Monthly Archives: October 2012

Another Day, Another Hospital…

I’ve seen almost all hospitals in Amsterdam by now, only 3 to go. I never want to go to the Anthony van Leeuwenhoek, a hospital specialized in cancer, the sick-factory aka VU or Slotervaart which is almost on the other side of town.

But here I am at St Lucas/Andreas, a hospital which works together with OLVG. Dr de Wit my specialist at OLVG recommended a colleague at SL/A and he made the appointment for me too. I’m here to talk about a Gastric Bypass. It would mean the lap-band goes out and another procedure will help me to lose weight.

We talked about the pro’s and cons and in the end a nurse makes the necessary calls for a gastrointestinal research, but also to see if I have sleep apnea, and all of this before the end of next month. The surgeon also told me they almost don’t have a waiting list for this procedure, something which is unheard of in a Dutch hospital.

I hope we can start in January 2013, when Little Sis is back from her end of year skiing vacation. There are other people who need help in the family too, like Big Sis with her mangled foot. [BTW, I’m going to visit her this weekend for some caregiving and won’t be back till Wednesday. She’s still not able to walk and when your husband has to go to Amsterdam for work, then it’s my turn to go up to Groningen and give her a helping hand as she would do for me].

Nurse Peter to the rescue!

Best Of Amsterdam # 44 – Brewery

No, it’s not Heineken! There’s still a Heineken Experience, but that’s just for tourists since this beer isn’t brewed in Amsterdam anymore.

There are still small brewers in the city, one of them is situated in the building next to the last grain mill within the old city. Brouwerij ‘t IJ on Funenkade 7. This brewery started in 1985 and produces only organic beer. Of course there’s a tasting room / pub which is open from two till eight. In this tasting room you’ll find one of the largest collections of beer bottles, alas empty ones. Next to beer they also serve wine, juice or soda and… delicious snacks, including Trappist cheese, salami, smoked raw beef sausage [osseworst] from the renowned De Wit butchers, and Skeapsrond [a sheep’s cheese].

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Brouwerij ‘t IJ
Funenkade 7
1018 AL Amsterdam

TMI Friday – Stop and Count

1. the # of homes you have lived in the: Longest? Best? Worst?
I’ve lived in six different homes. The longest in my current, over 31 years, it’s also the best. For extra brownie points I’ve lived 6 months in Germany and almost a year in the UK.

2. the # of cars you had: the best?
Zero, zilch, nada.

3. the approximate # of sexual encounters you have had.
I was wondering when this question would come up Sean! Fifteen, and all in my early twenties. After that work and responsibilities took over, I’m sure I missed possibilities or didn’t read the signs right, but that’s all water under the bridge now.

4. the # of siblings you have. Your #?
I have 3 siblings, and I’m #2

5. the # of careers you have had: Best? Worst?
Let’s see, I started working after school at a textile warehouse, then the paint department of HEMA, the camping department of AH, a summer job at a printer, shoe sales person at 3 different companies, men’s wear sales person at 5 different companies of which one was in Germany and the other in the UK. The last company I worked for, our family company, I took over. Since 2003, two years after I was forced to stop from regular work, I had 3 voluntary jobs, I like the webmaster and editor job for the Guild best. So in total I had 15 jobs, but not all were paid ones.

6. the # of music albums you have. (all formats combined) approx 260 CD’s, I do have to admit I seldom listen to them anymore, neither do I listen to the radio. And no, I don’t have an iPod or other iDevices.

7. the # of operations you have had.
Only three! Appendix, gall bladder and lap-band. When I broke both feet in 2001 they couldn’t be operated, I went straight into plaster for the next two years.

the # of significant others you have been in love with.
Real persons only 3! Imaginary BF’s too many 😉