It seems like good news. My fasting blood sugar is within normal limits at 92 mg/dL.

According to Medlineplus the normal range is between 70 and 100 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).

Since I’m pretty close to that upper limit there might be a follow up so we can determine what l can add to my routine to bring it closer to the lower up limit.

Glasses, patches and blood tests.

I picked up my glasses a few days ago and l have to admit that it works well. The only problem remaining is that I need to wear an eye patch when l have to concentrate.

Trinidad doesn’t seem to have much variety when it comes to patches, so after failing a few times I went with Amazon.

I found these nifty glasses patches so now I’m waiting for them to be delivered.

On the PCOS front things have gotten worse. More menopausal symptoms. As if the set l had weren’t annoying enough.

If you have a problem with vaginal tears after sex, your vaginal muscles may be thinning. It’s painful and embarrassing but luckily it’s treatable.

The gynecologist l saw about it also gave me a referral for a fasting blood sugar test to hopefully rule out diabetes. The results of which l won’t see until next Monday. So there’s even more thumb twiddling.

Meanwhile, we can’t tell if my darling is improving or not. We can’t wait for the follow up appointment. The waiting is torture.

It’s not all doom and gloom though! The munchkin is getting christened soon. I can’t wait! I haven’t seen her in ages.

Burnout

Like most people I see the problems that Trinidadian society faces and I’d like to do something positive about it.

One of the ways I’m drawing inspiration for the movement I’d like to start in Trinidad is by looking at what works all over the world.

Unfortunately this can get rather depressing. Looking at the anti vaccination movement and the strong anti LBGT and anti race sentiment that a small but influential minority in the US promotes. I feel like my faith in the human species is slipping.

I want to believe that we can be better than this but it terrifies me that everyone is so close minded.

Even the so-called social movements are not much better than the ones they claim to oppose. All sides engage in logical fallacies and seem to believe that the ends justifies the means.

Case in point. Jenny McCarthy. The pro-vaccination group vilified her for what she promoted. Forgetting that at her core she was a mother terrified of what was happening to her kid.

It’s stupidly easy to take advantage of people who are this vulnerable and there are many stories of the ills that charlatans visited upon these people.

Instead of offering these victims support there was an overwhelming sense that these people deserved everything that happened to them.

Alternative media networks like AlterNet that I strongly considered using as a starting point for the movement showed their true colours as parasites that are benefiting from the divide.

Sure they publish some food stuff but occasionally they allow conspiracy theorists a platform to spew their dangerous ideas.

This is not good. If you want to present yourself as a place for people to learn about their community then you destroy your credibility with these tactics.

The world is not black and white. Its not a matter of us or them. We are all in this together and it would serve us well if more people would keep that in mind as they go about their daily lives.

Labels and why I dislike them.

Labels can be useful sometimes. Labels like Roman Catholic or Atheist are useful in that it helps you easily find people who think like you.

My problem with labels has to do with the way identifying with a label seems to stifle critical thinking skills. Case in point, the new wave of feminism in the United States, Atheists or Religious folk.

There comes a point where you develop a fundamentalist mindset. For instance, The pop feminists claiming that a patriarchy exists while reaping the rewards of a society where men are treated worse than woman in many ways.

Or religious folk refusing to acknowledge the parts of their books that paint their god as a childish bigot.

Or even atheists who refuse to set foot in a church because they think that the evidence for god is too sparse to be useful.

A rule of thumb for these situations is that no idea is above discussion.

Religious folk should it down and edit the content that can be used to harm people out of their books.

Atheists should think about what something means to another person before acting like asses.

And feminists need to stop acting like women are victims. We most certainly are not and acting like we are is creating a culture where women are the abusers.

I never quite know how to respond to people confused about my gender. Usually I’m amused but occasionally I end up being frightened.

There are people who feel its fine to attack me if they mistake my gender. Luckily that situation is rare but I find my self flinching everytime. You never get any warning either.

One step back, two steps forward.

My hubby injured his knee playing football on Wednesday. He’s on leave for now while we wait to see if it heals. Crossing my fingers that he won’t need a surgery and an MRI.

I got him a pair of crutches and a knee brace and I’m consistently doing his R.I.C.E.D. therapy. All things considered I think he has a pretty good shot at healing well.

Even better news, I found a nice lady to cook for us so I can focus on my physiotherapy without stressing out about what I’m eating. An extremely welcome relief.

After 2 months of doing my physiotherapy consistently I can say that it has made a huge difference in my quality of life. It remains to be seen if the effects will be permanent. I prefer to focus on the fact that for the first time in years I can move around without being constantly afraid of collapsing.

I’m still patiently awaiting my glasses and I’m a little apprehensive of running out of the pain killers I’ve been using to keep the migraines at bay. Hopefully the migraine will be less painful when I finish the last of the meds.

Convergence Insufficiency & Me

Last week I went into Optometrists Today in desperation. My migraines were worse than ever, even though I am using my mouth guard faithfully. I discovered that I had Convergence Insufficiency.

Which basically means that while I have 20/20 vision in both eyes, I can’t use them at the same time. If I do the muscles strain causing the terrible migraines that I’ve become accustomed to.

To be honest I wasn’t expecting anything to be wrong with my eyes. I’ve come to terms with the fact that they’re crossed sue to the botched surgeries I went through as a child. I went in there thinking that I’d get a prescription for the light sensitivity I had and that would be the end of that. I was a little upset that something was actually wrong because it isn’t fixable. I’m hoping the glasses help because I really don’t want to add to the list of specialists I’m currently seeing.

I got a bright blue frame because I wanted something cheery and I’m heavily sedated to make the pain tolerable until the glasses get here.

Cue thumb twiddling.