arnie1967: (Speech bubble)
BBC article.

Letting water get anywhere near your contact lens can let Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK) infect your eyes.

AK is "a rare but serious eye infection caused by a micro-organism that's common in tap water, sea water and swimming pools".

Symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis include the following:

Sensitivity to light and excessive tearing
Blurred vision with eye redness and pain
Sensations of having something in your eye
Severe headaches
arnie1967: (Atlantis Mr Fix It)
Have any of you heard about Amazon Echo? It sounds amazing!

Can you imagine how useful this would be for disabled people? You can tell it to arrange for a taxi, so probably an ambulance as well. Tell it to turn on or off lights or the TV or play music...

Obviously, your lights/TV/whatever would have to be connected or able to receive a signal but talk about helpful.
arnie1967: (Speech bubble)
The health secretary for the Government (link goes to the BBC website), said that:

"an ageing population and a "dementia time bomb" meant helping carers stay in work was an "economic necessity" for the country."

By carers, he meant 'unpaid carers'. If they leave work they'd have to receive benefits as even carers can't live on fresh air and no food. The benefits, btw, are meagre. Yes, their rent/council tax are paid, but the rest of their bills are supposed to be covered by the invalid care allowance they receive. Minus the bedroom tax if they're receiving housing benefit and have an extra bedroom, of course.

When I stopped being a carer the invalid care allowance was the princely sum of £92 a week. It was only that high because I had no other income and was looking after my mother. Any other income/caring for your partner or spouse and that invalid care allowance drops to less than £60 a week...and that's the current rate.

The same article said:

"Meanwhile, a report has warned England is facing a shortfall in the number of people able to give vital unpaid care."

I've been a carer. I looked after my mum for 12 years - 10 of those years were without any kind of day off. It's health-degrading, nerve-straining work, as you're on call 24/7 endlessly. Well, until your health degrades to the state where you're unable to provide care any longer.

So, the Government wants people to do that at the same time as holding down a full time job. Apparently this country is filled with people who don't need downtime or even sleep.
arnie1967: (Wheelchair)
This article is good, though I think it only applies to life-threatening illnesses or crises.

I've found, as a sufferer of Muscular Dystrophy, that the majority of people don't actually want to hear about your health trials. That you're expected to put on a brave face so they feel better.

I've also found that some people really do make it all about them, as they garner sympathy for *you* being disabled but don't waste their time giving you sympathy (see that 'brave face' comment above). And, actually, that pisses me off more than anything.

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