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kleinbl00  ·  405 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 15, 2017

The kid's sick. Coughing bad, up about six times last night, hitting the inhaler. She sucks at blowing her nose which means she slurps it all in which means she pukes it back up. So whatever I intended to do today it better incorporate a sick four-year-old.

Found myself last night spinning myself into worrying it was Cystic Fibrosis. It's not. It's a cold. But it sure gives you pause because for some parents out there, it is Cystic Fibrosis and goddamn that must be a 20-year-ride of heartbreak and terror. This kid? This kid had a peanut scare last week but she puked it back up rather than getting airway shit like she used to. And she's had some truly terrifying bouts of croup but she's never scored over a three and you gotta get to like eight before anybody worries.

    “Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.”

- Elizabeth Stone

I think Ms. Stone was talking about emotions but fuckin'A the hard part is how goddamn fragile they are. I mean, fuck.

We've got an open house not this weekend, but next weekend. $1400 worth of catered munchies. Invites and schmoozing and all things wonderful. It's almost the point where I can consider the damn thing done; we've got two women vying to be the first to have a baby in there and the front-runner is showing no signs while the runner up appears to be warming up. Which, hey - the front runner is the hot one. Any birth photography will be hella better.

Fucked up my leg three weeks ago, probably by not stretching for ten years and being 42. Being able to run only every other day or so caused me to gain seven pounds in three weeks. Went to get my blood tests done; all normal. Doctor asked if I was relieved; I told her that it took me three weeks to gain back what it took me a year to lose when I'm only running five miles a week and that I found that frustrating as hell, actually. She tried to suggest (again) it's probably because I'm having three frappuccinos a day and when I suggested that no, I actually understand nutrition and have been maintaining a diet diary since 2011 I think I finally cracked through. So now I've got an appointment with a nutritionist, a follow-up with an endocrinologist in the referrals and blood tests to explore the idea that I have a pituitary tumor. Second physical therapy appointment is tomorrow. My insurance is paying for someone to teach me how to run again because fuckin' A my waistline depends on it.

Got a gift certificate for a massage for Christmas. It's a nice lady whom my mother-in-law has probably given $10k to over the past ten years. She's a great massage therapist, but she's also a yoga instructor. So I traded my massage certificate for a yoga certificate and went yesterday. There's a world of difference between doing yoga as intended and the gymbro buttrock-fueled Bikram bullshit I ended up doing last year.

AnSionnachRua  ·  404 days ago  ·  link  ·  

...Between you, mk, and snoodog, Hubski is starting to feel like a persuasive argument for contraception.

I hope your daughter gets better, though, and you don't spend too long on the medical professional treadmill.

kleinbl00  ·  404 days ago  ·  link  ·  

We just got done practicing her casting in the back yard. She's decided she wants to go fishing.

None of us are saying we don't like 'em. We're just all horrified by how easily damaged they are.

mk  ·  405 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I look at my daughter and am sometimes overcome by feelings of terror. It's led me to wonder if these feelings diminish with a brood > 1.

It's nutty and unfounded and difficult, but I suggest the 72 fast. For some reason it undid so much wrong with my own health. I was seeing an infectious disease doc, getting tested for HIV, lupus, etc., and for no reason my shoulder hurt such that I couldn't put my coat on normally.

72 hours of not feeding myself seemed to do the trick.

kleinbl00  ·  405 days ago  ·  link  ·  

72 hours of not feeding myself was a dreary commonplace when I was a teenager. I absolutely can go days at a time without eating. It got me down to 137 from 237 in the space of four months. It also makes me light-headed and despondent.

I've pretty much gotten used to being dizzy and despairing by 4pm. Eating enough to not be that way means I gain a pound a day. When I was riding to work I had to time dinner such that I actually had enough available calories to make it home without seeing stars.

And still I lost no weight.

mk  ·  405 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah ok, that's fucked up. It's definitely not frappuccinos, and it's worth getting to the bottom of it. Don't seem to be fluid?

kleinbl00  ·  405 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I know you mean well, but "worth getting to the bottom of it" means four doctor visits' worth of "surely it's because you're an idiot."

if it's fluid, that means that my metabolism depends on me sweating out approximately a cup of water a day in order to function correctly. It would also mean the weight would go as quickly as it comes.

If I have three slices of pizza and a beer, the scale will have a number 2 1/2 lbs higher the next day. Doesn't matter if I biked two hours beforehand; if I want it to go back down I have to eat sparingly and exercise strenuously for two weeks.

That's assuming my routine doesn't already include strenuous exercise, in which case, forget it. It's just there. The summer I spent working out, running 30 miles a week and hiking 8 miles per weekend added 30 lbs to my frame that didn't come off for ten years because it came on through exercise and then never left.

ButterflyEffect  ·  405 days ago  ·  link  ·  

What did you allow yourself to ingest during the 72 hour fast? Just water? Any clear liquid?

mk  ·  405 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Anything without calories. Water, black coffee, or tea, and one zero-calorie Powerade each day. Plus the occasional pinch of salt.

steve  ·  404 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    There's a world of difference between doing yoga as intended and the gymbro buttrock-fueled Bikram bullshit I ended up doing last year.

I've read this sentence a few times now... it makes me chuckle out loud EVERY time.

I love yoga... I don't know why I don't do it more often.

kleinbl00  ·  404 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I've read this sentence a few times now... it makes me chuckle out loud EVERY time.

Alliteration is the secret sauce of sarcasm.

steve  ·  404 days ago  ·  link  ·  


rd95  ·  404 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Cause it's hard to relax when you have to hold in your farts?

steve  ·  404 days ago  ·  link  ·  

full disclosure? I just suck at it and am SUPER self-conscious about it and it's embarrassing to suck at something... and yah... that's just the proud truth.

They make Yoga DVDs for a reason - Me. I have no excuses.