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Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:02 pm
by ^Peter
Dear body,

Not bad. I feel... okay, not exactly the strongest I've ever been... but different? Please tell me this is change.

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:18 am
by Wil
Dear Body... specifically my left leg and glute,

Good job, you're learning to not be such a pain in the ass (literally). Yoga is awesome :D


Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:55 pm
by Syphon the Sun
Dear body,

Please make this go away. (Caution: the linked picture is pretty gross. Or, well, it would be, if I wasn't using a camera phone.)

I know I've been sick and ignoring my lysine supplement, lately, but I've got an important interview coming up really soon. And this is the worst breakout since first grade.

The Owner of the Nose You're Fucking Up

PS -- Good work on the weight loss so far. Keep at it.

Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:47 pm
by LilBee91
Dear body,
I know the snow was really hard tonight, but I'd appreciate it if you aren't too sore to function tomorrow.

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:34 am
by Rei
Dear body,

I'm so sorry for messing with your food patterns these past few days. And I'm sorry that I'm not going to do anything about it to stop today (it's Ash Wednesday and that's important!), but I'll at least TRY tomorrow, despite the fact that we're flying and I suck at taking care of my eating when it comes to flight days.

Soon! Really! Things will be stable and I'll feed you properly and regularly... or at least try at any rate!


Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:49 am
by Peterlover14
Dear body,

Thank you for healing. I feel much better.


Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:31 pm
by steph

I know you're working double overtime these days and that it's not easy to grow a baby that's gaining a 1/2 lb a week, but please hang in there. Not sleeping last night was NOT cool. Throwing up this morning was NOT cool. We've only got 2 1/2 more weeks of this baby inside but then we're going to be recovering from major surgery. I need you to be ready, so please help me out?

-The Momma

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:56 pm
by Wil
-The Momma

... made me think of that. :P

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:58 pm
by powerfulcheese04
Dear Body,

I appreciate you not turning that cough nonsense into pneumonia, I do. However, I am not going to tolerate this headache you're trying to build. Absolutely unacceptable. Stop that right this instance.


Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:41 pm
by Wil
Dear Body,

We're nearly twenty-one-and-a-half now. Don't you think it is time to knock the acne off? I've put up with it now for nigh on 8 years... I think you should leave it be. I mean, I'm very nice to you! I wash your face twice a day with a gentile cleanser, and then I rub on some oil free facial moisturizer... perhaps you should just let the skin be clear.

What's that? You don't agree? Well then. I guess I'll just have to start abusing your skin with the regime of benzoyl peroxide. While I'm at it, I think this adult back acne needs to go too. It is very unappealing, and what with summer coming up I think I might want to take my shirt off without feeling self conscious about you.

- Your somewhat fed up consciousness

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:59 pm
by Gravity Defier
Dear Shoulder,

I'm sorry. It's all the patrons' fault; they think the books are building blocks. The ones who know they're books don't know how to read signs about not reshelving, and can't alphabetize things or put things in order numerically.

Dear Ears,

I'm triple sorry. I had no idea my MP3 player was on full blast when I took off this morning and getting unbuckled to get back into my bag would take too much time out of my already too tight schedule this morning.

Dear Legs,

What in the world is going on with you? You were entirely too tired too soon this morning. Shape up.

Dear Stomach,

I KNOW, I know! Too much junk food and way too large of meals lately. I am/can be an emotional eater but I'm working on it. February is almost over, then it should be smooth(er) sailing.

Dear Chest,

Please stop being sore.

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:13 pm
by steph
Dear sweet little girl body that's screwing up my body,

Please, please, please can you turn vertex again? With you in transverse position, my back ribs are incredibly uncomfortable, it's throwing off the whole alignment of my body and affecting my sleep! Help me out just a little? I rather have to pee more often than have to push my ribcage into place all the time.

Your mother

Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:37 pm
by starlooker
Dear Body,

Good job, overall! I'm pretty pleased with everything. Who knew routine bloodwork and an EKG could be so comforting? So, good job with the blood pressure, blood sugar, kidneys, thyroid, and heart rhythm. Also, good job with the cholesteral. I know it's a teensy, tiny bit off, but that's okay because, frankly, this might be the motivation our fiance needs to start cooking things that involve more vegetables, more lean meat, and a lot less cheese. Since, obviously, he won't do it for himself. We'll see. Not pinning all my hopes on this, and obviously I'd like it if those got a little more normalized, but I think there's some good that can come of it. So, yay. Also, yay for the lost weight.

So, now that the basics are covered, here's your new set of goals.

1. Keep working on less acne. You have really not been making progress on that much at all.

2. Enough with the chest pains/shortness of breath. Nothing is actually wrong. Get adjusted to the med routine, already. Cuz I'm going to start working out again now that I know nothing is wrong, so you might as well relax and let me enjoy it. I appreciate that this has gotten better, but there's room for improvement.

3. Since I am going to start working out again, could you please reward me by sleeping better and lessening back pain?

4. Jaw, please, please, please learn how to relax! Please! I beg you! Oh my gosh, it is ridiculous how tense you are all the time! Chill out!

Anyhow, overall good job. I appreciate your hard work. Good luck on the new goals.


Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:50 pm
by steph
4. Jaw, please, please, please learn how to relax! Please! I beg you! Oh my gosh, it is ridiculous how tense you are all the time! Chill out!
Massage can really help! I found this little self-massage technique that might help you out. (I had to do this several times a day a few years ago when I was holding my stress in my jaw.)

Minute Minute Massage for Jaw Tension and TMJ

Some of my clients mention jaw tension or TMJ as a chronic problem. This tension causes teeth-grinding, jaw pain, and referred pain to other areas of the head and neck. There are a couple of easy massage techniques you can perform on yourself to relieve the tension. Try doing these techniques on yourself two to three times a day for about 5 minutes.

* Rub your face at the jaw line with the fingers or the heel of your hand. Move your hand in small circles over the jaw line, paying special attention to the end of the jaw closest to the ear. With the heel of your hands on your jaw, clench your teeth, you'll feel a bulging muscle - it's the masseter, the main muscle used to close your jaw. That's a key muscle to massage for jaw pain.
* Massage the Masseter: Now that you've found the masseter, take one hand, and put the thumb inside the mouth resting against the muscle. Using your thumb and forefinger, rub, pinch and massage your masseter. If you need to double check that you're in the right place, clench your jaw. The big muscle you feel between your thumb and forefinger is the masseter.
* Press the Jaw Chariot Acupressure Point: This point is located near the bottom of the masseter, close to the outside corner of the jaw. Press inward with two or three fingers on each side, pressing deep enough that you experience mild discomfort, but not pain. Hold this point for two to three minutes.
* Press Acupressure Points Near the Ear: Press right in front of the ear, in front of the small triangular part of your ear. You'll feel a small hollow that widens if you open your jaw. Place your middle finger there, and your third finger where the top of your ear meets your head, and your forefinger where the bottom of your ear meets your head. Press inward into the skull with all three fingers at once. Make sure you're pressing the lower point of the three with firm pressure.

Try to do these steps about for about 5 minutes a couple of times a day. Some of the steps may work better for you than others, so see how you feel after a day or two of doing the full routine. Remember to go to your primary healthcare physician for any chronic or severe jaw pain so that serious issues may be diagnosed and treated. Enjoy!

Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:34 pm
by starlooker
Thank you! I will definitely, absolutely try those. This is making me insane. Between TMJ and stress, my poor jaw has forgotten how to relax at all. And it's contributing to a lot of my headaches, I suspect.

Posted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:46 am
by Luet

Massage can really help! I found this little self-massage technique that might help you out. (I had to do this several times a day a few years ago when I was holding my stress in my jaw.)
I will try this too. I've been having a really tight jaw for the last couple weeks. I haven't had a flare up of TMJ since high school. Thanks!

Posted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:40 am
by Peterlover14
Dear face,

Please please please don't break out right before Miliary ball!


Posted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:38 pm
by Peterlover14
So, you made it until after the ball.

But I'm turing 15 in the summer! Can't you give it a rest?!?!


Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:51 pm
by Wil
Dear Body,

What was with the totally random and annoying stomach ache today?! I know I didn't feed you much yesterday, but I gave you a big dinner! Then today you totally betray me by making my stomach hurt terribly! So, I went and slept hoping it would go away, and you slept so long that we forgot and slept over our dentist appointment! So very terrible.

On a side node, it is interesting to me that you can hold your breath for one and a half minutes without trouble. Nice work, I think?

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:53 pm
by megxers
Dear body but mostly Steph,

Oh my Steph, you have saved my weekend. I went from tight jaw pain effecting my nerves and radiating up to my forehead and even slightly shivering with it on Friday to today it being just a bit tender. I had a masseuse mess with it a bit but I don't think she went hard enough with it. Thank you so so much. Because I really didn't want to visit the oral surgeon!

Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:41 am
by starlooker
Dear Steph,

No kidding. The jaw massage tips have helped tremendously. You are awesome.


Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:46 am
by steph
Dear Body,

Please, please, please continue to make enough milk. My Reglan prescription is up tomorrow and so you won't have that extra boost anymore. I promise I will try my hardest to keep you properly fed and hydrated, so PLEASE try your very hardest to produce. I really don't want to have to give my baby formula.

The Momma

Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:57 pm
by GoofyLM
Dear Body:
It's been a good run but you gotta keep it together a little longer. I'm tired of feeling like I'm 24 going on 90.

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:55 am
by human.
Dear Body,
Please don't let me get mono again. I would love for this to be strep. Or even better, nothing! That would be nice. I don't understand how you can go from feeling great to terrible so quickly.

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:41 am
by starlooker
Dear Fingertips,

What is wrong with you? I'm really confused, and a bit upset. For the past several days, whenever I type more than a sentence or so, you start to FREEZE. I mean, it's like there is no circulation at all. Could you knock it off? It's annoying and a little scary.

~~Person who is planning on typing a lot today and this weekend

P.S. If anyone has an idea of why this might be happening, let me know?

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:29 am
by Luet
Kirsten, do you have any color change? That and/or extreme finger coldness can be symptoms of Raynaud's Syndrome. Hope that helps!

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:11 pm
by starlooker
Thank you, Nom! I couldn't remember the name of the disorder. I heard about it on NPR once. I think I don't have color change -- I haven't really looked. I will next time it happens to the degree that worries me.

However, I wondered about it before when I heard it described on NPR -- I often have freezing cold hands, feet, and nose, for no apparent reason. I mean, ice-cube like. Particularly at night before I fall asleep. The typing thing is new, though. I'm having a lot of muscle/joint pain lately. Maybe it's related. *shrug*

(Also, the description keeps saying it's commonly triggered by cold. Which is weird. I thought it happened to everyone who was cold. Learn something every day.)

Posted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:09 pm
by Luet
I don't have color change either but have ridiculously horrible circulation problems. For me it seems to be weight dependent, like if I fall below x-pounds (around 19 bmi), then I experience the freezing hands, feet and nose (the nose is the worst!). Even at my current weight, which is a few pounds higher, I still have issues but not as severe.

eta: we both have the breast tenderness thing too...I wonder what other ailments we have in common? ;)

Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:06 pm
by human.
Oh, Body!

I am so proud of you. Never in my memory have you ever recovered like this. I mean, this, this truly is a miracle. Usually you take at least a week, if not a doctor's visit and nice medicines to get back to feeling this way. Ah, I am just too proud of you. Thank you, body.


Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:33 pm
by Eaquae Legit
Smarten up, feet! Just because you're down there is no reason for so many complaints!

Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:43 pm
by Peterlover14
How is that I feel skinnier but I've gained like 6 pounds?

Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:56 pm
by Graff^

Dear body,
Please tell me why I lose weight no matter what I eat. I want to bottle the secret and sell it.

The rest of you.

Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:54 pm
by Gravity Defier
Dear Face,

What the hell is wrong with you? I know, I should be talking to my body in general over this, as it produces all the hormone-y stuff, but you are the biggest problem area.

I am 27 years old! I am closer to being in my 30s than my teens, so please explain to me why you feel the need to break out basically every day. I wash you in the morning, shower in the evening, change my pillow cases on a regular basis, eat decently, drink water...what gives?

This is embarassing, it looks awful, and I sure as hell don't like it. Oh, and I'm not wearing makeup to cover it so don't suggest that.


Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:26 pm
by Wil
I recommend a gentle facial cleanser, for example Cetaphil, some 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide and a good moisturizer. Don't use the 5% or "Extra Strength" 10% because all it does it cause excessive dryness without any added benefits. A good moisturizer is one which is noncomedogenic, fragrance free, and probably made for oily skin.

Several months ago I had new pimples every day, from the simple surface pimples, to the painful, cyst-like, several-week-long pimples, as well as a moderately red face. I tried several months of using a gentle cleanser and a simple moisturizer every day and night, as well as draping a clean towel over my pillow every night. Didn't work! I resorted to using some of my sisters unused powder every morning to help even out the awful redness and I felt kind of funny doing that.

So I decided to give the stuff from a try... which is just what I described above (cleanser, 2.5% BP, and a moisturizer). Worked greaaat. Like, amazingly great. Like, I get maybe one pimple a month now, MAYBE, and my face is no longer red and is in fact a very nice, even flesh color. No dryness either. :) *thumbs up*

Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:42 pm
by Gravity Defier
Thanks but I've tried everything. No, seriously. After 13 years of zits and a dermatologist, I've tried it all. Including Cetaphil (which I love), prescription stuff, OTC stuff, moisturizers, birth control (that was the only thing that has ever worked like a charm for me), etc.

My skin will never be good and there's no way I can pass it off as such, but it did have a good-for-me streak going for a long while. It's just this past month that has been not so good.

ETA: I was just venting but thanks. :)