Thursday, January 11, 2007

This little piggy went to the market...

...and laughed "Cheese Cheese Cheese Cheese Cheese" all the way home!

As some of you recall, I'm on this horrendous diet in preparation for a scan just to make sure no nasty little cancer cells are hiding in there. The diet is insanely tedious and monotonous.

And it also aggravated a condition that I've apparently been suffering from for several months (in the form of excruciating leg cramps with seemingly no other stimulants). Low calcium. Which can happen either genetically, or when one's parathyroids have been irritated by surgery to them, the thyroid, or radiation to that area. You know, like if you'd had treatment for thyroid cancer?

Anyway, despite talking to my endocrinologist for a year about how I can't excercise because I can never tell when these really crippling leg cramps would come on, and having him respond "ah, yes, you need to excercise more" (gee, wish I'd thought of that) when I went on a diet that eliminated my dairy and soy intake, my calcium dropped so fast that my general practicioner made a call to my endocrinologist, who now says yes, low calcium was the cause of the leg troubles all along.

The best part of this news is that he's altered my low-iodine-diet, because the difficulties from low calcium are far more serious than the chances of having too much iodine in my blood during the scan.

This means I didn't even go home, but went directly to the store, from whence I came home with this:

That's Parmesan, Goat cheese, Laughing Cow (light), Extra Sharp Cheddar, Vermont Sharp Cheddar (for scientific purposes, to see which is sharper and therefore better), Neufchatel, creamer for my coffee (in that flavor because of the cute liberal penguin).

I don't plan on eating all of that tonight.

Well. Not all of it.

Oh, and those little grey feet there?

My first attempt at taking the photo looked like this. If I had a better flash you'd probably be able to see right up the nasal cavity into the brain of a little grey Trevor cat. As it is, his pretty green eye is up at the top there, and his sweet little cheek is that blurry blob.

I'm still pooped and moody and paranoid and depressed and cranky (don't agree too quickly, everyone) but it's amazing how a little cheese can perk a gal right up.


Blogger Jane said...

Cheese is our friend, and so is milk for our coffee. You've got some serious dairy going on there!

7:16 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

OMG cheese Grommit! I am so glad they've finally figured out some of what's going on with you. :) You should have made me stop crying for 5 minutes today to tell me the good news! :)

7:33 PM  
Anonymous bySarah said...

Congrats on your cheese...Seriously Amie, that is A LOT of cheese!

Where did you get that really cool grate it fresh parm? I want one!!

7:37 PM  
Blogger loribird said...

Yummy cheese haul! You've decided it, we're having mac n' cheese for supper...

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Kat said...

Mmmmm, cheese. If you like sharp cheddar, try Cabot's Hunter Select. Sharp, but yet smooth and creamy. My favorite cheddar ever. (So far.)

8:34 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Yum! I love cheese. Hoping your calcium levels are up soon and that your leg cramps are eliminated.

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Elinor said...

Yay calcium!!!

10:47 PM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

it aint easy being cheesy (ducks).

when i worked at the casino, they had a cheese taht was smooth & buttery, but very s harp cheddar. i think it was some canadian thing, and i never found it on the market, but it was ooooooooooo so tasty

10:56 PM  
Blogger David said...



7:41 AM  
Blogger Bess said...

cheese is the New Chocolate!

This is an offical delurk comment in honor of delurking week, even though I am not a lurker. I'm not! I'm not!!

9:47 AM  
Blogger Kadiddly said...

I'm not a big cheese fan, personally, but calcium is sooo important in women's diet that I'm surprised the doctors didn't catch it earlier!

I hope you're back to feeling like your wonderful self soon!

The word verification word today was "nutflub". Just had to share!

4:42 PM  
Blogger vi said...

i love love love cheese......
and cheese CAKE
and icecream
and milk
good thing I got a dairy GOAT
next stop......
jersey COWS

feel better amie!


5:49 PM  
Blogger Javajem said...

Cheese rocks! I'm glad you get to eat cheese - just don't cut the cheese! (Sorry - I know it was bad!)
I hope you feel better -and have no more leg cramps

4:14 PM  
Blogger rho said...

Cheese Wonderful Cheese!!!! Stilton with apple yummy -

Hope the leg cramps clear up now that you have some calcium in your system -

9:49 PM  
Blogger Teri S. said...

Cheese! The food of the goddesses! Good luck with the scan. I hope it comes back totally clear! I'll be thinking of you.

9:46 AM  

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