Today for the second time inside a week, a person that is not a close friend asked if they can ask me for advice on a personal matter. As this was a person who I do not even know at all, but who had just read my posts and comments here and there on the interwebs, I find this surprising and frankly bizarre, but what the hell, here goes.
Q. Can I ask you for personal advice?
A. Short answer: yes.
1) I am not currently legally able to give medical advice. If you have a medical problem that concerns you, or a loved one, or another person you are worried about, please contact a fully-lisenced physician, or your local health care center or equivalent, or an appropriate telephone advice service, or other such source. I can answer general questions about medicine, but I will react very crossly to anyone trying to pass soliciting for medical advice as asking for general information.
2) If you are a friend (loosely defined as someone I have invited to my house or one of my special people online) or a relative, ask away, I'll do my best.
3) If I do not know you, you can still ask, but here's the catch: it'll cost you 25 euros an hour, with a minimum charge of 20. Please email the question to me (that will cost you nothing), and I will let you know if I think I can do it, and how long I estimate it will take.
4) You should be aware that about fifty percent of people that I give advice to get upset and think I am a mean and heartless person. I never give advice intending to be mean, but that's still what happens.