Today is Valentines Day and the “Whats your Poo Telling You” daily calendar 2013 shares this little gem!
Would you rather have a diamond ring, or a toilet?
In rural India many brides choose the latter because their homes frequently lack private indoor plumbing.
In the state of Haryana, a campaign has begun to change that, using the slogan, “No toilet, no bride”.
Women have been encouraged to refuse their suitors until they agree to install an indoor toilet and the government is offering assistance.
Toilet ownership has risen from 5% to 60% in just four years.
And you thought it was flowers and chocolates!
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Today is Valentines Day and the “Whats your Poo Telling You” daily calendar 2013 shares this little gem!
Today, February 3rd is Super Bowl Sunday in New Orleans, between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. According to the Scott Tissue company, the toilet is flushed more during halftime than at any other point during the year. 90 million flushes, using 350 million gallons of water, which is the same amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in seven minutes. Now, that is…..a Super Bowl!
This pain in the neck……Almost killed me!
Ian is in the plumbing industry, I’ve known him for a few years but only recently spent some time with him.
Life changing experiences make you do that. Stop and smell those roses.
Everyone is very busy today, all of our time saving devices seem to take up way too much of our time.
This is Ian’s story…
At 59 yrs old and not been near a doctor for over 30yrs …. Non smoker ( Gave it up in primary school ) … very moderate drinker … pretty active. (Plumber)
I considered myself a healthy, if slightly overweight, sort of fellow.
Here is the wake up call:
One Tuesday morning while shaving I felt a small lump in my neck. It was about the size of a piece of corn or green pea.
Curious, I did the “squeeze, poke, prod ” method of diagnosis….. NO PAIN. Can’t be much, don’t worry about it !
Wednesday: Pesky little lump still there. “Squeeze, poke, prod” ….. NO PAIN. Forget it !
Thursday: Darn lump! “squeeze, poke, prod” … NO PAIN, Can’t be much don’t worry !
BY lunch time Thursday this lump went to the size of a GOLF BALL ! Still NO PAIN !!!!
Forget the NO PAIN thing and get this thing checked !
Within the next 3 weeks I had been diagnosed with an aggressive lymphatic cancer and was lining up for Chemo and Radiation therapy.
My oncologist said that due to the fact they had got this this so very early a good result was the likely out come. She said. ” This is a winnable fight but it will not be pretty.” She was right ! It was a fairly ugly fight with some very black days. ( Shoot me now… I’m good to go ) However a good result has been achieved… Remission.
Forget the “Squeeze, poke, prod” method and GET IT CHECKED !! As it turned out, had I left that thing another 4- 6 weeks this article would most likely be an obituary.
So there it is people, all the stories shared with you are real.
We all know someone with a similiar tale.
If we learn anything from these simple posts and have you take a good look at your body, then high 5s all around.
Please do it!
And love those around you.
Now we are getting exotic.
The best part is all these recipes are simple. How are you going with cooking them Dad?
Thanks to Sheli The Gorgeous Vegetarian, if you’ve been trying these meals, then you have been cutting down on you read meat intake. Not a bad Thing!
So try this weeks delight. Greek Summer vegetables with Olives and Fetta…
Serve with Rice or Hot crusty bread, Absolutely delicious!
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
500g new potatoes, cubed
350g Zucchini, sliced
3 garlic cloves
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayene pepper
2 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
Handful fresh parsley chopped
few sprigs of dill finely chopped (or other herb)
250g green beans cut in halves or thirds
100g pitted green olives
freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
** crumbled Fetta (optional)
Heat the oil in a pan and genltly saute onion till soft.
*add the potato, garlic, paprika, cayene and pinch of salt, stirring to coat with oil and cook 1 minute.
*add tomatoes, parsley and 1/2 the dill (or other herb).
*stir to combine and add about 1/2 can of water to thin out slightly.
*Season with salt and pepper and let simmer, covered, on low heat about 25 mins… stirring occassionaly.
*add beans and zucchini and cook another 10 minutes covered, or until beans are tender.
*Stir in the lemon juice, add the Olives and remaining herbs.
Serve at room temp with some crumbled fetta extra herbs and crusty bread,
Or/ Warm, with Brown rice or Quinoa
Why men spend so much time in the loo is still a mystery to me!
My Dad could disappear in there for what seemed like hours, he would emerge with the Herald under his arm and an understanding of what had been happening in the world. He took time to think! Meditation perhaps?
My eldest son is just the same. He has Dads brains.
Personally, I get in, do what I have too and get the hell out of there.
This clip is fun! If you have similiar experiences let me know.
“John” is a very young 65 year old, works as a general hand in his family building company. He is a husband a father a grandfather and brother a workmate.
This is John’s story..
In 2008 I went to my sons bucks party, it was a long night filled with large consumptions of alcohol.
The next day I went to the toilet and passed blood, no urine just straight blood. This continued for the next three days so I made an appointment with my GP.
The GP sent me to a specialist and I was diagnosed with stage 1 bladder cancer.
Stage 1 bladder cancer is very treatable. The first treatment involved having ECG serum (a form of the tuberculosis virus) flushed through my bladder once a week for 9 weeks. After the 9 week treatment I had approximately 4 weeks with no treatment to give my body time to recover. After the 4 week break I had 3 further treatments (once a week for 3 weeks).
I was fortunate that I did not suffer from any of the severe side effects the ECG serum treatment can cause, (severe side effects such as kidney damage, bladder collapse etc) and only suffered minor side effects such as continual coughing, asthma like symptoms and pneumonia. The tuberculosis virus was effective in shrinking the cancerous tumours in my bladder but the tumours continued to grow back and there is only a limited amount of times that the virus can be used.
As I was unable to have any more ECG serum the next stage of treatment began. The next stage of treatment was to under go a cystoscopy every 3 months for two years – the doctor enters the bladder via the eye of the penis and farms or cuts out the tumours with the use of a laser. The main side effect of this treatment, other than a few days recovering from the general anesthesia, is that passing urine after these procedures is extremely uncomfortable as often the inside of your urinary tract is raw from the tubes being inserted and taken out.
At present I have a cystoscopy every six months and hopefully by 2013 they will be annual.
I was lucky that the tumours in my bladder were discovered at such an early stage (thanks to my very wild night out with my son), the tumours were contained within my bladder and it was a very treatable type of cancer.
My tumours are not cancerous anymore but will turn cancerous if they are not removed.
You must be starting to think about your own health by now and what you are eating is a very big part of it.
Check out Sheli The Gorgeous Vegetarian who has generously supplied all of our Delicious Mens Health Recipes. Well I tried this one during the week and the team absolutely loved it.
Zucchini, Tomato and Dill Quiche… So simple and so tasty…
Oregano is also great in this if you don’t like Dill.
Who would have thought all these muscle men would be eating a Quiche. I served it with a garden salad.
Not much conversation over dinner though.
Just more food!
Pre heat oven to 180 deg.
thaw out 2 sheets puff pastry.
3 medium zucchinis sliced finely
1 tsp butter or/ olive oil
3 Roma tomatoes sliced finely
1 handful chopped Dill
3 large eggs or 6 small eggs (free range)
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
90g cheddar cheese grated
Pre heat oven to 180 deg
*grease quiche dish or/flat round pie dish and line with puff pastry.
*line with baking paper, fill with dried beans or/ baking stones, and blind bake for about 10 minutes
*Cook zucchinis in butter till semi cooked.
*add salt and pepper
*place into pastry case
*layer with sliced tomatoes
*sprinkle with chopped Dill (save a little for serving)
*layer with grated cheese.
*beat eggs and cream together and pour over prepared quiche.
*add a few more slices of tomato, and a final sprinkle of Dill
*Bake in the oven 35-40 minutes or until set and slightly browned… you’ll have to keep an eye on it.
Serve with salad of your choice …
G’s story continues……….
During this time several other things were happening in my life. I was celebrating my fiftieth year and with my wife and a group of friends were in the midst of preparations begun ten years ago, to travel to Europe before the year was out. The trip was to be a three-month odyssey. Funnily enough, my wife in preparation for this trip had had some recent treatment for some vein issues she was having. She had chosen a chemical solution developed overseas in the last ten years. I had tried to sell the idea of this to my father, as it would not require him to wait for his ulcers to heal and could allow his veins to be treated without awaiting surgery. He would not listen; would not investigate the idea nor discuss it with his doctors, nor did they suggest such a course of action. A surgeon is a surgeon is a surgeon I guess. He believed, in his old fashioned view of manhood that he knew best and did not need to let everyone know all that was going on with his life. He was not telling his doctors everything.
The time came to leave on our trip and dad was still hanging in there and getting around. We all gathered on a beautiful winter’s day at the Centennial Park Kiosk for a family lunch the day before we left. Dad joined us, even though shaky on his legs and looking pale. The following day we left for Europe. About a week past and my eldest sister rang to say dad had not been going so well. I talked with him and he seemed in good spirits. He wasn’t going to let on. We continued on with our trip and as our first month of travel passed the call came as we stood in ‘Hitler’s Coliseum’ in Nuremberg, Germany. My eldest sister was on the phone and called me home. It was time to return. A race against the clock to say our final farewells had begun.
The story from here was both happy and sad. Our trip home was not in vain. I got to see my father as he lay in the hospice hanging on and waiting for the end. All hope of recovery was gone.
All the words: all the hugs; all the gratitude; all the love I had to give was poured out in those final three days beyond our return. He passed as the sun rose on the third day after our return. We stayed on for the funeral and as discussed with dad in one of those fondly remembered Wednesday night dinners, we returned to Europe to complete what we had started. Dad had insisted on that and had even told me not to return if he was no longer with us. I couldn’t do that and was glad we returned. The trip had become far more memorable and meaningful than we had ever expected – The highest of highs and lowest of lows.
A month into the second leg of our interrupted trip we thought we were coming home again.
My wife’s father was rushed into hospital after a minor heart attack. As we stood on the steps of Venice Railway Station the news reached us. To be in a place of canals and waterways as this news arrived further added to the theme of making sure the plumbing was in order.
A few tense days followed as we received regular updates on his health. Three stents had brought relief and we were advised to stay where we were. A day later he was home, but then suddenly rushed back to hospital as the stents had failed. E felt for sure we were coming home for the second time two months. Again we were spared as this time all was successful and his recovery was quick. Before we knew it he was home again and out building a new garden bed in his backyard. All had been a timely reminder of how much can go wrong as we get older and, whilst impossible to cover all scenarios, maybe a lot more could be done to prevent some of this in the future.
So what does one take from such an experience, especially in regards one’s health?
Since my return I have gone and seen my doctor and intend to do so annually. I saw a specialist about the veins in my legs to find I have the identical problems as my father. I have had all the dysfunctional veins treated. I was no longer willing to wait.
I had learnt my lesson about ignoring the health issues that are often hereditary in a family, about waiting too long to deal with obvious health issues. Some may call it being proactive. My explanation to most has been that my actions were the result of two other ‘p’s’ – prevention and paranoia.
Whatever or wherever you want to find the motivation to have the plumbing that your life relies upon checked all I can say is find it. Life is short and so precious and to live it for as long, and with as much good health as we can is what we should all want for ourselves. It is not just for us, but what we should want for the people around us that we love.
No one can prevent the unpredictable and unforeseen, but the odds are greatly improved if we do cover the things that are predictable and seen. Do yourself a favour!
Dave – Thanks for the opportunity to tell my story.
This month our plumbing blog is dedicated to mens health for Mo Vember!
Fathers and Sons have special relationships. They are not all perfect, but a good relationship is good for your health.
“Greg” is a beautiful man, a husband a father a brother a teacher a work colleague a friend!
Although I knew some of this story, I heard more about it as our plumbing team rescued “Greg” and his family 3 times over a six week period as his house was waist deep in horrible stinking stormwater coming from outside his property.
Although the repeat flooding of his home was catastrophic, this story is not about plumbing…
This is his un-edited story in part
The gorgeous Sheli from The Gorgeous Vegetarian says Spinach and Ricotta Pie… A winner recipe! This will be the first of many times you cook this… So easy and Sooo good!
This is for a small pie… say for 4 people, but its great the next day, so just double everything to make a larger pie, then you’ll have enough for tomorrow night as well.
Traditionally, this pie is made with filo, but…. I find filo to fussy, and time consuming, so I use puff (still great)
Also, you can use any type of spinach, and more or less of any of the ingredients, if cooking for kids you might want to use less spinach for example.
1/4 onion finely chopped
1 tsp butter
1 bunch english spinach washed and torn
500g Ricotta (either full or no fat)
250g fetta (any is fine… I like aussie or danish)
About 3 sheets puff pastry.
Cook onion in butter till translucent and add wet spinach.
Turn heat to low, and put on lid, cook another 5 mins.
Let it cool for about 5 mins then add the ricotta and break up the fetta with hands into mixture.
Mix altogether with wooden spoon well, and spoon into pastry case.
Top with sheet of pastry and pinch around the sides.
Whack into hot oven and cook at 200 degC for about an hour or golden brown on top.