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options…

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 are primarily prescribed for people with high blood pressure.¬†For those of us with normal BP, beta blockers can result in hypotension. For the first few…

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the finality of the fiasco…

the finality of the fiasco…

Oh my God, you guys. Guess what was waiting for me when I arrived home on Thursday??   Cromolyn sodium oral concentrate! FIVE boxes of cromolyn sodium oral concentrate! 11.2 POUNDS of cromolyn sodium oral concentrate! That’s 5 KILOGRAMS OF CROMOLYN SODIUM ORAL CONCENTRATE!! Yes, I actually balanced five boxes of cromolyn on my bathroom scale. I have a lot of free time. I can’t even hazard a guess as to how long 11.2 lbs of cromolyn will last. Hopefully…

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my cromolyn fiasco…

my cromolyn fiasco…

Fair warning: I am likely going to drop an expletive or two in this post, because I’m very annoyed. Current frustration level: F-bomb. For mast cell activation disorder (MCAD), I take a medication called cromolyn. Actually, if you want to get technical, its “cromolyn sodium oral concentrate”. It consists of these little tubes filled with clear medication that come latched together in a discreet package. Discreet shiny, glittery, crinkly “let me see how many people I can make stare while…

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when good doctors happen to bad people…

when good doctors happen to bad people…

I’d like to think that I’m not actually a bad person, but I’m continuing a theme. After my previous “when bad doctors happen to good people” post – I forgot to mention the doctor who, after talking to me for about 3 minutes told me he couldn’t help me, then proceeded to ask me for free legal advice for the next 15 minutes – I thought I should share some recent positive experiences with doctors so I don’t seem like…

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yep, i’m an idiot…

yep, i’m an idiot…

Remember how in my last post, I talked about trying a new medication (Florinef) with the hopes that it would help me make it through my¬†wedding? And, remember how I said trying something new so close to the wedding might mean I’m really stupid?? God, I hate when I’m right. Day 1 of Florinef (or, rather, a tiny fraction of a pill): no problems. Day 2: one of the worst nights of my life. I woke up at 1:30am feeling…

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the winds of change…

the winds of change…

Just over five years ago, I took the California state bar exam. If you’re not familiar, the bar exam is the test you must take in order to become a licensed attorney. With three entire days of testing, it’s a rigorous exam, one which you have to spend months studying for if you have any hopes of passing. The two and a half months I spent studying for the test are a blur. On the first day of bar study…

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