy!)tuesdaeschild on January 19th, 2012 09:30 am (UTC)
While doctors might be life savers on most occasions do they sometimes not see a person they are treating for a long-term condition and see only the condition?!!! So bloody annoying, isn't it?!!

I hope the next 2-3 weeks pass quickly for you.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 19th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
That's where I really miss my prior doctor (from years ago), because he would listen, and then pull back and examine the big picture.

It seems to me like a basic matter of logic to see that these things are related. The first question from a doctor is supposed to be, "What has changed?" Here, the thyroid dose has changed in a sea of ongoing habits, and all of the results are low-thyroid symptoms. D.U.H.

Maybe it's all the black-box debugging I do in my work that makes it more obvious. I discovered a few years ago that ASIC engineers do not like black-box debugging AT ALL. They want to see the "guts" of everything. Well, so do I, but sometimes you simply CAN'T. So you put in various inputs and note the outputs, and try to "bound" the condition. And yes, that actually works.
realpestilencerealpestilence on January 19th, 2012 11:37 am (UTC)
I've read the first 2 (maybe 3?) Ladies' Detective Agency books, and they're very good. Not so much as mysteries, but as a charming look at the people and culture of Botswana, from an author who clearly likes both, If you're looking for an alternative to mysteries with explicit gore, these are good for that, as well.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on January 19th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
Yes-- they're not strong on the mystery front, but on the atmospheric and general-novel front? Very much so, and SO enjoyable to read. You just get lost in them.

I finished one a few weeks ago (#8 or #9), which showed up as a "Read and Return" book at the library. The HBO TV series made me familiar enough to wade into a later book, and I enjoyed it so much that I'm now putting the series on-hold one book at a time for Christopher and me. :)
medleymistymedleymisty on January 19th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
That sucks about your GP. HMOs are not good things.

The Borrower sounds interesting! Maybe I'll pick it up.

And yeah, Idol is a lot of writing and reading - just getting my feet wet and starting to get into it is a bit overwhelming. But hey - as the season goes on there will be less entries to read, so that should help a bit.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on January 19th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
I'm really enjoying The Borrower! I have a soft spot for wry humor, and the whole situation evolves so unexpectedly that the librarian winds up asking herself again and again, "How did I get here?"

Plus there are details such as her Russian father (who sometimes seems to have more money than he should) asking her to deliver a shoebox full of papers to a Russian friend in Pittsburgh. What's in that box? Is it Russian Mafia-related? Does she even really want to know the answer to that? :0

The LJ Idol reading can get overwhelming-- 40 stories just for your own tribe, at some points! :0

But it's been fun, and I've met a lot of really neat people, so it's all good. :)