aids medication

your mobility aids aren’t ugly and they don’t make your appearance any less attractive.

So I wanted to outline some of the new topics outlined in the new California history-social sciences curriculum to include and celebrate LGBTQ+ history. Because it’s something I’ve been doing a lot of research into and I just think it’s absolutely fantastic. The following is copied from the “Making the Framework Fair” document - a report from the Committee on LGBT History. It’s a comprehensive list of the topics proposed.

> Grade 2: 

• LGBT families in the context of understanding family diversity as a contemporary and historical reality 

>Grade 4: 

• Central roles played by gender and sexuality in California’s history as a site of rich, contested, and changing diversity 

- How settlers and missionaries sought to impose European American concepts of gender and sexuality on Native American societies 

- Possibilities and motivations for same-sex intimacies and gender diversity in frontier conditions and the Gold Rush era 

- The role of gender and sexuality in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century migrant belonging and policing 

- The crucial place of California and Californians in the development of the modern LGBT rights movement 

>Grade 5: 

• Variation over time, region, and culture in colonial American practices and laws with regard to gender and sexuality 

- Native American gender and sexual diversity and European responses in the context of North American colonialism 

- Regional diversity in family and community arrangements, gender roles and possibilities, and approaches to sexuality in law and practice, with attention to Puritans, Quakers, Southern settlers, and enslaved Africans 

>Grade 8: 

• Fundamental transformations in gender and sexuality in conjunction with nineteenth-century urbanization and industrialization 

- Same-sex romantic friendship as an accepted cultural practice resulting from the separate spheres ideology and shifting gender expectations for women and men 

- Roles of gender and sexuality in the practice and struggles over slavery and emancipation 

- Interlocking ways that gender, sexuality, and race shaped Western expansionism and the diverse possibilities it presented 

- Evolving social and cultural expressions of intimacy between men and women (including same-sex relations) through urbanization and immigration

>Grade 11: 

• The evolution of modern LGBT communities and identities 

- Relationships formed in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century female worlds of settlement houses, women’s colleges, and social movements

- Sexual and gender diversity in early twentieth-century cities and cultural movements, including the Harlem Renaissance 

- The impact on approaches to same-sex sexuality, gender diversity, and cultural expression of 1920s changes in sexual and gender norms, including Prohibition, the rise of dating, and the emphasis on companionate marriage

- New possibilities in World War II for same-sex intimacy, community, and identity on the homefront and abroad 

- The postwar creation of vibrant if persecuted LGBT subcultures 

- The formation of open and expressive LGBT cultures and communities since the 1970s 

- Contemporary diversity of LGBT people, families, and relationships 

• Twentieth-century persecution of sexual and gender minorities and the related growth of the LGBT civil rights movement 

- The medicalization of homosexuality and gender diversity as pathological and the subsequent struggle against this perspective

 - Systematic World War II attempts to eliminate gay men and lesbians from the military and the establishment of a regime of dishonorable discharge that denied many veterans their rights to benefits 

- The Lavender Scare targeting gay men and lesbians, which developed in conjunction with the postwar Red Scare and exceeded its impact in both time and scope 

- Homophile, gay liberation, and contemporary LGBT movements as part of the story of civil rights activism in the United States 

- Anti-gay activism as part of the rise of the New Right 

- AIDS as a medical, political, and social issue in U.S. history 

- Court cases about same-sex sexuality and gender diversity demonstrating changes in policies and public opinion over time


This is super exciting news for parents and teachers in California. Hopefully the rest of the U.S. follows suit quickly. It’s also important to note that teachers aren’t really being forced to teach these subjects, nor are they yet included in textbooks, worksheets, or other teaching tools very widely. Teachers are receiving trainings, but it will take years to disseminate this throughout the state. 

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Photos from the four weeks I spent working in a hospital in Uganda

1. Paediatric ward - the children were most commonly admitted with malaria, TB, pneumonia, measles and malnutrition. That grey box in the foreground is an oxygen generator, the ward only had two and as a result there were far more serious considerations than where the power cable was trailing…

2. Female ward - many pregnant women were admitted having been in labour for far too long, and after having to travel a long way to the hospital, the outcome was often very sad. There was also a male ward, a common admission there was for urine obstruction secondary to syphilis, but more common were patients with TB and AIDS related illnesses.

3. A patient being transferred to the operating theatre

4. Outpatients department

Contrary to the usual practice in Uganda, at this rural mission hospital, people (who often travelled two days or more to reach it in the first place) were never refused treatment because they didn’t know how they would pay. It was not uncommon in the end for the bill to be settled by payment of two chickens or a sack of groundnuts. The nurses ran the ward and handed out medication but all direct care of the patients, including providing meals, was done by their relatives who also had to stay in the hospital. I learnt so so much during my time here.

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ST John’s Wort Can be dangerous on these meds

IT WILL REACT DANGEROUSLY WITH THE FOLLOWING MEDICATIONS:
Alprazolam (Xanax) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Aminolevulinic acid interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Amitriptyline (Elavil) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Birth control pills (Contraceptive drugs) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Fenfluramine (Pondimin) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Imatinib (Gleevec) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Irinotecan (Camptosar) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Medications for depression (Antidepressant drugs) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Medications for HIV/AIDS (Nonnucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NNRTIs)) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Medications for HIV/AIDS (Protease Inhibitors) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Medications for pain (Narcotic drugs) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Medications moved by pumps in cells (P-Glycoprotein Substrates) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight (Photosensitizing drugs) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Meperidine (Demerol) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Nefazodone (Serzone) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Nortriptyline (Pamelor) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Paroxetine (Paxil) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Pentazocine (Talwin) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Phenobarbital (Luminal) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Phenprocoumon interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Phenytoin (Dilantin) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Reserpine interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Sedative medications (Barbiturates) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Sertraline (Zoloft) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Tacrolimus (Prograf, Protopic) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Tramadol (Ultram) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with ST. JOHN’S WORT
Alprazolam (Xanax) is commonly used for anxiety. The body breaks down alprazolam (Xanax) to get rid of it. St. John’s wort can increase how fast the body gets rid of alprazolam (Xanax). Taking St. John’s wort along with alprazolam (Xanax) might decrease the effectiveness of alprazolam (Xanax).Aminolevulinic acid can make your skin sensitive to the sunlight. St. John’s wort might also increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Taking St. John’s wort along with aminolevulinic acid might increase the chances of sunburn, blistering or rashes on areas of skin exposed to sunlight. Be sure to wear sunblock and protective clothing when spending time in the sun.The body breaks down amitriptyline (Elavil) to get rid of it. St. John’s wort can increase how quickly the body gets rid of some medications. St. John’s wort might decrease the effectiveness of amitriptyline (Elavil) by increasing how quickly the body breaks down amitriptyline (Elavil).Some birth control pills contain estrogen. The body breaks down the estrogen in birth control pills to get rid of it. St. John’s wort might increase the break down of estrogen. Taking St. John’s wort along with birth control pills might decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. If you take birth control pills along with St. John’s wort, use an additional form of birth control such as a condom.

Some birth control pills include ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel (Triphasil), ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Ortho-Novum 1/35, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7), and others.The body breaks down cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune) to get rid of it. St. John’s wort might increase how quickly the body breaks down cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune). By increasing the breakdown of cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune) St. John’s wort might decrease the effectiveness of cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune). Do not take St. John’s wort if you are taking cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune).Digoxin (Lanoxin) helps the heart beat more strongly. St. John’s wort might decrease how much digoxin (Lanoxin) the body absorbs. By decreasing how much digoxin (Lanoxin) the body absorbs St. John’s wort might decrease the effects of digoxin (Lanoxin).Fenfluramine (Pondimin) increases a chemical in the brain. This chemical is called serotonin. St. John’s wort also increases serotonin. Taking fenfluramine with St. John’s wort might cause there to be too much serotonin. This could cause serious side effects including heart problems, shivering, nausea, headache, and anxiety.The body breaks down imatinib to get rid of it. St. John’s wort might increase how quickly the body gets rid of imatinib (Gleevec). Taking St. John’s wort along with imatinib (Gleevec) might decrease the effectiveness of imatinib (Gleevec). Do not take St. John’s wort if you are taking imatinib (Gleevec).Irinotecan (Camptosar) is used to treat cancer. The body breaks down irinotecan (Camptosar) to get rid of it. St. John’s wort might increase how fast the body breaks down irinotecan (Camptosar) and decrease the effectiveness of irinotecan (Camptosar).Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. St. John’s wort might increase how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking St. John’s wort along with some medications that are broken down by the liver can decrease the effectiveness of some medications. Before taking St. John’s wort talk to your healthcare provider if you are taking any medications that are changed by the liver.

Some medications changed by the liver include lovastatin (Mevacor), ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox), fexofenadine (Allegra), triazolam (Halcion), and many others.St. John’s wort increases a brain chemical called serotonin. Some medications for depression also increase the brain chemical serotonin. Taking St. John’s wort along with these medications for depression might increase serotonin too much and cause serious side effects including heart problems, shivering, and anxiety. Do not take St. John’s wort if you are taking medications for depression.

Some of these medications for depression include fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), amitriptyline (Elavil), clomipramine (Anafranil), imipramine (Tofranil), and others.The body breaks down medications used for HIV/AIDS. St. John’s wort can increase how quickly the body breaks down these medications. Taking St. John’s wort might decrease how well some medications used for HIV/AIDS work.

Some of these medications used for HIV/AIDS include nevirapine (Viramune), delavirdine (Rescriptor), and efavirenz (Sustiva).The body breaks down medications used for HIV/AIDS to get rid of them. Taking St. John’s wort might increase how quickly the body breaks down these medications. This could decrease the effectiveness of some medications used for HIV/AIDS.

Some of these medications used for HIV/AIDS include amprenavir (Agenerase), nelfinavir (Viracept), ritonavir (Norvir), and saquinavir (Fortovase, Invirase).The body breaks down some medications for pain to get rid of them. St. John’s Wort might decrease how fast the body gets rid of some medications for pain. By decreasing how fast the body gets rid of some medications for pain, St. John’s wort might increase the effects and side effects of some medications for pain.

Some medications for pain include meperidine (Demerol), hydrocodone, morphine, OxyContin, and many others.Some medications are moved by pumps in cells. St. John’s wort can make these pumps more active and decrease how much of some medications get absorbed by the body. This might decrease the effectiveness of some medications.

Some medications that are moved by these pumps include etoposide, paclitaxel, vinblastine, vincristine, vindesine, ketoconazole, itraconazole, amprenavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, saquinavir, cimetidine, ranitidine, diltiazem, verapamil, corticosteroids, erythromycin, cisapride (Propulsid), fexofenadine (Allegra), cyclosporine, loperamide (Imodium), quinidine, and others.Some medications can increase sensitivity to sunlight. St. John’s Wort might also increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Taking St. John’s wort along with medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight could increase the chances of sunburn, blistering or rashes on areas of skin exposed to sunlight. Be sure to wear sunblock and protective clothing when spending time in the sun.

Some drugs that cause photosensitivity include amitriptyline (Elavil), Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), norfloxacin (Noroxin), lomefloxacin (Maxaquin), ofloxacin (Floxin), levofloxacin (Levaquin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), gatifloxacin (Tequin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Septra), tetracycline, methoxsalen (8-methoxypsoralen, 8-MOP, Oxsoralen), and Trioxsalen (Trisoralen).St. John’s wort increases a chemical in the brain called serotonin. Meperidine (Demerol) can also increase serotonin in the brain. Taking St. John’s wort along with meperidine (Demerol) might cause too much serotonin in the brain and serious side effects including heart problems, shivering, and anxiety.Nefazodone can increase a chemical in the brain. This chemical is called serotonin. St. John’s wort can also increase serotonin. Taking St. John’s wort with nefazodone might cause there to be too much serotonin. This could lead to serious side effects including heart problems, shivering, and restlessness.The body breaks down nortriptyline (Pamelor) to get rid of it. St. John’s wort can increase how quickly the body breaks down nortriptyline (Pamelor). This could decrease the effectiveness of nortriptyline (Pamelor).Paroxetine (Paxil) increases a chemical in the brain. This chemical is called serotonin. St. John’s wort also increases serotonin. Taking paroxetine (Paxil) and St. John’s wort together might cause there to be too much serotonin. This could lead to serious side effects including heart problems, shivering, and weakness.St. John’s wort increases a brain chemical called serotonin. Pentazocine (Talwin) also increases serotonin. Taking St. John’s wort along with pentazocine (Talwin) might increase serotonin too much. This could cause serious side effects including heart problems, shivering, and anxiety. Do not take St. John’s wort if you are taking pentazocine (Talwin).The body breaks down phenobarbital (Luminal) to get rid of it. St. John’s wort might increase how quickly the body breaks down phenobarbital. This could decrease how well phenobarbital works.The body breaks down phenprocoumon to get rid of it. St. John’s wort increases how quickly the body breaks down phenprocoumon. This decreases the effectiveness of phenprocoumon.The body breaks down phenytoin (Dilantin) to get rid of it. St. John’s wort might increase how quickly the body breaks down phenytoin. Taking St. John’s wort and taking phenytoin (Dilantin) might decrease the effectiveness of phenytoin (Dilantin) and increase the possibility of seizures.St. John’s wort can decrease the effects of reserpine.Medications that cause sleepiness and drowsiness are called sedatives. St. John’s wort might decrease the effectiveness of sedative medications. It is not clear why this interaction occurs.Sertraline (Zoloft) can increase a chemical in the brain. This chemical is called serotonin. St. John’s wort also increases serotonin. This can cause there to be too much serotonin in the brain. This could lead to serious side effects including heart problems, shivering, and irritability.The body breaks down tacrolimus (Prograf, Protopic) to get rid of it. St. John’s wort can increase how quickly the body breaks down tacrolimus. This can cause tacrolimus to be less effective.Tramadol (Ultram) can affect a chemical in the brain called serotonin. St. John’s wort can also affect serotonin. Taking St. John’s wort along with tramadol (Ultram) might cause too much serotonin in the brain and side effects including confusion, shivering, stiff muscles, and other side effects.Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. The body breaks down warfarin (Coumadin) to get rid of it. St. John’s wort might increase the breakdown and decrease the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin). Decreasing the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin) might increase the risk of clotting. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.


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independent.co.uk
Five HIV patients left 'virus-free' with no need for daily drugs in early vaccine trials
A new vaccine-based treatment for HIV has succeeded in suppressing the virus in five patients, raising hopes further research could help prevent Aids without the need for daily drugs. Researchers combined two innovative HIV vaccines with a drug usually used to treat cancer in the trial, conducted over three years at the IrsiCaixa Aids Research Institute in Barcelona.

Amazing!

anonymous asked:

How can you tell when you really do need stitches vs when it's ok. (I have googled this but honestly I'm not really sure.) my hip wound has not stopped bleeding in a hour (I think roughly) but it's not too heavy I don't think. I'm sorry this has got to be annoying I just don't have much of a frame of reference for this or know what to do. My first aid kit is exclusively bandaids and Kleenex and I can't get anything else for it. Sorry again I'm just kinda worried

Oh, wow, okay, I just saw this and your first message just now. Is there an urgent care center or a free clinic of some kind you could go to? Do you know any medics or nurses who you could call? You really should go to a doctor. It sounds like you’ve cut through to the fat layer. If it gets badly infected, you’ll need antibiotics.

I’m not a doctor or medical professional of any kind - I’m only trained to make sure you’re as OK as can be before you get to a real medic. Band-aids aren’t going to be much use to you. What you’ll need is sterile dressing - an absorbent material you can apply directly to the wound. Can you get some from a pharmacy? They shouldn’t cost much, and you might be able to convince a clerk to give them to you for free if you are in urgent need.

If you have sanitary pads or tampons, those will work in a pinch. They’re not sterile, but what you need to do is stop the bleeding. Open a pad and apply the cotton side to the cut, or unroll a few tampons and do the same. Hold in place and apply pressure. If it soaks through with blood, add more dressing and keep pressing. You may need to hold it there under pressure for up to half an hour - if your hands get tired, lean against a wall or tie it to yourself.

If it’s still bleeding after half an hour, change the dressing and keep pressing. Once it’s stopped bleeding, wait 20-30 minutes and then clean it out with potable water. You may need a lot. Use soap.

If you don’t have sterile dressings for it and you can’t get any? You can prepare a tshirt. https://thesurvivalplaceblog.com/2014/01/21/survival-first-aid-how-to-make-and-clean-your-own-cloth-bandages-2/

You may very well need stitches. I can’t tell from your description, and I might be wrong if I saw it. If you can’t get to a professional you could have an ugly scar that restricts movement, or worse - a dangerous infection.

Dear all… I just had a very difficult phone call. My best friend just phoned me about her daughter Anouska. Or Sunflower, as family and close friends habitually call her.

I have known both my friend and her daughter for about 13 years. I remember Nous as a toddler, always toddling up to me and giving me a hug. Without fail, anytime, anywhere. At the moment she is 16 years old, and despite being born with a growth disability, she has grown into one of the most beautiful people (outside, but especially inside) I have ever had the privilege to know. 

Anouska is a ray of sunlight, and yes, I know people say that about others often, but this girl is just so unbelievably special, one of the kindest, most loving people in the world. So much so that I have said to my friend in the past that I am scared of the moment when Nous enters the “real world”, because it is going to maim and trample her beautiful soul. 

Anyhoo… Anouska has been in hospital a few days with a bad bladder infection. But after she got worse and worse, tests confirmed that she had only one functioning kidney. Her white blood cell count is in free fall, and she’s just not getting better. And then the doctor said it. 

On Tuesday, they are testing her bone marrow. My friend could not even say the word when she phoned me. And I can’t even type it. 

The medical aids call it a “dread disease”. I know now why. Because the dread is lying heavy in my chest.

So, if you’ve read all of this up to now, please. I am asking with everything in me. If you believe in the healing power of prayer, or good energy, or whatever you choose to call it, please, keep  our sunflower in your thoughts. 

Please share this far and wide. Please, let’s get the whole world to pray for Anouska.

Perhaps it seems silly to say, “Imagine what Republicans would be saying if this was Hillary Clinton,” but the comparison highlights how malleable their principles are. They were (or at least pretended to be) horrified at the thought that as Secretary of State, Clinton might have a meeting with a foreign dignitary whose government made a donation to the Clinton Foundation to support the distribution of AIDS medications in Africa. But foreign interests basically depositing money into Donald Trump’s bank account? What’s the big deal?
 

Just before the election, Jason Chaffetz, who heads the House government oversight committee, was forthright about the fact that if Clinton won he’d be issuing subpoenas every time she brushed her teeth. But now he has taken a very different attitude toward his committee’s watchdog role. “It’s sort of ridiculous to go after [Trump] when his financial disclosure is already online,” Chaffetz now says.
 

We’re going to see this again and again: not just a disinterest in Trump’s copious conflicts of interest, but a willingness to parrot whatever ludicrous defense Trump makes of them. If some dictator somewhere wants to slap Trump’s name on a hotel and pay the Trump Organization $20 million in exchange, isn’t that just proof of what a great businessman Trump is? And why would anyone think that might affect U.S. foreign policy, when Trump’s kids are running the business? It’s not like they’re advising him on government policy and personnel. Oh, wait, that’s exactly what they’re doing.

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Republicans are already making it clear: Trump can do whatever he wants

The idiots who fell for Trump’s “Drain the swamp” bullshit won’t care about this at all, and the fuckbag Republicans in Congress will do nothing to provide a check on his abuses of power.

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AUGUST 24 - GERTRUDE ELION

Winner of a 1988 Nobel Prize for Medicine, biochemist Gertrude Elion and her team made countless contributions to the medical field, developing drugs to fight against leukemia, gout, malaria, herpes and meningitis. She discovered an immuno-suppressive agent that would aid in kidney transplants between unrelated donors by reducing the body’s rejection of foreign tissue, and on top of all that, she oversaw research that led to the development of AZT, the first drug used for AIDS treatments.

⚕️Heal Me Spell⚕️

This spell is to aid in healing by enchanting medical devices. However, it can only do so much, so go to the doctor if you are able to!

Originally posted by sirbainbridge

🌟 Gather a pot, water, garlic, allspice, bay leaves, caraway, cinnamon, barley, marjoram, peppermint, pink salt, fennel, thyme, and any medicine, band-aids, or other medical devices.

    🌟Note: not all herbs need to be used.

🌟 Take your pot and fill it less than halfway with the water and boil it. As it boils, add the herbs and say, “Bless me with good health. Aid me in the process of healing until I am well in health.” Repeat however many times you’d like. You can also add crystals around the pot (do not put on hot surfaces), such as clear quartz, moonstone, or kyanite.

🌟 Wait until steam comes from the mixture (fyi - depending on what you use, it may stink) and take your medical device. Let the steam roll over it and wrap itself around the object. Say, “Good health, come to me. I am to be healed and well. I bid it, so it will be!” Repeat however many times you’d like.
    🌟Note: You can also add healing sigils to the medical object or its wrapper/bottle.

🌟 Dispose of the remains of the spell however you wish and get well soon! 

What Happened in Bradshaw, Stays in Bradshaw: Part Two

How did Mulder injure his arm and how did Scully break her leg?

Part One here

He holds the door for her and she swings herself through in her practised manner: clunk the crutches forward, good foot, broken foot and so on. It is disconcerting for her to be so reliant on medical aids but she’s tried to walk without them and the throbbing became unbearable too quickly. Besides, she’s determined to be able to wear her Jimmy Choos for the gala at the end of the month and she needs the swelling to go down.

“Do you think we should have come clean, Scully?”

She props the crutches against the desk and sits in his chair. “What good would that do?”

One of the crutches slips and crashes to the floor, taking the wastepaper basket with it. Screwed up paper spills out.

Mulder rolls his shoulder. “I feel a little guilty, that’s all. The car, the motel room. That officer.”

She leans backward a la Skinner and briefly wonders whether her hair is golden and shiny on top now. Why do men do this, this leaning back in chairs business? Is it an ego thing, an alpha thing, a way to make themselves bigger like animals puffing up their fur to a threat? She’s aware of the stretch of her blouse across her chest as she clasps her hands behind her head. So is Mulder, by the swiping of his tongue across his lips.

She shudders. Those fucking lips.

“Mulder, we agreed, that what happened out there was a…” She can’t even think of a word. What did happen? Stupid, reckless, impetuous. That’s what happened.

“An anomaly?” he supplies, not even trying to contain his delight at her unusual loss of articulation.

She shakes her head. No, that’s not right. “We are not an anomaly, Mulder.”

He grins then, a goofy Mulder grin that catches her breath in her throat and stupid, reckless, impetuous morph into pretty damned fucking good.

Too Short To Ride is so important for disabled people like holy shit

Seeing Peridot’s frustration when she can’t join in with Steven and Amethyst, knowing that she should be having fun but not being able to really resonated with me because that’s exactly what it’s like trying to keep up with non-disabled friends

And she was angry and bitter about Funland being inaccessible in the same way that we get angry when our environment is inaccessible

Then when she tells Steven and Amethyst about her disability they immediately tell her that she can do the thing, even though she knows she can’t. They mean well and try to teach her to shapeshift but she can’t do it and ends up feeling worse

This happens to disabled people all the time - we’re constantly told that we can do things, we just need to try harder and be positive. But there are some things we just can’t do and this attitude just hurts is more

Then we see how much internalised ableism Peridot has. She thinks she’s worse than the other gems and feels insecure because of her disability which is something most disabled people struggle with

At fiirst Amethyst is very accepting and reminds Peridot that her limitations don’t define her and they love her for who she is, not who she could be (if she weren’t disabled)

But then she does what a lot of non-disabled people do (and this is the most important part of the episode for me). She tells Peridot that she doesn’t need assistive technology, she shouldn’t rely on her tablet and then snatches it from her

Disabled people are constantly told that they don’t need medication, mobility aids, assistive technologies etc, and abled people will often withhold access to those things or even take them away without our consent

Amethyst says Peridot doesn’t need her tablet, and Peridot responds with “You don’t know that!” and honestly I can’t put into words how important that is.

Everyone, disabled or not, needs to pay attention to that line because you don’t know what anyone else is able or unable to do, and you don’t know what accommodations and assistance they need

When Amethyst tries to destroy the tablet, Peridot finds out that she has a different power (metal kinesis?) which serves as a reminder that even if you can’t do what everyone else does, you can still do something

Tl;dr

Peridot is disabled

It is an accurate representation of disabled people’s experiences

And it addresses casual ableism from well-meaning friends