Toy and Water

I did not post an update when I added new buttons to the soundboard. I did update howtheycantalk.org but not here. Anyway, we’ve added Water and Toy. Sophie actually did press Water the other day when I asked her to because I knew the bowl was empty (and she cares about that more than Kai does). The look on her face every time I do that says she understands, but I don’t think she understands yet that the buttons are for her to tell me things. Right now buttons are something I use before I do something she’s interested in. Like a warning or something.

What Am I Studying Now?

And is it Six Subjects?

Probably not.

I have an ongoing and slow moving study going involving Introducing the New Testament, 2nd Edition. I’m only just wrapping up Chapter 2 and I’ve been at it for weeks.

I’m also working on my 9th Step.

I’ve already written about my battle against Malassezia yeast. There’s a huge learning curve with that.

Ongoing study of racial equity. Recently read How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That’s Rigged by Kimberly Jones. Currently reading Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have several more titles in my list but next up is White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson.

Growing up, I learned to hate communism but never actually learned what it was. So I’m working on that now. It’s really hard. A lot of the foundational texts are written in lofty language that has become hard for me to follow and explainer videos are either just as obtuse or sneeringly dismissive. I did get Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx, A People’s Guide to Capitalism: An Introduction to Marxist Economics by Hadas Thier, and Workers’ Councils by Anton Pannekoek.

Related, but not exactly the same, I’m learning about cooperative business models. Last night I rented Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work, a documentary about cooperative businesses in Spain (not in Marinaleda, which you may have already heard of) and in the US. There is a huge amount of additional information at the website of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

Also looking at several resources about mutual aid.

Still training the dogs on talking buttons, but that’s a bit more about supplying data for research than consuming research.

This all is, of course, not counting the constant YouTubing for information about things I have to do. Like replacing a ceiling fan, snaking drains, and sanding floors.

On hold: I’ve got a huge stack of US history books that I want to get to soon.

Human Skin Things, Part 2

The regimen that seems to be working is taking a three-prong approach. Kill the fungus with ketoconazole and tea tree oil. Starve the fungus with moisturizers and cleansers that don’t contain the oils they like. I learned even more about Malassezia on this page, and it was seriously helpful. And here’s that author’s list of safe products.

I wash my face and ears with CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser twice per day, once prior to my shower in the morning and once before going to bed.
Nizoral Anti Dandruff Shampoo every day until the scabs/scales are gone, then reduce to every 3 days until the flakes are gone, then reduce to once every 2-3 weeks as preventive. Apply shampoo, let remain for 5 minutes, rinse, reapply, then rinse again. I have not yet decided on shampoo and conditioner to use the rest of the time. If body symptoms are severe, use Nizoral as a body wash instead of the castille soap below until improved.
As the skin gets better, I use Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Pure-Castile Tea Tree Soap.
After the shower, I apply 2% Ketoconazole to all the affected areas. I apply Hydrocortisone to any severely affected areas after the antifungal is fully absorbed. I apply Hydrocortisone occasionally also.
In the morning I moisturize face, ears, neck, bosom, and arms with CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. It’s got sunscreen. It’s oil free.
In the morning I moisturize the rest of me with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. At bedtime I moisturize all of me with it.
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I treat my scalp with OGX Tea Tree Mint Extra Strength Scalp Treatment after my shower and at bedtime.

Dog Talking Buttons

As of today, Sophie and Kai have three buttons, two of which Sophie has used on purpose occasionally.

Those are Outside, Walk and Park. The chart at TheyCanTalk shows Outside and Walk as “Where” words, but we use these as “Doing” words (go outside, go for walk), so that’s how our tiles are set up.

We have a new Park button because the old one is acting up. I dunno if the battery needs changing or the button was damaged in the many trips. Sometime I’ll take time to look at it. While we were in Eden, with nothing even remotely like a Park available, I had repurposed it as a second Boop button to help Kai with target training. But I’m running out of buttons now. More are on order.

Sophie has been asking me for water with her voice and face a lot lately, so I wanted to introduce Water soon. But caveats:

  • It’s better to introduce words in pairs.
  • It’s better to hold off on food buttons if a learner is highly food oriented, as Sophie is.
  • We’ve been verbally modeling Play and All Done a lot lately.

So our order is probably going to be more like:

  1. Outside
  2. Walk and Park
  3. Water and Toy
  4. Play and All Done

And so on from there, but I’m waffling on the mixing and matching of items in 3 and 4 since we more heavily use “water” and “all done” verbally. How much does it matter, though?

Human Skin Things

I’ve been having trouble with my skin off and on for a long time, but the most recent “on” has been going on now since around June of 2019. I didn’t realize the full scale and scope until looking at my health diary recently and collating all the things labeled “eczema” and “dermatitis” and “psoriasis” together.

I’ve never actually had a diagnosis.

I started a spreadsheet of everything I’ve been prescribed for it and looked up what those things are for.

Yesterday I learned that the Mayo Clinic says that seborrheic dermatitis is diagnosed via biopsy. I’ve never had a biopsy for this!! Not even when I had the same dermatologist over multiple visits. Which, admittedly, has been a rarity, as my insurance provider changed 5 times over 4 years and then changed again last year. It’s about to change again because I’m moving.

Anyway, I gathered all the data, found out what was what, and developed a treatment plan. So far it’s going swimmingly. But I also realize that I need to learn how to moisturize.

Like a lot of white people, I didn’t grow up with moisturizing of any sort. And then when everybody started saying we need to moisturize every day, it seemed like we were talking about delicate rejuvenators for faces and hands. Not lotion for the whole of me.

I am finding out from TikTok that I need lotion for the whole of me. So, um yeah, exploring this.

Because I’m oblivious (and now it’s increasingly apparent, neurodivergent) this data gathering exercise is helping me discover:

  • I have actually applied the same medication multiple occasions before and not realized it.
  • My container of face moisturizer is three years old. I’m throwing that out.
  • I thought dermatologists would know their stuff, but their approach is random and capricious, compared to the Mayo Clinic. F that.

Update: while doing some research into moisturizers, I stumbled onto this page and OMG science!!! But I’m discovering things …

Current products:

  • Nizoral Anti Dandruff Shampoo
  • OGX Tea Tree and Mint Shampoo
  • OGX Tea Tree and Mint Conditioner
  • OGX Tea Tree Mint Extra Strength Scalp Treatment
  • Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Pure-Castile Soap Tea Tree
  • Noxzema Original Cleansing Cream
  • Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Manuka Honey Balm
  • Nuvel Cocoa Butter Lotion

I’m finding out that the Noxzema, Honey Balm, and Nuvel have to go. They all use oils that Malassezia yeast loves to eat. The soap and hair products do too, but good rinsing will help with that. It’s what persists on the skin that I’m concerned about and Noxzema persists like a lot, even after a hard rinse. So I’ll need a new:

  • Face cleanser
  • Face moisturizer
  • Whole body moisturizer