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Soooo, this is about good habits and sleep. 3 weeks of work travel straight is a good way to fall into workaholic habits especially if you're prone to them (which I am), so let's re-establish some work-life balance and get back to the point where I'm not trying to also work in my dreams again plz. 

 

Simply: 

  1. Get home by 6:30 every day
  2. Sleep 7-9 hours per night
  3. move at least 30 minutes every morning 
  4. Continue with good food habits
  5. Make an appointment to get what I think is new-onset Raynaud's syndrome* checked out and otherwise be more proactive in advocating for myself on the health front going forward mainly cuz I have a bad habit of ignoring things until they become impossible to ignore. 

 

Five goals. That's it, that's all. 

 

*My hands and feet turn a lovely shade of corpse-white in the cold this past few weeks. And go numb. Not even super cold. If I'm outside long enough to scrape off the car and it's colder than -5C out, my hands are pulling the corpse look. With gloves on. And then it burns when warming up. Raynaud's is symptomatic of a number of nasties, several of which run in families and which I've got family histories of, including the connective tissue disorder that runs in my family. 

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Yesterday: 

  1. Success
  2. Fail (just shy of 7 hours)
  3. Fail
  4. Success
  5. aiming for Friday

 

As an afterthought: Been breaking my fast lately with a type of red bean soup I had in Taiwan because 1, delicious, 2, much lower GI than most Western breakfast type foods, and 3, had a bad case of The Bored with typical breakfast foods. A change-up was needed. Also gives me decent protein, potassium and iron for first thing in the morning. 

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Glad to see that you came through things okay over there. I understand there was a quake? Made the news over here even. I'm sorry I didn't reach out sooner about that, but as I said, I am glad to see that you're okay.

 

Chinese red beans have been delicious every time I've tried them. I personally think they're very sweet, but that could just be how they've been prepared rather than anything else. Still, given that, red bean soup sounds like an awesome alternative to breakfast cereal. :D

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My recipe uses stevia for sweet but if you prefer savory you can just eliminate sugar.

 

Also, yes, earthquake.  Was 130km North of epicenter so it was only bad enough to shake me awake and rattle my phone off the night stand. No damage. I was really groggy and asleep when it hit which was good because I was too out of it to realize what had happened until it was almost over. It was much worse in Hualien.

 

The aftershocks were honestly worse on my head cuz they lasted on and off a good 4 hours and I was fully awake and am control freak enough to want to scold the Universe for ruining my sleep apparently. :P

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Talking with a sibling about the new Raynaud's and found out that the relative with suspected connective tissue disorder in question is no longer suspected to have a connective tissue disorder, they are now confirmed and the docs are only trying to decide which Marfanoid disorder the kid has. Kid has Raynaud's, too, and Marfanoid disorders in general tend to be autosomal dominant. Sib had a few symptoms complicated by a comorbid autoimmune disease. I also have symptoms (more than sib who is Kid's parent) of Marfanoid disorders and have been flagged by 2 physiotherapists and a pedorthist as maybe needing an evaluation for one of the hypermobility syndromes. So... Sib told me rheumatologist is the specialist handling kid relative and I think that is enough suspicion to not be a total hypochondriac if I ask for a specialist referral. 

 

It might be nothing or I might get an explanation of why I literally always am nursing a sprained something and have been since puberty. I am a fan of Occam's razor, and this would take many separate things I have had flagged in the past and lump them all together in one box. Which does not mean I definitely have it but I think is enough for eval.

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It sounds about right. I mean, myself, I'm super-paranoid about cardiovascular stuff now that I've got a family history of myocardial infarction, and I've got some respiratory problems to be on the lookout for too.

 

And I mean, even if it is just paranoia, it doesn't follow that there's nothing wrong, right?

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Tally

  1. Get home by 6:30 every day - 4
  2. Sleep 7-9 hours per night - 3
  3. move at least 30 minutes every morning - 5
  4. Continue with good food habits - 6
  5. Make an appointment to get what I think is new-onset Raynaud's syndrome* checked out and otherwise be more proactive in advocating for myself on the health front going forward mainly cuz I have a bad habit of ignoring things until they become impossible to ignore.  - Iiii forgot Monday is a stat holiday. :\ This week I swear. 

 

Long weekend is good for catching up on sleep. :) Need to get back in the habit of not hitting snooze in the morning, so I have more time for exercise and so I actually feel tired enough to go to bed early enough to catch enough zzz's. 

 

 

 

 

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On 2/17/2018 at 6:46 AM, chemgeek said:

Talking with a sibling about the new Raynaud's and found out that the relative with suspected connective tissue disorder in question is no longer suspected to have a connective tissue disorder, they are now confirmed and the docs are only trying to decide which Marfanoid disorder the kid has. Kid has Raynaud's, too, and Marfanoid disorders in general tend to be autosomal dominant. Sib had a few symptoms complicated by a comorbid autoimmune disease. I also have symptoms (more than sib who is Kid's parent) of Marfanoid disorders and have been flagged by 2 physiotherapists and a pedorthist as maybe needing an evaluation for one of the hypermobility syndromes. So... Sib told me rheumatologist is the specialist handling kid relative and I think that is enough suspicion to not be a total hypochondriac if I ask for a specialist referral. 

 

It might be nothing or I might get an explanation of why I literally always am nursing a sprained something and have been since puberty. I am a fan of Occam's razor, and this would take many separate things I have had flagged in the past and lump them all together in one box. Which does not mean I definitely have it but I think is enough for eval.

 

That is definitely enough evidence to call for a visit to a specialist. There is a reason doctors always ask about family history. This would be it.

 

I hope that by catching it now you can avoid the worst of the symptoms.

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Good plan.

Trying to get to an after-hours clinic doc during Moving Week at work was a bad, bad plan. Well, unrealistic. Anyway.

 

After 6 hours of my work day being spent moving and making my wrist more upset with me a bit and working 1.5h extra, I am skipping martial arts. I've had enough exercise lifting and moving things, I'm tired, stressed (Change is stress. It is good change, but change is stress), and frankly after spending 9.5 hours coordinating ALL THE THINGS in the lab move and another big project that couldn't be put on pause, I simply don't have enough brain left to coordinate children for two hours and I don't want to risk snapping at them. Ever get decision fatigue? I've made decisions all day at work. I don't want to make decisions anymore. :P

 

When I go to class in this state, I end up losing my temper. When I lose my temper, the club loses students, or I piss off other black belts, or both. Better for everyone if I stay home. And I got my exercise in today anyway. Packing and moving things counts, especially when it's lab kit. Can do martial arts Saturday, and then Sunday I am planning to rent out some training space for some extra training to make up for slacking this week. I need to get Sandan sometime this decade. :P

 

 

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14 hours ago, chemgeek said:

After 6 hours of my work day being spent moving and making my wrist more upset with me a bit and working 1.5h extra, I am skipping martial arts. I've had enough exercise lifting and moving things, I'm tired, stressed (Change is stress. It is good change, but change is stress), and frankly after spending 9.5 hours coordinating ALL THE THINGS in the lab move and another big project that couldn't be put on pause, I simply don't have enough brain left to coordinate children for two hours and I don't want to risk snapping at them. Ever get decision fatigue? I've made decisions all day at work. I don't want to make decisions anymore. :P

 

Yeah dude, I get it. My job is basically to make decisions all day long, and at the end of it I get to go and either get beat on, get thrown down, or play with knives. All of which is exceedingly complicated, and there are days when I just have to Nope out.

 

Besides, you're a Nidan. I imagine that you're probably accorded some time off or something as far as the dojo is concerned.

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15 hours ago, chemgeek said:

After 6 hours of my work day being spent moving and making my wrist more upset with me a bit and working 1.5h extra, I am skipping martial arts. I've had enough exercise lifting and moving things, I'm tired, stressed (Change is stress. It is good change, but change is stress), and frankly after spending 9.5 hours coordinating ALL THE THINGS in the lab move and another big project that couldn't be put on pause, I simply don't have enough brain left to coordinate children for two hours and I don't want to risk snapping at them. Ever get decision fatigue? I've made decisions all day at work. I don't want to make decisions anymore. :P

 

You totally made the right decision. I did exactly the same thing last Friday. After a long week of having to be polite and handle the problems of everyone around me, I could not face working with beginners doing open-hand techniques. I did an hour of weapons class and went home. I can handle weapons practice more easily because I can concentrate on my strikes and blocks regardless of the skill level of my partner. A tree with a staff attached would work fine as an uke.

 

What type of training do you want to focus on to prepare for your sandan?

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Sorry to hear that @Jigme

 

RN if my hands and feet could quit pulling the frozen corpse routine that'd be greeeaaat. :/ seriously try cleaning a car off in winter with numb, painful, and stiff feet and hands that take a good hour too fully recover from 10min outside. Effin ow. 

 

Off to martial arts for now and a clinic hopefully tomorrow evening. 

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