half-lives & other insights

Did you know that Ibuprofen has a half life of six hours? So if I take 4 tablets at 8:00 a.m., I have 2 tablets worth in me at 2 p.m., at which time I can take two more to keep the level up to where it manages pain.

Also, paraffin baths rock (as does the niece who loaned hers to me). Paraffin baths don't fix my hands, but they take the ouch off long enough to go to sleep. Who knew? If there is an arthritis-sufferer on your Christmas list, buy them one of these:

I also learned that most people do not experience cold as pain. For me, cold is not one bit different than pain. When I am cold every joint hurts; apparently arthritis does this. I didn't know that other people don't experience this. I just thought everyone was more stoic than I.


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Here I chatter about books, parenting, election 2008, recipes, teaching college writing, and the adventures of getting settled in with our two freshly (Fall 06) adopted school-age children from Russia. This blog is chapter two; chapter one is posted at Jamie & Suzanne go to Russia. I live in the City of Subdued Excitement, Cascadia, Land of the Free.

I am the wife of a man I call My Gift from a Generous God. I am mama to two lovely children, Dandy and Chickadee that became ours in September 2006 in a court-room in Siberia. I am the daughter of two people whom I love and admire. One of them, my dad, is a new (Dec 06) paraplegic.

In my previous life (B.C. - before children), I was a college English teacher, specializing in composition and ESL composition.

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