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It’s IMPEACHIN’ TIME: Open thread

Nancy Pelosi. after an interminable delay, has finally announced the start of a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump’s egregious conduct. We still don’t know what exactly this will mean, but things are definitely starting to heat up for Trump.

Discuss. No trolls.

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Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
1 year ago

@ Diego:

How long has that page heading (14 words) been on the DHS site? I never go there, so I hadn’t seen it.

we are done. finished. the “great experiment” is over. “American exceptionalism” has revealed itself to be no different than Nazi German exceptionalism… no different than Soviet exceptionalism.

Dalillama
Dalillama
1 year ago

American exceptionalism” has revealed itself to be no different than Nazi German exceptionalism… no different than Soviet exceptionalism.

I mean, did you honestly ever believe otherwise? The country was founded on slavery and genocide, there never was any such thing as the “great experiment”.

Betrayer
Betrayer
1 year ago

Anyone remember this?

The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488 children after they made follow-up calls to check on their safety from April through June.

https://www.apnews.com/aad956b7281f4057aaac1ef4b5732f12

There’s no pretending that number is an accident or a coincidence. We have a neoNazi administration and it’s pathetic that Pelosi let it continue as long as she did.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

And no surprise that Trump is trying to intimidate the whistleblower. Everyone let it slide when he obstructed the Mueller investigation and subsequent congressional investigations. Why wouldn’t he do more crimes out in the open even as he’s facing impeachment?

Mabret the Virile Maiden
Mabret the Virile Maiden
1 year ago

I cross the street whenever I see any dog larger than, say, a golden retriever. I cross the block whenever I see a pitbull. If that pitbull is not restrained, I cross the city. The larger a dog is, the wider the berth I give it. The reason for this behaviour is that when I was very young, the neighbours’ dog jumped on me and tackled me, pinning me to the concrete landing on the second floor where our apartments were. It serves me well. To this day, I have never been mauled, bitten, or even scratched by a dog.

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@Mabret
In my neighborhood, there are a bunch of houses that have large dogs. I have a Siberian Husky (see avatar image) that weighs a little less than 50 pounds. Whenever I walk her past the houses which I know have large dogs, I cross the street because in the past larger dogs in yards have attacked her and their owners have been less than helpful. I like dogs, but I don’t want dogs I don’t know to attack me or my dog.

Sorella
Sorella
1 year ago

Ok, a few points: There are many, many professional commentators weighing in on this now. Some of them have some interesting takes.

1. Impeachment does not necessarily mean removal from office.
2. Trump still has the Senate. 2/3 of the Senate must agree for him to be removed from office.
3. Some say the disclosures are worse for Biden (and his son), and Biden is the Democratic front-runner. Maybe that’s the real thrust here.
4. Trump is almost done with his term. Some fear that if the House blows this, it will strengthen Trump for a second term, as the feared recession has not hit Main Street.
5. The Dems need to come up with someone who is generally electable. Check out this page: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/national_general_election/
6. Don’t underestimate the ability of the beltway elite to screw up. Reports have Hillary Clinton advising Warren. Lord knows what else is going on that we haven’t heard about.

We live in interesting times.

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
1 year ago

I’ve never especially cared for dogs. Even the small ones are loud; they’re high maintenance; and the big ones, even when friendly, are like bulls in china shops. What they don’t knock over with their tails they jump into, bang into, or bowl over, attempt to eat, or slobber on, whether that’s fragile objects, electronics, or people. Even relatively heavy objects far from precipices are not safe, especially if they don’t tolerate moisture or falls, unlike the case with cats.

Some relatives of mine are dog fanatics. At first it was little yappy ones but lately they’ve had a string of giant walking carpets that weigh north of 100lb and jump up at guests. They’re friendly, to be sure, and I’ve never witnessed any of them being aggressive, but they jump and scratch at you in their efforts to be friendly, to the point of needing to ward them off with one’s arms to avoid being knocked down or scratched on the torso. One suggests they just want to be petted, but petting them when they’re in this state is impossible as they won’t stop moving around! At the same time they make it impossible for you to move around or do much of anything but stand there protecting your body until they simmer down.

Behavior that would be cute in something the size of a cat is rather less so when it comes from something that’s over half your own mass, travels in packs, and has claws that are not retractable …

Dalillama
Dalillama
1 year ago

Behavior that would be cute in something the size of a cat is rather less so when it comes from something that’s over half your own mass, travels in packs, and has claws that are not retractable …

De gustibus non est disputandum, I find it utterly adorable. My old wolfdog used to greet me that way after work, was a great tonic after the stress of the day.

epitome of incomprehensibility

@Moon Custafer, @Lainy – Congratulations on the good news!! I hope everything goes well with the book plans and the wedding, respectively.

@Diego Duarte & others – Yes, it’s frustrating that this particular thing is what’s leading people to call for impeachment. I mean, I think rules often work like that: step over a specific and easily-definable line = punishment, but do something horribly unfair that doesn’t do that = no punishment.

Still, while I (sort of) understand it, it seems galling that Trump’s “crossing the line” moment is kind of a technicality – a serious conflict of interest, yes, but not like imprisoning kids or spurring on racist attacks. And why this particular thing? Wasn’t Trump trying to get powers outside the US to intervene in his (party’s) favour like all the time before and after he got elected??

epitome of incomprehensibility

And about dogs – my cousin & her mom had a pitbull rescue dog. She’d been treated badly early on but wasn’t aggressive. Her name was Lily and she died a few years ago.

Now they have a Lhasa Apso, caramel and off-white, friendly and mellow-tempered, except when the smoke alarm went off unexpectedly (a lot of barking happened). Her name’s Trixie – I’ve seen her more times than Lily because she’s small and my cousin can take her on the bus. Trixie was treated better but still kind of neglected, since she was a breeding dog.

I’m a human and not a dog (surprise!) but I can’t help thinking it’d be much worse to have lots of sex + constant boredom than no sex and lots of friends/interests. 🙂

moregeekthan
moregeekthan
1 year ago

@Dalillama

Thank you for sharing those. I greatly miss my dearly departed rats.

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
1 year ago

My cousin used to have a Rottweiler. Beautiful, friendly dog.

As my cousin used to say, however: “Have you ever tried to teach a two year old Rottweiler that she isn’t a lap dog anymore?”

Rhuu - apparently an illiterati
Rhuu - apparently an illiterati
1 year ago

Since this is an open thread – I had to listen to people talk about ‘food sensitivity tests’ that they took after their naturopath recommended them, and that they found out that they were sensitive to lactose and gluten.

FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTS ARE A S C A M .

(I am screaming into the void here because I couldn’t bring myself to interrupt their conversation to go “NOOOOOOOO”)

They don’t measure what you think they’re measuring. They are often recommended by naturopaths (that’s right, firefox, that ISN’T a word!) and are not covered by provincial insurance in Canada. You can also see them advertised on the screens of the two big blood testing conglomerates in Canada, Life Labs and Dynacare.

THEY DON’T MEASURE YOUR FOOD SENSITIVITY. They measure if you’ve eaten things recently.

Here are some articles on it!

Are food sensitivity tests really necessary? Here’s what experts say – Global News.

What is IgG and how do food sensitivity tests work?

A food sensitivity test is also known as an immunoglobulin G (IgG) blood test, and it’s meant to identify what food intolerances or allergies a person has. IgG tests are sometimes ordered by naturopaths, and they’re offered by major labs in Canada including Dynacare and LifeLabs.

They’re not covered by governmental health plans, and people often pay anywhere between $100 to $500 out of pocket for them.

“What happens at the laboratory level is that they measure the patient’s IgG level to different foods,” explained Dr. Harold Kim, the president of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI). “They typically perform the test on dozens and sometimes even hundreds of foods, and they charge the patients privately for the tests.”

IgG is a type of antibody, and food sensitivity tests claim that by removing foods with high IgG levels from your diet, you can help alleviate your symptoms.

Kim said that the problem with testing for IgG levels is that they do not actually reflect food intolerance. The CSACI has called IgG tests “unvalidated” forms of testing, and said “there is no body of research that supports the use of this test to diagnose adverse reactions to food or to predict future adverse reactions.”‘

In other words, they’re pretty much useless.

In fact, Kim said that varying IgG levels in the body are normal, and are a regular immune response to eating food. So if your food sensitivity test shows a high level of IgG for broccoli, for example, all it likely means is that you ate it recently.


Do Home Tests for Food Sensitivity Work?
– WebMD

These tests typically measure IgG, an antibody produced by the immune system. According to one popular test’s website, an IgG response can contribute to headaches, joint pain, eczema, and other chronic problems.

But the presence of these antibodies doesn’t necessarily mean your body is having trouble with that food or that those foods are triggering any problems. Producing IgG antibodies is a response that’s actually linked to a tolerance and familiarity to the food, not an intolerance, according to an article in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. According to the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology’s position statement on these kinds of tests, you’d expect to see positive test results for food-specific IgG in normal, healthy adults and kids.

[Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology] CSACI Position statement on the testing of food-specific IgG

There is no body of research that supports the use of this test to diagnose adverse reactions to food or to predict future adverse reactions. The literature currently suggests that the presence of specific IgG to food is a marker of exposure and tolerance to food, as seen in those participating in oral immunotherapy studies. Hence, positive test results for food-specific IgG are to be expected in normal, healthy adults and children. Furthermore, the inappropriate use of this test only increases the likelihood of false diagnoses being made, resulting in unnecessary dietary restrictions and decreased quality of life. The immediate expense of the test to individuals (see below for details on cost) will be compounded by the costs incurred by an already-overburdened health care system. Confused by the information provided by IgG testing, individuals are likely to request additional specialist referrals and investigations which would otherwise not be necessary.

Additionally, and perhaps of greater potential concern, a person with a true immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated food allergy, who is at significant risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis, may very well not have elevated levels of specific IgG to their particular allergen, and may be inappropriately advised to reintroduce this potentially deadly item into their diet.

From the same article, here are two other associations that go “NOOOOO”

As a result of these serious and growing concerns, the CSACI has elected to issue a formal statement supporting the opinions expressed by the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) [1], and by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) [2]. Both of these organizations warn about the inappropriate measurement of food-specific IgG or IgG4 to suggest the presence or potential of adverse reactions to food. Recent guidelines emphasize that such testing plays no role in the diagnosis of food allergy or intolerance [3]. A recent Canadian publication also elaborates similar concerns from the perspective of community allergy practice [4].

Here is a 13ish minute video from Marketplace, the CBC program that investigates things like this.

PLEASE save yourself the money, and the quality of life decrease that is going to come from cutting out foundational foods from your diet as a result of one of these tests.

(Also if your *naturopath* is pushing non-science like this, why are you going to them for your *health*????? AHHH)

Betrayer
Betrayer
1 year ago

@Sorella

Anyone saying this is as bad (or worse) for Biden is pushing a false both sides narrative. The investigation into the business Hunter Biden worked for had already closed when Joe Biden stepped in to pressure Ukraine into firing a prosecutor, and the pressure was put to fire the prosecutor because he wasn’t doing enough to stop corruption, so in no way was intended to protect his son.

Trump, on the other hand, explicitly asked for a favor in exchange for the military aid congress had promised Ukraine. He then proceeded to bring up an investigation into Biden, suggesting that would be the favor. The quid pro quo is practically undeniable.

It’s an absurd lie that this investigation would hurt Biden, a lie being pushed by right-wingers and corporatist media tools. If it hurts Biden it will only be because news agencies are lying about it to make Biden look bad.

I hate Biden and think he would be a disaster, but if he loses the primary because of this absurd smear it would be frustrating as hell. He should lose because he’s unfit for the office.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Sorella’s post has that Bernie bro whiff to me. They’re pushing the Elizabeth Warren as a secret centrist corporate shill narrative pretty hard.

Yutolia the Laissez-Fairy Pronoun Boner
Yutolia the Laissez-Fairy Pronoun Boner
1 year ago

@Surplus:

Actually, in that situation they probably want to play more than be petted, plus it sounds like their owners haven’t worked with them at all with regard to jumping.

The best thing to do in that situation is to turn around – they understand this as withdrawing attention from them, they generally don’t like when that happens, and they should fairly quickly realize they shouldn’t do that with you anymore.

I can’t stand when people don’t work with their dogs. Not only because it’s annoying to other people, but dogs depend on structure and stability and generally knowing what’s going to happen when.

Karen
1 year ago

Thank you for sharing those. I greatly miss my dear dog <a href="Canine Family“>

Big Titty Demon
Big Titty Demon
1 year ago

@Rhuu

Thank you for that information! I had one of those ordered by my GP and came back allergic to like, everything. Wheat, oats, soybeans, rice, chickpeas, lactose, you name it, it was in there. I therefore ignored it totally (because you have to eat something!) and, upon my insurance changing and my GP changing, was prescribed a different thing (anti-anxiety medicine) that completely fixed the problem (chronic IBD) that the first GP was looking into food sensitivities for. But I do like knowing that my choice to ignore the test was medically valid as well as “I just can’t cope with that and don’t want to sink into depression, so I will deal with the IBD”-valid.

Dalillama
Dalillama
1 year ago

@Big Titty Demon
Do you mind 9f I ask what medication it was?

Rhuu - apparently an illiterati
Rhuu - apparently an illiterati
1 year ago

@Big Titty Demon – I’m very happy I could provide some peace of mind!

I was at a lifelabs today, and guess what was advertised on the middle poster? These damn tests. I wished I had a marker and the guts to write “THESE ONLY MEASURE IF YOU’VE EATEN SOMETHING RECENTLY” on it.

>:C

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

Republican idiots on the internet are now saying they will start a civil war if Trump is impeached. #CivilWarSignup is trending.

Betrayer
Betrayer
1 year ago

And Twitter has said that threatening to start a civil war isn’t a “threat of violence,” even when it’s being done by a heavily armed militia with a history of violent actions.

Big Titty Demon
Big Titty Demon
1 year ago

@Dalillama

Topamax. I initially did not believe her that my IBD could be a result of my anxiety, but when the anxiety went away, so did the IBD, so I have to give her full props for calling that one 100% correct. It’s like the most miraculous wonder drug, in my case, it also fixed all the migraine headaches I was having and like just… nearly everything that my other issues could not account for. Who knew anxiety could fuck you up that bad? (The doctor, the doctor knew. Props to her.)

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
1 year ago

It’s surprising sometimes how much gets fixed by things like this. In my case, Zantac for heartburn somehow put the kibosh on those nasty, awful leg cramps.

More recently, something odd happened when I tried (largely unsuccessfully) to attack my “permacold”. This consists, most of the time, of varying but low levels of clogginess or sniffliness in my sinuses. It has minor flareups most days, typically lasting minutes but sometimes over an hour, with significantly worse blockage and/or sniffliness and the odd sneeze, and in a typical year two or three of the minor flareups escalate to become major ones, ramping up to near constant sneezing and runny nose and lasting 24 hours or so, often followed by a day of occasional dry coughs that hurt the ribs a bit.

Whatever this thing actually is, it doesn’t seem to be a normal cold (which wouldn’t remain at a low grade for literally years), nor allergies (which would have been present from childhood and would flare up in response to specific triggers, such as pollen — the “permacold” has only been with me for about seven or eight years now and is mainly active in the winter, and actually seems to be suppressed by outdoor air and/or exercise, rather than triggered by these; there is nothing I’m exposed to more in the winter than in the summer, suggesting it’s not an allergen triggering the winter flareups but merely the very low humidity of artificially heated air). Despite this, I decided to test the effects of an antihistamine on it, in case a histamine response was still an intermediate part of whatever was going on under the hood. So I got a box of 20 or so Allegra, which was the cheapest per-day 24 hour allergy pill I could see in the shop I was in at the time.

The effect on the permacold is ambiguous: the overall background level of stuffiness seems down somewhat, though not all the way to zero, and the minor flareups happen less frequently (some days none, sometimes as many as two, instead of three or four every day). On the other hand the proportion of minor flareups that escalate to major ones is higher. Two of them did so about a week apart recently, when the usual separation between major flareups is measured in months, and they never occurred outside of the snow-on-the-ground part of the year before.

On the other hand, my stamina when walking into town for supplies is up to where it was five or six years ago somehow! It was definitely the Allegra, as I hadn’t changed anything else at the time of the stamina increase.

That’s very important in my case, because it buys me another five or six years of life before I run into a succession of walls and (most likely) die: first, no longer having the stamina to make supply runs on foot as frequently, forcing me to spend tens of extra dollars per week on taxis; then, my finances go into the red and I slowly draw down my savings; and when those run out, I’ve got perhaps a couple of months left before my roof and utilities go, ending my life in pretty much every sense except the biological and, given the harshness of the Januaries here, putting that on borrowed time.

I would like to know if there’s a cheaper alternative that would have the same stamina-restoring side effect. Or a prescription one I could convince a doctor to prescribe (as then it’s free!) …

Meanwhile I still don’t know what the permacold actually is. Since allergy meds made aspects of it better and other aspects worse, rather than simply suppressing it, that’s more evidence that it’s not an allergy. Since there’s no fever and it’s so chronic it seems unlikely to be an infectious disease. Is it possible to develop autoimmunity to your own nose membranes, or some sort of super-sensitivity to (low) humidity? And why on Earth would Zantac treat muscle cramps? (I’d ask a doctor, but thanks to Ford’s cuts I’d have to take four or five hours out of my day to do that now instead of 10 minutes…)

Denise Loving
Denise Loving
1 year ago

It sounds like it might be chronic rhinitis. I have that, and Avamys nasal spray (steroids, by Rx only) has made a massive difference in my life. I also have undiagnosed seasonal allergies, and take Reactin or the generic version.

I also take pseudoephedrine at times when I can’t breathe through my nose while lying down, but it definitely raises my blood pressure and heart rate.

Good luck with your Zantac or whatever else might work for you. I’ve been taking Omeprezole (Losec) for over a decade, it was the only thing I could find that works.

Z&T
Z&T
1 year ago

@ Surplus,

It sounds like you have allergies. I have several thoughts on this but I’m just going to put this here first, to see if it works. (I had a comment the other day which got eaten.)

Uno momento, por favor ~

Z&T
Z&T
1 year ago

OK.

Surplus, it surely does sound like allergies! And no you don’t have to have them since childhood, they can develop at any time.

Let’s start with drugs – be very careful with that 24 hour Allegra. That’s pretty strong stuff and you might want to switch to simple Benadryl (available in generic or ‘store brand’ too, it’s cheap). Allegra is pretty strong and the 24 hour aspect, time release, watch that. So you don’t eat or drink the wrong thing and get the full blast of it all at once.

We all seem to remember Allegra having a kind of “speed” effect. This might be where your newfound “stamina” is coming from.

Allegra is pretty strong and unless you have severe allergies you probably don’t need it. Do not make self sick by taking un necessary drugs. Would this be an issue mixing with the Zantac, also? You probably know this but in case you or anyone else doesn’t – you can ask pharmacists and their assistants about OTC drugs too.

Leg cramps? Are you dehydrated? From your various thoughts it sounds like you haven’t got the best of diets. We saw what you said about vegetables…

I am sure you know what healthy eating is,
DO IT NOW! 🙂
Ha. I am sure you know what to do, you need more fruits and vegetables. Oh, they’re unpalatable? You can *train* yourself to like new things. And we can all find a few things we like.

I mention this in regards to allergies though also. You might actually be *allergic to* something you’re eating. Sometimes the body craves things in effort to desensitize itself. Corn? Is a common enough allergy issue. And of course, as we all probably know – you can be tested for all types of allergies. Allergy tests are simple.

Don’t want the hassle of doctors appointments? Try changing your diet.

There might be something in your home making you sick or allergic also. Do a thorough cleaning. If things are worse in winter – it could be mold*. Do a hardcore cleaning. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but there could be mold or just too much dust.

* In winter, there can be mold spores in the air too, esp. if you live near wooded areas.

You can also get a relatively inexpensive air purifier, which may help as well.

We all have allergies here, I think about everyone here does, it’s very common. Seasonal allergies might be easy enough to figure out, but not always. Food allergies are not always easy to pin down, can be an issue also.

Big Titty Demon
Big Titty Demon
1 year ago

@Surplus

Erm… I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Zantac is getting pulled from the market like everywhere. :/ It was on the news, I read your post and was like, aww, shit, Surplus is not gonna like this… I have no suggestions on replacement heartburn meds, it’s not something I have any experience with, first or secondhand.

But if you get inexplicable bad muscle cramps I might suggest 1) making sure you are not dehydrated, especially if you live in the desert part of Canada, 2) taking Vitamin E if there is a vegetables problem (is there? I just recall that you dislike lima beans, peas, and broccoli) or 3) guaifenesin if 1 and 2 are under control. It was the only thing that allowed me to be mobile when I used to get muscle cramps in my back so bad I couldn’t walk. Well that and a lot of NSAIDS.

No promises that it’ll work, but it can’t hurt to try. 🙂

EDIT: I know guaifenesin is listed as an expectorant (which may also help with your sinus problem) but it is used in veterinary medicine as a muscle relaxant. Specifically in equine medicine. This is how I came to know of its anti-cramp properties.

EDIT 2: Not that a vet prescribed me medicine! That would be illegal and unethical. I ran it by a GP first and it’s over the counter so she (different one than the anxiety one) said, seems reasonable, see what happens. Voila! Muscle cramps gone.

kupo
kupo
1 year ago

@Z&T
Re: food allergy tests, please see @Rhuu’s post above.

Z&T
Z&T
1 year ago

@ Kupo,

Yes I did read that, what I am thinking of are the allergy tests that a regular doctor gives you, the scratches on your back.

We all here had these. In childhood. I thought of this too, because I seem to remember that you get tested for many things, not just seasonal allergens and pet dander, there are some food tests included in all those scratches as well.

Friend: Bobby Hill had this allergy test too! Ha, yes he did. When they thought he was allergic to Ladybird. And screamed in horror and called his dad from the doctor’s office, Hank walks in and laughs – Oh, an allergy test.

To a kid this was true horror!

Anyway, those sorts of tests.

kupo
kupo
1 year ago

@Z&T
Ah, gotcha, scratch tests are legit. Not sure if they test for food allergies, though! I’ve never had a scratch test despite having allergies that caused sinus and ear infections regularly growing up. Oh well.

Lainy
Lainy
1 year ago

my wedding dress alterations are finished. My aunt did it for me since she’s been a tailor most of her adult life. Saved us some money and I actually started sobbing when I tried it on. my fiancé is just gonna wear his blues and as a bit of surprise for him my friend made me this garter that matches his blues. I think he’s gonna get a kick out of it and that it was a good idea considering a lot of the friends he is having as guest as also marines.

That was just a little update, I’m so excited.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

@ lainy

That’s so sweet; I’m so happy for you!

my fiancé is just gonna wear his blues

Ooh, you going for a service wedding? I love those. Over here we have a sort of thing where service colleagues form two lines and there’s like a running salute. I’m probably not explaining that very well; but it looks great.

Rhuu - apparently an illiterati
Rhuu - apparently an illiterati
1 year ago

@surplus – allergies can also develop, i’m sorry to say. I have definitely developed some allergies to fruits (apples, pears, cherries, etc) in the last ten years. I also developed something that is bad enough that i was taking a near daily loratadine aka claritin. (Shoulda been daily, but they were expensive and i couldn’t afford it.)

Not sure if it’s allergies or what was described above, just wanted to let you know that it is apparently something that happens.

Anyway, two years or so ago, i went to a walk-in (before i had my family doctor) and got a reference to an allergist, who prescribed me some daily antihistamines. I take cetirizine aka zyrtec, and it is great for my health plan to cover the 30$/month this costs so i can actually feel human.

So yes, a doctor can prescribe an antihistamine to you. I also found that some antihistamines worked better for me than others, and some i could tolerate really well with no drowsiness (loratadine + cetirizine at my current dosage) so they didn’t interfere with my life.

Viscaria
Viscaria
1 year ago

I went to my doctor recently to see if I could get an allergy scratch panel with an allergist, mostly because I suspect I have developed an allergy to scallops. He said that scratch tests for food allergies are unfortunately pretty unreliable. He also said I can never eat scallops again. 🙁

@Lainy

Dress alterations! Very exciting! Must be getting close now to the date, then, yes?

Edit: Misspelled your name. Sorry!

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

I’m thinking about getting a scratch test, since I think I may have developed an allergy to cashews. I used to eat them all the time with no ill effects, but more recently I ate some and around the same time got a painful rash around my mouth for a week. Not sure if it was an allergy or coincidence, so I’m thinking about getting a test.

Lainy
Lainy
1 year ago

@Alan

Yeah kind of. My fiancé is really proud of being a marine since it’s one of the hardest things he’s ever done. we’re doing the sabor run and he wants to cut the cake with his sword

@Viscaria
It is! October 26th is our date since we couldn’t have the Halloween wedding of my dreams lol.

It’s the first time in my teenager and adult life that I will be wearing all white and I’m kind of excited about it but I do have some black pieces to add even more my flair to it. Plus my brides maid dresses are black with silver.

My flower bouquet has yellow tulips in it because they are important to me but then I have some fake flowers in them that I’ve been making out of black paper and folding them to look like roses. They have white ink writing on them and I’ve written poetry that I’ve made about him. Along with tips about how we work and things like that so that when I toss my flowers at my reception the person who gets it can read it sometime if they want to unroll the flowers.

My wedding dress is white but I have a black reception dress I’m gonna change into because the corset on my wedding dress makes it hard to dance properly and we are doing a waltz for our first dance.

We did choose a kind of stressful time for me to being doing this though. I’ve got work and right now this week and next week are midterms time for classes before my fall break. So add finishing up wedding stuff onto that. Plus we both have very large families and a lot of friends invited so It turned into a very big event.

One of my cousins is flying in from New York with his two girls and his wife to attend and he’s been trying to “help” with my wedding a bit. It’s kind of turned into don’t let our familes take over the wedding lol. My cousin is a lot older then I am, I’m only a few years older then his daughter right now. And he’s a half Itilain New Yorker so when he has an opoioon it gets heard, and I appreciate it but he’s also use to these huge fancy upstate ballroom weddings. This was the conversation we had two weeks ago
“you know what this needs? an ice sculpture”
“I don’t think we need an ice sculpture Jamie, There kind of expensive and that’s a lot of money for something that’s gonna melt”
“eh you know what, you want an ice sculpture, I’ll get you an ice sculpture, do I look like some kind of smuck that can’t afford an ice sculpture”
“Jamie your a guess, I don’t want you to pay for anything in my wedding and I don’t need an ice sculpture”
“how about we get one as tall as you, it will add some elegant to the room”
Proceeds to start an ordering process to get me an ice sculpture. I proceed to bang my head onto an archaeology text book.

Then there is my fiancé who doesn’t really want his older brother and father to be there but I know just as well as him that if his father doesn’t go that he won’t let my fiancé mother attend as well.

It’s been a real adventure getting to where we are right now and my stress levels are up. I’m excited but they are up. Been a lot of stress eating and sleepless nights.

My fiancé made himself flash cards to try and remember all of my familes names. It’s pretty cute. He’s trying to live down the time, because there are two Todds in my family on the opposite side and he can never remember anything. So when he met the Todd from my dad’s side he was shaking his hand and went ” are you the Todd that’s a preacher or are you the Todd that went to prison for kidnapping the lady when high on drugs?” long pause ” I’m the Todd that’s a preacher”
“oh”

There’s a lot of repeat like that on both sides of my family.
But his nephew is gonna be our ring bearer and one of my like third generation cousins is gonna be our flower girl. It’s really cute because you have this little lantino boy walking down with this little red head pale Irish looking girl with freckles and I just started laughing because it looks like if my fiancé and I had meet as children.

Sorry that was long but I just had to get all of that out

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
1 year ago

There’s a lot here so I’m just going to quote and respond to bits and pieces.

@Z&T:

Allegra is pretty strong and the 24 hour aspect, time release, watch that. So you don’t eat or drink the wrong thing and get the full blast of it all at once.

Please elaborate?

Also, how can the “permacold” be an allergy if it is not obliterated by a “pretty strong” antihistamine?

If things are worse in winter – it could be mold*. Do a hardcore cleaning.

Mold requires humidity, so would be worse in summer. The air in here is quite dry all winter. And hardcore cleanings have not affected the “permacold” in the past.

You can also get a relatively inexpensive air purifier, which may help as well.

Define “relatively inexpensive”. And keep in mind that something like that will also have operating costs: electricity, filters that need replacing, and possibly more.

@various:

…food allergies…

Not relevant in my case. Symptoms are upper respiratory, not swelling up like a balloon and needing an Epi-Pen to save me, and there’s no significant seasonal variation in my diet.

Whatever the cause is, it’s something in the air, and it’s almost certainly humidity-influenced since it seems to be something in the indoor air and the only thing about that that’s different seasonally is the humidity, and to some degree the temperature.

Viscaria
Viscaria
1 year ago

@Lainy,

That all sounds lovely. I love your bouquet idea! I hope you have a wonderful wedding day and an even better life together.

The best piece of advice I received before my own wedding was try to carve out a moment or two with just you and your new husband where you can absorb what’s happening. It all goes by very fast, so you need a moment to be like, whoa, we just did the thing!

I wasn’t able to listen to your song because the link was borked. If you see this, maybe give us another link if you want 🙂

Lainy
Lainy
1 year ago

The song is afterlife by hailee stienfield

I hope it all goes well but come hell or high water I am marrying this man lol.

solecism
solecism
1 year ago

@Lainy, that all sounds wonderful. I hope it is a lovely day and ceremony for you and your sweetie.

@Surplus to Requirements, the worst case food allergies involve Epipens and trips to the hospital. Mild food allergies can be strictly local/upper respiratory symptoms. New allergies can show up at any point in a person’s life, not just in childhood. And some people grow out of childhood allergies.

I developed a new food allergy this year. I figured it out when I was with friends on the dessert of a 5-course set menu and suddenly had uncontrollably itchy throat break into uncontrollable coughing. Benadryl and cough drops saved me in the moment.

The restaurant was kind enough to give me a detailed list of ingredients for the whole menu. It was a little puzzling because 99% of it is stuff I eat pretty regularly. I immediately went to an allergist and got a scratch test for some of the likely culprits. Everything came back negative (again). Doesn’t mean I don’t have allergies. Plus, he pointed out that the test for onion is not definitive.

He recommended that I try to narrow down specific food triggers and bring them in for a prick test. I haven’t done that yet because I really haven’t been able to narrow it down. I’ve had several reactions to food, though none as severe as that one, since then (and before then, once I recognized it as an allergic reaction and thought back to past instances). I also had far more noticeable seasonal allergies this year, sometimes noticeable as soon as I stepped outside.

I suspect that I have some form of cross-reactivity between a food and a botanically related hay fever allergen. That’s what’s behind oral allergy syndrome. I think I have a variant of it but not involving the usual suspects of birch, mugwort, grass, or ragweed pollens.

So you could be experiencing something similar. Regarding mold allergies being worse in the winter:
https://www.achooallergy.com/learning/mold-allergies-in-winter

Your permacold is probably due to low-level ongoing exposure to some allergen causing a chronic mild reaction.

Moon Custafer
Moon Custafer
1 year ago

@Lainy:

we’re doing the sabor run and he wants to cut the cake with his sword

Will there be champagne? I’ve always wanted to see someone sabre open a bottle of champagne with an actual sabre.

Lainy
Lainy
1 year ago

@Moon Custafer

I don’t know what that is to be honest.

Shadowplay
1 year ago

If the link decides to play nice:

It did!! And the edit timer showed up. It’s a miracle day.

Z&T
Z&T
1 year ago

@ Surplus,

We all here, taking an exercise break, because it’s raining, so we decided to drink some beer instead of taking a walk, we have some more thoughts for you.

Which could largely be summed up with: What Solecism just said.

Will address your recent thoughts –

Starting with, strong Allegra.
IMO it’s pretty strong stuff. Really dries you out too much and makes you feel weird.

Regarding the 24 hour or time release aspect, and this would apply to anything like this – you don’t want to eat or drink (or mix the wrong med) certain things with such meds that would, I guess, cause the time release coating to come off too fast. If that happens, you’ll get the full blast of it at once, right? Which you do not want.

Not med people or chemists here, maybe someone else here can explain better the mechanisms and coatings of these time release pills.

Hopefully that conveys the general idea.

And I myself would rather take pills every X hours because then you are in control of that, and you might not need it 24 hours. It’s raining here today, rain can clean the air. So you might not need any meds at all. Or, maybe just in the morning.

T also reminded us that there are “other versions” of Allegra, non time release, and children’s which would be a lower dosage, so you might keep this in mind too.

I’m a ‘less is more’ sort of a person, or ‘try the light version first’ so to say.

Mold.
Not humid enough there? Leaky pipes hidden behind walls might say otherwise. It can be anywhere. It can be in the air.

Like foods, these things can be hard to pin down. It might be something else. Laundry soap, bath soap. And as with food, what you can try to do is stop using things or change things, to try to figure it out.

You might just have low grade allergy, sinus issues.
In this case, find a med that works and try to keep super clean.

Air purifiers –
Go look online, there’s inexpensive in the $20 range. And more expensive ones, which can also be found cheaper, discontinued, remanufactured, older models, – as I’m sure you know there are all sorts of discount sellers online. As well as resale shops, garage sales, look around and you can find something affordable.

Yes, everything takes a lot of thought and work.
Hang in there, Friend 🙂

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
1 year ago

@Z&T: Unfortunately, most of those sellers are non-options for me. Online ones require credit cards and garage sales are sporadic, random, and won’t usually have any specific item. There’s no way to find or search them online since they’re informal, strictly meatspace events. And I get around on foot. So that would be miles and miles of walking looking for them probably for months on end before I chanced upon anything remotely like what you’re describing.

It would pretty much have to be a normal, bricks-and-mortar retailer. I don’t suppose Wal-Mart would have such a thing? Because there’s one of those within reach of me, and it’s probably the store with the broadest overall selection of stuff of all those that are close enough.

As for the Allegra, I really don’t want to lose the restored stamina …

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Don’t know why anyone still tries to give Surplus help or advice. Don’t you all know by now that he wants to hear us that he has the worst life out of anyone ever and there is no solution?

Catalpa
Catalpa
1 year ago

@Surplus

Most debit cards in Canada function as credit cards for the purposes of online purchasing. Mine has for years now.

Even if you don’t want an air purifier, having the option to order things online to be delivered may be very useful for you, due to your remoteness and being limited to walking. I’d recommend looking into it.