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The Post-CES Flu

My Review: 1


On Thursday January 10th, driving from Las Vegas back to the San Francisco Bay Area, I felt my throat tightening and my energy level dropping. During the 8 and a half hour drive, I grew steadily more congested as well. When I finally reached home around 1:30 AM, I knew I was definitely sick. I did not, however, realize that I was about to spend the next 4 days in bed, sweating and fever-filled.


I don’t get sick all that often, about once a year, and sometimes less. I haven’t taken a sick day home from work in almost 2 years. This year’s CES-Flu knocked me on my ass. I was full of snot, overcome with fever, simultaneously shivering and sweating, and losing my battle with with a bad headache. Friday, Saturday and Sunday I hardly left my bed. On Monday and Tuesday I felt well enough to sit on the couch and ache. Wednesday I tried to go to work, and came home early after a doctors appointment. This was a bad flu. No, I did not get a flu shot. I don’t know if it would have helped or if this was a different strain.

You spend most of CES face to face with total strangers, shaking hands with dirty people all the live long day. There’s not enough Purell in Nevada to kill all the germs. Late nights and long hours don’t help your immune system either. I think I just shook one too many hands and breathed one to many people’s germy breath while glorifying in all the technology.


This year’s CES-Flu laid me up pretty bad, in spite of repeated handwashing and lot’s Airborne and Emergen-C. I was bummed to get so sick, and I can’t really think of any redeeming factors to the flu. So it gets a 1, a rare grade here on 1to10, but I think it’s deserving.



My Review: 10


In my honest opinion, water is essential for life. Ok, that’s not really an opinion. More of a scientific fact, as I understand it. But I like water, and I think it deserves a ten.

Did you know that scientists “may” have found standing water on the surface of Mars?

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Water is good to drink. Best if it’s potable, but… ok really it has to be potable or you’ll get sick. But it keeps you hydrated (sort of by definition,) helps curb over-eating, prevents kidney stones, I could go on.

And I will. Water helps to lubricate joints, to regulate blood pressure, keep skin elastic, aid digestion and metabolize stored fat. And it helps to prevent dehydration.

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Water covers more than 70% of this planet. When we (humans) are growing in our mother’s bellies, we live inside amniotic fluid which is in many ways similar to water. We breathe through gills like fish. And what do fish live in? Water.

Ocean water in particular is very healthy for human skin. Spending time in the ocean can help to heal small cuts and scrapes, and improves the skin and complexion. Ocean water is not helpful in preventing dehydration. But it’s good for your skin.

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The cycle of water is something that most kids in the United States learn in elementary school. The basic premise of said cycle is that water on the surface of the Earth gets heated and evaporates, it collects in the upper atmosphere, condenses into clouds and after reaching a certain weight, density and set of conditions begins to release precipitation back to the surface. Hence the term: cycle.


I like water. It helps to prevent dehydration. It is good to drink, good to swim in, good to learn about, hopefully it exists in many other places in the universe. Because water is essential for life as we know it. And if there is life in other places, some of that life might be good looking. And that would be sweet. Totally sweet.

Water deserves a 10.

She is not dehydrated. She is Hydrated. Because she drinks plenty of water.

Proton 9 – It gets a Nine.

My Review: 9

I take Protonix, a PPI (proton pump inhibitor.)


Protonix is a pharmaceutical medication primarily aimed at reducing GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease.) I.E. Heartburn.

GERD can be quite serious, and lead to many complications like throat and esophagus damage, cancer, and other various nasties. GERD is not why I take Protonix. While a late night bowl of chili can certainly give me some heartburn, I use it for a more unusual condition. I actually have a stiff ring of cartilage in my throat that is quite narrow. If I eat food too quickly (and I almost always do) and the food is not chewed sufficiently, it can get stuck in my throat. I have had near choking fits on several occasions, especially when I tried to “wash” the food down and ended up almost drowning myself. Ultimately my doctor prescribed a PPI to help the situation, and it worked. I chose Protonix because I have an inside connection to get it cheap (free.)

In reality, many of the PPI’s (Protonix, Prevacid, Nexium, etc.) are very similar in their efficacy and safety. So it doens’t matter too much which one you use. But I am very happy with Protonix, and here’s why:

  1. It effectively reduces heartburn (definitely more for long term sufferers – it is not a quick fix like Pepto or Tums)
  2. It improved my choking fits dramatically – I don’t know why or how, but it worked
  3. They have a cute “Monster” mascot called “Gerdy”

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4. I get it for free.

5. I’m a huge dork and I call it Proton Nine (Protonix = Proton IX) – That’s Fun.


    So, I’m here to tell you that Protonix (Generic: Pantoprazole sodium) is a good drug. It’s effective, reasonably priced (even if you don’t have the hook-up), widely available on most insurance plans, and I am a solid supporter. Nine.


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