Mom, it’s time for the quiz!
Let’s begin by reporting on Christmas. We went to my sister Sherri’s house and followed her car to her sister-in-law Toni’s house for Christmas dinner. I think Sherri is a better cook, but, YOU still ate like a pig anyway. Also this picture shows everything I got for Christmas:
Hmm… you apparently got some sort of large pink thing, a book and two pieces of paper.
Mom! For your information, those are two pull-overs, one pink and one purple; Season 7 of “The Big Bang Theory”, and two concert tickets to see:
and Maxine Brown
at the Kimmel Center, January 24th!
Oh right, I forgot! Concert-Goers Hall of Fame–Shana Lewis, president!
Mom, it was your present!
That explains the $200 missing from my credit card!
Now, if we can possibly get back to the quiz, it’s time for the Death Report!
Already? Shouldn’t I be sitting down for this?
It’s going to be very hard watching reruns of “Gilmore Girls” now, because the actor who played Richard Gilmore died.
OMG! You mean Edward Herrmann died? He was so young!
Mom! He was 71!
Right! When you’re 67, 71 is “so young”! (I am 67, right?)
Yes, Mom…..Can we please move on to our second death now? It’s really sad.
Excuse me, but we’re still talking about Edward Herrmann!!!! He was a very famous actor, you know. He played President Roosevelt in “Eleanor and Franklin”, and he had roles in many famous movies and TV shows, but, he will best be remembered as Richard Gilmore (there aren’t too many worthwhile shows on television, God knows, but “Gilmore Girls” is one of them)
One of the best shows ever! OK, who else died?
There’s no easy way to say this, but the most famous voice actress from my childhood, Christine Cavanaugh, died at age 51.
Now I suppose you’re all verklempt!
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t see “Rugrats” or “Dexter’s Laboratory” on tv. “Rugrats” is now on TeenNick late at night but “Dexter’s Lab” is nowhere to be found. Personally, I think that is an insult to Christine’s memory. Anyway, she was famous for being the original voices of Chuckie Finster and Dexter-Boy-Genius until her retirement from voice acting. She also had roles on an episode of “the Powerpuff Girls” as a one-time character, so again, she was pretty much there for my whole childhood. Anyway, “Rugrats” was one of the cartoons from my childhood I still love even in my twenties. I really wish I still had my entire “Rugrats” VHS Collection.
Where, pray tell, is it?
I guess it just disappeared over the years…
You threw it out!!!!
OK!!! But I didn’t know what I was doing! I’m starting to buy them back now!
Anyway, “Rugrats” was a show about babies and they all went on adventures led by Tommy Pickles, the bravest baby who ever lived.
No one cares, Shana!!!!! Except they might possibly remember the Rugrats Quiz we did where you had to guess the remedy for Tommy and Chuckie:
Well, Mom, here is a tribute to Christine Cavanaugh as the voice of Chuckie Finster:
And here is a tribute to Christine Cavanaugh as the voice of Dexter in “Dexter’s Laboratory”. Dexter is a genius with a very annoying older sister named Dee Dee:
I always found it funny how Dexter’s parents had no idea what was going on. I guess they were modeled after 50’s sitcom parents.
Exactly, they were June and Ward Cleaver!
Anyway, Don’t you love Christine’s Russian accent? It can’t have been easy! Christine also had guest roles on non-cartoon shows like “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “the X-Files” but I never saw that episode. That’s my New Year’s resolution–to finish watching the “X-Files”.
Nice that you’re aiming high this year!
Anyway, I guess that’s all for the Death Report. If you’ll excuse me I’ll be off watching childhood cartoons and crying like a baby. Let me know when someone invents a time machine. It’s 2015. We should have one by now! This is the year that Marty McFly traveled forward to the future in the movie, “Back to the Future Part 2”! NOW I will be off to cry like a baby and mourn my favorite voice actress.
See ya! Well, speaking of ants…. it brings us to tonight’s quiz! You will really like this one! I give you now, our quiz patient from somewhere in Asia with the Creepy-Crawlies…introducing, Antoine Fragnick!
Name: Antoine Fragnick (not his real name)
Male or Female: Male
Email Address: _________________
- Describe the complaint.
I have dry skin. I am not sure whether it is because of low blood count or low WBC. Since last three weeks after getting a common virus, I have sensation on my skin like crawling or creeping. It gets worse when I go to bed before getting to sleep or when I am sitting in knee posture. My WBC & platelets became lower.
It is because of change of weather I think. I am sensitive to cold as well as hot. Also due to long travel maybe.
Yes when I have a pain in stomach it shoots to the knees at the same time.
- Appearance– anything remarkable? Red skin, droopy eyes, bruising, etc.?
Yes I have itchy skin of hands and legs mostly and on right side of stomach
- Location–where on the body is your complaint located?
The current complaint of crawling is all over the body over skin.
I feel better after massage. During sleep, I do not feel crawling, but when I am sitting and lying on bed I feel it. After having sensation I have to rub the skin, it disappears for that part and appears in another part.
I feel anxiety. I also had sneezing but not at the same time.
When I got the cold, I mostly had runny nose that was clear and mostly watery and burned my nose. During runny nose I also had runny eyes but no burn.
I generally feel hot. I do not feel thirsty. I’m weak too and get angry easily. I become stressed easily.
- The mentals
Yes self pity, sometimes weepiness, indifference
- What have you been saying?
Turn the TV off. I want to go home, ask for massage, and want to take rest.
- What are you doing?
Check for medicine that helps in my condition, browse internet to look for the cause and remedies.
- Describe your thirst and appetite–
Generally do not feel thirsty. I like normal water at this time of year in winter I mean. In summer generally cold water. I used to like cold but currently normal water but not hot. Avoiding meat, greasy food, fatty foods. Like bread but cannot digest, like salty foods, any drink I generally gulp. Appetite is good, eating well but only digestible foods like rice soup, boiled vegetables, etc.
Currently no fever. I had a mild fever during the cold I took in November but it goes. Felt cold want to cover the body but sometimes felt hot and also perspiration.
I used to have sweat during sleep but not now.
Yes generally bad breath, foul breath from mouth
- What is most striking, peculiar or identifying about your condition?
Spleen, liver enlarged, liver side hard, low blood count, decay of teeth at gum, hole in the teeth, loose teeth, white coating of tongue generally, mark of teeth on tongue
- Is there a diagnosis?
Yes the diagnosis is spleen problem, due to pancytopenia
- Describe your energy–
Quiet, worried, thinking a lot about future, this will happen, that will happen, what I will do or my children will do if bad things happen. Feel weak, sexually weak, used get so weak after sex mostly on the back. In the morning when I woke up sometimes felt weak not fresh.
- What does your tongue look like?
Tongue is coated white generally, thick coated at the back and thin in front. Imprint of teeth on tongue, moist & flabby, line of left side of tongue or sometimes middle, large
- If you have a cough, please tell what it sounds like; for example, “It’s a dry cough that sounds like a saw sawing through a pine board!” or, “It sounds like a seal barking!” or, “It’s loose and rattling and yet, raising phlegm is very difficult.” or, “It’s dry, it’s a very sharp sound, and it’s very painful, it makes my head hurt, I have to grab my head.”
Generally dry cough, have phlegm but hard to expel it. The color of phlegm is white but sometimes yellow.
- This question only applies to complaints of a more chronic nature: I need to know what you eat, drink and “take”. I need to know how long you wait between meals
For breakfast, I used of bread & egg, fruits. Cereal, yogurt & fruits. Juice orange or mix like apple, beets, carrot. Kitchdi a type of boiled rice with lentil, mix veggie. In the morning its burning in stomach before breakfast. After breakfast it disappeared.
I usually eat lunch around noon; have boiled veggie, brown rice, spinach or other mix veggie soup, fish sometimes.
I used to have mix fruits and veg juice for drink during the day after breakfast.
For dinner, I used to have light meal, soup, fruits like papaya, a chapatti sometimes or beet and carrot boiled soup, sometimes spinach soup.
Avoid having raw food due to low WBC and loose tooth. Also sweets due to toothache.
Poor digestion, felt the taste of food even after few hours sometimes. Gastric mostly and loose stool sometimes.
Antoine, I repertorized your case, and ________________ comes out on top. So, take a dose of ________________30C and tell me tomorrow if anything has changed.
80% of crawling is gone. It seems like it’s working. Should I continue taking it?
No, I wouldn’t take it again unless all improvement stops. Has anything else gotten better? What about worrying and burning in stomach, etc.?
So far I did not feel burning in my stomach today. No worrying today. I think it is helping overall. Yes, the level of energy is better, had good sleep, even during the day I was sleepy today.
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Crawling is 95% gone, toothache is mild now, no burning in stomach, energy level is much better than yesterday.
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So listen, everybody, what do you think the remedy is? Write to me at [email protected] and let me know. The answer will be in next month’s ezine. And now to take us out, because Shana and I are seeing Lloyd Price on the 24th of January, here are are Lloyd Price and Little Richard from 1994 singing Lloyd Price’s hit from 1951, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”:
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