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Postmodernista might be away this Sunday, January 19, so let's hold all good thoughts for her difficulties. The topic currently scheduled for January 19 is "Psychedelic Medicine: Is it Worth the Trip", linking to recent plain-English professional medical journal articles readable free at Medscape (registering in advance --which is also free-- saves time/effort on diary day - see this diary for brief info/introduction to Medscape, and click on an article cited in it - the registration page should open automatically.) I'm a newcomer to this topic, so I look forward to our discussion with great interest.

February 9 will be a diary by Kitsap River, working title: "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Fall Over"

In the queue but not yet scheduled are: THE DO-ABLE RENEWABLE HOME linking to a free downloadable pdf showing and explaining modest living-environment modifications helpful for the elderly and the handicapped, with an intro to tenants' legal rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, so we can talk about changes that can make life a bit less struggle; and MUSIC BENEFITS THE BRAIN & HELPS PHYSICAL ISSUES ACROSS THE LIFESPAN linking to Medscape discussions about the power of music.

Have you written for KosAbility yet about your own situation, or your caregiving for a disabled person, or related topics you've studied up on some, or have experience with? The schedule is open January 26 onward. Recidivists (bit 'o' humor) and first-timers please contact Postmodernista (link in the logo block, below) about the topic and preferred date. The New Diarists group is THE go-to resource for new DK writers.

By the way, I've found many encouraging, compelling, and informative diaries in the KosA "backlist", such as cloisterwood's June 2013 explanation of two key meanings of the word "disability" as used "in the system"; and "the surprising depth of resources available for individuals suffering a disability...temporary or long term" from March 2013 by 30-year rural family physician ralphdog; and kellyRN2's December 2012 Surviving a Hospital Stay which also touches on the annual flu epidemic.  Click on (list) beside the Diaries link up top to scroll through the wealth of contributed materials and personal expressions of this wonderful group I'm so glad to have joined. From elsewhere in DK, murrayewv's Dec 2013 dial 211: There Is An Emergency Number for Social Services? (YES "In many state and communities, there is!") is a diary worth seeing too.

KosAbility logoKosAbility is a Sunday 4pm(Pacific time) community series by volunteer diarists, as a gathering for people living with disabilities, who love someone with a disability, or who want to know more on the issues. Our use of "disability" includes temporary as well as permanent conditions, from small, gnawing problems to major, life-threatening ones. Our use of "love someone" extends to beloved members of other species.

Our discussions are open threads in the context of this community. Feel free to comment on the diary topic, ask questions of the diarist or generally to everyone, share something you've learned, tell bad jokes, post photos, or rage about your situation. Our only rule is to be kind; trolls will be spayed or neutered. If you are interested in contributing a diary, contact series coordinator postmodernista.

Originally posted to mettle fatigue on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 12:25 AM PST.

Also republished by KosAbility.

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  •  I'm willing to diary though (6+ / 0-)

    I've pretty much written on the things that I've got.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 05:42:50 AM PST

    •  Is there any repeat experience in being disabled (1+ / 0-)
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      or having a chronic health issue that seems to you an experience shared by other disabled folks that you might want to write about?  Or have you discovered things about how to deal effectively with "the system", doctors, bosses, community, etc that you might share?

  •  Things have been bumpy with me (5+ / 0-)

    the past month or so, and even more so the past week or so. I'll post something when I can. Right now, there are so many days I'm having trouble getting to the computer and focusing on anything I'm having trouble keeping up with other things, like planning the kids' school work.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 05:50:18 AM PST

  •  I'm working on a diary, but... (4+ / 0-)

    I'm not sure whether or not it should have the KosAbility tag. It highlights a bit of medical history and points out the difficulty of getting paradigms to shift in the medical community.

    On the one hand, it's not focused on disability issues. One the other hand, it invites speculation on what medical paradigms might need some reexamination right now, and who better to get in on that than the KosAbility crowd? On the other other hand, thanks to the anti-vaccination movement and climate change denial, scientific paradigms tend to get a staunch defense around here, so if there's much of a discussion it could get heated.

    On the other... okay, we're feet now. On the other foot, it'll help fill the roster. What do the group members think? KosAbility tag or no?

    One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain -Bob Marley

    by Darwinian Detritus on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 07:30:39 AM PST

    •  Sounds very worth while. As an editor, I'd welcome (3+ / 0-)

      it under the KosAbility banner and tag.  Do you have a particular date in mind? Please let me know.

      I'm confident that KosA members can have an intense discussion, if that should arise, without getting heated to the point of trolling. Medical science always has been and always will be a work in progress with new discoveries about "old" issues always just over the horizon. Offhand I can't think of a 'disability' that doesn't involve a medical component.

      On Postmodernista's behalf, I'll be publishing from the queue (do you know how to put your diary in the queue?) until she's able to and/or in concert with other administrators and editors who're able to be active these days.  

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