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Fruit always leads to the fall of Man

The intention upon getting back from Disney World was that I would restart all the various medication and the diet as well. While I've done the former, the latter has been a bit shaky. Before today, I held to it in the main though there were some vegetables and fruits that slipped through. Today, I went with my mom and grandma down to a restaurant near where my uncle lives and pretty much ran amok. I tried to be good, sort of, avoiding straight out carby items at first, though I'm sure there was cornstarch galore in a lot of the sauces used. I also managed to avoid anything heavily breaded, though some calimari went down the chute. Where things really went wrong is that the restaurant had obviously come into a huge stash of watermelons recently. There were two shopping-cart sized whozits full of them and I went to town. One of the things I've missed most during the whole carb restriction were melons of all sorts and I ended the meal with what was probably equivalent to a quarter of a watermelon.

I'm starting to think a lot of this is just stupid all around. I've got medical issues chasing medical issues and I have no real clue what is causing what. With the restart of the blood sugar and blood pressure pills, I'm once again experiencing dizziness upon standing, which is unpleasant. What I really should do is get a glucose monitor and try to figure out what the hell is actually going on. The problem is I fucking hate needles. I can't even give myself the humira injections anymore, needing someone else to push the damn button on the autoinjector. The idea of having to stab a finger multiple times a day in order to really figure out whether my blood sugar is out of whack doesn't sound pleasant.

Anyway, after the meal we all went over to my uncle's place and I spent my time watching public tv and then a rebroadcast of a women's gymnastics competition from a month ago. It turns out that they don't have cable or satellite over there and the freaking huge flat screen tv only picks up around a dozen channels. It could have been worse. There was a long interview with Chris Christie, the new governor of NJ, and he was incredibly impressive. I like the guy more and more each time I run across him whether in the news or in such interviews. Finally, there's a politician who's actually trying to fix our problems without the ridiculous amount of bullshit and buck passing we've seen over the years. All politicians claim to not care whether they're re-elected, but for the first time I actually believe one of them is telling the truth. God knows NJ is pretty fucked up financially right now, having a debt that's percentage-wise highest in the country. Being more screwed than California is hardly an enviable place to be. We can only be relieved that someone's actually going to deal with it rather than pulling a sleight of hand and fucking all of us in the ass like Corzine all those years.

Hell, if Christie actually manages to pull this off somehow, bringing NJ back to financial stability after the ship has all but capsized, I would love to see him run for president. Maybe he could do for the federal government what he's trying to do for Trenton. Hell, at this point, actually finding someone who's willing to give it an honest effort would be qualification enough. I'm sure that most of the country is tired of being finessed and we just want to know that someone will try to do what is right rather than what is convenient.


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May. 31st, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
I could not live without water melon!
Even in Japan where melon is super expensive I still eat it.

With the blood sugar monitoring.....it's bad after a while you get really sore fingers.
I think once you get used to it you can predict how your blood sugar is without testing it.

I would say that if you were shakey and felt faint it would probably be low blood sugar and if you feel hot and tired it would be high....but I'm not a doctor.

You know if you have low blood sugar your body will crave sugar and watermelon is pretty good for low blood sugar.
Jun. 1st, 2010 06:23 am (UTC)
Fruit is crazyexpensive in Japan from what little I've seen. And I'm not even talking about those whacky square or pyramid shaped watermelons. It makes no sense to me that things would be so costly there. I understand they don't have much arable land, but China is right next door. Hell, the US probably gets tons of its agricultural goods from China, keeping prices low. Why wouldn't that also work for the Japanese?

And what does it mean if I'm shakey and tired?
Jun. 1st, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Some fruit is more expensive but to be honest compared to prices in Europe it is about the same.

You have to compare prices in a Tokyo supermarket though.....department store prices or convenience store prices are obviously a lot higher......think about it....you would not go to Harrods for your fruit daily would you?

In Tokyo you can get several oranges, a few apples or a small bunch of bananas for 100yen if you go to a 100yen store.
If you want a melon you can get a cheap one for 300yen....it's expensive but not too bad.

As for the blood sugar thing....shakey, faint and tired is low blood sugar.
Please take care with your blood sugar....if you collapse you can brake bones ~ believe me as I know from experience.
May. 31st, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
By the way I just added you on facebook.
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