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    Quote Originally Posted by CAinOH View Post
    Keeping good thoughts for you, Martha! My bff has a similar condition and she mostly controls it with medication. And, homemade chocolate chip cookies... yum! I don't make them because a lot of them don't even make it to the oven.

    I had cataract surgery on my left eye last week. Everything went well, but I have to navigate with one eye focused, the other still needing glasses until February 22nd (surgery on my right eye). It is... interesting, to say the least. Got the left lens taken out of my regular glasses, but I didn't have them touch my monitor glasses. I may need to rectify that before this is all done.
    I had cataract surgery on my right eye a few years ago. It didn't hurt, but was really freaky with all the colors during surgery. And it wicked itched after. But i can see so much better. Just need readers. I'm going to need it on my left eye soon.

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    CA and Martha, I hope after everything, y'all start to feel better.


    A bit of good news from me, after working as "contract labor" for my security company for the past four years, I finally got hired on full time this past week! I applied to two apartment complexes and one looks like I might have a chance of getting it. I'm still going to look around at other places too, but this gives me hope. And I also found out from one of my roommates that we don't have to move until the first week of April instead of the first of March, like I had thought. So that gives me a bit more time to save up.

    I wish everyone here on the border good health and happiness on this Chinese New Year. Gong hei fat choy! Happy year of the tiger!

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    My part time job has allowed me to finally start saving money for the first time in my adult life. I've set up an account with my bank that automatically takes a bit from each paycheck and puts it into the savings account. I'll probably try to stay at this job for a few more months before attempting to find full time employment (if my health allows). I've started the search into grad school. I'm about 95% positive I'm going into history (possibly public history). I enjoy working in a public library, but I much prefer being around academia. My boss is working on a M.S. in Library Science, and watching her do her work has turned me off of doing that. I've sent away for more information from a few universities within 2-4 hours of me. Just gotta see where the money is at, too. It's possible that I'll start in the Spring of 2023, but Fall of 2023 is more probable, being that most schools don't allow spring starts. I won't have enough saved up to apply and do everything before the Fall 2022 admission deadlines.
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    AG95 - good luck.

    CA - glad your surgery went well!

    MarthaJo - feel better soon!


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    I've been fairly absent on here for awhile now, I've kind of scaled back my online presence somewhat. For no major or singular reason. I've closed all but one of my social media accounts. I decided to keep Instagram but I deleted Facebook and Twittter and I have to say I don't miss those platforms. Now not all of my friends were the problem. 2/3rds to 3/4ths weren't. But I would have had to unfriend quite a few (10-15) and then explain it if it came up. Not something I want to do. I try to avoid conflict! They became cesspools for health misinformation, bullying, conspiracy crazies, and radical politics. I felt like I was being drug down into raging anger or feeling hopeless depending on what I was reading. Heart string pulling posts on one end and crazy hateful political posts on the other. And that's just Facebook. Twitter was more public and was people I didn't know so I had less emotional connection, but I would still read things that would make me want to reach through my screen and strangle the other person. It wasn't healthy anymore. I feel like a certain hateful community of people have taken over that platform and it's a community I don't respect nor do I tolerate. I feel like Instagram being that it's pictures is a harder one to be toxic on and is one I still enjoy. I can just follow people who post guitar pictures, food pictures, animal pictures, etc. Done. Don't follow the meme accounts or people just screenshotting their toxic FB/Twitter posts. I ended up closing a bunch of other tech-like accounts for services that I didn't use much and am trying to narrow my digital footprint and concentrate my focus on where I do want to interact and why. Mostly for no specific reason but I needed to decompress and destress. And I feel like as much as I support social media as not being terrible as some think and as much as I'm a techie and proud millenial, lol, I felt I needed to get away from the harsh realities of the world and just unplug for a bit, even with message boards where I'm (mostly) anonymous. I still use tech. I have no intention to leave The Border or my other guitar forum, but I just wanted to take a break from online interactions for a bit and I did. I had a "people break". I find that immersing myself in my own world and imagination is a great release or healing for when reality is just too much to bare or my anxiety regarding world events or the state of things becomes too hard to deal with. Perhaps some might say that's the wrong way to react or handle things or that it's child-like. But it works for me. It keeps me balanced and mentally sound. TEHO. I also have been listening to music, watching movies, playing games, playing guitar, and doing things that don't involve thinking about things actually happening to either myself, my family, or the world. I feel all of these changes have been helpful in making me feel better. I am pretty much focused on just a few areas of online communication now and it's under my thumb and I feel I can control what I see better and what I'm sensitive to can be avoided. It was a good detox and that's how I view it. It was a realization that something was making me feel like I didn't want to feel and be who I'm not.

    Unfortunately, as of about 3 weeks ago I've been sick with an unknown illness. I have abnormal bloodwork and I'm in limbo waiting to see some specialists but I've had crippling pressure-like headaches in the back of my skull, little appetite (which is usually the least of my problems!), nausea, joint and muscle pain, and serious fatigue. It started with vomiting and I ended up in the ER needing IV fluids. The vomiting stopped as I was given nausea medication to take now (Zofran). They say that inflammation is high right now in my blood and I'm not getting any better and my 2nd set of repeat labs are even higher. We are thinking it's likely a rheumatological problem and so now I wait for an appointment. I feel like my mental health was just on the upswing when this hit me. The only thing that helps my headaches is caffeine, lying flat (which isn't something I want to do all darn day), and Tramadol. Tylenol and Motrin just don't do anything. I get the most relief from laying down, but if I'm up and about, caffeine makes it manageable and towards the end of the day I take a Tramadol so I can get it under control before I go to bed and try to relax because it will continue to increase throughout the day and even if I lay down, by that point it hurt so much I couldn't fall asleep. It's unlike any headache I've ever had. I've had migraines, tension headaches, sinus headaches, etc. This feels like an air compressor plugged into my head.

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    WF-- Sorry about all you have been dealing with. Hoping your issues can be quickly diagnosed and taken care of.
    And I think everyone could benefit from stepping away from the bombardment of (mostly bad) information that is the 21st century.
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    Continued best wishes for your health, Austin.

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    Thank you, FF and Dreamer.

    I'm going for a Brain MRI Thursday morning and more labs. It's looking to be some kind of vasculitis.

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    Take care, Austin. I'll be thinking of you!

    Had my second cataract surgery two weeks ago. Now all that remains is a final check-up next week and eye drops for two more weeks. The weirdest thing about this whole deal is that I am no longer near-sighted. I don't think my brain has wrapped itself around that yet. And, the halos at night aren't fun, but they're subsiding somewhat. All went well... I am fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalshFan88 View Post
    Thank you, FF and Dreamer.

    I'm going for a Brain MRI Thursday morning and more labs. It's looking to be some kind of vasculitis.
    Not fun....they kept telling me to be still when I had one, and I would have swore I was! Hope you can get some answers, and they can give you some relief!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAinOH View Post
    Take care, Austin. I'll be thinking of you!

    Had my second cataract surgery two weeks ago. Now all that remains is a final check-up next week and eye drops for two more weeks. The weirdest thing about this whole deal is that I am no longer near-sighted. I don't think my brain has wrapped itself around that yet. And, the halos at night aren't fun, but they're subsiding somewhat. All went well... I am fine.
    Wonderful! After my Mom had cataract surgery, she did not get the desired results, and would never go back for them to correct it. They said "it sometimes happens". So glad yours went so well!
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