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Comment Re:Don't use a PPI (Score 1) 102

I was on a proton pump inhibitor for some time, and it helped amazingly. And then in came out that they are linked to greater rates of osteoporosis, already much more likely in women. So instead I ended up with taking a Zantac 300 (twice the highest OTC, I believe, at least at the time) every night before bed, before I finally found a permanent solution. I got a divorce, and suddenly my stomach acid problems went away... Oh, and even with mainly taking OTC short term acid medications (read: eating Tums like candy), my father ended up with some vitamin K issues, I think it was? He ended up with shots to bring things up to normal. I think it was Vitamin K, but whichever vitamin, it was one that is mainly gained in humans from eating meat, and he apparently had brought his acid so low that he wasn't breaking down meat enough to have adequate levels. (Note: this information is obviously second hand, so there might be some Telephone effects.)

Comment People already ignore surgery is going on for... (Score 1) 115

... a C-section. I'm eight months pregnant, so this is kind of upwards in my mind (because, well, it scares me as a possibility and my baby is measuring big, so it IS a possibility), but even without VR, women make it through having a c-section all the time, with a spinal block in place to numb the whole area. Heck, women who are much braver than I am actually watch the whole thing in a mirror. (That one still just leaves me aghast that someone can pull that off.) Admittedly, they have a big goal in doing so - being able to interact with their baby as soon as possible, rather than having to come out of a general anesthetic, in addition to the risks of a general that are noted here.

Comment Database Optimization Effort (Score 1) 218

A lot of what I had done for years (I moved to a new project last year) had to do with database queries and the next layer or two sitting on top of them. Periodically, it was my job to look at what queries were taking too long. While much of the time that involved in database optimization like adding indices, etc, sometimes there was truly horrible code sitting on top of the database. One of my favorites involved a list coming in, and the code created the first item on the list. Then it deleted everything associated with that list and created the first two items, etc, etc. Yuck.

Comment Re:Baby brain (Score 1) 280

I know there are studies on the changes in the brains of people doing third shift work, who I imagine don't sleep nearly as well as people who get to sleep during the night, since no matter what there are noises. But yes, I began to feel much more like my old self once my daughter was down to waking just once during the night; unfortunately, that was at about a year in, and she only started sleeping through the night more than half the time at at least 18 months. I remember how I freaked out one morning: I had finally gotten enough sleep in one go that I had a dream again, for the first time in months. (Since, after all, in late pregnancy I was waking up 2-3 times a night for the bathroom.)

Comment Re:Personal recollection (Score 3, Interesting) 280

My husband recently suggested I start making a list of computer games that look like they would be fun so I can play them in 10-15 years... ;) (I have a two year old with a new baby coming in February.) We're going to try to see our second movie at the theater since she was born on this coming Thursday; both Stars Wars movies, which seem like the kind that you just have to see on the big screen.

Rather than make a new comment elsewhere, particularly with all of the vitriol being spewed on this thread, I'll also add that pregnancy hormones really, really suck as someone with an engineer's brain. Imagine that you suddenly burst into tears for relatively minor things being wrong, or occasionally for NO REAL REASON. It's horrible.

Comment Re:Or people are just under/wrongly medicated. (Score 1) 432

Perhaps one of the issues now is that very nearly all depression seems to be treated as something that anti-depressants can take care of. I'm not sure what the ratio of people with "I have a chemical imbalance" depression is versus "my life sucks because, say, I lost my job or my spouse" depression, but talk therapy sounds like it's become a rare, rare creature.

Unfortunately, you also get regular doctors prescribing those anti-depressants, rather than mental health experts. Shortly before my divorce, I was definitely depressed, and my GP prescribed anti-depressants... which became completely unnecessary once he was out of my life. I mean, yes, I had moments of sadness, but with discussion with friends I pulled out of it.

Note: that is not a commentary that all depression just needs talking or sunshine and fresh air and that kind of thing. I fully believe some people have issues that are not due to their situation but to their brain chemistry. I just think we have become very bad at telling which is which. I would think supplementing the use of anti-depressants with talk therapy would be another good way to go, but we don't seem to be mainly doing this.

Comment Re:Yes. No. Maybe. (Score 2) 400

Here are the pages in question for those:

I suspect one reason that they were more generous to Sanders is that his campaign was willing to point them to their source, and that he used a different term (albeit not the proper one) to indicate that he was using a number other than what is commonly meant by the unemployment rate.

As with any source your best bet is to read their research.

Comment Re: Finally! (Score 1) 171

I had that most perfect of situations for a young girl: my best friend had her own horse. Her father was, I believe, a model maker at Ford, a job that I assume has all gone computerized now. Very middle class neighborhood, but on that and a (private school) teacher's salary, they had that and the dad's hobby was sailing, believe it or not. Obviously the horse was boarded somewhere. I vaguely remember that maybe they allowed him to be used for other kid's riding lessons to partially pay for that, but it's tough to say, it was a long time ago.

Comment Re: I think... (Score 1) 387

This. I'm still not sure how I feel about the original program; I understand the intent was to store the date while it was available for access if required, but obviously that's open to all kinds of abuse, as we've seen with many of the expansions of surveillance since 9/11. The program needed to be examined and at the very least needed some very, very serious oversight. But the whistle could have been blown without exposing all sorts of classified and sensitive data that put people in danger, let alone taking that information with him into hostile countries... like Russia.

Comment Conservative Non Profit (Score 2) 629

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a politically conservative non-profit association founded in 1943 to "fight socialized medicine and to fight the government takeover of medicine."

Not to say Wikipedia is an awesome source, but I admit I'm really not in the mood to dig up something more definitive.

Comment Re:Baby boomers (Score 1) 194

You DID see they talked about people over 40, even. I'm 39. I have a mortgage and a two year old daughter. I'm not a freaking baby boomer - I'm from the end part of Gen X. I was born in 1976. My employer doesn't seem to have issues with older employees at this point, but if I get caught in a workforce reduction, I'm probably screwed. I certainly can't afford to retire twenty five years early. And you know what, my dad, who turned 71 years old this year, guess what, he can't afford to 100% retire either. He worked as a lineman for the phone company for almost 40 years, retired and then found out he was going to have to partially support my stupid stepbrother and his two daughters that moved in with him. So, he's still out there, doing computer repair work and troubleshooting network problems freelance, because his other choice is to starve, I suppose. Go find your own career, don't worry about taking it away from someone who still NEEDS it.

Comment Re:Those Damn Blue LEDs (Score 1) 230

Beyond the possible blue light = day light issues, it's just true that red light doesn't destroy your night vision. We made sure to get a nightlight that can be set to red for the hallway to my daughter's room, and keep a headlamp that has a red light in her room for if we have to find something while she's asleep. The default on the nightlight is green, I think, so I've had to stand there and get my nightvision back when I've turned it on post power-outage in the middle of the night.

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