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Living With Acromegaly

WHEN retired dental nurse Alexia met an old friend recently, all she got was: “Why do you look so different now?”

If you’re meeting Alexia for the first time, nothing about her will strike you as out of the ordinary. It is only after she shows you a picture of her old self, that you might be inclined to think she’s someone else altogether.

As compared to the attractive woman staring back from the photo, Alexia's nose is wider; her jaw, enlarged. “Initially, I wasn’t very comfortable about being seen in public. I stopped taking photographs, because I could not bear to see the ‘changed’ me,” she says.

She was diagnosed with acromegaly – after years of consulting the wrong specialists. “I was having problems with my occlusion (contact between the upper and lower teeth) – I couldn’t bite properly. I saw a few dental specialists and even an orthodontist. I said to them: ‘I think something is wrong with my jaw’, but none of them knew what was happening to me. I was referred to many differe…

Father of Acarology

In Acarology, Latreille was interested by classification and higher taxa categories. He described a lot of Hydrachnellae, genera and species of all Eylais. He Devoted himself to natural history, specialised on terrestrial arthropods and discovered and described a lot of New Species, especially mites. In Acarology, his contribution was modest as he described only a species species of Ixodes. Because it was difficult to identify Because it was difficult to identify flies especially the flies especially the Cyclorrhapha Cyclorrhapha – – Calyptratae Calyptratae, the existing descriptions , the existing descriptions of which were poor, and because he of which were poor, and because he had only very few contacts many of had only very few contacts many of the new species of the new species of Diptera Diptera he described were already named. Very many of his generic generic and species species names survive, especially in the names survive, especially in the Cyclorrhapha Cyclorrhapha, his myo…

Acrolein Poisoning Shorten His Life

Acrolein enters the air from the burning of fossil fuels and tobacco smoke. It forms when animal and vegetable fats are heated. It is also a by-product of fires and can be toxic to firefighters. Acrolein is mostly used to make acrylic acid. It is also used to control plant and algae growth in irrigation canals. Acrolein kills or controls microorganisms and bacteria in oil wells, liquid hydrocarbon fuels, cooling-water towers and water treatment ponds. In papermaking, acrolein is used to control slime.

Breathing low levels of acrolein can irritate the nose, nasal cavity, windpipe and voice box. Fluid build up in the lungs can also occur from breathing acrolein. In cases of severe breathing exposure, death could occur from damage to the lungs and respiratory system. Eating or drinking acrolein can cause burns to the lips, mouth, throat, esophagus and stomach. You could throw up or have diarrhea. If acrolein gets in the eyes, it can cause severe irritation or burns. Exposure to acrolein v…

Acroesthesia Creates My Mental Illness

Almost three years ago, I woke up and found myself in a mental hospital. I looked down and saw welds on my arms where I had torn my skin apart.

There was a mirror in the tiny room where I’d spent most of the last four weeks undergoing an agonising cold turkey withdrawal from five acroesthesia and antipsychotic drugs. I stood on the metal bed and struggled to recognize my body beneath the blue hospital gown. I used to be a keep fit fanatic, my body reasonably lithe and toned. Now I was three stone heavier – but that was the very least of my problems. I had a vague recollection of the last year. It had started when I had hit a wall of despair while going through a divorce. Sleepless nights took me to a psychiatrist, who prescribed a common acroesthesia. Within hours I was hallucinating, believed I had attacked my children, and stabbing myself with a knife, an event which I still have no recollection of.

I ended up in a private hospital where doctors clearly thought I had a screw loose whe…

The Day in the Life of a Newbie Anemic By Nash Cajee

That dreaded call from the doctor’s office came in on Friday. “The doctor would like to see you,” said the voice on the other end.

Just a week before, I went in for my yearly checkup, and I mentioned to my doctor that I was feeling exhausted recently, and when I stood up too fast, I would get a head rush.

As it turned out, I discovered that I was very anemic. I sat and took in all the information that my doctor gave me, asking her questions, but still, I felt optimistic, as I smiled and joked with her as I commented, “Well, all this time I thought I was just super lazy!”

As the days and months went by, I felt more and more drained and exhausted. Running my own business, seeing to my family and being a busy mom-preneur, meant I would just have to keep pushing through my fatigue.

I no longer could keep up with my regular high intensity workouts that I loved so much. My skin which is usually a healthy glow, became dried and tight. My hair which normally is full and thick, become weak and loo…