Tuesday November 8 2016

This coming Sunday is the end of known bad things in my life. Obviously not bad things, but all the bad things that I’ve known were coming. Sunday is the day I can return home to my kids after completing radioiodine ablation for thyroid cancer. I’ve known about having thyroid cancer for a long time but this year the primary showed up; I had surgery to remove my thyroid in July, and a dose of I131 administered yesterday. Tomorrow I can leave the isolation room at hospital, on Thursday I can spend time around adults again, but I can’t safely … Continue reading Tuesday November 8 2016

The practical reality of contraception, Australian edition

Background the first: The practical reality of contraception: A guide for men, by Valerie Aurora, about contraception in the US Background the second: A layperson’s intro to paying for healthcare in Australia which I wrote as specific background to this post. Things that are the same in Australia Contraception works the same way! The side-effect risks are the same: Let’s start with estrogen-based hormonal birth control and health. I know women who get life-threatening blood clots on estrogen birth control (if the clot gets lodged in a blood vessel, effects range from loss of a limb to death). Others have … Continue reading The practical reality of contraception, Australian edition

A layperson's intro to paying for healthcare in Australia

I wanted to write a comparison post to Valerie’s The practical reality of contraception: A guide for men about the Australian equivalents. However, I realised a background in the Australian healthcare system might be needed. Hence this post. Caution: I am not a medical professional or health administrator. There are plenty of details of healthcare payment in Australia I am blissfully unaware of. This is a guide to what it is like to pay for healthcare in Australia as a relatively healthy younger woman. Summary In Australia, many people in cities can see doctors mostly for free, and get free … Continue reading A layperson's intro to paying for healthcare in Australia

How to improve public health

Discover or suspect that sedentary lifestyles are causing people health problems. Further discover to your shock and horror that people are doing this for such damaging inexplicable reasons as earning a living in an occupation requiring mostly/entirely sedentary desk work. Point out how easy it would be if people would just think a little and spend a bit more of their day exercising. Everyone wants to live longer right? People are so silly. It’s not like there’s some kind of counter-incentive encouraging them to do the job they’re paid for. They just don’t know how unhealthy it is to sit … Continue reading How to improve public health

The meaning of the word ‘healthy’

I’m not opposed to words having multiple meanings or even skipping around and settling on whole new meanings. As a matter of selfishness, I support polysemy, because my research field is lexical semantics. The more ambiguity, the better, say the ranks of computational linguists needing employment. And language change should be as fast as possible. No, faster. Nevertheless, after a heated discussion around Health At Any Size/fat acceptance issues (see Don’t You Realize Fat Is Unhealthy? for one statement of what is up with that, note that I’m less competent to argue the merits than Kate Harding, or, possibly, you … Continue reading The meaning of the word ‘healthy’