Mom’s on the Road to Recovery… Getting a Gallbladder Removed

For the last few months my mother, myself and others have been a bit concerned about a rapid weight loss that she was going through.

She really had no idea what might have been going on as she thought she might have caught a parasite while she was in the Philippines a few months ago or even the thoughts of her having cancer again had crossed the minds of many.

A few days ago she was having serious troubles eating and it was very painful… so painful that she got checked into the emergency room.

Well of course I didn’t know anything about this until this morning… when I got a call from my mom, in the hospital, telling me that she had just had her gallbladder removed!

So I’ve spent my free time today investigating more about what getting a gallbladder removed means and further implications it may have with her and I’ve learned quite a few things.

The one thing that is very relieving to know… is that it’s actually fairly common for folks to have their gallbladders removed.

Here are a few quick facts I learned:

  • Gallbladder attacks are more common than you may think. Gallstones affect more than 25,000 million Americans with 1 million new cases diagnosed annually, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.
  • 500,000-700,000 gallbladder removals take place every year in the USA alone. And since the diet of the general American population is not improving, those numbers are rising.
  • Fats are important but it’s the right fats that count. If you are in pain now, try the beet recipe which calls for some flax oil
  • Research shows that a balanced diet high in unsaturated fats (essential fatty acids) may reduce risk of gallstones, especially in men

I’m just glad that it appears she is on her way to recovery and after spending some time with her this afternoon… I can tell she is already regaining her sense of humor!

Former UH Swimmer Jamie Patrick to Attempt World Record Swim

Wow… this is pretty impressive! I couldn’t swim for an hour straight and this former UH Swimmer is gonna attempt to go for 60 hours and 240 miles!

In August of this year – Jamie Patrick will once again set the bar by testing the human will. He will swim an estimated 60 plus hours non stop down the Sacramento River in Northern California to set the world record for the longest non wetsuit swim in history.

Imagine: 240 miles of river. It isn’t hard, until you imagine yourself swimming in it. Without a wetsuit. The entire distance, without stopping. Eating as you go along, treading water, touching neither boat nor shore or person. But Jamie Patrick will do just that on August 18th: he will begin a swim that will last 240 miles from the origin of the Sacramento River to Sacramento itself…

More here – Former Hawaii Swimmer to Attempt 240 Mile Swim

On the website  “Swimming California” he has set up for this record attempt Jamie writes:

In August of 2011, I will conquer the longest non-wetsuit river swim in history.  I will begin this historic swim south of the dam at Shasta Lake, located south of the the Oregon Border and swim 240 miles south to historic downtown Sacramento.  My crew will guide me through two nights of no sleep.  The Sacramento River’s flow is determined by the amount of flow released from the dam.  Historically, August has a mild release but the amount of rainfall is a factor as well.  Based on calculations during this period last year, if I were to float and not swim at all it would take close to six days to reach Sacramento.  The temperature of the river varies from the start to the finish by as much as 18 degrees (55 to 72).  As I will not be wearing a wetsuit, the temperature at the beginning becomes a huge factor…

Video From the 2011 Big Island Mud Bog

The Big Island had a “Mud Bog” this past weekend:

Here is some video from the event:

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