This isn’t the beginning of my Giardia story, but it’s the first time I’m writing about my long, bloated, smelly struggle with Giardia. This is a parasite which inhabits your intestines, giving you intense gas, bloating, and diarrhea. It can leave you with severe lactose intolerance. You can read about the actual parasite all over the internet: wikipedia:Giardia
I caught Giardia on a tubing trip in the Potomac River, in Harpers Ferry, WV. I was out there with a group of friends in July 2014, drinking Coors light, happily tubing down the river. We were splashing around, the beer cans were getting full of river water, and nobody thought much of drinking from them. After all, we were drunk and coors light tastes just like potomac water anyway.
Fast forward a week and the intense symptoms start: LOTS of diarrhea, bloating and gas. Strong cramps, and sensitivity to almost all food. I had just resigned from my job and was looking forward to a month off. It was hard to eat on the day of my going away party, so the gallons of Jameson we drank that night kicked in quickly.
The symptoms persisted for a few weeks. I went to my physician and they tested my stool for Giardia, but I made a mistake with the samples I created for the lab. You’re supposed to give samples from several different bowel movements. I only scooped my poop from one day. It’s a revolting process the first time you do it. The tests came back negative, but two doctors agreed that I must have Giardia from the symptoms and the obvious source of the parasite.
I took a 7 day course of Metronidazole, a very strong antibiotic. You can’t drink for the duration, and the effect of the antibiotic was noticeable after ~day 3. I felt a lot better after having taken the antibiotic.
Unfortunately, some of the symptoms continue. It’s now February of 2015, and I’m still trying various types of treatment, that I’ll write about here. The stool sample tests still come back negative for giardia, so my physicians haven’t been able to help me too much.
It sucks to be a sufferer for so long, but it has honestly helped me lose some weight, control my drinking, and drop a lot of unhealthy foods from my diet. I’m trying to look at the bright side here :) My wife actually shed tears in August in a Chicago hotel room without a bathroom fan after I’d done my business, the smell was so bad. It’s awful! Never drink Potomac river water!
I plan to write down some of the things I’m attempting to do to get better. I hope it helps somebody else.
I’ve managed to lose a little over 15lbs in the past few months. In an effort to keep that going I’ve taken up Cycling. A couple of my friends from Opower and the district go on great Sunday rides. Today we did some brutal hills in Falls Church and Great Falls, and then hit the W.OD Trail and rode out to Herndon. OH man my legs hurt. It’s not easy starting from almost zero and doing a 20+ mile ride.
One of my favorite games for the tablet is Galaxy on Fire 2. It fulfills my Star Wars fantasies from youth because you can fly around the galaxy, fight pirates and aliens in space, buy and sell commodities, and complete pretty fun missions.
If you are looking to make money to buy a better ship or better weapons, trading commodities is an easy and relatively violence-free way of doing so. You will need decent capital and a decent amount of cargo space on your ship before it becomes profitable. It would be hard to earn money starting with less than $200,000 in capital and less than 100t of cargo space aboard your ship.
Here is a google table containing all the commodity prices, best, worst, and the profit margin / price difference of trading.
I made this spreadsheet by buying one of every commodity that I could find and then copying it out “Hangar” view. This is for GoF2 on Android and probably doesn’t apply to the original GoF.
When time permits, I hope to write a greedy algorithm that goes through the price lists and systems list and calculates the most profitable and most optimal trading route :)
Ordered stuff from Amazon. The Prime shipped box via fedex arrived last night, but the USPS shipped box says “March 25th delivery”, six days from now. Even though the package is already in DC!
This is stuff I need for Sam’s bachelor party this weekend at the Cosmo in Vegas. Super excited.
EDIT MAY 2015: Are you using the new software? Their new software, MyHarmony, available at https://setup.myharmony.com/ makes Roku Setup much easier. You don’t have to follow these steps if you update.
It isn’t as straightforward as one would like to set up a Roku 3 and a Logitech Harmony One remote. Some things that could be more obvious:
- Where is the Roku device on the “Devices” list?
It’s hidden under Devices -> DVD -> DVD -> Manufacturer: Roku -> Roku 3
It will come up as a DVD player, so you definitely want to rename the device by clicking “Settings” -> “Rename Device” and calling it a Roku3.
- Does the Harmony One have the right IR/RF control mechanisms to control a Roku?
Yes, it does. Mine is working perfectly after just configuring it with Logitech Harmony Remote Software. Logitech gives you some options to point the Roku remote at the backside of the Harmony remote, and pushing some Roku remote keys to learn. But the harmony, unsurprisingly, doesn’t learn when you fire things into its backside. You can skip that step.
- Why does the “Activity”->Watch Roku send commands to my TV instead of to the Roku?
Major annoying factor, but easy to fix. When I hit the “Activity” -> “Watch Roku” (I customized that name, it used to be “Watch DVD (2)”), all commands would be sent to the TV.
You can fix this by going to “Activities” -> “Watch Roku” -> “Customize Buttons”. Some buttons like Volume Control and Mute should go to your TV, but everything else can point to your Roku. See:
You can even add some custom buttons to show on the home screen with the “Additional Buttons” tab: