Category Archives: Health and wellness

Triceps Surae

  Three calves – we’ll call them gastrocnemius, soleus, and plantaris. Ecological action of the day:  a malus domestica tree planted (ein shemer) English Hebrew Hebrew script Spanish Cow/cows Parah/parot פרה/פרות Vaca/vacas Apple/apples Tapuah’/tapuhim תפוח/תפוחים Manzana/manzanas Tree/trees Etz/haetzim עץ/העצים Àrbol/ Àrboles To … Continue reading

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Turning a New Leaf

I spent New Year’s Eve with Brownie holding and reassuring her when the fireworks went off, eventually leaving her to go run after a stray dog on the highway.  Later, I returned to my pack to celebrate.   I almost … Continue reading

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Blood culture

I cultured 1 mL of my own blood on a nutrient agar plate (well, sterilized pickle jar) (temperature 55-62F) for 3 days.  I got about 60 colonies of what look like E.coli, and maybe 5 or so smaller intensely white colonies.  … Continue reading

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Borderline CRP and high quality ESR measurement

I had my C-reactive protein levels measured and they came back as 1.027 with 0-1 being normal.  I repeated the ESR test with great success taping the syringe to a washer for the test, topfilling the 3/10 cc syringe to … Continue reading

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Fatso on a bike with a happy dog

I finally got a little money to buy some underwear, a $12 watch, and an air pump for the bike (the tire has a slow leak in the back and has to be pumped up every couple of days).  So with … Continue reading

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My Cholesterol values

I had my cholesterol run – it was $40 to do this.  Mostly, I wanted the blood draw, and they gave me the tube of blood to run the ESR with but it was the wrong one  – it needed … Continue reading

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CBC

OK.  I plopped down $25 for a CBC at the local private clinic yesterday afternoon, and got my results back this AM.   Test Result Ref Range Unit WBC 8.2 4.8-10.8 K/ul RBC 4.9 4.20-5.40 M/ul HGB 14.3 12.0-16.0 g/dL … Continue reading

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