Fat Guy (in a little coat)
I visited the doctor on my journey and did the whole vials of blood thing that went to the lab (not the Labrador Retriever – at least I don’t think that’s how they do it, but maybe they had a dog bark at the blood – it’s all shrouded in mystery and common people such as myself don’t get to see what does on behind the curtain). I’ve been on a self-imposed low carb diet and it’s working. The A1C is in the mid sixes and everything else is normal. I find myself packing a healthy lunch (no bread, no spuds, no rice, no pasta, etc.) and while that’s pretty nerdy, it works if I plan to live with any sort of quality of life. I order off the menu now in restaurants. usually something like a big steak, green beans, asparagus, and rabbit food. You have to pick the right place to eat and there’s really no such thing as drive-though food if you want to do this. It’s tough to keep it up when I’m away from home but it is worth the effort.
I’ve always been a generally healthy guy, but as I’ve aged, I’ve fallen prey to the ‘age gene’ (I’m not 25 anymore no matter how much I lie to myself) and I’m trying to reverse the curse to the extent possible.
(more here) A friend of mine is planning to go to China mid-crisis and we had a discussion on the telephone last night about it. I say that he has a screw loose, but I’ve told him to his face before now. His problem is that once he lands (he’d planned to go to Hong Kong, no internal flights, no trains, no contact with the ‘mainland’), he needs to leave China and go to Thailand or somewhere before he can fly back into a different Chinese city. American personnel assigned to the US Embassy have left China “on vacation for Chinese New Year” to get out of the place and so as not to appear panicked. But internally in China, the place is very much on lock down. Word on the street is that the mortality rate is right around 10%. And that’s very bad for “the flu”. He told me that he’ll hold off for a week or so to see how things progress. This is not the time to go to China. Accidental release of a weaponized virus? Maybe? Call me mistrustful of ‘official Chinese information’.