Saturday, September 28, 2019

So Far, So Good (Ten Things of Thankful, Health Edition)


About three weeks ago, i went for the first part of my annual check-up.  (Yes, i am one of those strange creatures who actually go get a physical every year, so the doctor can make sure to catch anything serious before it gets out of hand.  If you are not, i encourage you to become one of us.  Your family will thank you.)

The first part is where the techs test and measure and weigh and take enough blood that you wonder how much you have left now.

The second part, which was this week, is when the doctor talks about all of the test results with you and actually looks you over.

Good health is precious, so this week i am thankful for health.  According to the doctor, i am :

still in possession of a working brain (i remember the words he gives me at the beginning of the visit several minutes later after conversation, i can spell simple words backwards, i know what the date is, and i can accurately draw a clock with the hands pointed at 3:00)

at a mere 2% risk of having a heart attack in the next ten years

at a good weight

not at risk for diabetes

keeping my thyroid well regulated

taking my supplements correctly

still within good range on lung function despite the scars from the pneumonia

continuing to have a normal abnormal ECG (my ECG always looks weird to doctors, but since it's the same year after year, it's normal for me)

circulating my blood well into my extremities

able to hear normally, with only a tiny bit of hearing loss at the very upper registers (normal once you get to my age), and see normally (with tiny cataracts that aren't anywhere near ready to come out)

not suffering from anxiety, depression, etc.

looking and behaving and working like i am in generally good health, which i am.

These are all things for which i am thankful and that i am not taking for granted.  (And next up, i need to schedule the twins for their glamor shots, a/k/a have my mammogram.  That will be soon.)

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Today is:

Aloha Festivals Floral Parade -- Oahu, Hawai'i (part of the larger Aloha Festival celebrations this month and next on all the islands, celebrating native Hawai'ian culture)

Cabrillo Festival -- San Diego, CA, US (reenactment of Cabrillo's landing, a Spanish soldier and sailor encampment, Native Kumeyaay demonstrations, dances, crafts, and food)

Czech Statehood Day -- Czech Republic

Drink Beer Day

Eldon Turkey Festival -- Eldon, MO, US (the top producer of turkeys has the top turkey festival in the world)

Everybody's Day Festival -- Thomasville, NC, US (and they do mean there's fun for everybody)

Feast of Hapi and Creation of the Nile -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

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

Fish Tank Floor Show Night -- the Wellcat Holidays people say that your fish keep you entertained all year long, so turn about is fair play, entertain your fish tonight!

Frances Willard Day -- Minnesota

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

Geneva Area Grape Jamboree -- Geneva, OH, US (grapes, wine tasting, entertainment, rides, and food; through tomorrow)

Gettysburg Fall Antique Show -- Gettysburg, PA, US

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

International Right to Know Day -- FOI Advocates Network, promoting the right of access to information for all people and the benefits of open, transparent, and accountable governments 

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

Menkhet Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Michaelmas Eve -- Celtic celebration, bake your bannock bread tonight for eating on St. Michael and All Angel's Day tomorrow; tonight, build a bonfire and dine on roast lamb, and make sure the menfolk protect the horses, for anyone is allowed to "borrow" one for the celebration tomorrow

National Day of Awareness and Unity against Child Pornography -- Philippines

National Good Neighbor Day -- US (begun when Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana, began campaigning for this National Day in the 1970's; go greet the neighbors, and be a good neighbor yourself!)

National Hunting and Fishing Day -- US   

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

National Strawberry Cream Pie Day

Read a Child a Book You Like Day -- someone started this to get us to remember the books we loved as kids, and share them with children now

Runic Half Month Gyfu begins (gift)

St. Wenceslaus' Day (Patron of brewers; Bohemia; Czech Republic; Moravia; Prague, Czech Republic)

Tales of Kelp-Koli's Second Visit -- Fairy Calendar (through the 30th)

Taste of Morgan Hill -- Morgan Hill, CA, US (fine arts, entertainment, and plenty for the kids to do, too; through tomorrow)

Teacher's Day -- Taiwan (on the traditional Western date of Confucius' birthday, of course)

Tri-State Band Festival -- Luverne, MI, US (high school bands from Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa compete in four categories)

Vegetarian Festival -- Phuket, Thailand (lots of purification rituals and a rigid vegetarian/vegan diet are observed for spiritual cleansing and ensuring good luck; through Oct. 7th)

Birthdays Today:

Frankie Jonas, 2000
Hilary Duff, 1987
Gwyneth Paltrow, 1973
Naomi Watts, 1968
Mira Sorvino, 1967
Janeane Garofalo, 1964
Suzanne Whang, 1962
Steve Largent, 1954
Jeffrey Jones, 1947
Ben E. King, 1938
Koko Taylor, 1935
Brigitte Bardot, 1934
Arnold Stang, 1925
Marcello Mastroianni, 1924
William Windom, 1923
Al Capp, 1909
Max Schmeling, 1905
Ed Sullivan, 1901
Kate Douglas Wiggin, 1856
Frances Willard, 1839
Confucius, BC551

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Ed Wood(Film), 1994
"Cosmos: A Personal Voyage"(Documentary series), 1980
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"(Single release, Gladys Knight), 1967
"Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales"(TV), 1963
"Dr. Kildare"(TV), 1961
"Hazel"(TV), 1961
"Purlie Victorious"(Play), 1961
Radio Times(Magazine, first issue), 1923

Today in History:

Pompey the Great, member of the Triumvirate, is assassinated by order of King Ptolemy of Egypt upon landing in that country, BC48
King/Saint Wenceslas murdered by his brother, 935
William the Conqueror invades England, 1066
Sinking of the Spanish fleet during a hurricane off the coast of Florida, 1528
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo becomes the first European to reach San Diego Bay, 1542
Publication of "Pilgrim's Progress", 1678
Divorce is legalized in Maryland, 1701
American and French forces begin the siege of Yorktown, 1781
Napoleon Bonaparte, age 16, graduates from the Military Academy of Paris -- 42nd in a class of 51, 1785
Donati's comet becomes the first to be photographed, 1858
Toronto becomes the capital of Ontario, 1867
Sir Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mould growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin, 1928
Indonesia joins the United Nations, 1950
Mali and Senegal join the United Nations, 1960
SpaceX launches the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit, 2008
Research teams from Exeter and Cambridge Universities announce in the journal Nature Genetics their discovery of the DNA controllers that determine at what age women go into menopause, 2015


  1. A big hooray for being healthy. A big gift.

  2. Wonderful news! I'm also in the annual check up club. It was the need for a second glamour shot and ultrasound that I had this week that resulted in my good news.

  3. That's great news! I hope everything goes well with the mammogram as well!

  4. We have so many things to be thankful for, some we don't even realise or know about.

    Congratulations on your good health news. Best wishes to you and yours.

    God bless.

  5. Congrats on your good health. I have yet to bring myself to see the doctor for a check up. Thankful for doctors, medical people and for good health and etc.

  6. That's wonderful, hooray for good checkups! Us kitties go twice a year for a checkup and the Mom and Dad go annually.

  7. Excellent news so far! You can count me as a member of the "strange club" lol

  8. I agree with you Mimi. Since my stroke (1977) I have a physical every year. I've had some problems in the past and I want everything taken care of quickly. I'll be 70 next week and it's amazing because when I was 27, I was suppose to have died with my stroke. I love my cruising. See my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. Good health is always something to be thankful for! Glad everything is going well!

  10. Great list. I am glad you are healthy. It is good to stay on top of things because any trouble can be detected early and cured.

  11. Good to hear you are so healthy ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShuttterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Excellent news.
    I'm one who subscribes to the notion, if your car breaks down and must be towed to the garage, thats when repairs are indicated, otherwise, if it runs, don't repair it. lol
    but, man, those mental acuity tests! I will stand in the front door of an open house, introduce myself have the couple tell me their names and by the time we walk into the kitchen.... gone! totally, nothing.
    have a good week.

  13. Congratulations on a great check-up! I'm having one tomorrow as required by my new employer, but it's the brief, make-sure-she's-not-a-health-risk kind.

  14. Nothing like getting those good health reports!
    I have a normal abnormal part of me also. Makes me wonder is this is a fairly common thing.


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