Just as it is with my opinion, everyone is entitled to my advice as well.  Ask me about anything and I will give my opinion, if I have one.  Ask me for help, and I will always give my advice, even if my advice is to ask someone else.  Be sure to use good judgement when phrasing your questions, or you might not like my answer.  And please, remember, this is supposed to be somewhat humorous — it’s not a suicide hotline — so take my advice seriously at your own risk.

The best way for you to submit questions and for me to reply is through Comments on this page.  If your question is the featured question of the day, it will appear below:

Date:  June 14,2008:
QUESTION OF THE DAY:  Daughter’s eye problems look big
From: Niki

Q: Hi! My daughter (19 months) was just diagnosed with strabismus and left eye amblyopia. Her prescription is a +8.50 in the left eye and +7 something in the right. Anyway, I’ve been freaking out since her appt. We got her glasses today and I’m in shock at how magnified her eyes are. Don’t get me wrong I still think she’s adorable but I just can’t believe that my little girl is going through this. It’s really weird because she can see the tiniest bug without the glasses and she’s been falling a lot with the glasses. My husband thinks the Dr. may have the script wrong but she was highly recommended. Is this normal? Will her script improve? Will the crossed eye go away? Sorry for so many questions. Thank you!

A:  Is this normal? Well, no. But nobody is normal. I had amblyopia as a child too. My mother took me to the eye doctor and told him I was refusing to wear the patch over my non-lazy eye. He berated me so much, I was in tears. He told me, when I got to be a young woman no guys would want to take me out because I would be wearing glasses as thick as coke bottles! Then, when I was thirteen, I started wearing contact lenses. The amblyopia, and that nasty doctor — well, they just didn’t matter. And I had plenty of boyfriends!

About seven years ago, I became unable to wear contacts anymore. I don’t know why, I guess my eyes just changed. So I had lasik surgery performed and my distance vision is amazing. Unfortunately, I can’t see up-close now. It’s not just from the lasik (although that accelerated the problem), it’s my age of course. Tell your daughter to enjoy watching those tiny bugs while she still can.

So I’m beginning to consider getting one of my eyes adjusted for up-close vision. Another surgery. Either that or I need bi-focals. I just hate having to have a pair of readers on me at all times.

My point is, all things chage with time. And technology to improve the quality of life is growing better every day. I don’t know if your daughter’s strabismus can be corrected with exercizes or surgery (people who have it tell me they can control it somewhat), but I would stop freaking out and get a second opinion, besides mine.

DATE: August 21, 2007
QUESTION OF THE DAY:  Understanding Blog Stats (submitted to me in person)

Q:  I don’t understand how views of individual posts are calculated.  My stats are showing total views and views for most popular posts.  How does it know which posts people are viewing?

A:  From your main page, when you click on the headline of the post, it takes you to an individual page for just that post, on which you can see the entire post (regardless of whether you put in a “read more” break or not) and all comments on the post.  At the bottom of the page is a form you fill out to add another comment.  To get back to the main page listing all of your posts, click the Back button on your browser or click on the title of your blog.

When someone else links to a particular post of yours on their site, they will use the URL showing in the address bar of that individual page, which gives you one view.  That’s how you get stats for individual posts.  I might be wrong on this, but I believe that if someone just stumbles on your main page and then clicks on the headline of a specific post, you get a view for the post and a view for the blog.  Keep in mind, not every view represents an individual viewer.

I hope this explanation helps you and others to better understand your blog stats.  However, my advice to you is to stop wasting so much time analyzing your stats.  Remember, the first four letters in analyze spell the word, anal!

5 responses to “ADVICE 4U

  1. why was EQ on your list of topics??

  2. See my post on emotional intelligence.

  3. One afternoon, I was in the backyard hanging the laundry when an old, tired-looking dog wandered into the yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home. But when I walked into the house, he followed me, sauntered down the hall and fell asleep in a corner. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out. The next day he was back. He resumed his position in the hallway and slept for an hour.
    This continued for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: “Every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap. ”
    The next day he arrived with a different note pinned to his collar: “He lives in a home with ten children – he’s trying to catch up on his sleep.”

    I cried from laughter
    Sorry, if not left a message on Rules.

  4. Thanks for that great story. I “howled” with laughter!

  5. I have bought an Amana dryer within the last year. When I wash my clothes they come out smelling great—-after the dryer they smell like mold—it’s disgusting?? What’s going on????

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