Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Bartolome Day!

This comic pretty much expresses how I feel about Columbus Day.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The other side of the opioid epidemic...

Sometimes, in the drive to stem the opioid misuse epidemic, physicians forget that some patients really do need painkillers. An excellent article on the subject can be found here:

Edit 20 July 16: Another article can be found here.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

I'm alive, really...

So sorry for the lapse in posting. I lead such a wild and crazy life these days that, just yesterday, I found myself knitting at an epidemiology conference while sipping decaf. Woo! If that's not partying hard, I don't know what is. But in all seriousness, I've just been busy. Relatively healthy, I'm happy to say, but busy. Child death reviews take a lot of running, apparently. I find myself at the Medical Examiner's office, in suicide (prevention) conferences, etc.

On the plus side, I've been married for five months now, and I'm still happily married! That's gotta be a record in today's world. Last weekend my husband and his friends were outside, building new porches for the house. I took a look at the situation, deducted the chance that I would lose a limb if I tried to help, and decided to cook for them instead. A little overly domestic, maybe...but so much less blood loss involved then if I'd picked up a tool and tried to help! I'm not known for my handyman skills, sadly.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016's baaack!!!

Those of you with lupus know what I'm talking about. That feeling like someone has tied 50 lb weights to your arms and legs. A basic inability to keep one's eyes open for more than 45 seconds straight. The need to nap after taking a shower in the morning. An unbelievable caffeine consumption rate.

That's right, folks, lupus fatigue has put in an encore performance, and it's a doozy. Not so nice, since I'm supposed to leave (armed with sunscreen and, thanks to the Zika Virus, mosquito repellent), for my honeymoon in the Caribbean in two and a half weeks. Yay! So why get hit with this now? I'm otherwise pretty healthy...blood counts have dropped slightly but nothing there seems no reason for this energy-draining state. But that's the way it goes.

I'm due for a Benlysta infusion tomorrow; hopefully that will help a little bit. In the meantime, there's not a whole lot I can do except try to make it through the day without falling asleep at my desk.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Random thoughts on Marriage Ramifications

It's interesting...for most women, getting married means changing one's title from "Miss" to "Mrs." Oh, sure, there's also the "Ms." option, but it's always given in addition to "Miss" and "Mrs.," thus making you state your political and/or social theory leanings instead of your marital status. What a mess. But for those of us with PhDs, MDs, DVMs, etc., it's not an issue. Before my marriage I was Dr. Hyde. Now I'm Dr. Hyde-Rolland. My title has not changed. (I won't be offended if someone calls me Mrs., but it's not the correct title for me).

Moral of the story: the only way to get out of stating your marital status and or social leanings in your title if you are a woman is to get a doctoral level degree. Men just have to be born, but that's society for you.

Dr. and Mr. Rolland

And let's not get started on the whole name change thing...I know people feel strongly both ways. I used to feel strongly about not changing my name. Now I don't care so much one way or the other, but I have a career that has been built under Hyde. It would be difficult to switch to Rolland entirely, as I have published under Hyde, and my references would have no idea who Sam Rolland is, etc. So I went for the "meh" solution of hyphenating. I'll use Hyde professionally and Rolland socially. By hyphenating I cover my bases. It's not a perfect solution, but between my professional life and my desire to have one name for our family it's the best I've been able to do.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Purely Personal

This has nothing to do with lupus, but everything to do with my life...

This picture was obviously not taken in Alaska! We went to CA for Christmas this year.

That's right, Dr. Sam is engaged! Please don't be hurt if you don't receive an invitation to the wedding--we plan to elope. Neither of us has the time or inclination to plan a wedding. Plus, we live in Alaska. Most of his family does, too, but none of mine do. That's a heck of a trip for people to make. Anyway, not so much with the traditional wedding.

For those who like to see such things, here's a picture of the (non-diamond, shocking, I know) ring:

It's a sapphire ring with surrounding emeralds. 100% guaranteed conflict-free, both the gems and the white gold. Because such things matter. The wedding band that will eventually accompany it has three more emeralds and fits nicely (in my opinion) with the engagement ring.

In answer to the question everybody asks, no, we don't have a date set yet. Remember, the whole "eloping" thing makes that less of a big deal. And, luckily, his family seems to like me (I bought their acceptance with cheesecakes. Many, many cheesecakes), and my family likes him. So we've got that going for us, which is nice.

So that's my news for the new year. Here's wishing all of you a happy new year, even if you're not planning quite such a dramatic life change in the year to come!