Friday, December 09, 2005

Mondays without Maida

I'm headed out of town tomorrow morning... I'm making a brief stop in New York (and will get to meet Nupur!!) and from there it's on to Vermont with Bob and Chuck (yay!). I'll be back here on the 19th with the next installment of Mondays with Maida. In the meantime, I leave you with this...

I had a dentist appointment last Monday and didn't get in to the office until close to noon. Meanwhile, Phil and Suzanne came to the conclusion that there would be no cookies that day and Phil sent this out to the cookie panel:

From: Phil
Sent: Monday, December 05, 2005 10:26 AM
To: Suzanne; Laura; Denny; Terri
Cc: Cathy
Subject: Mondays without Maida

Wondering where that next Monday morning fix will come from?

Feeling confused or irritable? You may have CFS!

Cookie Fatigue Syndrome

How do I know if I might have cookie fatigue syndrome?
If you answer yes to any of the questions listed below, you may have cookie fatigue syndrome (CFS), which is also called cookie fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS).

1. Have you missed your weekly feeding of those Monday with Maida cookies?

2. Are you able to do less than half of what you used to do because you feel tired or cranky?

3. Have you had problems that keep coming back or don't go away with any of the following signs and symptoms?

* Confusion or irritability
* Shakiness followed by a tendency to pace back an forth in your cube
* Trouble with short-term memory or concentration
* Trouble composing meaningful emails or in badgering your coworkers

People with CFS may have other symptoms as well.

What causes cookie fatigue syndrome?
No one is certain about what causes CFS. Although a chemical dependency on large quantities of sugars and fats may be contributory factors. Researchers are still looking for the cause of CFS.

How is cookie fatigue syndrome treated?
The first step is to eat a cookie and preferably several – but not just any cookie. Your doctor will probably want to review your symptoms and medical history, and give you a physical exam. Your doctor may also want to do some blood tests, but lab testing is not often helpful.

Some of the symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, or excessive mumbling can be treated with Maida cookies. Although dose response studies have not yet been completed on the appropriate number of cookies required. So far, there is no other treatment for this chronic condition.

How can I help myself?
* Keep a daily diary to identify times when you have the most energy. Plan your activities for these times.
* Give yourself permission to recognize and express your feelings, such as sadness, anger and frustration. You need to grieve for the energy you have lost.
* Ask for support from family and friends. Look for cookie support groups or counseling in your community.

How can my doctor help?
Your doctor can work with you but only a good long term relationship with a competent cookie chef can really help.


Reid said...

Hi Cathy,
OMG! =)

Phil is quite the character isn't he? Have a great time with Nupur in NY and have fun visiting with Bob and Chuck in Vermont.

We'll be waiting for NEXT Monday with Maida. =)

Nupur said...

*giggle* Very funny! and YAY, I get to see you in just two days!

Nic said...

Phil always makes me laugh with his comments. Have fun on your holiday, Cathy!

santos. said...

hi cathy! have a great time--i hope you find some macarons too :)

Joycelyn said...

hi cathy, have a good one! very funny post, by the way...

Anonymous said...

Have fun!!!

Cathy said...

Thanks all! I had a wonderful time in Vermont and can't wait until my next visit.

Meeting Nupur was just the best. I'm usually a little stressed by meeting new people, but it felt like I'd know Nupur for a long time.

All credit for the funny post goes to Phil!

Santos - still no macarons, but I reminded Bob (come to think of it, I think I am supposed to remind him again by email) and he's promised to do some research.