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Dick Stodghill
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PostSubject: Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague   Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague EmptyMon Aug 04, 2008 8:44 am

Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague I_outg19 Yet another blog:
This is not a complaint because for a guy about to celebrate (?) his 83rd birthday I am doing quite well. It's a rare day when I don't work six or eight hours and that includes weekends.
But that's sitting at a computer writing or doing the things that go along with it. I'll be feeling great when I decide to get up and do something else. Anything at all, you name it - a 25-mile hike with full-field pack, carry the ball a few times for the Cleveland Browns, take over at shortstop for the Chicago Cubs.
Ah, yes. Then after twenty steps down the hall I'm reaching out for support. Can I make it to the recliner in the living room? Maybe, but it won't be easy.
My step may be sprightly as I set out to empty the trash in the chute fifteen yards down the outer hallway. On the way back I'm clutching at the wall to help me stay on my feet and wondering how our door moved so far away in such short a time.
It's called anemia. The slightest effort enables it to drain the energy from your body and leave you with all the strength of a limp dish rag.
I guess there are numerous ways to become anemic but I've never paid much attention to medical stuff. In my case I think it's from a benign tumor on the pituitary gland that has knocked every hormone there is down to base level. I take pills and get a monthly shot to build me up and the anemia just laughs at both.
So my advice is this: don't get it. Just downright refuse to allow it anywhere near you. If you find out how to do that, please let me know.
It's almost lunch time, I've been up about five hours, have gotten quite a bit accomplished and am feeling great.
So tennis, anyone?
Maybe I'd better think about that a little more. If I can make it down the hall when Jackie says the food is on the table, I'll give it further consideration. In a pig's eye.
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PostSubject: Re: Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague   Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague EmptyMon Aug 04, 2008 9:59 am

Without a sense of humor you would be a sorry case. I can just imagine how you must keep Jackie in stitches. Seeing humor in everything certainly is a healthy outlook. Now if we can just find a way to help you with that Anemia.
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PostSubject: Re: Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague   Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague EmptyMon Aug 04, 2008 1:06 pm

Just being able to work at what you love is a great source of renewing strength. If I don't write everyday, I feel like I've failed life somehow. Even worse, failed the Muse. And a sense of humor. Glad to see you're enjoying both work and the play of humor. But hopefully someone will figure out the anemia cure soon, like yesterday.
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PostSubject: Re: Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague   Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague EmptyMon Aug 04, 2008 2:35 pm

Dick you have a great gift for taking something lousy and making it funny to the rest of us - thanks for sharing, and for also demonstrating how attitude has such a big influence on how we look at every day.
My Mom would say eat more liver and spinach. All I can think to say is thanks again for the imagery you provide, and may you be blessed with many iron rich red blood cells.

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PostSubject: Re: Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague   Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague EmptyMon Aug 04, 2008 5:43 pm

Dear Dick,
You need that little motor scooter thing called a hover-round. Medicare pays for that. I have seen people driving one of those things down major highways and going to the movies. They have their oxygen tanks strapped on back. hahahah. Check it out. I will do that in a heart beat when I need to. I hope you do. I think it is the answer.

You know, Dick, breathing is the whole answer to living a long time. Well, that and keeping your heart beating and having a creative mind, and a gentle spirit. You have it all. My dear, dear friend. Check out the little scooter. It is what you need.
My best love to you.

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PostSubject: Re: Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague   Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague EmptyMon Aug 04, 2008 6:00 pm

Don't forget the liver and onions! They do have iron tablets, too.
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PostSubject: Re: Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague   Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague EmptyMon Aug 04, 2008 6:11 pm

Dear Zada,
Once, many years ago, I had an attack of the appendex. It was a long ordeal with drainage tubes, and prehistoric treatments. After a week of not eating, the first meal brought to me in the hospital was Liver (flacid and oozing) with lumps of white stuff. No bacon, on onions, NO Jello!

What a disappointment! I could not have eaten anything good, but a flacid liver was so bad! I drank the orange juice. I suggest that if anyone wants the benefits of liver, take a pill, eat fried onions and wash it all down with jello shooters.

Dick, get the scooter! It is better than liver.

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PostSubject: Re: Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague   Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague EmptyMon Aug 04, 2008 6:26 pm

Betty, you make me laugh! My mother's liver always came out that way. But my gram knew how to cook it. I love it today, but my mate doesn't, so I only get to cook it when he is away. I had anemia in my mid 20's (not unusual in pregnant women), so the dr. prescribed liver at least twice a week, and iron tablets four times a day! I got over it quickly, but I presume that if our beloved Sir Dick has a tumor, that prescription may not be a good idea, at all.
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PostSubject: Re: Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague   Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague EmptyMon Aug 04, 2008 6:57 pm

How can anyone not like liver? I like pork, beef and chicken - but each cooked differently.

When I worked at my dad's store when I was young, we had an old black
woman that came in once a week or so and ordered two pounds of pork
liver. Each time, just before I wrapped it, she would ask for one of
the slices. I would stab a slice with the icepick and she would take
it, tilt her head back, and eat it like spaghetti - except the "sauce"
was dripping blood.

Now I eat raw oysters and suchi, but I couldn't bring myself to try that raw liver. I am such a wimp...
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PostSubject: Re: Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague   Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague EmptyMon Aug 04, 2008 8:51 pm

You think you are a wimp? I don't eat anything but vegetables raw! I love seafood, but I want it cooked, never mind organ meats.
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Hey Sir Dick got any Irish blood in you 'cos I thought anaemic was a foot high Irishman or was that a leprechaun? lol!afroAnemia - Avoid it like the Plague 710456
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Dick Stodghill
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Had I been crawling on the desert for weeks without eating and came to someone who offered me perfectly cooked liver, I would just keep on crawling.
After reading Brew's post I intend to skip dinner tonight.

Betty, I don't need one of those scooters because the VA gave me a rollator that makes walking easy. It has great brakes and a comfortable seat when you get tired. The doctor thought I'd do more walking with the rollator. She was wrong, I don't.
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PostSubject: Re: Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague   Anemia - Avoid it like the Plague EmptyWed Aug 06, 2008 6:37 am

Dick, your post is just great. I have to agree about passing up the liver in a desert. I'd do the same.

Like Zada, raw vegetables are more my liking.

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Dick,
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Maybe a raw carrot dangled in front of you? Only kidding. But what if you gave yourself a 'reward' for walking? A special treat, perhaps?
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I always grab special treats whether I deserve them or not.

Abe asked if I would walk better if I had someone in the raw to help. It would depend upon who that person in the raw happens to be, Abe.

As I've told the HMO doctor and the VA doctor, I can walk or I can write. I prefer to write, having done enough walking and hiking in my younger days to last a lifetime.
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By raw, I kind of thought that Abe was suggesting someone in her late 20s and scantily clad, walking 3 feet ahead of you Dick...after you've had your iron tabs of course!
pirate

My mother always made liver in gravy and bacon and despite being liver, it was quite good if you pretended it was something else. I never touch liver anymore, but I could eat bacon everyday of the week!
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Fried liver and onions with an egg on top, mushrooms on the side a poor mans feast. Very Happy
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thehairymob wrote:
Fried liver and onions with an egg on top, mushrooms on the side a poor mans feast. Very Happy

I have never had it served that way, but I do love mushrooms, and the egg might be a nice complement. Is that a regional recipe?
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Just something a lot of Scottish people used to eat, it was either that or stewed with onions but I never liked it that way; frying it is much better. Cool
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Packed with protein and iron! I am quite fond of fried onions. I like your new avatar, by the way. Sure looks familiar! Smile
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Pam,
you read my thoughts exactly.
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Anemia?
Been there. Done that.

I had anemia when I was in my early teens. Malnutrition was the reason. We just were poor and I didn't have enough to eat.

Anyway, can't say I have that problem now.

Anemia is usually due to iron deficiency, but can also be due to not having enough B12, B6, or folic acid.

So, all the advice of iron supplements and liver and spinach are good. Actually any foods rich in iron are good.

Also avoid foods and drinks or anything that decreases iron absorption (such as caffeine).

And of course follow doctor's orders.

Remember, you can either be your body's best friend or worst enemy.
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Abe F. March wrote:
Pam,
you read my thoughts exactly.
... it wasn't rocket science.

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Where have you been, Shelagh? How do we survive without your caustic comments?
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