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Three Things NOT To Say To Sick People

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Hello, friends! You're still my friend, right? K, good. I've quite a few friends over the last few months, so I'm just checking. If you're coming from Kveller - welcome new friend! If you haven't read my story on Kveller about how I got dysautonomia and sought treatment, please read it now. Go on. I'll wait... (tapping fingers on table)
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So, we live in a very politically correct world. People get offended really easily these days. I mean really easily. My dad likes to tell me that I was born with no sense of humor sometimes because I get really irritated when people say stupid things to me because I'm sick...or because I'm Israeli. So, here are three things you should never say to a sick person, and, if you're sick - here's how to respond:
You should really try [insert diet name here]... it worked wonders for my cousin who wanted to lose weight! Problem:  I'm not really trying to lose weight and I've been on nearly …

Trying Not to Puke

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Good morning! If you're wandering over from Kveller - WELCOME! This is a space where I share my thoughts, feelings, symptoms, and the every day life of living with dysautonomia. Today's topic: vomit. It's ok if you want to back away now or go look at some less icky posts.

Over the last week I've been feeling really sick. First I was ACTUALLY sick with a stupid virus but when someone with dysautonomia get sick, it usually takes us a billion times longer to get over whatever illness we had. A cold can last around a month. The flu? Try two weeks. A stomach bug? About a week or more with lingering symptoms. I had some undefined bug that left me sidelined and...NAUSEOUS!

The nausea is persistent. It won't go away. I've tried nearly everything including peppermint tea, peppermint/lavender essential oils (smells pretty, does nothing for me), ginger, ginger chews, ginger candy, ginger tea, Vernors ginger ale (I love this stuff), emetrol, Pop Tarts, sugar syrup, cola s…

It's a Rough Day

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Since getting sick, I've encountered symptoms that would make anyone want to jump off a roof. Imagine being nauseous all the time. For my fellow ladies that have been pregnant - imagine feeling like you did in your first trimester all day long without reprieve. That's just one symptom. Lately, my eyes have started going blurry.

Last night I went to bed with the start of a migraine. Usually I can take some medication, head to bed, and wake up feeling better in the morning. Just not this morning.This morning I woke up with the same migraine and now my eyes are going blurry.

Let's back up a bit. This new symptom of blurry vision freaked me out enough that I sought the help of another ophthalmologist. So, I asked my dad to drive me on Monday to have a comprehensive exam. Turns out, I have retinoschisis but that's not what's causing my issues. I also have a misalignment of my eyes...which could totally be causing some of my problems. At the very basis of it, I have dry…