The Chinese New Year: Part 2

(NB: Some of this is in Mandarin Chinese)

I thought this was a good moment to pause and redefine my goals for the New Year.  I looked around for a health conscious Chinese 餐廳 ( cān tīng or restaurant) to contemplate, and I found 3 options.  The first option was too expensive for me, but it had available all of the nutritional content, and the chef could prepare meals with no MSG or no salt.  The second was a carry out only place that offered nutritional content and could also prepare meals with no MSG or no salt.  I ended up going for the mall option, which although not the healthiest choice among the 3 because they could not modify the food to be low/no 鹽 (yán or salt) or no MSG, it did offer nutritional information and some healthier choices.  They have a nice name, too.  Panda Express.

I chose the 2 entree 盤子 (pán zi or plate) with steamed rice – getting a cabbage/tofu entree, and a steamed mixed 菜 (cài or vegetable)  entree.  They packed in the 米 ( or rice), so I’m not really sure that I didn’t get more than a serving size here.  But the whole meal came to 725 calories, 24g fat, 113 g carb, and 830 mg of sodium, but no cholesterol.  It probably should have been shared, but I ended up eating it all solo, and in terms of insulin, it ended up needing about 12 units of regular insulin to cover it.

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Not having taken my blood pressure medicine the day before because of the long 自行车 ( zì xíng chē or bike)  ride, I went to take a very hot 沐 浴 – (mù yù or bath), recording my aortic valve sounds before and after the bath.

BELOW: Before the bath.  Auscultation of the aortic valve (between the 2nd and 3rd intercostal to the right of the sternum) while applying pressure to the carotid artery (lower neck for the common carotid) and near the jaw for the external carotid) thereby possibly simulating an occlusion.

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BELOW: After the bath.  Auscultation of the aortic valve (between the 2nd and 3rd intercostal to the right of the sternum) while applying pressure to the carotid artery (lower neck for the common carotid) and near the jaw for the external carotid) thereby possibly simulating an occlusion.

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Below: Before the bath: close up view of the aortic valve auscultation just sitting (pulse calculated to be about 100).

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Below: After the bath: close up view of the aortic valve auscultation just sitting (still quite warm though).  (Pulse calculated to be about 113).

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Below:  Close up view of right common carotid pressure effect on the aortic valve, before bath.

Below:  Close up view of right common carotid pressure effect on the aortic valve, after bath.

Below:  Close up view of right external carotid pressure effect on the aortic valve, before bath.

Below:  Close up view of right external carotid pressure effect on the aortic valve, after bath.

Below:  Close up view of left common carotid pressure effect on the aortic valve, before bath.

Below:  Close up view of left common carotid pressure effect on the aortic valve, after bath.

Below:  Close up view of left external carotid pressure effect on the aortic valve, before bath.

Below:  Close up view of left external carotid pressure effect on the aortic valve, after bath.

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