Friday, July 10, 2015

The roof saga continues


I had another semi-bad night with nausea, I am not sure what is going on and why I only get it when I'm lying down. Residual virus issues, I guess. Feeling ok today.

Today was supposed to include taking the kids to Flip Out (an indoor trampoline playground) then doing some grocery shopping. But we woke to pouring rain and Tim needed to be at work at a certain time (dry) and then there was a knock at the door while we were all still in our pyjamas and it was the guy back to do the ceiling in the rumpus room. Actually four guys this time. So Tim took the car to work and the kids and I snuggled down inside.

A couple of hours later I was called out to the rumpus room to be told and shown that the roof was still leaking! Obviously they aren't going to put up a new ceiling when it's just going to get ruined again. In a way it's lucky it rained today or it wouldn't have been noticed until the water seeped through again. I called the tiling guy to come back, hoping that with the ceiling gone and it currently raining he would be able to see where the water was coming in. I have no idea when he will come, he didn't today. This saga is so annoying! I don't want the new flooring ruined. Our house and garage is cluttered up with all the stuff that should be stored neatly in there. We don't even expect to be in this house in 3-6 months (either move or rebuild/renovate) so we don't want to keep doing work to it, but we can't have a leak in the ceiling! So much time and hassle over the past few months.

The workmen were here for around five hours, nonetheless, replacing the part of the roof that didn't have a leak (ie the part I didn't think particularly needed replacing). So now I am left with an even larger hole (it gets bigger every time) and an unpainted plaster roof with no light fittings. They will come back once the leak is fixed to finish.
 I am sick of looking at it.

So here is a picture of my delicious lunch, a tortilla with pulled pork and salad, pre-wrap.
I've been reading one of the books from the library, The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman, MD which seems (I've only ready about a quarter so cannot be definitive) to promote a sensible unprocessed plant-based diet, plus lots and lots of vitamin and mineral supplements. I did have a few doubts from an editor's point of view, things like one paragraph saying 'don't wait until you have diabetes, by then it's too late' but in the next paragraph saying 'it's never too late' and similar little gaffs, but overall it seemed reasonable with lots of citations to scientific papers. He has lots of case studies about patients whose lives he has improved by diagnosing all the problems other doctors have missed, and on page 100 we see J.P. "He had canker sores (gluten problem 2)" which immediately interested me as I get canker sores (mouth ulcers) quite often. He seemed to be suggesting that canker sores and gluten intolerance are related. So I looked up the quoted study on the internet; "Celiac disease and recurrent aphthous stomatitis: a report and review of the literature." Sedghizadeh et al. And you know what? It concludes "Our results demonstrated no significant differences between groups for ... recurrent aphthous stomatitis." and "no significant difference between the CD (celiac disease) group and the control group."
He is quoting a study that disproves his beliefs, not supports them. Are the citations just there to look pretty? This puts the whole book into doubt for me. Don't think I'll bother to read any more.
I've started another which I like much more, will talk about it next time.
Report card:
Diet: Good.
Exercise: Poor. Nothing today. A couple of months ago, I put my gym membership on hold with a med cert due to my shoulder, and that runs out on Sunday. From then I'll have nearly a month before my membership expires. I can't say that going to the gym is that appealing at the moment, but it's out of the cold!
Water: Ok.
Sleep: Poor. Confidently hoping for better tonight.
Mental health: A bit frustrated over the whole roof thing.


  1. Have you read the book, "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes? It's a bit of a slog but very interesting. If you were annoyed by misleading reporting of health studies then I think Taubes is an author you should read. I got mine at my library. And sorry about your roof issues! How annoying!

  2. I can't imagine the hassle of dealing with the roof leak and subsequent repairs. Ugh! Hope you get some more fun time scheduled with the kids soon.

  3. The roof situation would seriously stress me out! I don't cope very well with house issues.

    Your lunch looks delicious!

    I skimmed through Mark Hyman's book at the library. I don't know about all the supplements but I do agree that it's never too late for us to improve our eating. I'm a type 1 but I wonder if changing the way type 2's eat, might preserve their beta cells in the pancreas. I don't know if it would prevent type 2 but maybe stave it off a bit longer? I wish I had eaten better when I was in my 20's and 30's.

    Have a nice weekend Natalie!

    1. The book I'm now reading talks about avoiding starchy carbs because they provoke the biggest insulin response and therefore wear out the beta cells quicker. It's definitely not too late!

  4. yes, I am in my 60's and eat low carb - and am the first person in my mother's side of the family in three generations who did NOT develop diabetes. (knocking on wood as I type this) My mother was fairly tall and weighed only 118 pounds so was extremely slender so her diabetes was not associated with being overweight. She was a fairly (sometimes very) poor single mom though, so she ate a lot of carbs. Toast. Noodles. I miss her every day, she didn't live a long life. Good luck to all of you trying to figure all this out...