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post #31 of 91
Pastachef, just curious...you worked with a broken foot? Did you have it put in a cast later? I just broke mine in four places and can't imagine doing what you did..yikes! Curious to hear about your recovery time from the foot thing.
post #32 of 91
I'm not a chef, so I guess I don't have to give any specs. The range so far seems pretty vast in each dirrection. interesting


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post #33 of 91
Deb, I never even had the time to see a doctor about it until the summer break. Of course by then it was too late for him to do anything. It happened in the Fall during what we call Rush. There are countless fancy parties during this time at the sororities. It's a time where they are making decisions about new members who are to replace the ones graduating. Being the only cook, with no backup, I limped along on a heel for a few weeks. The foot was black and blue, and after the healing took place a large boney lump formed at the site of the injury. It still hurts off and on, along with my other multiple foot problems. It probably always will. My guess is that arthritis developed at the site of the injury. I think I've been pretty lucky in avoiding serious injuries in ten years. Some of the things I've read in the forums can really scare a person out of the kitchen. :D
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post #34 of 91
Yikes, Deb. I couldn't imagine a foot broken in four places! That must have been a horrible amount of pain. :eek:
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post #35 of 91
Deb, I hope you have a quick recovery. That sound VERY painful. :eek:
post #36 of 91
Dear Deb,

I agree, it does sound painful!

I also wish you a quick recovery.

:)
K

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«Just Give Me Chocolate and Nobody Gets Hurt.»
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post #37 of 91
The bad part when something like this happens is that you think you're just being a baby at first or have no tolerance for pain....I thought I'd sit back on the weekend and watch the swelling go down (as usual for me and kb!)...since it has happened before during kboxing and I felt better after a week or so. I urge people to go in for xrays right away!

I'm going to go absolutely nuts in this house until I can walk again..<s>..sorry guys but I'll probably be posting a lot.
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[ May 17, 2001: Message edited by: SeattleDeb ]
post #38 of 91
Pasta...so sorry about your foot, and thanks everyone for your posts..

Pasta..that's what the orthopedic surgeon I met with said..sometimes when you don't have the surgery (phew..at least for now no surgery..)..the danger is arthritis..my sister was the one that urged me to get xrays (she's a phys therapist) she's seen too many folks wait..and she had some nice scary stories to get me into the docs.
post #39 of 91
Okay, so PastaChef may not be the biggest, but she gets my vote for being toughest.
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post #40 of 91
You poor little thing. So your injury was recent? I'm in such a habit of rushing that I didn't pick up on that. I'm happy for you that you were smart and went to the doctor as I should have. I'm sure we will all look forward to your many posts while you're healing. Kick boxing? That's amazing! I was always a big Chuck Norris fan. Hope you have a good day. (((Hugs)))
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post #41 of 91
LOL, Monpetitchoux. I doubt that, but thanks anyway. I try. :D
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post #42 of 91
Yes--it happened last Saturday..so I'm counting the days :) We have two trips coming up..one a hiking (and for me learn to fly fish) trip that I just rescheduled for August (yippee).

Tomorrow we're going to the Mariners game at Safeco..hubby went yesterday and figured out a plan for me, we'll go early so I have time but I'm excited to get out of the house and see ICHIRO :o)...
post #43 of 91
I do look forward to your many many interesting posts, Deb.

Speedy recovery!

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post #44 of 91
I too will look forward to your interesting posts, Deb. I hope you have a swift and painless recovery.
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post #45 of 91
5'6" and 280. Yes overweight (according to my doctor) but I hang tough and even outdistance most of my cooks. And with a shaved head I can intimidate the most hard core cook! LOL!!! One question though-why do professional kitchens all have to have shelving that is so high. My most used phrase around my kitchen (when I need something on a shelf) is "Hey, somebody help the short, fat guy over here!!!"
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post #46 of 91
My dad was 5'6", Pete. And those shelves ARE very high. I found one of those sticks with a claw on it. That helps me a lot. other times I just climb the shelves like a monkey. LOL!
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post #47 of 91
Being tall isn't so great from what I've seen. A friend of mine is 6'7". In the kitchen we used to work in together, the hood over the equipment came down to about 6'2" above the floor. If he was in the middle of the rush and not thinking, he would turn around to grab something off the grill and wham smack his forehead against the hood. Of course, I never laughed at him when that happened! ;)
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post #48 of 91
5'7" 140, less 5 lbs. when we are slammed because I don't have time to eat. Can anyone else down their lunch in 5-10 minutes? I have developed an atrocious habit of speed eating since I've been in the food business(because by the time lunch rolls around I'm soooo hungry and I don't usually eat anything when I get up at 4:00am), and since I work with pastries I generally don't consume them. I'm consciously trying to slow down though.
Also, from my observations, I generally get along very well with other people who love food and love to eat.
post #49 of 91
I know what you mean, Angrychef. Five to ten minutes causes more problems than it's worth. I've inhaled food too often - small particles that I've felt go into my airways, and had to force myself to cough it up. So I just quit trying to eat. The way we rush around, we burn a lot of calories and get low blood sugar attacks. Then I have to grab soda from the fountain and a few chips or cookies. The less time it takes to chew, the better.
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post #50 of 91
Greg, I know you laughed! After the first time I'd sympathize with the poor guy, but after once I'd be on the floor holding my stomach from a painful belly laugh. Isn't that mean of me??? :D :D :D
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post #51 of 91
Tseanduran, I really doubt that your size is keeping you from meeting your other half. Look around you. A LOT of big men are married because most women are attracted to a guy for his personality and honest heart first. Also a very lot of women think big men are cute. You just haven't met the right match yet. EVentually you will :)
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post #52 of 91
Pastachef,
The low blood sugar thing happens to me all the time. I never notice it coming on but everyone else does. My moods start swinging wildly and my hands start to shake. The wait staff where I work just tells me to stop being a "jerk" (putting it nicely) and eat something before one of them strangles me. They usually think I'm pretty decent, but I get mean immediately when the blood sugar starts dropping.
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post #53 of 91
Mofo1, It's good to recognize those low blood sugar attacks in other people as well, or you could end up disliking people :) I can always tell when one of my hard working purveyors is starving because they look irritated, are not as friendly as they normally are, and just get generally jumpy. After I feed them I get much better service and a large dose of their time and patience. This way I can work any deal with them that I want. You DO know that you should snatch up protein and not chips and cookies like I do, don't you? The only reason I do what I do is that 75-100 young uns' have had their unwashed hands into everything else in spite of my signs and warnings. If you grab sugary snacks your blood sugar plunges lower than before, and only minutes later.
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post #54 of 91
I usually grab a tortilla and slather it with hummus or pesto, a little smoked chicken and some provolone. Perks me right back up and is quite tasty. It also helps to have people who like and care about me and recognize that I have a problem when I don't feel it coming. Just another reason that I don't fight with FOH people. I need them just as much as they need me :)
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post #55 of 91
Well I'm 6'2" and about 170 but thats my fault for never sitting down to eat.I still fidget in my seat when I go out to eat.
post #56 of 91
Pete I can tell your a great guy, people who can laugh at themselfs are the best!

Everytime my chef can't reach something (he's 5'2" in shoes with inserts) I always think...I should give him a boost up...if he would only laugh with the situation we could all have such a fun working enviroment. He climbs up on the counter to reach the spices, he's so fast getting up and down I can't help but laugh inside, it really is a crazy sight. I wish he was comfortable enough in his skin not to do it so quickly.

I often laugh sometimes (even out loud) at myself over my faults (I have MANY)....who cares, it's what your like inside that counts!


A sense of humor adds feet in height and beauty to plainness.
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post #57 of 91
6'3"--240
All the grace and finesse of a cinder block.
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post #58 of 91
5'8" and WAY too much.

But I've started a diet, which I've never done before. This is the beginning of my second week with less that 20 g. of carbs a day. Now that I've been limiting myself, I am realizing how many carbs I down while I'm working... little nibbles here and there on pasta, bread, fruit, chocolate.... sheesh! No wonder I've gained so much weight!

And I end up with so much more energy. Carbs really do drag you down in the long run. Now when I leave work, I'm not falling asleep right when I get home, and have energy to do other things. Not a caffeinated energy, but a genuine non-exhaustive energy.

It's possible going carb free isn't the complete answer, but it certainly helps while you're working!! (And I've heard it helps you loose weight. But we'll see.)

~~Shimmer~~
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post #59 of 91
Am I too thin to be a chef then?(128)
post #60 of 91
At my heaviest I was 328# at 5'7" tall. I was an executive chef for Sodexho Marriott at the time. I couldn't take it anymore so I quit my job called the Bariatric Treatment Center and had a gastric bypass. It has been 8 weeks since I had surgery, I have lost 39# I can still eat the foods I love but in much smaller quantities. I have gotten back my energy and my excitement for food. So much so that I am now trying to open a bakery. This surgery saved my life. :p
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