Tick season is already in full swing and it’s going to be one of the worst years for ticks and lyme disease. Make sure your pets are on flea/tick/heartworm prevention and get your dogs vaccinated against lyme!
able-bodied people don’t seem to realise the nuances of disability, they look at it as such a black and white issue when it’s really not. like, i don’t need a wheelchair in the sense that i can’t physically use my legs and i don’t need a walking stick in the sense that i would fall over without one. but i do need a wheelchair in the sense that it could make the difference between my being bed-bound for a day and being bed-bound for a week and i do need a walking stick in the sense that using one today might enable me to do more tomorrow. disability and chronic illness aren’t black and white; using things out of necessity can mean a lot of different things for a lot of different people.
This insect spray contains DEET, not to be confused with DDT. DDT is outlawed in most parts of the world because it is highly toxic to wildlife and isn’t that great for people either. DEET, when used appropriately is safe. DEET is also the only effective tick repellent in people. That’s it. Citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint oil, and the rest are not effective. If you are going to be doing outdoor activities in tick infested regions (basically anywhere in the world) you need DEET. The very minor worry about adverse effects are nothing compared to the very real life threatening diseases that ticks carry. It just isn’t worth playing roulette with your health because of concerns over DEET. Ask anyone with Lyme or other tick disease and I bet they will say they wish they had worn repellent. Also note that nothing is 100%. You still must check yourself for ticks after any outdoor activity. Tick borne diseases are going to be the new pandemic especially with climate change. Protect yourself.
it’s so strange to be chronically ill and have really Not Good things happen to your body all the time and you’re just like “here we go again”
“mom, my pupils are different sizes again” “mom, my kidney hurts again” “mom, one of my toes turned white again” “mom, I’m having heart palpitations again” “mom, I’m having my fourth fever of the day”
“mom, I feel dizzy and unmoored from reality again”
like the first time it was a bit alarming, now it’s just a wheel spin of what fucky shit will it be today
you know what fuckin’ sucks about being chronically ill as an adult (don’t even get me started on being chronically ill as a kid ‘cause that’s a whole other level of hell). but what fuckin’ sucks about being chronically ill AND an adult is that being chronically ill doesn’t automatically exempt you from all the normal, adult-y stuff every adult is expected or required to do. we’ve still gotta pay bills, we’ve still gotta wait in line at the bank or random government department, we’ve still gotta go to uni or try to work or make some sort of societal 'contribution’, we’ve still gotta clean our houses and look after our children and pets, we’ve still gotta cook food for ourselves, get ourselves to and from appointments, tackle public transport and argue with call centre workers on the phone. it’d be so nice to be allowed to *just* be sick but adulthood makes it so damn hard
fms.fossils This is a shot of the abdomen of a near-perfect ichthyosaur I found at Lyme Regis last year. This one is so well preserved that much of the skin pigment and stomach contents are still preserved across the animal. This exceptional level of preservation is rare in the fossil record, and Lyme Regis is one of the few places where it can be found. Exceptional fossil locations where soft tissues can be found are known as Lagerstätten (singular Lagerstätte), or technically Konservat-Lagerstätten. This is from the German meaning ‘storage place’ and there are not many of them known in the world. While Lyme Regis is often forgotten as a fossil site of exceptional preservation, I would argue that it is one of the best, right up there with the more famous Chinese Lagerstätte deposits. With the advent of modern preparation techniques and expert preparators, the fossils from Lyme Regis are showing how well preserved they can be and the soft tissues have the potential to tell us a great deal about how the animals of the Early Jurassic seas lived.