Bag of Randomness for Friday, November 10, 2017

  • About a month ago I noticed a bump on the back of my neck which has gotten bigger and bigger and more painful. I finally decided to see the doctor about it thinking it was an ingrown hair gone mad. It wasn’t, it was just a big abscess which she lanced.
  • So, I went to the doctor just for the abscess on the back of my neck, but when I was explaining it to the doctor I could tell she was staring at me in a curious manner and then she started asking me these questions which I answered yes to, which also made me feel I was in an episode of ‘House’: Have you been craving sweets or carbs? Headaches? Fatigued? Digestive issues? Difficulties staying focused or concentrating as of late? Do your joints hurt in any way? Have your sinuses been acting up?
    • She then asked how long have the lesions have been on my face. I didn’t think of them of lesions or even a rash, but something more like an irritation from shaving. Heck, I didn’t even think they were that noticeable.
    • Finally, she explained I have candidiasis, a fungal infection, which was quite a surprise. Her assumption is this came to be because I’m highly stressed and we discussed what’s going on in my life. She gave me an injection of Rocephin and then put me on an antibiotic which I have to take for ten weeks. For the first two weeks, I take one pill every three days, then I will take one a day for the next eight weeks. Oh, and I’m supposed to go on the Candida Diet which eliminates sugar, white flour, yeast, and cheese, based on the theory that these foods promote candida overgrowth.
    • I left the doctor’s office thinking how funny it was going in for what I thought was an ingrown hair and then being told you have something else wrong with you without even bringing it up.
  • Man, oh man, did my neck start to hurt once the anesthesia wore off. I have to return tomorrow to have the bandage changed.
  • I’ve built up a lot of vacation hours at work. I’m carrying over 40 hours from this year to next year and already have days scheduled for the holidays. Since I still had more to burn, I only worked two days this week. How have a been spending my time off? I’m simply taking my time cleaning and organizing things around GeedingManor, stuff I’ve been wanting to get to for a while but keep putting off, and it’s been fantastic.
  • I think Twitter would have been better off just increasing the character limit to 150 characters. The eight-character increase would have been a fun bit.
  • We finished the second season of ‘Stranger Things’. Good stuff, though there’s not living up to the first season. It bums me a bit that the kids are getting older, and I had to adjust seeing Sean Astin and Paul Reiser in their roles. I love getting lost in a television series and escaping reality for a bit.
  • At the Met Opera, a Note So High, It’s Never Been Sung Before
    • High C has been hit by the thousands. D’s and E’s, too, are rousing but not uncommon. F’s have been rarer, and G’s and A flats rarer still. But a high A — a combination of genetic gifts, rigorous training and psychological discipline over two fragile vocal cords — is monumental, and unprecedented at the Met, according to its archivists.
  • Even my little humble Leaf has great acceleration – Tesla’s cars can now accelerate … more slowly
  • Video – Kids Test Out Their Speech On Google Home, Amazon Echo and Siri
    • I get frustrated how Alexa doesn’t understand me but I’ve been amazed at how it’s been able to understand our kids’ speech as they developed.
  • This app tells you if your local McDonald’s ice cream machine is down
  • I love how this kid becomes accepting of his new glasses and then becoming
  • overwhelmed by joy.


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