March 21st, 2007

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update on food stuff and Meg


A very quick update because I am very very behind on my plans for the week... (What else is new in my life lately?)



I am convinced that I am correct about the food sensitivities. I made split pea soup with leeks and roast beef and only permissible spices. It is extremely bland but edible. I am experiencing reactions to other things quickly (within minutes). I will keep doing this to the best of my ability. I will never be what the sites call "a failsafer" (doing the diet exclusively). I can't tolerate it socially or emotionally at this point in my life. I wish I had more people to talk to about this. I tried to join the salicylate_amine_exchange email list on Yahoogroups. It is very inactive, and my subscription is still pending after days and days and days. Perhaps I should send a note to the listowner since I can't fill out the comment field... This morning as I was fixing my soup, I was bordering on a sobbing fit over not being able to just add a bit of spice! I broke down and had a cup of raspberry hot chocolate for lunch and a bath with a smidge of raspberry and cranberry oil because my eczema was flaring so badly over the last couple of days. Now my sinuses are flaring. Perhaps I should have skipped the hot chocolate and just done the bath--the oils coule be fine but the preservatives in the hot chocolate might not be. I hate test diets! This afternoon I had a tapioca pudding--I'd probably be able to eat it if I made it but shouldn't have eaten store-bought... Dinner will be legal beans and ham. Ham is sort of questionable, but it's not processed a la lunch meat so I'm permitting it for now. I need some flavor in my beans.



Meg had a very "off day" yesterday. I had to redirect her attention a number of times while we were out and about, although once redirected she did well. Mike came out to work with me on a couple of new routes around campus, and he brought someone with him. Meg wowed them with her ability to learn new places by command in one try, even with her poor concentration. I was very proud of her.



Unfortunately, there seems to have been a reason for her poor concentration, as there has been in the past. She had one of her seizure episodes in class last night. She was sleeping nicely under the table and suddenly crouched and began trembling. I have had dogs do that when they needed to relieve; so I tried taking her out. She would not work and acted very confused when we got out into the hall. She stood there with her head down and wouldn't move at any command. I finally walked her to the outside door without making her work. When I opened the door, she made a run for the grass but didn't have to do anything. It was almost as if she was panicked. It was a strange experience, and part of me is inclined to just let her stop working now.



Work on the papers is slow. There's this thing called other classwork that is interfering with my progress. I will prevail!

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thoughts about Meg and musings from history paper research


I've been thinking over Meg's episode history a bit... I notice that they have all occurred in the evening and all been preceeded by crummy attention days. I'm hoping this will indicate that she can manage her last few weeks of work reasonably well. I may alter her retirement date slightly depending on a few things coming up (like my surgery date). We will see...



Got a bit of work done on the history paper... I'm making slow progress. I'm working on a book right now called Christian America? What Evangelicals Really Want. It's very interesting. One thing I learned from it is that the use of the term "Fundamentalist" to refer to the Christian right is incorrect. The term that is more accurate is evangelical, although the whole idea of evangelical politics is really about a minority of self-appointed Christian leaders. The book quotes many, many people who were interviewed in depth regarding a number of issues associated with concepts associated with the "Christian right." The responses are fascinating and illustrate a great deal of diversity among the evangelical population at large. This confirms my knee-jerk reaction to articles that propose things such as the existence of 45 million Dominionists in this country. These authors are abusing statistics and assuming that all evangelicals and Fundamentalists share the same views on all things. It results in a dumbing down of the political issues and an insulting of the intelligence of Christians--and there are many, many educated Christians out here and many Christians who hold a variety of differing views on a variety of theological and political issues regardless of educational levels.



Hope that was interesting to some of you... Now I'm going to bed for the third or fourth time today because I am suffering the lack of energy associated with stopping certain vitamins during the food sensitivity test. I'm not sure it's worth suffering this kind of fatigue... Next week I'm back on everything but vitamin C and lutein... A little gelatin reaction is a small price to pay for some much-needed energy...

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