Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Taking Synthroid

I read the following on taking synthroid. I know super woman takes it at night, and the Avon lady takes it in the morning. I take it at night too.

When the heck should we take our synthroid?

~~Research reported in the journal, Clinical Endocrinology, did find that taking the same dose of levothyroxine at bedtime, as compared to first thing in the morning, might be better.

A small pilot study was prompted by observation that some patients had improved thyroid hormone profiles after they switched from taking their levothyroxine in the morning, to bedtime.
The study, while small (12 subjects), was fairly conclusive in its findings, which the researchers said were "striking" and which have "important consequences for the millions of patients who take l-thyroxine daily."
Researchers reported that taking medication at bedtime, rather than the morning, results in "higher thyroid hormone concentrations and lower TSH concentrations." TSH decreased and Free T4 levels rose in all patients by changing thyroxine ingestion from early morning to bedtime and T3 levels rose in all but one subject. And TSH decreased irrespective of the starting TSH levels, suggesting better absorption of the thyroid medication when taken in the evening. Interestingly, the researchers found that the circadian TSH rhythm -- the typical daily fluctuations of TSH that occur during a 24-hour period -- does not vary.
The researchers suggested several explanations for the results:
Even when waiting at least 30 minutes to eat, breakfast may be interfering with the intestinal absorption of thyroid medication
"Bowel motility is slower at night," which means that it takes longer for the levothyroxine tablet to transit through the intestinal system, resulting in longer exposure to the intestinal wall, and therefore, better uptake of the medication.
The conversion process of T4 to T3 may be more effective in the evening. The researchers have suggested that given the results of this pilot study, a large double-blinded randomized study will need to be performed to confirm their results.

You may want to talk to your practitioner about changing the time you take your medication to bedtime, versus morning. And if you decide to change to taking your thyroid medication in the evening, be sure to have your thyroid levels evaluated -- six to eight weeks is a reasonable timeframe -- after you've made the switch.~~

Miss you bro.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

It was the last Sunday in February

It was the last Sunday in February. 2007. The last day I saw my oldest brother. As far as for watching someone gradually die, I can honestly say, the day was a great one and is forever impressioned in my mind.

He was so good that day, so loving, and wanting kisses from everyone, and smiling so much. The pain had subsided in his bottom jaw, and he was talkative. My fondest memory of that day is feeding him pepsi with a little sponge, with my sister-in-law on the other side of the bed watching. He kept smiling and telling us " Man, c'est bon!" He went on and on about how good it was. Looking at her, and then me. It was great. I thought nothing could tear me away from the hospital, not while he was living.

Later that day, as I had some quiet time in the cafeteria with my Dad, I became overwelmed with thoughts of my own sons, whom I left behind at home, with their papa. I hoped and prayed that I would never be in my mom's shoes. Mrs. Tiptoe and myself had watched my mom the night before, stroking her dying sons hair, and telling him what a joy he was her whole life, and how beautiful he was when he was born, and still was. I decided at that moment to go home to my own children. I went up to his room and asked him if it was OK if I went home. I missed the boys. He said , Go, worry about the living, not the dying. I kissed him, and told him I loved him, and he said " I love you too Sis".

And, I turned around and left, knowing I would never see him and his smile again. I made a little glance back towards the bed as I exited the room and started the longest walk ever, through those doors, and down that hallway....
on the last Sunday in February.

Friday, February 22, 2008


Thank God it's Friday !
I had PMS this week, and those who know I started my period are probably saying TGIH ( Thank God it's here) Ha. Ha.

Loverboy is gone skidooing in northern NB, and I am scheming to paint the bedroom before his return. I wonder if he'll notice. He once came in from fishing in the middle of the night, had been gone a week . He crawled into bed with me, and asked " have you been in the basement since I left?"
"Hmmm, I don't think so", I replied, "why?"
"Well", he said, "it will be the one place that you haven't moved the furniture".

I saw Smartie Pants last night. He was being a smartie pants and cross questioning the conversation. SO? What is the definition of "antioxidants"? According to one dictionary it is:
an enzyme or other organic substance, as vitamin E or beta carotene, that is capable of counteracting the damaging effects of oxidation in animal tissues. As soon as chips and dip are classified as antioxidants, your tante will let you know.

Oprah is bragging up a book " A new Earth" by Eckhart Tolle..... it is destined to change your life. It's meant to awaken your life's purpose. A must read, they say.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

newest member of our family

Meet our golden lab puppy. We travelled to Pickney's Point today to pick her out. Only bringing her home in 3 weeks. She has 9 siblings. They all look the same, so they had to make a mark on her with a marker .

Nemo, our cat, doesn't know about the puppy. It will be a rude awakening. I read that the master trains the dog, but the cat trains the master. I think it could be true.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Longest Day of the year

Hmmmm.... is this the longest day of the year? Sure seems so. Cleaned , shopped, cooked, and cooked again, visited sis, went for Prince Charles' b-day cake , sold stuff on ebay, read, made cookies, went for a walk, and it's still only 10:30 pm. My dear, will the end ever end? Only about one thing left to do........

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine Trivia

Valentine's Day..... as if love itself isn't quite complicated enough.

True or False: In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

True or False: Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

True or False: 85% of all valentines are purchased by women.
If you answered true to all three, you are correct.

~~~Love letters throughout the year are often signed with a string of "X's" to represent kisses. Why? Our practice of using an "X" grew out of the Medieval practive of letting those who could not write, mark documents with an "X" to represent their names. This was done in the presence of Witnesses and a kiss was given upon the "X:" to show sincerity. The "X" then became synonomous with the kiss in the minds of most people. There are two possible explanations why an "X" was chosen to represent one's name. One explanation is that the "X" shape was originally thought of as a cross. This "X" shaped cross was the symbol of St. Andrew. It may have been that people were making a pledge in the name of the Saint. The second explanation is that it may have been a plege in the name of Christ. The "X", or chi symbol is also a letter of the Greek alphabet, which has also been used to represent the name of Christ.~~~

The Pillsbury Doughboy.....

The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack,the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and CaptainCrunch. The grave site was piled high with flours.'

Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described the Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in showbusiness, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he was still a crusty oldman and was considered a positive roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife Play Dough, two children, John Dough and Jane Dough, plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly father, Pop Tart.The funeral was held at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Napoleon wasn't poisoned

I read this today. My entire life I thought Napoleon was poisoned, and the diagnosis of stomach cancer was a cover up. but I guess , studies prove different.

~~Napoleon Bonaparte did not die from arsenic poisoning, a new examination of the French emperor's hair has established.
The man who dominated much of Europe in the early 19th century died at age 52 in British-imposed exile on St. Helena in the south Atlantic, where he had been banished after his defeat at the
Battle of Waterloo.
For decades, scholars have debated how Napoleon met his early death on May 5, 1821.
The autopsy and conclusion of his personal doctor, Francesco Antommarchi, indicated that Napoleon died of
stomach cancer.
But the veracity of Antommarchi's report was questioned in 1961, and more recently in 2001, when
high arsenic levels were found in Napoleon's hair. Various theories of conspiracy, treachery and poisoning followed.
Now, Italian scientists have repeated the hair testing using a small nuclear reactor. The study will be published in the March issue of the Italian
journal Il Saggiatore.~~

Snow Seniors

Yes, the snowseniors. The boys and I created them on Saturday. Pretty cute eh? The old folks said some people stopped and took pics. We sent a picture to Cindy Day from Live at 5.

Went to the show on Sunday, by myself. Wish I could say it was an awesome movie, but really it wan't too great. Saw Fool's Gold, starring the hunk Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. The story line was dull. Roland and I watched a Pay per view last night " The assasination of Jesse James". One would think it would be action packed, but it wasn't and it lasted a whopping 2 hours and 40 minutes. But I never fell asleep, so it couldn't have been That Bad. I never realized he was married and had a couple kids. He lays claim to 17 murders, but maybe math wasn't his thing in grade school.
And I played PAY ME and couple times over the weekend. I had the worst cards lately, and got caught with some whopping points in my hands. Getting a little addicted to card playing.... soon I'll be calling gamblers anonymous. $7.00 a night, could add up unless you are the hostess or the Avon lady.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Trivia Update

Here's the Trivia update for La Girl, who was unable to come. We worried about your absence, since you are so knowledgeable. We did well, 20/20 for round one, and 23/20 for round two. We never placed 1st, or even 2nd . The scores were good. Some questions: santa claus originated in Poland or Turkey, name the current that crosses Atlantic with warmer water, how many points on a snowflake, in the 12 days of christmas... nine of what?, the valley of the kings is where, and name Ned Flander's late wife.

Wings were good, beer too. Brought mom, mom-in-law, the cook, worry-wart, and her sidekick.

649 fever ?

Well, a bit of excitement for early morning... someone in Yarmouth county won 4.5 million. Mom called to tell me. I jumped out of bed, put the laptop on, and checked my tickets. Nope, I am not a millionaire. Then a second call, from the handy woman.... then a third from my sis. The loto pool at work has numbers that ressemble the winning ones. Made beds while my brain figured out what my share of the winnings would be ..... nice, if we had won. But, a lucky young man from neighbouring East Pubnico did win. Good for him, and his family. Glad to see it won so close to home.

I read something nice today....Good life advice I think.
***Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, And never regret anything that made you smile. ***

Today is my mom's 69th birthday. I am taking her out for supper to the Grand, and we will play Trivia. Happy Birthday Mom.

I had my feelings hurt last night by eBay. They withdrew one of my auctions for bad language! I used the words "like new"... They said " eBay doesn't permit sellers to make a comparison to a brand or celebrity name in the listing title. Words and phrases that are *not* permitted in the title include: - Like- Like New- Style - Not - Inspired by - Similar to - Better than - As worn by"
Welll Excuuuussssse Me.

Monday, February 04, 2008

IntelliDrug .... a mouthful

How much room do you have in your mouth? Do you have enough room for an intellidrug implant?
~~For those who hate taking medication or are always forgetting a pill, a solution might be on the horizon : a prosthetic tooth that delivers the drugs for you.
The device is just two molars in size and could ensure that patients take the correct amount of medicine, at precisely the correct time.
Electronic and software components also allow doctors to adjust doses during the course of treatment, as well as track the history of the therapy.
Made of stainless steel and polymers, the IntelliDrug device is comprised of a drug reservoir, a micro-fluidic duct, an electrically controlled valve, sensors, and two batteries. The medication is placed into the reservoir as a solid pill.
Water from saliva passes through a membrane and generates pressure in the drug reservoir. A microcontroller opens a valve and releases the pressurized solution into the mouth at programmed intervals. Meanwhile, a sensor keeps track of the medicine flowing out and monitors the pill as it becomes depleted.
The device can even be controlled by an external remote control, which uses infrared (similar to a television's remote control) to open the valve.
Because the drugs pass through cheek tissue, instead of the intestines and stomach, the body has a better chance of absorbing the medicine.
The prosthetic tooth could be installed as part of a removable denture, a mouth guard, a bridge, an orthodontic bracket, or a dental implant, depending on the person. For example, a compliant patient who needs intermittent drug delivery would be a good candidate for a removable device. But an elderly person with dementia might be better off with a fixed one~~

Wow, now that's something. When I lose my 43 year old baby tooth, I'll have to get one implanted in its place. What a good business to get into..... sell your product to all the nursing homes. Just keep the remote out of reach of most men. The men move into a home, and never lose the habit of hogging the clicker. They'll be trying to get the Price is Right on, and Emma's blood pressure will be dropping instead.
Or if you have your hubby's tooth filled with viagra, you might want to keep the remote on your nightstand. Handy eh? Like Red Green says, if women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.
Keep your stick on the ice.