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03/17/10 02:43 - 48ºF - ID#51206

Diversity Day

Today I participated on being on a diversity panel for a local middle school. I got up on a stage and told a school full of 7th graders what it was like to be gay and have to hide it. It felt like I was giving myself advice on how to deal with being gay. The main message that we all got across was that it was not okay to hurt other people, that it causes real suffering. One of the panelists was John Steven from American Idol. He talked about being bullied in that very same school and how it affected him. John is a very good person, it must have been great for people who are being bullied to think that they can be successful like him too.

The kids were so great and respectful to me and to all of us. Reggie from Roswell was there, he is the Diversity Director at the hospital. Also, Cheryl, a mother of someone who was picked on at the school, and my friend Frances, a Latina who was able to achieve despite expectations. I was so happy to be able to talk to them and thought it was so great that the principal at the school has permitted this time be taken from instruction. It did not end or begin at the assembly. The kids have been prepped long before and were to use the rest of the afternoon to discuss what was bought up in the auditorium. My friend Cristina, a teacher at the school, along with a guidance counselor, Kim were the ones who started Diversity Day and the ones responsible for making it happen. The Wellness Committee, students at the school, welcomed us in at the door and showed us to the auditorium. It was so awesome.




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03/13/10 10:40 - 36ºF - ID#51181

On my way home from Charlotte

I am on my way home from Charlotte and am writing this thanks to the free wi-fi access Airtran is offering this week. I left last minute to go stay with my Aunt who I wrote about previously who is sick with Lyme disease. It was nice being there since this was her first week back to work after two weeks of being bed-ridden. We really had a nice time together and I love Charlotte. I drove her to work everyday so I got to get a better feel for the city.

Her flight was most unfortunately canceled to DC to see her doctor. She got as far as Atlanta before finding out she had to go all the way back home. Now instead of seeing the doctor she has to pay $350 out of pocket to talk to him over the phone. There aren't many doctors who treat chronic Lyme. It is very complicated but her doctor lost his ability to practice in NC because he does treat Lyme patients. People travel from all over to see him and it is a shame he can't practice in Charlotte anymore. There are some in the medical field who think Lyme is all in the head, that the people who suffer it are just hypochondriacs. That is what happened to my Aunt and why she wasn't treated soon enough. When you don't get treated early enough it becomes very very difficult to get it out of your system.

If my Aunt becomes this sick again this year she fears she will be forced on to disability. It has been 13 years she has lived with this. Everyday she is sick but when she has a flare up it is like having the flu but worse. My grandparents will be there to help her in two weeks. They are going to stay for two weeks with her which is good. My Aunt's best friend and roommate died 6 years ago. Despite everything she really doesn't ever complain.

While I was there there was a news release about how researchers have found that papaya leaf extract may be able to reverse cancer and tumors because of the affect it has on the immune system. She might ask her MD about it. Interestingly, papaya leaf extract is also used to fight malaria and my Aunt is taking anit-malaria drugs as part of her treatment for Lyme.

The South has this fast food chain called Chick-fill-a. It is so funny because it isn't pronounced with a soft A but like fillet as in chicken fillet. I cooked every night and froze the left overs so she has plenty to eat until my grandparents get there. She just doesn't have the energy to do much by the time she gets home from work. It kind of perpetuates the illness because then she isn't eating healthy and it is harder for her to get better.
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03/03/10 10:33 - 31ºF - ID#51105

Lyme Disease

My Aunt is sick with Lyme Disease. It has been so many years and she has suffered so greatly from this horrible sickness. It is almost as if she has AIDS and it often becomes debilitating. I wish that I could do something to help her but she lives alone in the South and I can't do much except pray. She is going to DC to see an MD tomorrow. As sick as she is she is going to get on a plane by herself and see if this MD can help her. I hate how much she suffers, she really does not deserve it, she has been a great aunt and a great person. She is a principal at a school for children with learning disabilities.
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02/24/10 10:32 - 26ºF - ID#51072

4 years with e:mike

Happy Anniversary Mikey!

Thanks for coming over to "see my Cuba pictures". It has been 4 years that we have been together (minus a short hiatus) but even longer since we first met at Coffee &. I can't believe how quickly the time has gone. We have both come such a long way.

Tonight (e:mike) surprised me and came to my house to cook me dinner and clean my dirty kitchen and give some loving to my rabbit! I left the house at 8am and didn't return until 9pm so it was so nice to have Cinderella come and spread her magic while I was away. I was so tired and thinking about my dirty dishes and how I didn't want to cook myself any food. I love (e:mike)!
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02/03/10 07:58 - 28ºF - ID#50963

Libertad and his neice

This is me and my niece Holly who is turning 16 tomorrow the 4th of February. I don't get to see her much now, but I did take care of her a lot when she was younger. I am so proud of her, she is an incredibly strong and amazing individual.

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01/27/10 05:01 - 24ºF - ID#50918

You should listen to e:tinypliny

I got cerumen impaction from using Q-tips. Yup, my ear got completely clogged with ear wax to the point I couldn't hear and I thought I was getting an ear infection. The Q-tip was pushing the wax back up into the ear, leading to the impaction. Just remember (e:tinypliny)'s beady eyes of disapproval every time you grab one of those "earbuds". The below comment was taken from (e:paul)'s journal "Shove a sponge in it?"

tinypliny writes at 09:34:26 10/11/08 - Comment #40098tinyplinyThanks for sharing, ((e:dragonlady)). I will keep that in mind and might switch when the guilt becomes unbearable.
Blood is not revolting or even disturbing to me at all.

As for ear candles. PLEASE RETURN THEM!!! They are clinically not efficacious, and in fact injurious.
link I was so grossed out by the sponges that I totally missed that you bought them!!

If you want to get earwax out, try and get eardrops/oil and drop them into your ear for a week or so (a few drops daily). This will soften the wax up. Then get a syringing appointment at the ENT clinic. Syringing is a process by which a fine spray of sterile water is pointed into the ear and pushes out the softened wax.

More tips for ear-health:
PLEASE get rid of all your earbuds. They are the NUMBER #1 reason for impacted wax and do more harm and no good at all. They push ear wax deeper into the ear. The ear has a natural conveyor belt like assembly whereby ear wax is naturally circulated outward from the tympanic membrane into the external ear canal. The best way to clean your ears is by swishing your finger gently around your external ear while you are showering. Poking and using earbuds are the reason 50K Americans report to the ENT clinic with impacted wax every year. I cannot reiterate this enough. Get rid of the ear candles and the earbuds. Both are evil little implements of ear ruin. :(


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01/25/10 02:01 - 35ºF - ID#50904

Peace on Your Plate Bridge?!

Seriously, PETA has proposed to the NYS DOT paying for Peace Bridge repairs in exchange for renaming the bridge "Peace on Your Plate Bridge"!

"Changing the bridge's name to the 'Peace on Your Plate Bridge' is a win-win situation," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "The name change would help keep this vital link in Western New York's economy up and running, and people crossing the bridge would be reminded that we really can have world peace -- starting with one meal at a time."



I would rather them close the bridge than name it something so ridiculous! PETA is seriously deranged.
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01/23/10 06:44 - 36ºF - ID#50893

Peanut oil?

Does anyone know where I can find bulk peanut oil? I'm hoping to spend less than $30 for a gallon, if at all possible. I love peanut oil so much but find it is too expensive to deep fry with. I'm making Paula Dean's Southern Fried Chicken "Y'all"! I made it with regular vegetable oil and it was awesome but I know it would be super super awesome with peanut oil.
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01/19/10 09:43 - 27ºF - ID#50856

My new bed!

Last night I slept so good and didn't wake up having a coughing fit. I think I'm going to skip going to the after hours clinic today. If it comes back again tonight I'll maybe go tomorrow. My new bed was delivered on Saturday and last night was my first really good sleep on it. It is a Sealy pillow top. I went from sleeping on a full futon to a nice firm queen. I'm so happy with it after this last night's sleep. I can't believe how high the bed is. It feels like I need a step stool to get in it. Not only did I get a new bed but also really nice new sheets and pillows. The difference is amazing.

It still has that new smell which is the biggest downfall. The top layer of the mattress is organic cotton but that does little to protect me from all the flame retardant chemicals they douse the bed in because some people can't refrain from smoking in bed and passing out with a lit cigarette! I took the down comforter (e:mike) got me last year for Xmas out of storage and am using that with the window cracked open because my apt gets so hot. I leave the humidifier running all night otherwise I get completely dried out from the inside out.

Now that I can sleep well I think my lungs will recover. I should go to the gym today rather than the clinic.
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01/18/10 10:06 - 28ºF - ID#50854

Libertad and his bro

It is nice to see how happy we were. We had a nice conversation by phone the other day.

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