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My One Remaining Food VICE — Mediterranean Spinach Swirls (A Variant Of ‘Spanakopita’).

by Anura Guruge



Alas, my supposed restraint when it comes to food still has its limits. I can’t, however hard I try, stop eating these $3 Mediterranean Spinach Swirls from Market Basket. HELP.

It really is killing me — slowly but surely.

Who would have thought that this would end up as my one remaining VICE when it came to food.

Yes, I confess, that maybe once a month, if she grudgingly lets me, I will eat 4 – 5 teaspoons of Teischan’s leftover ice cream (with any chocolate sauce that is lurking around) at a restaurant.

That is it in terms of sweets for the last 6 years (i.e., since January 22, 2013). No cake, no pies, no chocolates, no muffins, no donuts, no ice cream, no cheesecake, no cookies … And I love chocolates, pecan pie, apple pie and ice cream.

I stopped eating nuts 10-weeks ago. And I LOVE nuts.

I drastically cut back on cheese 10-weeks ago. I could live on cheese. I now have a bit every few days.

I dramatically cut back on food 10-weeks ago. I have lost xx pounds in the last 10-weeks. SMILE. Not telling you how much. I am moderately pleased. IF I can lose another 10 pounds I would be orgasmic.

So, during the last 10-weeks these spinach swirls have been my ONLY WEAKNESS! Honest.

Who would have thought. SPINACH — BAD FOR YOU.

Over the last decade I have really acquired a taste for spinach. I eat a LOT of spinach — in multiple forms.

Spinach is said to be good for you.

But, these $3 spinach swirls I eat are killing me. I would be better eating chocolate donuts.

Even the guy at Market Basket, who makes them, told me that they are BAD for ME! 500 calories each.

I have CUT BACK — over the last 10-weeks.

I used to eat 3 every 10-days or so. Sometimes 2 a day. It was KILLING I.

Then 10-weeks ago, I went nearly a month without eating even one. It killed me.

Then I started cheating. One every few weeks.

I had one TODAY — which I bought yesterday.

It is killing.

I am SO ashamed!

This is bad.

I wish I had more control over my diet.

DAMN!

Oh … what happened 10-weeks ago.

That was when I had my knee surgery and discovered my blood sugar had SHOT UP to 103! 103! Damn.

Not good. I am


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7-Weeks After My Knee Surgery (1-Week Off Crutches) I Was Walking 10K Steps A Day.

by Anura Guruge


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Quite an increase from the 4-weeks prior
though I was beginning to increase my
range despite the crutches.


So far, close to 10-weeks post surgery I am doing pretty well — even if I say so myself. NO PAIN, whatsoever — other than when I try to bend my knee beyond 30º. I have a feeling that this might be permanent. But, I could live with that, especially now that I am 65.

Still wearing a STIFF, knee-locking brace 23.4×7! Take it off for two twenty-minute stretches to do knee exercises. I now have 3 braces, and I have basically stopped using the DonJoy.

Also still using a cane when I walk. Can walk without it and do occasionally. I now also have a collection of walking sticks!



I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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Taking Selfies My Way — As I Was Leaving Moosehead Lake, Maine, April 27, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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Anura Guruge selfie April 27 2019


Coming up to 8-weeks since knee surgery. Getting around with a stick.

This was at the timeshare cottage we stayed at. Very nice. They had this large mirror above the fireplace.



48th post in this “Taking Selfies My Way” series.

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‘Garmin’ Support Provides Insights Into ‘UltraTrac’ GPS Mode.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read. Received on my Twitter account.


They were responding to THIS post.

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What it says about ‘UltraTrac’ in the
Fenix 5 Plus Owner’s Manual.

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There is NO mention in the Owner’s Manual about pre-calibrating or that it is designed for longer than marathon distances.

I triple checked.

Plus, I have used GPS on this ‘course’ at least 100 times!

The problem, as I see it, is the same as that with open water swimming. The gyro dead reckoning is dead wrong.

Here is my response to Garmin.

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Medicare Supposedly Pays $17,000 For A Knee Replacement, Only Paid $5,596 For My Knee Surgery.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘The New York Times”.


My Bill for Knee Surgery.

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I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.



Knee replacement, of course, is a much more involved procedure with expensive hardware involved. In my case they only had to insert 3 small ‘fiber’ plugs. So, there was no hardware costs. But, it just goes to show.

Yes, I know of doctors that will NOT accept Medicare patients just for this reason. The lower reimbursement. Not sure whether this applies to surgeons, especially orthopedic surgeons. They must get most of their business from old codgers like I who need knee and hip replacement — though I was, of course, different.

That huge 100% price differential is NOT RIGHT. It is worse if you don’t have insurance. Hospitals really rape you. I know. Dartmouth-Hitchcock raped me — anally at that.

There has to be a middle-path. Between the Medicare amount and what other insurances pay.

This is why the U.S. healthcare system is so screwed up.

I am sure glad I have Medicare — with the Humana Advantage overlay on top of it (which costs me NOTHING).


 

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‘Garmin’ ‘UltraTrac’ GPS Distance Measurement Is A Cruel Joke.

by Anura Guruge


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I am shocked and appalled! This is NOT RIGHT. UltraTrac can’t be this bad — but it is.

That 0.44 mile walk was from Wednesday, April 17, 2019 — my first day off crutches in 6-weeks after my knee surgery. My first walk in 6-weeks. As I am walking I realize that the GPS distance is off — way off. But, I persevered. Today, 2-days later I clocked the distance of just a part of that walk using my car. Just that section came to 0.4 miles and I didn’t even bother driving half of the ‘course’.

This is stupid. Same problem that Garmin has with open water swimming.

There really should not be an issue. It should be able to compute the distance between the GPS reading. It, with my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, even has the gyroscope to tell it which way I was headed. Very disappointed.

Did a Google on ‘UltraTac’. This is a known and COMMON problem. I am amazed that Garmin hasn’t bothered to fix it.

So, heads-up. Do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, use UltraTac. It is a joke.


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6-Weeks After My Knee Surgery I Am Off Crutches — Walking With A Cane.

by Anura Guruge


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Dramatic increase in my step count yesterday & today.


Today’s first real walk in 6-weeks.

I think I walked further (but didn’t have the ‘proper’ GPS setting). C’est la vie.



I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


 


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