Tattoos and piercings with a heart condition (HEART PATIENTS OR CARDIOLOGY PROFESSIONALS ONLY PLEASE)?
I was diagnosed with congenital heart disease (bicuspid aortic valve and coarctation of the aorta) when I was 17, but by then and before I had any surgical intervention I already had my nose and ears pierced and one tattoo on my left arm. I know doctors heavily recommend against getting more tattoos or piercings when you've got a heart condition due to the increased risk of endocarditis, but I just want to know other heart patient's experiences, especially with tattoos, because it devastates me that I can't have all the ones I want (obviously though, I'd rather stay healthy and alive). I want to know how it's gone for others, also just out of curiosity too!2 AnswersHeart Diseases4 months ago
I'm a 21 year old returning to education in September (https://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20... previous question). I've applied for a full time level 3 Science course - two years. I'm very excited, if lockdown restrictions have started to lift then obviously, but also getting nervous over finances and such.
I've worked full time since I left sixth form 3 years ago so I'm no stranger to long hours and I've always had enough money, I even worked part time in sixth form. I still live at home so I pay rent to my mum, my phone bill, and have my car to pay for (the insurance is ridiculous as I only passed this year).
I've had little contact with the college at the minute so I'm not entirely sure what hours I'd be physically in college, however, I think it's two and a half days a week. I THINK. Would anybody else have any idea what sorts of hours these courses tend to be over the week? And what's everybody's experience as an adult trying to manage their funds while working part time in this situation? I'd be having to work at least 25 hours a week to make ends meet, which shouldn't be a problem really.
I'm super excited cos I know I'm doing something for the possibility of higher education and my future! And it's something new with a new job and all. It's just causing me some anxiety thinking about it because of all the hours I'd be dropping and I just wanted to know other people's experiences with this sort of situation! 😊2 AnswersFinancial Aid4 months ago
I've been on Sertraline for around 4 months now after my anxiety hit its worst point and I was diagnosed with depression after a good few years of suicidal thoughts. My body and brain had a pretty good reaction to the medication. It's sort of a genetic thing, a lot of my family go through the same sort of thing, but obviously your environment and circumstances have a big part to play in your mental health too. I needed time to sort myself out a bit and even my brain out and with everything going on at the minute, every month, I struggle to get hold of my doctor's and get the prescription put through again and it causes me more anxiety than anything thinking about missing a few doses. For that and many other reasons (situations gotten better, learned better coping mechanisms and behaviours, don't want to be hooked for so long etc), I've been thinking for a while of weaning myself off it. However, with it only being a 50mg dose, the lowest dose, there's no way of bumping down to a smaller dose, so I'm not too sure how to go about it. What's everybody's honest experience on coming on Sertraline/Zoloft on your own? I know it's not always very nice so I just wanted to hear some thoughts and what happened to other people3 AnswersMental Health6 months ago
To cut a long story short, I work in a microbio lab as lab tech, without the necessary qualifications, but have been trained and taught everything I need to know whilst there.
I love learning, I love science, particularly biology and medical sciences (through my own experiences of having a congenital disease too. Numerous hospital visits, tests, scans, consultations, etc. Silver lining; it sparked an interest). I love what I do in work and everything I learn and so I'm confident that this is the right area for me to be in. However, as much as I love my job, I want to go further. I want to learn more, study more, challenge myself more, get the necessary qualifications to delve further in the field of bacteriology or medical research. I've been going back and forward over the past few years over the idea of going back to college, getting my level 3, and being able to progress onto university and working my *** off to better myself.
However, this would mean not graduating til I'm almost 30 (fair enough, that's still young), not being able to move out of my family home until then, always being a bit skint, student debt. I'd work all the hours I could to make sure I can still pay rent, my car, phone, night out every now and then, etc. I'm just wondering will it be worth it? Should I take the chance? Will I come out of those years glad I've spent those last 6/7 years studying? I know you regret the things you DON'T do, I'm just nervous as it's a big step to take!6 AnswersHigher Education (University +)6 months ago