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Almost Home Free

Friday, July 29, 2011

I walked the dogs two and a half miles this morning, almost all north and south, and got home not long after the sun came up. My thermometer read 65 degrees, and the paper's prediction was for a low of 75. I guess being close to the coast gives you your own microclimate, because often my measurement is either higher or lower than the extremes the paper predicts. We had a good start to the day.

Then I did some sparking, and picked up Jack and John B. for lunch at Tiffany's. We had a good discussion on a lot of things until Jack expressed a different opinion on the debt ceiling - and John and I disagreed fairly strongly. Years ago we had one strong rule in the bar after work - we never discuss politics or religion. We'll have to be more careful in future.

Dr. Falla called with the results of yesterday's tests - basically everything is OK except for the blocked carotid artery - and Dr. Zuzga will tell me if I'm in trouble Wednesday. Falla agreed that I might have built my own bypass for the blocked artery, but it's up to the surgeon to suggest treatment. I'm working on a list of questions to get answered - just in case. I want to understand what will be done, why it needs to be done, what other choices are available, and how things are going to go before I sign up to anything. I won't be doped up this time.

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MRDPOLING 7/30/2011 4:13AM

    I have the same rule but I apply it to all of life.

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MS.ELENI 7/29/2011 10:37PM

    I also like getting all the info.Bill is the opposite.He doesn't want to know.

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GLC2009 7/29/2011 4:48PM

    hang in there. hope they fix you up right and proper. best of luck with wednesday's results, too. emoticon

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    Sounds like a great time to me. We always talk about politics and religion because it gets the blood flowing. Sometimes we end up slugging each other, but that's all in good fun.

Hoping for the best regarding Wednesday's results.

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ELLEN0407 7/29/2011 3:16PM

  good luck with everything

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More CAT Scans

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I had CAT scans of both my neck and head and my chest today. I'll pick them up along with the report and handcarry them to the surgeon next Wednesday. He has an office upstairs, but his first free appointment is in Dunedin, so that's where I'll see him.

Before the scans I asked the technician if 99 per cent blockage was that bad - didn't the small arteries get bigger as they do for the coronary arteries? The answer was "No - it doesn't work that way. Ninety nine percent is immanent stroke." So I guess that's why everyone was finally anxious to do something. The chest is to look for lung cancer, which I hope is negative, and just now my dermatologist appointment for next Thursday was canceled. They're looking for another Mohs surgeon to take me on.

It's frustrating because I feel perfectly fine - walked the dogs a couple of miles this morning and weighed in at 176.5 pounds. I do think it's better than the kidney cancer after it was diagnosed while they did bone scans and CAT scans, etc. and I had to wait two weeks to see if I had less than two years left. That was 10 years ago, and I'm still planning on another 20. I hope.

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TUDI4480 7/30/2011 11:17AM

    I'm sending you lots of postive energy. Keep walking your dogs and feeling good. Get a second opinion or two and, if you do the surgery, be sure to choose a doc with lots of practice and lots of great outcomes. BTW...I wish that I had never smoked and that I had made better nutritional choices too. All in all though, even though I have much still to learn, It IS A Wonderful Life.

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MS.ELENI 7/28/2011 8:00PM

    Love the joke your friend posted.
You are having a heck of a time. I am sure you will make another 20. emoticon

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MRDPOLING 7/28/2011 2:49PM

    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
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, clearly agitated and not willing to accept this, 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.
So, 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, "$650."
"$650 to tell me my dog is dead?" exclaims 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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Oops - Granita (or Granita Sicilia)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I don't know how to spell it, but Granita is maybe different, but maybe the same as Italian Ice. It's just sugar water and flavoring - maybe lemon, maybe berries. I never claimed to be perfect - in fact one of my old sayings was "rextine - you dumb XXX!" Of course you can figure it out, but I don't want to be reported to the monitors.

I used brown rice (four cups of water, half a cup of maple syrup, a teaspoon of vanilla, and one cup of cooked rice). It took a long time to cook it so the rice got softer, and the BW decided to blend it afterward. After it was chilled we tried it out after supper, and the tub was full over the top in less than 10 minutes. It is soft serve, so I put it in a plastic container, which is now in the freezer, and we'll see how it works later.

When I saw my internist the last time, he told me to go have a ultrasound of my carotid arteries, because it had been a long time since the last one. I didn't hear anything for four weeks, so I finally called his nurse on Monday, the 11th. They had been clear the last time I had it done, so I didn't think much of it, but I had read that you should always call for results if they don't call you after a test. Anyhow, nothing happened for a week until this week, when he called me and said it looked like there was a 98 pre cent blockage on the left side, and the normal protocol was the follow with a MRI. I asked if that was OK with a pacemaker, and he said no - they would do a CAT scan with contrast on me. Fortunately my kidney is working OK. Anyhow, I had the CAT scan last Thursday.

This morning Lorraine called me, and even though it was his day off, he got the news and called her. There really is a 99 per cent blockage in the rear left carotid artery, and I also have an enlarged lymph node in my neck. I had to show up tomorrow morning for two cat scans because there were also enlarged lymph nodes. So they look at my neck again and my chest. I asked Lorraine if I really needed four arteries to the brain (I didn't even know there were two on each side) and she said yes, you really do. Anyhow, I get the scans and take copies to the first available surgeon (of three choices) which is next Wednesday. I don't think you can put a stent in a 99 pre cent closed artery, and I'm not too keen on having my neck cut open, but it seems as if my internist is excited about it. I also have to find a substitute for the second day of the save driving class, which is more hassle.

This is the fourth time when I get to wonder whether I am a short timer for a while. I can't go back and not be a smoker, and I can't go back and live a cleaner life. I loved those ham and cheese omelets, steaks, and prime ribs, the chili, and the chips and dip. Now I'm stuck with the same body.

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MS.ELENI 7/27/2011 10:51PM

    Can't they rotor rudder it out.

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DJ4HEALTH 7/27/2011 9:46PM

    It is never too late to eat healthy and to help clean out those arteries.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/27/2011 9:20PM

    It's too late for either of us to go back and live clean. It's too bad the next generation has to learn it for themselves. My just saying so does not seem to inspire my daughter.

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Ice Cream Maker

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The BW found a recipe for vanilla ice milk the used a quart of fat free milk, a cup of cooked rice, some maple syrup (1/4 cup) and vanilla. It sounded like a neat idea so I started looking for an ice cream maker. When I was a kid they all worked with ice and rock salt, and the ice cream was custard, with eggs, sugar, and real cream (and sometimes ripe peaches).

It turns out that you can still buy an old fashioned ice cream maker, which would be good if you wanted to make it under a shady tree in the back yard. You can also buy one where you just stick the bowl in your freezer for at least six hours and the mix in the refrigerator for two or three hours, or until it gets cold. Then, in 20 or 30 minutes you have soft serve ice cream but instead of pulling out the paddles and wrapping it in a blanket, you put the ice cream in a closed container and stick it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Or, if you like soft serve, you just eat it now.

I searched the internet and was going to buy a Cuisinart for $49.99 and free shipping from, but Amazon wouldn't take my password. I "successfully" changed the password three times yesterday, and once again today. It still kept saying there was someone else using my e-mail address, so I finally went into Road Runner and set up a new e-mail address for me, and then into Outlook to set up Outlook to collect all the mail from both addresses.

Then we got a coupon from Bed Bath and Beyond for twenty per cent off any one item, and one of the comments was by a lady who had a coupon, the maker was on sale, and she got it for $30. I took the BW to BB&B and the price was $59.99, but with 20 per cent off it only cost $48, and you get instant delivery and the ability to take it back if you hate it. So we now have an ice cream maker.

There is another recipe for chocolate sherbet that can be very low calorie, and you can obviously play with the Italian frozen flavored water (gelato). There was too much going on today, but I think we're going to have fun with the ice cream maker. It only make a quart and a half at a time, but that's enough for one day at least.

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MS.ELENI 7/27/2011 12:09PM

    The ice cream maker sounds like fun.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/26/2011 11:32PM

    That's the size of ice cream maker we have. It's been fun for us. The rice sounds like an interesting addition to the mix. You'll have to tell us how it turns out. The gelato I had in Italy was with heavy rich cream and lots of egg. It was dense and delicious. Doesn't sound like the gelato that you just described.

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GLC2009 7/26/2011 7:59PM

    i had banana ice cream when i was a kid. made with just bananas at a hippie fair. it was to die for.

i tried a recipe to make banana ice cream with just bananas the other day. it didn't work. it was too hard, so, i added almond milk to make it soft enough to blend. it ended up being too bland. my girlfriend and i liked it okay topped with blueberries and raspberries. my husband didn't like it at all though.

so, back to the drawing board. i will look forward to hearing about your successful recipes.


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Not Sure How Big I Am

Monday, July 25, 2011

I have read articles about how the size of women's clothes has been increasing - so that a size six is now as big as a size eight used to be. I don't know if it's true, but the same thing may be happening to men's clothes. I remember (about 60 years ago) when I weighed 190 pounds a pair of 36 inch jeans fit just right - and I bought two new pairs every year because the old ones were worn out. I also had 36 inch belts and still have a couple of old souvenirs I can use.

I had a pair of 36 inch jean shorts that had a hole in the left pocket which I found when all my change disappeared. The shorts were worn out, so I threw them away and looked for a new pair. I had been wearing 36 and 34 inch jeans, and I bought a new pair of 36 inch jean shorts because the smaller size was 33 instead of a 34 inch waist. These are the same maker (Wrangler) as I had back in 1950, and supposedly the same size. They (the new 36 inch shorts) were so big that after a couple of days I went back and bought a pair of the 33 inch jeans which fit just right. I weighed 178 pounds this morning (177 yesterday) and was happy until I realized that my belt had come up a notch, so I got out a steel tape and measured the length of the belt - which turned out to be 36 inches at the hole I was using.

These are "relaxed fit" jeans, and the 34 and 33 inch models fit me just fine. Either they're cheating on the size, or "relaxed fit" means bigger than listed - sort of giving us a way to kid ourselves.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/26/2011 1:13PM

    I suspect it's the relaxed fit. The perverse side of me is sort of pleased to find that a guy is having trouble with fit. It's the rule in my "universe," not the exception.

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MRDPOLING 7/25/2011 7:16PM

    Haven't you heard the Universe is expanding. That means everything within the Universe must expand as well.

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WYO_CASEY 7/25/2011 5:39PM

    UGH I hate that! I hate shopping in the first place, so having to try everything on just to make sure size x at store y is the same as size x at store z!

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GLC2009 7/25/2011 3:53PM

    emoticon ah the mystery of sizing.

why is it that women almost always try their clothes on at the store and men just buy the same size they've always worn and take it straight home. usually they buy the same size even if they've developed a big belly. they just wear their pants lower and reef the belt tighter.

i cheat. i pretty much only wear yoga pants. though i probably wouldn't have gained so much weight if i had been hemmed in by denim emoticon

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