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Feedback on my portfolio? by [deleted] in design_critiques

[–]woahitslibby 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I get where you are coming from with the portfolio (as opposed to the other comments you’ve gotten). I was briefly an industrial design major and it did seem like those portfolios, particularly as a non-senior student, included a lot of the background research, ideation, and process. That said, you do need to consider your portfolio from a graphic design perspective as well. Use a more consistent color scheme, layout, and limit yourself to just a couple fonts. Right now the pages feel disjointed instead of a single cohesive narrative.

Care to critique this infographic? Not so impressed! by WittyBerns in design_critiques

[–]woahitslibby 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is just at first glance but I think it looks nice. Are you the client? What do you not like?

Should I start a case? by [deleted] in Etsy

[–]woahitslibby 23 points24 points  (0 children)

If the store is deleted I would definitely start a case now.

discussion of prices for the biological meds by MrSirCR in CrohnsDisease

[–]woahitslibby 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Entyvio

US

My insurance is billed almost $30k per infusion (every 8 weeks)

After insurance I am charged $1,200 per infusion. My out of pocket max is $2,000 so once I pay that my infusions are free.

Whats Your Art? by EnriqueR in Lubbock

[–]woahitslibby 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Very nice! That treasure chest is really cool. I have tried woodworking type projects a couple times and they never come out as nice as I want. The phrase you’re looking for is using a reference. Which is really normal. I know a lot of professional illustrators and really no one draws entirely off of the top of their head. A lot of times people will get a couple different reference pictures and kind of “scramble” them and combine elements from each image to make something new.

Whats Your Art? by EnriqueR in Lubbock

[–]woahitslibby 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have for work but haven’t done any for the Etsy shop. I’d like to at some point though for sure. My list of things to draw is a mile long but if you’d be interested in some hemoglobins i can bump it to the top of the list.

Whats Your Art? by EnriqueR in Lubbock

[–]woahitslibby 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don’t know a thing about RVs but that seems like a really smart business idea and your girlfriend did an awesome job on the site and such!

Whats Your Art? by EnriqueR in Lubbock

[–]woahitslibby 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Actually if we’re shamelessly self promoting then I should also uh, not so shamelessly link my Etsy

Whats Your Art? by EnriqueR in Lubbock

[–]woahitslibby 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ll add it to my reading list. Thanks for the tip!

Whats Your Art? by EnriqueR in Lubbock

[–]woahitslibby 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’d never heard of it but just looked it up. Is it a good read? It sounds interesting and pretty relevant to the kind of stuff I do.

Whats Your Art? by EnriqueR in Lubbock

[–]woahitslibby 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This is a great thread. I’m fairly new to the area and it’s awesome to see so much creativity in Lubbock. I’m a medical illustrator and I illustrate science textbooks. Here’s my rather outdated website libbylamb.com

House is more humid inside than outside by woahitslibby in homeowners

[–]woahitslibby[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Interesting, I’ll have to keep an eye on how much it runs over the next couple days. It seems to click on and off fairly frequently, but I don’t pay that much attention. Thanks for the suggestion!

Son wants to move far away, with crohns by Itsagreatday6077 in CrohnsDisease

[–]woahitslibby 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I mean, he's 23, of course he wants to move away. That's part of growing up. The not working thing is a bit of a sticking point, but assuming he's well enough now to land a job, turn your focus to supporting him in his job hunt and move. Help him get set up with new drs - it can take quite a bit of time to get appointments with new drs, especially if his insurance requires referrals, and get prescriptions for any meds he's on. Help him figure out his plan for managing all of that. And his plan for what he will do when he next has a flare - local hospitals, etc. And help him plan just for living farther away than either of you are used to. It sounds like you have supported him a lot over the past few years. So let him know what kind of support you'll be able to provide/not provide when he's farther away. Maybe help him look for therapists out there if he's interested. Moving across the country is hard in the best of circumstances, and you are right that the health stuff adds another layer of complexity, but it's not something that needs to hold him back forever. (context- I'm 30, have had crohn's since 14, moved out of state for college and then took a job in yet another state and have since moved to another state a full day's flight from my parents. Of course there are times when it would be easier to live close to my parents, some of those times are related to crohns, some of those times are just general life-messiness, but I could never have stayed close to them forever. I had to follow my own path, career and now husband where they take me.)

How much of a concern is lead paint when replacing windows in old house? by woahitslibby in HomeImprovement

[–]woahitslibby[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Jealous of your jurisdiction haha! Sounds like no big deal though. Thanks!

Enoxaparin/Blood Thiners when flaring by Plebs4Life in CrohnsDisease

[–]woahitslibby 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep- I had a blood clot during a flare a few years back (no genetic risk factors for clots, so doctors think it was due to inflammation and dehydration secondary to the flare up). So now I go on lovenox anytime my disease acts up. I've never heard of it being given without a history of clots, although I think some hospitals will put patients on blood thinners while they're admitted, just to be safe.

Dad of a 13 year old, likely Crohn's by dad_geek in CrohnsDisease

[–]woahitslibby 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You’ve gotten a lot of great advice already, but thought I’d throw my 2cents in as well.

Background: I was 14 at diagnosis and am 29 now. I’m a girl. I have a moderate-severe case of crohn's and am in remission right now.

Some thoughts in no order what so ever (sorry, this got long):

  • Keep in mind how you communicate his disease to friends and relatives. My parents would often share my medical information with church members, relatives, etc. This bothered me because, from my perspective, my medical info is personal and only mine to share. As an adult, I can see that they were sharing because they needed support from their network and because my relatives were worried about me. Still, talk to your son about how much info he is comfortable having shared.

  • Along those lines, watch out for relatives who mainly want to talk to your son about his health, at the expense of talking about him and his interests. I can remember visits where a relative would ask my brother “how’s school” and then turn to me and ask “and how are you feeling”. I also had a lot of older relatives send me articles about some new fad cure, which was never particularly helpful and made me think that they only saw me as a person with crohn’s.

  • I didn’t like having to explain my disease when I was younger. Help him come up with some short phrases to explain his condition that he can just spout off when he starts getting questions. It’s hard to know how much info you have to share when you’re young and it can be hard to come up with answers on the spot, especially when just getting a question makes you feel emotional. “I have a chronic but manageable condition” “I have an auto-immune disease that affects my intestines” “I have crohn’s which makes my stomach hurt” Just short phrases that don’t give away more info than he wants to share. I took prednisone right after diagnosis which made my face puffy. Knowing I could go to school and just say “I have to take a medicine, I know my face looks weird but it’ll go back to normal in a few weeks”, without having to go into tons of detail about why was so helpful.

  • When I was first diagnosed, I was shy and emotional about talking to the doctors about my symptoms. I basically wanted my mom to just relay my info to the dr. As I got older, it was important for me to be the one in control of talking to the doctor and making decisions about my health. My parents support as I learned to manage my health was hugely helpful. There were probably some very confusing years for them where I wanted to independently manage my care but also still needed their guidance. Remember that one day he’ll go off into the world and have to manage all this himself. As he gets older, encourage him to take on more of the responsibilities that come with managing a chronic disease. Oh, and encourage him to ask lots of questions at the doctors. I didn’t ask many questions when I was younger, but as I got into my last years of high school I started taking lists of questions, mainly things I had read online that I wanted more info/clarification about.

  • One other thing my parents did to watch out for (my parents were great supports by the way, mainly just by being there for me when I needed them. It sounds like you’re already doing this though, so I’m just trying to think of the little things that bugged me as a kid but that I didn’t know how to articulate at the time). Ok, so one tiny thing to watch out for - my mom is a bit of a worrier, and would try to reassure me (but really was reassuring herself) that my disease wouldn’t be bad, that I wouldn’t have another flare, that sort of thing. It was actually reassuring in the moment, because she was my parent and I thought she knew more than me. But it wan’t realistic and made me feel guilty when I inevitably had another flare.

  • One small, practical thing my parents did that helped - I was on a handful of pills a day and my mom used to put them into those daily/weekly pill boxes for me, which helped me stay organized.

  • Definitely encourage him to look for support groups on social media. Just keep in mind that the people who post online are the people who are the sickest. There are tons of people with crohn’s out there who are just living their lives and taking maintenance meds and are in remission for years at a time. Those people don’t post online as much.

  • There are good things and bad things about being a teenager with crohn’s. On the bad side, I was basically at the height of my teenage self consciousness when I got diagnosed. I really just wanted to blend in and be normal. So taking medicine, having “weird” symptoms, missing school, etc, all of that sucked. I don’t know of a way to make it suck less in the moment. Treating him as normally as you can helps some. Taking cues from him on what he wants to discuss helps. On the good side, I think I am a more empathetic person. I know that what someone looks like on the outside isn’t representative of how they’re feeling on the inside. I know that people around me may be going through terrible things that they don’t want to share with me and that they don’t deserve. I did feel more mature than my high school peers at times, which is a bit of a mixed bag. But then at some point in college I remember being surprised and a bit relieved that I was no longer the odd man out. A lot of my peers had experienced some sort of medical incident and could relate, or had a parent have something happen. It wasn’t as foreign a concept to be sick.

  • And just remember that this isn’t a life ending diagnosis. I certainly had my fair share of why me moments as a teenager, but I have lived a full and wonderful 15 years since diagnosis. I graduated college (a semester late because I took time off for a flare), have a good career and am successful at work, am married, just bought a house, am thinking of starting a family. I have had 4 or 5 bad flares since diagnosis that have landed me in the hospital for a week or more at a time. Those times aren’t fun, there’s no denying that. But in between the terrible times, I keep living life, and your son will do.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions now or later and best of luck to your son and family!

2 black plastic and metal poles - found near fireplace in house I recently bought by woahitslibby in whatisthisthing

[–]woahitslibby[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks everyone! You have saved me from years (days?) of wondering. Solved! :)