tger greenhaddock: I think I'm turning Japanese

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

I think I'm turning Japanese

I really think so……and that believe it or not is almost a Thyroid joke, but more on that later. Firstly both England and Germany are through to the knockout stages of the World Cup as winners of their respective groups. This is bloody good news as it means we don’t play each other in the next round. On current form Germany would seriously tonk England. In the Sweden match England looked good in the first half, but were terrible in the second half. This is bad for my blood pressure but is of course great for shouting verbal abuse at the TV. Apparently the neighbours heard me shouting when England scored. I suspect Germany will go far as they improve with every game. I have always liked Klinsmann (shown above playing for Spurs in England) both as a manger and player, but what makes me laugh at the moment is that a few weeks before the World Cup started everyone was slagging him off. Now these same people are hailing him as the new messiah. If he walks on water, they may just be right.

I changed doctors recently as I felt my usual quacks diagnostic skills were not quite up to scratch. I was proved to be right. As you may know I have an under functioning Thyroid gland. My new doctor did more tests and it appears I am suffering from Auto Immune Thyroiditis. He has lowered by medication dose and changed it to a different brand .There doesn’t seem to be much I can do about it, so I just keep on taking the pills as usual. One of the common types of this condition is called Hashimoto – hence the joke. On a brighter note my latest blood test showed that my cholesterol and trig levels have returned to normal. Looks like the losing weight and becoming fitter is starting to pay off.

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Blogger Maribeth said...

Well good for you, getting yourself in better shape. Not much you can do about the thyroid, I'm afraid. I too take daily meds for that.

June 22, 2006 1:03 AM  
Anonymous heza said...

I'm excited that England and Germany are in the 'Achtlefinale'. I've yet to see England play, though. So far I've been 'suprised' by every game I've seen. I don't know what to expect.

Zum Wohl! to your health.

June 22, 2006 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Deepblue said...

I read, that Thyroiditis and underfunctioning thyorid go together in many cases, and that there have been tests with taking Selen, which had good results.
Concerning WM, I'm also quite positive about the germans and the english not playing against each other, but maybe it can come to that. I thougt, Argentina could have a good chance to win the cup, but yesterday in the second half they it did'nt look like that.

June 22, 2006 11:26 AM  
Blogger Nan said...

I have to admit that I have never watched a single soccer game to the end - ever. Usually I hope everyone else but Denmark wins so we don't have to have this hype about it in all the media - but this year they are not in it - so I guess most danish people have Sweden as their favourites.

I am glad to hear you are feeling better!

June 22, 2006 11:41 AM  
Blogger Mike B said...

The Vapors ... but Turning Japanese had another meaning in their context.

Now that Nan mentions, I've also never watched a complete soccer game .... Hmmm. No surprise, USA is also not a footy powerhouse.

June 22, 2006 3:12 PM  
Blogger The Naked Nerd said...

To bad the USA will be going home tomorrow. :( It would be nice to see them shot just 1 goal on their own. I have to admit the Germans do look impressive. I think England will find their form against Ecuador. Glad to hear your health has improved.

June 22, 2006 3:54 PM  
Blogger In Actual Fact said...

Hmm, Mike B got the Vapours reference in first.
This playing crap before the tournament seems to be the new German strategy. After the 1-5 drubbing against England in Munich (must keep mentioning that) they only just managed to qualify for the last world cup and what happened? They ended up bloody Vizeweltmeister!
To be honest, the way England are playing, Ecuador must fancy their chances. AND Newcastle had better buy ourselves a new striker for next season. How much do you think Miroslav Klose would like to live on Tyneside?

June 22, 2006 3:55 PM  
Blogger christina said...

Oh crap, welcome to the club. Can we call you Mr. Hashimoto now? Yeah, there is nothing you can do except to have it monitored yearly to make sure you don't have any nodules. You also need to watch your iodine intake, which is difficult in Germany because there's "Jod" in just about everything. I've had Hashiomoto's since I was 8 and I think I still have a few good years left in me. ;-)

June 22, 2006 8:38 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Yup, the WM is getting more interesting with each game :-)
I too am a fan of Klinsi, though I miss watching him play.

Take care of yourself!

June 23, 2006 7:31 AM  
Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

Sorry to hear about your medical problems. Keep up with the good work of a fitter life style, that will help a ton.

My Uncle in California is a really good endocrinologist. If you ever any need some free advise or have any questions, I would be happy to pass them on to him. Just send me an email any time at

Buona salute!

June 23, 2006 7:49 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Maribeth - I feel much better for feeling fitter. Just dragging myself to the gym is hard to do sometimes! :)

Heza - Germany should go far, but I suspect England mybe going home soon.

Deepblue - I will have to checke out the stuff about Selen. Thanks. :)

Nan - I watched a Dannish world cup game on a big screen in the square in Copehagen in 1998. We had a lot of fun and the atmosphere was fantastic! :)

Mike - I knew the line was from a song but couldn't remember who by....and I guess I never realised in what context the expression was sung (infact I still don't know!) :)

Naked Nerd - Sorry to see the USA go home. They fought well and the goal they scored was a good'un :) If the Germans carry on the way they do the ymightv even win it! :)

Inactualfact - Once again the Germans have lulled us into beleiving they were crap before the tournament.......and now those crafty huns will go onto win the cup.
Sorry about Owen, but I'd be rather annoyed if Klose left Werder! :)

Christina - Thanks for the advice. I think I'd better check the mineral suppliment I take as it has Iodine in it! :)

Karen - Klinsi was my favourite player when he played fro Spurs in England. As a manger he is top rate as well! :)

Cynthia - Many thanks for the offer. If I have any questions I'll let you know. It's great feeling fitter, its just the hard work I don't like! :)

June 23, 2006 9:41 AM  

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