Recording Doctor Appointments

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for visiting and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here.

Today I want to talk about patients recording their doctor appointments. With about everyone having a smart phone these days, it is pretty easy to take photos, videos and audio recordings of about everything in our lives. Many have started including their doctor appointments in the list of things to record. There is a lot to this topic, but let’s start with the the legal stuff.

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When you have chronic illness, it isn’t uncommon to have problems with electrolyte imbalances. Because of that, I’ve decided to do a series that talks about what they are, how the body uses them and things that we can do to manage our electrolytes. For the next few weeks, I will make a post on Wednesday about one of the electrolytes.

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body with 99% of it being within the bones and teeth. It also helps the body maintain neuro conduction. This means that calcium is essential for normal muscle movement and for your heart to function properly. Normal lab values for calcium range from 8.5 to 10.2 mg/dL.

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Canary in the Coal Mine

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thank you for coming and hanging out with me. I’m glad that you are here.

Today I want to talk about how neurodivergents are the canary in the coal mine. Those of us with neurodivergence frequently talk about needing accommodations because we are not able to tolerate the environment that we are being asked to work or learn in. But the truth is that these environments are harmful to all humans. The difference is that those of us with neurodivergence are more sensitive to our environment and thus are more likely to experience an overt negative outcome from a poorly designed environment. The reality is that this topic is huge and way more than I can possibly cover in a single post. There are entire books written on this topic. [14, 15] Because of that, I’m going to focus on the topic of being able to freely move within our environments as an example, but keep in mind that there is much more to this such as the lighting, the noise level, the amount of space each person is afforded, the uniforms required for the job and so much more. So, let’s get into it!

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Potassium is a mineral that your body needs to work properly. It is a type of electrolyte. It helps your nerves to function and muscles to contract. It helps your heartbeat stay regular. It also helps move nutrients into cells and waste products out of cells. A diet rich in potassium helps to offset some of sodium’s harmful effects on blood pressure. A normal blood result for potassium is 3.5-5.

So, it’s pretty important to make sure that you are getting enough.

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Through the Media’s Eyes

I feel that the primary reason that there is a stigma against mental illness is because of the way it is portrayed in the media. People believe what they see on TV or read on the internet. Especially in regards to things that they have no experience with. I am not blaming the consumers here. I’d love it if everyone would go get themselves educated on what mental illness really is, but that isn’t going to happen and really doesn’t need to. I am, however, blaming the media, in part. I don’t feel that the media is completely responsible for shaping popular opinions. TV shows and movies are about telling a good story and that often has nothing to do with reality. It is not the media’s responsibility to make sure that people don’t believe in vampires, were wolves and unicorns. In the same way, it is not their responsibility to make sure people don’t believe that mental illness is a synonym with violence or helplessness.

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Parenting the Neurodivergent

Hello, may zebras and spoonies! Thanks for coming in visiting with me today. I’m glad you are here.

Today I’m gonna be talking about ADHD. Big surprise. I know, right? Because when do I ever talk about that?

One of the things that I see parents of children with ADHD frequently ask in the support groups is what they can do to be better parents for children who have ADHD. And I’ll be honest, that in the support groups thus far, I have never answered this question. I’ve never felt like I had a good answer to this question. And I’ve spent a lot of time trying to think about what my parents could have done differently; could have done better to have given me a better start in life. And instead, I shifted it and started thinking about what it was in my childhood that marked me the most and gave me the most struggles as an adult. So I’m going to start my discussion there.

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Update 121521

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today. I’m glad that you’re here.

I’m sure that you’ve noticed that the past week there has been an lack of posting on all my online locations. I simply have not had the spoons. I’ve decided to write an update today to explain the reason for the lacking of spoons and then I’m going to try to get some things into the cue for my various sites so that there will be fewer crickets.

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