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Indie Sunday Hub - June 04, 2023

2023.06.04 06:00 rGamesMods Indie Sunday Hub - June 04, 2023

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2023.06.04 05:49 No-Guest-820 Just had a uti And signs back already

Took 2 dmannose and drank 20-30oz of water and an azo and took a shower right away. Just really. Wtf. Just went to urgent care 2 weeks ago and got antibiotics for 5 days of macrobid SERIOUSLY WTF IM CRYING I FEEL SO HOPELESS! 6 Year of this shit!! I was supposed to sleepover at my bf house and have a goodnight. I worked second shift tonight and work first tomorrow. This is planning out just perfectly 🙃🙃🙃
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2023.06.04 05:36 Long-Struggle8098 Narcan by mail?

I'm looking for somewhere that I can order narcan & have it shipped. I'm in Detroit MI if that matters. I know there are plenty of places to go pick it up here but I have to send it to someone else. Long story short,I recently found out my ex husband is using again while living at his mother's. She's pretty dismissive of his problems so I know she doesn't have narcan on hand in her house. Her way of handling things is honestly disgusting as she is a vile woman. However,as much as she pretends it doesn't exist,she is aware my husband and his younger brother are both serious addicts. While I have moved on & am healing from the time we were together,when I heard he wasn't doing well I figured I could at least send a kit to the house in case something happens. I know his mom would never be caught dead picking up a kit in public & she doesn't care enough to look into ordering it discreetly but I'm positive if she were sent one she would keep it. Thanks in advance to anyone with any help😊 & for those of you still fighting - Keep trying. Every day is another opportunity to start getting better❤️
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2023.06.04 05:08 CultureIntelligent31 PSA: Don’t take Ciprofloxacin (Fluoroquinolones)

Just a reminder that if you need antibiotics, ask for something other than drugs in the fluoroquinolone family, especially Ciprofloxacin, as it can lead to aortic rupture in patients with EDS!!! Most urgent care docs won’t know this.
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2023.06.04 05:00 deacon76 Ohio - found in my yard, worried I'm allergic. Context in text below pic

Ohio - found in my yard, worried I'm allergic. Context in text below pic
Last year I had most my summer ruined after clearing some brush and ivy behind my barn. Ended up in urgent care a couple times due to the skin reaction all over and some internal/breathing issues. Worst I've ever had by far and took months to clear up. Well, I never found/confirmed the culprit, so now I'm paranoid, lol. I had checked for the regulars (poison ivy and oak) beforehand, but didn't see any. My dad mentioned my grandma got a reaction like mine once from deadly nightshade. I'm finding a fair amount of the pictured plant around the area I was working last year and the flowers at least seem to resemble it. Can anyone confirm so I know if I should put in my hazmat suit or not??
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2023.06.04 04:53 noweebthanks any “Cinematic” anime recommendations?

So I’m in urgent need of an anime that’s very cinematic, with a god tier soundtrack, great animation and screenwriting. Animes that benefit from a home theater experience
Something like vivy, fate zero, aldnoah zero (even though the plot was pretty mid)
Even things like Revue Starlight (oh god I loved this one so much.)
Basically animes with very memorable scenes and good animation.
Good plot is a very big bonus but I’m okay if the plot is mid (like AZ).
What are your recommendations?
I don’t really care about the theme, topic or genre, as I can watch everything as long as the show is good
Thank you
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2023.06.04 04:40 MeteoricBoa Large armpit cyst

I have a large cyst between baseball/softball size in my left armpit, I've had it for four days so far. It hasn't opened yet it just keeps getting bigger. I can't get dressed by myself, hold more than my phone in that hand or fill my own ice water. I don't have insurance, the Dr. Office I go to isn't open until Monday and probably won't have an opening. Is urgent care a pay up front affair? Can the ER do anything for me? Is there anything I can do for the pain? Can this cyst get so big it pushes on the blood vessel in my arm?
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2023.06.04 04:37 OkMycologist2937 Need some guidance

I have been constipated for a few weeks now with very little bowel movements. I have horrible pains that come and go in my lower left abdomen. They usually start up after I eat. I take stool softener every night and have used suppositories. Nothing is working. I went to urgent care and they did blood work and everything looked normal. I am taking wegovy as I am pre-diabetic and I believe that’s what started this whole thing as constipation is the top side effect. Should I turn to an enema? The idea scares me a bit 😟 any advice would be so appreciated.
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2023.06.04 04:33 Nmcoyote1 Dog Bite

Is it normal for doctors not to stitch or Staple a dog bite? I received a dog bite on the right rear of my leg and went to Urgent care. They cleaned and stitched it. Sent me for an X-ray before I left and prescribed a antibiotic. I was called back to Urgent Care later that day because the X-ray showed debris deep in the wound. They took out the stitches and decided to send me to the ER 40 miles away for a deep cleaning. The ER cleaned it further and placed a few staples then wrapped it and sent me to a wound care clinic a couple days later. The wound care Nurse Practitioner removed the staples. Cleaned the wound, placed a gel on it and a blue sponge material, wrapped my leg it a white damp zinc wrap and a compression wrap. They said to leave it on for a week and come back for further care. Is this the normal standard of care for dog bites to leave it wrapped a entire week at a time with compression?
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2023.06.04 03:58 tacobellcinnabon How/when did you realize your narcissistic parent isn't capable of empathy? [TW brief mention of SH and suicidal ideation]

For me its been a few times.
Earliest memory was when I was SH'ing and she told me I must be doing it for attention because when she did it, she was doing it for attention
Or the time I was nearly involuntarily hospitalized by my then therapist and she told me I didn't really mean what I said (I had a plan in place)
And the time I had an ear infection in high school with a fever of nearly 105 F and she told me I didn't need to go to the hospital, and when my dad left work early to take me to urgent care, she gave me the silent treatment after I got back, like she was mad I was trying to not actively develop sepsis from a treatable infection
Maybe it was the time she came to my room laughing telling me my dad was downstairs crying because he was worried about my health and acted confused that knowing my own father was crying made me breakdown and cry too
Or maybe it was when she was driving my sister and her toddler, ran a red light on one of the busiest intersections in their city and laughed about that too...
EDIT: Forgot to mention the time she threatened to stop giving our very sick dog the medication he needed to not be in excruciating pain 24/7
What about for y'all?
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2023.06.04 03:55 WingardiumLeviAckrmn Infected Ingrown Toenail: Should urgent medical care be sought?

25F, UK, current conditions: Depression, anxiety, type 2 diabetes
They have been suffering from an ingrown Toenail for the last 2 months but its only recently worsened. They have an appointment for nail removal surgery scheduled for Tuesday (6/6/23) morning but are concerned that medical attention should be sought sooner. Does this look infected and if so should they seek medical advice as soon as possible or wait until the date of their surgery?
Any advice would be much appreciated
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2023.06.04 03:39 CourageSpare1534 Is Group B Strep causing my BV?

This is long, but I have thrown so much money to doctors trying to unravel this and I am at my wit's end. Any help would be appreciated.
I've been battling this for almost THREE YEARS on and off. I am a 27 year old Female in the entertainment industry (not adult films lol, commercials and television things), healthy, no preexisting conditions. I exercise frequently, drink lots of water, and my diet is pretty clean. I have an egg allergy and a nut allergy, so I'm limited in those departments, but the rest of my diet is mostly whole foods. Up until the end of 2020 (when I was 24) I had no vaginal issues. Never had a yeast infection, bv.... NOTHING.
November of 2020, I had to do a shoot in a bathtub of freezing old water. I don't usually take baths, so I didn't think anything of it. Shortly after I noticed some irritation and itching, which was really unusual for me. I don't remember a smell. I tried Honey Pot boric acid suppositories and it BURNED like HELL and made my itching SO MUCH WORSE. I only did one pill. Symptoms eventually got a little less troublesome, but never truly gone.
I started sex with a new partner that January of 2021 (my current boyfriend). I never had a problem with previous partners, but frequently after sex with him I would feel... bad. Itchy, extremely irritated, painful, dry, weird discharge. I cycled through what I thought could be different causes - my body adjusting to a new partner, new laundry soap, new shower soap, a different climate bc i moved... He had recently got an STD/STI panel and he knew he was clean. Symptoms would come and go throughout the next year.
October 2022. In addition to the usual minor irritation and itching, I now noticed the smell. My vagina has never smelled - and this was horrible. Sweet, almost like an onion, but fishy. Sometimes my urine would smell like when you eat asparagus. Or like bad's cat breath (I know thats very descriptive, but if you know the smell of your cats breath.. you know). I was incredibly insecure and I tried the suppositories again, and there was no burning this time. It would help the smell, but sex, tampons, and certain clothes would trigger them again.
November 2022 I started to feel incredibly bloated.
December 2022 I had pretty severe bladder pain for 12 hours and I ended up going to an Urgent Care. My at home strips said Leukocytes, no Nitrates but I had a hunch it was a UTI. I ended up testing positive for GBS in my bacterial culture and my provider gave me Nitrofurantoin. I went from feeling like a 3/10 to a -20/10. Horrible symptoms, nausea, insane bladder pressure, constant burping, itching beyond belief. I was incredibly bloated, and couldn't pee.
January 2023 I went BACK to an urgent care, the gave me penicillin. My bladder symptoms lessened and my UTI felt way better (but not 100% back to normal.) I felt like I couldn't hold my pee for more than 3 hours, and only had to pee a very little amount every time I went. Previous Vaginal problems persisted (smell, itch, weird discharge - alternating between chunky AND yellowish/green). No idea what was in my culture, I never got the results.
April 2023 I went back to urgent care AGAIN, CERTAIN that I had UTI symptoms again. They gave me amoxicillin to start (and it helped my bladder symptoms) but called back a few days later saying that there was bacteria in my urine, but nothing grew in the culture, so it wasn't a UTI. They said its potentially cystitis.
Last Month, May 2023, I went to the gyno, they tested my for BV, Trich, and Yeast. I Tested positive for BV and Yeast and they gave me oral Metronidazole and an anti fungal to combat. However, I'm tentative to take any of it. Antibiotics make me feel so horrible and inflamed, and they haven't worked for me at all. I'm tired of feeling so HORRIBLE physically. I'd much prefer to get to the root of whats causing this and KILL IT FOR GOOD, in a naturopathic way. If anyone has any help.. I'd appreciate it.
Has this been BV the whole time? Were my utis caused my bv???? Do I have an overgrowth of GBS? Do I just need a probiotic? Should I try antibiotics? Cranberry juice, leggings, and sex trigger all of my symptoms. Have you ever dealt with anything like this? :(
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2023.06.04 03:36 Honest-Me22 Why is everyone freaking out about FL?

I'm well aware that I live under a rock most of the time. But seeing some of these threads about Florida no longer being a safe place for trans people... have I missed something?
I have a general understanding of what the law's purpose is. With that being said, nothing has changed with either of my two doctors. I've had recent trips to both urgent care centers and the ER, and have been treated no problem. I don't live in fear of going out in public, as I've literally experienced no reason to feel that way. And that's coming from someone with extreme social anxiety who notices every little thing.
It makes me rather upset to see people talking fear into others that they're going to be left to die by doctors or paramedics if injured, that they're going to be taken away from their families, or that it's not even safe to take a family trip to Disney. I'm just shocked and find it completely absurd, because that's just not reality.
Does anyone have any more thoughts on this?
As a spinoff, I'd also love to hear thoughts on what the law actually aims to prevent, which again based on my understanding is harm to children, as well as to adults who use more of a "hole in the wall" treatment source vs. a medical doctor who will be monitoring all aspects of one's health during treatment.
I find myself on both sides of the coin, however. I know that had I been aware as a child that being "trans" was actually a thing, or even if I'd simply been able to articulate my feelings better, pre-puberty intervention would have made a dramatic difference in my quality of life. Probably would have saved me a ton of money, too. While I would have jumped at such a chance if I'd known about it, I also feel that in our present social climate, the newish "affirm anything" trend poses a real danger to young and indecisive youth who don't really know who or what they are just yet. Suggesting things to easily influenced minds is very different from someone realizing something about themselves on their own. Nowadays it's so difficult to walk the line of where exactly transitional help becomes harmful, as it's the ones coming out on the other side with regrets that ultimately end up hurting the legitimate trans people. Why would we not want to prevent more of what ends up discrediting us in the long run?
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2023.06.04 03:32 sgtjoy Along for the ride continued

Jesus ran like a scalded dog to Barsun’s apartment. This was a matter of urgency because the most precious commodity in the universe had been pilfered. Someone had stolen a SOUL from the Guf (in other words they had a real shitshow on their hands.) This was no mere Brink’s hold up. It was beyond imagining. It was unprecedented and it was a complete and utter surprise. The fact that he passed Shiva, Ghandhi (just an advisor) and Buddha (same) demonstrated to him that the wheels have fallen off the cart. Thor called him down and told him that he had not one soul to have escaped Valhalla. Jesus couldn’t outrun the news it seemed, and he was divinely hauling ass. I guess news travelled faster than his divine feet in a set of Crocs could carry him. When asked he would later admit that they were not in fact good running shoes.
There was a soul missing from the Guf. The warehouse of all souls. This same missing soul was now occupying one electronic being. They had no plans for this. In fact, Jesus was totally against artificial sentients with souls. Every God he knew felt the same way and, since he knew them all he also was aware they had not released a soul. This is not supposed to happen and had never happened. Everyone was terrified of one thing that he would not speak aloud and would not contemplate. That fact was badgering him every step. Someone had fucked up big time or someone is tampering with the whole shebang.
There was potentially someone more powerful than them. They weren’t almighty. Fuck. He needed a stiff drink and a blunt. Desperately. Barsun may have had 8 legs and 8 eyes and the basic appearance of a Trilobite, but he had the easiest of ways about him. When Barsun walked into a room everyone calmed down. The Ytrillians assumed it was Barsun entering the room. Later on modern Ytrillians had attributed this common occurrence to pheromones. Thing is this: it was indeed Barsun entering the room. Pheromones had dick to do with it. He was Jesus’ best friend and the first he turned to outside the Father. Jesus had even discussed things with Quetzalcoatl, and he could not figure exactly how this could of happened either. None of his souls were missing. Jesus already knew this, but the formality had to be observed.
Jesus walked to the door and kept trucking as Barsun opened it at just the right moment. Something was different in the flat and he knew instantly. He was jealous enough that it broke his train of thought. “Where did you get all of the blacklight posters and beads? There was a poster of the 23rd psalm. He walked up to it and read Yea thou I walk through the shadow of death…..pretty much standard except at the end ….For I am the meanest motherfucker in the valley. He began to laugh raucously. “I must have one of those. Now.” Barsun moved to take it down and roll it up for Jesus to take with him. That is how close they were. “I can’t take it but I will get one with no problem. Where did you get it?”
Barsun replied “eBay.”
Jesus was stunned truly and looked at the God and said “You are cheating on Goodwill. You are committing retail adultery. I cannot believe you did that.” Barsun replied “Well you use Amazon.”
He had him there. It just seemed inconsistent with everything else in the flat having come from Goodwill. It just wasn’t right.
Barsun indicated a Bean bag chair for Jesus. He reclined in the same. Given his body type it was amazing how some furniture made for humans was so useful to him. There was going to be a brisk trade springing up in the next two years. Things were about to get interesting for a few sentient races and He was excited for them.
Barsun inhaled through his eight spiracles and stated. “I know about the Guf. And no, it is not an accounting error. I know. This simply cannot be. No one else had access and Gods were diligent and cautious with the souls under their care. However impossible it is clear: It is a fact.
They weren’t at the top of the food chain. Or were they? There were….implications here……
Jesus asked out loud the question. “If we aren’t the ones in overall control then who are we?” Barsun knew the question was coming and he had thought it through. “We are the exact same beings we have always been. Able to do tremendous amounts of good for the most part. We have not changed. I do think it curious that none of us saw this coming as well.” He paused before he continued; thinking how disturbing and exciting this news was. For once they had a surprise and the thought thrilled him that something just upset his view. And for the first time ever he had felt fear. It was exhilarating. It was the best thing to happen ever. He continued “ Someone tweaked the system. However, I am not afraid because of one thing. I sense no wrongness around the event. Nothing unusual has gone down and no one has died, the universe is whole. If it hasn’t caused any problems, then what are we concerned about? Only thing I can come up with is Ego.”
Jesus knew he was right. He did not want to think about it, but he had the exact same experience. He looked at Barsun and knew he too had felt the same emotions. They were both thrilled.
Onboard the HRMS Saratov in Luna Orbit.
Yuri was sitting at his station in the number one chair. People had been calling him number one behind his back. It was a very very very old joke that apparently had more staying power than a tattoo. It just never went away on it’s on. He was running the optimal plot outbound from Sol. They were moving Sub Light at 0.2C enroute to designated warp space. The scientist did not like it when warp drives threw off their Cesium clocks. There is a reason they were protected. They were everywhere and were critical to accurate computing. Not being a programmer himself, he had no real grasp of why. He just followed regs and the Terran Space Treaty of 2225. There were places to depart and places to return. Both had to be strictly adhered to as vessels coming out of warp would have massive radiation bow waves that had to be dissipated in a safe direction. It only took one event where 23,000 Luna colonists died as a result of poor judgement for the players to get a treaty together. Meanwhile the killer of so many had paid the price for his arrogance. His first officer had warned him that it was going to happen. Out of just pure Ego thousands of lives were lost. They could have prevented it. They were required to study such disasters in training but one story stuck in his head and he never forgot it. He could remember the major players involved and he had written a paper on it in His academy days. He remembered the details of the Tenerife disaster very well . Over 500 people killed by hubris and not a little incompetence.
He had started down this line of thought after he had looked at the final roster of nations in the flotilla. This was not unusual as Earth’s forces were fully integrated with common technology and ships. All drive hardware and power systems were identical to their counterparts. They worked as a whole to such a degree that there was really only one fleet. The Terran fleet. They all liked the sound of it. Political boundaries on Earth hadn’t moved for slightly more than two centuries. Not one inch. Turns out that nearly free energy was a great equalizer and the key to a post scarcity civilization. Who would think it?
It all came down to teamwork. There were Corvettes from Cuba The CSS Havana and the CSS Holguin. The pride of the human fleet the IRNS Vikrant was going as well. The admiral felt honored. The George Washington from the New England Confederacy and the SSS Atlanta from the Southern Democratic Republic were also on hand. One thing Yuri did not understand; why would The Northeastern Confederacy and The Southern Democratic Republic not unify. Their fleets were fully integrated and there was an open Border along Virginia that was un defended. Passports worked in both countries and there were no restrictions on residence. It worked for them. They weren’t fighting. The Middle Asiatic Republic sent the Karachi and the Kabul. Both were light carriers carrying a mix of MiG-29Z and F-15 Mk 82 Eagle fighter aircraft. They had little to do with their namesakes except for the identical aerodynamics. Primarily trans atmospheric fighters they were capable of brief spaceflight. The other significant difference besides the addition of reaction thrusters was the material they were made of. They consisted of a Ceramic Graphene matrix that could withstand the temperatures of reentry. The whole concept of stealth had gone away with the advent of gravimetry. So; Why reinvent the wheel? Pick something optimized for aerodynamics without regard to stealth features. Today fights were won by the best missileer and gunfighter. You could not hide. So best be the most optimal aircraft. Besides: Stealth was slow. Top speeds of aircraft dropped during the brief stealth era. Averages were back over Mach 2 now since speed was life for a fighter pilot.
Why pick the MiG29 and the F-15? They were the pinnacle of aerodynamic performance. There has been little to no new knowledge about aerodynamics to come out since those times. They were manufactured via vapor deposition 3D printing. A molecular composite they were strong and had reduced radar cross sections. Armed with a mix of missile and cannon they delivered quite a bit of firepower and were more than a match for any invading spaceborne forces. These fighters would destroy drop ships by the hundreds. Some even wanted to bring back the MiG-21. It would make a lot of sense.
Humans have the Ruslan (his personal favorite) trans atmospheric transport or the C-301 Starlifter. Both aircraft had mixed mode propulsion with highly refined cero-ferrous gas turbines. They were capable of both open or closed cycle operation. Smaller countries often used refurbished secondhand equipment from other countries for a small fee. This made certain there were adequate forces to bear and that all participated. It was in everyone’s best interest. No one wanted some weakling holding their flank.
Both the Ruslan and Starlifter transports were good at different things as the Ruslan carried large payloads but was inefficient in transport atmospherically whereas the Starlifter was great at theater transport but had a smaller payload. This is why it was a mix of these two aircraft. They were complementary. Many think there is a great rivalry going on between the two countries, but both had each other’s technology as well. It was convoluted but both countries ultimately had the same master. They work together. It may be anticompetitive, but it also was efficient. Yuri continued to think along this veia until he heard the Ship’s AI speakeing to the Admiral. “Something terrible has happened.” What do you mean Jezz?” Jezz replied to him “I do not know but I can feel tragedy. I am sick with it what has happened. The Admiral told her to “Get on the web and see what is going on?” “I am Sir and I can find nothing.” The Admiral looked to Yuri and gave him the Conn. Something was about to go to shit and Yuri knew it. He could sense it to. Fortunately the Bridge was deserted and no one else heard the exchange. The crew were running battle simulations from the CIC. Thank God for small favors.
45 minutes later a graviton packet arrived with news that was indeed terrible. He was the only one to know it too. The Galileo had been lost with all hands. They had just recovered the emergency buoy that had warped in. They had been attacked and the Admiral knew who had done it. Or at least thought he did. An AI had killed 50 innocent unarmed souls (that were spying I know) that could not fight back. They had raked them with Maser Fire. He pinched the shit out of himself. In fact, he left a bruise but all it did was confirm what he already knew: shit was about to get real up in here.
First thing was to compose himself as he had to determine who if any crew had family on the ship. This included some 8,000 people of all ratings from anywhere in the squadron. He had one very difficult personal notification he would have to make. Captain Pearls brother Nico was on the Galileo.
This was all so tragic but there was one thing that kept forcing its way to the forefront of his mind and he could not ignore it. How did she know? How did Jezz feel this precognitively? This actually did scare him and if he thought too much about it he would start to feel very queasy. This was outside his skill set. He did not know if this was technological, spiritual or philosophical but he could say this: none of those disciplines actually fit the situation.
It was all a bit much. He had to go to the Atlanta. He spoke to the bridge. “Full stop fleet and await further instructions.” “Aye Aye Sir.” Up in here.
Aboard the SSS Atlanta. A tall dignified black man wearing his dress blues and a gold ring on his left hand that you could hardly read. He had worn it a century. His was the same uniform he had 20 years ago. He could still wear it and he was proud of that fact. His only regret was the fact he had yet to have a family until 10 years ago when he had adopted his son Chris. They were inseparable but Chris was 5 thousand light years away give or take and that made him anxious. And now he had to let someone he held dear that her family was changed forever. He smelled of Hoyt’s cologne and peppermint. He went to her quarters. The lighting was somber and it was dead silent in there. Couch was empty but there she was in a sway back chair it had lots of gold leak and was nicely carved. He had found her crying. She already knew and he was going to shitcan someone when this was over. Then he realized what had happened. How had she known? She had sensed him and she had known it was bad.
He still had to tell her.
By the time he was back on the Capatob he was spent. It was all he could do to restrain her. She was enraged and was out for blood. He had never sensed such fury. Someone had fucked around and now they were going to find out. He had talked with her an hour and she seem to be calmer, but he was going to have to watch her. He knew how she was. There were stories that were all no doubt true. She was a legend and would go down as one of the greatest hermaphrodite to ever live. They were going places and the shit was on. And now there was an unfortunate motivation. That was a dangerous combination right there. Make it personal and logic can go out the window. Make it personal and there will be no civility in victory. She was just the kind of human that was the perfect storm squared. The puddle of gasoline and someone flipped a match. It was a very volatile mix.
He was a bit of a cynic and a practical man. If she wanted to go there he would let her. She would either be a hero or a Martyr. He was perfectly OK with that. Being a practical man it also served his other purpose. She would eclipse him in the history books. At least he hoped so. He did not want his hands on this. The first contact situation with the twist of a western and an incalculable amount of science fiction had indelibly marked the mind of every member of the Greater Terran Fleet. They had read all of the possible scenarios from every Sci Fi author. If you pressed them they would finally admit it. The fleet really liked Heinlein. They had been trying to get at least a Heinlein corvette on the roster for years. They had thus far been unsuccessful. They needed a champion for the cause and they were trying to get One Fleet Admiral to order it to be. The Admiral took some joy in tormenting them. He was going to help them out but he was milking it for a favor. That was going to come in handy. “You can have your Heinlein but I am going to need this in return”. He was just being practical. All good commanders were excellent manipulators after all.
It is plain as day and the idea of a Heinlein proves my point but there was an even bigger more academic question that eclipsed all others. Who was right? Who came closest? No one would talk about it but they were all thinking the same thing.
The Admiral broke a taboo and called it out. He felt it was time. They needed a little friendly wager and a reason to get through the battle. They were going to have a pool where everyone had to pick the author. They buy in was just 5 UCreds. If you don’t live through the battle you cannot win. So: don’t die. Who came closest to the real thing? Which author or story came close to what was about to happen.Once a story was picked it was dead to all others. There was potentially some reward in alacrity. He knew it was a bit of a sucker’s bet since someone had to judge wo was closest and this would be highly subjective and entirely his decision. (Author’s note: I am a veteran of the US Army with several deployments around this dirt ball. I can say the military is the most Fascist organization around today. It has to be. Paradoxically it is the most “fair” in that everyone gets treated the same: like shit.) At least it would be a distraction and would give them something else to focus on. He had a very bad feeling about this. They were going to go in and kick the doors in on an alien civilization. They were going to war. No one would admit it, but everyone knew it. This was not to be discussed. That was an order. This is an exploratory rescue mission answering a distress call.
Vegan Fleet Academy Alpha Centauri B. 6, June 62425 Gregorian.
Planetary Admiral Kenneth Alexander looked out on a sight he never thought he would see. Lots of young people sitting politely in their chairs listening to what he had to say. He wrote the fucking book. There it was on the lectern right in front of him. He had written a book on astral navigation to make a little extra cash and because there was an over reliance still on electronic means to navigate. Sailors needed to be able to navigate in any situation with a sextant, a star map database and gravimaetric readings without the need of an AI or targeting computer (Insert Star wars joke here). The book could have been half as thick in his opinion but the publisher insisted he needed a little more explanation. The Admiral gave students too much credit. He truly felt it should be taught in grade school. He was called a fanatic when he suggested that kids on track for Ensigns should have had basic instruction. His argument being that Ensigns started service in the year in which they turned sixteen. That meant there were some 15 year-olds in the mix. Start teaching them early. They should show up to basic already familiar with side arms and rifles. He was a fanatic.
As far as that damned accursed book goes the fact he had 500 copies actually printed and bound meant there were few of them around, but sitting right about center in of the second row sat a copy of his book. He felt like the guy who saw the first unicorn. He never saw one in the wild before and this book was well worn. It was 50 years old after all but printed on plastic synthetic paper and woven fiberglass for silicone bindings held together with silicone adhesives meant that the damn things were waterproof and actually quite practical. The book required no batteries and even had a quick and dirty position fix protocol in a special section. This particular specimen wasn’t falling apart, this one was just worn out.
The way he carried the book was clear. He was oblivious of the significance. He had found it in a used bookshop for free. They were using it as a doorstop, and they just gave it to him. He had become engrossed by it and at 13 years of age he was finishing his PhD. The admiral sensed this in a psychic flash and pulled back he had poor control still. He was never going to get used to the change “OK everyone come on let’s get back to it the party is over. We have to finish this section and then we will get out of here. There is no class tomorrow so we will have the Parade of the Caisson tomorrow with Captain James Cook on interspecies governmental relations…. Someone was tapping on his shoulder getting his attention. She could have all of it. She whispered way too close for someone who did not prefer women but about perfect for him. He was in the latter camp. “We need you to speak tomorrow sir Captain Cook had a equipment malfunction over Hawaii and is delayed Sir. Pleeeease Sir?” With just enough breathiness that it made him jittery. He was an old perv. He was just that way. The lady in question was 100 years old however but, maybe it was still cradle robbing? He just had a thing for Afro’s in the natural state. It was distracting.
“Godddamnitalltohellwhatinthefuckdoyouwant?” This was a perfectly reasonable thing to say. He had just been asked to do the one thing he vowed to never do again. They wanted him to speak and air his opinions? This is the most dangerous thing you can do in society. He had no politics per se’ beyond one or two things. He was a professional and he would do his job as long as the checks kept coming. He was not a politician and he did not like politicians, of any stripe. What he had learned was ironclad. Never be honest or always be truthful. Pick one or the other was his personal philosophy. He always chose honesty when he needed to hide a truth. No one believed the truth. No one believed the truth because they were put off by it. He always thought back to when he was 12 or so when he got ribbed and harassed about masturbation. His uncle Gerry was kind of a cruel fuck and liked to torment him. He Gerry asked him if he was J.O’ing a dozen times a day or something. He had replied “That is about right.” This had brought down the room and gotten great laughs and Gerry quit running his mouth at him. Fuck you Gerry. You little bitch. In his opinion the media obfuscated everything not by making up lies but by omitting certain facts to fit their agenda. No one took major media seriously. The only objective newspaper he was aware of was the National Enquirer. Yeah I know it sounds stupid but it is true. Reality was anything but and people had come to be comfortable being lied to and even preferring it. All of this is roiling in his head and he has been put on the spot to boot. Add to that the fact that at least some of the outburst was audible. No one seems to have heard it, however. This settles the age-old question. It was only said if it was heard. No one heard the statement therefore…….. The mental gymnastics weren’t that bad. He could deny it. It happens. But he still had to give an answer .“What is in it for me?” Jannel the beautiful woman replied “absolutely nothing sir. This will not benefit you in any way and may once again be picked apart. As such I would advise against doing it. Still I am asking you. My ass is in a vise and the DEAN is having a temper tantrum so I feel like I am being spitroasted by the devil and a lamp post in a not so good way, but I would consider it a great personal favor if you will do this despite your misgivings and likelihood of misadventure.” So fast and so well enunciated.
“Sure. I will do it. Goddammit.” Honesty must be rewarded.
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2023.06.04 03:30 Midnightattheoa Went to urgent care today / packed wound

37 F, suffered from HS since I was 10, diagnosed at 32. Over the years I would show up to a derm or urgent care to help with painful boils in my buttocks and groin (they surmised cysts or MRSA, lol) but have self managed for years or just taken oral antibiotics or used topical treatments.
I haven’t gone to urgent care in years but this current flare was so painful, felt like the size of a ping pong ball on my inner butt cheeks and it was actually two connected boils. The nurse practitioner incised and drained it. But she also packed the wound which hurt like holy hell.
Now I’m home and and the wound is hurting. Especially if I have to walk. If I go pee, urine gets on the wound. How am I supposed to care for a packed wound and how the hell am I supposed to get the gauze out.
I have a consultation with a renowned plastic surgeon who treats HS in less than two weeks and I can’t wait to talk surgery options. This life is hell.
*Editing to add that the assessment paper from the clinic diagnosed me as having a “vaginal cyst” and being obese 🙄 and no mention of wound care.
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2023.06.04 03:18 notenoughcharact Neck stiffness and swelling with phlebitis concerning?

Male, 43, 180 lbs, elevated LpA, elevated bad cholesterol, taking pravastatin, normal blood pressure.
So I gave blood two weeks ago and developed arm pain afterwards. I sort of ignored it for a while as it seemed stable/getting better but then after a long day of driving it got worse. 2 days ago I was seen and diagnosed with phlebitis, and since it was getting worse they prescribed Cephalexin as a precaution and urged me to take ibuprofen, elevate the arm, and do alternating cold and hot compresses.
The arm seems a bit better but sometime today I developed swelling at the base of my neck and my neck feels a bit stiff. No other systemic symptoms like fever, headache, etc. the swelling isn’t painful, it’s like there’s some fluid that accumulated under the skin? Maybe lymph fluid? Anyway, should I go to urgent care tomorrow or just see how it does?
Planning a business trip on Monday so it would be extremely inconvenient if I need to be seen past tomorrow.
Thank you in advance!
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2023.06.04 02:58 Unhappy-Force-5906 Received a Covid Bill 2 Years Later

I received a $700 covid tests bill that supposedly happened on April 2021 at the Parkway Laboratories at Bensalem in PA. I never went there and all my tests were done at CVS and a Urgent care near my house with my insurance card. I cannot afford to pay $346 per covid test that happened 2 years ago. I do not get it. Worse part is that I got the bill from a collector when I have never received this bills before. Has this happened to anyone? What should I do? This is insane!
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2023.06.04 02:57 Unhappy-Force-5906 Received a Covid Bill 2 Years Later

I received a $700 covid tests bill that supposedly happened on April 2021 at the Parkway Laboratories at Bensalem in PA. I never went there and all my tests were done at CVS and a Urgent care near my house with my insurance card. I cannot afford to pay $346 per covid test that happened 2 years ago. I do not get it. Worse part is that I got the bill from a collector when I have never received this bills before. Has this happened to anyone? What should I do? This is insane!
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2023.06.04 02:34 KetamineGumdrops How common is left sided chest pain NOT a heart problem?

Squeezy pain that comes and goes, with light-headed/dizzy feeling, and mild nausea. I'm young (36), smoker, history of depression and severe anxiety. This does not feel like my normal anxiety. Heart rate is 72-83 when lying down, increases to 99-115 when walking around the house. I'm in the USA and cannot afford the ER, but urgent care refused to see me because it might be a heart issue. If so, wouldn't it be constant and more severe?
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2023.06.04 02:27 leeniebo Torn Cuff?

I’m 5 MPO (surgery 12/13/22) and have been living my life like a normal person, no restrictions, for a while. I have been working out normally since about 2 months post-op, but I think I might have done something when I went to the gym on Thursday night. All I did was walk on the treadmill and did various leg machines and felt fine. Once I got home, I felt this burning sensation right where my cuff would be, then intense pain and cramping (like 6 out of 10 on the pain scale). It subsided and I went about my day yesterday, but it’s back today. No bleeding or anything, but it’s scaring me.
Has anyone experienced this? I will definitely call my doc on Monday, but I’m not sure if I should go to urgent care before that. It could just be a pulled ab muscle, but I don’t know.
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2023.06.04 02:19 Caseyadowns Having severe lower left stomach pain, what is it? 22F, 5'1, 125lbs

I've been having inner belly button pain for about a week, I never thought anything of it. My lower left side of my stomach started to hurt once I finished eating and also drinking energy drinks, I also didn't think much of it because I've been eating less. Today I had Hugy Magoos and afterwards, it was the worse pain I've ever had. Pain on the left side near rib cage towards middle of the stomach. A constant burning sensation. It radiated towards my back, I felt fatigued and starting crying with pain. I took ibuprofen, and while it has calmed down a little bit, my left side still is burning on the left side. I have an appointment tomorrow with an advanced urgent care that can do scans and testing, but not until 4:15pm. Does anyone know what it could be?
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2023.06.04 02:16 topicalwitboy Worried about tonsillectomy

About eight months ago, I went to Hawaii for a trip and I got really bad sore throat. I went to an urgent care and they swabbed for strep, but said it was negative, but the doctor believed it was another bacteria. He gave me an antibiotic and my throat immediately felt better but my tonsils. Never got smaller.
Fast forward today I’ve been having problems with my tonsils. They are still very enlarged and red. I’ve started to snore more than I ever have before and I can only sleep on my side or I will wake up.
I’ve been on many different antibiotics, and they still have not gotten smaller.
I am 24 years old and I think I need them removed, but I am just afraid after reading all of the post on here of people, complaining of the worst pain imaginable.
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