Dr. Feelgood

May 1, 2013 at 10:32 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

I went to the dermatologist yesterday.  I’ve been putting it off for a while, mostly because I was fairly certain my issues weren’t that big of a deal, and I’m glad that visit is over with.  I’ve had a red bumpy rash type thing on my left forearm for months and even though I’ve had a similar one on my upper right arm all my life, the new one is kind of annoying.  It’s larger and redder and with tank top weather upon us, I wanted it cleared up.  So I made an appointment with a doctor I’ve never met before and left work early to head on over.

The devil, according to my dermatologist.

First off, I sat for nearly 45 minutes before being seen.  I know this isn’t a huge deal and I was off work for the day so I wasn’t in a big hurry but I hate having to wait at the doctor’s office.  Besides that, I got to listen to a mom and her son study his fractions, and I hate fractions.  But probably not as much as that poor kid right now, so at least there’s that.  Anyway when I was finally called back I was placed in an office and told the doctor would come for me in a moment.  10 minutes or so later, a woman about as old as my grandma waved me into the office across the hall.  She wasn’t very pleasant to begin with and as soon as I sat down, she grabbed my arm and told me what was wrong with it.  It was nice to receive a diagnosis but a moment or two of getting to know me first wouldn’t have killed her.  Or maybe it would have, since she was so old (can you tell I’m feeling kind of rude today?).  Anyway, after telling me that what I have is really common, she proceeded to pull out a huge, dusty book to show me the exact definition of this rash.  Which was interesting but I had sorta already read about it online before even coming into the office so I was just looking for a treatment.  Before getting to that part, I was thoroughly lectured for my bathing habits.  Apparently, using any sort of liquid bath gel and a loofah is just wrong wrong wrong.  I think her exact words were, “You did this to yourself”.  Um, great?  Thanks?  According to her, Dove BAR soap (not even Dove liquid soap is safe) is the only thing I should be using on my body and even when doing that, I shouldn’t involve a loofah.  She basically berated me for “falling for the scam that those companies run” and having the nerve to buy soap in a bottle.  I understand she was doing her job and she was effective – I used bar soap in my last shower – but I feel like she could’ve just been a tad bit…nicer.

So I’ll follow her directions and use her fancy $20 cream to see if my arm appears any less irritated.  In the meantime, I’ll be throwing out my bottled, smell-good soaps along with my trusty loofah with the realization that I may never smell the same way again.

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Friday Round-Up

August 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Back to the randomness!

The Simpsons get it, even if families is misspelled

In big news, California’s Prop 8 was overturned by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker on Wednesday!  Hopefully this means we’re finally on the right track towards marriage equality for everyone.  I know this decision will probably go all the way to the Supreme Court and we’re still facing a long road but this was a victory for everyone who would like to see basic rights given to the homosexual community.  As Judge Walker said,

“Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same-sex couples.”

Amen to that!  I know that the main case against gay marriage is that it disrupts the sanctity of that institution, but come on.  Straight people can get married in a drive-thru in Vegas and have it annulled the next day but a gay couple who has loved one another and remained devoted for decades cannot take that walk down the aisle?  I’m sure you can gather how I feel about this.  Breeders have been making a mockery out of marriage for years anyway so it’s not like getting hitched is always some revered, respected event.  Case in point:

The woman who found out her husband was already married – through Facebook.  That’s right, she became suspicious that he was cheating and photos online of her hubby (and the father to her two children) clearly showed him in Disneyland getting married to some other woman.  Apparently she learned he was engaged and he promised her he’d break it off, so she didn’t begin divorce proceedings until she realized he went through with the marriage.  Uh, I would think finding out he was engaged to someone else would be a deal-breaker, but that’s just me.  And this obviously proves that all married people value and uphold the vows they took on their wedding day.  Gays would certainly ruin it for everyone else.

In other, totally unrelated news, my visit to the dermatologist was a success.  I was able to finally rid myself of an unsightly mole I’ve had since birth and I got some advice on the whole acne issue.  Apparently, I’m dirty and oily, as are most other humans.  The doc wrote out a prescription for some fancy gel type stuff and I left the office with grand visions of skin with model-like clarity.  Then I got to the pharmacy and was told my insurance wouldn’t pay for the gel and it would run me over $100 out of pocket.

Guess what – my skin doesn’t bother me anymore.  I’ll stick to soap and scrubbing, thank you very much.

Lollapalooza is going on this weekend and I have a couple of house guests to prove it.  This giant music festival in Grant Park is slated to be bigger this year than ever before and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish to be down there with my buddies right now instead of here at my desk.  I’m still not sure if I’ll make it out for a day this weekend or not but my heart is with all of you sweaty, gyrating souls down there now.

The last time I went to Lolla, I had literally just returned from my month long research study in South Africa.  As in, I flew from Cape Town to Indianapolis (obviously not a direct flight), was picked up in Indy, rode to Chicago and was in Grant Park the next morning.  That was where I experienced my biggest jet lag/culture shock moment ever.  Standing in downtown Chicago with thousands of concert goers after spending a month with the same group of 9 people while traipsing through the bush in Africa was a bit of a mind-blowing experience.  It was awesome though and while I may not have the same feeling if I go back this weekend, I’m almost guaranteed to have a good time.

I’m also still working on my whole application to the Month at the Museum.  I’ve got two videos to choose from, the essay and application itself are complete and I’ve taken all necessary photos.  My plan is to finish everything tonight and tomorrow and have it mailed on Monday.  I’m still super excited about this chance so continue to send good luck vibes in my direction!  Also – a HUGE thanks is due to my friends who have helped with the videography, photography and editing of this whole thing.  I couldn’t have done any of it without you guys and I’ll be sure to get special visitor’s passes for you if when I win!

Or maybe I should include a photo a day? Nah, I'd never get any work done

Last but not least, this little blog here has seen a dramatic uptick in viewings this week.  WordPress provides a handy stat tracker which shows how many people check out my blog on any given day.  It fluctuates anywhere between 2 or 3 to 20 or 30 daily and I think prior to this week the highest ranking post was my 100th post rap (to the tune of the Fresh Prince theme song…if you missed it, it’s worth checking out).  Wednesday, however, I noticed that over 100 people had clicked on my homepage.  What the?  So I did a little sleuthing and realized it was because of my celeb crush, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  That oh so hot photo of him I put up earlier this week has brought more people to this site than anything else thus far.  Apparently others out there have been doing some image searches of the guy this week.  Who knew?  So if you’re a new viewer I hope you’ll hang around, even if I can’t promise photos of fine young actors every day.

Happy Friday everyone, may your weekend be long and your drinks be stiff!

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Insured, in Sickness and in Health

August 4, 2010 at 11:16 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Ain't it the truth

I don’t have much time today because I’m leaving in about an hour to go to the dermatologist.  Fun stuff.  Perhaps they can explain to me why I still get zits even though I’m forced to call myself an adult and do grown-up things, like pay bills and schedule doctor appointments.  No matter, I’m just happy to leave work early (though I’d rather be going to the beach).

Doctor appointments remind me once again how lucky I am to have health insurance.  I spent a few years without it and while I didn’t incur massive medical bills I know it could have easily happened.  I know there are millions out there that have no health insurance whatsoever and I can’t imagine how stressful and complicated that makes things, especially when it involves your entire family and not just yourself.

So thanks Blue Cross, I’ll be using your little card here soon…I am outta here!

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