Film, Health, TMI, TV

Physical wreck: There will be snot

I'm a physical wreck this weekend, from head to foot. Some new shoes are fine for me, but the ones I wore on Thursday resulted in three blisters: one on each heel, and another on one of my toes. I'm sure the shoes will settle down after a couple of wears, but in the mean time, I've got bandaids on every time I leave the house. And I've got a head cold. It's not at the top of the scale when i

Health

The lump

I've got a small lump on my thigh. Not painful at all. Probably harmless, the GP said, but he wrote me a referral to get it removed. He asked if I private health insurance. Nope. I gave it up several years ago. It cost me thousands each year (and increasing) and rarely paid out anything at all. He gave me a little lecture, along the lines of "You insure your house, your car... why not your h

Health

The good stuff

After suffering through several days of a bad cold this week, I finally decided to seek out medication. I remember years ago using Codral Day And Night to get through it... but then a little later, having no success with what appeared to be the same medicine. Turns out there's "New" Codral, which does little for me, and "Original" Codral, which works. The Original has Pseudoephedrine in it... th

Health

Cluster headaches – back for spring

Oh joy. My cluster headaches are back for spring. In fact they returned on the 1st of September, which Australians consider to be the first day of spring. Boom, just like that. (Previous posts. Doesn't everybody use blog posts to track their personal health history? I know I do.) To recap Cluster headaches are, as Wikipedia describes them: excruciating unilateral headaches of extreme inte

Health

Down down, smoking is down

Excellent. Smoking rates are continuing to drop, from 21.2% in 1998 down to 15.3% now. So, how about the next step, government? Now that smoking is almost entirely banned indoors, what about extending smoking bans to include all undercover areas -- I'm thinking particularly of under shop awnings. (If I ran the world, I'd be looking at smoking bans in highly trafficked outdoor areas, such as

Food'n'drink, Health

I’m not a drinker

I've never been a drinker. Oh sure, there were the social pressures in my uni days. But it's a habit I just never picked up. My parents weren't drinkers. My partner isn't a drinker. It's just not my thing. I'm not a teetotaller though. Occasionally (perhaps a few times a year) I'll indulge in a beer or a glass of wine, but (particularly since the discovery that alcohol can sometimes help

Health, Working life

The health check

Apparently there have been some alarming results from the workplace health checks underway at the moment. Victorian workers have been given a scare by a State Government-run health program which has found a high percentage donโ€™t exercise enough with a number of people asked to see a doctor within 24 hours. We've had ours on Friday (everybody opted-in, I think), and we seem to be a pretty hea

Health

Bowen Belly

I haven't been well for the last couple of days. It kicked-off on Monday night, when a slight stomach pain, which I tried to quell with my usual remedy, a glass of lemonade. Because burping helps. Really. It didn't help -- instead it set off a flurry of up-chucking, joined later in the night from the other end. This kept going in regular instalments until about 3am, by which point I felt lik