Category Archives: virus

What? I’m not sick?

I should probably be knocking wood here, but I haven’t been sick for almost 2 months, which must be some kind of record. Unfortunately, my partner has been sick with a virus for almost two weeks now. We haven’t been … Continue reading

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Scary times

Hi everybody. I haven’t been posting for a while because I’ve been sick a lot. Some of the time I was sick from colds being passed around because of the new school year, but some of it was Crohn’s. Twice … Continue reading

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Disability Tax Credit — falling through the cracks again

Canada’s Disability Tax Credit is supposed to help lower the tax burden on “persons with disabilities or their supporting persons.” Registered disability savings plans (RDSPs) are also available to people who qualify for the tax credit to help fund the long-term care … Continue reading

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Sometimes I’m OK!

I went on a holiday a few weeks ago. It was the first actual holiday I’d gone on in years. I’m lucky to have a boss who understands that a) my horrible attendance isn’t something I have control over, b) everyone … Continue reading

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Crohn’s and psoriasis versus virus: nasal edition

Long time no see again. Here I am, off sick again. Last week I worked a total of about 7 hours. This week I’ve done about 1 hour’s work. I am annoyed. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve caught … Continue reading

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Back from the blackout, with a backlog

The last two months have been interesting. Work has been picking up, and, of course, I got a pile of it dumped on me just as I was heading into my “blackout period” — the week or so during which … Continue reading

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The devil I know

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that the number of days I spend too tired to work has increased. I also find that I can work fewer hours per day on average than I used to. This past winter … Continue reading

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Sick leave: just do it, America!

OK, I live in Canada, but I like the trend toward mandating employers to provide decent sick leave, even for contract workers, that’s gathering momentum in the USA. Several large companies, including Microsoft, are in favour of it. People are … Continue reading

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Immune to measles!?

I got some good news last week from my GP’s office — apparently I still have significant immunity to measles. Wow. I’m still immune-suppressed, but at least I have some fight still left in me! I’m inordinately happy about this … Continue reading

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No measles vaccine for me

So there has been an outbreak of measles in my region. I take public transportation regularly and I’m not a hermit, so there is a real chance that I could be exposed to the measles virus if an infectious person … Continue reading

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