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  •  That's dangerous advice, Ice Blue. (0+ / 0-)

    The problem might also be transient ischemic attacks or a brain tumor. Weatherdude should see a doctor about this tomorrow.

    •  I had a TIA. (0+ / 0-)

      It was followed by a stroke.  It was complete with global aphasia, hemiplegia, loss of balance, the whole deal.  I recovered, mostly, but it still took about three years before I could speak passably.  My stroke happened in '85 but I still have a noticable difference in right-left muscle tone.  I'm sure the only reason I recovered as well as I did was because my stroke occured when I was just 21.

      After that, do you know what I got from MDs?  I was labeled a hypochondriac.  That's right.  140 IQ, pilot's license at age 17, ROTC cadet and MIT student yet it was still assumed what I really craved was a husband and a couple dozen babies.  Blown right pupil?  I was told to go get a facial, sweetie, and it would all be better.  They didn't even bother with their stethoscopes.  That's why I have zero confidance in 90% of the GPs out there especially in their knowledge of neurology.  But, hey, at least I have lots of lulz to tell my pets' veterinarians.

      Granted, Weatherdude is a man and therefore counts as a full-fledged human being rather than hysterical breeding stock but he's still young.  He does not want the word hypochondriac to appear on his medical records.  I'm worse off when I pass an herbicided lawn or someone who wears perfume or an area where plastic is being burned.  It won't hurt him to take note of that.  At least a diary will show the doctor he's willing to do his part in his own health care.

      Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

      by Ice Blue on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 07:53:30 AM PST

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