Andrea really knows how to throw a party...

That’s quite the mouthful, isn’t it?  I really don’t like to discuss my pain issues often, but there are times (like now) that they come boiling to the surface and I kinda need to touch on them.

The above is my actual diagnosis, written in a chart or ten.

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Iron Bisglycinate

On November 14, 2010, in Minerals, by Andrea

So.  Journey Vitamins.  Ferrochel Iron Bisglycinate Chelate.  Been looking for studies NOT done by Albion.

Found a study.  Keep in mind this is not exactly the same as relating to us (but maybe sorta relevant.. will explain).  Here we go.

Ferrus Calcium Citrate is Absorbed Better Than Iron Bisglycinate in Patients with Crohn’s Disease, but Not in Healthy Controls. DIGESTIVE DISEASES AND SCIENCES, Volume 51, Number 5, 942-945, DOI: 10.1007/s10620-005-9036-6

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On November 13, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

It’s no secret that I listen to a great deal of music.  I link quite a bit of it on my Facebook account, and put the lyrics up that I think are especially potent to what I’m feeling at the time.

I can be pretty quiet.  I know it can seem hard to believe, but it’s true.  And it was much worse when I was younger and used my weight as a shield to hide behind.  So I’ve always used music to express my true feelings.  And as Beth says, I listen to angry boy music, so be prepared.

I’ve been advocating a great deal of personal responsibility of late – responsibility for our own health and responsibility to stand up for ourselves and demand better health from our health care professionals.

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“Bypass Gone Bad?” Seriously RR?

On November 11, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Rachel Ray is sinking further and further down in my books.

While I understand trying to make ratings, there’s a point in which we should not sacrifice someone’s feelings for the sake of ratings.  Especially in the form of this type of show.  I mean, isn’t that what Survivor and Dancing With the Stars are for?

Admittedly, I only read the show synopsis and watched the snippet posted here, but it left a bad taste in my mouth.

Perhaps because I’ve been there, done that, and still refuse to throw away my 3x shirts in case I’m there again?

While I think RR did well to give a gym membership (maybe, I’m still conflicted.. a bit condescending, but maybe good?) and got some psychological help (I don’t know — was this person qualified to deal with Bariatrics like Dr. Connie Stapleton is?) for this poor lady being paraded as a failure on daytime television, I still feel it was too much spectacle with too little compassion.

Tracey, if you happen to see this?  Please know that you are NOT alone at all.  We’re here, and some of us are LOUD AS HELL about this sort of thing.  If you want some support, shoot me a line, privately if you want, and we’ll get you whatever you need.

*grumble grumble*

First we need to fix the bariatric world.  Then we can tackle the rest of the world.  Agreed?

“Conventional” versus “Bariatric” Wisdom

On November 11, 2010, in Tests, by Andrea

So I recently had a blood draw done at my PCP.  And I really like my PCP because he’ll draw what I want and really not fuss too much about it.

This last time, I got a copy in the mail with no notations.  I’d already looked at it, noticed what needed to change, planned those modifications (ie my vitamin K needs to go up) and moved on.

While in Texas, apparently, I got another copy, this time with notations by my PCP, who, obviously means well but knows nothing about vitamins.  As a point, when I was bruising he told me to discontinue ALL vitamin K supplements as they would make my bruising worse.  Umm, hello?

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