I smiled SO HUGE with this question! Not in a judgy way (I NEVER judge your questions, that’s lame). But because I love the way your brain is thinking! Some people might not think anything of someone else’s infection and how it might impact them personally. They might not think through that whatever infection is going on in their boyfriend’s throat could affect their vag. It made the public health/infectious disease/nurse practitioner nerd in me TOTALLY GEEK OUT!
The answer might actually surprise you …
Getting a second opinion can completely change or even save your life. Do it. But look, you just might piss of the person who gave you the original diagnosis. That’s the first thing you need to know going into this process. But it ain’t about that person, or their ego, or their years of education or any of that shit. Sure, as diagnostitians we like to think that we get it right every time. That years of school and years of practice and years of getting it right, we could never get it wrong. But we do get it wrong. More than we like to admit. And ultimately IT’S NOT ABOUT US – IT’S ABOUT YOU!!!!
So get that second, third opinion. Don’t go crazy and get 17 opinions cause that’s counterproductive. But call up the closest teaching hospital (they are usually connected to a school. “University of Iowa Hospital, UCLA Ronald Reagan, Duke University Hospital, etc.) and speak to the department of whatever is going on with you. If you have a cancer diagnosis, call that hospital’s cancer center. If you a knee replacement, call their orthopedics department. If you need a liver transplant, call their GI or transplant department. Those folks do this stuff all day long. It’s all they do. They are usually happy to see you and happy to discuss your options. It’s a little extra legwork, yes. But you, your liver, your knee, your LIFE are worth it!
Watersports. Golden showers. Piss play. Yummy for some. Eeeww for others. There is actually a real, like, dictionary name for this. Urolagnia: a tendency to derive sexual pleasure from the sight or thought of urination. And it’s surprisingly much more prevalent than you might think. Even though YOUR urine is technically sterile to YOU, there are some risks (albeit low) to getting your lemonade on in the bedroom …
I’m weirdly fascinated by fingernail issues. Our nails are sorta random and sometimes a little gross. But more than just a vehicle for bedazzling, our dirty little nails can be a clue to possibly some dirty little secrets our body is hiding. Of course, there’s also lots of normal shit that goes on with your nails. Like white streaks (as long as they don’t go across the entire nail) are pretty normal. That moon-shaped white part at the base of your nail is basically just the visible part of the root of your nails. Totes normal. But if you don’t have ANY moons, could mean low protein or low B12 or nothing at all.
Some of these nail clues are more serious than others. Which ones should you be worried about? I nail it for you in today’s Daily Dose!
I remember when I was a kid looking at my grandfather’s nose hairs and thinking “why the fuck doesn’t he do anything about that?” Probably the least vain person on earth, Grandpa Delbert also personified not giving a fuck long before the now overused phrase was a part of anyone’s lexicon. Actually, he gave an appropriate amount of fucks. Just not about his ridiculously long nose hairs.
In fact, I think he kept them because he knew it freaked people out. Or maybe he knew the dangers of fucking around too much with your nose hair.
I hate my nose hair. I have one in my right nostril growing faster than a musclehead on steroids. It’s such an ever present part of my life that I’m thinking about naming it.
But I have never, ever thought about waxing it. That shit can get you killed. No joke.
The part of your face from the corner of one side of your mouth, up to the bridge of your nose, down to the other corner of your mouth, and then across your lips, is what is sometimes referred to as the triangle of death. A wee bit dramatic, I know. But for good reason.
This part of your face has a ton of blood supply, some of which is connected directly to your brain. That should be your first clue not to mess with this area. Anyway… some of that blood supply also shoots back down to your heart through the cavernous sinus (it’s like this little space at the base of your brain right behind your eyes.) In rare cases, an infection starting in the “triangle of death” can get into that area, cause a blood clot, and kill you. Like, 30% of people who develop this actually die.
I like to think this is why is hurts so damn much to pull your nose hairs. Maybe it’s our body telling us we shouldn’t do it? Just sayin ….
So instead of jumping on this nose hair waxing trend, or even going old-school with tweezers, become one with your nose hairs. Give them names and tell them stories. Display them proudly like Delbert did. Tell the world “I don’t give a fuck about my nose hairs and you shouldn’t either!”
You don’t have to like yer nose hairs. In fact, for the rest of our sake – please take care of them. JUST DON’T WAX THEM! Use some electric nose hair trimmers or round-tip scissors and don’t die. KThxBye!