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Not many people have heard of the parathyroid glands! So I will educate you the best way, through blingee. The parathyroid glands are the four little bean-shaped things covered with vampire sparkles.



This is a view from the back of your neck. The lump thing behind the parathyroid glands is your thyroid. Despite the name, the parathyroids are not related to the thyroid, although some lucky people (like me!) have problems with both.

The thyroid gland controls your metabolism. It's the gland that people who hate fat people like to ignore, so that they can pretend that all fat people just need to eat more lettuce! This is called the just world hypothesis.

The parathryoid glands, on the other hand, control the amount of calcium in your blood. I bet you didn't know that blood calcium was so important that it needed its own gland (or four of them), did you? Well, neither did I a year ago! But actually, having the wrong level of calcium in your blood can ruin your life quicker than a face tattoo that says "YOLO"!

In real life, the four parathyroid glands are about the size of a grain of rice. Sometimes (and nobody knows why) one of the glands will decide to step out and do its own thing, and will start growing and growing until it becomes a tumor (a tumor relating to the endocrine system is also called an adenoma, which is Greek for "hahah your doctors won't believe you"). The good thing about these tumors, if tumors can have a good thing, is that they are hardly ever cancerous. The bad thing about these tumors is that the tumor-cells are still doing what the parathyroid cells do, which is producing a hormone that raises the amount of calcium in your blood. This will lead to abnormally high blood calcium, called HYPERCALCEMIA.

This is the fun part! Because, did you know that a small increase in one electrolyte in your blood can lead to a whole bunch of problems that seem completely unrelated, like depression? Well, you do now! And this means that you are now smarter than most doctors! Even the really attractive ones on TV!

Anyway, the main problem with hypercalcemia is that the main symptom is fatigue. This is a problem because most people don't believe "fatigue" exists and that you just have to exercise more and eat more blueberries, even if you f**king love blueberries. This is one of the many reasons that parathyroid tumors are underdiagnosed. Another reason is that the tumors are sometimes hard to find, because they're hiding behind the thyroid gland. But it's really important to diagnose them, because eventually you will get osteoporosis and cancer and you will die!

So, LJ readers, this is what you must take away from this: if you ever hear a friend complaining of the parathyroid-related symptoms below, you should tell them to get their calcium tested. You should also tell them to not listen to the doctor if s/he says that high calcium is normal, and to instead get themselves to an endocrinologist. The responsibility is on YOU, LJ readers, because if you've reached this far in this entry you now know more about parathyroid tumors than the average primary-care physician.

Besides fatigue, the symptoms are:

Anything related to fluid regulation, like extreme thirst, frequent dehydration, going to the bathroom to pee too much, etc
Nausea/vomiting
Depression
Bone pain/osteoporosis (this happens because your blood thinks it needs LOTS OF calcium, and SUCKS IT FROM THE BONES ew)
Lack of concentration/memory loss/generally acting like you have mild Alzheimer's
Kidney stones or pain (THIS IS WHAT EVENTUALLY HAPPENS TO THE CALCIUM THAT'S MEANT TO BE IN YOUR BONES)

Watch out for them, LJ! The future is in your hands!

Hair

Nov. 12th, 2011 03:31 pm
sephira: (PINK UNICORN F YEAH)


The effect is slightly lessened by the blue Marines bear and stuffed koala in the background, but I think I covered them pretty good.
sephira: (PINK UNICORN F YEAH)






You know I'm really sick of all the whining from all these Cryptid Rights groups. That unicorn will be able to feed my family for a week.


sephira: (Supernatural: Impala BW)
I was putting off posting this because I was so sad about it, but here goes: earlier this week, my kitty Jihad (who had been living with her co-owner, my brother in Australia) got badly injured somehow. So far he has been too upset to talk about it, but from what I've heard from my dad I believe she might have been hit by a car. She came into my brother's room injured, and he took her to the vet, who said that the injuries were so bad that she wouldn't have a good chance of surviving even if they operated on her. My brother and sister were there and they decided not to put her through any more pain.

I am very sad. 








 
I will miss you my poor retarded kitty. I will miss the way you ate everything made of paper and fell off flat surfaces and had to be rescued from poisonous spiders. I will miss how you didn't realize for half a year that you weren't small enough anymore to jump onto people's legs and hold on by your claws. I'll miss sending pictures of you over Skype and then realizing that I'd just sent a bunch of files labeled 'Jihad' to Iraq. I will miss the way you hated strangers and would ignore and/or bite anyone who wasn't my brother or me. You weren't a well-behaved cat, but you were my cat, and despite your hatred and fear of all humans, you would still cry at my door every morning to wake me up. You kept doing this, even when I was in America, because in your own confused way, you missed me. You were a good kitty.
 
sephira: (Supernatural: 80's pr0n stars)
If you're one of those people that likes to stay up late and scare yourself with stuff on the Internet, here's a wide variety of links in celebration of the approach of Halloween! Note: obviously most of these are linked because of creepiness, not authenticity; I'm not that gullible, not since I bought that fake gypsy curse off the Internet.

This page contains a collection of Youtube ghost videos that the writer swears are scary, and also not those videos were they try to scare you by someone screaming at the end. I have so far been to cowardly to confirm.
This is a really well-done creepy Youtube video. Um. I couldn't sleep after watching it maybe.
✚ Do UFOs freak you out? Then this is the thread for you! (The comments also contain a link to a recording of what happened when one guy apparently decided to fly over Area 51)
Halloween on Cracked!
✚ Um, this is the creepiest thing I ever saw on Australian television. 
✚ More good links here at another LJ!
✚ ETA: via [livejournal.com profile] bettytron2000, the only manly way to carve a pumpkin
✚ Via David Wong, The 9 Scariest Short Internet Films. I couldn't make it past #3.


Also, If you are looking for a good movie to watch for Halloween this year, I will once again recommend Trick R Treat, because it's a) really good b) very clever, especially if you avoid spoilers and c) actually relates a lot to Halloween, unlike that other famous horror movie set on Halloween. You know, the one about the guy killing all those people on Halloween, on the anniversary of that other killing that also happened on Halloween. I think it was called "The Psycho Killer That Couldn't Slow Down."

Also a safety announcement: here is what to do if you are affected by real-life ghosts or demons!
sephira: (Supernatural: 80's pr0n stars)
If you're one of those people that likes to stay up late and scare yourself with stuff on the Internet, here's a wide variety of links in celebration of the approach of Halloween! Note: obviously most of these are linked because of creepiness, not authenticity; I'm not that gullible, not since I bought that fake gypsy curse off the Internet.

This page contains a collection of Youtube ghost videos that the writer swears are scary, and also not those videos were they try to scare you by someone screaming at the end. I have so far been to cowardly to confirm.
This is a really well-done creepy Youtube video. Um. I couldn't sleep after watching it maybe.
✚ Do UFOs freak you out? Then this is the thread for you! (The comments also contain a link to a recording of what happened when one guy apparently decided to fly over Area 51)
Halloween on Cracked!
✚ Um, this is the creepiest thing I ever saw on Australian television. 
✚ More good links here at another LJ!
✚ ETA: via [livejournal.com profile] bettytron2000, the only manly way to carve a pumpkin
✚ Via David Wong, The 9 Scariest Short Internet Films. I couldn't make it past #3.


Also, If you are looking for a good movie to watch for Halloween this year, I will once again recommend Trick R Treat, because it's a) really good b) very clever, especially if you avoid spoilers and c) actually relates a lot to Halloween, unlike that other famous horror movie set on Halloween. You know, the one about the guy killing all those people on Halloween, on the anniversary of that other killing that also happened on Halloween. I think it was called "The Psycho Killer That Couldn't Slow Down."

Also a safety announcement: here is what to do if you are affected by real-life ghosts or demons!
sephira: (Delicious Baby Seal)
 

ONE HUNDRED LOVING WAYS

WAY ONE: MAKE A BLINGEE FOR HIM

ONE HUNDRED LOVING WAYS
sephira: (Delicious Baby Seal)
 

ONE HUNDRED LOVING WAYS

WAY ONE: MAKE A BLINGEE FOR HIM

ONE HUNDRED LOVING WAYS

KITTY

Jun. 6th, 2010 04:48 pm
sephira: (Everything's lovely)
 
 
Apparently she likes strips of leather now because she chews on them and they remind her of human flesh.

KITTY

Jun. 6th, 2010 04:48 pm
sephira: (Everything's lovely)
 
 
Apparently she likes strips of leather now because she chews on them and they remind her of human flesh.

question

Jul. 31st, 2009 10:11 pm
sephira: (Supernatural: Yay porn)
If girls are into dudes in uniform, do you think the dudes ever find it like... objectifying? Or are they just appreciative of the attention?

IDK, personally I might find it a little weird, but that's me. 

In return for answers, I offer this: 


question

Jul. 31st, 2009 10:11 pm
sephira: (Supernatural: Yay porn)
If girls are into dudes in uniform, do you think the dudes ever find it like... objectifying? Or are they just appreciative of the attention?

IDK, personally I might find it a little weird, but that's me. 

In return for answers, I offer this: 


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