By Chuffberry - 16/02/2013 08:47 - United States - Fort Collins
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OP here. on the preference sheet for the dorm rooms, i put that i have anxiety attacks, and my roommate put that they have anemia, but they don't sort you on your illnesses, they sort you on personality. Other than the temperature thing, we get along great.
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Actually, the person who is anemic can put more clothing on or get a heated blanket. My core temp is 96.7, on average. Which means I'm always cold. I wear extra layers and even keep a blanket in my vehicle because I'm not going to heat up a place while everyone else is freezing. I've had this my entire life and not once have I made anyone suffer from it. And I'm so anemic, for years I had to get iron pumped into my veins 3 times a week. Now it is just weekly and at my own home during my pregnancy.
Also, to the Original Poster, try suggesting that your dorm mate get a heating blanket. If the person objects, you can get one for really cheap online since Spring items are in the stores now. Good luck! It's impossible to ask someone to live in 80 degree weather at all times; please keep that in mind.
43 - What about face and hands? I have sever anemia as well and find my fingers are often purple. Wearing gloves 24/7 isn't really realistic. 72 - Some types of anemia aren't helped at all by supplements. I know no supplements I've ever been given have made a lick of difference. Anxiety and panic disorders can respond to supplements and meds as well. Perhaps OP should spend some time looking into those.
@88 The medicine for panic disorders is highly addictive, and has many bad side effects . For many people the benefits are not worth the risk. I have panic attacks, as well as severe anemia ( I suffer from dizzy spells and frequent blackout due to frequent blood loss, during menstrual cycles. ) Asking people to take risky costly medications is different than asking someone to put on a jumper if cold. I will get off my soapbox now.
88, a heated blanket. even just sitting on it, warms up the entire body. Panic disorders require medications that knock people out and make them unable to focus. A heated blanket is so much better for the anemic person before a person with panic disorders being knocked out, not thinking clearly, and unable to function. Why is the anemic person throwing fits anyways? She needs to grow up and learn to compromise.
18- I didn't really see that as making fun of the OP or their room mate's mental and physical health. As another commenter has already stated, we are not required, or qualified, except for DocBastard of course, to give anyone medical advice. And sometimes lightly joking and having a good laugh really does go a long way in helping anybody's morale, and even sometimes their health, improve even if its just a minor improvement, it's still an improvement. As long as the joking remains friendly and well meaning rather than being malicious. And their comment was not malicious in any way. Just try to lighten up a little, have a bit of fun, laugh at yourself sometimes, and enjoy your life.
So your roommate has violent fits when the temperature is below 80, and yet he/she goes to school in Colorado? Makes sense
Both of you need girlfriends. The one not having sex gets to control the thermostat, while the other one thrills their girl into heaven ;)
This is a good reason for you to both request new roommates. Or else you may have to invest in a tent and sleep outside for a while...
OP why don't you actually try to help yourself with your anxiety. It is all in your head that you think that cool air helps you. Speak to a therapist or at the very least get a cbt self-help book for anxiety. On another note, why do you actually share dorm rooms in America. Given what you pay to go to uni why do you not have single ensuite rooms. We get free education in Scotland and we still have these. Seems a little backward to me.
If that's true of your roommate, why the hell are they in Colorado? Anyway, get a room change. That's not gonna work out.
I've been anemic since I was 14 and I live in Quebec. If I moved to the States I'd be dead. Couldn't afford the medical care. I manage to get around this by having warm boots, bundling up in the winter, and sleeping with an electric blanket. Also, keeping a couple of those handwarmers in my purse for an emergency has saved my life before. However, I also have severe anxiety. Cold has never helped it, but either Valium or Ativan certainly does.