I met Mrs Claus

Greetings blog readers. Hope this evening finds you all well. I’m excited that it’s already Wednesday night – just 2 more days until the weekend! My weeks seem to go by quickly, which I suppose is a good thing, right? No big plans for this weekend though. I’m sure Knoxville will all be a buzz Saturday, for the home game against my Georgia Bulldogs – go dawgs! No, I’m not going. Tried to get my college roommate to come up for a visit and watch the game, but to no avail. I’d like to try out the Knoxville Farmers Market Saturday morning – but avoiding downtown Knoxville may be smarter. Plus, rain is in the forecast… so we’ll see what happens.

I will say, however, that I need to buy new slippers. I’m really starting to miss my boxes of winter clothes that are sitting lonely in my Texas garage – all my beloved scarves, sweaters, slippers and long-sleeved shirts. Our weather has still been really nice and fall-like, but we’ve had some evenings down in the 40s, and my little footsies get a little chilly.

I manage to stay warm enough in the hospital, though, thanks to the trusty lab coat. It seems slightly amusing to me that the dietitian (me) is the only person in the hospital to wear a lab coat. I think I confuse the patients. Haha. It certainly comes in handy though to a) keep you warm, b) hold pens, highlighters, calculator, lip balm, cell phone, name badge, etc, and c) let me get away with wearing t-shirts to work. The latter was always our favorite part of clinical rotations at Vanderbilt. Well, I guess not our favorite, but certainly rewarding J

I know, I know, you’re just reading this because you want to hear the latest crazy story from my patients. Hmmm, let’s see. We have a woman who believes she’s married to Santa Claus. She says she lives in the North Pole with him, but complains that because of his large belly he’s not very sexy. Always a problem when you’re not attracted to your spouse! I had a really rude guy yesterday who refused to listen to me about eating better, claimed that nothing is wrong with his diet (even though his cholesterol/lipids are horrible and he has diabetes). He’s bipolar, very manic right now, and wouldn’t shut up, so I just got up and walked away. Today, he approached me to apologize for being rude. I was stunned! But as soon as he apologized, he just went back to rambling about how ridiculous I was to try to change his diet….. oh well, guess you can’t have it all.

A big concern for a lot of my patients is the finances of eating healthy – many are on disability, living on ~$700 a month, or depending on food stamps. One woman today said her electric bill was $400, so there wasn’t much money for food, and she depends on a senior program that delivers one meal a day (and that’s all she claims she eats!), and yet she’s about 100pounds overweight. Sometimes things just don’t add up…. However, I was impressed with her ability to eat any food with no teeth. Wait, that sounds wrong. The woman has no teeth; I didn’t mean she avoids food that have teeth.. that’s silly. I offered to order a soft diet for her, but she proudly stated that she can gum anything, even an apple. Wow. Seems like a workout right there!

Speaking of working out, I joined a gym here in Maryville and have been stopping by on my way home from work. It’s a fairly big/nice place – the normal cardio and weight machines, as well as a nice group fitness classes schedule and lots of personal trainers available. It’s been sad how long I’ve gone without any real workouts, so I’ve been taking it slow to get back into the swing of things. Today the plan was for a 30minute interval workout on the elliptical, but I only made it 25 minutes. Better than nothing right?! I signed up for 3 personal trainer sessions (only because it was a special deal if I bought them when I joined), so I’m hoping to have someone help me with a strength training routine – I always feel like a complete idiot in that area of the gym. I have no idea what I’m doing. But some of the trainers in that gym look scary. Maybe I should have requested a nice trainer. I’m not a fan of boot-camp-style training. If I get stuck with someone who yells, tells me “no pain, no gain” and makes me do push-ups, I’m asking for a refund.

Hope everyone is staying healthy this flu-season. I got my flu-shot at the hospital during my first week, and will jump on the opportunity to get the H1N1 vaccine ASAP. No flu for me! My sister, sophomore at the University of Texas, reported that the flu shots on campus are in short supply – her friend showed up 20 minutes after they started giving them out yesterday and was already behind 700 people in line! I guess that’s what happens when you go to the same school as 60,000+ other people. Haha. Hopefully she can get one tomorrow.

OK, better get ready for GLEE tonight! Tomorrow is the day for internet (I know, I’ve said that a million times, but I really think the installation will happen tomorrow) followed by a celebratory dinner after work. Not sure what Maryville hot spot we haven’t tried yet, so we’ll see. I wouldn’t mind returning to The Tomato Head. You can’t go wrong there…. J

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2 Responses

  1. As far as I know, we still have the flu vaccine. Now, just waiting for the H1N1 shot :\ And Glee was fabulous!

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