Flucloxacillin Fiasco

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So recently I had to take a week long course of flucloxacillin, all because of my usual summer problem, being bitten by insects. It happens every year and every year I end up covered in little(ish) lumps for a few months. Except this time it didn’t stay like that.

This was the initial lump that I dicovered the first evening while getting ready for bed. This is pretty normal for me so I didn’t much of it at the time.

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Overnight it grew and developed…it looks a little shiny because of the hydrocortizone cream I was slapping on it. I got through an entire tube of the stuff in a couple of days. As you can see it started to develop rings and get really interesting looking…

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…and it didn’t stop growing either. The day after my initial discovery of the bite I think it tripled in size at least untill it covered close to half my thigh…

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This was the point when I decided I should take it to a doctors. It was really hot and swollen and it began to leak fluid quite badly from the central area which had gone oddly thick and hard. Actually getting into a doctors was a bit of an experince and I ended up going to the local out-of-hours clinic who are excellant, very helpful and friendly people, and gave me the prescription for the flucloxacillin.

The flucloxacillin ended up being even worse than the actuall insect bite, infected or not. It was like I’d suddenly developed a really bad cold, I was coughing and grotty feeling and all bunged up, ridiculously tired, and increasingly as the seven days went on I couldn’t eat solid food. My throat was too sore and painful and it was getting more and more difficult to swallow. At one point I even began to have difficulties speaking because my tounge began to be affected.

Should I have gone back to the doctors and explained what was happening, that the only thing I could manage to eat was jelly and yougurt? Maybe, possibly…probably. I think I jus got very fixated on finishing the course of tablets, antibiotics are something you don’t mess around with for very good reasons.

As soon as I finsished the course of tablets my health improved, I’m still coughing a little bit but I’m back on normal food and feeling pretty normal now, and if a doctor tires putting me flucloxacillin again I’m going to refuse it. I just have a nasty suspision that if my body reacted like this, this time, then next time it might be even worse. I don’t know for certain but do I really want to find out?

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Dyslexia actually has some advantages…

Fancy that now….so there is actually a sugar coating to the misery of depression, poor self esteem and lack of self confidence, general under-achievement and serious anger issues that I like many other dyslexic have been left with thanks to our unpleasant brush with formal education. (I’m not including University in this, my uni experiences are almost all highly positive.)

Quite a few dyslexia-positive sites will give lists of the numerous advantages we have but I found the best summary at Dyslexia Advantage, they’d even got a nice acroynm for it, MIND. Apparently your avarage dyslexic won’t exhibit all of these traits but will definitely have one, maybe two if they’re lucky.

Material Reasoning – Reasoning about the position, form and movement of objects in 3d space.

I’ve heard some people describe having video screens in their minds. Personally it’s more like I’ve got an entire film studio complete with multilpe stage sets, lighting and atmospheric control, a few crew, actors, everything you can imagine…and all of it I can manipulate at the drop of a hat.

Interconected Reasoning The ability to spot, understand and reason about connections and relationships.

Absolutely essential for true creative thinking, out-of-the-box creativity. Take two unrelated and apparently incompatible things and put them together in new and interesting ways…and probably why writing cross-over fanfiction really appeals to some people. I will admit it I read things and then think “oh but this would be brilliant crossed with…” Things just click together in new and exciting ways.

Narrative Reasoning Ability to reason using fragments of memory formed from past personal experience.

I’m not sure I quite understand this one, I’m pretty certain I don’t do this.  At all.

Dynamic ReasoningAbility to accurately predict using patterns derived through experincing the future or the unwitnessed past.

Apart from sounding like clairvoyance I suspect that this one is probably very useful for business and the like, being able to think several moves ahead of everyone around you, or how about playing chess…

 

It’s so hard to explain dyslexia when you actually have it…

…the best description I’ve come across is on the British Dyslexia Accosiation website.

Everybody of course understands it as difficulties with reading and writing, maybe maths as well; though it is increadibly irritating the number of people who automatically assume this means I have no functional literacy skills, especially when it turns out my spelling is better than theirs, which happens more often than you’d think.

It’s the other less obvious and less will known problems that dyslexics share with many others with what are termed Specific Learning Difficulties…

Information Processing.

  • Difficulties with taking in information efficiently (this could be written or auditory).
  • Slow speed of information processing, such as a ‘penny dropping’ delay between hearing something and understanding and responding to it.

Memory.

  • Poor short term memory for facts, events, times, dates.
  • Poor working memory; i.e. difficulty holding on to several pieces of information while undertaking a task e.g. taking notes as you listen, coping with compound questions.
  • Mistakes with routine information e.g. giving your age or the ages of your children.
  • Inability to hold on to information without referring to notes.

Communication skills.

  • Lack of verbal fluency and lack of precision in speech.
  • Word-finding problems.
  • Inability to work out what to say quickly enough.
  • Misunderstandings or misinterpretations during oral exchanges.
  • Over-loud speech (which may come across as aggressive) or murmuring that cannot be clearly heard.
  • Sometimes mispronunciations or a speech impediment may be evident.

Literacy.

  • Lateness or difficulty in acquiring reading and writing skills. Some dyslexic adults have severe literacy problems and may be functionally illiterate.
  • Where literacy has been mastered, residual problems generally remain such as erratic spelling, difficulty extracting the sense from written material, difficulty with unfamiliar words, an inability to scan or skim text.
  • Particular difficulty with unfamiliar types of language such as technical terminology, acronyms.

Sequencing, Organisation and Time Management.

  • Difficulty presenting a sequence of events in a logical, structured way.
  • Incorrect sequencing of number and letter strings.
  • Tendency to misplace items; chronic disorganisation.
  • Poor time management: particular difficulties in estimating the passage of time.

Direction and Navigation.

  • Difficulty with finding the way to places or navigating the way round an unfamiliar building.

Concentration.

  • Weak listening skills, a limited attention span, problems maintaining focus.
  • A tendency to be easily distracted, inability to remain focused.

Sensory Sensitivity.

  • A heightened sensitivity to noise and visual stimuli.
  • Impaired ability to screen out background noise or movement.
  • Sensations of mental overload / switching off.

Lack of awareness.

  • Failure to realise the consequences of their speech or actions.
  • Failure to take account of body language.
  • Missing the implications of what they are told or interpreting it over-literally.

(Quoted from bdadyslexia.org.uk)

Not all of these apply to me but many of them do unfortunately; parts of Sequencing, Organisation and Time Management haunt me constantly. I still have difficulties reading clocks especially when I’m tired or stressed, which can be extremely embarrasing. Lack of awareness is also a problem in many ways, it’s not that I mean to set out to upset or unnerve people but apparently my sense of humour isn’t always appreciated, and as for facial expressions, they’re pretty meaningless to me. And that’s before we get onto the fun part about getting lost in the town centre I’ve known all my life…

If there had just been greater understanding of this when I was a child my school experinece would have been rather diffrent from the bleak depression laden black-hole of bullying that it was, and wouldn’t that have been nice.

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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So finally we’re going to get some more Harry Potter, a play in fact, set years after Harry’s time at Hogwarts. Which is excellant, more fuel for the fanfic fires. But I understand there’s been some controversy over it due to one of the casting choices.

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The person chosen for the role of Hermione is Noma Dumezweni, an actress who’s had roles in everything from Macbeth to The Bill to Doctor Who. Obviously a versatile and hard-working lady.

So what’s the controversy?

Ms Dumezweni is black.

Personally I’m really struggling to see why Ms Dumezwani’s casting is such a problem. Coming from a background of heavy fanfiction consumption I’ve seen so many variations on the diffrent characters of Harry Potter that really, what’s the issue? This is just another variation on a much loved character and it will be extremely interesting to see what Ms Dumezweni brings to the role…but compared to fanfiction, seriously, her casting is increadibly vanilla…and rather safe.

And here’s some evidence to prove my case…

…if you thing black!Hermione is challenging how about…

dark lady!Hermione

male!Hermione

disabled!Hermione

lesbian!Hermione

badass!Hermione

trans!Hermione

Pregnant cat!Hermione

 

 

I Hate Adult Colouring Books

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They’re frightening popular as the shelves of my local branch of WHSmiths shows. Unfortunately these colouring horrors are squeezing out art magazines, hobbiest as well as more serious ones, including my absolute favourite Juxtapoz. This is an American comtemporary art magazine which showcases the work of really interesting and talented artists from around the world that I wouldn’t otherwise get to see…and now I can’t get my hands on it will struggle to get to see 😦 their website, though nice, isn’t anywhere near as good as the magazine itself.

And it’s not much better over by their selection of art books.

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Most of what they have on offer are the dreaded colouring books; in fact next to their “art” section is a full section display of the blasted things. All that’s left is a few how-to books for popular media like water-colours and acrylics, and things like “365 things to draw”.

I’m frustrated, beyond frustrated. I’m also dubious as to their claims of being theraputic. I have actually tried some myself and ended up bining them when they resulted in several months of my getting nothing very much at all done. I found them to be an extremely soporifc experience rather like day-time television, neither creative nor a helpful release for any stress or tension I might have been experiencing. In fact because I wasn’t getting of my own work done I ended up feeling worse than if I hadn’t touched the blasted things.

Maybe some people do find them helpful but I do not, and now I see them taking over the subject that I love so much.