Archive for the 'Body' Category


Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

We took a break from Bloomington and made a side trip to visit my family. When we arrived at my parents’ house, I was alarmed to discover my father lying on the floor in the kitchen. My folks aren’t getting any younger. Was this a medical emergency?

Odyssey of the Body

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Getting sick is like taking a trip. Not a pleasure cruise. Quite the opposite. Nevertheless it can be an interesting experience, even educational, if you look at it the right way.

Hunger Games

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

With apologies to Suzanne Collins: This has nothing to do with that. It recently occurred to me that I am drowning in food. I have often remarked that during the Katrina crisis and the flooding of New Orleans, despite being displaced, I never missed a night’s sleep, and I never missed a meal. What’s even […]

Testosterone and Emergence

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Last month, a study was published which reveals that men who take care of their babies get a big drop in testosterone levels. The more involved they are with their kids, the bigger the drop. These findings certainly corroborate with my experience. Testosterone is associated with selfishness and aggression, and in the months and years […]


Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Pistolette is quitting coffee for a couple weeks, so I thought I’d revisit the topic myself. I noted back in March that I’d started my eighth coffee reduction earlier than usual this year. Normally I wait until the weather gets hot, but this year I discovered the joy of dandelion coffee: roasted dandelion root + […]

Test Results

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

I got the test results back from my doctor. No charge for the office consultation, though it would have cost me ten bucks to talk on the phone. They have a new online system which allows me to see all the results myself, so allow me to copy and paste. Test results 04/12/11 GLUCOSE 90 […]

Medical Madness

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Even though I’ve been feeling much better after my initial bout with bronchitis, I’ve continued to have minor relapses. I exert myself and then feel funny in the lungs and fatigued. So I made an appointment to see my doctor Tuesday morning. And it was such a strange doctor visit. I was informed that my […]

Rites of Spring

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Another advantage of sickness — it can be a good excuse to go on a sobriety binge. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’m sick my desire to drink alcohol and caffeine diminishes severely. I don’t want anything to make my recovery longer. Actually, let me make a liar of myself. In the […]

Good Things About Being Sick

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

I started this list on August 25, 2005, just a few days before we evacuated in advance of Katrina. I’ve added to it slowly over the years and finally I have seven items, enough for a respectable list. The reason it took me so long is because, as we all know, being sick sucks. But […]


Friday, March 11th, 2011

Thirteen tracks for my convalescence (and yours) including music by Aleatoric, Donald Joyce and Guanaco. Relax, take a nap and enjoy.

Mardi Maigre

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Or would that be Mardi Mince? I never completely recovered from the cold I caught in late January. I only missed one day of work, and I felt well enough that my general routine was not disrupted, but I could not quite kick that last stage. I kept coughing up little bits of phlegm, but […]

Triumph of the Shin

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Last Mardi Gras, a dog bit me on the calf. The marks are still visible today, one full year after the fact. I was recently informed that the dog has died. A friend joked that I had come out on top, which I thought was funny, but I do feel sorry for the dog and […]

Minor Relapse, Electoral Politics, and Music

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Last night FOLC had its annual board election. I was excited but also a little nervous. We had a bigger slate of candidates than ever before, fifteen in all, for eight open seats. I wasn’t up for re-election myself; our terms are staggered and mine ends next year. But I was nervous because there was […]

Throat Challenge

Monday, January 24th, 2011

I seem inordinately predisposed to getting a sore throat. (I also have a propensity for swollen nodes in the throat, which may or may not be related.) I’ve been making some headway in my ongoing battle, but I’ve yet to reach my goal of a year-round healthy throat. My family doctor prescribed fluticasone propionate nasal […]

Mixed Omens

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

My new year seemed to be getting off to an auspicious start. We ran around a candle on the neutral ground at midnight; we ate some Hoppin’ John and cabbage; I slept in the next morning; I avoided a hangover. Later in the day we even got a visit from the Egg Roll Man. So […]

Vasectomy: Before & After Photos, Plus Video

Friday, December 17th, 2010

I got a vasectomy today. As promised, here are the before and after photos, and even a video. Before After Video Vasectomy @ Yahoo! Video Many thanks to Michael for driving me and taking the pix. The procedure was, as advertised, no big deal. It took about five or ten minutes. The doctor praised my […]


Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

It’s been cold in New Orleans lately. The last two nights we’ve had freeze warnings. I don’t think it actually froze, though. Fortunately the new insulation under our house seems to be making a huge difference in terms of our general comfort level. The energy savings remain to be seen. I still find cold weather […]

Cold Front

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Another cold front passed through our area this weekend. On Saturday it was unseasonably warm, on Sunday unseasonably cold, and all day long Sunday I felt out of sorts — not quite right — like my body was out of tune. Nothing severe, but a tiny headache, a touch of fatigue, a slightly upset stomach, […]

Initial Consult

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

I had my initial consultation with Dr. Swartz today. It looks like I’ll be getting snipped in a couple weeks. Yes, I’m getting a vasectomy, and if that seems like too much information, you’re probably reading the wrong blog. Actually I think talking about the procedure is important. It’s one of the most effective means […]

Bouncing Back

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

I think I got a bad burger at the airport in Houston. Ugh. The very idea of an airport hamburger sounds kind of gross. Anyway, Sunday evening I was feeling kind of queasy. Over the course of the night I didn’t sleep much, as my body forcibly ejected all contents from my gastrointestinal system in […]