Monday, February 18, 2019

Inspire Me Monday #215: Hysterectomy Alternatives

In the past, hysterectomy has been the go-to option when things go wrong with the female reproductive system, particularly for women who are beyond their child-bearing years, even for benign but troublesome conditions such as fibroids. Many doctors, even good ones, still believe that hysterectomy is the best option for these issues, and sometimes it is. 
However, hysterectomy is not the simple little nothing surgery that medical professionals seem to want women to believe it is. Any major surgery comes complete with risks and significant recovery time, and, unless a condition is immediately life-threatening, I am one who believes in exploring alternatives before committing to having part of myself excised, even if it is a part which seems to no longer serve any useful purpose.
I have a collection of small fibroids taking up residence in my uterus. My OB/GYN believes that these fibroids are irritating the lining of my uterus, causing endometrial hyperplasia. She feels that I should have a complete hysterectomy to resolve this issue.
There are categories of endometrial hyperplasia: simple with normal cells, simple with atypical cells, complex with normal cells, and complex with atypical cells. Complex with atypical cells is the most worrisome variety and carries with it a 36% increased likelihood of converting to cancer.
If I had complex hyperplasia with atypical cells, I would already have had a hysterectomy. However, I have the least worrisome variety: simple hyperplasia with normal cells. This type has a 1.6% increased likelihood of becoming cancer. I believe it is overkill to undergo major surgery if other alternatives can resolve the condition.
I am going to contact an alternative treatment center tomorrow which specializes in a minimally invasive procedure called uterine artery embolization. This procedure involves injecting small particles to block the blood flow to the uterine arteries, depriving the fibroids of circulation. In most cases, the fibroids shrink within a space of three months and the problems they cause are resolved. The procedure is done under sedation rather than general anesthesia and involves only a brief hospitalization and an approximate two week recovery time, rather than the two months necessary to recover from a hysterectomy. 
Uterine artery embolization is not appropriate for women who wish to be able to have children in the future. I am post-menopausal, so this is not a consideration in my case. I am simply seeking to avoid major surgery if possible.
I feel that hysterectomy is too often the go-to method for resolving uterine health problems. There are certainly cases where it is appropriate, but I do not believe it should be the first line of defense for resolving a benign albeit bothersome issue.

The following link contains descriptions of treatments used to eradicate fibroids. It leads to a page on the Denver Fibroids website. If you are interested in finding a clinic in your area, type in your city and "fibroid treatment" or "hysterectomy alternatives." You might have to do a little digging, but don't give up. We are fortunate to live in a time when there are alternatives to major surgery for many health issues.

Disclaimer: I am not an affiliate or employee of the Denver Fibroid Clinic. The preceding information is not intended to replace professional medical advice. If you are experiencing problematic health issues, please make an appointment with a physician to discuss your options.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Weekend Wrap-Up 17 February 2019

This week did not start out well, People. My stupid freezer, which is only about 5 years old, died on me, and I've been removing the smelly, rotting food from it. I'm considering cleaning it out and using it as storage space while my son and I continue to go through our items and figure out what we want to keep and what can really be gotten rid of or repurposed.
This tale of tragedy and triumph will continue on my Inspire Me Monday post. In the meantime, let me share what I did once I managed to get back into the swing of things.
I learned that there's a lot more to Swagbucks than just the main website. You get two SB for every grocery receipt you upload to Swagbucks. You can get up to 50 SB per day for printing grocery coupons. I need to remember to do this next time I go shopping. 
Do searches with Swagbucks. Check Swagbucks for deals before you shop online. Scroll down the main page and click on the "mobile" link. You'll find even more ways to earn and save with Swagbucks.
I also got back in the swing of things with Paid Viewpoint and Point Club
I took some quick and easy location surveys with Panel App. Remember, save your Panel App points for the guaranteed prizes! They always have a monthly giveaway which you can enter for free as well.
I cheered myself up by listening to the mythology channel on Podcoin. Podcoin is a mobile app which you can find in the Apple App and Google Play stores. You earn 1 PC for every 10 minutes you listen and can trade your coins for gift cards. Enter code Caraur1w when you sign up, and you will get 150 PC to start.
So, things did get better in spite of the dead freezer which I am in the process of emptying. Maybe one day I will have a new freezer. For now, I need to get new glasses. I remember the days of old when I didn't have to wear glasses. Then I turned 40 and became farsighted and my vision has not improved with age.


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Spam Breakfast

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Good morning! I am inviting you to join me for a lovely Spam breakfast today.
These are items from my Spam folder. Some of them are from companies recommending stocks or trying to get me to join their $2000 per year seekrit insiders' stock club. Yeah...that's gonna happen. Also, I can tell you that if you use the words tRump and Brilliant in the same sentence, I've stopped listening to you.
As for Mr. Frank Mitchell, it's none of your damn business how often my hand and I get busy. Get stuffed with your vague future health threat attempts to make me buy your snake oil.
Now, most of us are savvy enough that when we see a sender such as "F-acebook" we know right away this email is Phishing. However, what if you have someone in your life who isn't particularly Internet savvy, i.e. your mom who only uses the Internet to watch cat videos, search for recipes, and send emails? 
My mom is 79 years old. She is an intelligent person, a college graduate and a retired nurse. However, she is also very gullible when it comes to scams of this nature. One morning she called me in a panic telling me that I needed to call Microsoft because they were trying to get in touch with me about my "delinquent account." I informed her that Microsoft would never attempt to contact a customer by phone. It is always on the customer to contact Microsoft.
Some common traits to look for in scam emails are:
Close but not exact sender names such as "F-acebook."
An email address from outside the addressee's home country for companies such as Wal Mart. I received one email from "Walmart" with a Russian address. You can see all the problems with this Phishy email in this post.
If you have a friend or loved one who isn't particularly Internet savvy, they could benefit from this information. Pass it on!
Sorry, Emma, I'm afraid I can't help you and I'm not going to be able to reply you today.


Friday, February 15, 2019

Apps that Pay: Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards is an app which rewards you for scanning your grocery store receipts. It works for most major grocery chains and warehouse clubs, but not for stores such as Petsmart. 
Unlike apps such as Ibotta, you don't have to pick your products to get rewarded for them, which is nice. You just snap a picture of your receipt. It's that easy. You can learn about some of the possible rewards available to you on this page.
You can download the Fetch Rewards app from either the Google Play or Apple app store. Enter code B8QJQ to get 4000 points right away.
Fetch Rewards is one of my favorite receipt rewards apps. I think it will become one of yours too.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Blog Promotion: Blogpros and Pingler

So, now you've got a blog, but how do you make it stand out from the rest? You've built it, but they won't come unless they know it's there! 
If you're like most startups, whether online or brick and mortar, you don't have a huge advertising budget. Google Adwords is a great idea, but some of us don't even have $5 a day to spend on advertising, so that idea has to go to the back burner for a while.
I started using Blogpros promotional services back in December. I told you that I would report back whether I found the service helpful or not. 
My pageviews increased exponentially using Blogpros. I went from about ten views a day on average to between 100 and 200 daily views. This certainly doesn't make me the most popular blog on the block, but it helps a lot. Blogpros service costs me $39.95 per month.
I just started using Pingler. I'm paying $8.08 every three months for the service. Their lowest cost package pings up to 25 URLs of your choosing every three days. This is an inexpensive advertising tool which is worth checking out. Click the banner at the bottom of the post to see the possibilities with Pingler.
If you have free or inexpensive ways that you use to promote your blogs and web pages, I would love to hear about them!


Monday, February 11, 2019

Inspire Me Monday #214: Get Angry

Can I inspire you to be angry today?
It's hard for me to type a post about anger without using salty language, but I'm going to keep it clean.
Can I inspire you to open your eyes and see that things just aren't right?
Can I inspire you to see that it isn't right that people should be forced to sleep on the street?
Can I inspire you to face the fact that those people don't "deserve" this?
Can I inspire you to understand that it isn't right for people in the lower classes to be unable to afford decent housing?
Can I inspire you to see that it's wrong for people with disabilities to have to choose between eating and having medical care and being able to earn a living wage?
Can I inspire you to see that it's madness for people to have to be in debt for years for trying to better themselves by getting a higher education?
That it's madness that most higher-paying jobs require higher education but that education is out of reach for the poor?
Can I inspire you to realize that a society of haves and have-nots benefits no-one but those in the highest positions?
Can I inspire you to realize that the only thing "trickling down" is a word that I can't use in a "family friendly" post?
Can I inspire you to understand that the homeless are not "just lazy," that the poor are not "just stupid," that the "welfare queen" is a myth, that only a very small percentage of people attempt to defraud the welfare system?
Can I inspire you to see that very vulnerable people are falling into the cracks and have nowhere to turn for help?
Do you know that many elderly people live in poverty?
Do you know that many single parents live in poverty?
Can you see that there are a lot of people who used to work a "good job" but now need assistance, that the help is not there, that they didn't suddenly become "lazy" and "shiftless?"
Can I inspire you to realize that people with substance addiction issues deserve help, not jail?
Can I inspire you to understand that mental illness is not "laziness"?
Can I inspire you to understand that everyone deserves adequate food, shelter, medical care, and education?
Can I inspire you to understand that service workers are not "lesser" and do not deserve to be stuck working multiple jobs to make less than a living wage?
Can I inspire you to be angry today?
Because until we all get angry enough, nothing is ever going to change.
If nothing changes, things are only going to get worse for all but the wealthiest one percent.
I hope that I can inspire you today.


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Weekend Wrap-Up 10 February 2019

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Moving my files from Google Drive to my external hard drive like...

No, I'm not doing anything illegal. However, I have decided to keep the number of files that I store on my Google Drive to a minimum. Google is restructuring things, and at this point, I'm not sure I want to pay a monthly fee to store my files with them. A larger amount of available storage on Google Drive was necessary in the past when I was working night shifts as a homecare nurse. Now that I do 99 percent of my blogging and writing activities from home, storing the files I may need on Google Drive is not as much of a necessity.
I have used iDrive since 2015. After a couple of disastrous data losses due to hard drives (one internal, one external, different computers) going belly up, I decided that some sort of cloud protection was necessary. Click the link to try iDrive. Personal accounts get a generous 2TB of storage for just $52.50 for the first year and $69.50 thereafter.
I ended up having some setbacks this week. My freezer no longer seems to be working correctly, and I'm not sure that I want to spend my birthday money on a new freezer. I'll probably need it to pay for new glasses anyway. I became depressed and ended up spending last night watching biopics on Netflix. 
I whipped myself back into some semblance of productivity today, doing laundry and trying to figure out which clothes I should keep and which I should get rid of. It becomes a bit difficult when it's something given to me by my mother, which I never really used in the first place but she would be hurt if she knew I'd given it away. Hopefully, I am on the road back to what passes for normal in my strikingly abnormal existence.