Sadly, the end is near.
Confirmed: 5 Pointz graffiti Mecca was painted over last night
Remember when a world landmark was destroyed to make more luxury condos?
In this week’s issue, Nathan Heller writes about how San Francisco’s new entrepreneurial culture is changing the country: http://nyr.kr/19viGbU
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The Confusing, Controversial World of Lyme Disease
Meghan Hilliard didn’t even think about Lyme disease until she was diagnosed with it. Her doctors didn’t mention it either. All the athletic 26-year-old knew was that she felt physically sick and mentally drained. In early 2012, her knee started swelling; by April it was so big it was unrecognizable. She couldn’t use stairs. Busses had to lower their front steps for her to struggle onboard. Any joint movement sent her into what she called a “panic.” Whatever she had affecting her brain, too—she could no longer do basic math, had constant headaches, and couldn’t hold onto objects properly.
Meghan went to her urgent care doctor four times in addition to seeing an orthopedic doctor and a rheumatologist. Despite all of them telling her that her swollen knee was indicative of some sort of infection, nobody knew exactly what was wrong. She found all the doctors to be cold and dismissive. One thought she was looking to get prescription drugs. All of this was made worse by the fact that Meghan doesn’t have health insurance. Five months after her first doctor’s visit, she was diagnosed with Lyme disease and given antibiotics—the rheumatologist discovered it while testing her for lupus.
Lyme is an infectious disease that spreads to humans through tick bites. An early symptom is a bulls-eye-shaped temporary rash that appears around the area of the bite. Not everybody who gets Lyme notices the rash, and some of the other signs of the disease resemble the flu: fatigue, joint pain, chills, and mental confusion.
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In the beginning of our marriage, I made a bargain.Gena would fight me to the bitter end, and I would fight her to the bitter end. And the bargain never has been broken. Together we lead a magnificent, unassembled, emotional and undisciplined life. I can’t think of anyone with whom I would rather argue or love than my wife. We fight and argue and kill each other off every single day, Gena and me. But that’s only surface. Because we both have the understanding that when we don’t do that… it’s all over.
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