This photo taken by my soccer team friend Ze evidences that I have observed the total lunar eclipse today. The weather turned out to be very cooperative. It was smoggy when I played soccer in the early evening but then the smog dispersed, though humidity was quite high. I have no idea when on earth the photos of this totality will be processed. The fact is that there are tons of photos of another eclipse in 2014 still lying in my hard drive untouched. Needless to say the one from last year around the same time...
I just trimmed my fingernails for the second time in my entire life.
I’ve always bitten my fingernails. Despite resolutions throughout my teenage and adult life, I couldn’t kick the habit for more than a few weeks.
Chewing my nails was something I did while reading, while focusing on a problem, or while listening intently. I never considered it a “nervous habit” – until now.
A few months ago, a close friend’s situation reminded me of the importance of well-balanced and personalize medicine. 💊 I’d been taking sertraline (aka Zoloft) for years and felt pretty good about it. But this was prescribed through my general practitioner and I’d never re-examined it.
I asked my psychologist (therapist and PhD) for a recommendation for a psychiatrist (MD with extensive training in mental health care). After taking my history, she said “I’m amazed at how long you’ve been doing okay with your prescription. That’s a very low dose, and you’ve conquered a lot. You might not realize it, but you could be much more stable with a different medication”
Sure, I had times that I struggled, and ever Friday night was a stressed-out disaster. But that’s just how I am, right? It was normal to me.
She prescribed Lamotrigine, a mood stabilizer, and kept me on my sertraline. Titrating up was slow and scary 😨– would I still be myself?
The answer: yes, absolutely. I’m still me, just not nearly as nervous and paranoid. I don’t crash out at the end of a week and don’t feel guilty taking breaks.
One day last month, I looked down and noticed I needed to file my nails. WHAT??? And finally, they got long enough that I needed to use little clippers.
Idk what the takeaway is here. But I’m proud as shit. ♥️S
#myfavoritemeds#ssri # Lamotrigine #sertraline#anxiety#depression#fingernails#paintednails#fingerpainting#phdstudent#psychology#psychiatry#ilovemyshrink#badhabit#nervoushabit
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Colleague update! Meet Professor Robert Hendershot and Dr Steve Marsh, my co-authors for the #fordscholarproject . Last week, they had planned to meet with staff from the #geraldfordmuseum to discuss an exhibit launching alongside our book in December 2020. Unfortunately, due to the #governmentshutdown the museum remained closed.
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Professors Ada Yonath, Kurt Wüthrich and Michael Levitt spoke about the future of medicine and healthcare at the #GYSS2019 panel discussion this afternoon, moderated by A*STAR Chief Scientist Sir David Lane.
Vaccines, antibiotics, immunotherapy and technology are some of the key factors influencing healthcare today, but the panellists agreed that healthcare needs to be considered in terms of ‘health span’ and that a radical rethink of the healthcare system has to take place. Avoiding getting sick through physical exercise and nutrition is important in combating diseases such as sarcopenia - the loss of muscle mass and strength - which are gripping and influencing our healthcare system today.
Professor Michael Levitt summed up the panel saying, “Despite everything, the world has never been in a better place than it is now. We are in a really amazingly good place and shouldn’t forget that.” #scientistsinSG
Happy New Year Errybody! 😊⠀
Had a great break and saw the new year through with some absolutely fab people! Was great to catch up ✌🏻⠀
Goals this year are:⠀
🔘Get outside more... I know it kind of contradicts the first one, but it’s there to remind me to do it⠀
🔘Gym at least 3x per week⠀
🔘Read two books, increased from my one last year 😂⠀
Fields Medal winner (1994), Professor Pierre-Louis Lions discussed how fun it is to do mathematics and apply mathematical theory today at #GYSS2019. He drew comparisons to how his “child”, Mean Field Games Theory” is being and can be used in every day situations - from determining the optimal place to put your towel on the beach, to calculating the uniformity of the Mexican Wave or Ola at football stadiums.
The Mexican Wave is remarkable because it is a result of synchronisation; the creation of regular objects out of chaos. He said, “It always turns clockwise, in all countries. During the Olympic Games in Sydney they created an experiment of the Ola going anti-clockwise. It went perfectly, and exactly anticlockwise. There is regularity because it always goes at the same speed too. In another experiment in the Netherlands, they tested what would happen if a Mexican wave was started clockwise simultaneously with a wave started anticlockwise, to see if the waves would behave as solitons and collide. Of course they did.” To the young scientists he said, “Let me hope that you will have as much fun as I have been having for the past 40 years!” #scientistsinSG bit.ly/gysspierrelouislions
Professor Takaaki Kajita, Nobel Prize in Physics (2015), spoke about his work on neutrino oscillations and small neutrino masses at #GYSS2019 this morning. Neutrino masses are approximately 10 billion times smaller than the corresponding masses of quarks and charged leptons. The next stage of research is to see if neutrinos are related to the matter of origin in the universe. Present day detectors are not powerful nor sophisticated enough to understand this, so part of the work involves building the Hyper-Kamiokande detector.
Professor Kajita says he was fortunate to have good advisors, colleagues and to be involved in good experiments. He said to the young scientists present: “So, from my experience, my advice to you is that if we work hard, and we get lucky, nature will kindly tell us the secret of it.” #scientistsinSG bit.ly/gysstakaakikajita
Ask Me Anything at #GYSS2019 - Professor Silvio Micali will be joining us on Facebook Live in 10 minutes! If you have any burning questions, remember to tune in or leave your questions in the comment box below.
“Professor Ben Feringa’s lecture really resonated with me. He challenged us to venture outside of our comfort zones; that as young scientists, we should not restrict ourselves to the confines of our respective research fields but to expand our interests into other disciplines,” said #GYSS2019 participant Triveni Menon from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. #scientistsinSG
Well... the snow was heavy this morning and I had places to go... so I shoveled then use my snow blower... it's great exercise... but after picking up my baby girl...I was on a salt run... I bought 100lbs of salt and then had to get it out of my truck.... I was already in pain from the shoveling.. then the salt🤦🏾♀️.... well the fibromyalgia has officially kicked in... but all is well... i'm wrapping up in my heated blankets... #backtostudying#research#doctoralstudies#phdstudent#savedandsingle#49years#young
“In 2016, the medical journal Patient Preference and Adherence published a paper looking at what people taking antidepressants long-term had to say about the side effects that they've seen. Overall, they did say they were less depressed and had a better quality of life because of the drugs, but about 30 percent still said they had moderate or severe depression.
The main side effects they complained about included:
Sexual problems (72 percent), including inability to reach orgasm (65 percent)
Weight gain (65 percent)
Feeling emotionally numb (65 percent)
Not feeling like themselves (54 percent)
Reduced positive feelings (46 percent)
Feeling as if they're addicted (43 percent)
Caring less about other people (36 percent)
Feeling suicidal (36 percent)
Many of the participants wanted more information about the long-term risks of their medication.” Depression is real, just like the million other diagnoses that are also treated with anti-depressants (like PMS, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathy...). But these medications were NOT designed for long-term and the majority of the public who consumes them does not like the way they make them feel. There are natural alternatives, things that God created, that are clinically studied and proven to aid in overall mood improvement.
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Well, if Sandra Bullock managed to keep those birds alive, I should be alright.
If one movie could summarize your present situation, what would it be?
Tag a friend! 🐨
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Onto another feel good book 📖✨ This one came highly recommended to me from another student ☺️ Plan this week is to regain some balance, by only doing my regular hours at uni, swim 🏊🏼♀️ & yoga 🧘♀️ & doing some nice little activities in the evening
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So that was an insane month (hence the radio silence on my part). My sis @paintedbyswang and niece flew in over the weekend for an early start to #ChineseNewYear and we were in the pool the whole of Sunday. The boys @luking4me88 and @eddiesahovic were also over on Saturday for some pool time... so I've had a wonderful weekend unwinding and dipping my toes in water.
So while most of Australia has been on holiday over the past month - I worked through the break trying to pull together this 90 page document. Y'see, at the one year mark of the PhD programme, there is a milestone called 'Confirmation' that basically looks to see if you have a focused and feasible study. You produce this report that outlines your research and kind of your first chapter (like a literature review), send it off to an academic panel, and then give a seminar presentation on your work and field questions. I've been writing pretty vigilantly over the past year, but even that didn't prepare me for the last month. It was as if I was stuck on an 80% completed document for the last six weeks.
You'd think with all the writing we do as lawyers getting over the 25k word-wall would be walk in the park (well, a long walk in the park), but I've found academic writing to be quite a different taskmaster. I've been tracking how efficient my writing has been and it hasn't been pretty. I write about two or three times the number words to get to the heart of what I'm trying to convey. So I'm working on that presently. I've also been unlearning writing habits from the last five years in corporate law, picking up new research methodologies (painfully), and have been constant re-scoping and targeting the research. But the report is as good as it gets and I got it off on Friday. Fingers crossed!
Every day I’m dissertatin’ 📚 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Welp, they were right. Dissertation writing is brutal. Like, work for two hours for one paragraph brutal. And I mean actually WORK- no social media, no texting, no distractions (a notification-free life, what is that even?). One paragraph. Of a document that will ultimately be around 200 pages. Yikes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve found a pattern in how I handle such challenges: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
➊ Stress, preemptively.
➌ Stress about your procrastination but continue to procrastinate because starting is SCARYYYY.
➍ When your procrastination stress has resulted in high enough cortisol levels to incapacitate a small land mammal, START.
➎ Come up with a plan. Strategize. Pat yourself on the back for starting. Imagine yourself at the finish line. God, you’re so awesome #bossbitch
➏ Actually start. Get a taste of what life is going to be like every day until you accomplish this goal.
➐ OMG I WILL NEVER FINISH. I WILL FAIL. THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE *stressfully send dramatic text messages to closest friends *Google salary of professional dog walker.
➑ Quiet that panicky voice in your head, realize the only way out is through, and grind that shit out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Step 8 is where the magic happens. Writing a dissertation is like climbing Mount Everest, taking several years of coursework and data collection to even reach base camp, but I CHOSE this peak to climb. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. And if it doesn’t change you, then your #10yearchallenge will look exactly the same, and that would be, like, so embarrassing. Like almost as embarrassing as the painful amount of eyeliner I used to wear #glowup
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Where would you put the "ice cream & tears" step 🤔