March 13, 2014

Update

Hi, all. Been feeling under the weather for the last few days — fluttering on my left side in the ribcage area and some pressure in the center of my chest — so this morning I decided to take the safe route and go to the ER, where I had my heart checked out. Happy to say that my heart looks very healthy, and that the problems I’ve been having are likely due to a combination of Helen’s new job and its travel schedule, coupled to running two “businesses,” coaching wrestling, and dealing with a wonderful toddler who, in between bursts of joy, has entered his terrible twos early. And has a very convincing cry.

— That, and what may prove to be a sliding hiatal hernia, or maybe just some minor gastrointestinal issue, which is causing me discomfort that in many instances can reference in the chest, and based on the positioning is what the ER doctor seemed to think what might be happening. This is something I’ll get checked on Monday when I see my primary care physician.

Anyway, my wife is doing lots of traveling at the onset of her new job, and between that, the tail end of wrestling season (two more tournaments, one an hour away, the other two), and a decided lack of sleep — all while trying to purchase a new house — I’ve not been able to write as much as I’d like to. Or eat as well. Or rest as much. Or vent as often.

I just didn’t want anyone to think I’d forgotten about this place. Because I haven’t.

And in fact, you can probably add having to listen to the bullshit from politicians from both entrenched party working to turn us into a big government, big business (let’s just call it liberal fascist) nannystate, to the combination of items that led me to the ER today.

Thanks for sticking with me.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 2:39pm
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Comments (58)

  1. Hang in there bro!

  2. I s’pose it could be worse. At least you haven’t got your country’s 500th anniversary to plan, your wedding to arrange, your wife to murder, and Guilder to blame for it, for example.

    Do get some rest anyways ol’ boy.

  3. Betcha thought this whole ‘hausfrau’ thing would be nothing but bon-bons and gossiping with the other neighborhood ladies. More the fool you!

  4. I told you not to eat those tamales Che brought back from Villahermosa. You just can’t be sure who’s what’s in them.

  5. Feel better soon.

  6. I’ve had something similar over the years. After a while, I’ll burp and the pain goes away. One time back in the 90s I got worried and checked in to the hospital. Spent a night in intensive care hooked up to things and then had PET scans of my heart arteries which showed them completely clear. I get checked on occasion and things are always fine.

    I hope you check out good too.

  7. This gripping short story of real life travails rife with direct sense descriptions and physicality speaks to the impulse to endure to persist against external forces of conflict, from internal forces, familial arrangements immediate needs, and conflict within one’s own body. It addresses directly the triumph of human spirit over adversity. Brief, abrupt, thorough, stripped of intellectuality and style, I rank this piece among the authors finest works.

  8. Breitbart: Kerry: “It’s a Mistake for Israel to Demand a Jewish State”

    Has a more profound collection of morons ever occupied high office in the United States as the collection ClownDisaster has managed to assemble?

  9. Man!…and I thought my situation was trying.

    Godspeed, Jeff.

  10. Well, acid reflux, or GERD, is likely the real culprit. Check your e-mail if you wanna read what your PCM should tell you Monday.

  11. Eat some chicken soup from the deli and try to get some sleep, Jeff.

    Feel better. We miss you.

  12. ot

    Temporary Restraining Order Against BATFE

    Temporary Restraining Order Against BATFE
    Published: 03/12/2014 03:54:44 PM
    Lycurgan, Inc. Ares Armor

    208 N Freeman St

    Oceanside, CA 92054

    TO: Whom It May Concern

    FROM: Dimitrios Karras, CEO Ares Armor

    SUBJ: Temporary Restraining Order Against BATFE

    DATE: March 12, 2014

    Sir or Ma’am,

    Last week the BATFE Raided EP Armory based on a determination letter that had deemed the 80% Polymer product to be a firearm. The determination letter that the BATFE used to obtain warrants against EP Armory is based on incorrect information about the manufacturing process. The BATFE has been notified of their error and the incorrectness of their determination based on this error.

    This week on Monday, March 10th the BATFE threatened to raid us even though they are fully aware that their determination letter is factually incorrect. They requested that we turn over a list of every customer that had purchased a polymer lower from us and turn over the remaining inventory that we have.

    Our customer’s privacy is of the utmost importance to us. I cannot in good moral conscience turn over a list of names to the BATFE just because they unduly threaten us with an unjust raid based on information they KNOW TO BE FALSE!

    For the time we are SAFE! We were granted a Temporary Restraining Order against the BATFE on March 11th. The following is the declaration that I made during the process of obtaining this TRO:

    link

  13. 2 shots beefeater

    3 ounces diet tonic water

    a little rose’s lime

    twas brillig and the slithy toves asked bettyandisbel to come dancing and they were like no way it’s a school night

  14. Now there’s the ‘feets we used to know and love. I actually laughed at that.

  15. I had my head examined last week and they found nothing.

    By which I mean I asked the ENT to scan my sinus cavities to see if I had any lingering infections that might be causing this blasted fatigue, and my sinuses are as clear as a bell.

    Rats.

  16. >I had my head examined last week and they found nothing. <

    that is unfortunate ;)

  17. Glad you got checked out and are generally okay. Get well soon.

  18. Good thing you did get checked out. That fairly decent report should relieve some worry.

    As for the rest of your worries? Sublimate the non-important ones. Carry on. Nothing really matters, except for the ones closest to you. This meta-overarching-failshitimplodinggovernment crap is something you can ride out. Point, and laugh; at Hillary, at Obama, at Kerry, at the whole clown show. High-fives to Putin for demonstrating what is a man’s man, and what is a…kitty.

    If all that’s not working, well, you are in Denver. )

  19. OK, this:

    I like taboo words. They amplify the first amendment. #BanBossy

  20. You, RI, you. Don’t count me in your group.

  21. - There are many possible causes for the onset of GERD. One of the most common, and least recognized, is the result of stomach lining sensitization brought on by various medicines. That is the situation I’ve had to deal with, and it took a while before my Doc and I finally pin-pointed the problem. If you have meds you take on a regular basis you could be seeing that sort of deal. Thr solution is to make sure you take the meds AFTER your last meal for the day. That and eating more deliberately and lots of liquids. If it is GERD you’ll display several symtoms that make it fairly obvios, even in mild cases.

  22. Did we all miss this? How did we miss this?

    Zombie explains progg thinking in terms of proggie racism and shows us cons where we go wrong in assuming progg motives. It’s from 10 Mar 2014.

  23. Glad you got checked out and are generally okay.

    Good thing you did get checked out. That fairly decent report should relieve some worry.

    No, no, no. I was HOPING against hope that they’d find an infection, because that can be rinsed out and cleaned up and then I would get my life back after years and years of dragging through life for no reason.

    My doc and I have spent over a decade ruling out everything else we can possibly think of. I scour the Internet regularly to see if there’s anything we haven’t tried.

    Just before Christmas, my mom went to her doc for a lingering sinus infection, so they x-rayed her head and found a chronic infection that had been there for years, they said.

    I wondered if maybe I had the same thing. It made sense. The fatigue sensation is similar to that of coming down with something, where your body makes you feel tired so that you’ll rest and the immune system can used that energy for healing. I have zero stamina. It’s like the day after the fever breaks, where you don’t feel sick but you also can’t make it up the stairs without taking a break.

    After 12 years of Groundhog Day, I thought finally Feb. 3 had arrived. Then when I saw my crystal-clear sinuses, I woke up to Sonny and Cher and oh god here we go again.

    People say “oh, maybe it’s just old age,” but this started when I was 37 years old and 80 lbs lighter.

    So no. Not that.

    Just not anything else detectable by modern science, either.

  24. People say “oh, maybe it’s just old age,” but this started when I was 37 years old and 80 lbs lighter.

    Heh. Old age is just proof that modern medicine is working. We’re so lucky to be alive right now, in the early 21st century, because prior centuries would find you covered in leeches, a hole drilled in your skull to relieve ‘vapors’, or worse.

    I say that in the ‘now’. In a few hundred years even-more-modern humans might consider today’s medicine with the same horror we consider earlier times’ remedies.

    (Oh, and I know you’re a teetotaler, but a smidgeon of alcohol on rare occasions may well help you feel better! Stay away from steenking beers; try a subtle red or white wine with a meal. Just don’t go getting all wild with it! )

  25. What’s more likely is that in a few decades people will have fully embraced “alternative” medicine because Obamacare has made seeing a real doctor prohibitively expensive. So it’s off to the leech when your crystal meditation guide can’t seem to help you.

  26. #PresidentLiar says now you can’t keep your current doctor. Whatever made you think you could ?

  27. The Nazis were big on “alternative” medicine, too.

  28. Hope you’re feeling better soon, Jeff!

  29. Had a similar problem years ago. A couple suggestions: Take some fiber like psyllium husk powder or capsules and some probiotics daily. Take them together to build up a good intestinal flora. Drink plenty of water – 1/2 body weight in ounces daily. If you have digestive problems, take a plant enzyme formula at meals or an HCl capsule. If you do have a hiatal hernia, try this: Lie on your back, breathe out, press your fingers gently into the soft spot in your upper abdomen slightly off to the left below your xyphoid process, breathe in while holding the point down. This has the effect of pulling the stomach downward below the cardiac spincter, correcting the hernia somewhat. Good luck.

  30. Yogurt is good. Sauerkraut is full of probiotics, as is kimchi.

  31. You need to vent. That shit will build up.

  32. People say “oh, maybe it’s just old age,” but this started when I was 37 years old and 80 lbs lighter.

    So no. Not that.

    Just not anything else detectable by modern science, either.

    How’s your eating? Do you ingest ANY artificial sweetener?

  33. leigh says March 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Yogurt is good. Sauerkraut is full of probiotics, as is kimchi.

    Car in says March 14, 2014 at 10:28 am

    You need to vent. That shit will build up.

    After I eat sauerkraut, I do lots of venting. baDUMpssssssh.

    Speaking of venting, today there was not one but TWO separate instances where idiots in my place of work shut down the email system by sending to global email dist lists, and more idiots did Reply To All with “What is this?” and “Please take me off this list.” emails. Followed by the inevitable “Stop replying to all!” Reply To All emails.

    You’d think people would have this email thing figured out by now.

  34. sending to global email dist lists, and more idiots did Reply To All with “What is this?” and “Please take me off this list.” emails. Followed by the inevitable “Stop replying to all!” Reply To All emails. -

    Heh. We do that among the H2 morons just to mess with each other.

  35. Some suggest jug band music seems to make one feel just fine.

  36. How’s your eating? Do you ingest ANY artificial sweetener?

    By the truckload. But that’s only in the past couple of years. Prior to that, I drank non-diet sodas. Prior to that, almost no soda at all, and never diet.

    I didn’t start drinking soda daily until AFTER the fatigue started. Before I went to the doctor in 2003, I drank Ruby Red squirt for the caffeine. It didn’t work, though, because at that point I had sleep apnea, and there ain’t no stimulant on the earth can overcome that.

    It’s not dietary. I’ve done gluten-free, egg/milk-free, low-carb (20mg/day, which peeled off 15 lbs), and my intake is irregular enough from week to week that my fatigue levels would change were it something I ate.

    Nope. This is idiopathic fatigue, same as waaaaay too many people on this planet, and they can’t get a diagnosis either.

  37. Yogurt is good. Sauerkraut is full of probiotics, as is kimchi.

    I had a S. Korean roommate once. You do NOT want to share a bathroom with a S. Korean, IYKWIMAITYD.

  38. Fold in bed. But firss it’s good ta empty da jug.

  39. Tune up, so to speak.

  40. I have esophageal spasms sometimes that can feel like something cardiac. One of my best recent ones happened about 90 seconds after taking my daily supplements (which includes a cinnamon capsule). I was talking to my wife and a sickly burp hit me mid-sentence.

    My eyes widened in disbelief as a cloud of apparent smoke emanated from my still-open mouth. About a heartbeat later I was punched in the face with the flavor of a kiloton blast of Big Red (the gum, not the drink). I began to cough and choke. My wife asked me if I was okay, and then became miffed when I didn’t interrupt my near asphyxiation to reply in the affirmative.

  41. fluttering on my left side in the ribcage area and some pressure in the center of my chest

    Last time I had that, it turned out the cat had caught a bird and brought it to me for breakfast in bed.

  42. So. I got this bottle of Speyside whisky. It’s 15 years old, aged in freedom oak casks.

    What should I use for a mixer? Ginger Ale or Coca Cola?

  43. Ernst, you should use the tears of all the angels in Heaven weeping at the mere thought of your folly.

  44. Never mixers. Only chasers.

  45. Check this out

    “COLOUR resinous gold.

    “NOSE creamy and rich peel and candied grapefruit aromas.

    “PALATE round, sweet, incredibly smooth. Fruity and nutty flavours. A gentle cinnamon spiciness.

    “FINISH lingering with traces of toasted hazelnuts and almonds.”

    Did you know Rowan Atkinson was a copy writer? I didn’t know that.

  46. The jar of ‘shine I got from the corner market had some flavor notes on it, but it was just “HooooEEE! That’ll done light! you! UP!”

  47. I’m actually kind of afraid to open the bottle. If I don’t like it, I just wasted a big chunk of the whisky & cigar budget for nothing. If I like it too much, I can’t afford it.

    But you only turn forty-two once, so what the hell….

  48. I’d be afraid, too Ernst. That whisy sounds gay.

  49. Throw this “k” up there.

  50. Y’know, I had the exact same thought. Fruity and nutty? Good thing Scotch whisky can’t come from California.

  51. Lucky thing, that.

  52. “COLOUR a murky turgid aqua “.
    “NOSE briny with a subtle hint of sulphur ”
    “PALATE the tastes of melon, near beer, sports musk, and cough syrup blend into a veritable storm of tasteful contradiction”
    “FINISH hints of copper and printer’s beetle ”

  53. COLOR won’t matter, one sip and you’ll be blind
    NOSE hold it when you drink this
    PALLET you’ll need two, laid next to each other, for when you pass out
    FINISH good for stripping paint, or for removing extraneous U’s from words like color.

  54. you can probably add having to listen to the bullshit from politicians from both entrenched party

    That is more than sufficient to explain any gastrointestinal issues right there…..

  55. “It didn’t work, though, because at that point I had sleep apnea, and there ain’t no stimulant on the earth can overcome that.”

    Dicentra

    I’m with ya Sister! (Along with suffering migraines that literally made a strong man cry)

    Used to come home from work and collapse in bed (if I made it that far, a couple of times I went to sleep in the closet). Took two sleep studies to get the confirmation on the sleep apnea. Went through about 6 CPAP masks trying to get one that fit well.

    But it wasn’t until I had my septum straightened and a turbinal reduction that I finally got ahead of the fatigue curve.

    One thing that I was also recommended was to have my testosterone checked. It was on the low side but has since rebounded and I’m feeling better so it was probably a symptom not the cause of my fatigue.

    Did the ENT check your septum and turbinals? Don’t know if testosterone has the same effect on women but their could be a hormonal, adrenal or thyroid problem.

    If you were advised to use a CPAP use it religiously and have the SD card data checked to see if your breathing is still being interrupted. (you may need a higher pressure setting or your mask might be leaking when you turn at night).

    Just Keep Firing!

    And I’ll send an AIRSUPREQ to the Commander on your behalf.

  56. Oh and for Jeff,

    Nexium (the purple pill) is da sizzle fo the heartburn (if that turns out to be the issue).

    Second AIRSUPREQ transmitted.

  57. This is probably not the case, but it doesn’t hurt to ask…

    Di: Have you ever had Chemo?

    Since I did in 2006-2007, I have experienced regular fatigue.

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