Archive for February, 2006

i passed the midterm…barely

Posted on February 28, 2006. Filed under: School |

Well, I didn’t fail the midterm. I actually did quite well for the first 40 some-odd questions (of 60), but then it all fell apart. A whopping 63.33%. The beauty of weighting kicks in though — because I can still technically get a 90 in the course (fingers crossed)…

I need to hone in on my guessing abilities.

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what to do if you think you have candida (or another digestive tract disease, or inflammation)

Posted on February 28, 2006. Filed under: Candida, The Dyingness |

This is just based on experience, so it definitely has to be catered to your circumstances, but I thought it might be helpful (after speaking to a new friend about similar health issues) that I post what processes you should go through and which specialists you should see in order to ensure that you have all of your bases covered and that someone will (hopefully) find a solution to your problem.

First of all some symptoms: chronic pain in the abdomen (small intestine area or could be ovaries, but likely small intestine), lack of focus, low b12, low iron, (inability to absorb nutrients), throat painful (inflammed can sometimes close up), tongue red and painful (I have ulcerations or blisters on it — yuck), general feeling of poor health, some vomitting, nausea, my eyes also often burn, I have severe weight loss (but you could have weight gain as a symptom).

Go to your family doctor and complain about the abdominal pain while also adding the other symptoms in there. Ask to have an ultrasound done. This will likely not show any results.

Ask your family doctor to refer you to a GI (specializes in digestive tract complications). The GI will likely do a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy. If no results are found (likely) then they will do a catscan (likely no results here either).

Now you can rest assured that it’s not some massive growth taking over your abdomen, but you still don’t have answers.

Make sure you get your ESR tested. This number should be around your age, plus 10, divided by 2.

At the same time that you’re going the “traditional” medical route also go for the real traditonal medicinal route through naturopathy.

Ask about Candida and have a food sensitivity test done. This can be done through Koru, which is really cool. You hold onto a copper post in one hand (connected to a computer) and another copper post pokes your other hand. this creates a complete circut and the computer is able to read levels that your body can accept for hundreds of foods. Don’t be worried if you cry (lots of people do when they’re told that the foods they love are what is part of the problem).

Now that you’ve got the naturopath under your belt (and you’re likely no longer eating sugar or wheat or dairy (to give your digestive tract a break because these are really hard to process) you can ask the GI to refer you to both a gynecologist and a rheumatologist.

The rheumatologist is key (especially if you have a high ESR) because they specialize in disease. Candida also often grows in an immuno-deficient environment, so if you have an auto-immune disease it is likely to grow in your body. Candida occurs when the body is stripped of its natural flora (often by a combination of using steroids such as the birth control pill and the overkill of anti-biotics that doctors like to prescribe — which reminds me that another symptom is being ill and unable to shake it repeatedly). When the flora is compromised then the candida yeast can flourish and it starts to take over everything and can attack any area of your body.

Oh, and vitamins. Chances are you’re not absorbing much — but if you try an elimination diet you should take vitamins. Especially calcium (with magnesium), and a b complex pill (or two), a multi-vitamin doesn’t hurt. BUT make sure you aren’t buying the crap filler brands — go for one of these three brands — natural factors, sisu, or progressive. These are all natural and don’t have added chemicals or by-products in them. Also gluten, dairy, and sugar free.

So, if you think you have the dyingness, make sure you try to get in touch with all of the professionals on this list. They should be able to (one day) figure things out. I’m feeling better at the moment — but know it’s just a matter of time before things decline. So, let me know if you have any successes or additions to the health plan.

For more information on what to do with your diet, and regarding supplements and anti-fungals visit this post:

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she’s come undone

Posted on February 26, 2006. Filed under: Books |

I’ve started reading She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. I typically refuse to read Oprah books just out of principle, but Brian bought it for me for my birthday and says that it’s really good. I admit that I am into the story and it’s very accessible writing, but I have only read 40 some-odd pages. What are you reading right now?

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maybe the dyingness is disappearing?

Posted on February 26, 2006. Filed under: The Dyingness |

It is possible, right? The last 2 days I’ve felt fantastic. Like, haven’t felt this good in years fantastic. I feel like its due to the increase in cashews and water, but really I have no explanation — the pain is momentarily gone, and I have energy — je ne comprend pas. It can’t just disappear after 2 1/2 years of feeling like death, can it?

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what does the dictionary define you as?

Posted on February 24, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

[noun]:A person who has the ability to be invisible

See what yours is here

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i’m in the money — great, cause i was pretty much broke

Posted on February 24, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

It’s nice to come home to cheques in the mail instead of bills. Mind you, they were both reimbursements (insurance messed up on my policy and owed me money and benefits came through), but it’s still exciting.

I also got one of my co-workers who I worked with at the former evil company a job at the new fantastic company. Well, I didn’t get it for him, he got it all by himself, but I may get some sort of a bonus for the whole thing. Even though just getting him out from the clutches of evil is reward enough for me. Every time I meet up with the people who still work for the evil company the first thing I ask is “okay, now what’s our exit strategy?”. I was so miserable there that I’d actually come home in tears and I’m positive that it was the main reason that I became ill. Definitely not worth it — next time I know better than to suffer somewhere for an entire year. I decided to quit (finally) just because it was Friday the 13th. And it turned out to be lucky because I started my new job exactly 1 month later on the 13th. I’ve always had an affinity for Friday the 13ths — they bring me good luck.

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candida is a bit better, but count is only down 8 points

Posted on February 24, 2006. Filed under: Candida |

I had a candida check up (if you think you might have candida, get a food sensitivity test done through koru methodology) and my number is a bit better, though still on the high side. So there is still rampant candida throughout my body despite 6 months of cutting everything out of my diet. Here’s hoping it only takes another 6 of the super-strict diet. Mind you some things have got in there without my knowing it — bacon is cured with sugar, sushi rice and the ginger they give you has sugar in it, and so does pad thai. I was eating all of these things every so often and as soon as I found out that each had sugar I cut them out. Some sushi places also use imitation crab for their california rolls and I’m tell you, you don’t even want to know the crap that they put in there! But it’s so yummy! I dream of the day that I can have sushi again.

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cold-hearted romantic that i am

Posted on February 24, 2006. Filed under: Marriage, The boy(s) |

Brian has aptly termed me a “cold-hearted romantic”. I think that he’s pretty much hit the nail on the head.

I was thinking this morning about why I’ve always been so adverse to getting married. I mean, now if I ever do, I’ll never hear the end of it from everyone I know. I think it must have started with the idea that I never wanted to get divorced paired with the idea that marriage wasn’t necessary and it was too conventional. I’m not religious, so i never thought that it was necessary to get married — why did I need that little piece of paper? It all seemed so contrived and pointless, especially when so many people can just throw the committment away with divorce.

I never imagined my wedding as a little girl. I never wanted to wear the gown or walk down the aisle. Not once. BUT, when I was a little girl, I did imagine being proposed to. Never by anyone in particular, just a sort of faceless guy in my daydreams, and I always said yes. I never imagined details that had to be there, but I was always shedding happy tears. So, perhaps the romantic in me would live for the moment of being swept off my feet, but the logical practical cold-hearted side just can’t get to the practicality of having a big wedding. Or the necessity of it.

Marriage as geneologically romantic is an interesting idea that I like. So many stories come from marriages and births and deaths. The cycles we’re stuck to.

I guess I’ve also never thought that I was “marriageable”, but I think that I’ve found someone who might just, one day, take me just the way I am, and that’s cool. If not, that’s cool too. The indifference is part of this whole marriage problem too. I just don’t really care and have never prioritized it. Too damn self-sufficient. That’s my theory.

Thanks for reading the random rambling.

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i’ve never done my taxes myself

Posted on February 23, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I just got my T4 at work and I realized that I’ve never done my own taxes. I’m 25, have been working for 11 years and have never done my taxes. My mom did them for me for the longest time and then my parent’s accountant took them over, so I’ve never had to learn. Now, I ask you, is this an important skill that one should acquire, or can I blindly review the work that others do and sign on the dotted line?

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marriage quote – sounds about right

Posted on February 22, 2006. Filed under: Marriage |

“Marriage isn’t a process of prolonging the life of love, but of mummifying the corpse”
-P.G. Wodehouse
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