Alcohol is a toxin, albeit a low-level one

I had one drink last night – a really well-made Mojito from the bartender at Club Deluxe – just one drink. I was in bed before 1am and woke up at 8:30am. I ought to feel relaxed and well-rested, but instead I am sluggish, nervous and scatter-brained. I need to get out to the car to look up some information for Kristin and then head south to Mountain View to do laundry and clean up some more before the landlady comes by to look around this afternoon. I am just sitting here all groggy. I’m drinking some green tea to perk myself up a tiny bit, so I should be able to go soon, but bleah. It’s time to learn some really good mocktails so I can get that “I’m drinking a complex and interesting beverage” satisfaction without the poisoned next morning feeling.

A big part of the problem, I know, is dehydration. I noticed last night that I have dry skin, flaky, like a sunburn, on my ribs. That’s not an area that gets ANY sun, so I know I better start drinking water by the gallon. AFter my one hour drive. Yes.

Almost 11am now and I’m feeling marginally better. I’ll just have another cup of tea and finish this game of Bejeweled, then get on the road. Ye gawds, that must have been one hell of a Mojito…

Conflicting Signs

On the one hand, I am better enough to be back at work today. On the other, I am not what anyone would describe as productive and I noticed at noon that I was wearing my sweater backwards.

*sigh* I hate this flu.

I have too many things to do to be sick, but there is no arguing with this feeble, clammy feeling. Back to bed early tonight.

A helpful recommendation for the yonic

MetaGrrrl irregular Alan writes:

While I do not, (through no fault of my own), have a vagina, several of my close friends do, and swear by The Keeper. It’s
1. Safer
2. Less environmentally damaging
3. Cheaper!

Again, I have no first hand knowledge on the subject, but if I ever start spontaneously menstruating (some form of stigmata?), I know I’d give the keeper a try. (-:

Thanks for the recommendation, Alan!

[And I did give it a try and, if you aren’t freaked out by blood, it’s a much better solution. Those who are a little weirded out by “down there” probably are better off with the risk of cervical cancer found with tampons. Stress is bad for you too.]

Why are you carrying that around inside you?

If you have a vagina, you might want to think twice about what you put in it. Most tampons are bleached with chlorine. Dioxins, a potentially harmful by-product of the chlorine bleaching process, have been found in tampons.The cotton may also contain herbicides, pesticides and fungicides. Alternatives are available. Check at your health food store for tampons made with pure organic cotton which are non-chlorine bleached. Organic Essentials and Natracare are two such manufacturers.

Cold prevention ideas received? Or the approach I took?

Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine. Echinacea. Zinc. Vitamins C & E. Edamame. Multivitamin. Lecithin. Fish Oil. Fresh tomato & basil with balsamic vinegar and French bread. Halls Sugar Free Mentho-Lyptus drops. St. John’s Wort. Tums. Glucosamine Sulfate. Brussels sprouts with fresh lemon juice. Lots and lots and lots of water.

Breasts

"Do you like boobs a lot?"
Apart from being a catchy song, it’s an important question to ask yourself. I think most people like breasts. And many people like breasts a whole hell of a lot.
Trouble is, breasts, especially those in the San Francisco Bay Area, are likely to get cancer.
So if you have breasts, you should learn how to examine them and find out dietary and other changes you can make to help reduce your risk of cancer.
And if you like other people’s breasts and they let you touch ’em, then you should learn how to examine them too. I mean, it’s not as much fun as just touching them for the hell of it, but wouldn’t you like them to stick around?
It’s easy:

How to Do a Breast Self-Exam Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
At the same time each month, check for any changes in the normal look or feel of your breasts. Look for a lump, hard knot, or skin that thickens or dimples. Report any changes to your doctor or nurse. Go for regular breast exams and Pap tests. Ask about a mammogram. Check your breasts using these steps:
Lying down: Place a pillow under your right shoulder. Put your right hand under your head. Check your entire breast area with the finger pads of your left hand. Use small circles and follow an up-and-down pattern. Use light, medium, and firm pressure over each area of your breast. Gently squeeze the nipple for any discharge. Repeat these steps on your left breast.
Before a mirror: Check for any changes in the shape or look of your breasts. Note any skin or nipple changes such as dimpling or nipple discharge. Inspect your breasts in four steps: arms at side, arms overhead, hands on hips pressing firmly to flex chest muscles, and bending forward.
In the shower: Raise your right arm. With soapy hands and fingers flat, check your right breast. Use the same small circles and up-and-down pattern described in "Lying Down." Repeat on your left breast.
Illustrations & text courtesy of The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

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[This post was originally under a section called "random synaptic firings" which was linked from the page about Dinah. The rsf section held longer, generally more emotional writings and was the precursor to my blog].