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Popular Mechanics, 1955
I'm going to introduce a new series here at a moon, worn as if it had been a shell, where I'll set my mind to parsing out some of the biggest problems in the world. I'm going to do a contrast/compare kind of thing and present a REAL PROBLEM and a BOURGEOIS PROBLEM.
This morning, I decided to take a shower and wash my hair for the first time since I got a few highlights put into it last week. I remembered that when your hair has been colored or highlighted, it is, in effect, fragile and perhaps even damaged, so I had bought a new bottle of shampoo to address this. The label specifically cited its efficacy in cleaning and deep-conditioning dry, damaged hair. I stood in the bathroom reading the label and wondered when, exactly, does one's hair turn from being sleek, shiny and healthy to rough, dry and damaged? Is this something I should have already addressed? Why did this happen? I hate that it happened.
I got an email alert today from the Epilepsy Therapy Project, a wonderful site chock-full of everything you can imagine concerning epilepsy. Today's alert was titled Lamotrigine and Aseptic Meningitis and described the recent findings by the FDA of a strong correlation between the use of Lamictal (brand name of lamotrigine) and aseptic meningitis. Now, Sophie is no longer on Lamictal, although she took that drug for nearly seven years (aged three or so until aged ten!) and didn't develop aseptic meningitis that I know of. But Sophie is on some very new antiepileptic drugs that, I've explained here over and over, I never get used to administering to her. I describe it variously as like giving your child poison, year after year after year with no real expectation that it's giving anything but a modicum of seizure control. The Problem lies in this sentence, at the end of the article:
This case highlights the importance that we need to continue systemic monitoring of antiepileptic drugs even after they are approved in order to fully understand the adverse effects related to any given medication.You can read more about the Real Problem here. Is this something I should have already addressed? Why did this happen? I hate that it happened.