||[Jun. 15th, 2018|08:48 am]
Transitioning into liminal space
Being away from Facebook all the time has encouraged me to concentrate more on interactions that are meaningful to me and productive, both online and off. I've been talking with a couple people in messenger (I can leave that open in its own window without having to look at Facebook proper). I talked with Dee about going to Genderqueer Chicago together next week. I'm looking forward to my outing with Danae this evening instead of stressing about time. I'm thinking about social plans for the weekend instead of wanting to be a hermit. Good stuff.
I met with my doctor yesterday. She increased my dose of Bupropion (Wellbutrin) slightly, gave me a referral to occupational therapy for my wrist and prescribed a splint for sleeping, gave me a referral to psychiatry since my former psychiatrist has moved. That was productive! She thinks the beta blockers my therapist mentioned as a possibility might not necessarily be helpful for the kind of problems I was having at the party I left early a while back, but if a general reduction of anxiety/depression from the increased Wellbutrin doesn't address that, maybe I can talk to the psychiatrist about it.
I've unfriended a good number of people on Facebook because of worldview and politics, but today was the first time I've done it in Livejournal. Unexpected, but when someone states that a group you are a member of are crybabies, whiners, insane, deluded, losers, and off-the-rails crazy, I don't see a point in dialog.
And he thinks the Democrats are too far left. I saw someone write that The US doesn't really have a left at this point; we have a center and a right. I basically agree. I was sad that Sanders didn't get the presidential nomination (though I was happy to vote for H. Clinton).
Since the university I work at is a medical college, it doesn't have subscriptions to a bunch of stuff I'd use for researching my own stuff, like Ancestry or plat map databases. This morning, though, I found that we have online access to the New England Journal of Medicine from 1812 to the present. I'm sure there's some fun stuff in there! In the July 1818 issue, for instance, we have an article called "Experiments and Observations upon the State of the Air in the Fever Hospitals of Cork, at a Time When They Were Crowded with Patients, Labouring under Febrile Contagion." There's some interesting scientific and cultural history!
I biked to work and back yesterday, and then to the shelter and back for volunteering. The shelter is only a two-and-a-half mile trip, but altogether that makes for 31.5 miles for the day and, with this morning's commute 100.2 for the week. It'll be my highest mileage week this year. The major issue right now is sore butt, that should be resolved soon as I get used to being in the saddle more again.