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Fri, Mar 13 11:56am · Brain injury and Cognitive testing in Brain & Nervous System

I’m a former school psychologist. I have had a similar experience. I’m learning to weave and was making some projects that pleased me. Then I went hiking and had a fall. They did brain imaging and that checked out okay, but I definitely had a period of time when I was having problems with weaving. With time, and what patience I could muster, I am now back to where I was and am learning new things. I think psychometric testing is a good idea. It’s a good baseline for the future. I implore you to go to a certified clinical psychologist. The psychologist should do the testing and interpretation. Do not go to a place that uses untrained, uncertified “ technicians”. Don’t assume, ask. You will probably be in the room for three hours or so. Some questions will be too easy and some will be too hard, but most will be doable. That is the nature of psychometric testing. The testing may reveal a learning style or other information that you can use in your quilting. I hope things go well for you in your quilting. It is such a wonderful creative outlet, and the socialization and learning you do is good for your brain. And I too would love to see a picture.

Fri, Mar 13 9:03am · Your experiences with IBS in Digestive Health

I second the idea of a low FODMAP diet. The two biggest FODMAPs are apples and garlic. You can still have garlic by making a garlic oil, something you can learn to do by looking online. This is a medical diet so you have to see a nutritionist twice, once to learn about how to research if you have it and then to meet with the nutritionist to talk about it. Your research is to systematically change your diet, one piece at a time, according to the schedule given to you by the nutritionist. I recently went on a camping trip and had a huge amount of garlic in the meal cooked by another person. Didn’t know it until I ran to the bathroom. I now have an appointment with a Gastroenterologist at Mayo. You may be okay with garlic, something else may be your problem. If you are interested in looking into this diet, get an appointment with a nutritionist and Do Not Change Your Diet until you see the nutritionist. I hope you find the thing that helps you. Sometimes it is several things that help you.

Fri, Mar 13 9:03am · Your experiences with IBS in Digestive Health

This doesn’t help you immediately, but in the UK you can use an app to scan foods at the grocery store to help you find low FODMAP foods. Maybe if enough of us organize we can get that to happen here.

Wed, Mar 11 1:33pm · Brain injury and Cognitive testing in Brain & Nervous System

I’m a former school psychologist. I have had a similar experience. I’m learning to weave and was making some projects that pleased me. Then I went hiking and had a fall. They did brain imaging and that checked out okay, but I definitely had a period of time when I was having problems with weaving. With time, and what patience I could muster, I am now back to where I was and am learning new things. I think psychometric testing is a good idea. It’s a good baseline for the future. I implore you to go to a certified clinical psychologist. The psychologist should do the testing and interpretation. Do not go to a place that uses untrained, uncertified “ technicians”. Don’t assume, ask. You will probably be in the room for three hours or so. Some questions will be too easy and some will be too hard, but most will be doable. That is the nature of psychometric testing. The testing may reveal a learning style or other information that you can use in your quilting. I hope things go well for you in your quilting. It is such a wonderful creative outlet, and the socialization and learning you do is good for your brain. And I too would love to see a picture.

Sun, Feb 23 8:34am · Stay Healthy Traveling to Avoid Viruses, such as Coronavirus in Infectious Diseases

First, see a travel doctor. Bring detailed itinerary of your travel plans. Recommendations vary from region to region, so bring names of all towns and cities you will visit.

Second, go to cdc website and set up for receiving alerts that could cause you to cancel your travel plans.

If you will be around mosquitos, spray all your outer clothes, socks and hats with Permethrin.

Bring electrolyte tablets and Immodium for diarrhea. REI sells tablets that you dissolve in water. Drink electrolytes right away at first sign of diarrhea.

Beware of water fraud. In places where you must drink bottled water, drink only fizzy water. Still water is easy to fraudulently sell as good water.

If you need to go to the hospital, call the American embassy for names of the best hospitals.

Some tourist sites are very crowded. To avoid very large crowds, go early.

Ahead of your trip, ask your doctor if you can carry antibiotics with you and under what conditions you can take them.

If you have chronic illness, consider evacuation insurance.

I hope someone can benefit from one or more of the ideas listed here

Wed, Jan 1 8:44am · Depression and cancer diagnosis in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

I’m glad to hear you plan to travel. If you travel internationally, I suggest you also get medical evacuation insurance. My doctor recommended it for me.

Nov 22, 2019 · Asymptomatic c diff carrier in Digestive Health

Thank you for sharing your experiences. I can see why you describe them as nightmares. And thanks for the information about Kumbucha, something I have been wanting to try.