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Humblefish

Dr. Fish
Being sick

So, I just got over a cold. I can tell when I have a cold virus because my symptoms always follow this sequence:
  1. My throat stays really dry no matter how much I drink.
  2. Sore throat.
  3. Runny nose.
  4. Coughing fits (at least I know this is the final phase).
Of course, I take Robitussin or Nyquil to help manage my symptoms. My wife says I snore very loudly when I'm sick. :eek: I also don't like to go anywhere because a) I don't want to transmit the virus to anyone else b) All the coughing I do is embarrassing. :cry: So basically I just stay home, feel miserable, do the bare minimum to care for my tanks and often get depressed. :( It is what it is, but the upside is once I start feeling better then I feel really GREAT and want to go out & do all sorts of stuff. :D

Whenever I get a cold, the duration can last anywhere from 1 week - 1 month (or longer). My symptoms range from relatively mild to severe, depending upon the exact virus I am infected with. This next part is purely anecdotal, but there's one thing I have found which always helps: Black Elderberry Syrup. It's kinda expensive, but they sell it at Walmart and most drug stores. Basically, Elderberry is the dark purple berry from the European elder tree. It is a herbal remedy and immune system booster which IME often helps to shorten the duration of the common cold, flu and other ailments. When sick, dosage is 1 teaspoon‚ 2 times daily. I was a skeptic until I tried it for myself, but have noticed I always "get over" a cold or flu faster whenever I take black elderberry. So next time you are sick, give it a try. ;)
 

Dierks

Active member
I so hear you on being Sick. I have been sicker this year then I have ever been in my life. The last time I actually stole some Beta 1,3 Gluten pills I put in my Fish food.

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So I stole it right out of my fish medicine cabinet and took them to help boost my system. Man alive, I was back up and running after 4 days when before I was out for 18 Days!!

Glad to hear you are feeling better as it's hard to take care of others when you feel like dirt.
 

Paul B

Well-known member
Of course, I take Robitussin or Nyquil to help manage my symptoms. My wife says I snore very loudly when I'm sick.
Do you also have spots? 🤪 Stringy Poop? 🥴 Chills? 🥶 Nausea? 🤮
Try a quick freshwater dip then using a paint roller apply Prizapro to your entire body while soaking your feet in Tree Stump eliminator. Then post about it on the disease forum of Reef Central.
It works every time. 😎

I very rarely get sick, but that is because of the New York City subway hand rails. They boosted my immunity. :rolleyes:

Get well quick old friend.
 

Paul B

Well-known member
I have to be careful now when I buy fish because I am old and if all goes well I can live for maybe another 20 years. But a lot of fish live longer than that so any new fish may well out live me.

Who will take care of them?
Thank God my good friend Humble volunteered to inherit them along with my tank. He just has to get better and drive to NY to get them. 😎
 

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
Positivity vs. Negativity

We've all heard the saying: Keep it positive. But that is sometimes hard to do when negative things are all around us, especially in today's world. I know I struggle with negative feelings/thoughts. I like to tell my wife that I'm a "realist". ;) It is true, however, that many of the negative things we see & hear are beyond our control, and we just let them drag us down sometimes. My father likes to say, "Don't worry about things you have no control over." I also had a friend once tell me, "No matter how bad you think you have it, there's always someone out there who has it worse." He was telling me this because I have an eye disease which was requiring yet another surgery, and I was down about it. Right after he told me that I found myself talking to someone in a doctor's waiting room about their own eye problems... The guy I was talking to has to endure a weekly shot in both of his eyeballs just to keep seeing. :eek: And I think I've got it bad?!

I've also noticed that people of faith seem to be more positive about life. I presume because they have a hope for something greater/better after this life is through. Others say they are just believing in a "fantasy land". I'm not overly religious, but have thought a lot about this lately and have reached this conclusion: Better to have some hope and believe in a fantasy world than to put your hope/trust in other humans with a poor track record. Or even yourself for that matter. ;)

OK, maybe that was too deep lol ... I've also noticed that Positivity vs. Negativity is becoming more of an issue on social media. People are always fighting with one another or disagreeing over something. This, of course, spills over into our little aquarium world, and what is said on related Facebook groups / online forums. Much of the arguing centers around differing methods (e.g. QT vs. no QT), but lately I've also noticed an uptick in grumbling about coral prices & shoddy equipment. Which there are two ways of looking at this:
  1. If you don't like it (or it's too expensive), then just don't buy it.
  2. How can the status quo ever change unless people are complaining??
The "positive way" of dealing with these problems is to speak with your wallet; the "negative way" is to just complain about them. Or at least so we are told by forum owners who are being paid by many of the companies we have issues with. ;) Money is necessary, but it truly is the root of all evil. - 1 Timothy 6:10

To end this blog entry on a positive note I leave you with these two quotes:

"There is nothing so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness it is in your expecting evil before it arrives!"

"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened."
 

DexterB

Well-known member
This is a great post -.& those quotes are ones to commit to memory. It reminds me of this book a friend was reading that she found very poignant. I borrowed it & absolutely loved the simple story with a piercing truth . It is called
The Precious Present
https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-precious-present-spencer-johnson/1001871064

This post struck a cord with me. I have always thought of myself as an optimist. But this year has been a challenging one in our family. As a result, I found myself often talking or focusing on negative things in my day. So to try to address this, I put probably my favorite Bible verse which is:
Philippians 4:8 :
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." as my computer screensaver.
Then to start my morning, I try to think of things I am grateful for -small or big. When I do this, it makes a real difference in my day. When I don't, I find myself less patient. On particularly frustrating days I sit in front of our tank . Watching the fish helps me get back in a thankful/positive mindset.

Thanks for the post. It is really helpful to have this reminder how a positive outlook can help ourselves & those we encounter.
 

Paul B

Well-known member
I think, (and i'm old) that if nothing bad ever happened to you, then everything in your life will be close to being bad so you will always be worried and miserable.
People living in places where they have no food, water and are constantly covered in mosquitoes don't complain because it can't get much worse and they have seen the worst.

If a snowflake, (and you know who you are) sees someone get hit by a train or be wrestled out of a car accident, that is horrible. But for someone like for instance, me. Who was in some pretty heavy combat and have seen literally hundreds of dismembered bodies, that poor guy in the subway doesn't seem that bad.
I hate to say it but it's true. When a heart surgeon sees a really sick person, it doesn't affect him because all the people he sees are really sick and if some die, it's part of the job.

If my favorite copperband butterfly dies. It dies, I won't think much about it and buy another one. I have seen hundreds of fish die. Their fish, and I eat fish every day.

Of course I really like my fish and take excellent care of them, but it is all about life experience and if you never experience much, everything in your life will be a problem.

As you age you will see bad things every year and it will harden you to less "bad" things.

Now my Grand Kids are sleeping here and they will get up soon. That may be bad if I am not there making breakfast so i got to go. :giggle:
 

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
Wrestling!

So, I'm sort of a professional wrestling fan. (Or at least I used to be.) Now I know what you're thinking, "REALLY?!" :p But as I like to tell my wife, wrestling is just a soap opera for men. No more "fake" than 90% of what's currently on TV. I was more into it as a teenager (late 80s - early 90s), but I still watch WWE Monday Night Raw from time to time. It was a peer pressure thing (my best friend started watching it), and I then discovered so did my grandfather. So we started watching it together. :eek: Much to my mother's dismay...

Pro wrestling was more believable back then. Or maybe it was just more believable to my young impressionable mind. In any case, it seemed as though the wrestlers tried harder and the scripts were written better to make you believe the whole thing was real. My favorite wrestler was Ric Flair, "the dirtiest player in the game". As you can guess he was a heel (bad guy) who would cheat or find some unscrupulous way of winning his matches. I don't know why I liked him so much; probably was shock value.

After I graduated high school and joined the Navy, I stopped watching wrestling for over 15 years. Then I reconnected with my old wrestling buddy (same guy) and started watching it again. It became a tradition; every Monday evening we would drink beer, BBQ red meat and watch wrestling together. His wife even liked it (my wife does not). I don't watch it as much nowadays though. It just seems like they aren't even trying to "sell it" as real anymore. The storylines are poorly written, and some of it just doesn't even make any sense. Like they aren't really putting any effort into it these days. That insults my intelligence, so I've sorta given up on being entertained by wrestling. Who knows, maybe that was the first time intelligence and wrestling have appeared in the same sentence. :p
 

Susan

Member
Positivity vs. Negativity

We've all heard the saying: Keep it positive. But that is sometimes hard to do when negative things are all around us, especially in today's world. I know I struggle with negative feelings/thoughts. I like to tell my wife that I'm a "realist". ;) It is true, however, that many of the negative things we see & hear are beyond our control, and we just let them drag us down sometimes. My father likes to say, "Don't worry about things you have no control over." I also had a friend once tell me, "No matter how bad you think you have it, there's always someone out there who has it worse." He was telling me this because I have an eye disease which was requiring yet another surgery, and I was down about it. Right after he told me that I found myself talking to someone in a doctor's waiting room about their own eye problems... The guy I was talking to has to endure a weekly shot in both of his eyeballs just to keep seeing. :eek: And I think I've got it bad?!

I've also noticed that people of faith seem to be more positive about life. I presume because they have a hope for something greater/better after this life is through. Others say they are just believing in a "fantasy land". I'm not overly religious, but have thought a lot about this lately and have reached this conclusion: Better to have some hope and believe in a fantasy world than to put your hope/trust in other humans with a poor track record. Or even yourself for that matter. ;)

OK, maybe that was too deep lol ... I've also noticed that Positivity vs. Negativity is becoming more of an issue on social media. People are always fighting with one another or disagreeing over something. This, of course, spills over into our little aquarium world, and what is said on related Facebook groups / online forums. Much of the arguing centers around differing methods (e.g. QT vs. no QT), but lately I've also noticed an uptick in grumbling about coral prices & shoddy equipment. Which there are two ways of looking at this:
  1. If you don't like it (or it's too expensive), then just don't buy it.
  2. How can the status quo ever change unless people are complaining??
The "positive way" of dealing with these problems is to speak with your wallet; the "negative way" is to just complain about them. Or at least so we are told by forum owners who are being paid by many of the companies we have issues with. ;) Money is necessary, but it truly is the root of all evil. - 1 Timothy 6:10

To end this blog entry on a positive note I leave you with these two quotes:

"There is nothing so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness it is in your expecting evil before it arrives!"

"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened."
My daughter is 23 and was born with Bardet Biedl Syndrome. It’s a genetic disorder which includes retinitis pigmentosa. She has never had any night vision and has had tunnel vision for ever. She has also been legally blind for 10-15 years (with glasses) but she takes it like a champ. She never complains (and she has every right to). My faith and her attitude is what keeps me in check.
 

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
My daughter is 23 and was born with Bardet Biedl Syndrome. It’s a genetic disorder which includes retinitis pigmentosa. She has never had any night vision and has had tunnel vision for ever. She has also been legally blind for 10-15 years (with glasses) but she takes it like a champ. She never complains (and she has every right to). My faith and her attitude is what keeps me in check.
Both my mother and nephew are completely blind in one eye. Sudden retinal detachments are a concern for any descendant of my mother. It's never been properly diagnosed because that would require expensive DNA testing; however the doctors think we either have Stickler syndrome or possibly, Wagner's disease. Both have similar symptoms, but the latter is a lot more rare.
 

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
Football

So, I watch football almost every Sunday. Sometimes with friends; sometimes all by myself. (My wife doesn't like football.) I used to just stare at the TV all day Sunday, but nowadays I field text messages, phone calls and of course forum posts on Sunday as well. ;) It's the new world we live in: We are always multi-tasking. Back in the day the Miami Dolphins & Dan Marino were my favorite team + player. Now I just watch NFL hoping to see a competitive game. Even when we lived in London, I can remember streaming the games over my computer using some sketchy websites.:D

I'm actually surprised the game (in its current incarnation) has lasted this long. I figured once all the publicity about NFL players with long-term brain damage surfaced, they would either shutdown or greatly change how the game was played. And TBH, I didn't want to see that because I didn't want the game to be watered down. I wanted football to still be "manly" and rugged as it was intended. However, as of late I've changed my mind that something needs to be done to ensure the long-term survival of this sport. And ensure a better quality of life for the players after they retire. The hits have become too vicious, and there's too much fighting/violence in the game nowadays. No sportsmanship anymore... everything is just kill kill kill. :(

Of course, things might not change anytime soon because of all the money wrapped up in the NFL. I've seen lately how money seems to be the overriding factor in just about everything these days. Football is no exception. I also play Madden football on my PS4, so I'm pretty sure that won't/doesn't need to change. ;) My wife is always asking me if I want to buy another game for my PS4, because the only one I ever play is Madden. Nope, no time for any other games. As it is I only get to play Madden every couple of weeks or so. Poor me :p
 

mattzang

Active member
Dan Marino is the greatest thrower of the football ever IMO. Maybe there's some better overall QBs, but man that guy could do incredible things with the football.

There was some documentary done on him and they had Bill Walsh talking about him on there. So he spoke of a time he was coaching Marino in the pro bowl or something and was reviewing film, so he asked Dan, what are you seeing here what are you looking for in the defense?

Marino: uhhh, I don't know I just throw to the open guy

🤣

Marino was the anti-Manning
 

Aaronhome27

Active member
How was I missing this blog man. Lot going on and I've been a bit scarce. I'm back now though. And glad to have you one way or another in our hobby, especially glad that you made the forum for us. One of the best tools on the internet now, people will slowly find this as they have issues.
 

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
Dan Marino is the greatest thrower of the football ever IMO. Maybe there's some better overall QBs, but man that guy could do incredible things with the football.
His quick release was absolutely amazing (which is why he rarely got sacked). I've read where receivers who played with him said it hurt to catch a football thrown by him. Can you imagine if Marino had actually played on a more balanced team? I don't think he ever had a 1,000 yard runner to help take the pressure off, and the Dolphins' D was usually close to dead last in the league every year. :eek:
 

mattzang

Active member
I think Marino would throw for 7,000 yards and 60+ TDs a year with the league how it is now. Recievers that can't be touched, QBs can't be hit, the advent of things like back shoulder throws. The jump balls would be insane. I think the biggest WR Marino ever had was Oronde Gadsden. Give him a 6'6 guy that jumps 40" and yikes
 

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
Christmas

So, I was actually raised as a Jehovah's Witness. Which meant no Xmas tree, no presents, basically no Christmas. As I got older and started to do my own thing, I began to dabble a little in Christmas. I still never had a tree, but I would go to Xmas parties and celebrate in other ways. One thing, however, which has always turned me off about Christmas is the commercialism. I never understood all this chaos over just one day. (Most of it is over before noon. ;)) I also couldn't understand friends going into debt because of buying Xmas presents. Or how there was a certain expectation that you needed to spend X no. of dollars per child on Xmas presents.

I probably had a negative opinion of Christmas until we moved to Europe. (My wife & l lived in London for 3 years.) We started visiting various European cities in December and each of them have unique Christmas Markets (pics below). It is more of a monthlong celebration than being just about one day. The stalls, homemade toys & food, the singing & dancing, the Glühwein (hot mulled wine!) This is how Christmas should be celebrated! :)

 
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