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Half of my peer group saw NKOTB over the weekend in Boston.

I was like, "WTF?"   So, I am here listening to the new tunes.  Not. half. bad.  I was a Jordan Knight Fan in elementary school.  Mr. MM saw them in concert back then.  He just shakes his head at this video.  Heh heh.

You got The RIGHT STUFF, baby.

Sometimes I think I shouldn't post this stuff.

I have a definite pattern of seizures.  They seem to occur most often in the early morning before I wake up.  That completely cuts off the chance of these early morning seizures being related to reactive hypoglycemia.

I wonder if I were single (sleeping alone) I might never know that I had them, and I would be totally ignorant of it aside from feeling "spacey" and slightly moronic at times.  This morning, I had a seizure at 5:30am. 

My usual routine of gibberish talk, "I need sugar, I'm sorry, I need sugar," Mr. MM says the difference this time was in my sound level.  I YELLED in my semi-comatose state, and I was definitely shaky, but not grand-mal shaky.  I would love to know why I ask for sugar during these episodes, I have been doing it forever, and it's part of the reason I sought treatment for hypoglycemia, I thought I was having such severe lows that THIS happened.  But, who knows? 

In fact during one of the hypoglycemia tests at the Joslin Clinic, I had a seizure, the doctor wouldn't let me leave until I had a "neurology consult" or until my husband came and brought me home.  I had no idea what really happened until later.  While there, I thought it was a low blood sugar, I was pressing the button to indicate the "feeling of a low," and they came over to ask me questions, during that moment, my glucose was normal.  I came here and wrote about it, I still did not realize it was a seizure.

The other not-grand-mal seizures happen during the day, while awake and going about my business and I can sometimes tell it's coming on.  Sometimes, not at ALL.  A couple weeks ago, I had one while we were in line getting lunch, and I had one, no memory whatsoever of the event and I woke up to eating peanut butter out of a tube.  Apparently I asked for "sugar," and it was deemed hypoglycemic, treat it.

I'm bringing the Continuous Glucose Monitor System with me to Philly + LA.  I was saving the sensors for this, how special!  (What a way to start a conversation with New Pre-Op WLS'ers!)


Because epilepsy is caused by abnormal activity in brain cells, seizures can affect any process your brain coordinates. A seizure can produce temporary confusion, complete loss of consciousness, a staring spell, or uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs.

Symptoms vary depending on the type of seizure. In most cases, a person with epilepsy will tend to have the same type of seizure each time, so the symptoms will be very similar from episode to episode. But some people have many different types of seizures, with different symptoms each time.

Doctors classify seizures as either partial or generalized, based on how the abnormal brain activity begins. When seizures appear to result from abnormal activity in just one part of the brain, they're called partial or focal seizures. Seizures that seem to involve all of the brain are called generalized seizures. In some cases, seizures can begin in one part of the brain and then spread throughout the rest of the brain.

Partial seizures

  • Simple partial seizures. These seizures don't result in loss of consciousness. They may alter emotions or change the way things look, smell, feel, taste or sound.
  • Complex partial seizures. These seizures alter consciousness, causing you to lose awareness for a period of time. Complex partial seizures often result in staring and non purposeful movements — such as hand rubbing, lip smacking, arm positioning, vocalization or swallowing.

Generalized seizures

  • Absence seizures (petit mal). These seizures are characterized by staring, subtle body movement and brief lapses of awareness.
  • Myoclonic seizures. These seizures usually appear as sudden jerks of your arms and legs.
  • Atonic seizures. Also known as drop attacks, these seizures cause you to suddenly collapse or fall down.
  • Tonic-clonic seizures (grand mal). The most intense of all types of seizures, these are characterized by a loss of consciousness, body stiffening and shaking, and sometimes tongue biting or loss of bladder control.

Political. Skip it.

I only post this, because we are one of the many, sub-prime mortgage holders.  I feel sort of like we should all be buiding an Ark and stockpiling rice.  Our house is part of the problem?  I don't know.  I am sorry if we are. This, and houses previous to this, have had "sub-prime" mortgages.  It's all we could get in order to own a house.

If it matters?  I'm a registered, but very apathetic (about everything)  liberal Democrat.  Bob is a registered Republican working for an Internationally owned bank.

This is a ten-part video series about the Subprime Lending Crisis below, here's part one, get a cuppa and sit.

Click through and click "play all" for the rest, it's quite informative.


We might as well celebrate.

It's National Coffee Day.  Lettuce celebrate.

T runs on Dunkin.

National Coffee Day from Eric Anderson on Vimeo.

Pioneer Woman gave away two, yeah, two Breville Espresso Machines* on her website with one post garnering 11,000 comments, 10, 994 comments, but I got depressed thinking about scrolling and my computer froze.

How about some CLICK?  That, I can do. Comment.  Tell me how you take YOUR COFFEE.

*Although, I would jump at the chance to give one of you a DeLonghi Magnifica.  *swoon*  This thing has kept me alive for the last nine months.  ;)

The Walk From Obesity 2008



We are back from a somewhat soggy Walk From Obesity. Of course it didn't start to rain until we got outside to do "big arm circles!" to warm up for our walk.  We donned plastic body condoms, err ponchos, and got to stepping. 


I have some very definite ideas about next year's walk, if I have anything to do with it.  It simply amazes me that more big city hospitals and surgeons are not involved with something such as THIS.  Do you know how many bariatric hospitals and surgeons they are in greater BOSTON?  Lots.  When I was asked what hospital my Team was "affiliated" with - I stammered.  I guess Teams are typically based on surgeon's support groups.  To my knowledge, my bariatric hospital is not involved in anything such as the Walk From Obesity.

These aren't the total totals, but it's before today's entries:

  Team Name Team Captain Donation Total
Barb's Beauties Barbara S $1,915.00
Bette's Sweaties Bette Jo T $510.00
Koch's Krusaders Rainer K $50.00
Marks mauraders Mark A $150.00
Miriam Hospital Amy $490.00
Newton-Wellesley Weight Walkers... Renee W $440.00
RANDALL'S RANGERS M. Lorraine N $6,871.00
RVer on Foot Theresa B $25.00
Team MM M M $1,455.00
Team Moliky Nancy M $50.00
The Staplers and Banders Laurie G $150.00



But, we walked, in the rain, and I hula-hooped.  Beth did not know she could.  I have NEVER hula-hooped.  Ever.  I didn't think it was possible.  I kept it up, for a couple whiles anyway.  Heh heh.

My miniature team.  Hey, we still raised a good chunk of change, even if we were just FOUR.  I had seven bags, I found some willing people to give them away to, like some good hula-hoopers, and Doug who had Really Cool Blue Hair.  :)   I may have made a few people Click addicts by 'accident.'  Oops.

OH - and I TOTALLY FORGOT!  I won a freakin' MALL GIFT CERTIFICATE?!  How cool is that!  Fitty bucks.  We actually went to the mall, the wrong mall, so I did not spend it, but I will.  I am going to spend it at a Simon Mall.  I went to a non-Simon mall which will soon be razed and made into high-end condos because it is so very empty.  But, I am happy just the same that I won something.  I am such a loser usually.


And we're off, sort of.


It's raining this morning, and my eleven year old daughter has taken off with grandma to see Miley Freakin' Cyrus aka Hannah Montana  (No comment because I'm jealous because it's at the MGM GRAND, and WHEN DO I GET TO GO?!) and brought the one rain sort of jacket in the house with her, so I am leaving for an outdoor walk with a trash bag

I also have seven gift bags of goodies in trash bags for my team members for the walk, hoping those don't get soaked as well.  I am stalling and posting about Miley, OMGZ! because my ride over-slept, which was bound to happen because getting to my house for 7:30am meant that she had to get up at the buttcrack of dawn.

Super Protein Stuffed Peppers.

It's cold, raining and miserable outside.  I am in fall mode.  I want HOT foods baking in the oven.  Hot casseroles, warm, good-smelling foods NOW.  It's weird how that kicks in as soon as the weather changes.  Here is one of my favorite home cooked meals, made healthy and kicked up with protein a bit: 

Stuffed Peppers.



  • 1 box Quinoa
  • 4 medium red bell peppers
  • 3/4 pound ground beef (1/2 turkey breast if you want)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cups bottled tomato-and-basil pasta sauce, divided
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 450°.   Cook traditional quinoa following basic directions (add 1 cup quinoa to 1 1/2 cups boiling water, return to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer and cook until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes).

While quinoa cooks, cut tops off bell peppers; reserve tops. Discard seeds and membranes. Place peppers, cut sides down, in an 8-inch square baking dish; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave at high 2 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender. Cool.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and the next 5 ingredients (beef through allspice); cook 4 minutes or until beef is lightly browned, stirring to crumble. Remove from heat. Add quinoa, 1/2 cup pasta sauce, and cheese to beef mixture, stirring to combine.

While beef cooks, combine 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce and wine in a small saucepan; bring to a boil.

Spoon about 3/4 cup beef mixture into each pepper. Place peppers in a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray; add wine mixture to pan. Cover with foil.

Bake at 450° for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake an additional 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve peppers with sauce. Garnish with pepper tops.


One more chance. That's all you get.

The Walk From Obesity in Lowell, Massachusetts is tomorrow.  I am bribing my team co-captain for a ride.  It's going to be raining buckets, and we are still. going. in. the. rain.

Now, here's the thing:  I had a GOAL.  I wanted to recruit a big team.  One would think with the reach I have with this here interwebz that I could get at least a few of you anti-social folk to come out and play but, I got seven, AND THAT INCLUDES?

  1. Me.
  2. My husband who is not coming, because he is bringing kids with him to a FHA home inspection.
  3. Jennifer (Fooseberry) Team Co-Captain, who has the PB Crackers at all times to back me up in the case of a crash.  ;)

A few people have had issues that have kept them from joining, one woman is currently IN the hospital with a bowel obstruction, so I don't expect that she's coming.

I'm starting to think I have body odor that I am unaware of.

Last year, I didn't really promote the event, and I got what - five members?    This is what I don't understand - who the heck are you people reading the web page from Massachusetts all day long?  Get off yer duffs!  Two miles is not really a big deal.  Even if you are in NO SHAPE FOR TWO MILES?  It's totally acceptable for this type of event to do just as much as your body allows, it's a WALK FROM OBESITY, all shapes and body types will be there.  We have all been there.

Now, if you're not coming because you're in - say - TEXAS or WISCONSIN?  Consider donating.  You don't have to donate a lot, even just a few dollars is perfectly okay.  It won't take much for me to have raised the most for the smallest team.  :)  (I'm up against a team of 75 members!)

Update:  You can't sign up online anymore - but you can show up tomorrow.  If you choose to - I'll be the MM in the MM shirt.

Join Team MM for The Walk From Obesity in Lowell, Massachusetts. Or just donate.  Thank you!

Details at the link.

PS.  If you show up?  You are eligible for a PWIZE.  I have prizes, not really a raffle, because that's too complicated for me, but more like a "HERE YOU GO."  It will defiinately involve CLICK and PB2.  And, even if you DONATE TONIGHT - you can win a prize!

I'm a bad, bad blogger.

I have to explain something.

I am no longer a "Bl*gHer."  I have been removed from the ad network.  I realize writing this is a bad move, but I have already gotten a few "What happened to your M & M's Ads Beth?!" comments, and rather than dodge the issue, here it is.

Ad networks want to own your upper 50%.  Bl*gHer has a rule about being on top, all the time.  That means when your page loads, their ads have to be front and center and the only visible image based advertisements in the top fold of the page.  That can get sticky, especially if you want to be in more than one ad network.

I move sidebar bits around constantly, much like the way I move furniture.  And, if I am stressed out, watch out, the page is moving and things are deleted.

I intruded on Bl*gHer's ad space more than once.  I bumped their ads accidentally before, and this time I put my own ad in their space on top, it was unpaid, so I thought it was okay.  You might have saw it, the "AdRoll" ad on top, it was seeking blog sponsors, I guess it was pre-emptive.

I guess that means no more M & M's and Pepperidge Farms' Cracker Sticks ads for you, intermingled with Weight Watchers, though it sucks, I sort of became accustomed to that little  (guys, I am not making money on this) check every month.

Yes, I learned my lesson.

Bell Plantation Chocolate PB2

"The same great PB2, but with just enough chocolate to make it a delectable, guilt-free spread.  Delicious on graham crackers, fruit, “salty” crackers, as cupcake icing, ice cream topping, and in smoothies.  These are but a few of the uses for this chocolaty, satisfying treat."

Nutritional Values:   (6.5 oz./184g)

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt.

Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons (12 grams)

Servings per container: 16     





Calories from Fat


Total Fat

1.42 g

Saturated Fat

0.46 g

Unsaturated Fat

0.89 g

Trans Fat

<0.01 g


<0.1 mg


59.9 mg

Total Carbohydrate

6.0 g

Dietary Fiber

1.03 g


3.65 g


3.85 g

Vitamin A (IU)

<1 %

Vitamin C (mg)

<0.1 %

Calcium (mg)

11.2 %

Iron (mg)

0.73 %





















If you buy the stuff, feel free to use my email address as the "referral."  It's  I haven't seen a kick back yet, but. 

Here's to hopin', since I have spread this around the world, lol. I'm only half serious, because I really like the PB2. You should try it, and this? This is asking for trouble, and more proteingasmic shakes. :D.

I am not pouting. Just shut up.

(My niece, at dinner the other night, after having tasted "too picy!" salsa)

*This post sponsored by Pure! Irritation! sparked by something totally unrelated and aggravated further by too little sleep and a side of pain.

  • I hate being told to shut up.  There I said it.  I have been sitting on that for days.
  • I hate bullying, by kids. "Come here, I want you to play with me!"  Come here little girl, come play with me, so I can kick your ass.  Then that girl has to cry, pout and look for snacks.  It's a BAD CYCLE.  Don't GO THERE.
  • I. hate. not. driving.  I need to get the kids out of here, at least once a day.  But, at this very moment I don't think I will drive again.  I can, in just a few weeks, but how can I?  Ever?
  • I don't hate not technically working, I still have four kids, that won't change, but I need to "work" and move on.  But, I need to work either way.  The economy is on the Slip and Slide (or is it Chutes and Ladders?) to hell right now.  This right here, the prisoner to the seizures part?  This BITES the biggest one.  I need an answer.  I need a solution.  This is not working for me.

I didn't really think about how much this "situation" of mine sucked until I read it from another persons' perspective from how they are also living it.

It does.  Now before you start the "Oh, poor you, I hope you feel better!" bullshit, I don't want any.  I don't need it, that accomplishes nothing.  I am actively trying to find ways to get past - live with - work around my stupid brain, and in the time it takes to do that - maybe I will find an answer.

What you need is a good ole colon cleansin'.


A while back I went to the PCP with pain.  I told the NP that I thought I had an impacted bowel or something of that region, because I Can Pin Point The Discomfort, and it's Right Here. 

Picture me, right now, pointing DIRECTLY AT THE POINT BELOW THAT RED CIRCLE, JUST ABOVE THE BLADDER.  For the girls, it feels EXACTLY like uterine pain, but it's not.  If you're wondering, it's not gas-related.  It has been bothering me forever, and it comes on like this for a couple days and then wanes.   I feel like I need to "hold up" the pain, like I have to support it.

When I pointed, she said, that's the colon.  I know.  It hurts.  I was sent in for an x-ray and I was not clogged.  The doctor said nothing was wrong, and I'm fine.  The more intense pain subsided and I have had dull aching since, it comes and goes.  But, some days it hurts enough for me to think about needing medical attention, but I really do not want to waste my $35.00 co-pay and babysitter to be sent home with no answers.  (I do have a new PCP, the visit next is next month.)

Would a hernia have shown up on a x-ray? 


The surgeon in the video below is referring to the treatment of anemia after the Mini-Gastric Bypass, but the advice is the same for most anyone.  I was given the iron drug he refers to as "DANGEROUS" and I started going into shock.  :thumbs up: 

I now get something else called "Ferrlecit" which he does not mention, but I am going to ask about this Venofer, because everyone else seems to get that these days and I wonder if it would work better for me too.

Another post RNY seizure patient.

I have permission to share this.  And, it's fucking scary.  Just like me, except, she's been to a Bariatric Surgeon who reports other post ops with similar symptoms.


"I had RNY gastric bypass surgery in 2003.  I weighed 300 pounds & the surgery saved my life at the time. Two years ago I started to have seizures with migraines & my vision started going out. I was bumping into walls, doing my daily routine backwards & couldn't remember anything short term.

GREAT - now what?

Within a month I had 2 grand mal seizures that put me in the hospital. The pressure in my head was enough to make one want to scream.

I have had 2 EEGs that were "normal" & was even told that these seizures were all in my head.  Again - f*ck you very much.

I finally went to my RNY dr - duh - should have done that in the first place.  He said that there were 2-3 year post op patients reporting these exact symptoms -


An answer maybe ?

He talked about my blood sugar / dumping syndrome etc.   He advised me to take numerous vitamins, minerals etc.

My seizures have increased - every couple of days my Husband finds me with eyes open, fists clenched, grunting or moaning (so glamorous, right?) shaking & unable to speak - in fact I'm completely out for about 4-5 minutes each time.

It usually takes 10 - 20 for my brain to re-boot & for me to know what the hell is going on.

There are so many more details but these are some of the basics.

I am however tired - very tired & my body is screaming - NO MAS ! (no more)

Please excuse my curse words & sarcasm, it's just that I'm at that point of give me a solution or shoot me. Ya know?"