ecto_gammat: ([st] - you can break nothing i)
So I just need to share this.

I'm sick. I've got something called idiopathic intracranial hypertension. This causes chronic daily headaches (not joking about this; I've had a headache since 5 Feb 2011... that's 879 days of the same fucking headache) and horrific migraine attacks that can mimic strokes. I've also got several mental health conditions that require constant monitoring by medical professionals and medication. 

Y'know what I take every day?


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There's seven prescription medications in those 24 pills. That's not counting the four vitamins I'm out of (two pills each), my birth control pill, my allergy pills that I really only need in the spring and fall (two), or the antibiotic I'm currently taking twice a day for Lyme disease.


If you're adding all this up, that's 37 pills (and I'm not counting over the counter painkillers, the Vicodin I take for my broken ankle, or the three migraine abortive pills I've got, y'know, just in case).


And I house these pills in two of these containers:


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(with a television remote for handy size control; there's also another, smaller, cuter pill container for my midday pills that I unfortunately left on the bathroom counter)


If I didn't have insurance (which I may end up losing, but that's another story), my eight prescriptions would cost me $2,701.94 every month.


(one of those pills alone is $1,183.99 for a thirty day supply)


With insurance? $172.00


(Thank you, Obama, for the free birth control; you save me $27)


The worst part? I need these pills to function. These medicines keep all my problems to a minimal level. I physically need these to be able to get out of bed and work and cook and type and read. 


I'm so ridiculously fortunate that my little retail job offers near-full-time workers pretty decent health care coverage. If I didn't have insurance, I'd be dead right now. 


I really don't know what the point of this post is. And I know we have huuuuuuuuge problems to fix as a country (like working to get trans people, specifically trans women of color, proper and nondiscriminatory medical care, housing, and jobs), but this is why everyone needs some sort of health coverage, especially if those people work in sectors that don't normally provide insurance (like retail and food service; a dear friend of mine is a store manager at a McDonald's, and his epilepsy is mostly untreated because he can't afford the doctor or medicines).


So yeah.


Edit:

If anyone's curious, this is my super adorable midday pill case that I'm supposed to always carry with me but I accidentally left on the bathroom sink this morning oops


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It doubles as a compact mirror =)


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Least I Could Do is probably one of the most thought provoking, offensive, hilarious web comics I've ever read. I love it to death. And Ryan Sohmer's blog posts make them even better. I thought I'd share his latest:

With all the interesting things in the news of late, I’ve been having a hard time picking what to talk about today.

Initially, I had intended to write about the utter uselessness that is the United Nations, in response to their (in)actions to the North Korean situation. The league of nations failed to prevent world war II, so I suppose it seemed a good idea at the time to rename it The United Nations and hope for the best.

The next topic I was considering was Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme court. I don’t know enough about her to make a call either way, but what is bothering me here is that every politician, every news anchor, every analyst and commentator is focusing on her ethnicity, rather than her qualifications.

This doesn’t help ease racial issues and tensions, it only highlights them.

Over at CNN, Ruben Navarrette talks about what a step forward this is. For me, a step forward would have been had Sotomayor been nominated, and no one even remarked on the fact that she was Hispanic. That she got nominated because the President thought she was the best candidate for the job.

In the end, though, the thing that’s predominantly on my mind is yesterday’s decision in California to uphold proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in the state. This measure, passed by a close vote during the November elections, overturned a May 2008 ruling by the California Supreme court that had made it constitutional for same-sex couples to get hitched in the state.

I am a proponent for gay rights, but more importantly, I make no distinction between gay and civil rights.

A gay individual in California pays their state and federal taxes like anyone else, so why are they denied certain rights? The bible may define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but isn’t the bible based on a system of religious beliefs? Isn’t there supposed to be a clean line that separates church and state?

What gives someone the right to impose their beliefs on someone else?

I may not agree with your beliefs, whether you’re Christian, Muslim or Jewish, but I won’t spend millions of dollars and countless hours to deny you a civil right that I enjoy.

That environment, California, is not where I would choose to live, or raise children, gay or not.

The year is 2009, and the fact that we’re even having this conversation is absurd to me.

- Because I can.
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Least I Could Do is probably one of the most thought provoking, offensive, hilarious web comics I've ever read. I love it to death. And Ryan Sohmer's blog posts make them even better. I thought I'd share his latest:

With all the interesting things in the news of late, I’ve been having a hard time picking what to talk about today.

Initially, I had intended to write about the utter uselessness that is the United Nations, in response to their (in)actions to the North Korean situation. The league of nations failed to prevent world war II, so I suppose it seemed a good idea at the time to rename it The United Nations and hope for the best.

The next topic I was considering was Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme court. I don’t know enough about her to make a call either way, but what is bothering me here is that every politician, every news anchor, every analyst and commentator is focusing on her ethnicity, rather than her qualifications.

This doesn’t help ease racial issues and tensions, it only highlights them.

Over at CNN, Ruben Navarrette talks about what a step forward this is. For me, a step forward would have been had Sotomayor been nominated, and no one even remarked on the fact that she was Hispanic. That she got nominated because the President thought she was the best candidate for the job.

In the end, though, the thing that’s predominantly on my mind is yesterday’s decision in California to uphold proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in the state. This measure, passed by a close vote during the November elections, overturned a May 2008 ruling by the California Supreme court that had made it constitutional for same-sex couples to get hitched in the state.

I am a proponent for gay rights, but more importantly, I make no distinction between gay and civil rights.

A gay individual in California pays their state and federal taxes like anyone else, so why are they denied certain rights? The bible may define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but isn’t the bible based on a system of religious beliefs? Isn’t there supposed to be a clean line that separates church and state?

What gives someone the right to impose their beliefs on someone else?

I may not agree with your beliefs, whether you’re Christian, Muslim or Jewish, but I won’t spend millions of dollars and countless hours to deny you a civil right that I enjoy.

That environment, California, is not where I would choose to live, or raise children, gay or not.

The year is 2009, and the fact that we’re even having this conversation is absurd to me.

- Because I can.

OMFG

Apr. 7th, 2009 11:45 pm
ecto_gammat: (A Clockwork Orange - Frustrating)
DEAR AMERICA:

DON'T WE HAVE BETTER FUCKING THINGS TO DO THAN WORRY ABOUT BASIC CHILDREN'S PETS?!

L2NOTBSTUPID

DON'T TAKE MY LOLA AWAY FROM ME

KTHNXBAI

ETA: from the original entry

...

Why would you ban animals like Guinea Pigs? They can't survive in the wild, thus they're not a threat.

Why would you ban pets that can survive in the wild? Southern FL is a classic example of not why we need this law but rather what people will do with these animals if they are banned thus more environmental damage not less. Also, animals that get banned are still pets people just get them on underground basis which leads to lack of protection for those animals.

And why exotics?!!! They should throw cats on there too if they're even remotely doing this out of concern for the environment! Cats are feral in pretty much every state but Alaska. Feral cats do faaar more damage than all other escaped animal species combined and we don't even enforce laws against people feeding them! It's not cats or dogs because they know that would cause more of an uproar.

Did you see that Humane Society and the Nature Conservancy are two of the groups pushing this? I'm so disappointed in them.

...

Oh and for the few on my flist who don't like exotic pets, just think of the economy. Shutting down a major part of the pet trade... that's a lot of jobs, people.

Or notice that their list of representatives includes Hawaii but not FL. Of the two states that are supposedly effected the most by this, one isn't even allowed a say!

OMFG

Apr. 7th, 2009 11:45 pm
ecto_gammat: (A Clockwork Orange - Frustrating)
DEAR AMERICA:

DON'T WE HAVE BETTER FUCKING THINGS TO DO THAN WORRY ABOUT BASIC CHILDREN'S PETS?!

L2NOTBSTUPID

DON'T TAKE MY LOLA AWAY FROM ME

KTHNXBAI

ETA: from the original entry

...

Why would you ban animals like Guinea Pigs? They can't survive in the wild, thus they're not a threat.

Why would you ban pets that can survive in the wild? Southern FL is a classic example of not why we need this law but rather what people will do with these animals if they are banned thus more environmental damage not less. Also, animals that get banned are still pets people just get them on underground basis which leads to lack of protection for those animals.

And why exotics?!!! They should throw cats on there too if they're even remotely doing this out of concern for the environment! Cats are feral in pretty much every state but Alaska. Feral cats do faaar more damage than all other escaped animal species combined and we don't even enforce laws against people feeding them! It's not cats or dogs because they know that would cause more of an uproar.

Did you see that Humane Society and the Nature Conservancy are two of the groups pushing this? I'm so disappointed in them.

...

Oh and for the few on my flist who don't like exotic pets, just think of the economy. Shutting down a major part of the pet trade... that's a lot of jobs, people.

Or notice that their list of representatives includes Hawaii but not FL. Of the two states that are supposedly effected the most by this, one isn't even allowed a say!
ecto_gammat: (Hot Fuzz - headdesk)
Why is it such a bad thing that I'm tired of hearing about Race!Fail 09?

Racism is bad. People are pigheads. Opinions won't change, no matter how much evidence is there.

I have other things to worry about. Like graduation. Like finding a job. Like making my next rent payment. Like marriage equality. Like being able to feel safe walking around in the opposite sex's clothing. Like loving myself.

So sorry if this can be taken as "white privilege". I'll fix that after I fix everything else wrong with my life.
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At the end of my first year, I completed my Freshman Culmination Experience by writing a 17 page paper (complete with case studies, interviews, charts, all the bells & whistles) about why abstinence only sex education was one of the biggest loads of bullshit this country has.

And I totally got an A on it.

But this comic has spoken better about it than my paper ever could.



Damn you Sohmer!
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At the end of my first year, I completed my Freshman Culmination Experience by writing a 17 page paper (complete with case studies, interviews, charts, all the bells & whistles) about why abstinence only sex education was one of the biggest loads of bullshit this country has.

And I totally got an A on it.

But this comic has spoken better about it than my paper ever could.



Damn you Sohmer!
ecto_gammat: (A Clockwork Orange - Frustrating)
We never should have done it. This bailout was a horrible idea.

Fuck saving the banks. Fuck the lenders and stockbrokers. What about us? The people that have the loans? The people that can barely scrape the costs of living?

Where's my bailout, George?
ecto_gammat: (A Clockwork Orange - Frustrating)
We never should have done it. This bailout was a horrible idea.

Fuck saving the banks. Fuck the lenders and stockbrokers. What about us? The people that have the loans? The people that can barely scrape the costs of living?

Where's my bailout, George?

srsly?

Sep. 24th, 2008 11:59 am
ecto_gammat: (The Venture Bros - Dr. O o.O)
So Sarah Palin's email account got hacked. And the answers to the security questions were pathetically easy to guess.

And people want this woman for VP?

She can't keep her own email safe. What will she do to national security?

srsly?

Sep. 24th, 2008 11:59 am
ecto_gammat: (The Venture Bros - Dr. O o.O)
So Sarah Palin's email account got hacked. And the answers to the security questions were pathetically easy to guess.

And people want this woman for VP?

She can't keep her own email safe. What will she do to national security?
ecto_gammat: (Hot Fuzz - Danny/Nick Love)
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For the love of God, Carnivale. Or Oz. Both those shows ended too soon. Carnivale is still unresolved, IMO, and the last season of Oz felt so damn rushed, especially the finale.

Also Titus and Grounded for Life. Laughed my ass off with both of those.

I CAN HAEZ DEE-VEE-DEE PLZ?
ecto_gammat: (Hot Fuzz - Danny/Nick Love)
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For the love of God, Carnivale. Or Oz. Both those shows ended too soon. Carnivale is still unresolved, IMO, and the last season of Oz felt so damn rushed, especially the finale.

Also Titus and Grounded for Life. Laughed my ass off with both of those.

I CAN HAEZ DEE-VEE-DEE PLZ?

e-he?

Jul. 14th, 2008 05:01 am
ecto_gammat: (A Clockwork Orange - Frustrating)
So, through [livejournal.com profile] 10_lyricons, I just found out that Fall Out Boy did a cover of Michael Jackson's Beat It (one of my favorites)

I listened to the song for around 30 seconds before my ears started bleeding.

I think it gave me cancer.

Why must horrible bands cover brilliant songs?

e-he?

Jul. 14th, 2008 05:01 am
ecto_gammat: (A Clockwork Orange - Frustrating)
So, through [livejournal.com profile] 10_lyricons, I just found out that Fall Out Boy did a cover of Michael Jackson's Beat It (one of my favorites)

I listened to the song for around 30 seconds before my ears started bleeding.

I think it gave me cancer.

Why must horrible bands cover brilliant songs?

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