causes gradual cartilage degeneration

avoid surgery



Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) crystal deposition disease, also known as pseudogout and pyrophosphate arthropathy is a rheumatologic disorder with varied symptoms and signs arising from the accumulation of crystals of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate in the connective tissues. The alternative names emphasize particular aspects of the clinical or radiographic findings. The knee joint is the most commonly affected.[1]

life changing event

We are on a fixed income. Every month, when the money from two Social Security checks is down to zero, we must stop spending. Yesterday when we came back from our trip to St. Paul, it was discovered that a pin hold sized leak had started in one of the copper tubing joints of the water supply in the crawl space. The floor was half covered with water and the wall was all wet.

I was tired from traveling. I initially reacted with a flash-vision of hiring a plumber and spending at least a thousand dollars.

Today I spent 61 cents at Menards for a hose clamp. I squeezed a layered strip of duct tape over the hole.


food habit books

Two books have drawn my attention to ideas about better nutrition.

Potatoes not Prozac by Kathleen Des Maisons

Charting a food diary and asking Date/Time, Food, Physical Feeling, Emotional Feeling.

Overcoming Osteoarthritis by Audrey G. Buchanan

Foods to be avoided.

I have read each of them more than one time. I treated them like reference books that can’t leave the library. Only in different detail: They can’t leave my reader mode. They exist only as standards manuals. When I read them I think of new patterns of appetite appeasement. Time has arrived that a lesson must be penned for “the best of…” regarding the above.

First Meeting

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1550 Philip II 8/3 < John was 8, Mike was 3

Philip called “paper King” (Kamen, 214)

1551 Spain at war with France until battle of San Quentin 1557

47-51 John to Aravelo

50-53 Mike to Valladolid

John moved to Medina del Campo when he was 8-9 years old.

Philip called “paper King” (Kamen, 214)

1551 Cervantes Valladolid 9/4 

John was 9, Mike was 4

The Cervantes family leaves for Valladolid, then capital of Spain

1551 to 1566 Cervantes family in vagabondage (McCrory, p.31)

47-51 John to Aravelo

50-53 Mike to Valladolid

51-64 John to Medina del Campo

In 1551 the Cervantes family joined the throng of vagabonds that frequented the King’s highway looking for work. The target destination on this trip behind an ox art for two weeks was Valladolid, the new capital of Spain, the next residence of the king.

Three year old Miguel’s grandfather’s reputation as a good lawyer was a big part of the family’s decision to move from Madrid. Business follows bureaucracy, so the family signed on to an ox caravan that was headed north. Miguel’s father was a barber and a surgeon, and deaf;  and decided to follow the population that was following the king to his new quarters.

“That’s where the jobs are.”

In that same year John’s mother moved her fatherless children to Medina del Campo, a weaving center on the road between Madrid and Valladolid, after an unsuccessful plea to her deceased husband’s family for help. On arrival, she did not have a job, but her weaving skills were good enough to find work. She also was a wet nurse.

Nine year old John was an accomplished beggar. His slight stature and dark eyes were a sales gimmick seen by the highway people who camped for a night or two at the edge of town.

John could tell that Mike’s family had food in one of the ox carts. Although on the road with all their possessions, they were not poor. John hung around between the food ox and Mike’s mom, a tactic that had been successful for other caravans.

Little Miggy started crawling around toward the ox’s legs and John was suddenly worried that harm may come to the toddler. He was still shocked by the death of his older brother who lost his life a few years ago, saving John from an ox’s hooves.

editors note: so his beggar role was displaced by big brother behavior?

1551 Science 9/4

1551: Girolamo Cardano, studies of falling bodies

47-51 John to Aravelo

50-53 Mike to Valladolid