july

My colectomy (colon resection) experience (recovery, diet)

“I’m going to have to resect the colon.”

~ pretty much every surgeon on M*A*S*H at one point or another

In late June, 2018, I had to have a colectomy surgery, which is also known as a colon resection. Here’s a diary of my experience.

Eight stocks with share repurchase programs

I just ran across this chart from Morningstar that includes eight stocks with share repurchase programs. In general, I’m a fan of buying the stocks of companies that have share repurchase programs, but, you also have to look into the details of how and why they’re doing this, and you also have to understand the business behind each company. For instance, I’ve never heard of LB, so I looked them up, and I have no interest in investing in an apparel company, so immediately I scratch them off.

Other companies like CAH, MCK, and CVS (who suspended their share repurchase program to buy Aetna) are currently beaten down because of the threat that Amazon will enter their business space, so my first thought is that they’re buying back their stock because it’s at a significant discount. But again, you also have to look into their financials to see how they’re buying back their stock — is it from cash flow? Or are they borrowing money to buy their stock, and if so, how long will it take to pay off those loans?

The Moon and Venus alvin July 16, 2018 - 10:26am

I just happened to look out the window last night (Sunday, July 15, 2018) at the right time and saw the Moon and Venus hanging out together.

Recovering from colectomy surgery

July 15, 2018: A little less than three weeks ago I had a type of surgery known as a colectomy, a procedure where a portion of the colon is surgically removed. The background of the story goes like this: Because of pain I was having whenever I tried to eat, I haven’t been able to eat solid foods since October, 2017. After eight months of hoping the problem would heal itself, I was finally forced to give up that hope when it became apparent that surgery was the only hope for a relatively normal life.

Thai boys trapped in a cave were found meditating

From this vox.com article: “When the 12 Thai boys who were trapped in a cave and were rescued one by one were first discovered by British divers last Monday, they were reportedly meditating ... Turns out that their coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, trained in meditation as a Buddhist monk for a decade before becoming a soccer coach.”

Older people with high blood pressure have more brain disease

From this CNN article, “Older people with higher-than-average blood pressure have more markers of brain disease than their average-pressure peers, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology ... researchers saw increased signs of areas of dead tissue caused by a block in the blood supply to the brain, when looking at postmortem tissue under a microscope. Autopsied brains also revealed that higher-than-average blood pressure is associated with one marker of Alzheimer's disease.”

sttp, a Scala HTTP client alvin July 15, 2018 - 1:07pm

I haven’t tried it yet, but if you’re interested in a Scala HTTP client, the people at softwaremill.com have sttp, and its docs are here.

Every obnoxious act is a cry for help

Today a person did something that upset me. For a few moments it really bothered me and I thought, “Wow, this person is being a real jerk.” Then I remembered the phrase, “Every obnoxious act is a cry for help,” and I realized that this was this other person’s way of saying that they were hurting, and it helped me calm down in regards to them.