My goodness…

Socialized healthcare sucks! I mean, don’t get me wrong, there does seem to be a lot of free stuff. But when a conversation about a new prosthesis starts to involve colonoscopy – well. That’s a bit too much on the nose, I don’t care how positively you view Medicare. I guarantee I’ll be sick or injured before the next time I see a doctor – because it’s damn near a certainty that I’ll be sick by the time he’s done with me.

Still, I did get my prescription. So the meeting about a prosthesis next Tuesday is on.


And I finally scored a sack of sunflower seeds for the hens, which the feed store has been out of them for the three weeks I’ve been trying – which in turn means I’m welcome once again in the chickenhouse. And as if to celebrate, two of the four remaining superannuated Rhode Island Reds laid eggs today! Which is good for them, because they’re on borrowed time. I “retired” three RIRs already this winter.


And it’s a wonderful, cloudless and almost windless day, which caused me to throw the rest of my non-standard duties aside and take a lovely sweaty long walky. I was in shirtsleeves before I’d gone a mile. Still some mud to deal with but we had a nice sunny windy day yesterday that took care of a lot of it.

On to my last culinary experiment…


I really can’t recommend canned pulled pork in barbecue sauce as a meat pie filling. I mean, maybe you’d like it. There’s no accounting for taste. But I made a sort of paste with the contents of a can and lightly fried potatoes, diced onion and like a third of a can of peas, let the whole thing simmer for an hour or so while I made the dough…


…and the crust came out okay but the filling was awful. Canned pulled pork works okay on its own in sandwiches, but for the pies I think I’ll stick with beef from now on.

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9 Responses to My goodness…

  1. John of the GMA says:

    So, if you went in for a colonoscopy they’d amputate your other leg?

  2. “damn near a certainty that I’ll be sick by the time he’s done with me.”

    Whenever I have to go to the doc and they ask how I am, I like to reply “I’m great until you people insist on telling me otherwise”. I can’t imagine how I got the reputation for being a belligerent old cow. 😉

  3. Ben says:

    Good job on the prescription! That said, I do have a good friend who could explain the advantages of colonoscopy very persuasively, if he wasn’t dead because of his failure to get one.

    I am looking forward to hearing how things work out Tuesday.

    As for the pie, you successfully learned something that doesn’t work. That’s a success (of sorts) in itself.

  4. TK421a says:

    I was like you Joel when my doctor recommended I have a colonoscopy back in 2009. A few months later I overcame my loathing for the procedure and had my doctor set it up. The result was that the surgeon found a two centimetre polyp that was pre-cancerous. If I hadn’t done the procedure, odds are I’d be dead now.

  5. Kentucky says:

    When my doc asks me “How are you?” I just say “That’s what I’m here to find out.” We both laugh.

    Interestingly enough, when you turn 75 years old, they quit scheduling you for colonoscopies. Guess the odds are you’ll die of something else before those problems get’cha.

    Now, about those PSA tests . . .

  6. Beans says:

    Here’s a strange but tasty recipe for you

    Cataline Pie (a modern version thereof.)

    Filling
    Ground Beef
    Whole berry Cranberry sauce
    Apple pie filling, with pieces chopped up fine.

    Cook ground beef. Season with salt and pepper.
    Add cranberry sauce and apple pie filling.
    Stir, taste, add cinnamon and nutmeg if you wish.

    Put in pie. Bake.

    Makes a great cold meat pie. And it’s also great hot.

  7. RCPete says:

    I got my colonoscopy a month ago, 18 years after the last one. The polyps that drew the interest of the first doc were conspicuous by their absence, and the only bit of weirdness tested out as OK. This doc said to get it done again around age 75.

    The preparation is genuinely shitty, though not as disgusting as some. (protip: If you use magnesium citrate as the main bit of prep solution, you *will* get a serious case of the chills.) It was nice to know that when I die, it’s not going to be colon cancer.

  8. Anonymous says:

    “The preparation is genuinely shitty . . . ”

    Ha! I see what you did there!

    😉 😉 😉

  9. Zendo Deb says:

    I don’t buy canned supplies in gravy, or BBQ sauce, or whatever. I can always add stuff later. And I usually like my own spices more than what is offered.

    There are a number of Amish companies here in Ohio, but only one that will sell me quantities appropriate for one person. Beef, chicken, turkey, pork. Also hamburger. I have one can of the pork sausage, but I haven’t fried it up with eggs yet.

    While I usually have electricity, it has been not that reliable, and was out for 4 days last year. Canned goods are great emergency supplies.

To the stake with the heretic!