A couple of quick things:
1.) Met with the doctor briefly today. I was supposed to have an appt. on Monday, but the ultrasound results came back and apparently I have tiny gallstones in my pancreas, so I need to get an MRI. No point going on Monday, and I was in town, so I swung by and we are in the process of getting an MRI scheduled. I have no idea what this means and I no longer google or webmd medical issues for my own sanity, so I am just going to keep on doing what I am doing, which is a low fat diet, no high fat dairy, lots of vegetables, and I have basically eliminated carbs from my diet. No bread or pasta, which I never ate much of anyway, and I don’t like rice anyway other than an occasional risotto (I like wild grain rice, but that’s a grain and not a rice), so really the only thing I am missing is ice cream and a bowl of cereal every now and then.
The good thing for me is that I like almost every type of food with the exception of liver and onions, stuffed peppers, and eggplant in any form other than baba ghanouj, so the change in diet has been no problem. I just eat smaller meals. Breakfast- a poached egg on a slice of whole wheat, some yogurt with blueberries, and some grapefruit. Snack- some carrots or broccoli. Lunch: a little cottage cheese, half an apple, a tin of kippered snacks. Snack, half an apple with some almond butter. Dinner- tonight it will be halibut steak, artichoke salad, steamed broccoli, and I think maybe some tomatoes, basil, and mozz. Late night snack, popcorn or maybe some yogurt with blueberries. The only thing is it requires planning ahead, but ehh, I’m old and have no social life so wtf is time anyway?
2.) While in town, I saw lots of teachers striking. They entire state school system is shut down, and they are all gathered near their schools with signs and what not, and I honk up a storm. Their pay is 48th or 49th in the nation, and it’s a god damned joke they haven’t been given a significant raise while frackers are basically making billions in the state and not paying their share in taxes. This is the first time they have gone on strike since 1990, and it just feels like everyone is just sick of the bullshit on every front and people are finally, slowly, starting to stand up to the rich and powerful.
3.) I got my first calendar back from a faulty address today. Congratulations Mary G., you are our lucky winner. If you have not received your calendar by now, please email [email protected]
That’s it for now.
Very proud of those striking teachers.
@Raoul: Yeah, but it’s just Jared. Big foot away.
Glad about your attitude, Cole. Stay on top of it.
The Red Pen
Edit the email address so it can’t be read by screenscrapers or you’ll turn that inbox into a pit of spam. Just sayin’
What will they do about the tiny gallstones? And can you stave off more purely with changes to diet?
Moar baba ghanouj.
It means you probably need to have your gallbladder removed. This is what I had. It is very minor surgery.
Oh noes! Do I need to email you again? I will do it anyway, but from a different email than the one I use here, because Cox changed the SMTP & whatever else codes and I changed the incoming one, but I can’t find in my discontinues Windows Live Mail out to change the outgoing one.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a good email program for when I set up my new computer?
12 hour rule. If you start breakfast at 6am, try not to eat after 6pm. This
rulesuggestion is also a great incentive to get 7-8 hours sleep at night: “I won’t be so fucking hungry once I’m asleep. Might as well turn in early.” (Of course, I don’t have pets.)
@Walker: Definition of ‘minor’ procedure: procedure happening to someone else.
WV teachers’ strike being followed closely…would be appropriate in about 45 of the 50 states.
Seeing an amazing amount of this too via news updates, FB posts and contact with the hometown folks back in southern WV.
@Walker: A friend had her gallbladder removed. She has lost a bunch of weight and feels the best she’s felt in years.
I’m surprised the $1.50 tax cut they got didn’t mollify them.
@Mary G: I think the problem was your calendar was physically returned because there was a problem with your r/l address, as received/read by Cole.
I lived on DIY Soylent keto recipe (and a salad every other day) for 6 months. Dropped 50 lBs and felt great. I think I’ll go back to it … right after I finish this pizza.
And tonight’s cheery Captain Trips news- a CDC scientist has been missing since he left work sick.
My understanding regarding gallstones is item # 1 is lose weight. Working out n it now myself. I still need the gallbladder yanked out, though. Sigh.
Careful, 40% might be armed.
I was wondering how it was going with the teachers. Serious plans: West Virginia Teachers Are Making Sure Their Students Get Fed While They’re On Strike: A lot of kids would go hungry if not for school. That’s one reason the teachers announced their walkout well ahead of time.
I had my gall bladder removed in my 30s in an emergency, because I was a stupid person who ignored symptoms for 7 years and did not even have a primary doctor. My gallbladder would have burst if left untreated any longer. It had no affect on my life except made me feel better. That said, what on earth is gallstones in the pancreas? Is that even a thing?
@Gravenstone: Wow, I hope Mr. Cunningham turns up safe and sound. Very worrying.
A Harvard public health masters (and doctoral work too??). We need him.
Good luck to both you and the teachers!
and Steve? (apologies if I missed the update)
And Cole, thank you for letting us know about your health situation.
@Baud: Hey, that’s $1.50 a week! It adds up!
@Raoul: With as many times as we go HOURS without a new post, I cannot understand why anybody criticizes any new thread, regardless of timing. Am I thinly person with 5 or 7 BJ threads open at once?
I’m gonna be going on a diet soon as well Cole. I’ve gotta get this blood pressure under control, and just get healthier.
I know it needs to be low carb, but unlike you, I love RICE…hell I’m from NOLA…we eat rice with everything…funny enough, it’d be easier for me to give up breads and pasta, than it would be to give up rice…I mean I’ve gon only as far as brown rice..
Can I do eliminate carbs and KEEP ONLY rice?
Anyway…keep up the good work John.
My crutch is a late night sweet tooth…if I could give up ALL sweets, it’d be sooo much better for me…but it’s hard…
I’m a choco-holic
I’m of that age where health issues are often the first things discussed among friends who get together. Gallbladders are frequently the topic. Fuckin’ gallbladders, tick tock, motherfuckers. Thanks for the phrase that fits so many situations.
@lamh36: Google resistant starch. There seems to be some research that suggests if you cook the rice (or potatoes or pasta) ahead of time and cool it in the fridge, it lowers the calorie and carb count. Don’t know how true it is, but it is an interesting proposition if you are a carb lover.
@Yarrow: It’s good to see you back.
I def need to be healthier, but some good news on the career advancement front for me. I finally paid off the LAST debt I had at one of my previous universities that was not allowing me to be able to request my transcript for this online graduation program at one of the LSUs, but with a little assist from my sis in Texas (some speed driving to the college campus to pay direct CASH to school instead of via online debit or snail mail), the debt is cleared, and the holds are GONE! Just 30 min after sis dropped off payment, I was able to request that FINAL transcript to be send to LSU. Once they receive it they can process my Grad App for the Master of Health Care Administration 100% online program.
Luckily, both schools are a part of the same transcript request network, so an official transcript in PDF form is sent via email, so the transcript has been sent to LSU (after business hours), but on Monday when admissions gets back the transcript will be waiting in the admissions office email box for review (I’m going to shoot them an email about the submission early Monday to make sure they received it).
I’m going this route for bigger starting pay and maybe private lab supervisor in Micro…I’m tired of hospital labs ya’ll…too much catering to different doctors for unrealistic reasons…and not enough firmness when it comes to advising doctors on the limitations of what the lab should do and shouldn’t be doing, instead doing WHATEVER they want, even if it defies…WRITTEN PROTOCOL… Although I won’t rule out a SMALL niche hospital type lab…but I’d prefer reference lab over hosptial…and not for nothing but…the reason I was told I didn’t wasn’t going to get the first CDC job I was offered (they told me they wanted me for the job, offered it to me after, then they told me…sorry, HR says no..)because they were looking for someone with a masters.
Of course, it ended up being a blessing in disguise with Chump in office, but it still sticks in my craw. Besides I have one more year in the current hospital contract…and then Dec 2019 before the entire lab contracts end with this hospital (contract employees aren’t GURANTEED jobs after the new acquisition) and I want more options I aiming for a summer admission because I have a prerequisite or two to take…but if it all come to plan…I should be done by next Dec??
First though, let’s see if I get accepted…
In some of the low carb type diets rice is considered a “safe starch” so depending on how you do it, yes, you can give up everything else and keep rice.
Late night sugar binges can affect and/or be a sign of blood sugar issues, so keep that in mind. Maybe limit to once or twice a week only.
Yogurt, cottage cheese, mozzarella. Perhaps think about getting away from cow’s milk. There are some great goat yogurts and cheeses. Then also is the entire soy category of cheeses, yogurts and tofu. Some of it tastes pretty good. Whole wheat is normally just unbleached flour. Maybe consider whole grain breads that have less wheat. Just stuff to reflect upon
@Josie: Resistant starch is digested in the colon and feeds “good” bacteria as well as makes SCFAs. It doesn’t really have fewer calories; it’s just digested differently so you end up taking in fewer calories. Cooked and cooled potatoes, beans, grains and so forth all have some resistant starch. Interestingly, you can reheat and then cool the potatoes again and gain even more resistant starch. Resistant starch appears to be important for good health and a lot of low carb diets are missing it. How that will affect gut health, and in turn our overall health, seems a bit unclear as of yet.
Gallstones in the pancreas? The principal image in this link seems appropriate (plus, it’s a fun read):
@Baud: Give it time.
@namekarB: funny enough, I started driking Skim Milk as part of a diet I started decades ago…and now even when I’m not “dieting”, when it comes to milk, anything more than Skim milk, taste to “heavy” for me now…
I’ve tired some of the soy milk and stuff like that, but I just don’t like them…so I stick to skim
MRIs can be loud, John, ask for ear plugs.
Are these real pics?
Either way…they will make you sad, but make you smile!
Obamas’ Photo Booth
Come Back Barack
@namekarB: What is your opinion of kefir? I’ve been drinking the unsweetened stuff. It seems to help with certain digestive issues.
You’re reminding me I haven’t watched the “Come Back Barack” video yet today.
I wonder how the following might affect WV finances and money available for teachers.
I think that it is crazy for states to blindly follow Trump’s tax boondoggle. But some fools are determined to be as foolish as possible.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Ohio Mom: everybody warned me about the claustrophobia, which wasn’t too much of a problem for me, no one told me about that noise like when the submarine is about to make an emergency dive. that was by far the worst part
KFC apologises to Britain for running out of chickens to fry.
@germy: I had to take a 3 wk course of anti-inflammatories around the clock. I always avoid them to protect my stomach. So I thought I’d try drinking some keefir a few times a day. Had no stomach effect from the a-i at all. Mentioned it to the dr. and his opinion was yes, probiotics help stomach problems. He also said, when you’re taking medication, probiotics are good to take too. Fwiw.
I’ve had to give up almost all chocolate because of migraines. So at least I have an almost immediate reminder as to why.
Carbs are difficult because we get used to eating them. I’ve had to cut back quite a bit over the last couple of years and it’s taken me that long to stop at least the ones that do nothing except taste good and add weight. My health issues do make it a bit easier to scare myself into compliance. Really though it’s age and just needing to feel as good as possible which is driving me now. Too many issues which bad eating just makes worse. Some days you just have to face the music and change.
Gin & Tonic
@Aleta: I drank kefir one time. If I ever have to have my lower digestive tract completely empty and don’t have much time, I’ll know what to reach for.
Sounds Great! Finding a job you like is tough. Even finding one you don’t like that pays well is tough. Finding a decent one that you like and which pays well is worth it though.
I’d think that if one is trying to be a fool that trying to be good at it would be the way to go. It seems like conservative politicians agree with that because they try to be as big of fools as could possibly be imagined.
I like rice too but I’m on a diet so imagine my surprise when I found out that a quarter cup of long grain rice has 160 calories. I haz a sad but I have a half cup every week anyway usually with fish. Half a pound of haddock has only 170 calories so yay. It can be done.
The big shock came when I stopped putting sugar in my coffee and tea. I gave up 10 teaspoons a day and lost six pounds (!) in 10 days.
@Amir Khalid: That’s hilarious. Never quite thought of their initials that way …
Okay, this “12 hour rule” makes more sense than people saying “don’t eat after 6 pm” to people lIke me who don’t get off work until 6 pm. I generally don’t have breakfast until 8:30 or 9 am.
You’re not old, Cole. Old is when those gnoshes after lunch, and I mean supper too, become superfluous and you go to the gym to maintain muscle mass. That’s old. You’re just posing.
@Mary G: If you’re using Windows, Thunderbird from the mozilla org is great. Multiple security features and easy to setup. You can leave email on the servers or store on your PC.
It’s available on other platforms but I haven’t tried it.
You never realized KFC was short for Keep Fucking that Chicken?
If G had not decided on library science for his master’s degree, I would have told him to go for public administration. MBAs are a dime a dozen now and they’re useless for healthcare work. Good luck — it takes a lot of organization and telling people “sorry, I have to study tonight,” but you can do it.
Steve in the ATL
@lamh36: when you get there, please explain to them that “geaux tigers” is stupid because it’s a noun ending on a verb. Thanks in advance!
@Gravenstone: Outed for bogus check address. It happens in the best families.
@Mnemosyne: The 12 hour thing is a form of intermittent fasting. The most effective one seems to be the 8:16 diet. I haven’t tried it but a lot of people on Reddit swear by it.
I had a friend once who always referred to Kentucky Fried Chicken as “K-Y Fry.”
@lamh36: I recommend whfoods.org for info and recently added weekly meal plans. Free.
@Ruckus: My old man had awful migraines and chocolate seemed to be one culprit. He was also a real salt, coincidink? I don’t think so!
All right, jackals, I saw Black Panther last night and I feel totally confident making the following three predictions for next year’s Oscars: Best Supporting Actor (Michael B. Jordan), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture.
There’s no way it wins Best Picture, but it has a good chance at Screenplay, IMO. That’s how the Academy likes to reward promising young writer/directors.
@germy: The bacteria in Kefir actually colonize the intestinal tract. Yogurt bacteria merely provide food for the good bacteria in your intestinal tract. I put goat milk kefir on my oatmeal every morning. Yeah I know, old man’s food. It is what one is faced with when the doctor tells you there are no “large” old men.
@lamh36: If you can learn to love brown rice, it is a great ‘good’ carb and it is healthy for your gut.
@chris: you might check whether that calorie count is for uncooked or cooked rice. Most calculators suggest around 200 calories for one cup of cooked long grain rice.
Technically, if the stones are in the pancreas they would be pancreatic stones. If they are in the common bile duct and slowing the flow of enzymes out of the pancreas, they are bile duct stones.
If the docs ever decide you need an endoscopic procedure (an ercp) to remove the stones, for the love of all that is holy go to a doctor that does ercps all the time. I mean multiple ercps per day. Because few things can fuck with an already fragile pancreas (such as yours) more than a clumsy, botched pancreatic ercp.
/therapeutic GI RN and pedantic asshole
I’m sure you think little of your dietary discipline, John, but I am envious of it. I wish I could make any kind of dietary declaration and stick to it, but it never seems to work out. I just keep choosing the unhealthy flavors over the healthy even when the healthy flavors are still pretty good. Just no discipline,
If you’re having gallstones, just get the gall bladder out. YOu don’t need it. I had mine out last spring, and it was an almost-nothing procedure (went home after a few hours) and had no complications what so ever. I also was on the ultra-low fat diet before the op and I continued loosing weight after. BTW, just in case anyone out there (as if) follows Republican talking points, I’m Canadian, and I had the best medical care – including pre-op tests, diagnostics, pre-op visit with doctor, post op visit with doc, pain meds to take home (which I didn’ t need) – and timely too. Total bill came to :$0.00.
Approve of your diet 100%. Also too check out this list http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180126-the-100-most-nutritious-foods
@BAtFFP: Very good advice, particularly since Cole hardly lives next to a world class teaching hospital.
But I don’t think he reads this far down in the comments. He only sometimes reads the first few. Your best bet is to wait until Cole asks a question (who wants a calendar? who wants a pet?) and be early in the thread.
@Ohio Mom: good reminder. I will try to track him down in a more current thread.
It’s probably not any of my business, but since complex GI procedures are literally my specialty (and I see the after effects of ones that go wrong all the time) I figure it might be worth butting in for once.