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Sorry to inform and then drop off the map, but my doc asked me to limit screen time as much as possible until early next week.

If I have any news, I’ll try to be quick with it. But until then, I’m off for a bit.

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I Had The Nurses Scrambling

Thank you, all who read and responded to yesterday’s post. And for food, child care, text messages and prayers – all does not go unnoticed. Sincerely, thank you.

Unfortunately, today was more of the same, and got an earlier start. A cup of coffee into the day, sitting at my work computer monitoring a scripted update, and I started feeling woozy again. Went upstairs, slowly, grabbed Kim and had her drive me to urgent care (again).

Only, this time, they just flat-out said go away. To be honest, I didn’t hear the conversation, as I was sitting in a chair a couple of feet away trying not to slide onto the floor. But they did not see us, and told Kim to take me to the emergency room, another 20 minutes away.

Adjusts arms and clothing because the bandages and wires are pinching.

Off to the emergency room I went. Really, the staff who saw to me at Oconee Memorial were delightful, filled with relative calm and humor for what could be a frightening experience. Eespecially when I started leaking blood a little quicker than expected – they had to bring bleach in and mop the floor – as they poked me to place an IV. Before being admitted to the emergency room, I tried to make a blubbering dive for the floor, but Kim and the nurse caught me and moved me to a chair quickly, which I believe got me in the back quickly (I recall, though a little hazy on detail). If you were in the room, thanks, I won’t remember your name, but I appreciate your care!

It was a quick stay, as emergency room stays go. They did an EKG and monitored my blood pressure laying, sitting and standing. As they were doing so, my body was finally recovering, so the test was not very helpful, but it did bring a quizzical look and verbal comment about the fact. Maybe another hour of questions, a little food and juice, and more questions, all while they monitored blood pressure and pumped saline into me.

They fitted me with a heart monitor for the next 24 hours. Not the most comfortable of devices, but largely ignorable. Not that they think it is actually heart related. The end diagnosis was vasovagal syncope, a condition I have mentioned having already. While I had always heard that in reference to my “standing abruptly makes me see disco lights and want to sit down real quick”, apparently the same condition may happen in more stationary situations, as a result of stress, pain, fear, trauma, etc. So, this may not be metabolism at all. Or maybe they are related. Grrr.

Tomorrow I’ll see my family doctor, and let them see what next steps are. I’m now in the position of not wanting another episode – but simultaneously wanting another episode, so it can clearly reveal itself (or not) on the heart monitor.

So, your continued prayers are appreciated. And if we can get a move on to autumn, which in my experience is way less of a syncope hassle, I will be delighted.

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Urgent Care

This evening has been a bit of a waste.

After work, came upstairs eating some peanut butter crackers because I was hungry. About fifteen minutes later, I felt light-headed, confused, muscle spasms. Got dinner, which in my experience would be a sure-fire answer for my metabolism(?) issues. But still, no improvement. I’m not able to think straight or talk coherently, so ask Kim to head me over to urgent care. Not cool right?

Now, to be honest, none of this is entirely out of the blue. I regularly (once a week or two?) will feel dizzy, loss of energy, and usually a bit of protein plus sugar will help get out of the funk after a couple minutes. But this last week and a half has been brutal. Multiple episodes where it takes 15 to 30 minutes of just miserable incoherence, not enough strength to hold up a Ritz cracker, muscle twitches, labored breathing, laid out on the ground because you feel like you just want to melt into a puddle at its lowest energy state (despite the worried looks of family), etc. Not good for the system, without a doubt.

Todays’s was the longest ever. About an hour at home, then another half-hour at urgent care. I unfortunately sat under a common room TV that would blast when you weren’t expecting it, which would send my head ringing. I was feeling so out of it that I can’t even read, lifting a book or holding pages open seems too energetic. I’m seeing bright lights that roll vertically (rather than a horizontal dizzy feeling), and a numb/chill along the surface of the back half of my skull. But wouldn’t you know it, about five minutes before they call me, I feel my head clear – the fog lift, and though not perfect yet, great improvement. So they call me back, check my blood pressure. “Looks good.” she says. And so she sends me back to the waiting room to be called up to be seen by the doctor eventually.

Another half-hour later, all the dizziness is gone, all the weakness. I’m sitting there reading the introduction to a book on cognitive psychology, realizing that nothing can come from being seen at this point. So we left.

Grrrr.

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Blueberry-Basil Preserves (for 2017)

Guess I’m on a productive kick, but this morning I found some time to make blueberry-basil preserves. Delightful smell and flavor, as always. A single batch filled 11 of the 8 oz. jars, and the set seems wonderful. I was expecting 10, based on the previous post that I followed. Can’t believe that was back in 2013! The only major modification was working with frozen blueberries. They had been U-picked, but I couldn’t process at the time!

I have enough to make another batch of blueberry, and I think I’ll go with something other than the blueberry-basil, but it will be a couple weeks before I have the time. Until then, the berries await their destiny in the freezer.

All My Ducks In A Row

All My Ducks In A Row

Like Dark Of Night

Like Dark Of Night

Can't Wait To Sample!

Can’t Wait To Sample!

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Batch 75 (It’s An English Bitter)

Finished Product

Finished Product

Earlier this week I did the final racking, priming (DME, about half what the recipe said since bitter’s aren’t really known for much in the way of carbonation) and bottling of the English Bitter that has been underway the last month or so. Yesterday, I took the time to label it. This time its intended recipient can tell what it is, instead of guessing! Came in at ~5.1% ABV. It’s not like I can be hyper-accurate, so I rounded to the nearest half degree.

I also used this opportunity to finish labeling the carbonated mead (made with just a hint of caramel malt), which had been sitting around the office unlabeled since May. I did make one mistake, and forgot to switch out the batch number. They now both appear to be batch 75!

Finally Labeled

Finally Labeled

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