Jul. 5th, 2017

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Three different preventative drugs for migraine are in late-stage trials and doing well. This is a big damn deal. There are drugs that are abortives -- once you start feeling migraine symptoms, you take them to drastically reduce those symptoms -- but all the preventatives are off-label for something else.

To give you some idea, the preventatives I take are:
  • Lyrica (Federally approved for seizures, neuropathic pain, and fibromyalgia)
  • Botox (Federally approved for torticollis, lots of other clenched-muscle conditions, and various kinds of cosmetic uses)
In the past I have tried beta and calcium-channel blockers (high blood pressure), multiple anti-epileptics, and IIRC one antihistamine that had to be special-ordered from Canada.

The migraine-specific triptan drugs, when they were introduced, were a revolution: instead of blunting the pain you were short-circuiting the migraine cycle.   I have hopes that one of these three drugs will be a similar game-changer for prevention.  Fingers crossed.

In the meantime, I'm overdue for a Botox treatment; will schedule tomorrow.



Bad manners

Jul. 5th, 2017 07:35 pm
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You, as a manager, ask a transwoman on your team to review a draft survey, which asks respondents "What is your gender?", with the options being Male, Female, or Transgender. She replies to the survey:

'Transgender' is not a gender. Transgender people may be male, female, gender queer, non-binary... If you want to know if a survey respondent is transgender, you need to explicitly ask that question."

How do you respond?
Read more... )

Read Coraline Ada Ehmke's whole essay about being a woman at Github. My strong suspicion is that a fact-based response like the above would have passed unnoticed from a man, but was considered too aggressive for a woman. There should have been softening language, like "I'm afraid that" and "I know you're working from the best intentions" and "Please don't mind me mentioning one issue".

I've sent a lot of emails like the one above. Good thing I wasn't working for Github at the time.

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