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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Odin's Day 
14th-Nov-2007 08:03 am
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Happy birthday to kyburg!

Hello to new readers demongamer, dulcinbradbury, thebigfatman, tonithegreat, and ysabetwordsmith!

Medical
Gut is still meh. Deep-muscle aches, but not too bad.

Chronic pain is a family problem. When people experience unrelenting pain, everyone they live with and love is likely to suffer. The frustration, anxiety, stress and depression that often go with chronic pain can also afflict family members and friends who feel helpless to provide relief.

That's a sequel to this.

Oi! Locals!
* Need to ride to/from the airport on Saturday afternoon to pick up gwynraven - anyone available?
* Need to practice telling the highly-compressed story of my rape. I practice in front of the medical-advocacy group on Monday, then it's straight to the Take Back the Night rally on the 29th. If you're local and can spare some time to listen to something fairly grueling and give me advice on how I'm telling it... that would be muchly appreciated. (I know some of you nonlocals are willing, but what I need practice on is not just telling it, but Telling it face-to-face and dealing with reactions.)

Wind Tunnel Dreams
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Daily Science
People who have the common chronic pain condition fibromyalgia often report that they don’t respond to the types of medication that relieve other people’s pain. New research from the University of Michigan Health System helps to explain why that might be: Patients with fibromyalgia were found to have reduced binding ability of a type of receptor in the brain that is the target of opioid painkiller drugs such as morphine.

The study included positron emission tomography (PET) scans of the brains of patients with fibromyalgia, and of an equal number of sex- and age-matched people without the often-debilitating condition. Results showed that the fibromyalgia patients had reduced mu-opioid receptor (MOR) availability within regions of the brain that normally process and dampen pain signals – specifically, the nucleus accumbens, the anterior cingulate and the amygdala.


Plans
* Wind Tunnel Dreams!
* Pack and mail sold BPAL
* Hang out with s00j this morning
* Editing gig
* Finalize Thanksgiving menu
* Get Elayna to write her charity plea for this year
* Finish the summer/winter closet changeover
* Buy return tickets from Florida
* Date with feste_sylvain
Comments 
14th-Nov-2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the welcome! Of course... now I'm wondering if we've met before. I saw an earlier reference to Persis, who I know a little from cons (Arisia in particular). I've actually helped build at Arisia because my fiance was the tech director for a few years.

That's actually how I was introduced to S.J. Tucker as well -- she did a concert at Lunacon & was just generally cool to chat with. Quite a few techs were fascinated by her stilts.
14th-Nov-2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Quite possible! I did some Fast Track panels at this year's Arisia and Dragon's Den stuff at Boskone, and plan to do the same in '08...

I met SJ through Cat Valente - her albums For the Girl in the Garden and Solace and Sorrow were inspired by Cat's Orphan's Tales books.
14th-Nov-2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
I tend to spend my time either going to panels, hanging out with the techs or working in the masq green room. I don't know that I'll do that at Arisia this year though. Byron has said that he will *not* do the green room at Arisia because it was so horrific last year. The placement was dreadful. Besides, it would be nice to actually *see* the masq. I've never watched them -- I've just worked them. ::laughs::
14th-Nov-2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
I feel oddly like I'm a stalker when I offer local things, but I'm willing to be an audience. I'm a survivor, if it helps.
14th-Nov-2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Not stalkery!

When do you have time?
14th-Nov-2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
Chock-full of free time, actually, with scattered commitments. Email me a couple of the times it would be best for you?

I'm limited to public transit, but if you'd prefer to come to a stranger's house rather than have one at yours, you're welcome here. (I'm right next to the 89 and 90 bus routes, and a ten minute walk from Sullivan Station.)

(omniamutantur at gmail)
14th-Nov-2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Daily Science

The more medical researchers discover things that are specific to fibromyalgia and therefore indicate that it is an actual, identifiable condition, the happier I am. Just on principle. No more dismissing physical and physiological illness as "hysteria," TYVM.
14th-Nov-2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I'm not a fibro sufferer, but, I know *several* at this point, one of whom is a very dear friend. I'm glad to see it getting attention.
14th-Nov-2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the fibro links. I find the opioid study interesting. I wonder if it's at all related to my general higher tolerance for them (in that I don't get drowsy/weird on them at the same doses as most other people do, regardless of infrequency of exposure). I suspect probably not, but it's an interesting idea to play with.
14th-Nov-2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
15th-Nov-2007 04:37 am (UTC)
Need to practice telling the highly-compressed story of my rape. I practice in front of the medical-advocacy group on Monday, then it's straight to the Take Back the Night rally on the 29th. If you're local and can spare some time to listen to something fairly grueling and give me advice on how I'm telling it... that would be muchly appreciated.

I'm available. (I think you're very brave and generous to be doing this. I know it's hard.)
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