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Pushka

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My girlfriend was highly allergic to nuts as a young child. Sixty years ago. Her brothers would give her chocolate coated peanuts just to see the reaction. As a young child that meant vomiting. As she got older she had several anaphylactic reactions because chefs etc are accustomed to preferences versus serious medical situations so they’ve become a bit blase.
 

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I am the opposite VPS.Until the age of ~ 20 I was allergic to tuna in any form.Would come up in hives every time.
Now I can eat it every day without a problem.
 

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Some years back I was in Thailand and got food poisoning from squid. It took a long time to get over and the body began to react to all sorts of other things. Before that I would eat anything and be fine. The consequence of that episode was I reacted to gluten and now have to avoid it or be sick for weeks. Squid makes me very ill but its not anaphylaxis. Every now and then something else is added to the list - whole sweet corn and other totally unrelated things. Around the same time as the squid and gluten I started reacting to kiwifruit. That is bad as the mouth swells up and lots of tingling so definitely off the menu and particularly scary. The other culprits make me violently ill but at least I am still breathing.

Its rotten not being able to eat these things and to always have to check on all I eat but a failure is just not something I want to go through. Got caught out last week at a friend's place and its not pretty.
 

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Have had a call about the LoDoCo drug trial for the participants in Colchicine tablets. It reduced cardiac events in the trial group by over 30%. i knew i was not getting a blank tablet because i chewed a spare tablet each time i was given the next batch of tablets from the Genesis Cardiology front desk. I concluded that no one could make a blank tablet taste like that.
 

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Looking at getting husband a cooling mat . Hydrosense mat and motor thingy. Any suggestions for where I can get effectiveness review on this ?
Would be wonderful if husband had a cooling pad for summer
 

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Maybe? I think I've had one of those.

My left eye is also way up on the pressure test the emergency doctor did - it measured at 38 thingybobs, and my right eye is within range, something like 18 thingybobs.
I get auras before a migraine. Starts with a vague pressure in the face then my vision is not as crisp as usual. It then proceeds blind spots and then the aura starts around the edges. I liken it to looking through cellophane.
 

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I get auras before a migraine. Starts with a vague pressure in the face then my vision is not as crisp as usual. It then proceeds blind spots and then the aura starts around the edges. I liken it to looking through cellophane.
I've often wondered if I bring on my headaches. Or I'm not consciously focussed on trigger signs yet. But so many times, the day before I think to myself, I havent had one for a while. Boom next day.
 

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So the ophthalmologist reckons it was an aura migraine, and I'm about the age for such things to occur. :p

He's I guess 5-7 years older than me, and had his first migraine/aura migraine in the past six months. I'm relieved it wasn't anything that Dr Google suggested. :p
 

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So the ophthalmologist reckons it was an aura migraine, and I'm about the age for such things to occur. :p

He's I guess 5-7 years older than me, and had his first migraine/aura migraine in the past six months. I'm relieved it wasn't anything that Dr Google suggested. :p
I don't believe in unscientific "complementary" medicine, but, ( :) ), Magnesium (chelated) does seem to be a useful for reducing the length of migraine events.

 

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Pretty good outcomes today. I’ve have 2 operations for a torn retina and thought it had ‘gone’ again, after about 3 weeks. Surgeon had a look inside and all OK. I’d hate to go back to square one - recovery takes 5-6 weeks.

My 70 yo sister has controlled Parkinson’s. Her main issue is balance and a week ago had a bad fall and banged her head, hard. She went into dementia symptoms with hallucinations and got a bit violent with hospital people at first ( being confused). Visitors have been limited; I went a few days ago and she had improved. Today, pretty well back to normal 😊. After lots of tests, current theory is that a change of Parkinson’s meds led to both the fall and exacerbated the condition afterwards. A close call.
 

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Pretty good outcomes today. I’ve have 2 operations for a torn retina and thought it had ‘gone’ again, after about 3 weeks. Surgeon had a look inside and all OK. I’d hate to go back to square one - recovery takes 5-6 weeks.

My 70 yo sister has controlled Parkinson’s. Her main issue is balance and a week ago had a bad fall and banged her head, hard. She went into dementia symptoms with hallucinations and got a bit violent with hospital people at first ( being confused). Visitors have been limited; I went a few days ago and she had improved. Today, pretty well back to normal 😊. After lots of tests, current theory is that a change of Parkinson’s meds led to both the fall and exacerbated the condition afterwards. A close call.
It doesn't take much to upset the balance. My FIL had Parkinsons (quite late onset) and was a going ok until a change in medication. He then apparently mixed up the dosage and became catatonic for a short period but was never the same again.

Good news on the eye - detached retinas are a real worry so a good outcome for you.
 

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Good news on the eye - detached retinas are a real worry so a good outcome for you.

Not out of the woods yet - not until the bubble goes. I have a 'long lasting' one, with about 3 weeks to go.

I can't praise my surgeon enough. He gave me his mobile number and "and issues, call or text". I've done that three times now - first time was a new tear (requiring the second operation), last 2 times were false alarms (after squeezing a consultation for me into his schedule at short notice), but he's always understanding and encouraging me to do the same again if I have concerns. He doesn't charge for these 'worry' consultations!
 
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migraine events.
Look up sphenopalatine blocks for migraines. Uses topical local anaesthetic.
not until the bubble goes
Is your bubble at the bottom or at the top of your field of vision?

no one could make a blank tablet taste like that.
May I please ask what does it taste like?
They actually make the placebo the same as the real tablet - looks the same and has the same ingredients (fillers if you like) to make it except for the real drug.
So the only difference between the two is one has the drug and one does not. So you could have got the real drug
 

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Is your bubble at the bottom or at the top of your field of vision?

Although its floating at the top of my eye, it appears at the bottom, because the brain turns what is "seen" by the retina upside down. The retina gets an inverted view of the world due to the lens of the eye flipping things. (I suspect you might know everything I'm saying here :) )

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Because the bubble is between the lens and the retina, it is "right way up" to the retina but turned upside down by the brain.

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My bubble is now about 2/3 absorbed, so I can see over it and straight ahead no problem, but reading and anything that needs the eye to look low, there's just the bubble. I can see through it but its blurry, like looking through a slightly turbid shallow pond. of course the bubble sloshes around when I move my head. :)

I saw the optometrist today and the vision in that eye has changed 2 dioptres, making me more short-sighted than before.

Within a year, I will get a cataract in that eye (a side-effect of the surgery penetrating the lens), so will have a intra-ocular lens inserted to replace the degraded natural lens and that will correct my vision without me needing contacts or glasses, which I've worn since I was a teenager.

I haven't seen @Tassieoptom on the forum lately, but hopefully he'll chip in.
 

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Although its floating at the top of my eye, it appears at the bottom,
Excellent. so you have sulfur hexafluride gas bubble. it if was at the bottom of the eye (top of visual field ) it would be some type of silicone oil.

Trivia: inhaling SF6 makes your voice deeper - opposite of helium. Makes you sound like Darth Vader.
Trivia2: the helium and SF6 does not change the vibration of your vocal cords but sound propogates faster in less dense helium and slower in SF6
 

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Excellent. so you have sulfur hexafluride gas bubble. i

Is that the "long life" one? After my first operation, I got a short acting bubble that would have been absorbed in 3 weeks (or so). After my second one, I got a "long acting" one when after almost 4 weeks, its at about 65% gone.
 

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