The Zebra Stole My Spoons

There’s this lady I know who has inspired me to be a bit more kickass than the boys despite being in a male dominated industry. There aren’t many people who can keep a bunch of nerds in check and stop the regular as clockwork Creative Tantrums and not lose their mind.

Anyway, not only can she corral the nerds, but she’s also a fabulous illustrator and has created these bad boys for our Expect Zebras app. We’re so drawn to the second one and his cheeky face, but the first one has a simplicity that would be easy to work with and reminds me of a sock toy. Uuugh! What do you think?

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I can’t wait to see one of these guys on all our stuff. I never expected these Zebras – what a lovely surprise!

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A Genetic link for EDS 3? Or a desperate doctor needing answers?

I came across this doctor’s website via a Facebook link. It’s quite clear that she is desperate for answers as a sufferer herself and as such has devoted her work to finding out why she has gone from a healthy, outgoing type albeit a bit bendy and achey, to a physically disabled introvert with enormous anxiety issues.

Whilst this was an interesting read, it must be made clear that the medical journal that this was submitted to declined to publish her research.

An interesting and rather long read.
I was interested to see how she linked mast cell activation to possible genetic markers for EDS 3 which correlate to both hormones and the ability to react to acute and chronic stressors – not mental, but triggering EDS symptoms to worsen suddenly after a particularly bad infection which is what we think triggered my descent into merry hell, or a chronic infection such as Lyme which stimulates the genetic marker.

I share her desire for answers, but admittedly, whilst i recognise some of the anxiety & perfectionist traits described, I nonetheless resent her link with mental health and stress induced physical illness. There appears to be an insinuation that Mast Cell Activation is a consequence of an inappropriate reaction to stress.

http://www.rccxandillness.com/theory-for-patients.html

TLDR;
EDS 3 may be linked to a genetic marker.

That marker is linked to mast cell activation (MCAS).

This allows other issues to be activated at the same time (POTS, CRPS, CFS, MS).

The activation is caused by a stressor such as an acute or chronic infection.

Links to how progesterone are used to combat stressors explain why women are affected more often and symptoms worsten before menstruation.

Specific personality types are identifiers for those who may later develop chronic illness through EDS. ( :/ )

The marker identified also has links with specific mental illnesses.