Thursday, 4 December 2014

Modern Allergies


Finally went for the keyhole surgery on my knee, mindful that next year we have to downsize our Medical Aid as the company will no longer be paying half.  I was determined not to have another allergic reaction either to the propellant in the antiseptic spray or the waterproof plaster or the latex in the plaster as per my last op., so I was guilty of repeating myself re said allergies to all and sundry all the way to the operating table (literally) as the anaesthetist saw fit not to give me a 'happy pill' before the big jab as I wouldn't be out for long.  Just as well, since once in the theatre my bed refused to be jacked up so I had to get off and climb onto the table under my own steam (aren't they narrow!). I awoke to immediately examine the state of my knee and found it correctly bandaged only in old-fashioned cotton wool and stretchy crepe. Unfortunately, this was almost from thigh to ankle and quite tight (thrombosis precaution), so I was forced to limit my activities for the prescribed three days as I couldn't bend my leg. Whilst waiting to be 'put under' the theatre sister told me she had once had an allergic reaction to hair dye - her scalp swelled.  The next time she used the same product (duh!), her face swelled up alarmingly as well.  My daughter confided to me last week (some time after the fact, of course),  that when she was trying on bras a couple of weeks ago, she noticed her one breast was visibly swelling, (she had a breast enlargement two years ago after having breast-fed two children for nine months each). Alarmed, she drove straight to her surgeon's office and he lanced the area.  A large amount of fluid had accumulated around the one implant - her body had suddenly decided it didn't like this foreign body. The surgeon duly drained the area, saying that this was only the third case he had seen in twenty years. She had to be on 4-hourly antibiotics for two weeks.  Apparently, it is unlikely to recur and she still has the implants. I can't help feeling we subject our poor bodies to too many chemicals in today's world.

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  1. I think that is very true. Of course the worst chemicals are those ingested as commercially bottled salad dressings.

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  2. I just made that up for Sextant's benefit. I notice he doesn't dare comment on this one.

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  3. Actually I was going to mention that one of the worst sources of allergens are when one unwittingly fork splits an English muffin. It is theorized that the fork splitting not only tears open the nooks and crannies but also the micro-fibers of the wheat releasing the gluten to invade the body and wreak the havoc that gluten is known by television doctors to cause. The only cure for it is to eat salads saturated with store bought salad dressing that use heavy hydrogenated vegetable oils, lots of sodium, and MSG. Avoid olive oil at all costs. These three healing compounds will absorb the free ions and counter the damage caused by the toxins released by the gluten. So remember with English muffins, use a scalloped knife and perform a circumferential cut, by starting at the outer edge, rotate the muffin under the knife and slowly feed the knife toward the center. Do not use a sawing motion. Avoid fork splitting at all costs.

    Fiftyodd, ignore the comments of your crazy American friends. We are busy sniping at each other.

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    1. OK. Let me in on it. Whose post started this one?

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    2. Not posts per se, Olga and I just have differing opinions on salads and English muffins.

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  4. Regarding your post (now that Olga and I have had our fun picking on each other) I hope your surgery heals well with no problems and I hope your daughter doesn't have any additional problems. That is kind of frightening.

    Every once in a while in the US I read of a recall on some of the devices used in surgical implants. Wait a second you are having a product recall for something that requires surgery to remove! I have read of hernia and transvaginal meshes being recalled and it seem that certain models of artificial knee or hips were recalled. Amazing.

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    1. Yeh. I never did approve of my daughter doing this - but what can you do? Certainly won't be going that way myself. Just hitch my bra straps up every morning. (For some reason this motherly advice is all I can remember from a novel I read last month). NB - Might be 'offline' this week as my phone/Internet are being transferred to our retirement house. Hope my 3G on i-pad will be working - will have to discipline myself to use the tiny keyboard big son got me last Christmas.

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  5. Always a treat seeing you!
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    Speaking of opening up your world: a couple of nights' ago one of our American comedians, John Steward introduced a new member of his regular staff contributing comedians, a young man from South Africa with a delightful sense of humor. I'll tell you his name next time he's featured.

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    1. Many thanks for the tip. I have probably only looked at about 30 blogs so far so it seems I have been quite lazy. I'll have to put in a lot more time and effort as you say. Love your blog.

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    2. Could the comedian be Mark Lottering or Solly Philander? They are 'colored ' Or there is a brilliant Indian chap who is also a qualified doctor. They are all very funny

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