Saturday, September 22, 2018

Theraputic Thankful

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Thankful day, hip hooray!

Dorky, yes, but it's my blog and i can be dorky if i want to.

Plus i have a lot to be thankful for, including that there is no rule in English grammar that says you can't end a sentence with a preposition.  No, there isn't, you won't find it in any book of English grammar rules.

Anyway, this thankful list has to do with the doctor.

This past Tuesday was the second part of my annual physical, and i am thankful for many things about it.

My doctor knows me well, and we like each other.  He's also a sharp cookie.  Nothing is worse than a doctor who is incompetent or who doesn't like you or you don't like her/him.

That's first, of course, having a good doctor and a good relationship with the doc.

Then there's lots of good news for which to be thankful:

my lipid profile is such that my risk of cardiac event in the next ten years is about 2%
my blood sugar levels are so good my doc says if i get diabetes he'll eat his bow tie
kidney and liver are normal
lung function is normal
eyes and ears check out as average for my age (very little hearing loss, cataracts still too small to be worth worrying over)
no sign of circulation trouble in the extremities
BMI normal

He even does a test to check for early signs and markers of dementia of any kind.  Nothing to worry about yet, we both laugh and say i still have a working brain.

He caught that a first degree relative has had colon polyps, so i get to do my colonoscopy ahead of schedule.  While the test itself is a pain, i am thankful he realized and that the test exists to be done.

My flu shot has been taken, and i am thankful i don't have to be as concerned about possibly exposing any of my elderly clients to the flu.

He explained to me, in detail, why i don't need to worry about a tetanus shot now, and i'm thankful he does take time to listen to my concerns and give sound reasons not to worry.

The twins are going in for their glamor shots (i.e., mammogram) and i will get a DEXA scan (bone density) in two weeks.  It's helpful to have a primary doc who keeps up with that as well.

In great thankful news, i have reached the age and stage where the data is in and i do not ever have to have a pelvic exam again unless i am having symptoms of some kind!  Ladies, every one of you knows how happy that makes me, and men, you have no idea, but ask any woman and she will tell you it is a great place to be.

The best thankful, as i was leaving the doc said, "Great physical!  Adjust your thyroid meds and come back in three months for a retest of that, otherwise you are fine."

Please join us and our gracious and wonderful hostess Kristi from ThankfulMe, write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful.  


Today is:

Aizu Byakko Matsuri -- Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima, Japan (ceremonial recreation of a march to war in 1868; through the 24th)

American Business Women's Day -- US (anniversary of the founding of the American Business Women's Association)    

Autumnal Equinox -- 01:54am UTC tomorrow, 09:54pm EDT today, related observances (some began today, some will start tomorrow depending on when the equinox occurred in your area)
    Mabon -- Wicca/Pagan Northern Hemisphere
    Ostara -- wicca/Pagan Southern Hemisphere
    Alban Elfed -- Celtic Winter Finding
    Chuseok -- Korean harvest festival (high point of the festival)
    Feast of Carpo -- Greek Horae, goddess of autumn
    Kukulcan Snake God Celebration -- Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico (the snake appears at the equinox, a time to honor this Mayan god)
    Festival of the Sea Goddess -- Eskimo
    Higan -- Japan
    Mabon/Fallfest -- Asatru/Norse Pagan (harvest festival, time to make wine and mead for the next winter)
    Oenach Carman -- Ancient Celtic Calendar
    Sendai Great Tug-of-War -- Sendai, Japan (festival on the equinox that dates back over 400 years)     
    Svarog's Holiday -- Slavic Pagan Calendar/Asatru (day to drink mead in honor of Svarog, god of fire and the sky)

Boidromia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; honor Apollon as god of rescue during war)

Breakfast, Snack, Elevenses, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Tea, Snack, Dinner, Snack, More Snacks, Supper, Snack, and Bilgewack Celebration Day -- Fairy Calendar (Borms; they are little known relatives of Goblins, given to being overweight and sedentary and lying around feeling ill; bilgewack is their term for having eaten too much and having to lie down.)

Coya Raymi -- Inca Native Americans (festival to honor Moon Goddess Quilla, with a focus on purging sickness and evil; through tomorrow, dates approximate)

Dear Diary Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; get it down on paper! 

Elephant Appreciation Day -- sponsored by "Elefunteria

Fall Migration Festival -- Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, NJ, US (nature photography workshops, guided viewing of the abundant and diverse species here at this time, and more; through tomorrow)

Feast of the Ingathering -- UK traditional (also called Harvest Home; in Scotland, Kirn; in northern England, Mell-Supper.  Celebrations will be held in rural areas for the next few weekends, celebrating the end of the harvest.)

Feast of Mikeli -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (harvest celebration; through the 24th)

Fish Amnesty Day (same as National Hunting and Fishing Day in the US, because it hurts fish to be caught!)

Fukuro Matsuri -- Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan (a fun-for-tourists way to learn about Japanese culture, through tomorrow, and the next two weekends)

Gettysburg Fall Antique Show -- Gettysburg, PA, US

Hobbit Day -- Bilbo's and Frodo's birth anniversary

Ice Cream Cone Day -- Italo Marchiony applied for a patent for an ice cream cone mold on this day in 1903

Independence Day -- Bulgaria(1908); Mali(1960)

International Rabbit Day -- learn to care for these wonderful pets and promote responsible rabbit ownership   

Kiwanis Kids' Day -- local clubs sponsor events for kids on the fourth Saturday of September

Museum Day -- The Smithsonian has information    

National Centenarians Day -- US

National Public Lands Day -- US (Helping Hands for America's Lands -- a day to volunteer on America's Public Lands)    

National White Chocolate Day

Oktoberfest -- Germany (through Oct. 7)


Princess Martha Louise's Birthday -- Norway (an official flag day)

Ritual of the Netjers of the Two Lands (Upper and Lower Egypt) -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

St. Maurice's Day (Patron of armies, cloth dyers, cloth makers, infantrymen, soldiers, swordsmiths, weavers; Austria; Manresa, Spain; Pianello Val Tidone, Italy; Piedmont, Italy; Sardinia; Stadtsulza, Germany; Pontifical Swiss Guards; against cramps and gout)

UCI Road World Championships -- Innsbruck, Austria (Union Cycliste International sponsors these races, through the 30th)

Waikiki Ho'olaule'a -- Waikiki, Oahu, Hawai'i, US (a huge, fun street party, part of the larger Aloha Festivals celebrations all over the Islands, to showcase the culture and beauty of Hawai'i)

World Car Free Day -- UN (encouraging all of us to go car free for a day, and see the world from a different perspective) began as:
    Car-Free Day -- this has spread to much of the world; try it for yourself!   

Birthdays Today:

Billie Piper, 1982
Ronaldo, 1976
Bonnie Hunt, 1964
Catherine Oxenberg, 1961
Scott Baio, 1961
Joan Jett, 1960
Andrea Bocelli, 1958
Debby Boone, 1956
Shari Belafonte, 1954
Arthur O. Sulzberger, 1951
Paul Le Mat, 1945
Junko Tabel, 1939 (first woman to summit Everest)
Tommy Lasorda, 1927
John Houseman, 1902
Michael Faraday, 1791
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, 1694(O.S. Date)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Friends"(TV), 1994
"Family Ties"(TV), 1982
"Charlie's Angels"(TV), 1976
"A Delicate Balance"(Play), 1966
"Fiddler on the Roof"(Musical), 1964
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E."(TV), 1964
"Maverick"(TV), 1957

Today in History:

Legion I Italica is created by Emperor Nero, 66
Switzerland becomes an independent state, 1499
The General Provincial Court at Patuxent, MD, US, empanels the first all female jury in the colonies to try the case of a woman accused of murdering her child, 1656
A final 8 people are hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Mass., 1692
Nathan Hale is hanged for spying during American Revolution, 1776
Russia establishes a colony at Kodiak, Alaska, 1784
City of Des Moines, Iowa, is incorporated as Fort Des Moines, 1851
Abraham Lincoln, by executive proclamation, declares that the slaves in the rebelling states shall become free on Jan. 1 of the upcoming year, 1862
Richard Wagner's opera Das Rheingold premieres in Munich, 1869
The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published, 1888
Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather, King George III, as the longest reigning monarch in British history, 1895
Italo Marchiony granted a patent for an ice cream cone, 1903
The Duke of York's Picture House opens in Brighton, now the oldest continually operating cinema in Britain, 1910
Ralph J. Bunche becomes the first black winner of the Nobel Peace Price, 1950
The Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for the first time by the Huntington Library, 1991
David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon, 2003
CERN scientists announce their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light, 2011
Angela Merkel and the Christian Democrats win a third term with their best result since 1990 in German Federal elections, 2013
NASA's MAVEN space probe successfully arrives in orbit over Mars, 2014
Volkswagen admits that 11 million cars have been wrongly programmed to appear to emit lesser emissions in order to pass emission standards, 2015
Palangkaraya in Indonesian Borneo records the highest air pollutant index (API) value ever recorded of 1,986 due to haze caused by forest fires deliberately lit to clear land for palm oil plantations, 2015


  1. Wonderful, wonderful results. I suspect that you eat right and live right and can claim some credit for them too.

  2. The best thing to hear from a doctor is that "everything is great!" I like doctors who take time to listen to their patients' concern and also take the time to explain things to their patients. Continue with your good work and healthy lifestyle!

  3. Mimi,

    Good health is a good reason to be thankful, especially after you hit mid-life. I have my annual colonoscopy this coming Thursday. I'm overdue on this with everything that's transpired in our lives since 2015 scan but I'm getting the biggies out of the way finally. I count myself blessed everything looks good. My hearing is about the only thing at this point that bothers me which is quite annoying. I hate saying, "Huh?" all the time. I don't have a mammogram or pelvic exam every year. It seems like an overkill with past good reports, so I always skip a year or two. Here's to your good health, my friend! May God's blessings continue to pour down on your head. ;)

  4. Congratulations on a clean bill of health!

  5. YAY! for all the good news.
    Yeah, prepping for a colonoscopy isn't a fun process (altho' I LOVE the "getting to go home and sleep the rest of the day" part afterwards) but I've watched more than one person die of colon cancer - I'll take a few preventative hours of cramps and nausea over that any day.

  6. Those were all great things, good for you! I don't think students these days learn anything about prepositions or basic grammar.

  7. I envy your wonderful health stats.

  8. It sounds that you are a very healthy person. Well done. I have a colonoscopy next year and my flu shot is next month. I get a physical every month, about May. My doctor told me that I didn't need to have the PSA blood test anymore but I had one and then he wanted me to have a second one and he says that the second one was better then the firt one but he wanted me to have one in 6 months. I thought he said that I didn't need one at all. He's a weird doctor. Have a great day Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. I love these kinds of doctor visits. You're doing what is necessary to remain healthy too and that's a good thing. I'm happy you have a good relationship with your doctor. We like our doctor too.

    Have a fabulous and thankful weekend, my friend. ♥

  10. Wonderful health results. I'm betting that you worked hard over the years to get these results.

  11. If I hear someone say you should never end a sentence a preposition with, I say "Why are you doing that for?"

    YOu are correct about that non-existent rule.

    1. That should be "What are you doing that for?"

  12. Congratulations!!! You should go out to diner to celebrate. :)

  13. I recognize all those tests! I'm glad that you had such good results. Wishing you well as you have the colonoscopy. I really don't care for the liquid one has to take prior to the procedure. Someone told me the taste has improved. I hope so. The last time I had to hold my nose as I drank it. Really!

  14. yeah! damit! who was it that taught us that you can't have a preposition be the last word a sentence ends on?!! (I thought it was true and even though I know better, I still get uncomfortable when I get to the end of a sentence and all I have are in on, of, to....*
    Always good to walk away from a doctor visit with nothing but an appointment for the next year or so.
    *talk about learn something new everyday, I looked up prepositions (well, because) and they're saying there are, like, 150 of 'em. Good thing they're legal to end a sentence...with.

  15. Darned right you can be dorky! You can be any way you want :)
    No better news than that indeed! Congratulations. The older we get, the annual physical seems to turn into a worry fest leading up to finding out the results.
    I agree completely about liking your dr and having a good reciprocal relationship.

  16. Talk about a clean bill of health! Good for you---literally! The twins glamor shots! Without your note of explanation that one would have flown right over my head! Too funny!


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