15 thoughts on “August 9, 2020: Whippersnapper”

  1. Guess we're not gonna have Poppens.

  2. 5 years ago next month I was at a point where I had lost 35 pounds primarily due to stress from opening the joint. Woke up one morning with DVT. That was fun. Over the 5 years I gained all that weight back, but started a new diet in March. Yesterday I woke up and stepped on the scale and was at 35 lbs lost. By the end of the day (12 hours working) I was in the local ER. From 2 until 9 I worked in a sweaty kitchen with ever increasing chest pains. By the time my wife brought me in I could barely lift a stack of plates. Good news is it wasn't a heart attack. Bad news is I still have the chest pain and no answers other than super high blood pressure right now. I am starting to wonder if this whole losing weight thing is as healthy as it is cracked up to be.

    1. damn, zooomy. Best wishes for getting this stuff figured out and getting on a healthy, level path.

    2. Stress, maybe. I don't know. In the past, I've had some really funky stress related body responses that were very scary. Whatever it is, take care of yourself.

      1. My thoughts, too. My hypertension would manifest as a headache in the back of my head and neck, and the good news is that it's very treatable, if that's what's up with you.

    3. My blood pressure was always on the high side, north of 130. Dr. Fear was always edgy about prescribing something, as I reported lower BP from my morning tests compared to what his peeps measured (I though white coat syndrome).

      Finally Fear say's "We're doing it." So I'm on Hydrochlorothiazide (HCLC) and Olmesartan. The BP is under 120/80 every morning when I measure it.

      I've also been measuring Oximeter and Temperature every morning just so I know what is normal. Weird - temps are usually 97.3F in the morning.

      1. Weird - temps are usually 97.3F in the morning.

        *pulls out soapbox*
        The human body temperature of 37° C (also known as 98.6° F in some regions of the world) is a bad number because there is no singular body temperature for anyone. The "correct" temperature varies by age, gender, and time of day, among other factors.. It's lowest overnight while sleeping, and when you wake up, before rising by about 1° C for the rest of the day. The mean temperature of 37° C was recorded in the mid 19th century and subsequent measurements have recorded it slowly decreasing. It's lower now than it was in the '70s. I suspect it was higher when first measured in part because many people had low-grade fevers due to antibiotics not existing for another 60 years. I've also seen climate control implicated because our bodies are adjusting to living in a 20-28° C range indoors.

        *gets off soapbox*
        I suggest measuring your temperature at lunch, dinner, and before going to bed. The middle two should be closer to the expected number.

  3. I mentioned awhile ago that Rich Becker was the MVP of the 2006 World Series in our historic OOTP league. Well, bjhess just lost the 2007 World Series in five games. Eric Milton pitched seven shutout innings and scored the only run in Game Five.

    1. We eat like Europeans. Doc S is probably done eating dinner before we are. I'll pop into one of these calls again (sooner) or (probably) later.

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