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  1. Duranie

    8 Best Apps for Patient Self-Care

    Nice article— it’s a good overview of health apps that can assist with a variety of self-care needs. However, the BEST app I’ve found for medication self-management is CareZone. The reviews complain of ads.... but they aren’t normal ads, just occasional pop-ups from the “CareZone Team” about their mail-order pharmacy, and timed-dose pill-packs. You can close the pop up immediately, so I just ignore it... takes like a millisecond to hit the X in the corner. But for keeping a current med list and setting dose and refill reminders.... nothing else is better. Entering meds is as easy as taking pics with your phone or tablet, and the app is smart enough to populate the appropriate fields in your med list. Just take photos of the Rx or OTC label and it does the rest. You look over the info that was imported, and edit or complete fields as necessary, set the exact times for doses, then hit OK. Thats it. It can also store a photo of insurance cards, FSA cards/account info, & has BP and other info tracking. It is also password or fingerprint/Face ID enabled. Another good feature is the ability to enter profiles for more than one patient—- so a parent could have profiles for each of their children, or a spouse could have a profile for themselves and their so. I have no connection to the app or it’s developers, or their pharmacy. It’s simply the best app out there (and I have tried upwards of a dozen or more) to manage the 15+ meds I must take everyday to stay alive.
  2. Duranie

    Are We Too PC?

    I quite agree. I was in the Seattle area near Easter and there were posters around advertising a community "Easter Egg hunt" activity in a local park. I lived there for >1 year surrounding the period in question, and never heard the term then either.
  3. Duranie

    Are We Too PC?

    At the time this song was first released there was no such thing as a "roofie".... you could "slip someone a mickey" (a.k.a. choral hydrate)... Of course, that did make them sleepy, although relatively slowly. It also didn't have the amnesiac effect of a date rape drug. "What's in this drink?" is more likely related to the fact that it was expected that women's drinks were typically made weaker... most people believed that a dainty woman wouldn't like a strong "man's" drink, and if she did it was implied that she was an alcoholic. So I would take the line to mean: "what are you trying to do, get me drunk?" {just an fyi: My grandmother owned a bar, and she said that there was a time when even women who hung out in bars wouldn't be caught dead doing shots, or even drinking things that were considered masculine, like a whiskey sour or a martini. The novelty martinis were invented so women would feel more comfortable ordering them.} I've been date raped, and believe me, there was no playful banter, no flirtaceous fun, no asking, really, at all. He didn't try to talk me into it, or convince me that we should. He simply made up his mind that we would be having sex, and from that point on, nothing I said mattered. There were no cute comebacks, or witty retorts. Actually, he said very little- "stop fighting... it'll feel good if you stop fighting it" (it didn't) ... "Every woman I'm with says I'm like a god..." (he wasn't) .... and a few other similar self-aggrandizing comments. And I guarantee you, I wasn't making any cute quips either. I sure as h**l wasn't smiling. I think one part of the problem comes from trying to frame things from the past in the context of today's world. The "Deck the Halls" example is perfect: Instead of using the opportunity to explain to kids that the word "gay" has changed in meaning, somehow it is preferable to let children misunderstand the word by using today's common definition. We sell our children short if we don't believe that they can comprehend that language can (and does) evolve. We should use these cultural artifacts to understand the past. Once we understand how society has evolved, we can use that knowledge to make our future better. I do find it funny how many people abhor politics and politicians... but those same people will jump right on to the "Political correctness" bandwagon. Apparently, no one thinks about where the term comes from... The idea being that politicians have to be able to speak in euphemisms and use vocabulary that will avoid possibly offending anyone at all. How's that for irony. And one other point- - there no such thing as "a little rapey" ... it's like being a little bit of a virgin.... It either is rape or it's not. Period. Full stop.