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 […]

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 […]

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). […]

WEGO health awards…

Hey friends, Every year WEGO Health hosts its WEGO Health Awards, where patient advocates are nominated for different awards. This year, I have been nominated for a Best in Show: Blog award!! I don’t know what that means, but judging by that movie “Best in Show”, I think it means you all love my adorable […]

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 […]