getting a tattoo with a chronic illness…

Like it does with most things in life, having a chronic illness can complicate the process of getting a tattoo.  I have put together a list of considerations for anyone with a chronic illness interested in getting a tattoo. However, I should note, my entire tattoo session only lasted about 40 minutes. So if you’re […]

Giving Tuesday…

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving (or weekend, for all the international readers). I’m so thankful for you, friends! As you may know, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is often referred to as “Giving Tuesday”, where people are encouraged to make charitable donations. I am on the Board of a nonprofit that promotes research […]

unrest…

In this post, I’m actually going to talk about an illness I don’t have: myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Prior to my postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) diagnosis, I was diagnosed with ME/CFS because many of my symptoms were the same: extreme fatigue, muscle pain, post-exertional malaise (worsening of symptoms after activity), sleep difficulties, autonomic […]

options…

I have been on a beta blocker since I was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) in 2011. Initially, I was prescribed 25mg of atenolol once per day. Beta blockers work by blocking norepinephrine and epinephrine (adrenaline) from binding to beta receptors on nerves, which reduces heart rate and blood pressure. Thus, beta blockers […]

acupuncture and other ‘alternatives’…

chinese herbs

Just this past week, I received acupuncture, started taking Chinese medicine, and took a yoga class. You guys, I am holistic as f*ck. Acupuncture This was actually my second appointment with the acupuncturist. I first went to see him for a couple of reasons, primarily back/neck pain and hormonal imbalance (yes, still – my hormones […]

exit interview…

If you have followed this blog for a while, you know that my mom and I are study participants in a clinical trial for a new drug at the local research university here (you can read about it in my job interview post and here). My mom, who has a degenerative brain disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy […]

a notice for my soCal friends…

A notice was posted at my cardiologist’s office that Scripps La Jolla offers Yoga for Dysautonomia every Wednesday evening at 6:15p.m. at the Schaetzel Center Building at the Scripps Memorial Hospital campus. I think the address for the Schaetzel Center is 9890 Genesee Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037 (please double check that before you go). […]