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  1. That's weird - seems more like a waste of their money than anything. That could be the case here, and maybe I don't have all the details. As far as I know, there is no other treatment he is recommending besides the medications that he's already prescribed. So I'm not sure what the stress test would be proving. But I'm 500+ miles away and getting all of my information second- and third- hand, so who knows!
  2. I'm on day seven of constant migraines, so I hear you (my worst ever was 32 days straight, and then I got a ONE DAY break before the next round started!). Mine have been chronic since I started perimenopause. I don't know how old you are, so that may be irrelevant in your case, but if you're having any symptoms of hormone fluctuations, that could be playing a role as well. Tyramine is a major trigger for me, so avoiding chocolate, citrus fruits, nuts, and fermented/pickled/aged foods (this includes a lot of foods, from cheese to olives to soy sauce) is critical for me. Also, alcohol and sulfur-based preservatives (in dried fruit) are MAJOR triggers for me, and I suspect aspartame and MSG are as well, though I'm not as certain (I avoid them anyway!). If the allergy meds don't help, you might consider seeing your doctor about a preventive medication. If you are having 15 or more migraine days per month, that's considered chronic, and that's when they advise preventive meds such as beta-blockers, tricyclic antidepressants, botox injections, etc. I hope you feel better soon!
  3. I hadn't thought of that -- doctors are probably more likely to get sued for not ordering a test than for ordering a test that harms or even kills you.
  4. Good point - I should have mentioned that. My mom's understanding was that it was the treadmill test. But she wasn't at this particular appointment, so that's second-hand information. My other grandmother had the chemical stress test when she was in her late 60's or early 70's, and it was so horrible, she said she wanted no more tests, she'd rather just die. So I'm not sure it would be any better! Edit: this wasn't discussed at an appointment, but over the phone after her most recent appointment.
  5. Oh, I am so sorry about your aunt. And I appreciate your reply. It does seem to me like sometimes doctors don't weigh out the potential benefits of the test against the risks.
  6. My husband is quite athletic: he runs, he bikes, he hikes, he climbs, etc. He was experiencing a mild arrhythmia during exercise, so (among other things) the doctor ordered a stress test. This makes perfect sense: the arrhythmia was happening during exercise, so they needed to see what's going on with his heart during exercise. His resting heart rate was very low (athletic range), his blood pressure was perfect, his heart muscle was strong, and he was in very good overall health. So, I get the need for a stress test in this situation. It presents virtually no danger to do it, and the information is needed. Here's what don't get. My grandmother is 102 years old. She is still ambulatory but has poor balance. She must hold on to something while she walks (railings, furniture, a cane - but she refuses to use a walker.) She has fallen a couple of times, but luckily only bruises and scrapes, no broken bones. She's had high blood pressure for awhile. And she was recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure. And her doctor ordered a stress test. WHY??? What possible good could come from putting a 102 year old woman with poor balance and a failing heart on a treadmill to stress her heart?!? My uncle, who is not the only but the primary care giver to my grandmother, said "no way" to the doctor, so it's not happening (and all the other caregivers, like my mom, were in full agreement). But I'm just dumbfounded that the doctor would even consider such a thing. This is not a JAWM, I really want to know. Is my grandmother's doctor the complete idiot that I think he is? Or am I overreacting, and there really is some medically justifiable reason for putting her through such a difficult and risky test? (My opinion is no doubt colored by the fact that I've known two people who had heart attacks during stress tests, one of whom died.)
  7. If you have a Wild Birds Unlimited, or another local store like that, I would encourage you to ask there. They know what birds in your specific area will like. My local store helped me find a better hummingbird feeder, a specific type of suet that the birds go crazy for, etc. Also, again this may be regional, but we get a lot of activity at our thistle feeders. We feed a seed mixture at other feeders as well, but those tend to get taken over by pigeons. Pigeons don't eat thistle, so the thistle feeders attract a lot of finches. We are seeing a lot of goldfinches right now - so cute! Also, this may not be an issue where you live, but here in the desert, water attracts birds as much as the feeders do, maybe more.
  8. My dd hates math too. She was very disappointed to learn that she has to take Calc I and II for a Geology degree. She took pre-Calc this semester, and she did fine. She hated it, but she made it through! If I had known she would end up in a STEM field I might have pushed math harder so that she would have taken Calc I by now, but in a way I'm glad that I didn't. Math is tough, so that extra year of maturity going into it is probably for the best.
  9. Yeah, I changed majors too, but I always stayed within the sciences. I swore my daughter would never be a STEM major, lol! But I'm happy I was wrong. I didn't realize some colleges allotted less time for transfers, so I need to check into that! Thanks for mentioning it!
  10. And this is one (among several) of the reasons I was glad my daughter decided to get an Associate's degree before she goes off to her WUE school of choice. Hopefully she'll have enough classes under her belt that she can get her B.S. within the 8 semesters that they allow for. But, for anyone else considering that plan, just be aware that not every school that offers the WUE rate offers it to transfer students. So be sure to check whether it's for freshmen only.
  11. Radical change from art to paleontology! She's staying at the CC where she's been doing dual enrollment for now (she's just graduating next week, and she wants to stay to finish her A.S. in Geology). Then she's planning to take advantage of WUE at either Montana State or South Dakota Mines, because they both have good paleontology programs. (She's not looking for a career in academia, but wants to work at a natural history museum, and keep her art as a hobby, separate from her income.)
  12. Grew up on the Great Plains (Oklahoma), have lived in the Southwest (New Mexico) for almost 20 years. Briefly lived in upstate NY in-between. I always felt out of place in OK, though, and I knew by the time I was 12 years old that I wanted to move. So I wouldn't particularly say that it informed my perspective. I picked Southwest for the poll. It's been home for a long time now. And though I don't want to stay here for the rest of my life, it suits me better than where I grew up. And if I do end up staying here, I can be happy.
  13. I believe that you are correct on both counts. Still, a tuition discount for 4 years would be a huge help. And since I posted this, my daughter has completely changed her career and education plans, so this is all moot for us anyway! (Much to my surprise.)
  14. Yes, when I went low-carb, my triglycerides did go down. But everything else went up. LDL went up to scary levels. (Higher than yours, Hyacinth.)
  15. I highly recommend this video from Dr. Gregor. It's only a little over 4 minutes long, and it is packed with information and extensively referenced. It explains the research showing what optimal cholesterol levels are. After that, you might also want to watch: Does Cholesterol Size Matter? Eggs & Cholesterol: Patently False and Misleading Claims The Best Food for High Cholesterol Beans, Beans, They're Good for Your Heart Four Nuts Once a Month Can Oatmeal Reverse Heart Disease? Or check out any of the videos linked on this page.
  16. London. I've only been once but I completely fell in love with it, and I speak the language (more or less ) so that would make life easier! My husband would say Norway. He loves the landscape, he loves northern climates, and he's a big admirer of the culture. Can we have a winter home on some remote South Pacific island while we're at it? I've never been, but I've dreamed of it since I was a kid. And I'm not sure how well *I* would handle European winters (I've gotten spoiled to 360 days per year of sunshine here in New Mexico!).
  17. Happy Birthday to your daughter! My only is also 18, and we'll be finishing our homeschooling journey next week. I don't have as many years of homeschooling under my belt as you do, but I have homeschooled her all the way through, since kindergarten. I can't believe it's almost over! I'm not ready for this chapter of our lives to end!
  18. No need to apologize to me -- you used female as an adjective! That gets the Greta Stamp of Approval (for what little that's worth, lol!). And I think it's crazy that girls "shouldn't" be called girls and women "shouldn't" be called women. These are the appropriate terms for their respective groups! This need to avoid those terms and use terms like "female" (as a noun!) instead absolutely mystifies me.
  19. Well, it’s certainly not the worst thing that women routinely get called! :-) (But yeah, I really hate it. I’d much, much rather be called a girl than a female.)
  20. Oh, thank for for posting this, because I may have completely misunderstood Bluegoat! Female as an adjective (female soldier, female singer, female athlete) is perfectly appropriate and doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Female as a noun in a contex where the person would not use male, THAT is what bugs me. “The guys are in the den watching the game and the females are out back on the patio.” The NFL marketer who made a statement about “the role of the female in the household”. That crap drives me up the wall.
  21. No, I don't understand what is so politicized about the word woman that it should be avoided. I truly don't get it.
  22. Okay, I appreciate your explanation. Personally, neither "the man I interviewed" nor "the woman I interviewed" sound formal to me, they both sound like perfectly normal phrases that one might expect to hear in the workplace. But I guess I'm the odd one out! :-) ETA: Hmm, in a work email, I would certainly use “my supervisor”and not “the boss man”. And this was a work email that the OP was talking about. In a professional setting, isn’t it generally better to go too formal than it is to go too casual?
  23. I'm sure it isn't deliberately or consciously meant to be mean. But it is. If they were consistent about it (males and females) it would be one thing. But in my experience, people aren't consistent about it at all (men and females). Is the word woman considered "politicized"? I'm not sure I understand that.
  24. Okay, see, I find "girl" annoying in certain contexts, but I find this kind of use of the word "females" absolutely ENRAGING, and I am sorry you were subjected to it. At least if I'm being called a "girl" my humanity is being acknowledged. But "female" could mean a dog, a cow, an ostrich, or a naked mole rat. I am a WOMAN. I really don't understand why so many people are hesitant to use the word woman! I think it's a clear sign of a misogynistic culture when the standard word for an adult female human being is avoided, like it's icky or tainted or something. The coworker could have said "the woman I interviewed" and it would not only have been more accurate and appropriate, there is simply no reason NOT to say that.
  25. Yes, it sounded odd to my ears the first time I heard it. But I've heard it a lot. Seems more accurate to just say "a doctor" but I guess it's to distinguish a PhD from an MD . . . ? Anyway, I apologize for being unclear and getting off track. The point is, coworker could have said "the doctor I interviewed" or "the [job position] candidate I interviewed" or "when I interviewed Dr. Smith..." or any number of things that would have sounded better than "girl".
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