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06:39 pm: Bad Lab

I watched TV last night -- at one point hearing Loki and Junie in a snarzel down the hall -- and then read the paper and got to bed to read at 1:30am. I finished at 4:30am and came out to get the paper and watched the beginning of the news. I went to sleep at 5am with the alarm set to 1pm, but I just turned it off. The nephrology nurse called (I didn't do their labs, so I was a bit worried that the tech pulled the wrong labels yesterday) and told me my BUN was raised so I should drink more (I already drink almost constantly) and redo a couple labs on Monday. I went back to sleep and got up at 3:30pm.

After I read the front pages of the sections of the paper and started laundry, I came over here and checked my labs. My BUN is twice what it usually is, which dropped my GFR down into Stage 4. Not good, and very strange to happen like that. This is why I'm so tired and drowsy, though -- the BUN has been elevated for at least a couple weeks, probably.

I keep forgetting to ask what I can use to take the oil smell off the bed linen. Just one wash brought it down a good bit on the pillowcases, but I'd like to have it gone. I keep seeing stain removers but not odor removers and I don't want things that just put a smell on top. Any ideas?

When I came in yesterday and turned the news on, the DC police chief and mayor were thanking the firefighters and police officers. It took a few minutes to find out why: envelopes (now 35) with powder in them have turned up at schools and post offices in DC. It's been found that the powder inside is safe and the envelopes will be moved to the FBI.

The WashPost had a picture of the Situation Room during the operation on Sunday and then had their experts analyze how the people sit and what they wear, etc..

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From:akirlu
Date:May 6th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
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The most effective odor removers I know of are the enzyme-based cleaners for getting rid of pet odors, but whether any of them would work for your particular odor, I don't know.
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 7th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:pameladean
Date:May 6th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
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I just want to say I love the word "snarzel." It's perfect.

P.
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 7th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! It's what came to mind while they were doing it.
From:dewline
Date:May 7th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
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"Snarzel"?
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 7th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
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That's what it sounded like.
From:dewline
Date:May 8th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
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Never came across the word before, hence the confusion.
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 8th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
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Well, you won't find it in the dictionary. It just sounded like the right word for what they were doing.
From:dewline
Date:May 8th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
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I actually tried German-to-English translation, on the hope that perhaps it was in that other language's dictionary.

No luck.
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 8th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, it's just what I thought when I heard it.
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From:chomiji
Date:May 7th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry to hear about that worrying lab result!

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From:mjlayman
Date:May 7th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I'm a bit worried myself.
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From:fimbrethil
Date:May 7th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
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Zero Odor for the smell. Works great on pet odors, and just about everything else. It does not leave a perfume smell.

Scary lab results. I hope you figure out what's going on and correct it.
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 7th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Oh, good. And thanks -- yes, I hope we figure that out.
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From:dragonet2
Date:May 7th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)

Depending on your washload

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i'd use a bit of Dawn dish soap. its gentle, it won't hurt fabrics (hell, they can wash birds with it, and they're hella sensitive to many things) and it doesn't reek. And it cuts through oily stuff.
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 7th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)

Re: Depending on your washload

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It's the sheets -- the last time I washed this batch (just under two weeks now), I threw in a kitchen towel that I'd used to wipe the floor. I didn't realize I must have wiped some kind of cooking oil. Probably peanut, since that's what I use most of the time.
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From:kaffyr
Date:May 7th, 2011 06:31 am (UTC)
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Oh, crap and bloody hell to the test results. What can be done?

What type of oil are you talking about? We've had things with oily smells and have simply had to repeatedly wash them, although I second the idea of taking a crack with enzyme-based cleaners. (I ask about the type of oil, because we've found we have to be careful about buying anything that's cloth-based - curtains, sheets, gloves, that sort of thing - that is imported from China. For some reason we can't determine, a lot of it ends up reeking of oil or diesel fuel.)

And I like snarzel, too!

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From:mjlayman
Date:May 7th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
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We'll see what the Monday tests show and then the nephrologist will decide what to do. He may have me start getting IVs again.

This is almost certainly peanut oil, although I haven't made popcorn in a while, and I didn't realize it was on the floor. I would have been more careful with washing that kitchen towel if I'd known it would give the smell to the bed linens it was washed with.
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From:kaffyr
Date:May 9th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
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How did the washing go? And the tests?
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 9th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
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The washing made a lot of the smell go away, so I'm washing it again today. I won't find out about the tests probably until tomorrow.
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From:xeger
Date:May 7th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
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Adding white vinegar to the wash can also help with odors.
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 7th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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