Archive for Skin

Top Searches – The Current Trend is MUCUS.

Posted in Entertainment, Health, History, Life, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2013 by urbannight

In the past, my top searches had to do with Doctor Who, or more specifically, the Tardis.  This was because of a stitching project where I am doing the Tardis in several different stitching methods.

Then it became Epidermal Suffocation because I did a Bond post and was mentioning the gold-painted girl.  That brought so many people to my page trying to find out if certain things could cause you to suffocate and die by putting them on your skin so I did a post about the fact that medical science has proven there is no such thing as epidermal suffocation (or at least anything fatal).  It is bad for the skin to be covered with gunk that fills the pores on a regular basis but it won’t kill you.  It then lead to a post on the fact that overuse of lotions can be bad for the skin while covering your skin with olive oil is not only NOT fatal, it is probably very good for the skin.   The ancient Romans used olive oil as soap.  I still think they must have had amazing skin.  I put a few drops in my bath water in the winter to keep my skin from drying out.

Searches of Crow Indians and Indians also brings a lot of traffic to my page.  This is because I researched Johnny Depp’s costume for Tonto and found it to be a copy of a stylized painting of a Crow warrior. Researching the Crow Indian images lead me to a photo series done a long time ago that seemed to give valid justification for elements of that particular look.

But now that winter is here and flu season has hit, the searches bring me the most traffic are searches on Mucus, Phlegm, and Clearing the Throat or variations thereof.

I guess I ought not have been surprised. One day, when I had been sick, I wrote a post on all the methods I was using to clear my sinuses and my throat.  So at least the people searching are going to get some information on what actually helped and what didn’t.  But I don’t really care for it being a high search item.  I don’t want to be the Mucus Girl.

Epidermal Suffocation

Posted in Entertainment, Health, Science with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2012 by urbannight

A lot of people seem to be looking up information on this idea. I’m seeing it pop up repeatedly on my search terms because I wrote a paragraph or two about James Bond and Bond movies. Most people know about this concept from the Bond movie, “Goldfinger”.

It is something the Medical World believed was possible at the time the movie was filmed. They thought that it was possible to suffocate if your skin was entirely covered with a substance air could not permeate.

The actress was wearing a small amount of clothing and the gold was put over that rather than the skin.  They also left a 6 inch patch of open skin on her belly.

The truth is that as long as you can breathe through your mouth and/or nose, using your lungs, you will not suffocate if your entire body is painted gold or covered in liquid latex. So long as nasal passages and mouth is left clear. If you block those, it doesn’t matter the condition of the skin, a person will suffocate.

The skin IS an organ. But it is not a third lung. It is a sensory organ, more like the eyes and nose and tongue and ears. There are some Eastern practices and holistic practices that do treat the skin like a third lung and it does ‘breathe’ to a limited extent, but is not the type of breathing that the actual lungs perform.

Constant covering of the skin in substances will block pores. The constant cleaning will be drying for the skin. For good skin health, doing this all the time might not be a good idea. But it won’t kill you.

The funny thing is that there is a beauty aide site out there that says using multiple products at the same time puts you at risk of epidermal suffocation. The site says this is because your body can’t absorb that many things at one time.

This is blatantly untrue. What will happen is that you may trigger a bad case of dermatitis. This is a red, bumpy rash that itches like crazy. It is an inflammation of the skin.

I triggered this one winter when I put all my lotions and oils out on a small table next to my tub/shower unit. I have terrible dry skin in the winter. It doesn’t matter how much water I drink. (Drinking lots of water is one of the best things you can do for your skin.) So I thought I would use these every time I showered. And I would randomly grab one or another when I started to get dry patches. The result was various products have reactions together that irritated my skin.

Since then, I can use any lotion during the summer months, but when the cold winter air hits, anything bothers my skin. The only thing that works is a bit of olive oil or baby oil in the bath when I take one and petroleum jelly on dry patches when I go to bed at night. The doctor told me the number one product for the skin is petroleum jelly.

Zombified

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2012 by urbannight

 

My eyes feel dry and gritty and tired and swollen.  My eyeballs feel like I need to pop them out and soak them in milk.  Maybe I need to wash the sockets out too.  They feel gunky and gummy and leaving a film on my eyes.  It sounds like allergies but doesn’t feel like allergies.

 

My sinuses have split personality disorder.  Sniffles, Sneezing, Running and Congested at the same time.  They feel like exploding.  Humans are a carbon based life form.  Does that mean, given enough time and pressure, the dwarves mining tunnels in main brain could eventually mine for diamonds in what was once my snot?

 

My entire face feels like my skull has swollen up and the skin is now too small for my head, so it is stretched out and thin and tight and tender.  Perhaps it is my brain swelling rather than my skull.  It feels like it doesn’t have enough room and those mining dwarves have taken up residence again.  Tap tap tap, Pound pound pound.

 

Of course, the only visual evidence slightly saggy eyes, half shuttered to block out the extra light that work seems to be providing us.  We all have cubicle lights, why can’t they just turn out the overhead lights?  And I can’t forget the dark purple smudges beneath my eyes.  You wouldn’t think that I had 7 hours of sleep last night.  I might not have.  I constantly woke up, all night long, and my last dream was of getting hooked up to a machine so I could sleep for someone else, so that person would never need to sleep.

 

Being a sleeper right now sounds really good.  I suspect I’m running a low fever.  It feels like it.  It usually happens when I’m overly tired.  And that is exactly what I think it could be.  As sick as I feel, as zombified as I feel, horribly wretched as I feel, I think I’m just tired. 

 

I can hardly keep my eyes open.  I feel like I’m about to pass out in my chair, the past 1 hour has felt like three.  I’m doing this mostly to keep myself from toppling over into a stupor. 

 

Coffee and soda have been no help whatsoever.  Any magic cures?

Red is for Rage

Posted in Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2012 by urbannight

Double Double Toil and Trouble

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

 

Everyone is familiar with the witch’s scene in Macbeth.  At least I like to think everyone knows it.  If they don’t, I feel it is a failure of the educational system.  But that just is not fair.  Students have to take ownership of their own education. 

 

Not that Edumacation (error on purpose) has anything to do with where I am going.

 

I’m thinking more along the lines of anger and rage.  When the blood boils and the skin feels on fire and you feel like one wrong thing said to you with send you right over the deep end into trouble which often leads to a lot of toil to either repair the damage or to get past it and go on with life, in a new direction.

 

I was so angry that I worked through my lunch break.  I was so angry that I was afraid if I left my desk I might just take my purse and keep walking until I got to the mystery book store to wait for my roommate to pick me up.  I was so angry that I was starting to see a red border pulsing at the edge of my vision. 

 

Okay, not really, not in the sense I was seeing a real optical illusion.  I’m not going totally mental or having a physiological problem triggered by rage.  It is an allusion to gaming.  When you have a map pop-up open, or a character sheet or anything that covers most of your play area, and you get attacked the edges will start to pulse red in a lot of games.  Sometimes the overlay itself will turn from blue to red. 

 

Double Double Toil and Trouble

Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

 

In a round about way, without knowing dollar figures, I have figured out I’m the lowest paid person on my unit.  And they will be filling two new openings at a higher pay grade than me.  Clerical staff was told that we were going to be reassigned to the appropriate job titles but our pay grades were not going to be changed to reflect the correct pay grade for the job title.  For many people, they have been here a long time and are already above the relevant pay grade.  But I am at a level below what my job is going to become.  And my pay is going to stay at the level below. 

 

This means that everyone, including the new people, will be at a higher rate than me.  Yet I’m the only one who was doing this job prior to this unit being created and I’m the one they always come to when they have problems.  And the claims that no one can figure out get sent to me to set up.  In the yearly evaluation session with the supervisor, she stopped herself when she very nearly said that I could have run this unit. 

 

One of my reasons for rage should be clear, as I have to submit an application for my own job, just so I can move up a pay grade.