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Sunday, March 28, 2021 11:27 PM

SIGNYM

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Seems like every day is a "daily chore" day, and I'm having a hard time finding time to tackle the bigger stuff. But I've done my deep dive thru the medical expenses and I'm going to print out a spreadsheet for the tax guy, along with other deductible expenses, and let HIM figure out if it's worth itemizing or not.

Managed to get my Easter cards in the mail (I hope they get across country in time) and sort mail/pay bills.

I put a temporary halt on the outdoor work during this hot spell (it got up to 90F today) but will prolly be helping in the garage tommorrow to help put the bandsaw back in operation. Yesterday we re-arranged the wood supplies to bring the bandsaw out into the center of the garage; it's a good thing hubby put it on wheels!! I vacuumed it out, hubby has three new blades (including resaw blade) and with a little derusting of the table and a little new oil on the blade guides it should work fine.

Also, during this hot spell I'm going lighter on cooked dishes. Today I cooked philly cheese steak on toast with greek salad for the family, and yesterday we had "oven fried" chicken with cole slaw and leftover sweet potato. But my latest "comfort food" is cooked oat bran. I can't taste it much, but it has the same textureas Cream of Wheat (which I always liked) and is presumably good for me.

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Monday, March 29, 2021 1:34 AM

1KIKI

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I will DEFINITELY let you know how the meatloaf turns out, but not until it's a good recipe. So, if you don't see anything for a while ...

Baking powder - there are many different ingredients to pick from so my recipe is ALSO experimental!

Single acting baking powder is usually an acid combined with a base, and it releases bubbles immediately when water is added to the dry mix. Generally the base is sodium bicarbonate, but I decided to get potassium bicarbonate instead. If it doesn't work out I have plenty of sodium bicarb at home as I use it as a mild abrasive. For the acid I'm using tartaric acid, derived from grapes.

A double acting baking powder in addition uses a chemical that decomposes with heat into an acid. Sodium aluminum phosphate and sodium aluminum sulfate are generally used. I tried looking up the specific reaction but the best I could find was that sodium aluminum sulfate decomposes to alumina and sulfur trioxide - ie sulfuric acid. (And I presume the phosphate turns into phosphoric acid).

Scrounging around I found that dicalcium phosphate is also used as a slow-acting leavening agent, so I got some of that. Reading people's ratings, one lady apparently tried one brand and it wasn't a fine enough powder to be good for baking; it left a gritty texture. So I got the other brand, fingers crossed.

All are 'food grade', at least that's how they're listed.

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Monday, March 29, 2021 1:36 AM

1KIKI

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Wild weather here a while ago. Dark clouds rolled in then heavy rain which turned into heavy hail which went back to rain then a light rain. This was also accompanied by wind which was blowing the trees around. Wind and rain both stopped for now.

Off to get my supper.

I'm glad the weather seems to be better now that you're out and about. Have a good one!

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Monday, March 29, 2021 1:50 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Seems like every day is a "daily chore" day, and I'm having a hard time finding time to tackle the bigger stuff. But I've done my deep dive thru the medical expenses and I'm going to print out a spreadsheet for the tax guy, along with other deductible expenses, and let HIM figure out if it's worth itemizing or not.

I know you have a lot more people in your household than I do! When I was working, everything was in triage mode. Now I've developed a system, so that, for me, I just need to keep up bit by bit - except for the big stuff like heavy grocery shopping and laundry and bottle recycling. I saw a tip that I try to remind myself of ... if it takes less than a minute to do, it's worth doing right away, so things don't build up.
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Managed to get my Easter cards in the mail (I hope they get across country in time)
Sigh. One of these days I'll be completely caught up and be able to do that regularly.
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and sort mail/pay bills.
Paperwork. One of my serious organizational challenges.
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I put a temporary halt on the outdoor work during this hot spell (it got up to 90F today)
I read that the ridiculously resistant ridge is BAaaaaaaack ...
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but will prolly be helping in the garage tomorrow to help put the bandsaw back in operation. Yesterday we re-arranged the wood supplies to bring the bandsaw out into the center of the garage; it's a good thing hubby put it on wheels!! I vacuumed it out, hubby has three new blades (including resaw blade) and with a little derusting of the table and a little new oil on the blade guides it should work fine.
Interesting info.
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Also, during this hot spell I'm going lighter on cooked dishes. Today I cooked philly cheese steak on toast with greek salad for the family, and yesterday we had "oven fried" chicken with cole slaw and leftover sweet potato. But my latest "comfort food" is cooked oat bran. I can't taste it much, but it has the same texture as Cream of Wheat (which I always liked) and is presumably good for me.

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You would be astounded - and not in a good way - at how basic my cooking is, aside from my pre-cooked meals. I'll take like 2 lbs of boneless, skinless chx thighs and cook them covered till done, then remove them to a storage dish. (You would also be amazed at how much they cook down - a half-pound raw ends up being two very midgey thighs when cooked. They must sell them really wet and heavy.) Then I take a box of vegetable broth and add a couple of cooked thighs and heat it up - et voila - dinner.

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Monday, March 29, 2021 9:37 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


It's not that I'm not getting anything done. My house is more or less clean right now, and everything I needed to do outside is ready for reseeding the grass. But I still haven't been able to get back to working on the kitchen, which is really the thing I need to get back to.

My problem was stopping right before the worst part of the job before going to my bro's place. I've literally found every possible excuse to not get up on that ladder and finish sanding and scraping the insides of the top cabinets.

I haven't even done one of my paint shifts on the doors and shelves for weeks now. There's still two drawers and lazy susan discs that haven't gotten a lick of primer on them yet, and painting hasn't even started.

I thought yesterday was the day, but I didn't do it. Hopefully today is.

I'd love to get it far enough where I can justify opening that big tub of wood putty. As far as I know, I don't even need any on the bottom cabinets except to fill the holes where the old hinges are. Most of it was up top, along with a few patches on my front and back door jambs and the holes in the bottom step I made for my front entrance.


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Monday, March 29, 2021 1:44 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Wild weather here a while ago. Dark clouds rolled in then heavy rain which turned into heavy hail which went back to rain then a light rain. This was also accompanied by wind which was blowing the trees around. Wind and rain both stopped for now.

Off to get my supper.

I'm glad the weather seems to be better now that you're out and about. Have a good one!



Supper was leftover pork chop and some pasta on the stove top. Sunday is my do nothing much day. So I generally stay in doors.

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Monday, March 29, 2021 1:44 PM

BRENDA


Out for a walk in the sunshine. Things to do. Later peeps.

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Monday, March 29, 2021 2:27 PM

SIGNYM

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Originally posted by 6ixStringJack:
It's not that I'm not getting anything done. My house is more or less clean right now, and everything I needed to do outside is ready for reseeding the grass. But I still haven't been able to get back to working on the kitchen, which is really the thing I need to get back to.

My problem was stopping right before the worst part of the job before going to my bro's place. I've literally found every possible excuse to not get up on that ladder and finish sanding and scraping the insides of the top cabinets.

I haven't even done one of my paint shifts on the doors and shelves for weeks now. There's still two drawers and lazy susan discs that haven't gotten a lick of primer on them yet, and painting hasn't even started.

I thought yesterday was the day, but I didn't do it. Hopefully today is.

I'd love to get it far enough where I can justify opening that big tub of wood putty. As far as I know, I don't even need any on the bottom cabinets except to fill the holes where the old hinges are. Most of it was up top, along with a few patches on my front and back door jambs and the holes in the bottom step I made for my front entrance.


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Sometimes motivation is hard to come by. Especially if, as you say, you stop (or are stopped) partway thru a particularly onerous painful part, and get derailed. Then you wind up procrastinating.

"Some people" (yanno, those online articles with all kinds of helpful hints on how to live your life better!) say that one way to procrastinate is to fill in the time by tackling some of the OTHER things that you need to do, altho my experience is that I can find an infinite series of "yapping chihuahuas" to address which allows me to procrastinate for a long time.

I dunno. Pick a date that has a week of clear schedule ahead (maybe rainy weather ahead so you can't do yardwork?) and get to it?

I'm looking forward to your next post on your kitchen remodel. In the meantime, let us know how other things are going. m'kay?

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I'm assuming it's the deteriorating drainage ditch that's the thing that has you concened?

If I understand the topography around your house, the ditch is across the street but you're downslope?

I have two words for you: Sand bags.

Also, my sis had continuing problems with the electricity going out for days at a time whenever there was windy weather. And this was just a few houses on the street, including hers. Once up to ten days, IIRC. And thru part of this time, our mom was on an oxygen machine, and they had to resort bottled oxygen, living in a cold dark house in the dead of winter. She called the utility multiple times, called and wrote her state representatives, but the thing that did the trick was getting in touch with one of those local channel broadcasts where they would fix problemss for you.

Well! With THAT bad publicity NYSGE finally got on the stick and trimmed the ONE TREE that was causing all of those problems. So, if you have a similar local TV program, that might be the leverage that you need to get the problem fixed.

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Monday, March 29, 2021 4:52 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



Quote:

Originally posted by 6ixStringJack:
I've literally found every possible excuse to not get up on that ladder and finish sanding and scraping the insides of the top cabinets.

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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
"Some people" (yanno, those online articles with all kinds of helpful hints on how to live your life better!) say that one way to procrastinate is to fill in the time by tackling some of the OTHER things that you need to do, altho my experience is that I can find an infinite series of "yapping chihuahuas" to address which allows me to procrastinate for a long time.

I too have discovered 'productive procrastination™'. At least it's productive. But yes, it can made to be be virtually infinite. For me, procrastination often comes from either 1) uncertainty plus anxiety - it's important but I'm not sure how to do it and how it'll go or 2) pain and fatigue, though fatigue tends to be a far more subtle problem. I can differentiate between fatigue and something else by checking how I feel about doing paperwork v getting up and doing something physical. If I'm up for paperwork but not a physical activity, it mean my mind is sharp and my emotions are unclouded, but my body is telling me no.

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Monday, March 29, 2021 5:54 PM

BRENDA


Back from my walk and bill paying. Sun is nice and not too cold.

Even found the energy to get the bathroom garbage out. Took a look at the paper recycling bins and they waaaaaaaay full. Won't be able to get that done until they are emptied by the city.

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Monday, March 29, 2021 8:29 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Sometimes motivation is hard to come by. Especially if, as you say, you stop (or are stopped) partway thru a particularly onerous painful part, and get derailed. Then you wind up procrastinating.

"Some people" (yanno, those online articles with all kinds of helpful hints on how to live your life better!) say that one way to procrastinate is to fill in the time by tackling some of the OTHER things that you need to do, altho my experience is that I can find an infinite series of "yapping chihuahuas" to address which allows me to procrastinate for a long time.

I dunno. Pick a date that has a week of clear schedule ahead (maybe rainy weather ahead so you can't do yardwork?) and get to it?

I'm looking forward to your next post on your kitchen remodel. In the meantime, let us know how other things are going. m'kay?



Well, I finally got the bug today...

Put in a good 7 hours in the kitchen today. I only actually sanded and scraped out 2 cabinets out of the 6 I have left to do, but one of them was one of the two lazy Susan's which are about as time consuming as 3 cabinets.

But most of my day was doing stuff I hadn't planned on doing. I just realized today that I'd never re-set the build out that will hold the right side of the range hood. I thought I had done that when I did the left side. I figured it out real quick when I sanded over the screw sticking a quarter inch out of the bottom of the cabinet.

Once I had that all disassembled and ready to put back into place with construction glue and brad nails, I actually took the time to repair the gaping holes on the top and bottom of the cabinet. The idiots ripped out about 11"x4" from the top to put the electric in through the soffit and the bottom to pull the plug up from the range hood. Not only does it look like crap, but insulation constantly falls down from the soffit into that cabinet.

I had a lot of that Hardboard left from when I built out the side of a cabinet and fixed the drawer bottom, so I used that. That stuff is pretty awesome. It's like the poor man's 3D printer.

I cut it to the right size, sanded down the edges to a nice finish, used other cutoffs to build out the surface I'd be gluing them to and glued them on (and hit them with brad nails when I had enough clearance to do so). I cut out proper holes to run the electric through, then I glued and clamped everything into place.

Then I built that range hood bracket out flush and right without any screws poking through the bottom of the cabinet.

It's all ready for the wood putty and caulk when I get to it.

Hopefully tomorrow I can get to it and finish sanding and scraping the 4 remaining cabinets and vacuum and wipe them all down for the next step.


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I'm assuming it's the deteriorating drainage ditch that's the thing that has you concened?


No, but it's not making me feel any better about the situation.

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If I understand the topography around your house, the ditch is across the street but you're downslope?

I have two words for you: Sand bags.

Also, my sis had continuing problems with the electricity going out for days at a time whenever there was windy weather. And this was just a few houses on the street, including hers. Once up to ten days, IIRC. And thru part of this time, our mom was on an oxygen machine, and they had to resort bottled oxygen, living in a cold dark house in the dead of winter. She called the utility multiple times, called and wrote her state representatives, but the thing that did the trick was getting in touch with one of those local channel broadcasts where they would fix problemss for you.

Well! With THAT bad publicity NYSGE finally got on the stick and trimmed the ONE TREE that was causing all of those problems. So, if you have a similar local TV program, that might be the leverage that you need to get the problem fixed.



Not sure what you mean by one of those "local broadcasts"???



My worry is the house creaking and cracking and the excess settling going on. It was pretty scary when we had 40" of snow and ice on the roof, but it got worse over the last few weeks. I was walking around and up and down stairs on eggshells.

I've since stopped doing that, and now I've been jumping around and banging everything like an animal. I'm done worrying about it. Might as well help it along before I do too much more work because I don't want to be repairing walls and ceilings again after I paint them.


I think it's because I reversed 15 years of that front overhang sinking in only a day or two last year, and now it's really adjusting.

I just compared pictures to how that looked before I detached the columns and put the jacks under them to how it looks now, and the damn thing looks perfectly straight now compared to how much it was visibly sagging last year.

In fact, the right side had quite a "hole" underneath the shingles where the two peaks met last year and it's almost gone now. I think it was just a huge amount of movement that I did too fast. I know you're not supposed to jack things up quickly, but I wasn't counting on the overhang lifting 1 1/2" on its own immediately when I detached the columns. If I had to do it all over again I would have very slowly detached those columns over half a year instead of in one go.

I'm done worrying about it until there's something to worry about. If the house was really going to fall down, I'd have some real problems with how much I've been jumping around on the 1st, 2nd and attic floors now.


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Monday, March 29, 2021 8:50 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:

Quote:

Originally posted by 6ixStringJack:
I've literally found every possible excuse to not get up on that ladder and finish sanding and scraping the insides of the top cabinets.

Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
"Some people" (yanno, those online articles with all kinds of helpful hints on how to live your life better!) say that one way to procrastinate is to fill in the time by tackling some of the OTHER things that you need to do, altho my experience is that I can find an infinite series of "yapping chihuahuas" to address which allows me to procrastinate for a long time.

I too have discovered 'productive procrastination™'. At least it's productive. But yes, it can made to be be virtually infinite. For me, procrastination often comes from either 1) uncertainty plus anxiety - it's important but I'm not sure how to do it and how it'll go or 2) pain and fatigue, though fatigue tends to be a far more subtle problem. I can differentiate between fatigue and something else by checking how I feel about doing paperwork v getting up and doing something physical. If I'm up for paperwork but not a physical activity, it mean my mind is sharp and my emotions are unclouded, but my body is telling me no.



Not all of my procrastination was productive, no matter how much I want to lie to myself.

But at least some good stuff got done in between so I don't feel terrible about it.

But yeah... uncertainty and anxiety are killers for sure. Glad I finally snapped out of that. Very counterproductive.


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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 1:34 PM

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So, SIX, think of the creaking and cracking nt as "settling" but as "rebound". As long as you have something solid under the frame, even if it's jacks, you're good.

FWIW I think you're doing the right thing, encouraging it to move back into position. You don't want to have to deal with a myriad of hairline cracks AFTER you've prepped and painted!

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 1:36 PM

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Pushing as hard as I can on all fronts. Tax papers are done. Grody plywood is out of the garage, and will be bundled for pickup. Year-end filing is ALMOST done, I just need to buy more file folders to complete, and my main files have been purged of outdated papers.



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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 1:40 PM

BRENDA


Out for a walk soon. Groceries today. Saw some ground salmon yesterday, hope the store still has some today.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 8:23 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
So, SIX, think of the creaking and cracking nt as "settling" but as "rebound". As long as you have something solid under the frame, even if it's jacks, you're good.

FWIW I think you're doing the right thing, encouraging it to move back into position. You don't want to have to deal with a myriad of hairline cracks AFTER you've prepped and painted!



Yeah. From the outside, nothing at all looks amiss. The only difference that can be seen is the overhang is now straight.

There doesn't appear to be anything that needs jacking at this point, although I may choose to throw a couple of 3-4ft. jacks under the stairs to the basement. They have seen their share of water over the years. No serious floods since I've been here, but even still there's been a thin coating of water on the living space floor twice in the last 10 years. Who knows how bad it had gotten when the bank owned it and before all the flood remediation projects had been done in the area?


Been kicking some ass recently on what needs to be done, finally...

I finished scraping and sanding all 6 remaining upper cabinets in the last two days, and I even sanded most of the front of all of the bottom cabinets today. As much as I'd like to jump right into the wood putty and caulking on the upper cabinets, I think at this point I might jump to stripping the bottom cabinets so I can just get all of the sanding over with and have a relatively clean work area for the rest of the job.

It's so nice to finally have the worst thing on the kitchen to-do list behind me. That was really an awful job. My right forearm was hurting pretty bad when I woke up yesterday and I didn't know if I'd get it done today, but I did some yard work and was stretching and moving it around for a few hours before I got back to the kitchen.




Sounds like you're making good progress on your stuff too.


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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 8:48 PM

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SIGNYM:
So, SIX, think of the creaking and cracking nt as "settling" but as "rebound". As long as you have something solid under the frame, even if it's jacks, you're good.

FWIW I think you're doing the right thing, encouraging it to move back into position. You don't want to have to deal with a myriad of hairline cracks AFTER you've prepped and painted!

SIX: Yeah. From the outside, nothing at all looks amiss. The only difference that can be seen is the overhang is now straight.

There doesn't appear to be anything that needs jacking at this point, although I may choose to throw a couple of 3-4ft. jacks under the stairs to the basement. They have seen their share of water over the years. No serious floods since I've been here, but even still there's been a thin coating of water on the living space floor twice in the last 10 years. Who knows how bad it had gotten when the bank owned it and before all the flood remediation projects had been done in the area?


Been kicking some ass recently on what needs to be done, finally...

I finished scraping and sanding all 6 remaining upper cabinets in the last two days, and I even sanded most of the front of all of the bottom cabinets today. As much as I'd like to jump right into the wood putty and caulking on the upper cabinets, I think at this point I might jump to stripping the bottom cabinets so I can just get all of the sanding over with and have a relatively clean work area for the rest of the job.

No more sanding dust to deal with? Yay!

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SIX: It's so nice to finally have the worst thing on the kitchen to-do list behind me. That was really an awful job. My right forearm was hurting pretty bad when I woke up yesterday and I didn't know if I'd get it done today, but I did some yard work and was stretching and moving it around for a few hours before I got back to the kitchen.




Sounds like you're making good progress on your stuff too.




Spent some quality time with the weeds out front. Just the ones next to the plants I want to keep, the rest of the weeds face mass extermination.

But while I was there, I was VERY aggressively buzzed by a a ginormous kind of bee I've never seen before: big, like a large bumblebee but fuzzy golden brown all over with green eyes. Turns out, it's a male valley carpenter bee - xylocarpa varipuncta.



Damn thing was so aggressive I moved away from that area!

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 11:45 PM

BRENDA


Interesting bee SIG. Never seen or heard of one like it up here.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:02 AM

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Oh... I still have more sanding and dust to deal with. Still have to strip and sand the bottom cabinets. But that's all waist level and below. No ladder necessary, and the dust won't be falling from on high. I also don't have to sand the tops of the remaining cabinet since it's just the MDF on the bottom of the existing countertops that I might not even be keeping anyhow.

I think instead of rushing to finish the top cabinets I'm going to spend the next day or two stripping and sanding the bottom cabinets so I can get the sanding out of the way. Once I get it all clean I can start painting things. I really want to get that ceiling painted so I can finally get the fan blades back on since I got that fan turning the right way for the first time in 10 years.






At first I thought you took a picture of that bee and was going to compliment you for how pro it looked.

If bees bothered me I'd have another pest that annoyed me since wasps are a thing here. Late last summer was the 3rd year since I've been here they managed to get in my house. I killed about 10 of them in my basement. At least they stayed down there and I never saw any upstairs. They really seemed attracted to the windows. I don't think they actually meant to set up shop inside because I don't think they actually had a way to get out.

They got in as babies. I took some photos of them at one point when I thought they were ants, but their tail section of the abdomen came to a point, and I couldn't find any ants to match them. Killed two of them when they were that size, and about a month later I had the big ones down there. They were extremely lethargic and very easy to kill. I think they got in before I repaired the windows and then grew up and realized they had nowhere to go.


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Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:02 PM

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Uggh... Gross. It was 70 degrees yesterday. 45 today and it won't even hit 40 tomorrow. But at least that should be the end of winter trying to make a comeback.


I've got the first of the two large cabinets on either side of the sink on the bottom covered in the stripping agent now, and just giving it a little time to work before I scrape it.

Working on figuring out whatever repairs I'm going to need to make under the sink. There are a few.

That last cabinet that was covered on the right side with another small aftermarket cabinet is going to be a problem. It's so deep. I can't huff those chemicals with half my body in there. I might just have to clean them deep inside before painting and hope for the best.

All that's left to prep beyond that is the two aftermarket cabinets, and I don't think I'll need to use the solvent on those. It's not laquer on the walls and hopefully should sand easily without needing to strip first. Good thing too, since I'm running out of the stuff and I don't want to spend $30 on another bucket only to use 1/8th of it. I can't imagine a situation where I'd need to use it again in the remote future, and I don't know who I could even give it to. I don't want to just keep an unused bucket of the stuff around, but throwing it out isn't a good idea either.


Just looking to get everything past the point of sanding so I can prime it and be done with the dirty work in the kitchen.


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Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:49 PM

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Out for a walk on a sunny day.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 2:49 AM

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Given the heat here today (90F) I'm glad I spent some quality time with bandsaw parts, namely blade guides/thrust bearings.

They were dirty and parts that should have been adjustable were stuck together. Steel parts were rusted. So I unscrewed what could be unscrewed, and worked at a relaxed pace with mineral spirits and rags and a toothbrush and brass bristle brush to clean off the brss and aluminum threads/bearing surfaces/brackets, and a wire wheel on a hand drill for really rusty steel rods, and all of the small parts are now clean. I also treated the table rust using hubby's method: cover with a layer of paper towels, soak with vinegar, cover with a flat plastic trash bag so the vinegar doesn't evaporate. I checked the table after a few hours and MOST of the rust was loose, so I wiped it down and repeated the treatment and will see how it looks tommorrow.

If the rust almost completely wipes off, I think I'll wash the vinegar off and neutralize any remaining with ammonia, then get the rest off with the wire wheel, Let it dry, and coat it with carnauba wax, which forms a harder surface than other waxes. Once the whole thing is wiped down (just for looks - it's going to get saw-dusted soon enuf) and re-assembled it'll be good to go.

It's what I promised hubby I'd do, lo these many months (years?) ago, and one thing I can cross off the list!

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:35 AM

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I didn't know you were mechanically inclined.

Nice crossing off another thing from the list even though it was so hot.



I'm currently looking at a dusting of snow on our rooftops. Current temp is 28, with a high of 36 and a low of 26 tonight. Two more relatively cool days and then it gets up into the 70's for the first time since last year finally.

It's pretty good timing though. It will be nice and cool for the work since I turn the heat down to basically off when I've got the stripping agent up so it doesn't dry out prematurely.

The bottom cabinets are definitely more of a challenge than I credited them for. Sure... I'm not up on a ladder and they don't have "tops" to strip and sand, but I forgot that they're twice as deep as the top cabs, and most of the work needs to be done while extended from a cross legged position. I'm going to strip as much as I can reach of the cabinet to the right of the sink today and put a little mud up on the back wall where the plumbing is in the cab under the sink to repair some damage I cut away from the wall. It seems I shouldn't have to prep the wood in that cabinet very much, which is a good thing, since I can't really get a power sander in there in at least half of the sides because of all of the pipes.

I've been here 10 years and it never occurred to me to try lifting the two pieces of MDF on the floor of that sink cabinet that were lined for some reason with clear contact paper. They came right out without any fuss to reveal a terribly damaged sub floor (and evidence of yet a 4th variety of vinyl tile that has been on this floor over the years as well).

That's all staying down there. I'm going to put the MDF back after cleaning it, then I'm going to build yet another layer to go on top and put the same white contact paper I've got for the shelves on top of it.




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Thursday, April 1, 2021 11:01 AM

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Originally posted by 6ixStringJack:
I didn't know you were mechanically inclined.

Aside from developing and validating methods (testing the limits of detection, accuracy, reprducibility etc.), one of my favorite things to do was repairing and modifying analytical instruments. There was one gas chromatograph that we had purchased, custom-built, but it just didn't have the required sensitivity bc it was using a thermal conductivity detector, so one Saturday I had to go in bc one person in my group had to analyze an emergeny sample (we didn't let ppl work alone in the lab) so I took my trusty schematic, grabbed a drill and a bunch of tools and parts, drilled a hole thru the oven wall, moved the insulation aside, pulled tubing thru, added a small external oven, nickel methanizer catalyst, hydrogen source, and flame ionization detector, and turned it into a GC-methanizer-FID instead. We used the instrument that way for decades after that. It was extremely fast, reliable, sensitive, and handy.

I said goobye to all that when I was promoted from team leader to supervisor. Afer that, it was all paperwork and working indirectly, thru others. I was good at that, too, but I hated it.

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Nice crossing off another thing from the list even though it was so hot.

I'm currently looking at a dusting of snow on our rooftops.

Jeezus. Seriously??
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Current temp is 28, with a high of 36 and a low of 26 tonight. Two more relatively cool days and then it gets up into the 70's for the first time since last year finally.

It's pretty good timing though. It will be nice and cool for the work since I turn the heat down to basically off when I've got the stripping agent up so it doesn't dry out prematurely.

The bottom cabinets are definitely more of a challenge than I credited them for. Sure... I'm not up on a ladder and they don't have "tops" to strip and sand, but I forgot that they're twice as deep as the top cabs, and most of the work needs to be done while extended from a cross legged position. I'm going to strip as much as I can reach of the cabinet to the right of the sink today and put a little mud up on the back wall where the plumbing is in the cab under the sink to repair some damage I cut away from the wall. It seems I shouldn't have to prep the wood in that cabinet very much, which is a good thing, since I can't really get a power sander in there in at least half of the sides because of all of the pipes.

Ugh.

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I've been here 10 years and it never occurred to me to try lifting the two pieces of MDF on the floor of that sink cabinet that were lined for some reason with clear contact paper. They came right out without any fuss to reveal a terribly damaged sub floor (and evidence of yet a 4th variety of vinyl tile that has been on this floor over the years as well).

That's all staying down there. I'm going to put the MDF back after cleaning it, then I'm going to build yet another layer to go on top and put the same white contact paper I've got for the shelves on top of it.

Because you can't repair the subfloor unless you remove all of the cabinets.

Any idea what kind of damage? Water damage from constantly-leaking plumbing, perhaps?

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 1:14 PM

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Heading maybe for a slightly soggy easter. Taking my umbrella with me as a precaution today.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 2:43 PM

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Heading maybe for a slightly soggy easter. Taking my umbrella with me as a precaution today.

Are you doing anything special for Easter?

We're not. It's going to be a stay-at-home, non-Easter style dinner.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 5:03 PM

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Originally posted by SignyM:
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Originally posted by Brenda:
Heading maybe for a slightly soggy easter. Taking my umbrella with me as a precaution today.

Are you doing anything special for Easter?

We're not. It's going to be a stay-at-home, non-Easter style dinner.

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As far as I know I'm not doing a thing. Unless my boss invites me over for supper. But I very much doubt it.

So, it will be me, some lamb chops, veg and the tv.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 5:04 PM

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Forgot to mention that I got an easter card from some friends in Alberta. They even included something that I can colour. Wonder how they knew that I have crayons?

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 5:06 PM

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Also figure over this long weekend, I'll start to tackle getting my book back onto this desktop.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 6:23 PM

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FWIW I'm not nothing for Easter as well.

Lamb chops sound good, though! We rarely had them, but when we did they were baked with garlic salt. But IIRC, garlic and Brenda don't get along.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 7:19 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:

FWIW I'm not nothing for Easter as well.

Lamb chops sound good, though! We rarely had them, but when we did they were baked with garlic salt. But IIRC, garlic and Brenda don't get along.



I only have lamb chops on special occasions. Holidays and my birthday.

That is true now Kiki. Garlic and I no longer have a relationship. I still like it but it no longer seems to like me.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:36 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Aside from developing methods, one of my favorite things to do was repairing and modifying analytical instruments. There was one gas chromatograph that we had purchased, custom-built, but it just didn't have the required sensitivity bc it was using a thermal conductivity detector, so one Saturday I had to go in bc one person in my group had to analyze an emergeny sample (we didn't let ppl work alone in the lab) so I took my trusty schematic, grabbed a drill and a bunch of tools and parts, drilled a hole thru the oven wall, moved the insulation aside, pulled tubing thru, added a flame ionization detector and an external small oven for methanization, and turned it into a GC-methanizer-FID instead. we used the instrument that way for decades after that. It was extremely fast, sensitive, and handy.

I said goobye to all that when I was promoted from team leader to supervisor. Afer that, it was all paperwork.



Nice. Comes in handy when you want to fix things now. Maybe you'll go back to tinkering when you finally get caught up with your to do list.



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Jeezus. Seriously??


Yup. Snowed until around 1PM, but after around 11AM it wasn't sticking anymore and the snow off the rooftops had melted.

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Because you can't repair the subfloor unless you remove all of the cabinets.


Yup. Not on my to do list for sure. I was blissfully unaware of it for 10 years and it's been fine. I will be building it out though so the only time anybody would ever know it was down there is if they ever rip the cabinets out. I'm hoping that this never happens though since I put all this work into them.

I've got a plan.



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Any idea what kind of damage? Water damage from constantly-leaking plumbing, perhaps?


It's quite extensive. Unless there was a massive leak under there for years that never got fixed, I doubt it very much.

My guess is that this was flood damage back before the ditch was put in and water would get so high it would come in over the foundation. I bet the entire first floor looked like that at one point.




I just finished work for the day. Except for mudding the bottom of the wall in the sink as the last thing I did, I basically sanded the bottom cabinets non-stop except for when I was waiting on my batteries to recharge.

It's quite possible that tomorrow will be my last day sanding if I play my cards right.


Well... assuming my arms move tomorrow.




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Thursday, April 1, 2021 8:56 PM

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Well, today was errand day: grocery shopping, filling one car, mailing a return item.

But I also worked a bit on the band saw: wiped it down, and wiped off the loosened rust. But the interesting thing was that the saw table rusted SOOOOOO fast, that once the old rust was wiped off as long as there was vinegar on it, it would rust all over again, right in front of my eyes! So I wiped it down with clean water, neutralized with ammonia, wiped it down again with water (to remove ammonium acetate) then dried it out with 99.9pct isopropyl alcohol, and covered it up with light machine oil bc I had to go shopping.

So next time I'll hit it with sandpaper/machine oil, wire brush/machine oil, wipe off carefully and cover it with carnauba wax.

It was in the same shape when I got back home, so the machine oil seems to have stablized the rusting process. Maybe I should attach a sacrifical electrode to it.



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Thursday, April 1, 2021 9:11 PM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:

FWIW I'm not nothing for Easter as well.

Lamb chops sound good, though! We rarely had them, but when we did they were baked with garlic salt. But IIRC, garlic and Brenda don't get along.



I only have lamb chops on special occasions. Holidays and my birthday.

That is true now Kiki. Garlic and I no longer have a relationship. I still like it but it no longer seems to like me.

I've tested allergic to nine different foods: beef, rice, tomato, potato, lettuce, rice, coffee, orange, and one other thing I forget bc I don't eat it very often. But I'm sure there are many other things I'm allergic to that they simply don't have test solutions for, and I noticed that my body doesn't like eggplant (same family as potato and tomato ... and nightshade) and ripe olives. Prolly other stuff as well.

Poor dear daughter developed food sensitivities after a bad intestinal flu four years ago. SHE can't eat crucifers (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, kale, etc etc), beans, onions, and a few other things.

Coming up with a menu that everyone can eat is like walking thru a minefield! In fact, I usually make different things or different versions of the same thing. Today, hubby and dear daughter are having burgers but... OOPS! Beef! ... so I'm having tuna salad. Hubby and I are having cole slaw but ... OOOPS! Cabbage! ... so dear daugher is having zucchini.

Anyway, for Easter we're having pork satay and Chinese-style braised vegetables. (ginger, carrot, celery, red pepper, snow peas, water chestnuts, and bean sprouts with soy sauce, a little sugar, cornstarch for thickening, and some fresh-sliced garlic).

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 11:46 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
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Originally posted by Brenda:
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Originally posted by 1KIKI:

FWIW I'm not nothing for Easter as well.

Lamb chops sound good, though! We rarely had them, but when we did they were baked with garlic salt. But IIRC, garlic and Brenda don't get along.



I only have lamb chops on special occasions. Holidays and my birthday.

That is true now Kiki. Garlic and I no longer have a relationship. I still like it but it no longer seems to like me.

I've tested allergic to nine different foods: beef, rice, tomato, potato, lettuce, rice, coffee, orange, and one other thing I forget bc I don't eat it very often. But I'm sure there are many other things I'm allergic to that they simply don't have test solutions for, and I noticed that my body doesn't like eggplant (same family as potato and tomato ... and nightshade) and ripe olives. Prolly other stuff as well.

Poor dear daughter developed food sensitivities after a bad intestinal flu four years ago. SHE can't eat crucifers (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, kale, etc etc), beans, onions, and a few other things.

Coming up with a menu that everyone can eat is like walking thru a minefield! In fact, I usually make different things or different versions of the same thing. Today, hubby and dear daughter are having burgers but... OOPS! Beef! ... so I'm having tuna salad. Hubby and I are having cole slaw but ... OOOPS! Cabbage! ... so dear daugher is having zucchini.

Anyway, for Easter we're having pork satay and Chinese-style braised vegetables. (ginger, carrot, celery, red pepper, snow peas, water chestnuts, and bean sprouts with soy sauce, a little sugar, cornstarch for thickening, and some fresh-sliced garlic).

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Some things I can't eat are related to my seizure meds and in the last few months my system seems to have changed. Hence the no more garlic and light on the pepper.

I discovered years ago that I can't eat onions as they make me sick to my stomach. Mind, I've never been a big fan of them anyways.

I don't buy jams or jellies anymore because I won't eat a whole jar and again the fruit acids. I found this fantastic peach jam that comes from France but I can't eat it because my seizure meds don't like peaches. I eat a little grape or raspberry or strawberry jam when I am in a restaurant but that is it.

Don't seem to have much of a problem with veg. Just some things I don't like or I eat them raw like peas.

I don't eat a lot of beef because it can be hard on my hypoglycemia. So, I tend to stick with chicken and pork along with fish. Love salmon but I was born on the west coast here and grew up eating it.

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Friday, April 2, 2021 5:28 AM

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1KIKI:
FWIW I'm not nothing for Easter as well.
Lamb chops sound good, though! We rarely had them, but when we did they were baked with garlic salt. But IIRC, garlic and Brenda don't get along.


BRENDA: I only have lamb chops on special occasions. Holidays and my birthday.
That is true now Kiki. Garlic and I no longer have a relationship. I still like it but it no longer seems to like me.

SIGNY: I've tested allergic to nine different foods: beef, rice, tomato, potato, lettuce, rice, coffee, orange, and one other thing I forget bc I don't eat it very often. But I'm sure there are many other things I'm allergic to that they simply don't have test solutions for, and I noticed that my body doesn't like eggplant (same family as potato and tomato ... and nightshade) and ripe olives. Prolly other stuff as well.

Poor dear daughter developed food sensitivities after a bad intestinal flu four years ago. SHE can't eat crucifers (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, kale, etc etc), beans, onions, and a few other things.

Coming up with a menu that everyone can eat is like walking thru a minefield! In fact, I usually make different things or different versions of the same thing. Today, hubby and dear daughter are having burgers but... OOPS! Beef! ... so I'm having tuna salad. Hubby and I are having cole slaw but ... OOOPS! Cabbage! ... so dear daugher is having zucchini.

Anyway, for Easter we're having pork satay and Chinese-style braised vegetables. (ginger, carrot, celery, red pepper, snow peas, water chestnuts, and bean sprouts with soy sauce, a little sugar, cornstarch for thickening, and some fresh-sliced garlic).

BRENDA: Some things I can't eat are related to my seizure meds and in the last few months my system seems to have changed. Hence the no more garlic and light on the pepper.
I discovered years ago that I can't eat onions as they make me sick to my stomach. Mind, I've never been a big fan of them anyways.
I don't buy jams or jellies anymore because I won't eat a whole jar and again the fruit acids. I found this fantastic peach jam that comes from France but I can't eat it because my seizure meds don't like peaches. I eat a little grape or raspberry or strawberry jam when I am in a restaurant but that is it.
Don't seem to have much of a problem with veg. Just some things I don't like or I eat them raw like peas.
I don't eat a lot of beef because it can be hard on my hypoglycemia. So, I tend to stick with chicken and pork along with fish. Love salmon but I was born on the west coast here and grew up eating it.



As a chemist and a mom with a daughter who was trialed on a dozen (literally) anticonvulsants and who has been taking levitiracetam for quite a while, and as a cook for our family with multiple food sensitivities, I like to get to bottom of everything that's going on.

Which makes me puzzled about some of the things that you've posted.

I understand onions making some people nauseous. After all, the onion/garlic chemicals are very strong defensive ones, and it's just weird that humans have learned to enjoy the taste of something that actually should be detering us from eating it. Same goes for hot peppers, horseradish, and strongly-flavored herbs like oregano, thyme, and basil. Not evolved to make our food tasty, they were meant to deter bugs and other animals (including us!) from consuming them.

But I don't understand the connection between beef and hypoglycemia. Like most meats, unprocessed beef has very little sugar in it. It should never drive a hypoglycemic reaction (too much insulin causing low blood sugar.) Since I have hypoglycemia and my husband has to watch his blood suagr, and dear daughter was on a medically=prescribed stringent ketogenic diet for seizure control, I'm highly aware of the carbohydrate content of just about every food out there, and what causes a spike in blood sugar, leading to a reactive crash. Generally speaking, eating starchy .... and especially sugary ... foods after a fast will cause a bout of hypoglycemia. If blood sugar is really low and you need quick recovery, sugar is the best way to go. But the BEST way to avoid hypoglycemia is to avoid processed starches and sugars in the first place, especially easily-digestible carbohydrates (flour products like crackers, cookies, cakes; mashed potatoes etc) which "dump" into the bloodstream quickly, and instead focus on starches that contain soluble fiber (like oat bran) which slows the absorption of food. (However, don't eat soluble fiber in the same window as taking meds, since it will also interfere with the absorption of meds as well.)

So, what happens with you and beef?

Similarly, I can't imagine what kind of reaction you get with "fruit acids" and levitiracetam.

Levitiracetam is not metabolized by the liver enzyme cytochrome p450, so unlike MOST anticonvulsants, you can take it and eat grapefruit and bergamot (the two fruits that seriously mess with cytochrome P450.) In general, levitiracetam isn't affected by the presence, or absence, of food.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15978308/

AFA as "fruit acids" are concerned, there are a lot of various acids in fruit - citric, ascorbic (vitamin C), oxalic. Strawberries, for example, contain five different kinds of acids: citric, ascorbic, malic, ellagic, and pantothenic. Apples contain a fair bit of malic acid. Peaches primarily contain malic acid. Grapes contain tartaric acid.*

https://www.compoundchem.com/2016/02/25/a-guide-to-common-fruit-acids/

But even vegetables and grains can contain problematic acids. For example, spinach contains high levels of oxalic acid, and whole grains contain large amounts pf phytic acid, both of which prevent the absorption of minerals like calcium and iron.

Acids in foods just can't be avoided.

It would be helpful to know WHICH acid is the source of the problem. Perhaps it's not an acid at all, but something used to make jams and jellies (pectin? fructose? sugar in general?). Do you have the same problem with canned, fresh, or frozen peaches/fruit? Sussing out the specific compound might help you to avoid problems without having to avoid vast swaths of food items.

If you narrow down the food items and symptoms, it might be possible to disentangle what is happening with each.

BTW ... vitamin A "palmitate" ... is vitamin A combined with palmitic acid. Unlike fruit acids which tend to contain four, five, or six carbons, palmitic acid contains 16 carbon atoms and is an oily acid, not a crystalline one. Except for the presence of an "acid" functional group (O=C-O-H) fruit acids and palmitic acid have nothing in common with each other, so I wouldn't focus too heavily on the "acid" part of the molecule because it's contained in so many foods that you DON'T have a problem with.

But there are so many minor food components: misc sugars (raffinose and lactose), sulfur compounds (onion/garlic family, beans, crucifers), the bergamot flavor compound (found in grapefruit, bergamot, and Early Gray tea), various proteins etc. which wreak havoc with people's systems that tracking down the specific compounds takes quite a bit of sleuthing. Since I'm trying to track down my food allergies and dear daughter's food sensitivities with the idea that we can avoid/eliminate them, I know how difficult that can be! I'm currently working on the idea that she lost some essential bacteria from her gut and they are no longer producing butyric acid (essential for gut and brain health). Replacing/restoring butyric acid might help her gut heal. Since I seemto have "leaky gut syndrome" it might help me, too.

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* Dear daughter and I have been puzzled by whatever it is in grapes that causes kidney failure in (many) dogs and (all) cats and is so highly toxic to them.

Grapes seem like such an innocuous fruit!

You mentioned making your own aluminum-free baking powder with tartaric acid sources from grapes, and that mademe wonder if THAT was the offending compound. I know I've seen tartaric acid crystals in the bottom of wine bottles, so clearly grapes have a fair bit of tartaric acid in them.

Do you think it's possible that in some animals the tartaric acid crystallizes in the kidney's and explodes the tubules, causing kidney failure? Similar to the adulteration of Chinese milk with melamine causing dog deaths?

Just a thought!

BTW, grapeseed oil is supposedly entirely safe for pets.

BTW, did you see my ?? in your Wuhan virus thread about vectored virus vaccines?

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Friday, April 2, 2021 9:08 AM

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Not doing the Easter thing myself. But at least my family is. They've got 400 miles round trip to drive on Sunday. I'm certainly not doing that. And I don't care enough to go to put somebody out and make them drive an hour or two out of their way two times to come and get me. I don't think I've celebrated Easter in 15 years after my uncle who always used to host it died of cancer.

I was really happy to hear they were doing it though. They haven't done anything in so long I started to worry they might be among the people who will never do anything again.




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Friday, April 2, 2021 9:20 AM

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Nice. Four days in the 70's incoming. Just barely hitting 50 today.

Looks like there's a pretty good shot that we're done with the sub freezing temps now, so I think I'll put down the grass seed on Monday before the rain starts falling for a few days.

It's actually kind of ridiculous, the idea that I am going to have to water grass seed, but it seems at least so far that I might finally be getting that break from the insane amounts of water we've had for 6 years straight. I'll gladly make the trade off. This ain't Illinois... water is affordable here.




Feeling a little haggard after yesterday, but I was expecting that. Get some coffee in me and stretch a little and all should be well. Hopefully I won't be sitting inside the cabinets at awkward angles too long today.


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Not doing the Easter thing myself. But at least my family is. They've got 400 miles round trip to drive on Sunday. I'm certainly not doing that. And I don't care enough to go to put somebody out and make them drive an hour or two out of their way two times to come and get me. I don't think I've celebrated Easter in 15 years after my uncle who always used to host it died of cancer.

I was really happy to hear they were doing it though. They haven't done anything in so long I started to worry they might be among the people who will never do anything again.




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Friday, April 2, 2021 1:43 PM

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1KIKI:
BRENDA: Some things I can't eat are related to my seizure meds and in the last few months my system seems to have changed. Hence the no more garlic and light on the pepper.
I discovered years ago that I can't eat onions as they make me sick to my stomach. Mind, I've never been a big fan of them anyways.
I don't buy jams or jellies anymore because I won't eat a whole jar and again the fruit acids. I found this fantastic peach jam that comes from France but I can't eat it because my seizure meds don't like peaches. I eat a little grape or raspberry or strawberry jam when I am in a restaurant but that is it.
Don't seem to have much of a problem with veg. Just some things I don't like or I eat them raw like peas.
I don't eat a lot of beef because it can be hard on my hypoglycemia. So, I tend to stick with chicken and pork along with fish. Love salmon but I was born on the west coast here and grew up eating it.



As a chemist and a mom with a daughter who was trialed on a dozen (literally) anticonvulsants and who has been taking levitiracetam for quite a while, and as a cook for our family with multiple food sensitivities, I like to get to bottom of everything that's going on.

Which makes me puzzled about some of the things that you've posted.

I understand onions making some people nauseous. After all, the onion/garlic chemicals are very strong defensive ones, and it's just weird that humans have learned to enjoy the taste of something that actually should be detering us from eating it. Same goes for hot peppers, horseradish, and strongly-flavored herbs like oregano, thyme, and basil. Not evolved to make our food tasty, they were meant to deter bugs and other animals (including us!) from consuming them.

But I don't understand the connection between beef and hypoglycemia. Like most meats, unprocessed beef has very little sugar in it. It should never drive a hypoglycemic reaction (too much insulin causing low blood sugar.) Since I have hypoglycemia and my husband has to watch his blood suagr, and dear daughter was on a medically=prescribed stringent ketogenic diet for seizure control, I'm highly aware of the carbohydrate content of just about every food out there, and what causes a spike in blood sugar, leading to a reactive crash. Generally speaking, eating starchy .... and especially sugary ... foods after a fast will cause a bout of hypoglycemia. If blood sugar is really low and you need quick recovery, sugar is the best way to go. But the BEST way to avoid hypoglycemia is to avoid processed starches and sugars in the first place, especially easily-digestible carbohydrates (flour products like crackers, cookies, cakes; mashed potatoes etc) which "dump" into the bloodstream quickly, and instead focus on starches that contain soluble fiber (like oat bran) which slows the absorption of food. (However, don't eat soluble fiber in the same window as taking meds, since it will also interfere with the absorption of meds as well.)

So, what happens with you and beef?

Similarly, I can't imagine what kind of reaction you get with "fruit acids" and levitiracetam.

Levitiracetam is not metabolized by the liver enzyme cytochrome p450, so unlike MOST anticonvulsants, you can take it and eat grapefruit and bergamot (the two fruits that seriously mess with cytochrome P450.) In general, levitiracetam isn't affected by the presence, or absence, of food.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15978308/

AFA as "fruit acids" are concerned, there are a lot of various acids in fruit - citric, ascorbic (vitamin C), oxalic. Strawberries, for example, contain five different kinds of acids: citric, ascorbic, malic, ellagic, and pantothenic. Apples contain a fair bit of malic acid. Peaches primarily contain malic acid. Grapes contain tartaric acid.*

https://www.compoundchem.com/2016/02/25/a-guide-to-common-fruit-acids/

But even vegetables and grains can contain problematic acids. For example, spinach contains high levels of oxalic acid, and whole grains contain large amounts pf phytic acid, both of which prevent the absorption of minerals like calcium and iron.

Acids in foods just can't be avoided.

It would be helpful to know WHICH acid is the source of the problem. Perhaps it's not an acid at all, but something used to make jams and jellies (pectin? fructose? sugar in general?). Do you have the same problem with canned, fresh, or frozen peaches/fruit? Sussing out the specific compound might help you to avoid problems without having to avoid vast swaths of food items.

If you narrow down the food items and symptoms, it might be possible to disentangle what is happening with each.

BTW ... vitamin A "palmitate" ... is vitamin A combined with palmitic acid. Unlike fruit acids which tend to contain four, five, or six carbons, palmitic acid contains 16 carbon atoms and is an oily acid, not a crystalline one. Except for the presence of an "acid" functional group (O=C-O-H) fruit acids and palmitic acid have nothing in common with each other, so I wouldn't focus too heavily on the "acid" part of the molecule because it's contained in so many foods that you DON'T have a problem with.

But there are so many minor food components: misc sugars (raffinose and lactose), sulfur compounds (onion/garlic family, beans, crucifers), the bergamot flavor compound (found in grapefruit, bergamot, and Early Gray tea), various proteins etc. which wreak havoc with people's systems that tracking down the specific compounds takes quite a bit of sleuthing. Since I'm trying to track down my food allergies and dear daughter's food sensitivities with the idea that we can avoid/eliminate them, I know how difficult that can be! I'm currently working on the idea that she lost some essential bacteria from her gut and they are no longer producing butyric acid (essential for gut and brain health). Replacing/restoring butyric acid might help her gut heal. Since I seemto have "leaky gut syndrome" it might help me, too.

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The beef thing is just if I eat too much I find it heavy and therefore my system has to work harder to digest it. Chicken and fish, pork are lighter.

The first time I discovered the reaction to peaches was just after I first started taking Keppra. I bought a peach and ate it around noon. I first started noticing that my throat got a fuzzy feeling then I had an upset stomach. Same thing happens when I eat cherries now as well and love them too. The upset stomach tends to last all day and very annoying. So, I cut both of them out. Also lemons as well. Oranges though never been a big fan. Discovered that I like clementines but again the same reaction as what happened with the peaches.

I can still have thyme to flavour my food but I have noticed that I react to basil, so don't use it either.

So far I've had no problems with grains as I eat a heavy grainy bread. Most veg as I said too not a problem just things I don't like is all. I can handle b. sprouts, broccoli which I eat a fair amount of. Cabbage too.

Thanks for the info on that vitamin which is used as an additive. Still makes me feel sick to my stomach, so I avoid it.

I do watch my sugar intake all day, every day as I know I am walking a fine line there. I also hate beans, any kind and have since I was a kid.

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Friday, April 2, 2021 1:44 PM

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Out for a walk in a bit.

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Friday, April 2, 2021 3:03 PM

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KIKI:

* Dear daughter and I have been puzzled by whatever it is in grapes that causes kidney failure in (many) dogs and (all) cats and is so highly toxic to them.

Grapes seem like such an innocuous fruit!

You mentioned making your own aluminum-free baking powder with tartaric acid sources from grapes, and that made me wonder if THAT was the offending compound. I know I've seen tartaric acid crystals in the bottom of wine bottles, so clearly grapes have a fair bit of tartaric acid in them.

Do you think it's possible that in some animals the tartaric acid crystallizes in the kidney's and explodes the tubules, causing kidney failure? Similar to the adulteration of Chinese milk with melamine causing dog deaths?

Just a thought!

According to the i-net, what the problem is is still unknown!
"Grape toxicity in dogs can cause serious kidney damage that can lead to acute (sudden) kidney failure, which can be fatal. The exact toxic substance in grapes is unknown, but it’s believed that it could be the inability of dogs to metabolize flavonoids, tannins, and monosaccharides from the grapes." https://www.petmd.com/dog/emergency/digestive/e_dg_grape_raisin_toxici
ty

But it seems like it's only a subset of dogs that have a problem with small amounts, and other dogs can eat relatively large amounts before they have a problem, or have no problem at all. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/grapes-and-raisins-harmful-to-dogs/

BTW xylitol (the ring structure) (d-xylose, the chain structure)) is also very toxic to dogs, but not cats, or any other critter that's been checked. Dogs - being omnivores - can taste sweet things and also have a brisk insulin response to sweets. Apparently eating xylitol causes a brisk insulin response to the TASTE of something sweet, but the xylitol itself is poorly absorbed and metabolized. So dogs get severely hypoglycemic after eating xylitol.
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BTW, grapeseed oil is supposedly entirely safe for pets.
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Friday, April 2, 2021 4:17 PM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
The beef thing is just if I eat too much I find it heavy and therefore my system has to work harder to digest it. Chicken and fish, pork are lighter.

The first time I discovered the reaction to peaches was just after I first started taking Keppra. I bought a peach and ate it around noon. I first started noticing that my throat got a fuzzy feeling then I had an upset stomach. Same thing happens when I eat cherries now as well and love them too. The upset stomach tends to last all day and very annoying. So, I cut both of them out. Also lemons as well. Oranges though never been a big fan. Discovered that I like clementines but again the same reaction as what happened with the peaches.




That actually sounds at least like food sensitivities, or even actual allergies.

FOOD SENSITIVITIES
Sensitivities can be caused by an inability to digest certain foods. One common example is lactose intolerance. Lactose is a milk sugar that doesn't spark an allergic reaction. But after childhood MOST non-Anglo people lose the enzyme that breaks down lactose. The intact lactose passes into the gut, where bacteria that CAN break down lactose go crazy, and create gas and spark diarrhea. The same could be said for other types of sugars, starches, and other compounds.
DIFFERENT PEOPLE HARBOR DIFFERENT GUT BACTERIA
The bacteria that people harbor in their gut is an individual mix for each person. And why some people harbor some bacteria and other people don't, but harbor something different, is a mystery. Each person can harbor up to 150 different species of bacteria, though there are a few bacteria species that make up greatest portion of the mix.
GUT BACTERIA CAN CREATE AN UNHEALTHY GUT, OR A HEALTHY ONE
The existing bacteria in each person seem to have a huge role in gut health and digestion, but which bacteria are 'helpful' is mostly unknown ...
... As opposed to which ones are harmful. (Certain strains of E coli like O157:H7 are severely harmful; as is Clostridium difficile.) They create a very definitely unhealthy gut.
That said, some bacteria help create a healthy gut. They are really good at making what are called short-chain fatty acids from undigested starches. And these short-chain fatty acids - one of them is butyric as Signy mentioned - seems to provide food for the gut cells that keeps them healthy. And a healthy gut keeps undigested food out of the bloodstream because the gut cells are locked together tightly. But an unhealthy gut has big gaps, molecularly-speaking, because the cells are shriveled and separated from each other. And those big gaps let all sorts of foreign substances into the blood stream. And once in the bloodstream, the deep immune system can 'see' them and react to them.
FOOD ALLERGIES
Food allergies are a different story from food sensitivities. They involve the immune system creating unhelpful antibodies that treat ordinary compounds as if they were attacking invaders That sparks allergic reactions - swelling, redness, itching, and so on - all the way to severe anaphylaxis like some people with severe peanut allergies. Remember when Jack had a problem with hives from eating a spice mix? That was an allergic reaction.



In any case, the Keppra may or may not be related to sparking a food sensitivity/ allergy. It could be something entirely coincidental. I personally developed many actual food allergies (a genuine allergic reaction to foods) out of the blue, for no reason I can think of.

Either way, you're wise to avoid foods that cause you problems - whether they're sensitivities OR allergies.

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Friday, April 2, 2021 4:30 PM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
The beef thing is just if I eat too much I find it heavy and therefore my system has to work harder to digest it. Chicken and fish, pork are lighter.

The first time I discovered the reaction to peaches was just after I first started taking Keppra. I bought a peach and ate it around noon. I first started noticing that my throat got a fuzzy feeling then I had an upset stomach. Same thing happens when I eat cherries now as well and love them too. The upset stomach tends to last all day and very annoying. So, I cut both of them out. Also lemons as well. Oranges though never been a big fan. Discovered that I like clementines but again the same reaction as what happened with the peaches.




That actually sounds at least like food sensitivities, or even actual allergies.

FOOD SENSITIVITIES
Sensitivities can be caused by an inability to digest certain foods. One common example is lactose intolerance. Lactose is a milk sugar that doesn't spark an allergic reaction. But after childhood MOST non-Anglo people lose the enzyme that breaks down lactose. The intact lactose passes into the gut, where bacteria that CAN break down lactose go crazy, and create gas and spark diarrhea. The same could be said for other types of sugars, starches, and other compounds.
DIFFERENT PEOPLE HARBOR DIFFERENT GUT BACTERIA
The bacteria that people harbor in their gut is an individual mix for each person. And why some people harbor some bacteria and other people don't, but harbor something different, is a mystery. Each person can harbor up to 150 different species of bacteria, though there are a few bacteria species that make up greatest portion of the mix.
GUT BACTERIA CAN CREATE AN UNHEALTHY GUT, OR A HEALTHY ONE
The existing bacteria in each person seem to have a huge role in gut health and digestion, but which bacteria are 'helpful' is mostly unknown ...
... As opposed to which ones are harmful. (Certain strains of E coli like O157:H7 are severely harmful; as is Clostridium difficile.) They create a very definitely unhealthy gut.
That said, some bacteria help create a healthy gut. They are really good at making what are called short-chain fatty acids from undigested starches. And these short-chain fatty acids - one of them is butyric as Signy mentioned - seems to provide food for the gut cells that keeps them healthy. And a healthy gut keeps undigested food out of the bloodstream because the gut cells are locked together tightly. But an unhealthy gut has big gaps, molecularly-speaking, because the cells are shriveled and separated from each other. And those big gaps let all sorts of foreign substances into the blood stream. And once in the bloodstream, the deep immune system can 'see' them and react to them.
FOOD ALLERGIES
Food allergies are a different story from food sensitivities. They involve the immune system creating unhelpful antibodies that treat ordinary compounds as if they were attacking invaders That sparks allergic reactions - swelling, redness, itching, and so on - all the way to severe anaphylaxis like some people with severe peanut allergies. Remember when Jack had a problem with hives from eating a spice mix? That was an allergic reaction.



In any case, the Keppra may or may not be related to sparking a food sensitivity/ allergy. It could be something entirely coincidental. I personally developed many actual food allergies (a genuine allergic reaction to foods) out of the blue, for no reason I can think of.

Either way, you're wise to avoid foods that cause you problems - whether they're sensitivities OR allergies.



I do remember about Jack. My brother has sever food allergies that can cause him to go into anaphylaxis. He has to carry an epi-pen on him.

I had no problem with eating peaches or clementines or oranges or anything lemony before I started taking the Keppra. And even my GP and neurologist at the time admitted it was the med causing the reaction. It was a new drug when I started taking it.

That is why I avoid certain foods. It is a truly miserable feeling.

PS. I'm not suppose to eat cheese either as the retin in it is not good for me either. But I do it a little bit because of the calcium.

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Friday, April 2, 2021 7:09 PM

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Well, the bandsaw is done (except the bracket that holds the fence, which hubby says he's not gonna use. I'm de-rusting it anyway).

The table came out like I thought it would after sandpaper/oil, a really good wipedown with rags/mineral spirits (don't want to leave iron particles on the table bc whatever wood you're cutting will pick it up and stain), and carnauba wax finish. It's smooth as silk.

Hubby re-assembled it with the old resaw blade, adjusted it, and did a couple of test resaw-type cuts into scrap wodd, and it works fine.

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Friday, April 2, 2021 7:43 PM

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I wonder if the reaction I had to the spice had something to do with the amoxicillin I had to take for my teeth at the time. I remember thinking that it was the amox that triggered it before I figured out that it was food that I was eating after I stopped the meds.

I certainly was eating far too much of the spice, but the timing was a tad suspicious.


In any event, I've been eating it in moderation again with no ill effects for months now.




Didn't finish the sanding today. The mud on the wall wasn't dry, and after about 2 hours of working on the cabinets I just wasn't feeling it.

I'll get back to it tomorrow. Really close now.




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Well, the bandsaw is done (except the bracket that holds the fence, which hubby says he's not gonna use. I'm de-rusting it anyway).

The table came out like I thought it would after sandpaper/oil, a really good wipedown with rags/mineral spirits (don't want to leave iron particles on the table bc whatever wood you're cutting will pick it up and stain), and carnauba wax finish. It's smooth as silk.

Hubby re-assembled it with the old resaw blade, adjusted it, and did a couple of test resaw-type cuts into scrap wodd, and it works fine.



Nice job.




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BRENDA:The beef thing is just if I eat too much I find it heavy and therefore my system has to work harder to digest it. Chicken and fish, pork are lighter.
Hubby says the same thing. He only eats beef if it's been ground or minced fine or cooked until it's very, very tender. Otherwise it sits in his stomach and takes forever to digest.

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The first time I discovered the reaction to peaches was just after I first started taking Keppra. I bought a peach and ate it around noon. I first started noticing that my throat got a fuzzy feeling then I had an upset stomach. Same thing happens when I eat cherries now as well and love them too. The upset stomach tends to last all day and very annoying. So, I cut both of them out. Also lemons as well. Oranges though never been a big fan.
Me neither. So I don't mind being allergic because I hardly ever ate them.
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Discovered that I like clementines but again the same reaction as what happened with the peaches.
Keppra, as far as I know, doesn't have a history of causing food allergies unless you're allergic to Keppra itself.
Was Keppra the first anticonvulsant after surgery? Because surgery itself would involve a lot of drugs including anesthetics, antibiotics, possibly steroids, exposure to latex and excipients and chemicals leaching out of medical supplies, and any of those might trigger allergies. Also, and I hate to bring it up but ... have partial seizures been ruled out as the cause of these symptoms? In rare cases, certain tastes can trigger seizures.


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BRENDA: I do remember about Jack. My brother has sever food allergies that can cause him to go into anaphylaxis. He has to carry an epi-pen on him.

I had no problem with eating peaches or clementines or oranges or anything lemony before I started taking the Keppra. And even my GP and neurologist at the time admitted it was the med causing the reaction. It was a new drug when I started taking it.

That is why I avoid certain foods. It is a truly miserable feeling.

PS. I'm not suppose to eat cheese either as the retin in it is not good for me either. But I do it a little bit because of the calcium.

Well, as I posted, Keppra doesn't have an established history of causing food allergies/sensitivities. They may have developed spontaneously or as a result of the rigors of surgery.

But, far be it from me to say it's not so. I have a history of having bad reactions to medications including this advancing arthritis that seems to have been kicked off by Levaquin (Drs say it doesn't happen) and heart stutter from SAM-e (another rare side effect).

Still, if you can figure out WHICH compounds are giving you the heebie-jeebies, then you might be able to add some things back into your diet.

Since your own body produces malic acid during normal metabolism, it's unlikely that you would be allergic to malic acid, or citric acid. (or acetic, propionic, or butyric acids either).

however, "flavor" chemicals aren't innocuous. Funny story, related to work: we had a program of approving cleaning supplies as not being pollution-causing or containing toxic chemicals, so we had to investigate every compound that we could detect to see if it was toxic or not.

There was a sample that I was reviewing, and it contained an unusual number of very small peaks, indicating a compound. When I selected a peak, the software would bring up several probable identifications and I'd look at them and think ... holy fuck! That looks BAD! But when I researched what it was, it was always an FDA-approved flavor or fragrance, derived from nature.

The flavor compounds that are in grapefruit and bergamot (which is a citrus fruit btw) are generically called "bergamot" but they contain furocoumarins.

Coumarin? Hello? Liver damage, anyone?

"Natural" doesn't always mean "good for you"!



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Friday, April 2, 2021 11:45 PM

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BRENDA:The beef thing is just if I eat too much I find it heavy and therefore my system has to work harder to digest it. Chicken and fish, pork are lighter.
Hubby says the same thing. He only eats beef if it's been ground or minced fine or cooked until it's very, very tender. Otherwise it sits in his stomach and takes forever to digest.

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The first time I discovered the reaction to peaches was just after I first started taking Keppra. I bought a peach and ate it around noon. I first started noticing that my throat got a fuzzy feeling then I had an upset stomach. Same thing happens when I eat cherries now as well and love them too. The upset stomach tends to last all day and very annoying. So, I cut both of them out. Also lemons as well. Oranges though never been a big fan.
Me neither. So I don't mind being allergic because I hardly ever ate them.
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Discovered that I like clementines but again the same reaction as what happened with the peaches.
Keppra, as far as I know, doesn't have a history of causing food allergies unless you're allergic to Keppra itself.
Was Keppra the first anticonvulsant after surgery? Because surgery itself would involve a lot of drugs including anesthetics, antibiotics, possibly steroids, exposure to latex and excipients and chemicals leaching out of medical supplies, and any of those might trigger allergies. Also, and I hate to bring it up but ... have partial seizures been ruled out as the cause of these symptoms? In rare cases, certain tastes can trigger seizures.


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BRENDA: I do remember about Jack. My brother has sever food allergies that can cause him to go into anaphylaxis. He has to carry an epi-pen on him.

I had no problem with eating peaches or clementines or oranges or anything lemony before I started taking the Keppra. And even my GP and neurologist at the time admitted it was the med causing the reaction. It was a new drug when I started taking it.

That is why I avoid certain foods. It is a truly miserable feeling.

PS. I'm not suppose to eat cheese either as the retin in it is not good for me either. But I do it a little bit because of the calcium.

Well, as I posted, Keppra doesn't have an established history of causing food allergies/sensitivities. They may have developed spontaneously or as a result of the rigors of surgery.

But, far be it from me to say it's not so. I have a history of having bad reactions to medications including this advancing arthritis that seems to have been kicked off by Levaquin (Drs say it doesn't happen) and heart stutter from SAM-e (another rare side effect).

Still, if you can figure out WHICH compounds are giving you the heebie-jeebies, then you might be able to add some things back into your diet. For example, soft cheeses made without rennin. However, they're made with citric acid (fruit acid) so you may be reacting to acid, not rennin, or the other way around.

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This post may look weird but I am not confident in getting the quotes right.

I eat a hamburger every once in a while. I had one today with cheese on it. This can also happen if I over eat. I find I am a little sluggish and don't feel so hot until my system starts to digest whatever it is I've eaten.

No, Keppra wasn't. I've been taking Keppra since my mom died and she'll be gone 13years this May. Before her first run in with cancer I was declared seizure free and taken off the seizure med I was on at that time. But the stress of looking after my mom after her second diagnosis with cancer, sent me back into seizures. But I was so busy that I didn't realize I was evening having them. The first med in 2008 was an older one that I had been on after the surgery and after 6 months the neurologist said it wasn't working, so he paired it with the Keppra. He ran an CT scan to see if either of the drugs was working and the Keppra was. So, he took me off the older one.

After my mom died and I was rediagnosed the neurologist said I was experiencing a mix of petite mal and grand mal seizures. My seizures either one are basically I just stop whatever I am doing for however long it lasts.

Usually, I don't have adverse reactions unless they stop working and that goes for any seizure med I've been on or even my little, simply thyroid med.

I was told that too about Keppra but not in my case.

I have thought about trying things like peaches again or maybe a bit of cherries but yeah when I think about the reaction. Heebie-jeebie time.

ETA: These food problems did start showing up after the surgery. Not right after though.

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