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Good (?) Test Results

Thursday, September 30, 2010

I got the results of the CAT scan today - and I'm glad that it turned out this way. The painful lump is a free end of the wire used to hold my sternum back together after the bypass operation. I have one totally blocked coronary artery, which no one worried about, and two bypassed arteries that were 90 per cent blocked. I got along fine up to 90 per cent of maximum heart rate, but then they saw "something." I think I would have been fine if I had never bother to take the test in the first place, but one thing led to another until I was pretty beat up. So now I have one kidney, a pacemaker, and a stray wire that stabs me at night if I sleep wrong, and is starting to stab me in the daytime if I take a deep breath.

I think I'll go over tomorrow and ask for a copy of the CAT scan while it's still fresh, because my internist says I should go back to the original surgeon if it bothers me too much, and I don't feel like any more stray tests.

For a while I thought this might be news that I shouldn't plan on another 20 years, but I'm still in the running. Our trip north is still on, too.

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MS.ELENI 10/1/2010 8:43PM

    MMMM That is a strange thing.I have never heard of a stray wire. I never thought about how they closed the rib cage up. Sounds uncomfortable.
Glad your trip is still going to happen

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MIADOLCEVITA 9/30/2010 11:35PM

    Do what ever it take to get better and second opinions are always helpful. I am glad you are still here, so keep fighting.

I hope you get well soon, I will have you in prayers.


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CAT Scan

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I had another CAT scan this morning to picture a lump on a rib that sometimes hurts at night, but usually is just fine. When I think of all the CAT scans I have had, I sometimes think I should glow at night. The voltage indicated is 120,000 volts and 100 ma, which would be 12 KW, or 16.1 horsepower. No wonder it makes a light bright enough to shine right through you. People are starting to think about the chance that the CAT scan will cause cancer if you didn't already have it.

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ALEXTHEHUNN 9/30/2010 7:41AM

    I hope your scan results turn out well.

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DJ4HEALTH 9/30/2010 12:32AM

    Like that blog too., emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 9/29/2010 6:19PM

    I have nothing to say after reading MRDPOLING's comment. That was so funny!

By the way, I regularly get "cat" scans for free, and she hasn't yet diagnosed me as dead.

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MRDPOLING 9/29/2010 2:45PM

    A man runs into the vet's office carrying his dog, screaming for help. The vet rushes him back to an examination room and has him put his dog down on the examination table. The vet examines the still, limp body and after a few moments tells the man that his dog, regrettably, is dead.

The man is clearly agitated and not willing to accept this, and demands a second opinion. The vet goes into the back room and comes out with a cat, and puts the cat down next to the dog's body. The cat sniffs the body, walks from head to tail poking and sniffing the dog's body and finally looks at the vet and meows. The vet looks at the man and says, "I'm sorry, but the cat thinks that your dog is dead, too."

The man is still unwilling to accept that his dog is dead. The vet brings in a Black Labrador. The Lab sniffs the body, walks from head to tail, and finally looks at the vet and barks. The vet looks at the man and says, "I'm sorry, but the lab thinks your dog is dead, too."

The man, finally resigned to the diagnosis, thanks the vet and asks how much he owes. The vet answers, "$550."

"$550 to tell me my dog is dead?" exclaimed the man!

"Well," the vet replies, "I would only have charged you $50 for my initial diagnosis. The additional $600 was for the cat scan and lab tests."

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MS.ELENI 9/29/2010 2:22PM

    I hope eveything turns out ok.

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Exercise Equipment?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I still have a 28 inch TV, VCR, and DVD player next to the computer, but no exercise machine. I gave away the Airdyne because I couldn't use it without trashing my left knee, and it just sat there for a couple of years. I like walking, because I get to see what goes on in the neighborhood and watch some things develop. One vacant house had grass that was ankle high, then knee high, and then nearly three feet high. Then it collapsed, and it's too late to make hay of it.

But I went to a Kiwanis meeting this morning, then had banking and bookkeeping to do, and then it started to rain. I'm not sure jumping rope inside is a good idea, so I'm thinking of a treadmill. I remember one I had many years ago that I could set to various inclines, and which had no indicators to tell me speed, distance, calories, or anything else. But I could walk uphill. Outside, for every hill I walk up, there's another I walk down, and none of them are very steep. I could at least work up a decent sweat without being out in the heat in the summer, and probably do more work in an hour than I do walking.

But then I lose more space in my room, and there's more stuff in the house. I can't make up my mind, but today it would be nice to have the treadmill.

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DJ4HEALTH 9/29/2010 11:34PM

    How about a rebounder? It is a mini trampoline that you can use in the home and put it off to the side after you are done with it., You don't have to jump high on it either. Just enough to work up a sweat.

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ROWINGFOOL 9/29/2010 1:33PM

    If you have a step in the house that's comfortable for you to step up on (not too high), you can use it in place of an aerobic step. Simply step up on the step, then step down backwards. Repeat, alternating leading legs. I believe that's described as the "step" part of the 3-minute step test here on Spark? You can do it slowly, to build strength, or quickly as an aerobic workout.

I've previously used very low, very sturdy plastic crates and/or a board or two stacked to make something the right height for me to step on. You have to be careful nothing will slide around if you use something improvised, though.

I think exercise equipment is for the most part unnecessary ; it's just a way to have fun with a gadget when you work out. Your own body and gravity make the best setup of all. Nothing to buy, nothing to store.

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MS.ELENI 9/28/2010 7:24PM

    In the Florida heat I think a treadmill is a great idea. maybe you could find one that is easy to fold up so it wouldn't be in the way all the time

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S3XYDIVASMOM 9/28/2010 6:49PM

    We had a treadmill for a while. I hated how much room it needed. I prefer walking outdoors, but when I can't do that I go to the gym and use their treadmill, and/or their elliptical. It's more state of the art than I can afford and it's taking up space somewhere other than my basement.

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MRDPOLING 9/28/2010 2:38PM

    I have recently been introduced to the world of the elliptical machines. I absolutly love them and want to get one for at home for cardio.

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CK1379 9/28/2010 1:57PM

    I have a treadmill and a stationary bike. I use the stationary bike whenever I cannot exercise outdoors...cannot remember the last time I use treadmill, maybe 2 yrs. ago? emoticon

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BREWMASTERBILL 9/28/2010 12:25PM

    I had/have the same battle. It was mostly the money followed by the space concern. Any time I could see the use for the thing, I could always talk myself out of it. heh. So what this means is that I'm no use to you at all. emoticon

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RANNA57 9/28/2010 12:04PM

    I used to have a treadmill too. I liked it but when we moved I gave it away. I use my stationary bike every day, I have a love/hate relationship with it. It loves me and I hate it! emoticon But I think if it gets you moving, it's a good thing. So if you want a treadmill, I say go for it! Whatever works! Thanks for the good wishes on my 5 month SP anniversary!

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Soup Response

Monday, September 27, 2010

Because of yesterdayís comments, this is to answer them.

Unfortunately I neglected to weigh the meat when I pulled off the skin and fished all the little and big bones out. You have to let the soup simmer until the turkey meat is easy to get off the bones with your bare hands. I used my best estimate for the meat weight based on the chicken carcasses I have stripped when I made chicken soup.

I used the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 40th Edition, 1958-1958 for some of the calorie counts (accurate to several decimal places) and the conversion factors. I used the conversion factor of 1 oz = 28.349527 grams, which makes 100 Gms equal to 3.5273957 oz.

I measured the total volume of soup, which was 16 cups (two two-quart freezer containers, one cup as a test last night, and about 17 cups in a 21 cup storage container (6.5 inches/ 8 inch total depth). Then I divided the total calories by 21 to get the amount of each ingredient for a single cup. I used that for a ďfood combinationĒ to set the amount of each ingredient in a cup of soup, so that the Spark People list of ingredients would include all of the components, including potassium.

The result was 123.32 calories/cup. I would have gotten that the old way, without entering it in Spark People, but I only worried about the calories. The amount of water will make it necessary to measure the yield for each batch, even if you donít change the recipe. I deleted my ďBean, Turkey, and Barley SoupĒ Because I had it with barley (a big calorie contributor) and every batch will be a little different. This one is fine as a soup, but after sitting for a long time I get about an inch (out of seven) of liquid over the solids. Thatís the way the BW likes it, but I like it a little denser.

Iím not going to throw away the broth. It is rich and has a wonderful flavor, and the BW just adds water when itís the way I like it. Itís fantastically good when you use a salt shaker and add a little salt to the bowl, but without it itís low sodium, really low fat.

This is one of the foods I made when I was eating strictly Pritikin, as well as stir fries (with a non-stick wok) and other things. It really hits the spot, and isnít too high in calories. Since you donítí count calories I had never worried about it in the old days.

The soup is in two freezer containers in the freezer, and one bigger container in the refrigerator. I can easily eat a two cup serving, and if nothing else is added, four cups at a sitting. It wonít last more than a few days. When I buy chicken breasts (skinless, boneless) I put each one in a sandwich bag, and then several of them in a gallon freezer bag. I do bag up broth in sandwich bags, one cup to a bag or two cups to a bag, but when I defrost them I put the bags in a large bowl because the sandwich bags get small tears from the stretching, and they leak. The freezer bag lets them stay frozen indefinitely, but the small bags get porous no matter what. I always bag cooked beans in two cup lots because that matches the size of the cans (except theyíre cheating on them now),

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MRDPOLING 9/28/2010 7:10AM

    It is getting to that time of the year when I make HUGE pots of soup and freeze them in single servings for on the go hot, veggie filled meals. Might even do that this weekend.

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MS.ELENI 9/27/2010 7:52PM

    I got a grams conversion sheet off internet and I use it when I need to convert grams. I do mine close to way you do. I just keep track of everything as I put it in pot.Then I count cups I end up with and divide my total by that. i use to bag in 2 cups but I now put 3 cups to a bag.Mine is much lower in cals because I don't use meat or beans.My last pot is only 96 cal per 3 cup bag.When I eat it I sometimes throw any leftover meat etc i have in it.

PS Bill was also in yard pulling sandspurs over the weekend.

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Quiet Sunday

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I walked the dogs this morning, but the grass wasnít long enough to need cutting. I dug a grocery bag of sand burrs instead. Itís about the time of year to start digging a bag every day until I canít find any more.

I make meatloaf for supper, and the BW took care of the rest, and I started a big pot of bean soup. I used a pound of navy beans, a pound of black beans, two and a half pounds of smoked turkey drumsticks, three pounds of onions and three pounds of carrots, and half a head of garlic. For seasoning I used two bay leaves, a good lot of parsley, and a healthy shake of crushed red pepper. Thereís no salt, but it comes out tasting pretty good anyhow. I put too much water in this time Ė filling the pot until I could see the liquid, and now there are a couple of inches of broth above the solids. I prefer to have it be nearly like baked beans, but Iím not willing to try to boil off all that water.

I just checked at the two and a half hour point, and the turkey drumsticks are still hard, so Iíll let it go for another hour or so. I like to make big batches and freeze in bags so I donít have to cook so often.

In another 20 minutes Mystery on Masterpiece Theater comes on at one of the PBS stations here, and the BW has her favorite TV of the week. We watch an hour Saturday night and an hour and a half on Sundays, unless the shows arenít on.

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MRDPOLING 9/27/2010 10:37AM

    Mmmmmmmmm... Meatloaf! My favorate part of the cow!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 9/26/2010 11:06PM

    I was glad to see that you're freezing this in bags for later use. That must have been one huge pot of soup.

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DJ4HEALTH 9/26/2010 10:13PM

    Glad that you had a quite day and you cooked supper and then some. Sounds delicious emoticon

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MS.ELENI 9/26/2010 9:40PM

    I got hooked on the Inspector Lewis movies when you mentioned it on one of your blogs.I am watching it now and taping my other programs.
When you make your soup which sounds great do you figure out the calories in it? How much do you put in your freezer bags

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TUBLADY 9/26/2010 8:51PM

    Nice that you can cook. What if you just discarded some of the cooking liquid once the beans and turkey legs are cooked. I do believe i have done that a few times.
I cook extra too, so I can have it ready in the freezer.
I have been gone for over three days, needed to get away and rest. I was doing too much. But back now , all regharged and ready to get back into the swing of things.

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