Otterday! And Open Thread.

Another video today! A group of otters chase a butterfly around a grass-and-rocks enclosure. [warning, shaky camera-work]

And a bonus otter for this non-long-weekend-that’s-kinda-a-long-weekend-really: This otter was snapped and shared by Auckland flickr user Hazel Owen.

closeup of a damp brown otter resting its nose on a log.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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  1. Hooray, my game won an Honourable Mention at the Independent Games Festival! I am celebrating by having weetbix for breakfast.

  2. Congrats, Kim!
    In less wonderful news, Twitter announces that it can and will censor tweets by country if governments demand it, but at least their censoring will be transparent and can be worked around.
    Also, Birgitta Jónsdóttir: How the US Justice Department legally hacked my Twitter account

    Few realise that foreign governments gain the right to our personal data when we sign up to social media. This must end.

  3. Congrats Kim! What sort of game is it?
    Urgh, I don’t use twitter much, but that’s a little creepy. But it’s funny that the way to get around it the first one seems to easy.
    Anyone have thoughts about the Australia Day protests? I thought I might see something here about it. I posted my thoughts over at my blog.
    Oh, and thanks for the advice last week tigtog! Much appreciated 🙂

  4. Hi Jo – you’ll find discussion of some aspects of the protests over on our Australia Day thread, which is still on the front page.
    Congrats Kim!
    I don’t have much to report here, except that it continues to be utterly stonkingly hot, and I continue to aestivate.

  5. Good news about your game Kim, may it lead to many lucrative job offers!

  6. I realise everyone else might be totally over Melinda Tankard Reist, but there’s something I’m wondering that I’ve not seen addressed anywhere. MTR has mentioned getting threatening/harrassing emails, and I get the impression she may think she’s getting them because she’s anti-abortion, whereas they sound to me like the unfortunately typical result of being a (visible, outspoken) woman online.
    [Part of me is having a real WTF?!? reaction to the idea that women get abused whether pro- or anti- abortion. I can’t wrap my head around women not being entitled to any opinion about their own bodies at all.]

  7. AotQ – yes MTR may not realise that many women who dare to have a visible online presence get those sorts of emails. It may not have been discussed because either people assume that only MTR gets them or they assume that most people know the sort of crap prominent women get.

  8. Congratulations, The Amazing Kim!
    *Content Note: Birth control and medical discussion*
    This is probably a long shot, but does anyone have some first hand/close source experience with Implanon that they wouldn’t mind sharing?
    I went to my GP with the aim of getting something more permanent than the Pill. She told me that because I’ve never been pregnant, IUDs aren’t really an option. I will be receiving the implant soon. I’ve done some research about the clinical aspects and possible side effects, but I was wondering about Implanon from the perspective of the wearer/patient.
    Thanks all!

  9. @Perla, I don’t know about Implanon specifically, but I do know that the implant I had inserted back in ’95 played merry hell with my depression. I later found out that it was fully contraindicated for people who had a history of PND and especially so if they’ve had previous episodes of depression, but my GP of the time (in the UK) went ahead and recommended it for me anyway.
    So I’m making vampire-warding signs towards the idea for anybody else ever, but I may be over-reacting.

  10. Perla: If you’re interested in an IUD, do you have access to a second opinion? Nulliparity (never having been pregnant/birthed a child) used to be considered an absolute contraindication to an IUD, but it is not anymore[1] – however, not everybody is up to date on this.
    A Family Planning Service might be a good option, or a gynaecologist who you get good recs for (perhaps you could find out over the phone whether they put IUDs in nulliparous women before wasting your time/money).
    [1] big-arse cite: World Health Organisation: Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use. Fourth edition, 2009, page 65.

  11. I had this discussion with my Dr post children – he said he puts lots of implants in and takes lots of them out again too for various reasons. Some women are very happy with them, some find the side effects too much. We didn’t go into it further because I wasn’t sure I wanted years of contraception and decided on the Depo Provera shots instead. They were okay, 3 monthly shots – which did get old after a while and you have to make sure you are there within a certain time frame so that your coverage is good. I don’t know for sure but I think it may have squashed my libido a bit too, perhaps in combination with PCOS issues?

  12. Apparently it is what they use to treat prostate cancer and also minimise sex drive in some men who have been convicted of a criminal offence that is sex related. So maybe that is meant to be part of the ‘contraceptive’ effect, or there just hasn’t been enough research done into the effect on women?

  13. The implanon side effect that bothered me most was the erratic periods. By which I mean that I had only one week pretty much completely free of any bleeding a month. Apparently this only happens to some women. Also, it itched like billy-oh for the first few months at the site. Other than that, I can’t say how much it changed my mood, because I’ve been in a fairly ordinary mood for longer than I had the implanon in so I couldn’t isolate it as a factor.
    I wouldn’t exactly recommend against it, but neither would I get one again for myself. Does anyone have any other long-term solutions?

  14. So, I’m pregnant. Which is good, but, you know, early days. About week eight, not released to the general public as yet. I’m just desperate for somewhere to talk about how very, very rubbish I feel. Ooooh this bit suckity sucks, doesn’t it? I love my food, and yes, I love my drink. And I just hate living from one imperative to plug my tummy with something bland to the next, wondering if I’ve made the right choice this time of something that will stay down. You may be hearing a bit more of this sort of thing from me for the next few weeks, so maybe I’ll put a * or something at the beginning of any rants about the monstrosity of my internal gyrations, in case you’d rather skip it.

  15. Congratulations, Kim! (I share Jo’s curiosity).

  16. Argh! I just realised that Hedgepig may show up here, and would probably be expecting a more personal announcement than that. Hi sis (*waves*), I’ll call you, as soon as my head is out of the toilet.

  17. Yay Kim! 🙂
    orlando!!!!! orlando!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!
    I have very minor news: I’ve just finished my first book in a month – I’ve been way too tired and caught up with knitting needles and work and such to finish a book. It was The Poisonwood Bible. Tomorrow – today! – I am throwing one of my guinea pigs a second birthday party. There will be carrots.

  18. Congratulations kim and orlando!
    Chally – I couldn’t put Poisonwood Bible down, I went into endurance reading mode. I felt weirdly bereft when I’d finished.
    Re: IUDs, nulliparity is absolutely no indicator at all of suitability. US docs are often hesitant to insert them into anyone, in the UK and Europe they’ll let pretty much anyone take a shot. Depending on location there are smaller models available for smaller uterine cavities.
    The only way to find out is a sounding (internal measurement) of the uterus. Mirena has a sound built in to the applicator. I’m NP and been using Mirena for 8 years now.

  19. Congratulations orlando. 2012 appears to be a babying year, two of my non-Hoyden friends have also recently announced pregnancies.
    I’ve been offered a nulliparous insertion of a Mirena (which I declined, as it happens, as I was intending to try and conceive within a year) in Sydney, so at least some doctors know it’s possible. I’m afraid I haven’t used Implanon and cannot offer a review of it.
    Of contraceptives I have been on, I’ve really liked both Mirena (IUD+hormone, 5 year effectiveness) and Nuvaring (vaginally inserted by the user hirself, 1 month effectiveness). Nuvaring was good for being between “didn’t want to take a pill every day” and “didn’t [at that time] want multi-year contraception that requires both medically trained insertion and removal”. If I wasn’t now unable to have estrogen-containing contraceptives I’d probably never have had a Mirena inserted and stayed with Nuvaring. (Once you’re down to progesterone-only, it’s the mini-pill, Depo, or something that gets implanted, or of course non-hormonal.) However Nuvaring is not covered by PBS and ends up working out to about $1 per day.

  20. Also congrats Kim! May there be many more awards and weetbix in your future.

  21. Congratulations Orlando, hope the morning/all day sickness passes soon.

    Yay for having time to read Chally. I hope it continues.

  22. I have been on depo provera, implanon and two types of the pill. I enjoyed being on depo – no menstruation for six years and the only side effect I had was that I gained about a stone and half in weight, which I could not shift. Normally, I would just assume that this was me not caring, but it was during a point in my life where I went to the gym every day for two hours! And, when I came off depo, I dropped that weight very quickly despite doing nowt about it. I also had to have a bone density test after five years on depo as it can increase your risk of osteoperosis, but was fine. I then went on to Implanon (mainly because the NHS thought it was cheaper so were encouraging people), but I literally did not stop bleeding for 6 months. They eventually put me on the pill simultaneously, but as soon as I came off the pill the bleeding restarted again. I also didn’t like the look of the implant in my arm; it just bugged me, but wasn’t painful or itchy- so just in my head. And, then I went on to the pill as I had been taking it anyway and it turns out I wasn’t particularly forgetful about it. And, I am generally happy with the pill, other than the strict 28 day cycle thing which just feels to short to someone who naturally had something nearer a 35 day cycle. I don’t really know about cost benefits as contraception is free in the UK, and I have only had the pill since moving to Australia.
    I would also agree that in the UK, not having a child has never been given to me as a reason for not having an IUD, and they were always given to me as one of my options.

  23. Congrats Kim and orlando!
    @Perla: I’ve been on Implanon for nearly 10 years and I love it. I don’t get periods at all, I don’t have to take a pill every day, it’s overall cheaper than any other hormonal contraception in Australia (bc frequency of script and dr visits is low). I hear from doctors that around 30% of women, maybe a bit more, get it taken out, generally due to unpredictable, frequent or constant bleeding. If it has affected my libido or weight in any way, I haven’t noticed (these things would not necessarily concern me, anyway).

  24. Oops, hit submit too soon.
    I just wanted to add, re Implanon, that I don’t mean to say you (or anyone) should get it – just that I have had a great experience.
    Also, I should qualify my comment re cost – it is afaik.

  25. Congratulations Orlando! That’s wonderful news.
    *Content Note: mental illness, gyno business, medical matters*
    @Everyone: Thank you all for your help. I’ve been researching and thinking it over. I think I will see how I go with Implanon first. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll look into an IUD. I have a strong history of mental illness, so my GP has warned me to monitor any psych side-effects carefully.
    Having endured my first pap smear recently, I’d like to avoid uterus-centric interventions if I could. Implanon seems less invasive to me right now.
    Again, thank you the first-hand information and research material. This is such a wonderful community!

  26. Congrats to Kim and Orlando!!!!!
    I had no hope of keeping my pregnancies secret, I was bolting for the loo after pretty much anything I ate from around week 7 onwards. *sends bucket-loads of sympathies to Orlando*
    Perla – I’m another with a good experience of Implanon, 6 years of erratic, but very light and very infrequent periods. I think a little weight gain and maybe a little libido suppression but being on the pill was way worse for me. I stopped using it because we’ve moved on to a more permanent solution now courtesy of my husband getting the snip.

  27. Thanks for the thoughts, everyone. Had my first actual meal in the better part of a week last night, so feeling the benefits of the iron boost, at least.

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