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・・・ IS YOUR PIRIFORMIS FLARING UP YOUR BACK? [back pain advice] . This muscle, if cramped 😖😫 will compress on the sciatic nerve and cause you to have pain that may radiate down your leg ⚡️ . This condition is called piriformis sy

That a simple piriformis muscle could be such a literal pain in the ass? I’m in agony.

That’s why I laugh when people act like workers who do manual labor are the only ones with broken bodies. If you saw the kind of armor I have to put on just to get through another day of blogging, you wouldn’t believe it. (Right now, I’m wearing a cervical collar and elastic gloves.)

And I’m not the only one. Plus, so many of my blogger friends have autoimmune diseases that they didn’t have when they took on this stressful way of life.

Just sayin’!

Jolted into reality

Box 524 - York PA

I hope you woke up more gently than I did.

Around 4 a.m., the hardwired smoke alarm went off for no apparent reason. The last time this happened, my landlord couldn’t be reached for several hours (Christmas holidays) and I tried desperately to figure out how to shut it off. As a result, I suffered permanent hearing damage. (PRO TIP: Had I known at the time, I would have asked my doctor for steroids, which would have prevented that.)

Anyway, I texted him and asked him to come over and shut it off — but he’s in Portugal, of all places, and won’t be back until tomorrow. He told me to go into the building basement and shut off the breaker.

It only took me an hour before it was stopped.

And of course now I have too much adrenaline in my system to go back to sleep. :<

Secret sympathizers

Echocardiography Analysis

I had to get some medical tests yesterday, which took a couple of hours. But the nurses were very smart and interesting, and they were all paying close attention to the healthcare vote.

One of them said, “I just don’t understand how people can have so little empathy.” I told her as a rule, conservatives don’t usually care about something until it affects someone they love.

Another was upset that the Dems “did nothing” to stop it. “What were they going to do?” I said. “The Republicans have a large majority in the House. Besides, they’re going to wrap this around their necks in 2018 and then we can kick them to the curb.” She looked doubtful.

“No, really. They’re counting on the Senate to save them from it actually going into effect.”

Anyway, considering I was getting a bunch of tests, it was a surprisingly pleasant day.

“I hope you don’t have to come back, because I don’t want you to have something wrong, but I hope you come back again so we can talk more about politics,” another nurse said.

See? Not everyone is crazy.

So I got a new doctor


And I mentioned all the crazy food sensitivities. I told her it all started after I got my gall bladder out, and asked if there was any connection.

She laughed. “Oh yes, there’s a well-known connection,” she said. “You no longer have the same emulsifiers that help digest food.”

Despite my many, many questions about this in the past few years, this is the first time a doctor has shared this information. Uninformed — or doesn’t give a shit?

So that’s good news. My immune system isn’t going crazy; I’m not digesting properly. That’s a problem I can probably work with.

Money don’t get everything, it’s true

But what it don’t get, I can’t use.

I hate being in this position, where I have to beg for help. I thought I’d have work by now — and my health is kind of falling apart. I won’t go into details, it’s boring. But I don’t have the energy I’m used to having.

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down

No job, haven’t made a damn cent since November, running out of money and my taxes are due. I’m in a chronic state of high anxiety. I was counting on a Kickstarter project, but the legal paperwork has been delayed for at least a month.

So if you can spare it, I’d appreciate it.


It’s been a rough couple weeks. A sibling had a minor stroke, a kid lost his job, and my brain hurts from processing all the stories emanating from the White House.

If there’s something you especially want me to cover, leave notes in the comments. Thanks!

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