Saturday, 21 December 2013

Post-Op Catch-Up

Think I'll do this a bit less structured than usual.

Sleep:  this has been so-so - 6 3/4 hours in 4 chunks on Tuesday night, worrying about the hospital visit on Wednesday morning with my son and having to get up early as we had to be there at 8am.  Then, 9 3/4 hours catching on Wednesday night in 4 chunks.  And 8 hours in 3 chunks last night, with about an hour and a half in the early hours when I went to chant and practise yoga.  In the past, I would have said 8 hours was plenty, but it doesn't feel that way at the moment.

Exercise: none at all on Wednesday, no time, as I was in the hospital from 8am to 7.30pm.  Thursday I did 30 minutes of cardio-toning-pilates with Ellen Barrett's Sleek Sculpt Express.  Friday, I practised yoga for 23 minutes at around 5am, napped a bit, and just before lunch did 36 minutes of step with Kari Anderson's Hot Steps.

Food: really bad on Wednesday, between eating from a sandwich shop for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also pigged out on choccie biccies when I got home - total about 390g!  On Thursday, a good deal better, with about 215g of chocolate, chocolate-coated nuts, and biscuits.  Friday, so-so again, with 15g chocolate, about 120g choc-coated nuts, and 86g biscuits - approximate total 221g.

Feelings:  this week was a bit of an emotional roller-coaster, with my son in hospital.  Worried about it before hand, then glad that the operation went smoothly, but disappointed that the tests they ran were really poor.  Happy to be home, worried that he's caught a bug in the hospital, and a bit sore as I think I caught it, too.

Thoughts:  thought a lot about "science".  I remember a TV show by Richard Dawkins a couple of years ago where he set out to "debunk" various "psychic phenomena", such as divining.  Yet, I was disgusted at his lack of scientific method.  For example, with the diviners, they said that they worked best with running water, so he buried a bottle of water in a field and then scoffed when they didn't find it.  Now, if he had set up a field with several pipes through which water could run, and a little computer that randomly switched between pipes so that the experimenter also didn't know where the water was running at any given time, that might have been science!

In the same way, the doctors ran a test on my son to assess his reflux/vomiting.  However, to do so, he starved for nearly 24 hours, then had a general anaesthetic, and an operation that left him with a sore throat.  They then threw into the mix a tube down his throat, rubbing an already sore area, and making him gag.  Added to that, he was woozy and nauseous from the general anaesthetic.  And then they're surprised that he didn't eat very well and threw up a lot *rolls eyes in disgust*


  1. Yeah, I completely agree with you. I very much question the subjective methods of testing for things. I really do believe you will see what you want to see and rarely will you see anything else, unless you go into it with an open mind.

    I really hope things calm down for you soon. I am really sorry about the hospital chaos.

    Much love,

    1. It annoys me so much, though, when people claim "science" like it was some magical thing that made everything they do right. I'm a big fan of science, but like you say, it still has to be open-minded, else it isn't really what it's claiming to be. Ah well…
      Glad you're not having to deal with that kind of stuff right now, though I know you have in the past. Let's hope we can all have a calm Christmas!
      Much love,

    2. is a religion, as flawed as any other belief system, for sure. It is touted as infallible, but you have to consider the source! Also, I find many so-called scientific claims are done under weird circumstances of often ignoring many other factors. It is frustrating when everyone has a different version of truth.

      I do still come across many instances where I disagree with the methods surrounding health and other issues...but I don't usually address those things on a public forum because I really hate inciting controversy and I have no desire to step on anyone's toes!

      Oy...humanity. ;)


  2. How horrible; I'm so sorry your son has gone through so much. It must be so hard. Dawkins is an insufferable a*sehole; he's as big a zealot as any he condemns. Hope your boy feels better soon--and you too!