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General Discussion / Re: Started taking Lipitor, cholesterol medication...
« on: November 09, 2014, 11:54:55 pm »
Paul, yes, an MRI would help make a diagnosis.  It's a wonder I didn't get one in Emergency.


General Discussion / Re Gall Bladder.....
« on: November 08, 2014, 10:55:41 pm »
Went to Emergency again re gall bladder pain!...."we can't find anything.".....the pain went away.

Coincidence:  I had an apt with surgeon next day - the apt was made ages ago.  He thinks a stone may be rattling around....want to remove gall date yet.  He also wants to do MRI.

MRI date is January.  I hope the operation is before then (if that makes sense) - don't want to keep going to emergency!  >:(


Thanks for reminding me about muscle aches.

Speaking of liver, I may or may not get my gall bladder removed.  It's under the liver - I had to look it up.


General Discussion / Started taking Lipitor, cholesterol medication...
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:54:48 pm »
10mg - a small dose.

I never pictured myself taking a cholesterol med, as I've been 80% vegetarian for centuries.
As you may know, a lot of cholesterol is produced by the body on its own, no relation to diet or whatever.

If I can exercise more/lose weight, I'll go off it temporarily to see if that makes a difference.

Getting older!  67.....but healthy, generally.


General Discussion / Re: Thanksgiving
« on: October 11, 2014, 12:00:14 am »
May have mentioned this - being thankful can be very beneficial for from the neck up....LOL.  You can take courses in that.....maybe there are books on it, too.


General Discussion / Brain transplant or adjustment?
« on: October 10, 2014, 11:58:38 pm »
Went to nurse pracititioner's today, but my appointment is next week. >:(

On Wednesday went to comedy class thinking it was Thursday!

Not worried that much about it.  I'm 67.

BTW, I lose things, but in my tiny apt - pens and small notebooks.....I don't generally lose things on the bus or whatever.


General Discussion / Re: Laughing like Crazy Comedy Show on the 24th.....
« on: October 06, 2014, 11:21:47 pm »
I'm feeling better, thanks.

That show was postponed.....not sure why.  There will be a show in a bar (unusual for us) early December.

Thanks for the compliment!  Doing standup is one of the ;D in my life.  I get more nervous the last few shows, for some reason.


General Discussion / Re: ....was worried about endoscopy.....
« on: October 01, 2014, 12:47:19 am »
Oh yeah....because I was kinda out of it, I forgot to watch the tv screen that shows inside my tummy...not that that's so interesting.


General Discussion / ....was worried about endoscopy.....
« on: September 30, 2014, 10:18:20 pm »
An endoscopy is a procedure whereby they put a long tube down your mouth that goes into your stomach.
They spray the back of your throat with something to prevent the gag reflex.  The end of the tube has a tiny camera and tiny tweezers for taking samples of bad stuff.

Anyway, I've had 4 of them years ago with no (!) anesthetic.  :o (no, I'm not Chuck Norris.....LOL)

I was planning to get one with an anesthetic today, and I was worried I'd be staggering around like a drunk afterwards.  The handout they give you says "don't take a bus by yourself."  I took a cab, and the hospital is close.

Maybe the gastroenterologist adjusted the sedative dose because I told him I took a Clonazepam yesterday?  I didn't find the sedative (Valium via drip?) that strong, but I still feel something 12 hours later.

Anyway, all went well. 

Should anyone be getting the procedure or a similar one in the future, if I can handle can you.
I know it sounds creepy, but I find giving blood samples more creepy, actually.


General Discussion / Re: Feeling Uncomfortable
« on: September 26, 2014, 01:19:21 am »
I've seen very little spam on here, and I've been on here a while.


General Discussion / Re: Does meditation help?
« on: September 26, 2014, 01:14:50 am »
Hi, HSG - I'm an Alan Watts fan.  Coincidence - I bookmarked some of his YouTubes the other day.

I have various Zen books that I only look at once in a while.  Watts can write a book about Zen Buddhism without mentioning "Zen" or "Buddhism!"  He was an Anglican priest/minister.


General Discussion / Re: CAMH
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:17:17 pm »
They have a small building close to McCaul and College - it's for gambling and quitting smoking cigarettes.

I still go to my quit smoking group once in a blue moon altho' I quit about 7 years ago. Yes, I'm still jonesing for a smoke once in a while - it goes away.


BTW, I get nicotine once in a while, and I've been doing this for 7 years without restarting smoking.  Sometimes when I'm jonesing for one, I use the inhaler for a few minutes.  I haven't in months, though, and I only do that during the evening, and I would never carry the inhaler with me when going out.

The inhaler plus support group plus "the patch" helped me quit.

General Discussion / Re: Social Phobia Group Closed.....
« on: September 10, 2014, 07:15:32 pm »
Hi, Paul...Send me your email, and I'll forward it to Valerie who arranges the dinners.

tx Peter

General Discussion / Laughing like Crazy Comedy Show on the 24th.....
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:34:32 pm »
See first page of this site.  I only learned about this show recently, as I was depressed.  I'm usually one of the 8 or so "graduates" that does 2-3 warmup jokes, but not this time - I think they have 8 people already.


General Discussion / Re: Does meditation help?
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:29:27 pm »
Hi, e....Some hospitals in Toronto offer such courses, but you may have to be a patient at that hospital.  I took such a course at St. Mike's - I was accepted because my family Dr. and nurse practitioner are part of the hospital.  Toronto General and Western (?) had such courses too.

This area is a little confusing, as there's "regular" meditation, mindfulness meditation (takes too long to explain), and being "mindful."  The MDAO has a course in being mindful.

I've been doing "regular" meditation (sit in chair for 15 or so minutes, concentrate on breath to try to eliminate any thoughts) off and on for years.  VERY helpful for depression, I'm not sure if I can during depression.  BTW, when meditating, worrying/getting mad about intrusive thoughts is worse than the actual thoughts....only learned that semi recently.

I thought I meditated "well" this morning.......I notice that I'm being a little more mindful because of that.......for instance, eating a little more slowly.  Maybe when I get on the bus later, the bus will seem more interesting than usual.....I mean visually.

A bonus of being mindful when walking down the street or whatever - MUCH less negative ruminating - I'm too busy noticing my surroundings!

Good luck, Peter

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