Friday, June 21, 2013

"Radioactive! Radioactive!"

So here's the dilly-o: I have hyperthyroidism. I was diagnosed in early 2011. I was on medication for a year, then I wasn't.
I took radioactive iodine to effectively nuke my overactive thyroid gland so that it'll gradually stop functioning. No, it's not like radiation therapy. I ingest a small dose of radioactive iodine that goes directly to my thyroid gland. The rest is expelled through my bodily fluids like sweat, urine, and tears.

For the next three days, I'm like that Imagine Dragons song. I have to keep at least 3 ft. away from people and pets. I have to use separate linens, eating utensils and cups. Hugging The Hubs isn't forbidden, as long as it's brief. After showering I have to thoroughly clean the tub. Same goes with using the toilet, and I have to flush twice with the lid down. Ugh, that's going to be a Class-A biatch considering that I've been advised chug water constantly to flush out the radiation.

The Hubs has been really nice about the whole thing. He stood by and trolled the doctor as he was getting my dose ready, asking him questions like, "So, can we still go to the movies today?" and "Will close contact with her give me super powers?". 
No, and man, do you wish.

I'm not really stressing though. Come Sunday, and most of the excess radiation will be flushed out. I'll still have some in my body, but it'll be in my thyroid. I'm still doing fine, but I'm expecting to feel like shit tomorrow. In the meantime, I have plenty of episodes of Hetalia: The Beautiful World and Hidamari Sketch on HuluPlus to watch. And that damn book pile.  The one that I keep passing up in favor of watching Bob's Burgers and Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Summer-summer-summertime, ooooooooh summertime!

Can't go back to work tomorrow without having had some poolside time, so I slathered myself in sunblock and yanked on my only swimsuit, grabbed my copy of John Bellairs' The Dark Secret of Weatherend and marched myself down to our apartment's pool. The gaggle of children out for summer and their mothers (UGH) have yet to invade, so it was very nice to be there with only one other gal.

There's nothing dorkier than feigning nonchalance on a lounge chair while frying slowly in Texas heat.

I lasted a little under half an hour before I decided to read in the pool instead. Muhhhhhh-ch better.
Later, I did a couple of laps - okay, four because my arms tired out quickly, then packed it up. I can only stand so much sun here in Killeen, TX. Makes me miss the weekends spent at Golden Gate Park, wrapped in a light sweater in cool 50 to mid-60 degree weather.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday Afternoon Viewing: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a 2010 American documentary film which follows the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross across the United States as he follows a juice fast to regain his health under the care of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Nutrition Research Foundation's Director of Research.[1] Cross and Robert Mac, co-creators of the film, both serve on the Nutrition Research Foundation's Advisory Board.[2][3]Following his fast and the adoption of a plant-based diet, Cross lost 100 pounds and discontinued all medications.[4][5]

During his road-trip Cross meets Phil Staples, a morbidly obese truck driver from Sheldon, Iowa, in a truck stop in Arizona and inspires him to try juice fasting"  

I first heard about juice fasting from The Hub's mom and older sister, both staunch (and glamorous) vegans and lovers of tiny temperamental chihuahuas that hate me. Years ago they treated us to dinner at a trendy raw food place called Cafe Gratitude, and since then, while I've retained an ambivalent attitude towards the vegan ideal, The Hubs has steered clear from it altogether. The closest to raw he'll ever have is a good salad.

"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" is NOT about a vegan lifestyle. It's about a man looking to be healthy again by adopting a natural and healthy diet. As he travels across the U.S. and meets other people, he inspires them to take control of their bodies by pointing them in the right direction. I may not want to try a juice fast, but I'm inspired to make green juice here at home and include it in my daily consumption.

The documentary is available to watch on Youtube and on Netflix.