My lack of blog posts over this last week has not been entirely due to laziness (though I must admit to an element of that as a contributing factor). The main issue has been trying to cope with an odd situation resulting in a very stingy right eye due to it not producing tears properly since Tuesday evening. My doctor has diagnosed it as being Bell’s palsy, a situation in which the cranial nerve that controls muscles on one side of the face becomes partially paralysed. In addition to my right eye not being able to blink properly and drying out as a result, I also have a slight droop to the right side of my mouth, a bit like when you’ve had a local anaesthetic from a dentist. This makes it a bit awkward to eat and drink, and some words are slurred when I talk.
In theory this should clear up on it’s own, but I have been prescribed prednisone (a corticosteroid) and an antiviral, based on the assumption that this condition can be caused by a viral infection of the nerve. Currently the symptoms are annoying and inconvenient but not a major problem, though I do hope that it clears up as I’d not want to have this long term.
Sorry, no post today – I have a very sore eye and cannot cope with screens. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
Prompted by this annoying little gem
I know that many people love to use animated gifs in blog posts and web articles, but I find them extremely distracting. The ones that bother me are those which keep looping endlessly while I’m attempting to read a web page. The movement grabs my attention away from what I’m trying to read and frankly the image cheapens what is otherwise a good article. Just my opinion, and I do have ways around it.
It has been so hot in Dunedin lately that I’ve stopped wearing my (analogue) watch but then really miss the convenience of having the time on my wrist. Pulling out my phone to check the time is a hassle.
Interesting to see how dramatically my use of Facebook tapered off in the last 3 years. From multiple posts per day to perhaps 2 per month now!
In the process of slowly backfilling my blog with my Facebook content. Facebook really object to deleting old posts, an annoying popup asking “are you sure” and assuming you’ve been hacked with every item I delete.
Who killed micro.blog? What am I going to do?
I only figured out what the ‘conversation’ option does when you tap on a post in the micro.blog timeline a couple of days ago and it has transformed my experience – magic!!
Watched a movie about Enid Blyton this evening, she was not at all like I imagined her to be. She was a terrible mother, workaholic but clearly a prolific writer (750 published books!)
A summary I wrote of some of the current thinking on the role of serotonin (5-HT) in depression: Serotonin and Depression