Throat-clearing could be sign co-worker has medical condition

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D ear Amy: I work in an office where we sit in cubicles. A new hire has a very annoying habit of clearing his throat and making grunting sounds constantly.
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cindy fl

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#30
Jun 20, 2008
 
LW2 -- bioidentical hormones! read suzanne somers 'AGELESS' BUT DONT STOP THERE, GOOGLE bioidentical hormones, an immense amt of info available. read john lees 'what your dr not tell you about menapause' do not u der any circumstance let your dr prescribe synthetic hormones like provera or premarin. look into natural progesterone cream.
Tough Love

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#31
Jun 20, 2008
 
"Recovery"? Why is it our society puts our worth as an individual on sex that it mandates we do it right to the grave? Why can't it be a fact of life to just let things run their course instead of pumping all kinds of drugs and synthetic hormones into our bodies?
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#32
Jun 20, 2008
 
Rebecca wrote:
I wanted to do something similar to what LW3 did, except I don't know how to go about "asking" for it. We also don't need anything when we get married, coming from two households... but my dream is to have the guests do something -- something for charity, donation, visit a sick or elderly person, bake cookies and give it to a new neighbor, etc. and then write a paragraph or so about what they did, and stick it into a card for our wedding. I then could make a scrapbook of all the "good deeds" that were started due to our wedding.
Some people think this is tacky, and I for one don't know how I would even request it, even as our wedding date draws closer. It stresses me out so much that I sometimes just want to elope so no one has to buy any presents or do anything for us.
When an appropriate time comes up, you sort of muse to a close friend or family member, "Wouldn't it be great if people did nice things instead of give wedding gifts?" Then in sort of a dreamy, hypothetical way, you lay out your vision. Hopefully, your friend picks up the hint and organizes some other close friends/family members to do this for you.

But be warned, no matter what you do, some people just feel compelled to give you something material. I think even if you put "Warning: Guests bearing gifts will be SHOT!" on your invitations, people would still bring gifts. Be prepared to accept them, return them, and do what you like with the money.
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Jun 20, 2008
 
Kate wrote:
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I would say to ignore it as well I have had the same thing, and never let it bother me, but it gets me when people are bothered by things I do, like what side of the desk my phone is on (I am left handed) the only thing thats left about me.
To the message above, I am conservative and christian, and in my experiences, its the bleeding heart liberals that wish for a person with a illness to be removed. they will feel sorry for them, but dont want to be near them..
Huh. That post was pulled. Who was "gotta love it" replying to?
One Voice

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Jun 20, 2008
 
throat-clearing wrote:
Amy, SHAME ON YOU!! YOu are NOT in a position to put forth the notion that the young man in L1 "might" have Tourette's. You could simply have said that he might have a medical condition and that if he did, it wouldn't be any of his coworkers' business. And FYI - constant throat-clearing could also be a sign of sinus infection, larygeal cancer, even cardiac dysfunction, or any number of other conditions.
So stop being so irresponsible. You're NOT a health-care professional.
Actually, she wrote it might be a medical condition - which was agreeing with LW1. She wrote that it MIGHT be tourettes; she wasn't commenting that it wasn't anything else. I didn't get the idea that she was making teh actual diagnoses.
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Jun 20, 2008
 
EEE wrote:
And OK,(sorry for the mulitple posts) I have to say that I thought Amy did a good job with LW2 today.
Discouraging her from giving up and going the divorce route, encouraging her to push her doctor for more info and to INVOLVE HER HUSBAND were all good.
Especially the last. It's important that the husband sees that his wife is actively trying to solve the problem, that his needs are important to her and she's trying to make things better.
Amy did all right.
I guess it's true that even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while.
Actually I think you missed where somehow Amy was still able to get in some male bashing basically saying that doctors totally dismiss the womans needs but not the men's. Whatever! She still needs to be smacked upside the head with a purple dil...uhh, well you get the idea.

As for the husband he just got the best news of his life!! She gave you a green light. Give her some money and get out there and have some fun. Go get a couple of 25 year old girls and spread some cheese around, then take em both back and nail em. After that, track down a woman in her early mid 30s.....she will be more than qualified to help you catch up on the missed sex!

Happy Hunting!
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#37
Jun 20, 2008
 
Amy the doctor is correct re: LW2. She should go see another doctor, preferably one who supports homeopathic remedies. There's no reason for her to split from her husband, as there are a plethora of remedies out there, should she care enough to look.
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#38
Jun 20, 2008
 
Rebecca wrote:
I wanted to do something similar to what LW3 did, except I don't know how to go about "asking" for it. We also don't need anything when we get married, coming from two households... but my dream is to have the guests do something -- something for charity, donation, visit a sick or elderly person, bake cookies and give it to a new neighbor, etc. and then write a paragraph or so about what they did, and stick it into a card for our wedding. I then could make a scrapbook of all the "good deeds" that were started due to our wedding.
Some people think this is tacky, and I for one don't know how I would even request it, even as our wedding date draws closer. It stresses me out so much that I sometimes just want to elope so no one has to buy any presents or do anything for us.
While I understand your intentions, that sounds like a homework assignment, not a wedding gift.
Lily

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#39
Jun 20, 2008
 
Mickey wrote:
It is completely, appallingly inappropriate to tell people how they should donate their money. And yes, to assume off the bat that you are going to receive a gift of any sort is wrong. Write your own checks and support your own charities. And what does any of that have to do with a wedding, the celebration of two people joining? So stupid.
You make a great point.
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Jun 20, 2008
 
Rational wrote:
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Actually I think you missed where somehow Amy was still able to get in some male bashing basically saying that doctors totally dismiss the womans needs but not the men's. Whatever! She still needs to be smacked upside the head with a purple dil...uhh, well you get the idea.
As for the husband he just got the best news of his life!! She gave you a green light. Give her some money and get out there and have some fun. Go get a couple of 25 year old girls and spread some cheese around, then take em both back and nail em. After that, track down a woman in her early mid 30s.....she will be more than qualified to help you catch up on the missed sex!
Happy Hunting!
LOL!!! Good morning
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Jun 20, 2008
 
Lily wrote:
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LOL!!! Good morning
Good morning Lily! Happy Friday
Gloria CT Expatriate

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Jun 20, 2008
 
EEE wrote:
And OK,(sorry for the mulitple posts) I have to say that I thought Amy did a good job with LW2 today.
Discouraging her from giving up and going the divorce route, encouraging her to push her doctor for more info and to INVOLVE HER HUSBAND were all good.
Especially the last. It's important that the husband sees that his wife is actively trying to solve the problem, that his needs are important to her and she's trying to make things better.
Amy did all right.
I guess it's true that even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while.
OH MY GOD: That was the funniest last line I've ever heard!:)
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#44
Jun 20, 2008
 
Nick wrote:
Someone on my office clears their throat all day long and it is very annoying and distracting. To the person doing it: I do not care if it is a medical condition. Fix it. We are sick of you and hate you.
I sympathize with you. You feel like saying, "Will you shut up?!!!"

It's just not at work. I hear people doing that at grocery stores, restaurants, dept. stores, etc.

One time, someone at McD's kept making these gross noises & I finally asked that person if she was ok? She said she had allergies & kept on making the gross noises. I felt like telling her to eat outside so she doesn't disturb all the customers.
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#45
Jun 20, 2008
 
I had a guy sitting behind me a few years back that would clear his throat every 30 seconds, then snort to clear his sinuses. The first week or 2 I thought it was sinus issues, but after a few months of that, along with him humming, tapping, talking to himself in a high pitched baby voice, it gets a little grating. I'm the type of person that when I get involved in work or concentrating, I tune things out, but this was impossible to tune out when someone is basically 2 feet away from you doing this all day.
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Jun 20, 2008
 
Rational wrote:
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Actually I think you missed where somehow Amy was still able to get in some male bashing basically saying that doctors totally dismiss the womans needs but not the men's. Whatever! She still needs to be smacked upside the head with a purple dil...uhh, well you get the idea.
As for the husband he just got the best news of his life!! She gave you a green light. Give her some money and get out there and have some fun. Go get a couple of 25 year old girls and spread some cheese around, then take em both back and nail em. After that, track down a woman in her early mid 30s.....she will be more than qualified to help you catch up on the missed sex!
Happy Hunting!
Amy can't be held responsible for the fact that men are lazy, rude, inconsiderate, misogynistic, STD-ridden swine who would sell their mother's virtue ten times over to get a little cheap trim.

Deep down, we women know that we're better off alone forever than with a man hanging around messing up the place.

All men are good for is taking out the trash. Oh, and jewelry! Don't forget the jewelry.
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#47
Jun 20, 2008
 
One time, this guy across from me kept making slurping sounds even though he wasn't eating or drinking anything. I looked at him & asked him what that noise was. He didn't know what I was talking about. I said it sounds like a slurping noise & I keep hearing it, do you hear it? He said no & started to look around like he had no idea. After a minute or so he slurped again & I looked at him & said, "Oh, it's YOU making that noise". He KNEW he was making the noise. Probably out of habit. He didn't say anything though. But he stopped making the noise got up & left soon after.
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Jun 20, 2008
 
EEE wrote:
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Amy can't be held responsible for the fact that men are lazy, rude, inconsiderate, misogynistic, STD-ridden swine who would sell their mother's virtue ten times over to get a little cheap trim.
Deep down, we women know that we're better off alone forever than with a man hanging around messing up the place.
All men are good for is taking out the trash. Oh, and jewelry! Don't forget the jewelry.
And their good for fixing the car, paying the bills cutting the grass, handiwork around the house - all the stuff we can't or don't like to do.
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#49
Jun 20, 2008
 
Anon wrote:
How many times must it be said? Gifts should never be referenced on an invitation! I don't care how noble the suggestion is or how much you need it... NO!
Unless it's to say, "No, gifts, please." (Sometimes it even works.)
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#50
Jun 20, 2008
 
Belinda wrote:
I had a guy sitting behind me a few years back that would clear his throat every 30 seconds, then snort to clear his sinuses. The first week or 2 I thought it was sinus issues, but after a few months of that, along with him humming, tapping, talking to himself in a high pitched baby voice, it gets a little grating. I'm the type of person that when I get involved in work or concentrating, I tune things out, but this was impossible to tune out when someone is basically 2 feet away from you doing this all day.
I know how you feel. The person I worked with actually did have Tourettes (sp?) and she would hum. Seems like when she was doing something she shouldn't be doing or very nervous it would get louder and more constant. I do feel bad for them but on the other hand it is quite annoying and sometimes very hard to tune out.
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Jun 20, 2008
 
Rational wrote:
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Actually I think you missed where somehow Amy was still able to get in some male bashing basically saying that doctors totally dismiss the womans needs but not the men's. Whatever! She still needs to be smacked upside the head with a purple dil...uhh, well you get the idea.
As for the husband he just got the best news of his life!! She gave you a green light. Give her some money and get out there and have some fun. Go get a couple of 25 year old girls and spread some cheese around, then take em both back and nail em. After that, track down a woman in her early mid 30s.....she will be more than qualified to help you catch up on the missed sex!
Happy Hunting!
Shame on you! Hitting Amy with it would be a perfectly good waste of purple pleasure, my dear lad.

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